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  1. The best outrage so far

    Jan 12, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    I think the best bit of McGwire spleen I’ve seen so far comes from the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan. Unlike a lot of the cutesy people who are trying to explain why, exactly, McGwire’s apology doesn’t cut the mustard and parsing words and all of that, Kernan just lets fly about the evils of…

  2. Bud Selig's steroids 180

    Jan 12, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    Jason at IIATMS has an excellent post exposing just how differently Bud Selig, and by extension Major League Baseball, are treating the Mark McGwire business than they treated the Alex Rodriguez business. My take: Rodriguez and his agent and his contract bug Selig on some primal level, so it’s easy for him to slip into…

  3. How bad a ballplayer was Charlie Brown?

    Jan 12, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Let’s cleanse the palate a bit, shall we? lar from Wezen-Ball is a friggin’ genius. Using his collection of the “Complete Peanuts”, volumes 1 through 12, he went through and counted all of the wins, losses, and other various stats put up (and against) Charlie Brown’s baseball team between 1951 and 1970.  Here’s the introduction. …

  4. Why do we care if McGwire doesn't think steroids helped him hit?

    Jan 12, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    In both his statement yesterday and during his interview with Bob Costas last night, McGwire repeatedly said that he took steroids to recover from injuries. When asked if he thought steroids helped him, you know, hit the living crap out of the baseball, he said no. He called them performance “equalizers,” not performance “enhancers,” and…

  5. Aaron and the Maris family forgive McGwire

    Jan 12, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Hank Aaron on Mark McGwire’s mea culpa: “I think that it’s wonderful that he did this. It takes a big man to admit this and I want to commend him for that. A lot of people make mistakes, and for him to stand up and admit what he has done in the past, I think…

  6. Source: Former Rangers bidder in on the Astros bid

    Jan 12, 2010, 7:45 AM EDT

    CORRECTION: While one of the parties to the bid was, indeed, unsuccessful in the first round of the bidding, I was mistaken in assuming that it had to be either Crane of Gilbert. The first round of bidding was actually a letter-bid submission round from last September, which included as many as six interested parties. …

  7. No, Bonds, Sosa and Clemens aren't going to apologize

    Jan 12, 2010, 7:26 AM EDT

    I have head-full of other Mark McGwire thoughts driving me insane this morning, but those will come later. At the moment let’s address a sentiment I’ve heard over and over since yesterday afternoon, and that’s that now McGwire has offered up his mea culpa, it’s time for Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens to…

  8. McLane is considering selling Astros

    Jan 11, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

    Drayton McLane is considering selling the Houston Astros, according to the Associated Press. McLane, who’s owned the team since 1993, has signed a working letter of intent to sell the team to a group consisting of local and out-of-town investors, KTRK-TV reported. Interestingly, McLane sounds like he doesn’t know a whole lot about the potential…

  9. Dodgers (still) want to sign Pineiro

    Jan 11, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Dodgers want everyone to know they’re trying really, really hard. Honestly, folks. According to Yahoo!’s Tim Brown, the Dodgers are trying to figure out away to sign free agent pitcher Joel Pineiro, who is coming off perhaps his finest season. The Dodgers have reportedly been on the Pineiro hunt for awhile, but…

  10. Pirates have the answer: Ryan Church

    Jan 11, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Pirates have agreed to terms on a contract with outfielder Ryan Church, a free agent who played just 111 games last season as he battled back problems. The signing is contingent on Church passing a physical, which will come later his week. This isn’t a huge…

  11. The Cubs give Greg Maddux a job

    Jan 11, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Though he’s probably a better option than some of the guys the Royals and Mets will trot out to the mound this season, Greg Maddux has apparently decided that his retirement is going to stick.  Instead, he’s going to go work for the Cubs as a special assistant to Jim Hendry. Maddux has long been…

  12. A Sox prospect didn't know what a force out was

    Jan 11, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya and Theo Epstein spoke at a round table discussion over the weekend and the subject of Latin American player development came up.  This was fun: While many big-name players have emerged from the Dominican Republic, the highly touted athletes often are kept out of baseball games and kept in training facilities, thus explaining…

  13. The international draft is unnecessary

    Jan 11, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Keith Law is dead-on with his take about what the Aroldis Chapman means for the allegedly necessary international draft: Returning to Chapman, this deal puts yet another lie to the claim pushed by MLB, among others, that making the draft a worldwide one is about maintaining competitive balance. The Reds, playing in one of MLB’s…

  14. The Twins haven't started talking to Joe Mauer yet, but it's cool

    Jan 11, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that the Twins have not started talking to Joe Mauer yet, though they probably will soon. Heyman says that the “word is that Mauer plans to be reasonable for a superstar” in his demands, which Heyman says is seven years and north of $20 million, but not near $30 million. I’d be…

  15. Breaking down Mark McGwire's mea culpa

    Jan 11, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Anyone who is shocked by Mark McGwire’s statement admitting his steroid use is either painfully naive or belongs to that class of professionally outraged people who implore you to think of the children every time something mildly bothersome comes up.  Anyone with a lick of sense knew years ago, or at least should have, that…

  16. Breaking: McGwire admits to using steroids in 1998

    Jan 11, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    We knew this was coming eventually, but now it has finally come. McGwire was taking steroids in 1998 when he broke the home run record.  Excerpts from his statement, which have been leaked: “I wish I had never touched steroids.  It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish…

  17. Nick Green signs with the Dodgers

    Jan 11, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Rosenthal tweets that Nick Green has signed with the Dodgers.  He’d be Rafael Furcal’s backup. Green had 309 plate appearances as he became the 2,406th (approximately) dead end in the Red Sox’ Murphy-Brown-secretaryish, Spinal-Tap-drummerish search for a permanent solution at shortstop.

  18. Litigation over a falling fat guy at Shea Stadium enters year four

    Jan 11, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    The New York Post reports today on a lawsuit filed against the Mets by a woman named Ellen Massey who, in 2007 was more or less crushed by a fat guy who came hurtling out of his seat in her direction, breaking her vertebrae. Massey says the fat guy was drunk. The fat guy said…

  19. The Reds may move Chapman faster than we thought

    Jan 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    The general consensus among the Twitterati yesterday and this morning was that the Reds may have Chapman in the 2011 rotation, but seeing how raw he is, it’s not a given. Reds GM Walt Jocketty scoffs at your conservatism: As far as when he’ll be on the mound at Great American Ball Park, Jocketty said…

  20. OK, maybe the Cubs are jerking Andre Dawson around

    Jan 11, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    1:24 P.M.:  OK, I sort of laid off the Cubs on this earlier today because the story below seemed to be more a failure of reporting than of the Cubs decision on the matter (i.e. it seemed entirely possible that the Cubs had every intention of retiring Dawson’s number regardless of what cap he wore) …

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