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  1. Jack Clark quits on the Cardinals

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Jack Clark, who ripped the Cardinals for quitting last week, has quit.  His analyst job at Fox Sports Midwest, that is, where he does occasional Cardinals postgame analysis. Given his “poopy pants” rant, I wish it happened via a big temper tantrum during which he called his producer “a big fat butthead whose face looks…

  2. Ron Gardenhire on Justin Morneau returning this season: "I don't see how it can possibly happen"

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Justin Morneau hasn’t played since suffering a concussion from a knee to the helmet on July 7 and this afternoon manager Ron Gardenhire finally admitted that the Twins don’t expect him back in the lineup this season. Appearing on 1500-ESPN with hosts Patrick Reusse and Phil Mackey, Gardenhire replied “I don’t see how it can…

  3. The Padres claim Felipe Lopez on waivers

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    The Padres have fundamentally altered the balance of power in the NL West by claiming Felipe Lopez off waivers. The Cardinals released him, so if no one else with a worse record than San Diego wanted him, he’s theirs. I’m pretty sure you have 48 hours to make a waiver claim.  Since it’s Felipe Lopez…

  4. Former Cubs outfielder Matt Murton threatening to break Ichiro Suzuki's hit record in Japan

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    Matt Murton was a 2003 first-round pick who hit .286/.352/.436 in 1,058 plate appearances spread over 354 games for the Cubs, Rockies, and A’s, but for whatever reason never really got a shot to be an everyday player despite doing very well as a 24-year-old regular in 2004. After spending most of last season at…

  5. Jim Thome = Brett Favre

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:34 PM EST

    Yeah, it makes my skin crawl too because Thome is totally awesome and nice and he’s never jerked anyone around and everyone who knows him absolutely loves the guy, but that doesn’t stop someone from making the comparison today: At the same age as Vikings future hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre, Thome’s performance this…

  6. Brewers still trying to find a long-term position for Mat Gamel

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:19 PM EST

    Third base prospect Mat Gamel began getting some reps at first base recently as the Brewers plan ahead for the possibility of life without Prince Fielder, but yesterday he made his first career start in left field subbing for an injured Ryan Braun and now it sounds like Milwaukee’s coaching staff may like him more…

  7. Stan Kasten . . . and the Mets?

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:03 PM EST

    The New York Times’ David Waldstein speculates today that the Mets would be wise to look into hiring Stan Kasten, who resigned as President of the Nats yesterday.  He’s got a great track record, Waldstein says.  He’s from New Jersey! Both of which are true. Also true is that, if Jeff Wilpon takes it upon…

  8. Josh Hamilton's fractured ribs feeling better after injections

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton reported feeling better yesterday after receiving an epidural injection and several cortisone shots for his fractured ribs earlier this week, but there’s still no timetable yet for his return. Hamilton rode a stationary bike for 15 minutes yesterday and also did what T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com described as “some light exercises.” Here’s what…

  9. Frank and Jamie update: they're mediating

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    The McCourt trial is on hold today as the parties meet in a mediation.  Josh over at Dodger Divorce provides a brief rundown of what’s happening and what’s at stake (and if you care about this subject at all you should be reading him every day anyway). I rarely had good results in mediation when…

  10. Deep thought: with the awards, it's not stats vs. scouts

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:04 PM EST

    I promise I’ll get off this Cy Young Award voting thing soon, but I had one more thought.  Or rather, Dan Levy over at Press Coverage had one more thought, and it’s a good one. While so many baseball arguments tend to break down into a stats vs. scouts, sabermetrics vs. my-own-damn-eyes debate, the AL…

  11. Now a free agent, No. 6 pick Barret Loux throws for 15 teams

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

    Selected by Arizona with the sixth overall pick in June’s draft, Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux was declared a free agent by MLB when a pre-signing physical exam revealed a torn labrum and the Diamondbacks backed out of a $2 million deal. Now free to sign whenever and with whomever, Loux threw yesterday in front…

  12. HBT Daily: Weekend preview

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:33 AM EST

    The fact that Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes we had on in yesterday’s video and the fact that we make no mention of last night’s results is merely a coincidence. We IN NO WAY taped this yesterday. I swear.

  13. Considering retirement, Edgar Renteria says "I'm not proud of what I've done" for Giants

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    Edgar Renteria has played just 71 games this season due to an assortment of injuries and poor production, and yesterday the 34-year-old infielder told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s considering retirement after 15 seasons in the majors: I feel good. My mind is good, but sometimes the body says, “No,” because…

  14. The Mets will not be pursuing big free agents

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:01 AM EST

    From the Department of Not Particularly Surprising Affairs, the Daily News reports that the 2011 Mets are gong to look a lot like the 2010 Mets: Those familiar with the team’s thinking say the Mets believe they have too much money committed to their roster next season – at least $130 million, much of which…

  15. Greg Maddux won't be joining Kevin Towers in Arizona

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    Yesterday new Arizona general manager Kevin Towers revealed that he’d like to bring in future Hall of Famer and current Cubs special assistant Greg Maddux as the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach or bench coach. However, just a few hours later Chicago general manager Jim Hendry threw cold water on that idea: Greg and I have a…

  16. David Ortiz "wouldn't feel comfortable" with a one-year deal

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    The Red Sox have an expensive option on David Ortiz. I’ve convinced myself that there would be dumber things for the Sox to do than pay Ortiz $12 million next year, if for no other reason than it will limit their controversial offseason moves to one (Papelbon) and at some point the hassle reduction is…

  17. Cliff Lee struck in the ear and bloodied by a broken bat splinter

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Cliff Lee struggled again last night, giving up four runs in five innings while falling to 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA in 14 starts for the Rangers, but was able to narrowly avoid being the second player this month to suffer a major injury from a broken bat. In the fourth inning Jack Cust singled…

  18. Defending Jose Bautista

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:51 AM EST

    Over at IIATMS, Larry takes on the manner in which folks have been trying to, um, inject PEDs into the narrative surrounding Jose Bautista’s 50-home run season.  It’s a good read, with a premise worth thinking about: while we can predict a lot on baseball, the unpredictable can still happen.  It’s funny how people can…

  19. Ken Rosenthal gets it right

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    After my rant earlier this morning, I should make a point to notice when writers do get the awards votes right. Here’s one Ken Rosenthal. I’m no one, and I have my own, well-known set of biases, so I don’t expect to convince anyone in the BBWAA of anything even if I think I’m on…

  20. Full copy of Game Seven of the 1960 World Series found in Bing Crosby's basement

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    We weren’t expecting this: “a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series” was found in the wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco. Footage of Bill Mazeroski’s home run is all over the place, but the game itself had been thought to…

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