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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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. …

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. ALCS Game 4 Live Blog/Chat

    Oct 20, 2009, 5:55 PM EDT

    ALCS Game 4 Live Blog/Chat

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Rick Peterson joins Brewers as pitching coach

    Oct 20, 2009, 1:51 PM EDT

    Injuries, poor performances, and free-agent losses led to Milwaukee’s rotation ranking dead last in baseball with a 5.37 ERA this season, and the Brewers have hired former A’s and Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson to fix things. Peterson built up a very strong reputation while working with “The Big Three” of Barry Zito, Tim Hudson,…

  17. Girardi offers little explanation for Game 3 moves

    Oct 20, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT

    Sam Borden of the New York Journal News notes that Joe Girardi didn’t have much of a postgame explanation for why he pulled David Robertson for fellow right-hander Alfredo Aceves last night, saying merely that he “liked the matchup better” against Howie Kendrick. Kendrick, who was 1-for-2 lifetime against Robertson and had never faced Aceves,…

  18. GM: Freese may be Cards' third baseman in 2010

    Oct 20, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said yesterday that David Freese will have a legitimate opportunity to become the team’s starting third baseman next season: We have to look at the make-up of our club and how everything comes together between now and next spring. But given the second half that he had in Triple-A and…

  19. Is Chase Utley injured? Mitch Williams thinks so

    Oct 20, 2009, 11:40 AM EDT

    MLB Network analyst and former Phillies closer Mitch Williams said yesterday that he believes a foot injury is behind Chase Utley’s postseason throwing problems: I think he’s hurt. Watch the way he’s trying to throw the baseball. He can’t put his right foot in the ground. I’m not going to sit back and listen to…

  20. Boras is talking up Damon too

    Oct 20, 2009, 10:32 AM EDT

    Earlier this morning we saw Scott Boras talking up his prized left field client, Matt Holliday.  Well, Boras has nother leftfield client about to become a free agent too.  His name is Johnny Damon, and Boras has some opinions on that guy as well: “Not that I’ve been thinking about this, but players who can…

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