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  1. The Greatest Living Ballplayer: Continued

    Mar 17, 2011, 6:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Berra watches players during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    Yesterday’s post about the Greatest Living Ballplayer for each team struck a nerve. Lots of folks around the Internets linked it and talked about, which doesn’t happen a lot with my stuff. Indeed, I tend to think that people mostly read what I write and either nod politely or roll their eyes and then move…

  2. Robinson Cano says ‘no chance’ he hits 40 homers

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:25 AM EDT


    New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is a very good player, and with a few more seasons like 2010 (.319, 29 HRs, 109 RBIs, 103 runs), he could even become great. But even he knows it’s wise to keep expectations in check. So on Wednesday when Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said he wouldn’t…

  3. Lincecum’s diet secret? In-N-Out Burger

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT


    Tim Lincecum is beefing up his diet in an attempt to put on some weight this spring. From the sound of things, the Giants would be smart to keep Pablo Sandoval far, far away from their ace pitcher. According to John Schlegel of, Lincecum is dining with gusto this spring, devouring fast food as…

  4. Ivan Nova throws six no-hit innings in statement outing

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

    nova pose

    For players with job security, spring box scores usually mean very little. But for players auditioning for new roles, a quality stat line can mean everything. Enter Ivan Nova. According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, the 24-year-old right-hander hurled six no-hit innings against the Orioles on Wednesday night in Tampa. He was…

  5. Mat Latos rocked Wednesday in minor league spring game

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    Padres right-hander Mat Latos did not have the best Wednesday afternoon. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the 23-year-old labored through a 3.2-inning appearance in a minor league intrasquad game, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and issuing three walks. He struck out six, but he needed a total of 76…

  6. Vazquez past elbow issues, cleared for Saturday start

    Mar 16, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance on Tuesday due to soreness in his right elbow. The club claimed at the time that the injury was minor, and it turns out they were right. According to’s Joe Frisaro, Vazquez threw a pain-free bullpen session on Wednesday in Marlins camp…

  7. And now: a touching video tribute to a very special someone

    Mar 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    It’s gettin’ a little dusty in here.

  8. Adam Wainwright’s rotation replacement likely Kyle McClellan

    Mar 16, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    The competition to replace Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals’ rotation is still officially humming along, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that Kyle McClellan has all but locked up the job after spending the past three seasons in the bullpen. Tony La Russa was also full of praise for McClellan, but…

  9. Derek Lowe will be the Braves’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    This Opening Day starter news is fairly low level stuff, but at least it’s positive. The injury news is equally low-level, and that’s kind of depressing so, yay for Opening Day starter news! The latest: the Braves, who announced that Derek Lowe will get the nod.  Which just shows that Fredi Gonzalez is more Bobby…

  10. Kevin Millwood threw this morning in front of several teams, including the Yankees

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT


    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood held a “showcase” for teams this morning on the UC-Irvine campus and the Yankees were among those scouting him. Last month Sherman reported that Millwood rejected a minor-league contract offer from the Yankees, which was exceptionally … well, let’s say “bold”…

  11. HBT Extra: Talking the top five moves of the offseason

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    If you read HBT you heard my opinion of these as they happened. If you bought the Rotoworld Draft Guide, you read my “top moves” article. But a wise man once told me, nothin’ has really happened until it happens on TV, so let’s cover this ground again!

  12. Felix Hernandez’s no-trade clause blocks 10 teams, including nearly all high-payroll clubs

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez crop

    No matter how many times the Mariners make it incredibly clear that they aren’t going to trade their 25-year-old Cy Young winner who’s signed through 2014 the speculation about Felix Hernandez deals doesn’t seem to stop, but perhaps this at least will cause it to die down for a while. Jon Paul Morosi of…

  13. Kendrys Morales has hit a “plateau” in his rehab

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT


    Yesterday we heard that Kendrys Morales may begin the year on the DL. Today Mike Scioscia elaborated on that, and it doesn’t sound good: “It’s not a setback; there are just some plateaus guys hit,” said Scioscia. “You can’t force things. He’s going to keep working, keep moving forward.” One thing that I wonder: how…

  14. So, do you feel omniscient punk? Well, do ya?

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    crystal ball

    We’ll make a bunch of predictions for the 2011 season here at HBT, but since we’re still hoping to make the Olympic Prediction Team, we’re trying to maintain our amateur status and not make it an actual competition. Wezen-Ball’s Larry Granillo has no compunction about turning pro, however, so he has a genuine contest going.…

  15. Are the Nationals getting fed up with Nyjer Morgan?

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    We’ve been rough on Nyjer Morgan here at HBT, criticizing the Nationals outfielder for various on-field altercations, horrendous base-stealing, and his overall ineptitude last season. I’m sure annoying bloggers isn’t a particularly big concern for Morgan, but now Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals may be getting sick of him too.…

  16. Scott Downs out a month after breaking toe “playing around with my kids”

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT


    Scott Downs, who signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Angels this offseason, revealed today that he broke the big toe on his left foot while “playing around with my kids” and “just doing normal dad stuff at home.” He’ll be out for at least two weeks and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles…

  17. Who’s the greatest living player for each team?

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT


    Dan Shaughnessy has a column up about Carl Yastrzemski and what he’s doing these days. It’s a good read and I recommend it. But more interesting to me than the column itself, however, is a passing line Shaughnessy uses: “Fifty years after his rookie season, the greatest living Red Sox player …” That has sparked a…

  18. Marty Marion: 1917-2011

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    marty marion cardinals card

    Marty Marion, an eight-time All-Star who spent 11 seasons as the Cardinals’ starting shortstop and won the NL MVP in 1944, has passed away at age 94. Marion’s reputation was always much bigger than his numbers, even during his MVP season, as he hit just .267 with six homers and a .686 OPS that ranked…

  19. Sixteen-year-old Luis Heredia to start in rookie ball for the Pirates

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    They’re letting a 16-year-old pitch professionally in the Pirates’ organization? And here I thought there were laws about exposing minors to obscenity … That talent and maturity is why management’s plan for 2011 — though not yet formally announced — is to assign [Luis] Heredia to Bradenton of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, an extraordinary…

  20. Brian Cashman disagrees with Cliff Lee saying the Yankees “are getting older”

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Last week during a radio interview Cliff Lee said that he chose Philadelphia over New York in part because “it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older.” First of all, technically “some of the Yankee guys are getting older” is a statement of fact. We’re all “getting older” (with the notable exceptions…

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