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

    Jan 11, 2014, 10:55 PM EST

    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…

  2. Ranking MLB managers by . . . handsomeness

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:57 PM EST

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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…

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

    Oct 22, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 20, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 21, 2013, 5:38 PM EST

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    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…

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

    May 1, 2013, 6:10 PM EST

    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…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:24 AM EST

    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…

  8. In which Hunter Pence approves of my dietary choices

    Feb 28, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    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. —…

  10. Deep Thoughts: Sabermetrics and my annual checkup

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:56 PM EST

    LDL

    I went for my annual physical this morning. I’m OK and stuff, but I am NOT in the Best Shape of My Life. And the entire conversation I had with my doctor about it made me realize how silly and stupid old school, anti-sabermetric arguments are. Note: I warn the medical professionals among you that…

  11. Pre-PEDs Roger Clemens is being undersold

    Jan 1, 2013, 9:10 AM EST

    Roger Clemens Red Sox

    You see a lot of Hall of Fame ballots which include Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. You see more that include neither. You don’t see a whole lot of them which include one and not the other.  But Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald votes that way. He gives the nod to Bonds but not…

  12. Derek Jeter says “no question” he’ll be in the Opening Day lineup

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:27 PM EST

    Derek Jeter

    Alex Rodriguez may end up missing the entire first half following hip surgery, but Derek Jeter thinks he’ll be in the Opening Day lineup despite breaking his ankle in the ALCS. Just two weeks ago Yankees manager Joe Girardi called Jeter’s status for Opening Day “a little bit of a question mark” but today during…

  13. Old story: The insiders go after the stat guys. New twist: in politics

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Nate Silver

    Nate Silver is known for two things: (1) being one of the old school Baseball Prospectus people, where he developed the PECOTA projection system; and (2) being a political polling analyst/prognosticator and proprietor of the FiveThirtyEight.com blog, which appears in the New York Times. He used to crunch baseball numbers. Now he crunches political polling data. Viva varied interests…

  14. Jeff Kent is going to be on the new season of “Survivor”

    Aug 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    CBS just announced the cast for the next season of “Survivor” and it includes former five-time All-Star and National League MVP Jeff Kent. I stopped watching “Survivor” back when that’s how everyone knew of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, but one of the best second basemen of all time being on the show might actually get me to…

  15. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Did you have a decent time?”

    Jul 10, 2012, 11:34 PM EST

    all-star gala full

    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in KC. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. Part Five. When I picked up my press packet Saturday from the will call window next to Kauffman Stadium’s Gate C, it included an invitation to something called the “2012 MLB All-Star Gala” — to be held in…

  16. Dale Sveum wants Alfonso Soriano to use a smaller bat

    May 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano‘s bat isn’t in the best shape of its life. Manager Dale Sveum thinks it needs to lose a few ounces. “The fact of the matter is fastballs are getting too deep,” manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. “Whatever it is, it’s just a strange phenomenon right now that Edwin Maysonet has more home runs…

  17. Jhoulys Chacin placed on disabled list with right shoulder inflammation

    May 7, 2012, 8:49 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies announced earlier this evening that Jhoulys Chacin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs last week after posting an ugly 7.30 ERA over his first five starts, but today’s move rescinds the option. This news doesn’t come as a big surprise,…

  18. Scenes from Spring Training: The Most Interesting Man in the World

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:51 AM EST

    TT Roadhoue

    After I left the ballpark yesterday afternoon I came back to my hotel and placed my health first among all other things. First, I moved into my new non-smoking room, which was good for my lungs. Then I went to the fitness center and ran on a treadmill for 45 minutes which was good for…

  19. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  20. Bryan LaHair named Cubs’ cleanup hitter after BSOHL claim

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    Bryan LaHair

    A fitting reward, is it not? Cubs manager Dale Sveum said today that while he’s still figuring out the rest of his lineup, he’s currently planning to use David DeJesus as a leadoff man and Bryan LaHair in the cleanup spot. It’s quite a show of faith in LaHair, a 29-year-old who has hit .262/.335/.395…

  21. A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day in the most boring way possible

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Kurt Suzuki

    In an effort to put on 15 pounds this offseason A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day, telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that his “gluttonous” diet plan includes non-stop eating and working out. Of course, those 4,000 calories are coming in the form of turkey burgers, fruit, energy bars, protein shakes, salads,…

  22. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols celebrates his single next to Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder in the 2nd inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    Instead of breaking the rankings up further, here’s the entire top 50. Links to the articles for free agents 111-51 can be found below. Again, I’m ranking the free agents based more on how I believe teams view them than how I see the players myself. Personally, I’d take a chance on Vladimir Guerrero over…

  23. Into the offseason we go

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:56 AM EST

    Autumn

    As is always the case at this time of year, I’m at a bit of a loss. My brain and body still think it’s baseball season. The hot stove stuff doesn’t seem very real yet. And, even though we’ll totally get into it like crazy now, it does feel like a step down from where…

  24. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    The Question

    It’s that time again. Your almost 100% non-baseball questions.  But that’s OK. We need to do this to get all of the Star Wars talk out of our system lest we drive our wives and girlfriends crazy.  Assuming anyone who is obsessed with Star Wars has a wife or a girlfriend.  I should probably think…

  25. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:38 AM EST

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    I’m not going to lie to you: there’s a lot more information about bourbon in today’s recap than there is about baseball. So, you know, be warned.

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