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  1. Ex-Braves manager Bobby Bragan: 1917-2010

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Before my time, but worthy of note. Bragan managed the Braves in both Milwaukee and Atlanta, and managed the Pirates and Indians in the mid-to-late 50s.  He didn’t manage long and he was never at the helm of any transcendent teams. He was probably best remembered for the time that, while managing, he walked on…

  2. Rangers add Hall to catching corps

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    It sounded like the Rangers wanted a legitimate alternative starting catcher because of the lingering questions about the health of Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s shoulder. Instead, what they ended up with on Friday was Toby Hall. Hall seemed to pretty much wreck his career when he opted to play through a torn labrum in 2007. He hit…

  3. Matthews OK for Mets, if he doesn't play

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    It took eating $21 million of the $23 million he was owed over the next two years, but the Angels were able to move Gary Matthews Jr. on Friday. They even netted a decent piece in return, getting reliever Brian Stokes from the Mets. That makes it a clear win for GM Tony Reagins, who…

  4. The worst uniforms of the 90s

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    ‘Duk at Big League Stew puts lie to the notion that the 1990s was some golden era of back-to-basics uniform styles by highlighting the worst baseball fashions of the decade. Was there anything as bad as the White Sox’ shorts? Nah, but there were some ugly stuff happening back then, most of it rooted in…

  5. The Jerome Holtzman Award?

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark thinks that closers don’t already get enough phony glory due to their often meaningless, personalized stat, so he proposes a special award just for them: It’s time for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to establish a new award for relief pitchers. And if it were up to us, we’d call it the…

  6. Twins have 'real interest' in Jim Thome

    Jan 22, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune did some investigating after a rumor began circulating out of Chicago that Jim Thome is close to signing with the Twins and much to my surprise he found that … well, there’s actually some truth behind it: I called a Twins official, expecting to hear that this is…

  7. Report: Phillies sign Jose Contreras

    Jan 22, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas — via Jorge Arangure’s twitter feed — reports that the Phillies have signed Jose Contreras to a one year deal. Contreras has been rumored to be all over the place this winter. Japan? Sure. Rockies? Diamondbacks? Dodgers? Sure, why not. But it’s Philly.  The Phillies rotation shapes up as Halladay, Hamels, Blanton, Happ…

  8. Indians third base coach on 'The Amazing Race'

    Jan 22, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    Indians third base coach Steve Smith and his 23-year-old daughter will be among the 11 teams competing for $1 million in the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race” on CBS. The show was actually taped last year, but Smith has kept a lid on the results and episodes premiere next month. He joined new manager…

  9. CTB is now available on your mobile device

    Jan 22, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Well, I suppose it always kind of was, but it just loaded up slow and half-assed and sideways and everything.  Now, however, we’ve got a genuine, bona fide, authentic mobile platform for all of your mobile time wasting, real people ignoring, bad driving needs. That traffic in front of you isn’t going anywhere, but if…

  10. The Astros set a Monday deadline for arbitration eligible players

    Jan 22, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    The Astros aren’t going to dilly-dally for the next three or four weeks on their arbitration cases. If you’ve got pending litigation with them, they want it to be over by Monday or just forget it: Astros general manager Ed Wade said Friday he has informed the agents for the club’s three remaining arbitration players…

  11. Quote of the Day: Adolphus Busch IV*

    Jan 22, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Mr. Busch is part of the family that founded Anheuser-Busch, which in turn owned the Cardinals until the year before Mark McGwire came to town. I suppose that entitles him to speak out just as much as anyone else: “McGwire has chosen to come out of the closet at the perfect time – alongside a…

  12. A's prospect Grant Desme is leaving baseball for the priesthood

    Jan 22, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that A’s outfield prospect Grant Desme is retiring from baseball at age 23 “in order to pursue the priesthood.” Seriously. Baseball America recently ranked Desme as the team’s eighth-best prospect following a breakout season that saw him hit .288/.365/.568 with 31 homers and 40 steals in 131 games between two…

  13. Angels getting Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr.

    Jan 22, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Still no word yet on the money involved, but’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels’ return for Gary Matthews Jr. is reliever Brian Stokes, who has a 5.02 career ERA. Stokes was fairly useful over the past two seasons, posting a 3.82 ERA in 103.2 innings, but he’s basically a 30-year-old, run-of-the-mill middle reliever.…

  14. Any chance the Brewers extend Prince Fielder?

    Jan 22, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT’s Adam McCalvy wonders whether the Brewers are going to try to approach Prince Fielder with a contract extension. Doug Melvin wisely tells McCalvy that he wouldn’t tell him about any talks even if they happened, and then adds: “But at some point, we said we want to get together. It has to be the…

  15. Baseball's four decade club

    Jan 22, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    I heard someone say the other day that if they remade “Back to the Future” today, Marty McFly would only go back to 1980. I’m not sure anything has made me feel as old as that in some time, but this comes close: As soon as Vizquel steps onto the field in 2010, he will…

  16. Mets interested in Sheets, Wang

    Jan 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Going from the totally wacky in Mets land to the fairly reasonable, the Mets are reported interested in Ben Sheets and Chien-Ming Wang.  Unlike the Matthews move, this should be encouraging for Mets fans.  Health will determine how far well lineup fares in 2010, and there’s a not a lot the team can do about…

  17. Report: Mets get Gary Matthews from the Angels

    Jan 22, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Heyman tweets it.  Details to come later. I can only hope for the Mets’ sake that the Angels are either throwing in someone useful or else they’re eating a bunch of that money (UPDATE: Heyman says they will eat a lot of money). Either way, this smells like panic over the Carlos Beltran knee thing. …

  18. Glanville: "too many players made a different choice than McGwire did"

    Jan 22, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    I taunted Doug Glanville pretty badly an hour ago and I feel kinda bad about it, so to make up I’d like to link his excellent NYT column yesterday in which he absolutely nails the McGwire thing: In McGwire’s admission, he explained how he was doing his job, and his torment and regret seemed genuine…

  19. It's Official: The Phillies sign Shane Victorino for 3 years, $22 million

    Jan 22, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  The deal has now been announced by the team. Thursday, 8:02 P.M.: A source is telling me that the Phillies and Shane Victorino have reached a deal on a three-year, $22 million contract.  The team could announce it as early as tomorrow. Jim Salisbury had reported earlier this week that Victorino and the team…

  20. Are you Old School or are you new school?

    Jan 22, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Are you a fan of old school baseball? New school? Were you even aware that there are many, many other schools to which you could belong? Confused? You won’t be if you check out Jason’s excellent and extensive analysis of what it truly means to be “___ school.“ I’m disappointed, however, that Jason did not…

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