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  1. Who's on the Mount Rushmore of managers?

    Feb 19, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The whole “Mount Rushmore” thing is a bit played out, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. Yesterday ‘Duk at Big League Stew opened up the floor for baseball managers, wondering which for guys you’d include if they were building a managing Mount Rushmore. My first answer is to punt to Chris Jaffe, who just…

  2. The McGwire inquisition drags on

    Feb 19, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Mark McGwire was criticized for years for not saying anything about his steroid use. Now that he’s talking about it to anyone who asks him, Bill Madden of the Daily News slams him for not doing a one-and-done presser like A-Rod and Pettitte did. Oy: Perhaps, but as far as rehabilitating his image, mere apologies…

  3. Arolids Chapman looks good on his first day of camp

    Feb 19, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    One of the things I’m most eager to see this spring is how Aroldis Chapman does. He’s such an unknown compared to everyone else. He’s been hyped to the nth degree. Is the hype justified? If so, he could prove to be a real difference maker, helping turn a Reds team that currently qualifies, competitively…

  4. The heat is already on Jerry Manuel

    Feb 19, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    It’s a month and a half before the games start and the tabloids are already poised to pounce: David Wright, Jose Reyes and now Johan Santana all have said they expect the Mets to win the World Series. The Mets are turning the page on an injury-plagued 2009 by making one bold statement after another.…

  5. Carlos Zambrano is the only Cub not allowed to have a meltdown

    Feb 19, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    The Chicago Tribune’s Dan McNeil is no fan of Carlos Zambrano. After railing against his contract and going on about how he’s no Ted Lilly, McNeil predicts a Big-Z meltdown: Put me down for the first week in May for not-so-Big Z’s first implosion. Not sure if it will be getting tossed for undressing an…

  6. Old School Spring Training

    Feb 19, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    If you look at only one photo archive today with pictures of Walter O’Malley at Dodgertown playing cards with his shirt off, Stan Musial doing pushups, and Pee Wee Reese on the ground wrestling with a shirtless guy, make it this photo archive, highlighted today by lar at Wezen-Ball. True story: In 1973, Commissioner Bowie…

  7. Dodgers bring back Gagne

    Feb 18, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    The Dodgers have come to terms with former closer Eric Gagne on a minor league contract, the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez reports. Gagne was also offered a minor league deal by the Rockies. Coming back from a shoulder injury, he pitched in the independent Can-Am League last year and went 6-6 with a 4.65…

  8. Marlins add MacDougal to bullpen picture

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that the Marlins and Mike MacDougal have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. MacDougal, 32, had to a take a minor league deal despite saving 20 games in 21 chances for the Nationals last season. He had a 3.60 ERA in 50 innings…

  9. Diving into the depths: Minnesota Twins

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Minnesota Twins Rotation 1. Scott Baker 2. Nick Blackburn 3. Kevin Slowey 4. Carl Pavano 5. Francisco Liriano 6. Glen Perkins 7. Brian Duensing 8. Anthony Swarzak 9. Jeff Manship 10. Mike Maroth 11. Tyler Robertson 12. Carlos…

  10. 2010 projected leaders: Catcher OPS

    Feb 18, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Joe Mauer – 958 2. Brian McCann – 847 3. Victor Martinez – 845 4. Matt Wieters – 836 5. Mike Napoli – 832 6. Jorge Posada – 824 7. Chris Iannetta – 816 8. Buster Posey –…

  11. Nats' Detwiler out 10-12 weeks after surgery

    Feb 18, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Left-hander Ross Detwiler, who was expected to compete for a spot in Washington’s rotation this spring, is out 10-12 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Detwiler, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, made his major league debut last season and went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA…

  12. The Brewers add "Milwaukee" to the road jersey

    Feb 18, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    As I’ve said several times in the past, there should be a law that says all teams should have their city or state name on their road jerseys. The Brewers have been one of the primary offenders of this shadow law, but they’re at least trying to come back into compliance: The Brewers today unveiled…

  13. Baseball players do not do the whole game theory thing

    Feb 18, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Apparently baseball players throw too many fastballs.  It will take smarter people than I am to figure out if this Means Something or it’s merely interesting.  It’s been a long day, however, and at this point interesting is enough for me: In the case of baseball, we observe every pitch thrown in the major leagues…

  14. Mark Shapiro's greatest hits and misses

    Feb 18, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    With Mark Shapiro being bumped upstairs by the Indians, here’s a look at his best and worst moves in his nine seasons at the helm in Cleveland: Hits June 27, 2002 – Indians acquired SS Brandon Phillips, LHP Cliff Lee, OF Grady Sizemore and 1B Lee Stevens from the Expos for RHP Bartolo Colon and…

  15. The Mets are getting proactive on the injury front

    Feb 18, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Recent controversy and this morning’s rumor notwithstanding, there is some good news to report on the Mets’ injury front: they’re trying new things to prevent more of them from happening: When Mets players walked into the major-league clubhouse here for the first time Thursday, there were large signs posted in the clubhouse that read: “Prevention…

  16. Mo Vaughn: real estate tycoon

    Feb 18, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Mo Vaughn used to spend his offseasons here in Columbus, Ohio.  Our paths crossed in a very, very vague way about seven or eight years ago as one of his investments — a bar he opened called “Flo Nitelife” — crashed and burned almost as soon as it opened. I represented a creditor, there ended…

  17. Banged up Ted Lilly adds knee injury to offseason shoulder surgery

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly was already taking things easy coming back from November shoulder surgery and now he also has a knee injury to deal with. Lilly had cartilage removed from his left knee in July, but this time the right knee gave him problems after playing catch from flat ground this week and he’s scheduled to…

  18. The Diamondbacks think about locking up Upton, Reynolds

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    The Diamondbacks are thinking long term: Their arbitration-eligible players all taken care of thanks to the Valentine’s Day signing of right-hander Edwin Jackson, the D-backs front office will turn its attention to signing players with less than three years of big league service. That typically involves one-year deals, but in the case of third baseman…

  19. Aybar, Angels avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar and the Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract with an additional $100,000 in potential incentives based on reaching 575 and 625 plate appearances. Aybar was asking for $2.75 million via arbitration while the Angels filed at $1.85 million, so even reaching the maximum incentives would mean that…

  20. UPDATE: Brian Roberts has back spasms

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Orioles’ beat writer Brittany Ghiroli says that Buster was wrong, and that Roberts doesn’t have kidney stones. Rather, he has back spasms. How one can mistake those two things given the, um, geography involved is an open question, but we just pass along what we hear. 2:16 P.M.: Buster Olney writes: Heard this: Orioles…

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