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  1. Detroit's new public smoking ban worries Leyland

    Feb 16, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

    Michigan has apparently passed a new law that will make all public places become “smoke free” in May and unfortunately for Tigers manager Jim Leyland “public places” includes Comerica Park. Leyland learned of the law while appearing on a radio show yesterday and said that he plans to follow the rules, but added: Is it…

  2. Cody Ross wins his arbitration

    Feb 16, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    Marlins outfielder Cody Ross has won his salary arbitration, receiving $4.45 million. The team offered $4.2 million. Ross hit .290 with 24 homers and 90 RBIs last season and made $2.3 million. As Sports Law Blog mentioned yesterday, Ross and Corey Hart have the same amount of service time, so the fact that Hart won…

  3. Mark McGwire: hitting coach

    Feb 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an in depth article on Mark McGwire today. And — surprise! — it’s about Mark McGwire the hitting coach, not Mark McGwire the sideshow freak: “I used to have a different swing for every type of pitch, like it was this advanced game of pepper up there,”…

  4. The Danger of assuming someone is clean

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

    At the outset of his righteous defense of Frank Thomas’ Hall of Fame credentials, Joe Posnanski launches into discussion of steroids. The interesting part: after dealing with the usual steroid suspects, he wonders whether it’s possible to create a list of clean players, which he refers to as his “Fair Play” list: Then there is…

  5. Female knuckler Eri Yoshida gets a win

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    The Arizona Winter League is not exactly the highest level of baseball imaginable — if the guys playing there were such great shakes they’d be on their way to an actual spring training camp right now — but they’re better than you and I are.  That’s where the famous Japanese female knuckleballer Eri Yoshida is…

  6. Yes, Joe Mauer is worth the long-term risk

    Feb 16, 2010, 8:57 AM EST

    Headline in today’s Star Tribune: “Is Mauer worth the long-term risk.” I play around with headlines sometimes too, but in this case I’m not sure what the answer could be besides yes.  And Joe Christensen agrees in the body of the article: My view is simple: Get it done. Give him a blank check. If…

  7. The All-Mustache All-Stars

    Feb 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    When you think 1980s baseball, what do you think of first?  Um, OK, fine, cocaine.  How about after that?  Well, yeah, tight pants are right up there, aren’t they?  After that. That’s right, mustaches!  At least longtime reader and frequent commenter The Common Man, does, and to that end he has put together The All-Time…

  8. Tigers, Damon not far from agreement

    Feb 15, 2010, 9:24 PM EST

    A major league source has informed’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Tigers and free agent outfielder Johnny Damon are not far from agreement on a contract. Whether it’s a one-year, $7 million deal or a two-year, $14 million pact, it appears we’re close to the end of this saga.  The Rays and Braves are…

  9. Rangers sign OF Chavez to minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:13 PM EST’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract. Chavez was Seattle’s primary left fielder for a time last year before going down with a torn ACL in June. Known for his glove, he hit .273/.328/.342 in 161 at-bats before getting hurt. He came in at…

  10. Diving into the depths: Kansas City Royals

    Feb 15, 2010, 7:36 PM EST

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Kansas City Royals Rotation 1. Zack Greinke 2. Gil Meche 3. Brian Bannister 4. Luke Hochevar 5. Kyle Davies 6. Robinson Tejeda 7. Kyle Farnsworth 8. Jorge Campillo 9. Bruce Chen 10. Anthony Lerew 11. Brad Thompson 12.…

  11. 2010 projected leaders: On-base percentage

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:48 PM EST

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. OBP 1. Albert Pujols – .443 2. Joe Mauer – .420 3. Todd Helton – .417 4. Manny Ramirez – .409 5. Prince Fielder – .406 6. Hanley Ramirez – .403 7. Matt Holliday – .403 8. Lance Berkman…

  12. Red Sox can't re-sign Martinez just yet

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    The Red Sox may well want Victor Martinez as their catcher beyond 2010. He’s not much defensively and he never will be, but he doesn’t embarrass himself and it could be a long time before a real upgrade is available. Still, despite Martinez’s obvious eagerness to get a deal done now, nothing figures to happen…

  13. Yadier Molina is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Because once you start something you just can’t stop, here’s Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeting from spring training: Dept. of First Impressions: Yadier Molina looks in best shape I can remember. If one reporter would write “Just saw [Player X]; he looks like he hasn’t lifted anything heavier than a bottle of…

  14. Ichiro a ratings hit; a fashion liability

    Feb 15, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

    From the Seattle Times comes word that from midnight to 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Japanese TV ran an Ichiro marathon.  But it wasn’t a highlights package per se, it was video of each and every one of his 2,030 Major League hits.  And it got pretty darn good ratings too. Not sure how…

  15. The Presidential All-Stars

    Feb 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    Because there’s not a heck of lot else going on,’s Tom Singer gives you an All-Star name full of players with presidents’ names.  Three observations: (1) No Billy Pierce? (2) If it weren’t for that scoundrel Rutherford B. Hayes and his cronies, Former Giants and Cardinals catcher David William Tilden Zearfoss would have a…

  16. Why did Felipe Lopez and Kendry Morales leave their agents?

    Feb 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    As was reported over the weekend, Felipe Lopez fired his agent, Scott Boras, and Kendry Morales fired his agents, the Hendricks brothers . . . and joined up with Scott Boras.  The whys of these sorts of things are always a bit murky, but SI’s Jon Heyman explains in consecutive bullet points in his latest…

  17. Cuban first baseman Ruiz close to signing

    Feb 15, 2010, 3:53 PM EST’s Alden Gonzalez has an update on Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz, who became a free agent after defecting and has reportedly drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Rangers, Red Sox, Giants, Rays, and Rockies. Ruiz’s agent revealed that the 25-year-old could sign as soon as this week and has been offered major-league contracts…

  18. Jason Marquis is an optimist

    Feb 15, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    When Jason Marquis signed with the Nats he had a lot to say about bringing a winning attitude to Washington and mentoring the youngins.  That apparently wasn’t just a function of post-deal euphoria, because he’s still bringing the rah-rah.  Asked whether the Nats’ many moves this offseason translate to, say, a .500 record, Marquis wasn’t…

  19. Rays add another interesting reliever in Benoit

    Feb 15, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    Tampa Bay made a nice low-cost pickup this afternoon, signing Joaquin Benoit to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. It remains to be seen if Benoit can rediscover his old stuff after missing part of 2008 and all of 2009 following shoulder surgery, but prior to the injury he was a reliable…

  20. Mark Mulder to retire . . . Maybe

    Feb 15, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    UPDATE: The Chron’s Susan Slusser reports that Mark Mulder’s agent is saying that reports that Mulder is retiring are “not accurate” and that “Mark has not made a decision.” Interesting. Earlier Brewers’ pitching coach Rick Peterson said Mulder was retiring, but maybe he misinterpreted.  Or maybe it’s like when I told my buddy at work…

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