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  1. Future sports stadiums to be horrible hellscapes

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    In the year 2000

    I’m having a hard time swallowing some of the entries in this Business Insider slideshow about how stadiums may change in the future. Or should I say in the future!, because so much of it sounds like those flying car/colonies on the moon predictions from the golden days of the space age in that they…

  2. Charlie Manuel close to two-year extension with Phillies

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel and the Phillies are “close to agreeing on a contract extension” that Jim Salisbury of reports will be worth “between $3.5 million and $4 million per season” for two years. Manuel is already under contract for $2.4 million this season, so a two-year extension would keep the 67-year-old managing the Phillies through…

  3. Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for Phillies as Chase Utley insurance

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT


    Danny Knobler, who covered the Tigers in Detroit prior to working at, reports that Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for the Phillies as they look to add depth following the latest news on Chase Utley‘s knee injury. Santiago has split time at shortstop for the Tigers during the past few seasons, but is…

  4. Braves minor league manager hit by foul ball in dugout, airlifted to the hospital

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    A scary scene in Orlando as the Braves play the Cardinals this afternoon:  a foul ball came screaming off the bat of Brian McCann and into the Braves dugout.  It struck Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar, who was face down on the ground for several minutes after it hit him. An ambulance crew took…

  5. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen versus Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT


    Here’s the latest “Quote of the Day” winner from manager/quote machine Ozzie Guillen: I’m the Charlie Sheen of baseball, but without drugs and a prostitute. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports provides a bit more context for the quote, noting that Guillen “was talking about the double-standard with him,” but it stands on its own pretty…

  6. Jonny Gomes had a tougher childhood than you

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    When I hear the other fathers in the neighborhood talking about how kids have no shot at playing sports at a high level unless they’re on expensive travelling teams and go to specialized camps and clinics, I roll my eyes. Partially because, damn, don’t you hope your kids pick what they want to do with…

  7. Brendan Donnelly retires after nine seasons in the majors

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    brendan donnelly angels

    Brendan Donnelly has announced his retirement, ending what was a remarkable career for someone who didn’t reach the majors for the first time until age 30 and was never allowed to join the MLB players’ association. Donnelly spent a decade in the minors pitching for six different organizations–and was a spring training replacement player during…

  8. Marlins’ reliever Burke Badenhop wants to make a movie

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins Photo Day

    We’re only interested in one thing, Badehop: Can you tell a story? Can you make us laugh? Can you make us cry? Can you make us want to break out in joyous song? Is that more than one thing? Okay! The 28-year old right hander not only wants to cement his spot in the Marlins…

  9. Oliver Perez to get brief bullpen tryout, followed by release

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    Oliver Perez is no longer competing for a rotation spot following another poor start yesterday, but the Mets aren’t ready to release him quite yet and will instead give him a chance to claim a bullpen job. Perez is much better suited for relief work at this point, as he actually remained somewhat effective against…

  10. Cody Ross joins a club that is probably just going to frustrate Giants fans

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    cody ross giving high five

    Hank Schulman has a feature story today about Cody Ross catapulting into fame last fall on the power of postseason heroics. He compares this to the legacies of Dusty Rhodes, Al Weis, Buddy Biancalana, Brian Doyle and … Mark Lemke: Lemke might be the most famous member of the fraternity, at least in this era. The…

  11. Justin Morneau “pleased” with how he felt the morning after first game in eight months

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Morneau catch

    Throughout his eight-month recovery from a concussion Justin Morneau often felt good enough to workout on a particular day, only to have his symptoms return the next morning and sidetrack his progress. That was the fear after Morneau played in a game yesterday for the first time since July 7 and the former MVP admitted…

  12. Seven men, one dream and the journey to the big leagues

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT


    The road to the big leagues is more challenging than most fans realize. Each step up the ladder through the minor leagues produces another set of obstacles. A player’s energy is sapped by long bus rides, bad food and cheap motels. His skills are tested by opponents just as hungry as he is to reach…

  13. UPDATE: The Yankees did not offer Aroldis Chapman $54 million

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    UPDATE: As I suspected, the Yankees deny that they ever offered Chapman a thing. Olney quotes Brian Cashman: “We never made an offer… Never.” 6:16 AM: This tweet from SI’s Melissa Segura is interesting: The FL lawsuit v. Hendricks/Fernandez says Yankees made “offer to Chapman valued at more than $54 million” Chap signed 6yr/$30.25 mil w…

  14. A new potential Mets investor emerges

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Unlike the Donald Trumps of the world, this seems plausible: Paul Danforth, a former Mets executive who now holds a senior post at CAA Sports, the fast-growing sports division of the Creative Artists Agency of Hollywood, is a lead investor in a group seeking to buy a share of the Mets, according to a person who…

  15. Mike Pelfrey learns to never assume a woman is pregnant

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    not pregnant shirt

    Adam Rubin of passes along the important life lesson Mike Pelfrey learned from Taylor Tankersley‘s wife: Pelfrey, himself a new father, asked Tankersley’s wife Lauren when she is due. “Due with what?” she deadpanned. Said Pelfrey: “My heart skipped a beat.” Rubin notes that she’s actually due to give birth Friday, but I’m guessing…

  16. Blue Jays interested in Twins starter Kevin Slowey

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Twins pitcher Slowey throws against Tigers during their MLB game in Minneapolis

    Minnesota has six starters for five rotation spots and Kevin Slowey looks likely to be the odd man out, with Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reporting that the Blue Jays “had three scouts watching” his start yesterday. According to Christensen the Blue Jays “like Slowey and have relievers to spare,” which makes them…

  17. Chase Utley’s status for Opening Day in doubt as he seeks “additional opinions” on knee injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    chase utley underrated

    As expected, the Phillies’ announcement this morning regarding Chase Utley‘s knee injury doesn’t contain any good news. Team trainer Michael Ciccotti issued a statement saying that the knee problems have not responded to treatment as well as they have in the past and “an MRI was obtained that demonstrated his prior tendinitis, chondromalacia, and bone…

  18. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL East

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I are back and today we talk the AL East. Well, we actually talked about it yesterday, but nothing new has happened since then, so we’re cool.

  19. An Utley update should come sometime this morning

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    We’re hearing rumblings out of Philly that an update on Chase Utley‘s knee is going to come this morning. I’m hearing non-specific rumblings that it’s not going to be great news. No idea if that’s reliable or not — people are kind of freaking, so it may be hyperbole — but we’ll obviously update it…

  20. There will be a public memorial service for Bob Feller

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Bob Feller

    For those of you who (a) were Bob Feller fans; and (b) will be in Cleveland at the end of the month — and who wouldn’t be in both of those categories? — you can go to the public memorial service that has been planned for him.  The Indians announced it this morning. It will…

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