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  1. “Moneyball” shut out at the Oscars

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    As Billy Beane himself once said: “my sh** doesn’t work in the playoffs.” At least I think he said that. Or someone said it about him and attributed it to him.  Point being: sabermetrics circa 2002 had a reputation for producing good regular season results and not working when the small sample size postseason came…

  2. John Axford makes his Oscar picks

    Feb 26, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    John Axford

    As he puts it in his twitter bio, Brewers closer John Axford is both a “mustache and film aficionado.” Today, he’s concentrates more on the movies and presents his 15 Oscar picks, including The Artist for best picture. Why? I can’t really sum up everything I felt while watching this film. The first 15 minutes…

  3. MLB to appeal Braun ruling to federal court? Good luck with that.

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball is considering appealing the arbitrator’s decision in the Ryan Braun case to federal court: Sources said MLB is livid and is evaluating the possibility of suing in federal court to have Das’ decision overturned, but that they did not expect a decision to be made until after Das…

  4. Justin Verlander has his own cereal now

    Feb 23, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Sure, winning the Cy Young and MVP awards were nice, but Justin Verlander‘s outstanding 2011 season has led to something even bigger and more exciting: He has his own cereal. Verlander appears on the box for a special-edition cereal called “Fastball Flakes” that will be sold in Michigan to raise money for the local VA…

  5. Someone is suing the Marlins, claiming they bought the team for $10 million at an auction

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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    This is fun. In 2008, Marlins’ president David Samson apparently served as auctioneer at what I can only guess was a charity auction at a Florida Marlins awards banquet at a country club. At the outset of the auction, he said, in what I can only guess was a joking manner, that the Marlins were…

  6. Mike Cameron well entrenched in the Hall of Very Good

    Feb 19, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    A Hall of Famer he obviously wasn’t, but Mike Cameron, who announced his retirement Sunday at age 39, might be the game’s most underrated player of the last 20 years. Cameron nails just about all of the factors that makes a player underrated. He hit for low averages, he struck out a lot, he spent…

  7. Giants camp to be all Buster Posey, all the time

    Feb 18, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

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    I don’t believe we ever officially welcomed Andrew Baggarly to the fold over here. Already my favorite Giants beat writer, he just made the move from the San Jose Mercury News to CSN Bay Area, where he’ll continue covering the team. Baggarly today provides a full rundown on the current plans for Buster Posey, who…

  8. Hey look, it’s the inevitable “is Josh Hamilton getting off easy because he’s white?” column!

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    I was surprised we didn’t see this within a couple of days of the Josh Hamilton story breaking, but I’m glad it’s here all the same. Not because I think it’s worth a damn — it’s not! — but because no story about a scandal involving an athlete feels complete without it. Take it away…

  9. Plan your “Moneyball” Oscar party now!

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    “Moneyball” was nominated for several Academy Awards, and over at the website Buzzsugar, they give some advice on how to throw a “Moneyball”-themed Oscar party. The upshot: Serve beer and peanuts! Wear baseball jerseys! Decorate the room with gloves, caps and memorabilia! I wonder what these captains obvious suggested when “Revolutionary Road” was nominated. That…

  10. Billy Beane is going to the Oscars

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Fresh off a contract extension that will keep him with the A’s through 2019, general manager Billy Beane is headed to the Academy Awards. Beane told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’ll be there on February 26 to support “Moneyball” and Brad Pitt, who portrayed him in the Oscar-nominated movie. Of course,…

  11. Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, signs with Blue Jays

    Feb 9, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Detroit Tigers

    After spending the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Astros’ farm system Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, became a free agent and has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays. Clemens was Houston’s eighth-round pick in 2005 and has never been considered a top prospect, but did put up some big…

  12. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers avoid arbitration with two-year deal worth $19 million

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Rather than letting an arbitrator choose between the reigning Cy Young winner’s $10 million request and the team’s $6.5 million counter, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract worth $19 million. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will get $7.5 million this season, $11 million in 2013,…

  13. Ruben Amaro continues to overvalue Ryan Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Over the weekend Ruben Amaro was quoted as saying that he’d rather have Ryan Howard on his current deal than either Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols on theirs. Like I said at the time, I’ll give him some latitude there because Howard is his guy and it’s not like he’s going to say bad stuff…

