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  1. So, how was Jim Joyce's day behind the plate?

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I don’t know if this makes me a cynic, an optimist or what, but the first thing I thought today when I realized that Jim Joyce was going to be working behind the plate was “boy, I bet the Tigers get a wide strike zone today!”  I mean, I want to believe that people don’t…

  2. HBT Extra: Good call Bud, but give us replay!

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about instant replay and Bud’s decision to leave the Joyce call stand:  

  3. Stephen Strasburg throws five shutout innings in final Triple-A start

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    With his highly anticipated call-up to the Nationals scheduled for next week, Stephen Strasburg made his final Triple-A start this afternoon and fittingly tossed five shutout innings. Strasburg allowed three hits, struck out five, and walked one against the Mets’ affiliate and a lineup that included former big leaguers Mike Jacobs, Russ Adams, Justin Turner,…

  4. What you're saying about the Joyce-Galarraga call

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    The best thing about this blog are the comments. Sure, there are some knuckleheads that show up here from time to time, but find me any comments section of any major website that has as consistently high-quality conversation and argument as this one and I’ll eat my hat. And if any of you saw me…

  5. Selig to "examine" umpires, replay; declines to overturn Joyce call

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Bud Selig just released a statement on last night’s events. Short version: No word on overturning the call, which I think is a clear signal that he will not do so (UPDATE: Multiple reporters are now hearing that no, Selig will not overturn the decision); A decision to “review” umpiring systems and replay which, as…

  6. Mark Teahen out 4-6 weeks after finger surgery

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Placed on the disabled list yesterday with a fractured right middle finger, Mark Teahen underwent surgery this morning and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Omar Vizquel has filled in for Teahen at third base for the past two games and Jayson Nix also figures to see some action there in his absence.…

  7. "Please don't bother Mr. Zito. No autographs tonight."

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    This is rich.  It was originally reported int the San Francisco Chronicle, but I can’t find it there so I’ll link to the L.A. Times version (last item): Giants pitcher Barry Zito was enjoying a drink at an upscale bar last week when a long-haired young man in scruffy attire approached and a restaurant staffer…

  8. Where does Ken Griffey Jr. rank among the great center fielders of all time?

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Ken Griffey Jr. called it quits yesterday following a 22-season career in which he batted .284 with a .370 on-base percentage, .538 slugging percentage, 630 homers, 524 doubles, 2,781 hits, 184 steals, 1,312 walks, 1,662 runs, 1,836 RBIs, 13 trips to the All-Star game, 10 Gold Gloves, and one MVP. Those numbers and accomplishments speak…

  9. Comment of the Day: Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    Actually Griffey was thinking about retiring for a while now. He just took some time to sleep on it. – Reader D.J. Switzerland, offering what should be the first and final word on the subject over in the Griffey thread.

  10. Hey, at least Galarraga got a car

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga may not have gotten a perfect game, but he got a nice consolation prize: a cherry-red Corvette, given to him by General Motors just before the game today in recognition of his “excellence on the field and for his professionalism & sportsmanship.”  I have two questions: (1) Since the bailout, does this mean…

  11. Carlos Zambrano's return start pushed to Friday

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano was supposed to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation yesterday, but because the game against the Pirates was rained out his return start has now been pushed back to tomorrow against the Astros (today is an off day). He’ll presumably still be limited to around 90 pitches, but Zambrano goes from facing the second-worst offense…

  12. Charlie Manuel calls out his hitters

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    You know who’s happy today? The Phillies.  Because of the Stanley Cup Final and because of all of the Jim Joyce and Ken Griffey rumpus, not too many people are talking about them today.  About how, you know, they’re in a total flat spin and how they can’t hit anymore and look to be playing…

  13. Bud is still thinking about whether to overturn the game

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    According to Larry Lange of the AP, Major League Baseball was “still deciding” whether or not to overturn the Galarraga game as of this morning.  Bud is talking to his advisors, the story says.  For what it’s worth, Tony La Russa — not a formal advisor, but the game’s only Super Genius — thinks it…

  14. Ejected and suspended, Bryce Harper's college career likely over

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Next week Bryce Harper will be the No. 1 pick in the draft, but last night the 17-year-old phenom may have seen his junior college career come to a premature end by getting ejected for arguing a called third strike. Unhappy with a fifth-inning strikeout during the National Junior College World Series, the soon-to-be Washington…

  15. What the Mariners are saying about Ken Griffey Jr.

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners react to the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr.:  

  16. Joyce and Galarraga to meet again today

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Indians and the Tigers play at 1:05 Eastern today.  According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Tigers are going to have Armando Galarraga deliver the lineup card out to the home plate before umpire before the game. The wrinkle: because he was the first base umpire last night, Jim Joyce will…

  17. Instant replay probably won't happen instantly

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    A day after the Jim Joyce call, one thing almost everyone agrees on — myself included — is that baseball needs to expand instant replay beyond the current boundary calls rule. The problem is that it’s not at all clear how to do it. An issue is whether or not implementing replay is a matter…

  18. Fan injured by broken bat at Dodgers-Dbacks game

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Lots of things happened yesterday that were overshadowed by Griffey and Joyce/Galarraga. Here’s one from the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game that we shouldn’t just forget, however: [Garret] Anderson shattered his bat grounding out in the second inning, and a woman in the sixth row of seats near the home plate side of the first base dugout received…

  19. What They're Saying About Ken Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    I like eulogies — for careers and lives — that are a little on the brutally yet respectfully honest side. Outside of Rob Neyer — who always delivers at times like these — I’m not guessing we’ll get a ton of that when it comes to the Kid, but I can live with it.  Here’s…

  20. The Jim Joyce call: video and postgame reactions

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    In the event that there was any doubt the Jim Joyce call was major, major news, Matt and Meredith did a big segment on it on the “Today Show” this morning. Watch the whole thing to get both Armando Galarraga’s reaction after the game as well as Jim Joyce’s colorful, emotional comments about his mistake.…

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