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  1. Is Brad Penny Detroit-bound?

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Brad Penny

    It’s been a busy offseason so far for Brad Penny. He got engaged to one of the pros from “Dancing with the Stars.” He’s busy getting into The Best Shape of His Life.  And now he may be packing his bags for Detroit. That’s what Jon Paul Morosi is saying, reporting that the Tigers have expressed…

  2. Your Prince Fielder Photo of the Day

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    The below pic was taken today as Prince Fielder visited a Japanese junior high school and taught some mad baseball skills to the kids as a part of the Major League Baseball International Ambassador program.  I also like this one. But really, the reason I posted them is that judging by others in the stream of…

  3. Elijah Dukes is in trouble again. Which makes me sad, though not for him.

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s not major trouble by his standards — he’d have to be accused of robbing a moving train or sedition or something in order for this to really register on the Elijah Dukes scale — but the former Ray and Nat was arrested again, this time for failing to pay court-ordered child support payments. Like,…

  4. Fergie Jenkins thinks Zambrano got too skinny

    May 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    And here we thought being in the best shape of his life would make a big difference.  Here’s the great Fergie Jenkings on the Cubs’ highly-paid mopup man: “The guy I thought was going to be a winner was Carlos Zambrano,” Jenkins said. “But he just can’t get it together.” The reason, Jenkins speculated, was…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Can anyone on the White Sox hit the ball over the fence?

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:55 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 Ozzie Guillen Show The big question: Can anyone hit the ball over the fence? This is a pretty punchless…

  6. Quote of the Day II: Andruw Jones and Joey Cora

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    From Olney.  And an added “best shape of his life” too! Best line of the spring so far: Andrew Jones showed up in great shape, about 25 pounds lighter than last year. And he proclaimed to others, “I am the best CFer you guys have in camp.” To which Joey Cora replied, “You should be.…

  7. So much for Camp Panda

    Feb 17, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Courtesy of ‘Duk over at Big League Stew comes a photo of Pablo Sandoval at his first day of Giants’ spring training. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that — for all the talk of his offseason training regimen — Kung Fu Panda is not in the best shape of…

  8. Jerry Manuel vows to make the Mets work on fundamentals

    Feb 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    When it comes to spring training evergreen stories there aren’t many more venerable than “best shape of his life” and “Player X spent the winter working on a new arm angle to get on top of his breaking ball” pieces. After those, however, you have to go with “Manager X plans on emphasizing fundamental baseball…

  9. Mark McGwire: hitting coach

    Feb 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an in depth article on Mark McGwire today. And — surprise! — it’s about Mark McGwire the hitting coach, not Mark McGwire the sideshow freak: “I used to have a different swing for every type of pitch, like it was this advanced game of pepper up there,”…

  10. Justin Verlander: Jeremy Bonderman looks good

    Feb 10, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Give a guy $80 million and he’ll wear any hat you want him to. Starter. Team leader. Scout: Justin Verlander said the throws have life on them, more than he saw last year. He talked about making adjustments, going back to the basics. He’s really excited about the progress. He wasn’t talking about himself. He…

  11. Derek Jeter: Captain Provocative

    Feb 10, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Stop the presses: Derek Jeter thinks the Yankees have a chance to repeat. He also said “I like the team that we have.” Jeter was going to say that he was in the best shape of his life but his agent, business manager, publicist and life coach decided that they didn’t want to get all…

  12. Matt Stairs set to become a Padre

    Jan 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that 41-year-old outfielder Matt Stairs has agreed to a minor league contract with the Padres.  From Jerry’s Twitter account, a must-follow for any baseball fan: “[Padres GM] Jed Hoyer was very aggressive in trying to bring Matt into a young team to have a veteran presence,” said Stairs’ agent, Bob…

  13. Mike Lowell is "on a mission"

    Jan 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    If I had any skills I’d create some sort of interactive bingo card for the right-hand margin on which we’d put chips every time a player is reported this spring to (a) be in the best shape of his life; (b) be working on a new pitch that he thinks will make the difference; (c)…

