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  1. What they’re saying about Jeter’s Gold Glove

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

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    I haven’t seen an award decision that had such uniformity of negative opinion about it since Jethro Tull beat Metallica for Best Heavy Metal Performance Grammy in 1988. Or maybe it was Taste of Honey beating Elvis Costello for Best New Artist in 1978.  To be honest, we should probably rename the Gold Glove the…

  2. Holy Jeter! Your American League Gold Glove Winners

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    I have no words.  Aaron’s analysis is here. Here are the winners: C: Joe Mauer 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Robinson Cano 3B:Evan Longoria SS: Derek Freakin’ Jeter OF: Ichiro Suzuki OF: Carl Crawford OF: Franklin Gutierrez P: Mark Buehrle I suppose good arguments can be made for and against most of those guys, but I…

  3. After 13 seasons A’s cut ties with oft-injured Eric Chavez

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

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    Injuries have wrecked Eric Chavez’s career and after paying him $62.5 million to hit just .249/.322/.434 while missing more than half of the team’s games over the past six seasons the A’s declined his $12 million option for 2011. Chavez will get a $3.5 million buyout instead and may be considering retirement despite being just…

  4. Rangers missed out on drafting Tim Lincecum by two spots

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an interesting story about how the Rangers nearly ended up with Tim Lincecum. Texas had the 12th overall pick in Jon Daniels’ first draft as general manager back in 2006 and “had identified the diminutive, hard-throwing right-hander from Washington as the club’s No. 1 target.” According to…

  5. So who was the AL’s best shortstop this year?

    Oct 21, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    Alexei Ramirez

    In announcing their annual awards Wednesday, The Sporting News declared Alexei Ramirez the shortstop on the American League All-Star team. It’s a choice that will probably surprise a lot of people, but the AL shortstops really were so bad this year that a guy with 18 homers in a hitter’s ballpark and an unexceptional defensive…

  6. Why Kirk Gibson is selling his stuff

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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    Remember how Kirk Gibson is selling a bunch of memorabilia, including the bat from the home run in the 1988 World Series? Today he tells the Detroit News why he’s doing it.  Part of it is charitable. Some of it seems like he would just like the money. But one part of it all resonates…

  7. Josh Hamilton named player of year by his peers

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:51 AM EST

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    The players have spoken, and according to them, Josh Hamilton is the best among them. The Texas Rangers center fielder, who has tormented the New York Yankees with four home runs in the ALCS, has been named Sporting News’ player of the year, as selected by a panel of 326 Major League Baseball players. Hamilton…

  8. Could Felix Hernandez win the Cy Young for the wrong reasons?

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:07 PM EST

    I’ve written more stuff about the American League Cy Young Award race than I ever wanted to, but the arguments keep going on, and I’m nothing if not a guy who likes to argue, so . . . The latest incarnation is not about the award itself. It’s about the debates about the award (set…

  9. What the heck are "pressure starts?"

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    I’m not going to re-re-re-rehash the AL Cy Young arguments here, but this thing from the Daily News’ Bill Madden — Spink Award-winning Bill Madden — begs to be highlighted: The sabermetric guys are making the case for Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who belies his 13-12 record with a league-leading 2.27 ERA, 249.2 innings, 30 quality…

  10. Brad Ausmus announces retirement after 18 seasons

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    As expected, Brad Ausmus announced his retirement yesterday after 18 seasons in the majors and over 15,000 innings logged behind the plate, saying: “I’m ready to stop playing. I just don’t feel like I cant contribute every day.” Ausmus struggled to stay healthy in two seasons as Russell Martin’s backup with the Dodgers, but was…

  11. So how did I do with those predictions?

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:27 AM EST

    I’m certain that mine weren’t the best around in 2010. I’m pretty sure they weren’t the worst either. How were yours?

  12. Why did the Pirates fire Double-A manager of the year Matt Walbeck?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Yesterday the Pirates fired Double-A manager Matt Walbeck after he won the Eastern League championship and manager of the year award, which had many people scratching their heads. It still seems like an odd move given how successful Walbeck has been–winning four manager of the year awards and three championships in six seasons in the…

  13. Matt Walbeck wins Double-A manager of the year, gets fired by the Pirates

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Former big-league catcher Matt Walbeck was recently named Double-A manager of the year after guiding Altoona to the Eastern League championship, but last night the Pirates fired him. Walbeck told Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror that he was “surprised” by the move and received no clear explanation for the Pirates’ decision: No, not really.…

  14. On the American League Cy Young Award debate and open-mindedness…

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:51 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners Photo Day

    “Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain wrote that. And now I’m stealing it to head up a blog post about baseball stats. That’s either really cliche or really stupid. Or both. Yeah, it’s both…

  15. OK, Clayton Kershaw's season is NOT over

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    UPDATE: So much for that. The Dodgers had to scratch Hiroki Kuroda for Sunday’s start, which means Kershaw is going back in the rotation for Friday’s start, with Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly picking up Saturday and Sunday. In other news, I am 100% certain that hundreds of players will be shut down for the…

  16. Price: Felix is the Cy Young winner, but Sabathia should be the AL MVP

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    That’s an argument you don’t hear very often, but Ed Price of FanHouse made it today.  After noting that people like me are probably going a bit too nuts in our Felix Hernandez campaigns — Price thinks Hernandez should and will win the award easily — he throws this out there: CC Sabathia is his…

  17. Defending Jose Bautista

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:51 AM EST

    Over at IIATMS, Larry takes on the manner in which folks have been trying to, um, inject PEDs into the narrative surrounding Jose Bautista’s 50-home run season.  It’s a good read, with a premise worth thinking about: while we can predict a lot on baseball, the unpredictable can still happen.  It’s funny how people can…

  18. Ken Rosenthal gets it right

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    After my rant earlier this morning, I should make a point to notice when writers do get the awards votes right. Here’s one Ken Rosenthal. I’m no one, and I have my own, well-known set of biases, so I don’t expect to convince anyone in the BBWAA of anything even if I think I’m on…

  19. "The stats geeks win" and other bits of Cy Young idiocy from ESPN's Rob Parker

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    At no point in your rambling, incoherent column were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  20. Joe Strauss slams "spreadsheet voters"

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EST

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch was asked in a chat yesterday about last year’s Cy Young Vote and whether he thought Keith law and “others in the sabermetric crowd” had undue influence in awards outcomes. His response: There increasingly appears a campaign to discredit pitcher wins as a consideration. They are considered by…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EST

    Oswalt dominates, the NL West continues to see-saw and Joe Girardi decides to use the element of surprise (i.e. a team of super-secret, anonymous relievers) to try and beat the Rays.

  22. Yu Darvish could be headed to MLB this offseason

    Sep 19, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    Prepare thyself. Another “must-see” Japanese pitching prospect could be on his way to the states as soon as this offseason. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal heard from a source Saturday that right-hander Yu Darvish is likely to be “posted” this winter, meaning teams in Major League Baseball…

  23. Josh Hamilton feeling no improvement in sore ribs

    Sep 18, 2010, 9:52 PM EST

    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was given a rare double-dose of cortisone injections on Wednesday of this week in the area of his sore ribcage.  It hasn’t helped. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the injured MVP candidate felt the same Saturday as he did on Wednesday and is not optimistic about his chances of returning before…

  24. Joe Posnanski, Derek Jeter and the search for meaning when there really is none

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EST

    When even the best sportswriter in the business whiffs on the Derek Jeter story, something significant must be going on.

  25. Carlos Zambrano has a nutso player option . . . that could be serious trouble for baseball

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:28 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano could make $19 million in 2013 based on the vote of a single baseball writer. Does this bother you?

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