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  1. What to make of beat reporters stumping for players they cover come award season

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    press hat

    I wondered about this on Twitter earlier and figured I’d expand on it a little more here. As the season winds down we’re seeing tons of articles touting various players for various awards and there’s often a location-based angle. Beat writers in Detroit think Miguel Cabrera should be the MVP. Beat writers in Baltimore think…

  2. Three exciting days left in the regular season

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first game of a double header during an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We are down to the final three days of the regular season, and there is so much still to be decided. Here’s an overview for the craziness that will be afoot between now and Wednesday night: The Races: The teams involved in the playoffs are close to being set. The Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have…

  3. Gleeman and The Geek: MVPs, batting titles, and pink drinks

    Sep 24, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    gleeman-geek250

    Note: I do a weekly podcast that’s mostly about the Minnesota Twins, but also about baseball in general and other random topics that HBT readers may find amusing. On this week’s “Gleeman and The Geek” episode we talked about pink drinks, revisiting the free agent pitcher market, Joe Mauer and batting titles, Mike Trout versus…

  4. MLB really has no plan when it comes to PED punishment

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I often defend baseball’s PED testing regime. I think its official punishments are good. Fifty games is a lot for a first offense, as are the financial penalties that go along with the suspensions.  But it really has no clue what it’s doing when it comes to secondary sanctions like the one we saw imposed…

  5. MLB’s official statement on Melky shows that “regret” is now part of PED punishments

    Sep 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Major League Baseball just released Bud Selig’s official statement on the new Melky Cabrera Rule. And — as I’m sure all of you will love — it opens up a whole new avenue of PED punishment and debate:  “After giving this matter the consideration it deserves, I have decided that Major League Baseball will comply…

  6. Omar Vizquel, Babe Ruth, and the all-time hits list

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    billboard hits

    I’m sure Omar Vizquel fans will be angry about this comparison, but it’s not so much about him as it is me trying to point out the silliness behind acting as if “hits” are a good way to gauge someone’s overall ability as a hitter. Anyway, yesterday Vizquel notched his 2,871st and 2,872nd career hits,…

  7. Busting the narratives: reverse pennant races

    Sep 17, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    backwards clock

    As Kierkegaard once said: “The baseball season can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”  Which is why narratives are created as the season goes on, assigning epic collapses to teams who play poorly late and inspirational surges to teams who play poorly early. Even if said teams — over the long haul…

  8. It’s officially “so and so should be considered” season

    Sep 11, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    I had a go at this concept last year. The concept that, when it comes to postseason awards, it’s somehow a legitimate argument to say “so and so should be considered” when the person advocating such a position doesn’t actually think they should win it. That he should be “in the conversation.” Person 1: I…

  9. The latest “oh noes, Melky can’t win the batting title!” column

    Sep 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    The argument that Melky Cabrera should not be allowed to win the 2012 batting title because of his drug suspension was dumb a couple of weeks ago and it’s dumb again today. From Morosi: The batting race, though, is one instance in which MLB must act — and it doesn’t need to be that complicated.…

  10. Miguel Cabrera is AL’s Player of the Month, but not the Tigers’

    Sep 4, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    How’s that for silliness? Miguel Cabrera was recognized Tuesday by the BBWAA as the American League’s Player of the Month for August, but he didn’t get the same honor from the Detroit chapter in the vote for Tigers’ Player of the Month. Instead, Detroit writers picked Prince Fielder, and justifiably so. Here are the August stats for…

  11. Royals prospect Wil Myers named Baseball America minor league player of the year

    Sep 4, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Baseball America announced its annual minor league player of the year today and the winner is Royals prospect Wil Myers, who hit .314 with 37 homers in 134 games between Double-A and Triple-A at age 21. J.J. Cooper’s lengthy article about Myers includes this interesting tidbit: He joins Paul Konerko, Troy Glaus, Jose Canseco, and…

  12. Grady Sizemore ruled out for the season

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    When the Indians re-signed Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $5 million they did so hoping he’d be ready for Opening Day, but instead the oft-injured center fielder hasn’t played a single game and now he’s been ruled out for the season following another setback. Manager Manny Acta summed up the situation pretty well to Jordan…

  13. Baseball and Bud to stay together for six more years

    Aug 22, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    generic beer

    No, not Selig, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did too. Bud as in Budweiser: Budweiser and baseball, two American staples whose history can be traced back to the late 1800s, will continue to go hand-in-hand. Anheuser-Busch and Major League Baseball Properties today announced a six-year renewal of the sponsorship agreement that designates Budweiser…

