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  1. Amaro: we have the money and the desire to bring Jayson Werth back . . . but

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Most people are assuming that Jayson Werth has played his last game for the Phillies. He’s planning on holding a press conference at 1PM Eastern today, and no matter what he says, people will read all manner of things into it, including the desire to test the free agent market.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, who…

  2. Bryce Harper goes 3-for-8 in first week at Arizona Fall League

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    As a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ “taxi squad” Bryce Harper is only allowed to play twice a week in the Arizona Fall League, but the No. 1 overall pick still managed to make a big first impression in his debut. Harper went 3-for-8 in his first two games, including a bases-loaded ground-rule double that…

  3. A-Rod, LeBron party down after the ALCS loss

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    See what happens when there are no baseball games, Bud Selig? I’m forced to link to TMZ. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  4. Potential Jeter deal: three years, $45 million?

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    That’s what Joel Sherman is floating in this column.  The overall thinking is fairly sound: the Yankees will overpay what he’s really worth to some degree because it would be embarrassing for everyone involved if some other team made a competitive offer, but they’re not going to do what a lot of us figured they…

  5. Ryan Howard was hardly the Phillies’ biggest problem

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard struck out a ton in the playoffs, including watching a called third strike to end Philadelphia’s season in a spot where just about everyone can agree that he should have swung, but the increasingly repeated notion that he’s primarily to blame for the NLCS loss to the Giants seems to be ignoring one…

  6. By the way: the World Series is still unlikely to be televised in New York and Philly

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    old TV

    At least for Cabevision subscribers, as the retransmission battle between it and FOX drags on. I know a lot of Phillies and Yankees fans who claim they won’t watch the Fall Classic now that their teams are out of it, but that’s just bluster. Real baseball fans will want to watch the World Series. And…

  7. Blue Jays to announce John Farrell as new manager today

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    john farrell in jacket

    News broke over the weekend that the Blue Jays are hiring Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager and an official announcement is expected to come at a press conference this afternoon. WEEI.com has been out in front reporting on the Blue Jays’ manager search and Rob Bradford confirmed the hiring by…

  8. Sad Ryan Howard is sad

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sorry we’re going with so many photo-centric posts this morning, but it beats reading a thousand words over and over again, right?

  9. Don’t call it a “small-market” World Series matchup

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    world series logo

    I’ve already seen a lot of grumbling from various media members on Twitter about how the Giants-Rangers matchup is going to be a ratings nightmare for FOX. That may turn out to be true, but it won’t be because the markets involved are small ones. J.C. Bradbury of Sabernomics notes that Nielson ranks Dallas and…

  10. And you thought Giants-Rangers couldn’t inspire passion

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    With the famously passionate Yankees and Phillies fanbases on outside looking in, I figured there wouldn’t be any trash talk in the leadup to this thing. And there isn’t a ton coming from San Francisco or Texas yet. But if you look down to L.A. there’s some to be found. From the Times’ Steve Dilbeck:…

  11. The Giants are “knuckleheads”

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    I blame Kevin Millar and all of that “idiots” stuff for this.  Or maybe one of those Super Bowl teams who sang songs gets the ultimate blame. Heck, maybe it goes back to when the Dodgers were “bums.” Regardless, it seems that any time even a slight underdog progresses in the postseason, they get a…

  12. Joel Sherman calls Joe Girardi a paranoid liar

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    He doesn’t put those two words together, but Joel Sherman calls Girardi “paranoid” — twice — and calls him “deceitful,” “misleading” and says that he’s less-than-candid. There’s nothing wrong with writing a column pointing out the professional faults of the local manager following a tough playoff loss, but am I wrong in thinking that if…

  13. It’s gonna be wet in San Francisco for Game 2

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    AT&T Park wet

    You would have thought that having the Twins and the east coast teams out of the World Series would mean that this year we wouldn’t have any concerns about the weather. Yeah, you would have thought that, but you’d be wrong: It doesn’t qualify as torture, but here’s another wrinkle for fans of the San…

  14. Would this really be that bad, Yankees fans?

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Jeter Red Sox

    Lolcoeur was my creation, but I’ll admit, it wasn’t nearly as striking as this baby. I believe one of my colleagues at NBC created that and that it was used on Sunday Night Football last night. I wouldn’t know because I decided to finally start watching “Breaking Bad” on DVD and thus neglected to tune…

  15. Your photo of the weekend

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Two Davids moved on to the Fall Classic. Two Goliaths went home, dazed and uncertain about the future. One picture, I feel, sums up this most exciting weekend of playoff baseball.

  16. Cliff Lee not concerned about long layoff before Game 1 start

    Oct 24, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee hasn’t pitched since last Monday’s Game 3 victory over the Yankees in the ALCS. He was lined up to start a potential Game 7, but since the Rangers were able to finish off the Yankees in six games, Lee will be on eight days’ rest for Game 1 of the World Series against…

  17. Jayson Werth is likely done in Philadelphia

    Oct 24, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Not to kick Phillies fans while they are down or anything, but shortly after last night’s season-ending loss to the Giants, Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted that teammates don’t expect Jayson Werth to return next season. Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Werth is poised to make big money in free agency,…

  18. Curt Young leaves as A’s pitching coach; where’s he headed?

    Oct 24, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Curt Young

    The Athletics just announced in a press release that Curt Young has declined the team’s offer to return as pitching coach next season. Young, who was originally drafted by the A’s in 1981, spent 27 years in the organization, including the past seven as the team’s pitching coach. Overseeing the youngest pitching staff in the…

  19. Vladimir Guerrero will play the outfield in either Game 1 or 2

    Oct 24, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The Giants have home-field advantage during the World Series thanks to the National League winning the All-Star Game back in July, so the Rangers will have to play without the designated hitter for the first two games of the series. With that in mind, Rangers manager Ron Washington told Jeff Kaplan of ESPNDallas.com that Vladimir…

  20. Damaso Marte has shoulder surgery, out until at least All-Star break next season

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Damaso Marte throwing

    Damaso Marte underwent surgery Friday to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News. Marte was concerned that the surgery could spell the end of his career, but told reporters on Sunday that doctors expect him to begin throwing after the All-Star break in 2011. “I have to…

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