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  1. Torii Hunter might retire after the 2012 season

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:49 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Here’s Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, chatting Friday with Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ”I am going to retire an Angel. Next year is my last year, and I’m going to retire an Angel. I’m going to evaluate it this offseason. That’s when I’ll know. It’s 60-40, to the positive, that I’ll keep playing. You…

  2. Don’t use MVP voting to throw cold water on Jim Thome’s Hall of Fame case

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jim Thome

    Personally speaking I think Jim Thome is a Hall of Famer. I haven’t really analyzed his case yet and won’t for a while, but I think he is.  The general sentiment among writers over the past few days seems to reflect that too. Even guys who have historically been opposed to so-called “stat-compilers” and who…

  3. Quote of the Day: The Dodgers are easy targets

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    I didn’t watch the ESPY Awards. I hope I don’t have to explain why. Just know that I didn’t watch them.  So I missed Mike Seth Myers’* monologue. Which again, shouldn’t be a big deal, because Mike* Myers hasn’t been funny since at least 1997* for a long time. But when you have material as ripe…

  4. Redoing the 2001 MLB draft

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Mark Prior

    It’s arguable whether even 10 years is long enough to properly evaluate a baseball draft, but it’s good enough for these purposes. I’m going to hit the reset button on the 2001 draft and redo all of the first-round picks based on what we know now. I am excluding 2001 draftees who didn’t sign after…

  5. Baseball is being ruined by the “cult of individualism,” says some guy

    Jun 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    The thinker

    I get accused — not wrongly — of over thinking things from time to time. Well I got nothin’ on David Sirota, who writes in Salon today about how our society’s veneration of the individual over the collective is ruining baseball. The basis of his argument: a study which shows that teams who spend big…

  6. There’s hope for the rest of us: Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz still together

    Jun 6, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz

    Our long national nightmare is over: Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz attended the MTV Movie Awards afterparty at L.A. SoHo House together last night. The New York Daily News reported last week that the pair had split, but if that was the case, it was apparently a very temporary arrangement. According to Us Weekly, A-Rod and…

  7. Picture of the Day: Braves reliever Peter Moylan and his fiancee model black dresses

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Peter Moylan has plenty of time on his hands following back surgery last month, so the Braves reliever tweeted a picture of his fiancee in the dress she’s wearing to the ESPY awards … and then tweeted a picture of himself wearing a similar dress. The double tattoo sleeves sticking out of a sleeveless dress…

  8. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    hangover breakfast

    What you missed while watching the Stanley Cup Final. You were watching the Stanley Cup Final, right?

  9. What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?

    May 23, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    The 2011 Cardinals are off to a fine start. They’ve scored more runs than any other team in baseball and feature an 11th-ranked 3.52 staff ERA, which has been inflated all year by poor bullpen work. Matt Holliday is putting together an MVP-like season with a .996 OPS, seven home runs and 31 RBI in…

  10. 10 years ago today: Barry Bonds hits three homers, giving him 20

    May 19, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    May 19, 2001 Barry Bonds hits three solo homers as part of a 6-3 win over the Braves, giving him 20 homers through the Giants’ first 42 games. Bonds went on to hit a major league record 73 homers in 2001 to win the fourth of his seven NL MVP awards. Even though he was…

  11. Selig on MLB’s investigation of the Dodgers: “nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense”

    May 12, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    That was Bud Selig’s response to questions about MLB’s look into the Dodgers’ finances after the Owners’ Meetings adjourned today.  The message: while Frank McCourt says we’re simply trying to run out the clock as he gets closer and closer to failing to make payroll at the end of the month, that’s simply not true.…

  12. Twins’ first-round pick Alex Wimmers shut down after six straight walks in first start

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    alex wimmers twins

    Alex Wimmers was the Twins’ first-round pick last June after winning back-to-back Big Ten pitcher of the year awards at Ohio State and ranked No. 5 on my annual list of the Twins’ top prospects. After signing Wimmers debuted with a 0.57 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings at Single-A, but his first…

  13. Just say no to any neutral site World Series games

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Gibson homer

    Ken Rosenthal has a good column up today about how baseball’s future is so bright it’s gotta wear shades. Business is booming and looks as though it will continue to boom.  Technology that allows fans to get even more immersed in the game is leading the way to the future, and how the time is…

