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

    Feb 9, 2012, 3:05 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    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,…

  3. Ruben Amaro continues to overvalue Ryan Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:01 PM EST

    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…

  4. Kenshin Kawakami is headed back to Japan

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

    Kawakami  throwing

    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…

  5. “Moneyball” nominated for Best Picture

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    moneyball poster

    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…

  6. Ryan Braun accepts MVP award at BBWAA banquet

    Jan 22, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

    braun busch getty

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    darvish getty japan team

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

    braun tall getty

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    kirby puckett game 6 1991

    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…

  11. How to fix Hall of Fame voting

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

    braun getty

    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…

  13. Projecting Albert Pujols’ 2012 performance for the Angels

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    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,…

  14. 10-year contract for Pujols an extreme deal for an extreme player

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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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…

  16. NL MVP preview: it’s a two-man race

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    It doesn’t get much closer than this when it comes to a couple of MVP candidates. Player A:  .332/.397/.597, 33 HR, 111 RBI, 109 runs Player B: .324/.399/.586, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 111 runs But then you add in that Player A played a pedestrian-to-bad left field and Player B played a good center field,…

  17. So who gave Ian Kennedy a first place Cy Young vote?

    Nov 17, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

    Ian Kennedy

    I am a much older and wiser man than I used to be and thus I no longer make a big fuss out of the actual vote tabulations when it comes to awards voting and that sort of thing.* But some things are confusing, such as how Ian Kennedy got a first place vote for…

  18. Never in doubt: Justin Verlander cruises to the AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    What, you were expecting someone else? Justin Verlander ran away with the AL Cy Young Award today, garnering all 28 first place votes.  In his dust were Jered Weaver, James Shields CC Sabathia and Jose Valverde.  If you want to get mad about downballot stuff go ahead, but it kind of doesn’t matter here. Verlander…

  19. Rosenthal on the Rangers: Sign ALL THE FREE AGENTS

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

    Prince Fielder

    There isn’t a lot happening in free agent land yet. As Olney notes today, a big reason for that is the pending Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is likely to alter free agent draft pick compensation pretty substantially, thereby changing the overall value/cost of a big name free agent. Thank goodness for folks playing the “what…

  20. Justin Verlander named Player of the Year by the MLBPA. Harbinger of an MVP?

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    The MLBPA Player’s Choice Awards aren’t as big a deal as the BBWAA awards, but they’re not nothing.  The players certainly think they’re significant as anyone who is awarded something by their peers is likely to feel.  Justin Verlander certainly feels that way, as his comments after being awarded the MLBPA’s Player of the Year…

  21. Former-Astro Hunter Pence named Astros MVP

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Hunter Pence

    This is fun. The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America votes on the Astros MVP every year. And then, later this winter, there’s a banquet held in his honor which also serves as a fundraiser for team charities and as an unofficial kickoff to the 2012 season.  And the winner of the…

  22. ESPN’s PR people gave away the Gold Glove winners in advance

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Gold Glove

    The Gold Glove is a joke of an award these days. The process determining the winners is hopelessly flawed in conception (are other players and managers the best judge of this stuff?) and almost but not quite always results in the wrong people winning (No Peter Bourjos? Really?). But hey, an award is an award and…

  23. National League Gold Glove winners include three Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:00 AM EST

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    We already went over the American League Gold Glove winners, so now it’s the National League’s turn. Again, things were a little different this year. In addition to three finalists at each defensive position, we also had one winner from each outfield position for the first time. Courtesy of the Associated Press, here are your 2011…

  24. Camden Yards gets statue of “Mr. Oriole,” Brooks Robinson

    Oct 23, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Brooks Robinson Statue

    Brooks Robinson won 16 straight Gold Glove awards for the Orioles between 1960 and 1975. Many who had the pleasure of seeing him play consider him to be the greatest defensive third baseman of all time. He was named to 15 All-Star games, averaged 15 home runs and 76 RBI per season over the course…

  25. Tweet of the Day: Omar Vizquel had an epiphany

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    He’s earned $62 million and won 11 Gold Glove awards during a 23-year career in the majors, but today Omar Vizquel finally learned what true happiness means thanks to an unlikely source:

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