  14. Kenshin Kawakami is headed back to Japan

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along reports from Japan that Kenshin Kawakami has agreed to a deal with the Chunichi Dragons following a disappointing three-year stretch with the Braves. Kawakami inked a $23 million contract with Atlanta in 2009 and had a solid rookie season for the Braves, tossing 156 innings with a 3.86…

  15. “Moneyball” nominated for Best Picture

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The Oscar nominations came out this morning. I’ve seen three of the Best Picture nominees. That is easily the most I’ve seen by nomination time in years. Maybe a decade. Having kids sort of kills your moviegoing mojo. There’s a decent chance I would have posted about this anyway because, hey, it’s the offseason and…

  16. Ryan Braun accepts MVP award at BBWAA banquet

    Jan 22, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun accepted his National League Most Valuable Player award on Saturday night at the Baseball Writers Association of America awards banquet in New York City. It was his first public appearance since the news broke last month that he tested positive for “insanely high” levels of synthetic testosterone just before the start…

  17. Rangers sign Yu Darvish to six-year, $60 million deal, bringing total investment to $112 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

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    With the 30-day negotiating window set to expire this afternoon Yu Darvish and the Rangers have agreed to a six-year contract that will bring the Japanese phenom to Texas, with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reporting that the deal is worth $60 million with an additional $10 million in potential incentives. Last month the Rangers…

  18. Ryan Braun will accept his MVP Award in person, thank you very much

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    Ryan Braun won the MVP. This not long after he broke the testosterone-o-meter in a random drug test. This led to a whole lot of writers loudly proclaiming his award illegitimate and/or demanding that it be stripped from him and given to Matt Kemp (or something; they haven’t thought ahead that far).  He now faces…

  19. Does the BBWAA need more Craig Calcaterras and Aaron Gleemans?

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Press box

    December and January get people like me talking way more about the Baseball Writers Association of America than any other time of the year. In December because the new memberships are voted on. In January because the Hall of Fame votes come out. We talk about the politics of the organization.  Its purpose in a…

  20. Short careers and the Hall of Fame: it’s better to burn out than fade away

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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    After writing the Dale Murphy post an uncomfortable thought struck me: would it have been better for his Hall of Fame case if he had been hit by a bus in 1988 than for his career to have simply cratered like it did? I know, I’m awful for thinking that. Trust me when I say…

  21. How to fix Hall of Fame voting

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    For a long time we’ve been talking about the inevitable logjam on the Hall of Fame ballot due to PED-implicated players getting some but insufficient support for the next 20 years or so.  We’ve also been talking about how the Hall of Fame is on the fast track to irrelevancy if something isn’t done about…

  22. No, you don’t re-vote the MVP award in light of Ryan Braun’s positive test

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

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    You figured someone would say this. That someone is Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi, who makes the argument that the BBWAA should be allowed to re-vote the NL MVP award if Ryan Braun‘s positive test for testosterone is upheld on appeal. At the outset, it’s worth noting that the BBWAA has no intention whatsoever of doing…

  23. Projecting Albert Pujols’ 2012 performance for the Angels

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    One of the most difficult factors to try to account for in projecting player performance is the league switch, particularly when it comes to hitters. We tend to think of pitchers having an advantage in facing a largely new set of hitters when they switch circuits. It generally works the opposite way with hitters. Still,…

  24. 10-year contract for Pujols an extreme deal for an extreme player

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    One of the signs of true greatness is the lack of any good comparables. There simply haven’t been many talents like Albert Pujols in Major League Baseball history. Through 11 big-league seasons, he’s won three NL MVP awards and finished second four times. He’s finished in the top five in the balloting 10 times. Overall, Pujols…

  25. A Night at the Peabody: covering the premiere of MLB Productions’ 2011 World Series Film…

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    I was invited, through Craig and MLB’s PR people, to attend and report on the premiere of the 2011 World Series Film on Tuesday night in St. Louis. I’ve been writing professionally about baseball since 2008, but it was the first time I had covered any sort of live event with a media badge and…

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