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  1. Revisiting the player of the 1990s discussion

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Since my Ken Griffey Jr. retirement piece received so much feedback… After the 1999 season, Ken Griffey Jr. was famously named the Player of the Decade by the players themselves, as part of the MLBPA’s Players Choice Awards. No balloting was ever announced, so we don’t know how close the vote was. The choice garnered…

  2. What They're Saying About Ken Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    I like eulogies — for careers and lives — that are a little on the brutally yet respectfully honest side. Outside of Rob Neyer — who always delivers at times like these — I’m not guessing we’ll get a ton of that when it comes to the Kid, but I can live with it.  Here’s…

  3. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. opts for retirement

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Wednesday that Ken Griffey Jr. has opted to retire, effective immediately. Griffey, the 1997 AL MVP, was hitting just .184/.250/.204 and was homerless in 98 at-bats this season. He lost playing time to Mike Sweeney last month and saw his role decrease even further with Milton Bradley back from the…

  4. Bud Selig wins a big anti-PED Award

    May 13, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Commissioner Bud Selig has been named the first recipient of Taylor’s Award, presented by the Taylor Hooton Foundation to “an individual who has made a major impact on efforts to educate and protect American youth from the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs.” Couple thoughts: 1. Great for Bud! You’ve come a long way, baby!  Ten…

  5. Nope, the NFL writers really don't care about PEDs

    May 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    As an addendum to this morning’s story about Brian Cushing, the football writers have, after a re-vote, decided to allow Cushing to keep his Defensive Rookie of the Year award despite the fact that he had tested positive for a banned substance before the season started. Like I said this morning, the notion of going…

  6. Should Mike Piazza go into the Hall of Fame as a Dodger or a Met?

    May 10, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    This question was inspired by Mr. Piazza’s own comments in the New York Times over the weekend, in which he says he’d prefer to go in with a Mets cap: The bulk of my career was with the Mets,” he said, “and after going through the trade, then the drama of 9/11. I’ll never forget…

  7. The Yankees know: don't sign players until you have to

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    It’s safe to say I’ve given up on my hopes of becoming a major league GM. But if a reader hits the lottery, buys a team and decides to give me a shot, know that there’s a couple of rules I’d live by: 1. Never give multiyear deals to bench players 2. Don’t re-sign veterans…

  8. Juan Gonzalez on steroids: "I never used any of that stuff"

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Juan Gonzalez sat for an interview with ESPNDeportes.com on Monday, during which he denied ever taking steroids, saying “I never used any of that stuff,” and saying “I have nothing to hide. Nothing.” This is consistent with what he said in 2005: “It’s not true . . . I never saw needles. I never saw…

  9. I'm not the only guy down on the Phillies

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    The good Mr. Neyer posted his projected standings at ESPN yesterday.  He has the Yankees, Twins, and Rangers winning their divisions and the Red Sox taking the wild card in the AL and the Phillies, Cardinals and Rockies taking the divisions and the Braves taking the wild card in the senior circuit. Rob’s a lot…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Are the Rockies the best team in the National League?

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    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 2010 season.  Next up: The Rockies. The big question: Are the Rockies the best team in the National League? I’m going to say no…

  11. Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent, reunited at last

    Apr 1, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, and the rest of the Giants’ division-winning 2000 squad will be reunited April 11 in San Francisco as the team holds a 10th-anniversary celebration for AT&T Park (which was then called Pacific Bell Park). Bonds and Kent famously didn’t get along (to say the least) during their hugely successful run with…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Will the real Cole Hamels please stand up?

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    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 2010 season.  Next up: the defending NL Champs. The big question: Will the real Cole Hamels please stand up?Hamels was otherworldly in the 2008…

  13. Is it time for Cano to be clutch?

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    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…

  14. Johnny Damon contract details

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Introducing Sportsvision's FieldFX

    Feb 12, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Defense: the final frontier . . .: This could be the year that baseball-stat freaks finally crack the “Derek Jeter enigma.” A panel of coaches has awarded the New York Yankees’ shortstop four of the past six Gold Glove awards for fielding excellence. That drives statisticians nuts, because nearly every statistical model ranks Jeter’s defense…

  16. Frank Thomas is the most underrated hitter ever

    Feb 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Frank Thomas officially announcing his retirement has me thinking about his place in baseball history and preemptively worried that the Baseball Writers Association of America may not fully appreciate him when he appears on their Hall of Fame ballots in 2014. Thomas was my favorite player growing up, which is admittedly an odd sentiment for…

  17. Tim Lincecum's arbitration will not set some dangerous precedent

    Feb 12, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Buster Olney quotes some baseball official worrying about Tim Lincecum’s arbitration. Specifically, he worries about the “precedent” a $13 million award could set.  That word he keeps using; I do not think it means what he thinks it means: There is a lot of sentiment within other organizations for the Giants to settle the case,…

  18. Big Hurt set to call it a career

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    Frank Thomas, who last played with the Blue Jays and Athletics in 2008, will announce his retirement on Friday, sources told MLB.com. The 41-year-old Thomas finishes his career with 521 home runs. Also a tight end in college, Thomas was the seventh overall pick in the 1989 MLB draft out of Auburn. In 16 years…

  19. Tim Lincecum cuts his hair, lacks furniture

    Feb 6, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    It’s not like there’s some kind of Nazarite oath afoot here that will sap Tim Lincecum of all of his power in the event his locks are shorn, but I still don’t like this one bit: His hair is 3 inches shorter. He said he cut it before last month’s baseball writers’ banquet in New…

  20. Deep Thoughts: the Mets Offseason

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Deep thought:  when Darryl Strawberry is saying you’re messin’ up, you need to take a look in the mirror: Darryl Strawberry was asked for his assessment of the Mets’ offseason changes Tuesday night, and he gave an answer that will be hard for anyone to argue. “I’ll put it like this: It could’ve been better,”…

  21. Mauer goes through the (video game) motions

    Feb 2, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer isn’t spending all of his time these days hammering out the details of a potentially historic new contract with the Minnesota Twins. Nope, this guy can multi-task, which is only one reason he’s so valuable. In addition to shopping for a new, umm, everything, Mauer also took time on Tuesday to don one…

  22. UPDATE: Pujols responds to the no-show claims

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Sam Mellinger, who ran the original story this morning regarding Albert Pujols and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, received a response from Pujols’ foundation: Sam, Albert’s wife, Deidre is expecting their fourth child this week. She has been given “any minute” status from her doctor since last Monday. Albert has asked us not to…

  23. The Jerome Holtzman Award?

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark thinks that closers don’t already get enough phony glory due to their often meaningless, personalized stat, so he proposes a special award just for them: It’s time for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to establish a new award for relief pitchers. And if it were up to us, we’d call it the…

  24. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard, Part II

    Jan 19, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    More of the arbitration filing deadline insanity Part I is here (UPDATE: We now have a Part III too!).  All are one-year deals unless otherwise specified: Jeff Francoeur, Mets, $5 million.  I’d lay into the guy here, but at this point I’d be like ripping on that awful, horrible girl you used to date but…

  25. Roger Maris is not a Hall of Famer

    Jan 15, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    After McGwire started talking you just knew this was coming: If nothing else, Maris should at least have a spot in the Hall of Fame . . . Maris doesn’t have incredible career numbers — 275 homers and 851 RBIs in 12 seasons — but a few things stand out other than the 61 homers…

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