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  1. J.P. Ricciardi joins the ESPN crew

    Feb 24, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    Last month it was reported that former Blue Jays’ GM J.P. Ricciardi had signed on with a talent agency, looking to get a TV gig. They did a good job, it seems, as Ricciardi was just hired by ESPN to replace Steve Phillips as their GM-in-residence on “Baseball Tonight.” I thought ESPN’s baseball coverage hit…

  2. The similarites between Jason Heyward and Jeff Francoeur

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Today’s Buster Olney column is actually pretty good as it relates to Jason Heyward’s expectations and the media and all of that, but I can’t help but think his opening paragraphs were specifically intended to give Braves fans a heart attack: Jason Heyward was born in Georgia, was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta…

  3. UPDATE: The Nationals sign Livan Hernandez

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    UPDATE: Ladson reports that the Nats have signed Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal. 10:00 A.M.: After a full winter of saying that they were looking for a “Livan Hernandez-type” pitcher, but steadfastly refusing to consider Livan Hernandez for the job, the Nats have apparently decided that they just can’t quit Livan, with Bill…

  4. The oxymorons of spring training

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    Paul Sullivan reports that the cactus league is displaying a grapefruit with an autograph of a player whose autograph no one really wants anymore. Meanwhile Amalie Benjamin tweets that “starters are throwing bullpens.” While the winter months bring a deafening silence to the world of baseball, the sweet sorrow of spring training must be organized…

  5. The rich are not like you and me

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Between their multiple businesses, homes, charitable initiatives and executive income, the McCourts’ finances seem outrageously complicated. I mean, it must me murder to do their taxes.  Oh wait . . . The McCourts, who own the Los Angeles Dodgers (so she says; he says he’s the owner and she’s not), jointly pocketed income totaling $108…

  6. Is it time for Cano to be clutch?

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:41 AM EST

    John Harper of the Daily News thinks that Robinson Cano needs to step things up: More than Curtis Granderson, more than Nick Johnson, the onus falls on Cano to fill the clutch gap. Indeed, it’s time for Cano to prove he’s more than a great talent, a status he reaffirmed in 2009 with a big…

  7. Clayton Kershaw wants to chuck the pitch count

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    Like most young hurlers, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is subject to a pitch count. He’d prefer that he not be: “This year I don’t think there should be that 100-pitch thing. If there was a pitch count last year, I think this year there should be no restrictions, no holds barred, I should pitch as…

  8. Lowell and the Red Sox may be stuck with each other

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Alex Speier takes a look at the Mike Lowell situation and wonders if the notion that the Sox are going to trade him is all wet. After running through just about every potential trade partner and finding the fit less-than-ideal, he notes: Clearly, the potential fits are few, particularly given the Sox’ desire that another…

  9. See, this is why you don't listen to what Manny Ramirez says

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:38 AM EST

    Manny’s state of mind is like the weather: don’t like it? Just wait a few minutes and it will change. Here he is a day after saying that he might just retire after this year: Manny Ramirez walked across the Dodgers’ clubhouse on Tuesday to interrupt a conversation. “Listen,” he said as he made a…

  10. Kerry Wood should probably keep a bag packed all season

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

    The Plain Dealer has a story this morning about Indians’ closer Kerry Wood and the flashing red neon “trade bait” sign floating over his head. He makes $10.5 million this year on a team that doesn’t look to contend and which has no compunction about dumping salary. If he finishes 55 games, an $11 million…

  11. Gene Lamont breaks Jim Leyland's toe

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:41 AM EST

    Baseball Prospectus’ Russell Carleton wrote a column last week called “Why All Third Base Coaches Should be Fired.”  The reason: as a group they’re way, way too timid in sending runners home on fly outs.  If that’s not bad enough, Jim Leyland now has another reason to fire his third base coach: While defeating the…

  12. Jeter speaks. Sort of.

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:20 AM EST

    Derek Jeter is speaking to reporters about his life, contract status, the universe and everything. I’m sure there will be a full transcript later, but the quote everyone is tweeting right now is “I’ve never been a free agent and I’ve never wanted to be a free agent.” This is why Jeter is a media…

  13. Your morning time waster

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:11 AM EST

    lar at Wezen-Ball has created a nifty graph/ timeline which tracks every home ballpark used by the Major League clubs over the course of their entire existence. The explanation is here. The timeline itself is here. Pfun Pfact: The Reds’ home park was once called “Palace of the Fans,” and was built with team money. …

  14. Curtis Granderson is the Yankees' centerfielder

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:59 AM EST

    There had been a lot of noise about Curtis Granderson moving to left field now that he’s with the Yankees, but yesterday on XM’s Home Plate show, Brian Cashman said “Granderson is out centerfielder.”  Oh, he hedged it a bit and noted that Brett Gardner would be an outstanding centerfielder, but the Granderson is going…

  15. Johnny Damon contract details

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:40 AM EST

    Buster Olney has them. In addition to his $8 million: He gets $500,000 for winning the MVP Award, $200,000 for finishing second through fifth, and $100,000 for finishing sixth through tenth; He gets $100,000 for being voted in as an All-Star, $50,000 for being selected as a reserve; $100,000 for winning the Gold Glove and…

  16. Ozzie Guillen joins "the twitter"

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    The world changed in a very important way last night at around 9PM. How? Ozzie Guillen’s Twitter account went live. The highlights so far: 3 day of Spring Training and im already boreddddddd going to eat in half hour why dye no have a job ? Thanks a lot for the support i like it…

  17. MLB to begin testing minor leaguers for HGH

    Feb 24, 2010, 7:56 AM EST

    One day after I pondered whether baseball would react in an ignorant, knee-jerk fashion to that positive HGH test by that British rugby player,  the New York Times reports that baseball plans react in an ignorant, knee-jerk fashion to that positive HGH test by that British rugby player: Major League Baseball, which had long been…

  18. Diamondbacks to retire Luis Gonzalez's No. 20?

    Feb 23, 2010, 8:14 PM EST

    The Diamondbacks are considering making a change to a current club policy that mandates only retiring the uniform numbers of players who are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  It’s a silly policy in the first place and makes little sense for a club with less than 15 years under its belt. “We believe…

  19. Diving into the depths: New York Yankees

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. New York Yankees Rotation 1. CC Sabathia 2. A.J. Burnett 3. Andy Pettitte 4. Javier Vazquez 5. Joba Chamberlain 6. Phil Hughes 7. Chad Gaudin 8. Sergio Mitre 9. Chan Ho Park 10. Alfredo Aceves 11. Zach McAllister…

  20. 2010 projected leaders: Third baseman OPS

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:38 PM EST

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Alex Rodriguez – 942 2. David Wright – 926 3. Evan Longoria – 913 4. Pablo Sandoval – 905 5. Chipper Jones – 897 6. Aramis Ramirez – 882 7. Ryan Zimmerman – 866 8. Mark Reynolds –…

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