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  1. Blundering Reds fire pitching coach, retain rest of staff

    Oct 2, 2009, 6:06 PM EDT

    Blame the pitching coach. That’s what the Reds did Friday when they announced that Dick Pole was being terminated while the rest of the coaching staff would return in 2010. So, why Pole? The Reds have boasted above average pitching this year, with an ERA+ of 105. They rank seventh in the NL in ERA…

  2. Giants GM Sabean has busy winter ahead

    Oct 2, 2009, 5:08 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean will have a shiny new contract extension thanks to the Giants’ turnaround this season, but as discussed Thursday, he’s going to have to rework his team’s offense if he expects to take it to the next level. The opportunity will certainly be there. The Giants would seem to have just two locks for…

  3. Weiner to replace Fehr as MLBPA executive director

    Oct 2, 2009, 3:14 PM EDT

    Michael Weiner is the guy in that photo who isn’t David Ortiz and has been elected as the new executive director of the Players Association. He’ll take over the position when Donald Fehr steps down. Players voted 1,055-to-4 in favor of Weiner being the choice to replace Fehr, who will retire at some point before…

  4. Shawn Chacon is … The Fugitive

    Oct 2, 2009, 2:31 PM EDT

    Las Vegas police have issued an arrest warrant for former Rockies, Yankees, Pirates, and Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon after he allegedly failed to pay $150,000 in gambling debts to Caesars Palace. Chacon was let go by the Astros in the middle of last season after having a physical altercation with Ed Wade, reportedly grabbing the…

  5. Garret Anderson joins Bill Buckner in the 2,500-hit club

    Oct 2, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    Last night Garret Anderson became the 89th player in baseball history with 2,500 career hits, which is what happens when you’re a lifetime .295 hitter who rarely takes a walk and have played in 2,145 games. Anderson has been a solid player for most of his 16 seasons, but a lack of plate discipline and…

  6. Link-O-Rama: Twins are a little verklempt, fight amongst themselves

    Oct 2, 2009, 12:23 PM EDT

    * It’s not often that you’ll see a batter get plunked in the leg by a pitch and then angrily yell at someone in his own dugout, but that’s exactly what happened yesterday with Delmon Young. And the Twins are blaming rookie reliever Jose Mijares for the whole mess. * Billy Wagner has pitched in…

  7. Cito Gaston has lost the Blue Jays

    Oct 2, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    We knew the Blue Jays’ front office was a mess, but Ken Rosenthal explains that the clubhouse is no better: The Blue Jays’ rehiring of manager Cito Gaston last season started out as a feel-good story, a link to the franchise’s back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and ’93. A mere 15 months later, the…

  8. Why are the Padres leaving Kevin Towers to dangle?

    Oct 2, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    There are rumors swirling in San Diego that GM Kevin Towers could be fired at the end of the season. Officially, new owner/CEO Jeff Moorad is being non-committal: “We’re continuing our evaluation and assessment of multiple parts of the organization, baseball included,” Moorad said in an email. “At this point, Kevin is our general manager, and…

  9. Esquire: "Tony La Russa can't win at anything that counts"

    Oct 2, 2009, 9:52 AM EDT

    My take on Tony La Russa: he’s a bizarre, often humorless and mildly unpleasant guy who manages in ways that aren’t aesthetically pleasing to me. But Charles Pierce at Esquire Magazine makes me look like La Russa’s P.R. director: But the truly remarkable thing about La Russa is his rather unspectacular record at winning anything…

  10. The Nats are going to break the revenue sharing system

    Oct 2, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    The big teams like the Yankees and Dodgers bite their tongues and pay their revenue sharing money out to the Pirates and Royals of the world because, well, that’s the system we have.  They may not bite their tongues much longer, though, because they really, really don’t like paying a large-market team like the Nationals…

  11. Should the Mets move home plate up ten feet?

    Oct 2, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    The New York Times asks whether or not Citi Field needs some tweaking: By most accounts, the new park is fan friendly. But a key question — is the field too large? — has emerged as the Mets, and particularly, David Wright, have struggled to hit home runs at home. And from that question, comes…

  12. Ted Williams' corpse was allegedly abused

    Oct 2, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    Most of us thought it was pretty wacky when Ted Williams’ late son John had the Splendid Splinter’s body frozen in liquid nitrogen following his 2002 death, but based on a new book coming out, we had no idea just how wacky it really was. Wait, wacky isn’t the right word. Try “horrific”: Workers at…

  13. And That Happened: Thursday's scores and highlights

    Oct 2, 2009, 5:31 AM EDT

    Twins 8, Tigers 3: You say the Tigers all but put it away yesterday? Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that the Twins, here, were only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. Nationals 2, Braves 1: Of course with all…

  14. Daily Dose: One Last Dose

    Oct 2, 2009, 12:32 AM EDT

    After six months and 130 columns, this is the final “Daily Dose” of the 2009 season, although Rotoworld’s baseball coverage is far from over. Our player news page has constant updates 365 days per year, so whether you want to keep up to speed on all the playoff action this month or get the latest…

  15. Giants prepare extensions for Sabean, Bochy

    Oct 1, 2009, 6:02 PM EDT

    The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Giants will re-sign both GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy to contract extensions. Both are being rewarded for the Giants’ turnaround from a 72-90 team in 2008 to one that remained in contention until the final week of 2009. It’s a definite case of good timing…

  16. Twins stay alive by trouncing Tigers

    Oct 1, 2009, 4:44 PM EDT

    It wasn’t what they needed, but the Twins still have some life after winning two out of four games in Detroit.  Thursday’s game turned into a rout in the eighth as Minnesota ended up winning 8-3.  That leaves the Twins two games back with three to play.   What’s left may favor the Twins a…

  17. Healthy Hudson shouldn't come cheap

    Oct 1, 2009, 4:01 PM EDT

    I couldn’t help but have a different take on Dave O’Brien’s Tim Hudson piece than Craig did this morning. My take being that O’Brien should stick to writing about the Braves and give up trying to predict the free agent market. From O’Brien: There’s no doubt in my mind (Hudson would) take quite a bit…

  18. Link-O-Rama: Kevin Gregg will get nothing and like it

    Oct 1, 2009, 3:01 PM EDT

    * Impending free agent Kevin Gregg said yesterday that he’d like to re-sign with the Cubs and be a closer again in 2010. Neither will happen. During the past three seasons Gregg has blown 20 of 104 save chances while losing 19 games and posting a 3.86 ERA. He’s a second-tier setup man, at best.…

  19. Video of the Day: Shapiro, Wedge discuss firing

    Oct 1, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    Here’s footage from the Indians’ press conference yesterday, in which general manager Mark Shapiro explains why he fired manager Eric Wedge after seven seasons on the job and Wedge shows a remarkable amount of class in discussing his firing: Getting laughs from the assembled media at the press conference announcing his firing might be more…

  20. Jim Riggleman and the interim title: Take 2

    Oct 1, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    For the second straight year Jim Riggleman took over a horrible team at midseason as interim manager. For the second straight year he helped the team become slightly less horrible. And for the second straight year he probably won’t be asked back. Here’s what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo–himself an “interim” GM until just recently–said…

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