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  1. Negro League and Cuban League stats coming to Baseball-Reference.com

    Feb 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Very cool news: Friend of the blog Scott Simkus and his partner in crime Gary Ashwill have entered into a deal with Sean Forman to build a Negro League and Cuban League database for Baseball-Reference.com. As you’ll recall, Simkus is the man behind the Negro Leagues version of Strat-O-Matic which was just released to very…

  2. Parker cleared to begin throwing after surgery

    Feb 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    Diamondbacks top prospect and 2007 first-round pick Jarrod Parker met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday for his four-month checkup following Tommy John elbow surgery and was cleared to begin a throwing program. Parker has been blogging about the whole rehab process and had this to say after receiving the good news from Andrews: Being away…

  3. Umpire Randy Marsh apologizes to Jim Leyland

    Feb 16, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    You’ll recall the little controversy in the 12th inning of Game 163 between the Twins and Tigers last year? The one in which home plate umpire Randy Marsh missed the fact that Brandon Inge got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded that would have given the Tigers at least a one-run lead and,…

  4. Sabathia welcomes Granderson with a bit of a truth stretch

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:42 PM EST

    CC Sabathia, on new teammate Curtis Granderson: Hopefully he’ll hit like 50 homers in our stadium. He was always a tough out for me. If you’re curious, for his career Granderson is 3-for-19 (.158) with seven strikeouts and zero walks against Sabathia. In fact, 115 different batters have had at least 20 career plate appearances…

  5. How will Mike Lowell do in Sox camp?

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    Rob Bradford of WEEI checks in from Fort Myers where he spoke with Theo Epstein about the awkwardness that will be the Mike-Lowell-in-camp dynamic: “I don’t know that it will be that dicey. As I’ve said, it’s one of those things that will take care of itself. Mike’s priority is our priority, which is to…

  6. UPDATE: Indians make Russell Branyan an offer

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:07 PM EST

    UPDATE: The Indians have reportedly made an offer to Branyan. It’s unclear at present if it’s a minor league deal or something with some real dollars attached.  Either way, I think Branyan and the Indians go well together, so here’s hoping this gets done. 7:57 A.M.: Ken Rosenthal reports that Russell Branyan — a guy…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,”…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Tigers, Damon not far from agreement

    Feb 15, 2010, 9:24 PM EST

    A major league source has informed FOXSports.com’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…

  15. Rangers sign OF Chavez to minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:13 PM EST

    FOXSports.com’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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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