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  1. Sammy Sosa's complexion explained

    Nov 9, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Because there hasn’t been a ton of baseball news in recent days, a lot of folks were talking about Sammy Sosa’s complexion: as in, he looked like a cross between later period Michael Jackson and a zombie when he showed up at the Latin Grammy Awards over the weekend.  No worries, says a friend of…

  2. The McCourts: "a pattern of broken promises, deception, and misrepresentation."

    Nov 9, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    We’ve had a lot of blow by blow of the McCourt divorce, but today comes some added flavor in the form of a background piece on the power couple from the Boston Globe, their former hometown newspaper.  Lots of interesting detail, including one passage regarding their earlier bid to buy the Red Sox, which I…

  3. The Philles decline Feliz's option

    Nov 9, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    There are a metric butt-ton of third basemen on the market this winter, so the Phillies decided that it was not worth paying their current one $5.5 million: The Phillies have declined the option for 2010 on third baseman Pedro Feliz’ contract, general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced in a press release. The Phillies had a…

  4. Mother of Victor Zambrano reportedly kidnapped

    Nov 9, 2009, 12:53 AM EDT

    According to a report from SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the mother of former big league pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped sometime Sunday morning from Zambrano’s farm outside of Maracay, Venezuela. The information came to Heyman via a telephone call from Zambrano’s agent Peter Greenburg. Earlier this summer in Venezuela, the son of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit…

  5. Dodgers having 2nd thoughts on Padilla?

    Nov 8, 2009, 11:30 PM EDT

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is reporting/theorizing that the L.A. Dodgers are re-thinking the whole idea of re-signing pitcher Vicente Padilla in the offseason. According to Rogers, the Dodgers are “asking hard questions” about the incident last week in which Padilla shot himself in the leg (or was shot by his bodyguard) in what…

  6. Tim Lincecum: social pioneer

    Nov 8, 2009, 3:29 PM EDT

    At least to the San Jose Mercury News, he is: Though it won’t be on the same epic scale as a Jackie Robinson or a Muhammad Ali, who sacrificed considerable parts of themselves to bear necessary torches, Lincecum’s contribution will stand as part of another movement. When marijuana is fully decriminalized and legalized sometime in…

  7. Two mound meetings and you have to change pitchers

    Nov 8, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    That’s one of the three proposed rule changes Nico of Athletics Nation makes this morning. He’s not just talking about manager visits: catcher and infielder pow-wows would be limited too.  His reasoning on that one is that conferences in every other sport are limited by the number of time outs and natural breaks in the…

  8. The Cubs are probably going to let Rich Harden go

    Nov 8, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    There hasn’t been any definitive statement to this effect, but the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan says that the Cubs “are focusing on re-signing John Grabow in the next two weeks,” and that no one with the Cubs has said a word about Harden.  If John Grabow is at the top of the priority list, you have…

  9. "The Yankees are smug and they are haughty"

    Nov 8, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Sure, that’s an incendiary quote from Jerry Green’s latest column in the Detroit News, but it’s said in the service of a pretty interesting and slightly more nuanced “the Yankees are all that is wrong with baseball” column than we’ve seen in the past few days. Go beyond the headline and read the article.  The…

  10. Sunday Morning Rumors Comin' Down

    Nov 8, 2009, 10:08 AM EDT

    Fox’s Ken Rosenthal’s latest column has all kinds of tidbits to last you until kickoff this afternoon: An unnamed exec can’t feature the Red Sox pulling off a trade for Adrian Gonzalez that makes it worth the Padres’ while.  I agree with Rosenthal: the Padres shouldn’t be in any hurry to trade Gonzalez. Given that…

  11. Joe Torre may stay in L.A. beyond next year

    Nov 8, 2009, 9:04 AM EDT

    Last week rumors were circulating that Don Mattingly was negotiating with the Dodgers to become Joe Torre’s heir apparent.  I thought it was a bad move for Donnie Baseball to bypass offers and interviews from other teams because one never knows what the future might hold. For instance: the man you’re supposed to be succeeding…

  12. Quick hits: Halladay, Snyder, Phillies, Hardy, Sosa

    Nov 7, 2009, 6:27 PM EDT

    - New Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is reluctant to give up a pitcher of Roy Halladay’s caliber, but realizes that the two parties will likely part ways after 2010, increasing the likelihood of a trade this winter. – Speaking of the Blue Jays, they are discussing a trade that would send first baseman…

  13. Previewing Saturday's Rising Stars Game

    Nov 7, 2009, 3:52 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted on Friday, Stephen Strasburg was scratched from Saturday’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League due to a strained muscle in his neck. Bummer. But for those of you who are jonesin’ for some live baseball, many of baseball’s top prospects will still be on display tonight on MLB Network at…

  14. Hot Stove Roundup: Reagins, Maybin, Cuddyer, Snyder

    Nov 7, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT

    With the Hot Stove officially underway, news is coming in at a rapid fire pace. Here’s just a few things you may have missed: – Angels owner Arte Moreno has awarded general manager Tony Reagins with a long-term contract extension. Specifics were not announced, however one club official said it was at least as long…

  15. Jose Canseco plays Mr. Irrelevant

    Nov 7, 2009, 11:41 AM EDT

    While Alex Rodriguez is living the high-life as a member of the newly-crowned World Series Champion Yankees, a person from his past just refuses to go away. During a weigh-in leading up to a celebrity boxing match in Springfield, Mass. this week, Jose Canseco told a reporter from Masslive.com which baseball player he’d love to…

  16. Ramirez to return to Dodgers next season

    Nov 7, 2009, 11:21 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez will be a Dodger again in 2010. His agent Scott Boras informed general manager Ned Colletti on Friday that the 37-year-old slugger would not exercise the escape clause in his contract. As part of the two-year, $45 million contract that Ramirez signed in March, he had the option to re-enter the free agent…

  17. Mariano Rivera is pretty special

    Nov 6, 2009, 7:39 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera is a pretty special pitcher. I know, it’s a pretty revelatory statement. First, I direct your attention to this pretty neat interactive graphic from the New York Times. My description won’t do it justice, but the graphic details every single batter of Rivera’s postseason career. Yes, even Mike Piazza’s flyout to end Game…

  18. Phillies exploring other options at third base

    Nov 6, 2009, 6:56 PM EDT

    When asked if Pedro Feliz will return next season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hedged a bit: “More than anything else, we want to see what options may be out there for us and decide whether picking his option up is best suited for this club to try to move forward,” Amaro said. “He had…

  19. Mets decline option on Putz

    Nov 6, 2009, 6:21 PM EDT

    As expected, the Mets have declined their $8.6 million option on J.J. Putz for 2010 by exercising a $1 million buyout. Putz posted a 5.22 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in just 29 games before undergoing right elbow surgery in June. He was shut down for good after suffering a strained right forearm during a rehab…

  20. Link-O-Rama: Lincecum, Strasburg, Podsednik, Matsui, Mulder

    Nov 6, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    * Prosecutors in Clark County, Washington have dropped misdemeanor marijuana possession charges in exchange for Tim Lincecum paying $377 in fines, which is apparently standard procedure for first-time offenders who cooperate with police. * So much for watching him pitch in the Arizona Fall League on MLB Network tomorrow. Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from…

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