  14. We can’t let Melky Cabrera have the batting title/crown/award!

    Aug 18, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    In the name of all that is holy! Kenny Albert and Tim McCarver made it very clear during Saturday’s FOX Red Sox-Yankees broadcast that we can’t allow Melky Cabrera to win the NL batting title after his steroids suspension this week. In fact, it seems we need a new rule to prevent players who receive…

  15. Felix Hernandez: MLB’s best young pitcher in 20 years

    Aug 15, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    That’s pretty defensible, right. Felix Hernandez debuted at 19, and while he wasn’t great right away — in fact, he was pretty disappointing his first three years — he’s provided a ton of value to the Mariners in going 96-72 with a 3.17 ERA in 230 career starts to date. Baseball-reference WAR rates him as…

  16. Year-by-year breakdown of Cole Hamels’ $144 million deal

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has the details of Cole Hamels‘ six-year, $144 million contract extension with the Phillies, which keeps the 28-year-old left-hander from hitting the open market as a free agent this offseason: Signing bonus: $6 million 2013: $19.5 million 2014: $22.5 million 2015: $22.5 million 2016: $22.5 million 2017: $22.5 million 2018: $22.5…

  17. Barry Bonds thinks he belongs in the Hall, doesn’t care if he’s kept out, loves Roger Clemens

    Aug 7, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Premiere Of Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" - Red Carpet

    Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record five years ago today. Recently he sat down with Barry Bloom of MLB.com to talk about that, the end of his career, the Hall of Fame, his status as a felon and his good friend Roger Clemens. It’s a pretty b.s.-free interview in which he offers the…

  18. Fernando Rodney is in very rare territory

    Aug 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    The Rays have had the magic touch with lightly regarded relievers before, but Fernando Rodney is easily their biggest success story yet. The 35-year-old Rodney recorded his 31st save Wednesday, moving himself into a tie for the major league lead, and lowered his ERA to 0.74 with a scoreless inning in a 4-1 win over…

  19. Jim Palmer is selling his Cy Youngs, Gold Gloves

    Jul 2, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Jim Palmer's Cy Young

    Hall of Famer Jim Palmer is putting his hardware up for bids. Listed on Hunt Auctions are all three of his Cy Young Awards and two of his four Gold Gloves. Palmer is working as a TV analyst for the Orioles, so he still has a steady income. However, he doesn’t see the mementos as…

  20. Frank Deford laments the passing of journalism that Frank Deford likes (and which hasn’t passed)

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Frank Deford

    The legendary Frank Deford spoke at an awards ceremony on Friday, and during  his acceptance speech he lamented what he believes to be the death of sports journalism. He was somewhat vague on what he thinks is causing the death, but he goes after sports writing that is primarily about statistics and “texting,” suggesting that…

  21. Mariners first-round pick Mike Zunino named Baseball America college player of the year

    Jun 22, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Mike Zunino

    Mike Zunino was selected by the Mariners with the third overall pick in the draft two weeks ago and today Baseball America named the University of Florida catcher their college player of the year. Zunino hit .322 with a 1.069 OPS for the Gators, ranking fourth in the country with 19 homers, 10th with 67…

  22. Joe Torre to manage Team USA in World Baseball Classic

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Joe Torre - Dodgers

    Joe Torre has served as MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations since retiring as Dodgers manager in late 2010–with a brief break while he pursued ownership of the team–but the 71-year-old future Hall of Famer has decided to take on another managing gig. Torre has been chosen as Team USA’s manager for the World…

  23. You’re not gonna believe this, but Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were MLB Rookies of the Month

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    Get used to this. From a bevy of MLB press releases that just filled my inbox: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for May … Bryce Harper has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for May. Trout hit .324 (35-for-108) with six doubles, two triples,…

  24. R.A. Dickey, Paul Konerko named players of the week

    May 29, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    The Player of the Week Awards came out, and the winners are R.A. Dickey in the NL and Paul Konerko in the AL. Dickey was 2-0 in two starts, striking out 21 batters and allowing a single earned run in 14 and a third innings pitched for a 0.63 ERA for the week. No surprise at all…

  25. MLB named “sports league of the year”

    May 24, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Sally Field You Really Like Me

    I’m picturing a black tie gala, everyone who matters in attendance. When the nominees are read, a four-way split screen comes up with Bud Selig, Roger Goodell, David Stern and Gary Bettman, all looking hopeful.  As soon as the winner is announced, the losing three all purse their lips and try to act like they…

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