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  1. Josh Hamilton loves having company in the Texas Rangers’ doghouse

    Mar 4, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

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    After Ian Kinsler’s unfortunate interview went public this morning, another former Ranger reached out to him: Not any fun being in the Texas doghouse, is it @IKinsler3? — Josh Hamilton (@thejoshhamilton) March 4, 2014   Hamilton, you’ll recall, drew the ire of Rangers fans after he said Dallas is not a baseball town. He was right…

  2. 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…

  3. Josh Hamilton and the Angels are limiting the role of his “accountability coach”

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton has long had an “accountability coach” or “accountability partner” accompany him at all times when at the ballpark and on road trips. The idea is to have someone to keep an eye on him and help him deal with the temptations and difficulties which come with being a drug and alcohol addict.  The…

  4. Josh Hamilton could be out weeks

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Yesterday Josh Hamilton left the Angels’ game with a calf problem. Turns out the problem is going to keep him sidelined a good while. Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times: The Angels open Cactus League play Friday, but it could be weeks before their left fielder joins the lineup. On Tuesday, he strained his left calf muscle…

  5. C.J. Wilson, Josh Hamilton banged up today

    Feb 25, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Bad day to be an Angel. First this: Update on CJ Wilson. Was struck by ball on left side of head throwing live bp. Left on his own power. Taken for precautionary testing. — Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) February 25, 2014 Then this: #Angels Josh Hamilton on crutches in clubhouse. — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) February 25,…

  6. Angels lucky Mike Trout is even thinking about an extension

    Feb 24, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At this point, the only thing standing between the Angels and being a largely irrelevant second banana in the Los Angeles market is Mike Trout. Yeah, Mike Trout, the guy they rewarded for a historic Rookie of the Year and near-MVP campaign in 2012 by paying him $20,000 more than the major league minimum. Even…

  7. Masahiro Tanaka will help, but the Yankees need much more than him to be a contender

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

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    The offseason distorts things. The wintertime focus on individual player signings and the underlying optimism everyone seems to have about the prospects of their local nine often makes us forget that, in baseball, one player cannot make the difference between winning and losing. Heck, sometimes even three players don’t. Just ask Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton,…

  8. Angels close to signing 41-year-old Raul Ibanez

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Raul Ibanez is staying in the American League West, with Jeff Fletcher of the Orange Country Register reporting that the 41-year-old has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Angels. Ibanez hasn’t posted a batting average above .250 since 2010 and makes a ton of outs, but he also smacked 29 homers in…

  9. Russell Wilson — yes that one — and 44 players you’ve never heard of taken in Rule 5 draft

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    The Rule 5 draft took place this morning. It’s traditionally the last thing that happens at the Winter Meetings, so there’s a bittersweet element to it I suppose. We all have to go home today. We all get to go home today. It’s like any vacation story I suppose. It’s not a terribly interesting event…

  10. UPDATE: Mariners planning to offer nine years, $225 million to Robinson Cano

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Mariners may not have offered $200 million to Robinson Cano yet, but it sounds like it’s going to happen before long. David Waldstein of the New York Times and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Mariners plan to offer nine years and $225 million to Cano. This is a slightly…

  11. When will the Yankees regret the Jacoby Ellsbury contract?

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    These huge, later-career deals never turn out great. The best you can hope for when you sign a 30-something baseball player to a hugely expensive long-term deal is that he will have a couple of good years on the front end to boost up his value, have a nice rebound year somewhere in the middle,…

  12. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  13. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  14. Joey Votto: don’t change a thing

    Nov 13, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Fun story here about Joey Votto and the continuing disdain some people in and around Cincinnati seem to have for his patient approach at the plate. My favorite quote in there was actually a question Dennis Janson says he asked when Bryan Price was introduced as Reds manager: I asked Walt Jocketty if Price is up to the…

  15. If it’s the Most Valuable Player, shouldn’t salary matter?

    Nov 7, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera will be named the American League Most Valuable Player again next week. There’s a good chance it will be unanimous, and if not, it will be pretty darn close. Yet, factoring in defense and baserunning, it’s very easy to come away with the idea that Mike Trout was the better player. Of course,…

  16. Forget the ‘one great player’ structure for this World Series

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

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    BOSTON — There seems to be quite a bit of talk about continuity going into this year’s World Series. Well, hey, it’s the Cardinals and the Red Sox again. Fourth time. That was the matchup in ’46, with Stan Musial and Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Pesky, Red Schoendienst and Bobby Doerr and that…

  17. So, what’s the market for Billy Butler anyway?

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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    This kind of doubles as a “what’s the market for Kendrys Morales?” post, too. Anyway, the Royals have let it be known that Billy Butler is available, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Had they done this a year ago, they would have been in line for a nice return. Now? Probably not so much. Butler…

  18. Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto will be back

    Oct 9, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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    As expected, The Los Angeles Angels announced yesterday that Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto will be back next year. Not everyone will be, however: the team has relieved bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard of their duties. On the one hand: kind of surprising given what we’ve heard about tension between Scioscia and Dipoto…

  19. Mike Scioscia, Jerry Dipoto expected to stay in Anaheim

    Oct 4, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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    There has been speculation about the job security for Angels manager Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto. Looks like they’re safe: Although maybe not a formal announcement, #Angels expected to let media/fans know if both Scioscia/Dipoto are staying, to end speculation. — Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) October 4, 2013   The Angels played much better in…

  20. Rangers have no answer for the Rays’ stars

    Sep 30, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    The simple fact is that things lined up better for the Rays than they did for the Rangers in Monday’s one-game playoff. With no maneuvering necessary, the Rays had their 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, David Price, ready to the take the mound. The Rangers, having used Yu Darvish on Sunday, were forced to…

  21. Alden Gonzalez explains why no Mike Trout extension is forthcoming

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Many have assumed that the Angels will try to work out a long-term deal with Mike Trout this winter before the price tag becomes even more overwhelming, but there’s a very good reason that won’t be happening. And it has a lot to do with that hideous Vernon Wells deal still taking a toll. The Angels…

  22. Josh Hamilton: “There’s something to say about having a little extra butt on you”

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    It turns out sometimes a ballplayer getting into The Best Shape Of His Life isn’t such a good thing, as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes about Josh Hamilton: Last offseason, he started a natural-juice diet–or “lifestyle change,” as he calls it–and entered at an estimated 227 pounds, roughly 20 pounds lighter than normal. For next…

  23. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 26, 2013, 7:04 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

    Tigers 1, Twins 0: The Tigers finally clinch the AL Central. It was a nail-biter, though, as they scored their lone run in the first inning and then held off the Twins all night long. Best part of their celebration? For the second year in a row Max Scherzer rocked the goggles with two different…

  24. Hating on the Astros is trendy. But it’s also rather silly.

    Sep 25, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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    I’ve noticed a pretty marked trend in Astros hate the past couple of days.  Yesterday Buster Olney wrote at length about how bad the Astros are, how low their payroll is and how they are being rewarded for it in the form of profitability and draft picks. Buster basically accused the Astros of tanking the…

  25. Does pride keep sluggers from bunting against the shift?

    Sep 24, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about…

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