  14. Two-time All-Star Mike Hampton retires

    Mar 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Mike Hampton

    After allowing 12 runs on 18 hits and 11 walks over 9 2/3 innings as a non-roster invitee with the Diamondbacks this spring, veteran left-hander Mike Hampton has decided to retire. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Hampton told Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson on Thursday that he was leaning towards…

  15. Why I call out guys like Murray Chass and T.J. Simers

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    megaphone

    In the past couple of days I’ve blasted T.J. Simers and Murray Chass for writing pieces that, in my view, were low-rent, unprofessional hit jobs.  This is not new territory for me. I have a combative streak and, like a lot of blogger boys, I engage in a healthy amount of media criticism. And whenever I…

  16. Scott Boras will be the keynote speaker at SABR convention

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    Boras sulking

    I’ve attended the annual Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention every summer since 2004, but often skip the awards luncheon because a) it’s awfully expensive for some mediocre chicken, b) sometimes there’s an actual baseball game going on at the same time, and c) if there isn’t an actual baseball game there’s definitely some…

  17. Springtime Storylines: How soon can Buck Showalter turn the Orioles into AL East contenders?

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    buck-showalter-orioles-spring

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Buck Showalter and the optimistic Orioles. The Big Question: How soon can Buck Showalter turn the Orioles into AL East contenders? I tend…

  18. So, do you feel omniscient punk? Well, do ya?

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

    crystal ball

    We’ll make a bunch of predictions for the 2011 season here at HBT, but since we’re still hoping to make the Olympic Prediction Team, we’re trying to maintain our amateur status and not make it an actual competition. Wezen-Ball’s Larry Granillo has no compunction about turning pro, however, so he has a genuine contest going.…

  19. UPDATE: Padres reach out to Bengie Molina, who wants guaranteed deal

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:29 PM EST

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    The Padres hoped that Gregg Zaun would feel well enough after shoulder surgery to back up primary catcher Nick Hundley this season, but they are back to the drawing board now that the 39-year-old backstop has announced his retirement. However, they can probably cross one option off their list. Dan Hayes of the North County…

  20. Should the Hall of Fame lower its voting standards?

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

    cooperstown

    Friends of HBT Bill and The Common Man — proprietors of the Platoon Advantage blog — are writing over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot today.  Their big conversation starter of the day: a proposal for the Hall of Fame to lower the bar.  This, Bill and TCM argue, will help alleve the giant backlog that many…

  21. Can “swagger” be “bullet-proof?” Ask Jonathan Papelbon.

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

    swagger wagon

    This is quote of the day territory, but it’s a bit early and lots of players will be talking to the media today, so we’ll hold off on giving it any awards. Jonathan Papelbon talked yesterday about how he’s approaching 2011.  The key for him is focus.  Well, not exactly, because he kept saying that…

  22. Michael Bourn switched agents to Scott Boras too

    Feb 11, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    michael-bourn-astros

    Last week Robinson Cano left his agent for Scott Boras and this morning Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Nick Swisher is doing the same, but Boras’ stable of prominent clients isn’t done growing yet. Stephen Goff of Examiner.com reports that Astros center fielder Michael Bourn recently dropped his representation at SFX…

  23. Dirty little secret: Michael Young simply isn’t all that great

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Michael Young

    All the drama between the Rangers and Michael Young is receiving an incredible amount of attention, but lost in the never-ending speculation about where he’ll wind up is that … well, Young just isn’t that great. Texas made the mistake of giving Young a five-year contract that pays him like a superstar and six straight…

  24. Twins to retire Bert Blyleven’s number

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

    blyleven

    2011 is going to be one big victory lap for Bert Blyleven. The Twins announced Thursday night at their annual Diamond Awards that they plan to retire his No. 28 during “Bert Blyleven Day” on July 16, prior to a game against the Texas Rangers. Blyleven will be inducted to the Hall of Fame alongside…

  25. More trouble for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    We wrote back in October about the challenges facing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Joe Posnanski said that the place was in “grave danger.”  Dr. Raymond Doswell, the museum’s interim director, wrote to me to tell me that Posnanski was overstating the problems.  Dr. Doswell will likely have to write to Sam Mellinger now too,…

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