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  1. 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,”…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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)…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Terry Francona hurt himself running the bases

    Feb 23, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    On the bright side, however: he’s in the BSOHRML. Read the article to learn what that means.

  9. CC Sabathia showed up to camp weighing 305 pounds

    Feb 22, 2015, 8:10 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia, 305 pounds. Woof.

  10. Minnesota columnist: Paul Molitor will crack down on those wimpy players with piddly little concussions

    Nov 5, 2014, 7:56 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    We’re up to round 179 of “Joe Mauer is soft” in Minnesota. And it’s frankly sickening.

  11. Wrigley Field — the most human park in baseball — turns 100-years-old

    Apr 23, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Fenway may be the site of more accomplishments, but it’s easier to see ourselves in Wrigley Field.

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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. —…

  22. Deep Thoughts: Sabermetrics and my annual checkup

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    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…

  23. Pre-PEDs Roger Clemens is being undersold

    Jan 1, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    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…

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