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  1. The Daniel Bard train gains momentum

    Oct 22, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Every few days you see another article like this about Daniel Bard in the Boston media: There’s little doubt that with his potential, Bard could conceivably be a big-league closer right away. He has an overpowering fastball that regularly hits 98 or 99 on the gun, and his fast-developing slider has become a solid secondary…

  2. Acta could wind up in Toronto

    Oct 22, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    He’s a finalist in Cleveland and looks to be one of the better candidates the Astros have interviewed, but Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail thinks that Manny Acta could end up taking the Blue Jays’ job due to his relationship with new Jays assistant GM Dana Brown and a more than passing professional…

  3. Milton Bradley a hot property

    Oct 22, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yeah, I did a double take too, but check out what FOX’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting: Multiple teams are in contact the Cubs about outfielder Milton Bradley, with one source saying, “You would be shocked at the level of interest.”  The Cubs remain confident that they can trade Bradley without assuming the vast majority of…

  4. Holliday wants to play for the New York Yankees

    Oct 22, 2009, 9:15 AM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman hears from one of Matt Holliday’s friends that Holliday has the Yankees at the top of his list. Which is interesting.  On the one hand, Holliday thrived in (a) the N.L.; and (b) in small markets, and there is this sense out there, justified or not, that he’s not the sort of player you…

  5. Mauer could one day manage Mauer

    Oct 22, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    I’m assuming Aaron knew this, but I find it neat to learn that Joe Mauer’s older brother Jake, a former twins farmhand himself, is a manager in the Twins’ organization. And an up-and-coming one to boot.  He was named Manager of the Year in the Gulf Coast League this season and was just promoted to…

  6. Ozzie Guillen pulls World Series duty for FOX

    Oct 22, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

    This is a fabulous idea: Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will join Fox Sports as an analyst for the World Series. He will have pregame and postgame duties. Guillen, known for profanity-laced criticism of his own team at times, just completed his sixth season as manager of the White Sox. I know a couple…

  7. No miracle coming for these Angels

    Oct 22, 2009, 1:30 AM EDT

    In truth, the ALCS should be over already. While there’s been just the one blowout, the Yankees have outshined the Halos in every aspect of the game through four long nights of baseball. *The Bombers are hitting .278/.375/.481 with eight homers, while the Angels have struggled to a .201/.273/.329 line. *The Yankees’ pitching staff has…

  8. Unable to silence Phillies bats, Dodgers go down quietly

    Oct 21, 2009, 11:47 PM EDT

    The rotation provided one quality start in five games. The bullpen allowed 14 runs in 21 innings. The Dodgers really never gave their offense a shot. It seemed like Joe Torre pushed all of the right buttons in the sweep of the Cardinals. This time, he mostly sat and watched. His one clear error was…

  9. They're greasing poles in Philadelphia

    Oct 21, 2009, 9:50 PM EDT

    Apparently, Phillies fans are good climbers, and the local authorities just aren’t going to take it anymore. (From the Inquirer, via The 700 Level): City workers have greased poles along South Broad Street in an effort to deter revellers from climbing them during any wild celebrations that might follow a possible Phillies victory tonight. Street…

  10. Cuban defector Chapman heads to NY to meet with teams

    Oct 21, 2009, 4:33 PM EDT

    Picking a slightly more central location than tiny Andorra, Aroldis Chapman, who was declared a free agent last month, is headed to New York to begin meeting with suitors. Chapman’s agent told ESPN’s Jorge Arangure Jr. that the 21-year-old left-hander will arrive on Wednesday and is set to visit several cities. Boston is very likely…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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