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  1. The Nats hire Davey Johnson

    Nov 19, 2009, 8:55 AM EST

    The Washington Nationals have hired Davey Johnson as a special assistant. Johnson was a pretty fabulous manager. His managing days are over – he has had some serious health and family issues in recent years and after all of that and at his age, he likely doesn’t have the energy for the 162-game grind anymore…

  2. Seling wants to tighten up the playoff schedule

    Nov 19, 2009, 8:20 AM EST

    Bud Selig acknowledged Mike Scioscia’s complaints yesterday regarding there being too many days off during playoffs and agreed that something needs to be done with the schedule. “We’re going to change it,” Selig said. “I don’t disagree with Mike Scioscia. I think he was right, so we’re going to try and tighten that up.” This…

  3. Darvish, former big leaguer Ramirez win MVP honors in Japan

    Nov 18, 2009, 6:13 PM EST

    23-year-old Nippon Ham Fighters ace Yu Darvish and Venezuelan outfielder Alex Ramirez took home the Japanese league MVP awards on Wednesday. Darvish, who probably qualifies as one of the world’s top 10 pitchers, earned the Pacific League honor despite making just 23 starts this season. He went 15-5 with a 1.73 ERA and a 167/45…

  4. Burnt last winter, A's threaten to sit out free agency

    Nov 18, 2009, 5:08 PM EST

    Let down by Jason Giambi, Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra last winter, the A’s plan to sit out free agency this time, GM Billy Beane told on Wednesday. Instead, he wants to go the trade route. “We’re going to look at young players to fill spots, first and foremost,” Beane said. “If those players…

  5. Rockies quickly reward Manager of the Year with 3-year contract extension

    Nov 18, 2009, 3:35 PM EST

    Just minutes after Jim Tracy was named Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the Rockies announced that they’ve agreed to terms with the award-winning skipper on a new three-year contract extension. Tracy is now under contract through 2012 and his entire coaching staff will return for next season after the…

  6. Scioscia, Tracy named Managers of the Year

    Nov 18, 2009, 2:45 PM EST

    Today the Baseball Writers Association of America handed out their Manager of the Year awards to Mike Scioscia in the AL and Jim Tracy in the NL. Tracy received 29 of 32 first-place votes after taking over a last-place Rockies team from Clint Hurdle in mid-May and managing them to the Wild Card spot with…

  7. Zack Greinke: Stathead

    Nov 18, 2009, 1:45 PM EST

    Not only did Zack Greinke claim a victory for statheads everywhere by winning the AL Cy Young yesterday despite only 16 wins, afterward he outed himself as a believer in sabermetrics thanks to stathead teammate Brian Bannister: I’m also a follower … of sabermetric stuff and going into details of stats about what you can…

  8. Greinke in great company with Cy Young at 25

    Nov 18, 2009, 12:36 PM EST

    As part of the Kansas City Star‘s well-done, blowout coverage of Zack Greinke winning the AL Cy Young yesterday, Sam Mellinger put together a list of all the pitchers since 1985 who also won the award in or before their age-25 season. Greinke joins Dwight Gooden, Bret Saberhagen, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, Barry Zito, Roger…

  9. Chan Ho Park wants to start again, but he should stick to relieving

    Nov 18, 2009, 11:47 AM EST

    This morning Craig discussed the continued uncertainty surrounding whether Joba Chamberlain will start or relieve for the Yankees, but he’s not the only pitcher unclear about his role for 2010. Philadelphia is interested in re-signing Chan Ho Park as a reliever after he thrived in that role this season, but the 36-year-old free agent and…

  10. Jason Marquis wants to sign with the Mets

    Nov 18, 2009, 10:50 AM EST

    And he’s been saying it for several months according to the New York Post.  He was born on and still lives on Staten Island. He likes the ballpark. He’s buddies with former Brave and current Met Jeff Francoeur.  Makes sense for him. Does it make sense for the Mets?  His late fade in 2009 might give…

  11. The Phillies are hot for Mark DeRosa

    Nov 18, 2009, 10:25 AM EST

    Forget that Dodgers business, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported — at 5:38 this morning, because he’s more machine than man — that the Phillies are the favorite to sign Mark DeRosa. As is often the case, he cites a “Major League source.”  I’m going to assume that it’s either Dorn or Cerrano. The thinking is that,…

  12. Will Joba Chamberlain start next year?

    Nov 18, 2009, 10:00 AM EST

    He has no clue: As for Chamberlain, the Yankees have not yet told him whether he should prepare as a starting pitcher or a reliever . . . The only hints he has received have come from general manager Brian Cashman, who said last week that he envisioned both Chamberlain and Phil Hughes as starters…

  13. The best video of Game 6 you'll find anywhere

    Nov 18, 2009, 9:40 AM EST

    12,000 individual photos and a Chopin score pull of the astounding trick of turning the New York Yankees’ World Series triumph into a quaint and even sweet happening.  It’s not high tech, but it’s a definite must-see.

  14. The Dodgers want to reassemble the 2002 Braves

    Nov 18, 2009, 9:20 AM EST

    Bringing in Mark DeRosa and John Smoltz six or seven years ago: a bold move that instantly makes you a favorite.  Bringing them in for 2010: Yawn.  According to Smoltz’s and DeRosa’s agent Keith Grunewald, however, the Dodgers are showing interest in both. L.A. definitely needs a starter or two, but given his health, his…

  15. The Nats want Lackey, but why would he want them?

    Nov 18, 2009, 8:50 AM EST

    Last year the Washington Nationals were in on Mark Teixeira. No one figured they’d get him, but because the guy is from the mid-Atlantic area, there was at least a reason not to openly guffaw at their courtship of the guy. He could have gotten homesick. There was at least a non-zero chance that he’d…

  16. Next up: Managers of the Year

    Nov 18, 2009, 8:20 AM EST

    They’ll be announcing both AL and NL Manager of the Year today.  Let’s break it down scientifically: One look at’s rundown of the candidates shows you who’s gonna win this thing in the American League. It’s all Mike Scioscia, folks.  The reasoning kind of goes like this:  “Nice season, Ron Gardenhire. You showed great…

  17. Free Agency Preview: Outfielders

    Nov 17, 2009, 9:35 PM EST

    Free Agency Preview – Catcher Free Agency Preview – First base & DH Free Agency Preview – Second base Free Agency Preview – Third base Free Agency Preview – Shortstop This is part six in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for…

  18. Tigers writer goes it alone, gives Verlander his Cy Young vote

    Nov 17, 2009, 5:32 PM EST

    Steve Kornacki of Booth Newspapers was the lone writer to give Justin Verlander a first-place vote in the AL Cy Young balloting announced Tuesday. The decision didn’t cost Zack Greinke a unanimous selection — Felix Hernandez claimed two first-place votes — but it did move Verlander past CC Sabathia into third place in the voting.…

  19. Mets, Mariners among Smoltz's early suitors

    Nov 17, 2009, 4:53 PM EST

    A source told that the Cardinals, Dodgers, Mets, Mariners, Astros, Rangers and Orioles have expressed early interest in free agent John Smoltz. That there are three AL clubs in the group of seven teams is a bit of a surprise. It figured that the interest in Smoltz would be mostly concentrated among NL teams,…

  20. Yankees still have Mitre in plans after declining option

    Nov 17, 2009, 4:31 PM EST

    Sure, $1.25 million is barely a drop in the bucket for the Bombers, but why spend it if you don’t have to? The Yankees on Tuesday declined Sergio Mitre’s $1.25 million option for 2010, but did so while retaining the 28-year-old’s rights for 2009. That’s because Mitre is short of the six years of service…

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