  14. Francisco Liriano is "throwing the living fire out of the ball"

    Jan 5, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    And with this quote from Ron Gardenhire about Francisco Liriano, we officially begin to transition from the hot stove season to the “Player X is in the best shape of his life” season: “I just got a report that he’s throwing the living fire out of the ball down in the Dominican (Republic). He threw…

  15. Rich Harden desperately wants to stay healthy

    Dec 11, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    Rich Harden’s new deal gives him $11.5 million reasons to want to stay healthy. This piece at MLB.com talks about what he’s doing to make that elusive goal come to pass: Harden has been searching for answers and believes he is getting there. He works with a private physiotherapist in Phoenix and has worked hard…

  16. 2014 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

    Choo Fielder

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. First up: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Were the bold moves bold enough? The past two offseasons seasons saw the division…

  17. Rangers tell Tanner Scheppers to prepare to start in spring training

    Jan 11, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Texas Rangers

    The Rangers were in for a shock yesterday when they learned that starter Derek Holland injured his knee in a fall at home, forcing him to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn cartilage. He is expected to be out until around mid-season. As a result, the Rangers are scrambling to find a substitute starter…

  18. Ranking MLB managers by . . . handsomeness

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — The thing about the Winter Meetings is that, if you have some silly idea, there are a lot of people around you drinking cocktails, convincing you that the idea is not silly. That, to the contrary, it’s important and vital and if you don’t follow through with that idea, you’re…

  19. Leyland Unplugged (and what makes a “great” manager)

    Oct 22, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland looks on during a practice in preparation for the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington, Texas

    What a fascinating baseball career Jim Leyland has had. He was born and raised in Toledo, less than an hour from Detroit, and he was a no-hit minor-league catcher for the Tigers for seven years. He was one of those ballplayers everyone knew from the start would coach; Leyland was the sort of player who…

  20. Must-Click Link: Gabe Kapler has the smartest take on PED speculation you’ll ever see

    Aug 20, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Gabe Kapler

    Everyone — and I mean everyone — should read Gabe Kapler’s essay about his decision not to use PEDs and his views on speculation about PED-using players over at Baseball Prospectus. It is easily the best take I’ve seen on the matter. For PED hawks, there is an extremely useful lesson about the assumptions we…

  21. Baseball’s discrimination against old players has to stop

    May 21, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    miguel batista getty

    Sorry. That headline may have been a bit dramatic. But see, I turn 40 in July. And while I’m generally cool with that — and while I am, in all honestly, in The Best Shape of My Life — it has dawned on me pretty clearly that we are almost to the point where there…

  22. Lance Lynn opens 5-0 for second straight season

    May 1, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn beat the Reds on Wednesday to become the NL’s first five-game winner this year. In so doing, he started a second straight season 5-0. The 25-year-old Lynn is the fifth pitcher in 2000 to start back-to-back seasons 5-0. Pedro Martinez actually did it three straight years: Martinez: 5-0 in 2000, 6-0…

  23. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    Wrap

    There’s a lot that goes on during the weekend of a baseball season. And a lot of you, for reasons that must make some sort of sense, but like, whatever, choose to only read HBT during the week while you’re at work. I guess that’s OK. I’m sure your family is nice. But you really…

  24. In which Hunter Pence approves of my dietary choices

    Feb 28, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Low Carbs

    I’ve mentioned my change in diet a few times around here. Sorry if I’m being redundant about it, but it has represented a pretty major life change for me. And being on the road for a week and a half it’s impossible not to think about it.  Road trips are always bad for me, food…

  25. Mike Trout gained 10-15 pounds during the offseason

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    While Josh Hamilton dropped 20 pounds during the offseason due to a change in his diet, it seems his new teammate, Mike Trout, was busy bulking up. Last season, #Angels OF Mike Trout looked like an NFL RB. He looks more like a FB now, after gaining 10-15 lbs. He reported at 240 lbs.— Mike…

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