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  1. Is Matt Holliday long for St. Louis?

    Sep 11, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    You know the story by now: a veteran comes to St. Louis, loves it there, wins some games, falls for all of that “best fans in baseball business” and decides to make it a home.  Jim Edmonds is the best example of it.  Come to think of it, he might be the only significant example. …

  2. A nice move by the MLB Network

    Sep 11, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    The MLB Network is going to name three production studios after Ernie Harwell, Mel Allen and Vin Scully.  A classy move by the network that, one hopes anyway, will provide some inspiration for all who work there.  Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I’d like to think broadcasters who see these luminaries’ names…

  3. Does Derek Jeter have anything left to prove?

    Sep 11, 2009, 9:22 AM EDT

    SI’s Tim Marchman has a good piece up this morning in which he breaks out what the numbers and career progression would need to look like in order for Derek Jeter to pass Pete Rose for the all-time hits record.  Upshot: it almost certainly won’t happen, but it’s not impossible. Personally I’d like to see it simply because…

  4. Millwood's option will be allowed to vest. Maybe.

    Sep 11, 2009, 8:52 AM EDT

    While Kevin Millwood pitched well earlier in the season, he is 2-4 with a 5.92 ERA and has been walking a lot of guys in his past 11 starts. What’s more, as Baseball Time in Arlington’s Joey Matschulat notes this morning, Millwood has greatly reduced the number of fastballs he has thrown in the second…

  5. Chipper Jones might retire next year

    Sep 11, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    Despite having three more seasons on his contract after this one, Chipper Jones may hang it up before then: “I’m not going to tolerate the numbers I have right now for very long.  I’m certainly not going to stick around for a big contract if I’m not having fun and not producing. I’m not saying…

  6. And That Happened: Thursday's scores and highlights

    Sep 11, 2009, 5:41 AM EDT

    Rockies 5, Reds 1: Jose Contreras had to leave the game in the third inning with angina or dropsy or consumption or whatever the hell it is that 86 year-old people get all the time. Didn’t matter though, because at this point the Rockies could probably put the 1985 Hackensack Bulls in the lineup —…

  7. Daily Dose: Plug finally pulled on Lidge

    Sep 11, 2009, 12:05 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel made things official Thursday, announcing that Brad Lidge will try to get back on track in “low-stress” situations while Ryan Madson takes over at closer. Manuel showed incredible patience with Lidge, allowing him to go 0-7 with 10 blown saves and a 7.11 ERA in 51 innings before losing his job. That also…

  8. The buck stops… well, over there somewhere

    Sep 10, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

    Mark Whicker told Poynter Online that it’s the “speed and the enormity of the Internet” that forced him to apologize for a column noting sports topics that developed during the 18 years in which Jaycee Dugard was being held captive and raped. While the piece truly wasn’t intended to harm, Whicker’s misguided effort landed him…

  9. Link-O-Rama: Meche, Cecil done for the season

    Sep 10, 2009, 3:22 PM EDT

    * Gil Meche is unlikely to pitch again this season because of shoulder inflammation, likely finishing at 6-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 23 starts after posting a 3.82 ERA through his first two years in Kansas City. He’s still under contract for two more seasons at $12 million per year. * Brett Cecil held…

  10. Are the Yankees finished with Chien-Ming Wang?

    Sep 10, 2009, 2:28 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang is just starting down the long road back from July shoulder surgery, but said yesterday that he hopes to begin playing catch in January with an eye toward returning to the mound at some point in 2010. However, as Peter Abraham of the New York Journal News points out Wang’s return may not…

  11. Petco Park and appreciating Adrian Gonzalez

    Sep 10, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez’s raw numbers are plenty good on their own: .274/.405/.559 with 37 homers and 85 RBIs in 139 games. He ranks among the NL’s top five in homers, OPS, and times on base and is in the top 10 for on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases, and extra-base hits. And he’s done all that…

  12. Brian Roberts and the art of the two-bagger

    Sep 10, 2009, 12:37 PM EDT

    Last night Brian Roberts smacked his 50th double of the year, joining Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Tris Speaker, and Paul Waner as the only players in baseball history with 50-plus doubles in at least three seasons. Of course, while most fans can cite the significant homer records few people pay much attention to doubles.…

  13. Link-O-Rama: Pink dresses, Mrs. America, and picture day

    Sep 10, 2009, 11:57 AM EDT

    * September means rookie hazing and rookie hazing means … well, David Price in a pink dress and matching high heels. Now spend the rest of your day trying to remove that image from your brain. Seriously, good luck. * Adam Everett’s wife competed in the Mrs. America pageant earlier this week while representing the…

  14. Experts: the City of San Jose is delusional when it comes to the A's

    Sep 10, 2009, 11:02 AM EDT

    At least as far as the numbers go: A recent analysis commissioned by the city — part of San Jose’s renewed quest to land the A’s — offers a rosy picture of the financial benefits such a stadium would bring. But experts who study the economics of ballparks reviewed the numbers for the Mercury News…

  15. The Newark Bears provide second (and third, and fourth) chances

    Sep 10, 2009, 10:24 AM EDT

    Yesterday the New York Times noted how the organizational philosophy of the Independent League Newark Bears was to provide a place for former big leaguers to play as they try to work their way back to The Show.  Indeed, just this season the Bears have been home to Armando Benitez, Carl Everett, Shawn Chacon, Jacque Jones, Marlon…

  16. Statistical Blips and Possible Steroid Use

    Sep 10, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    Dugout Central has run a couple of very long, but quite interesting pieces the past two days entitled “Statistical Blips and Possible Steroid Use.”  Part I is here. Part II is here.  The premise, very crudely put, is that the remarkable thing about the PED-implicated players of the current era is not necessarily the raw number of…

  17. Dice-K rehabs, may start for the big club next week

    Sep 10, 2009, 9:22 AM EDT

    The Red Sox are still in a fight with the Rangers for the final playoff spot, so they can’t refuse help from any quarter.  Could Daisuke Matsuzaka provide any? Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 6 2/3 successful innings Wednesday night against White Sox minor leaguers in the Single-A playoffs, and his next outing will likely be come…

  18. Enough with the Derek Jeter coverage already

    Sep 10, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    I’m not going to say that the New York Daily News is going overboard in their coverage of Derek Jeter’s pursuit of Lou Gehrig as the Yankees’ all-time hit king, but this morning they have no less than seven stories on their baseball front page about it.  There’s the main news story.  The column calling…

  19. Is Peavy done for the year?

    Sep 10, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    He pitched a simulated game with no apparent hitches, but it still kinda sounds like he’s throwing in the towel for 2009: “I can promise you this.  On Feb. 15 or whatever day it is I report [for spring training], I’ll be in as good of shape as anybody and be ready to pitch and…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday's scores and highlights

    Sep 10, 2009, 5:41 AM EDT

    Cardinals 5, Brewers 1: Albert Pujols hits two homers and Adam Wainwright throws seven shutout innings to claim his 18th win. Tony La Russa was asked after the game if Pujols should win the MVP. What’s Tony say? “Those are the kind of questions that are distracting and I don’t answer them.” Pujols is hitting…

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