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  1. ESPN's Phillips admits affair, takes leave of absence

    Oct 21, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

    In what might be his last official act as an ESPN employee, Steve Phillips released the following statement following today’s New York Post story that claimed he slept with a 22-year-old ESPN production assistant: “I am deeply sorry that I have put my family and colleagues through this. It is a personal matter that I…

  2. Link-O-Rama: Hoyer, Livan, Pedro, The Devil

    Oct 21, 2009, 3:33 PM EDT

    * Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Padres “are moving closer” to hiring Red Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer as their new GM. Hoyer was still in college when the man he’d be replacing, Kevin Towers, started running the Padres in 1995. He’s previously interviewed for GM jobs with the Nationals and Pirates,…

  3. Sano gets work visa after signing with Twins for $3.15 million

    Oct 21, 2009, 2:55 PM EDT

    Lost in the Twins’ late-season turnaround, dramatic Game 163 victory, and quick playoff exit is that they made a significant international signing, handing a $3.15 million bonus to a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic named Miguel Angel Sano. Considered by many to be the best international prospect available this year and one of the…

  4. MLBPA gives Fehr $11 million severance package

    Oct 21, 2009, 2:13 PM EDT

    Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com reports that Donald Fehr will receive an $11 million severance package when he steps down as executive director of the MLB Players Association. Michael Weiner has already been voted in as the replacement for Fehr, who has headed the MLBPA since 1983. He was paid $1 million annually from 2001-2008…

  5. Pujols has bone spurs removed from elbow

    Oct 21, 2009, 1:31 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols got some good news while going under the knife this morning, as doctors determined that he does not need ligament reconstruction and instead simply removed bone spurs and chips from his injured right elbow. There was some concern that Dr. James Andrews would need to do a more extensive operation that could have…

  6. Ex-Mets GM Phillips in hot water over affair

    Oct 21, 2009, 12:34 PM EDT

    ESPN analyst Steve Phillips has reportedly been suspended by the network after details emerged regarding an admitted affair the married, 46-year-old father of four had with a 22-year-old production assistant. According to the New York Post, the woman repeatedly contacted Phillips’ children and wife, who has since filed for divorce. In a police statement Phillips…

  7. Link-O-Rama: Wakefield, Redmond, McClelland, Shelton

    Oct 21, 2009, 11:41 AM EDT

    * As expected, Tim Wakefield will undergo back surgery today. Barring any setbacks he should be ready for spring training, but for now the Red Sox are waiting to officially pick up the 43-year-old’s $4 million option for 2010. * Mike Redmond said yesterday that he plans to play in 2010, but the Twins seem…

  8. The Cubs make it official and hire Jaramillo

    Oct 21, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Or at least they will sometime today, according to ESPN’s Bruce Levine: The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago’s next hitting coach, player sources told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday . . . The Rangers offered Jaramillo just a one-year deal…

  9. The Wilpons didn't lose as much money to Madoff as believed

    Oct 21, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    If you believe financial experts like Larry King, Mets owner Fred Wilpon and family lost as much as $700 million investing with former friend and current inmate Bernie Madoff.  That, however, may be a slight exaggeration: A partnership connected to the baseball team — which had widely been rumored to have lost money investing with Bernard…

  10. Ethnicity and the Indians job

    Oct 21, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Terry Pluto’s latest article on the Indians’ managerial job raises an interesting question: A native of the Dominican Republic, Acta does bring something to the Indians that they desperately need. He is a strong Latino presence, a baseball man respected south of the border. That is not reason to make him the manager. But it’s a…

  11. Tim McClelland thought he had the right calls "in his heart"

    Oct 21, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Tim McClelland all but admits to the need for instant replay at the press conference after last night’s game: As far as the two calls that I had at third base. The first one with Swisher leaving too soon. In my heart I thought he left too soon.  On the play with Cano and Posada, I…

  12. Mattingly likely to succeed Torre and other chatter

    Oct 21, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman’s latest SI column is chock full ‘o goodness: It’s not in writing but Don Mattingly is basically Joe Torre’s heir-apparent in Los Angeles. Of course, most folks say he was the heir-apparent in New York too, but Torre leaving under a cloud and Mattingly’s domestic issues put a wrench in all of that. …

  13. Manny hits the showers early

    Oct 21, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

    Is anyone particularly surprised by this?: When asked prior to Tuesday’s workout how surprised he was to see Jimmy Rollins beat the Dodgers with a walk-off double into the right-center gap the night before, Ramirez said he was in the shower at the time. “When I came out, they were turning the TVs off and…

  14. Atrocious umpiring not a factor as Yanks stomp Angels

    Oct 21, 2009, 12:26 AM EDT

    At least some brought their A games to the park on Tuesday. The Halos certainly didn’t live up to their logos, and the boys in blue continued to build the case for why instant replay needs to be greatly expanded in baseball. Since it turned into a rout, CC Sabathia will be the story, and…

  15. ALCS Game 4 Live Blog/Chat

    Oct 20, 2009, 5:55 PM EDT

    ALCS Game 4 Live Blog/Chat

  16. Fake trade: Fielder to Boston for Ellsbury

    Oct 20, 2009, 4:36 PM EDT

    Red Sox acquire first baseman Prince Fielder from the Brewers for outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and RHP Michael Bowden. Why it works for Boston: Since David Ortiz may be more of a No. 6 hitter going forward, the Red Sox could use a left-handed power presence in the third or fourth spot in the order. Unlike…

  17. Diamondbacks get lucky: Reynolds misses arbitration cutoff

    Oct 20, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT

    As we noted back in July, it was sure to go right down to the wire. As it turned out, Mark Reynolds’ two years and 138 days of service time wasn’t quite enough to make him a “super-two” arbitration eligible player. This year’s cutoff was two years, 141 days. Under the rules of MLB, players…

  18. Live blog/chat tonight

    Oct 20, 2009, 3:27 PM EDT

    Check back at 8 pm EDT tonight, as I’ll be hosting a live blog/chat during Game 4 of the ALCS.

  19. Link-O-Rama: Howard, Jaramillo, Guillen, Mattingly

    Oct 20, 2009, 3:21 PM EDT

    * Ryan Howard has tied Lou Gehrig as the only players in baseball history with an RBI in eight straight playoff games, although Alex Rodriguez can join them if he knocks in a run tonight. Gehrig hit .536 with seven homers during his eight-game stretch, and of course did all that damage in the World…

  20. MLB finds 'no evidence' of Rivera 'spitball'

    Oct 20, 2009, 2:29 PM EDT

    As a follow-up to Craig’s article this morning, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that MLB “found no evidence that Mariano Rivera spit on the ball” after reviewing video and photos from Game 3 of the ALCS. Craig already covered just about everything involved in this “story” but my take is that it’s…

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