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  1. Reader Dissent: Craig, you don't know jack about walk rates

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

    I’m not sure if this reader is right about me being wrong, but it sounds good enough to post. Maybe some of you can parse this better than me.

  2. Cliff Lee has posted the lowest walk rate in 77 years

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks. From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per…

  3. Why did the Pirates fire Double-A manager of the year Matt Walbeck?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Yesterday the Pirates fired Double-A manager Matt Walbeck after he won the Eastern League championship and manager of the year award, which had many people scratching their heads. It still seems like an odd move given how successful Walbeck has been–winning four manager of the year awards and three championships in six seasons in the…

  4. Comment: why a challenge system for replay would be terrible

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there.  But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning: The first time LaRussa or some…

  5. Jose Bautista hits homers 53 and 54, including first opposite field blast of the season

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Jose Bautista broke out of a 0-for-20 slump in a big way last night, smacking his 53rd and 54th homers of the season. And remarkably No. 54 was the first homer all year he’s hit to the opposite field. Seriously, look at this mesmerizing video showing Bautista’s first 52 homers in two minutes and…

  6. So, what are the Phillies going to do against the Braves this weekend?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    The Phillies have nothing to play for this weekend. Will the Braves benefit because of it?

  7. Rangers won't use Cliff Lee on short rest in ALDS

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    Earlier this week Ron Washington said that Cliff Lee “could go” on short rest in the ALDS “if we think we need him” to allow the Rangers to use a three-man rotation, but yesterday the manager squashed those plans. Rather than start Lee in Game 1 and then in Game 4 on three days’ rest,…

  8. Bronson Arroyo expected to make Game 1 start for Reds in very unfavorable matchup with Phillies

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Bronson Arroyo tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Astros last night in his final start of the season and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that after the game the veteran right-hander “talked like a guy counting on starting Game 1 of the NLDS”: It’s going to be in a hostile environment,…

  9. The Rays might start David Price on Saturday

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Rays manager Joe Maddon said there’s a chance David Price will start Saturday against the Royals. I would presume that such a start would be more akin to a regular between-starts throwing session for Price, what with him almost certainly being the Game 1 starter in the ALDS on Wednesday.  Give him, what, 45-50 pitches? …

  10. What is it with dads snagging foul balls while holding babies?

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    To follow up on yesterday’s video from the Tribe game, here’s video of a guy grabbing a foul ball while holding a baby at yesterday’s Snakes-Giants game. He really ought to have his child taken away from him, though. Not because of the danger posed while going after a baseball near the rail of a…

  11. Rosenthal righteously rips Selig over replay

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:13 AM EST

    Here’s FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, getting it absolutely right on replay: Baseball, due to its refusal to expand instant replay, is headed for more controversy this postseason. And the sport’s powers-that-be, led by commissioner Bud Selig, have no one but themselves to blame. This is the 21st century. The technology is available to correct calls, and…

  12. FOX to use flyover cams in the playoffs

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    I’m normally against innovations from the land of football infecting the wonderfulness that is baseball, but this could be kind of neat.

  13. Breaking down the NL playoff picture

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Short version: for the Padres, it will take something just short of a miracle to make the playoffs.

  14. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:38 AM EST

    The Giants clinch no worse than a tie in the NL West. The Padres? They’re on life support.

  15. Eagle-eyed do-gooders turn in Reds for victory cigars

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:09 AM EST

    The Cincinnati Reds had one heckuva celebration after clinching the NL Central title on Tuesday night, dowsing each other with champagne and emerging from the clubhouse to party with fans. (Watch some great video of it all from C. Trent Rosecrans here) But apparently their celebration went far beyond the bounds of propriety, as team…

  16. Fukudome has left knee sprain, done for season?

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:46 PM EST

    Some injury news out of Chicago. Or San Diego, really. Carrie Muskat of reports that Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Padres due to a mild left knee…

  17. Rockies planning rest this weekend for CarGo, Tulo

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:54 PM EST

    The Rockies are shutting it down. Eliminated from playoff contention this week, manager Jim Tracy and Co. decided to leave outfielder Carlos Gonzalez out of Thursday’s lineup against the Cardinals.  According to’s Thomas Harding, the plan is to rest him during Sunday’s season finale as well. Gonzalez, 24, has burst onto the scene this…

  18. Felix Hernandez won't make another start this season

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:38 PM EST

    Mariners ace Felix Hernandez vowed to the fans in Seattle last week that he would start the club’s regular season finale on Sunday against the A’s.  Fortunately or unfortunately, it appears that M’s management has intervened. Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Hernandez will not make another start this season, presumably because…

  19. Reds, Baker closing in on two-year contract extension

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:11 PM EST

    Looking for an update on the negotiations between the Reds and manager Dusty Baker? Here it is. Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday evening that the sides are “very close” on a two-year extension and that…

  20. Must-click link: Ted Berg will not stop playing baseball, thank you

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Ted Berg is a friend of HardballTalk. He reads it and links it from time to time over at his Mets (and other New York sports)-focused blog, Tedquarters. He is a witty chap on Twitter, and really, if you can make me laugh on Twitter a couple of times a day you’re going to be…

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