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  1. Livan Hernandez likely to join the Nationals in spring training as an instructor

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that Livan Hernandez says it’s “99 percent” that he will be a part of Nationals’ spring training as an instructor. Hernandez turns 39 on February 20 and did not pitch in 2013, so it’s reasonable to believe his time as a player is done. Hernandez last pitched out of…

  2. Livan Hernandez is auctioning off his World Series ring and MVP

    Dec 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Livan Hernandez earned more than $50 million during his 17-season career, including a million bucks as recently as 2012, but now he’s selling his stuff. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Hernandez is auctioning off his championship ring and MVP award from the 1997 World Series with the Marlins, both with $5,000 reserve…

  3. 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…

  4. Michael Wacha is your NLCS MVP

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    Wacha will go home as the MVP of the National League Championship Series, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. The 22-year-old rookie tossed 13.2 shutout innings over two starts against the Dodgers in Games 2 and 6, allowing just seven hits and two walks while striking out 13. Wacha, of course, pitched seven crucial innings…

  5. Chris Carpenter could return as a reliever

    May 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    The Cardinals’ starting rotation is doing quite well thus far, leading baseball with an aggregate 2.07 ERA. Their bullpen, on the other hand, brings up the rear at 5.67. They have lost Jason Motte for the season as the right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery. Mitchell Boggs‘ stint at closer was short-lived as his 12.66…

  6. The Big Read: From Elijah Dukes to Bryce Harper: How the Nats made it to the top

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Yesterday I called the Nationals the best team in baseball. Today Joe Posnanski explains how they got there. But first he reminds us of how truly wretched they were just a few short years ago: Their right fielder, Elijah Dukes, had been involved in so many off-field incidents, the team hired a former police officer…

  7. Mets director of media relations: king of the butt dialers

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Recently we mentioned the Twitter adventures of Jay Horwitz, the Mets’ director of media relations. Today Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal notes something for which he is far more infamous: butt dialing. The 67 year-old Horwitz has a Blackberry which he refuses to lock for some reason and, as a result, he accidentally…

  8. Eye on 200 wins, Livan Hernandez intends to keep pitching

    Dec 23, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Although he lost his fastball years ago and was unable to find a rotation spot last season, free agent Livan Hernandez wants to keep on pitching in 2013.

  9. Today is the 15th anniversary of the Eric Gregg game

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Eric gregg

    High Heat Stats reminds us that today is the 15th anniversary of the greatest ump show in the history of ump shows.  The day which explains why, every year, Livan Hernandez leaves half of a bottle of cognac and three roses on Eric Gregg’s grave. The box score.  And — though it sickens me to watch it…

  10. The Braves sign Miguel Batista for some reason

    Jul 27, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    Aaron Gleeman said this yesterday after Miguel Batista got released by the Mets: It’s hard to imagine Batista getting another big-league job at this point, but then again I’ve been saying that since about 2008. He’ll get a chance to say it again, because the Braves just signed Batista. Atlanta had Livan Hernandez for a…

  11. Brewers to use closer-by-committee approach

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez AP

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was hoping for some stability when he removed John Axford from the closer role early last week, but he hasn’t had any such luck. Francisco Rodriguez blew two save chances against the Phillies this week while allowing six runs on five hits and three walks over just 1 1/3 innings, so…

  12. Braves release Livan Hernandez

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    As expected Livan Hernandez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and today the Braves released the 37-year-old right-hander. No team wanted anything to do with Hernandez’s guaranteed contract, but now that the Braves are on the hook for that entire deal and he’s available for a prorated share of the minimum salary…

  13. Livan Hernandez designated for assignment by Braves

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Two weeks ago Livan Hernandez had a 2.45 ERA. Today the Braves designated him for assignment. In between Hernandez had a pair of horrendous outings, coughing up a total of nine runs in 4.2 innings while managing just one strikeout. In letting him go the Braves clear a spot on the roster for Kris Medlen,…

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

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

    Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started. Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the…

  15. Bryce Harper on facing Livan Hernandez: “It sucks”

    May 28, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Livan Hernandez got the best of Bryce Harper in their first matchup last night, as the 19-year-old rookie swung wildly at an incredibly slow curveball from the 37-year-old veteran and whiffed. Harper’s eyes lit up when he saw the 65-mph pitch coming to the plate and you could tell he wanted to hit it approximately…

  16. Great Moments in Livan Hernandez

    May 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    If you miss a groundball coming your way, Livan Hernandez WILL throw sunflower seeds at you. And he doesn’t care how old you are.   And you know it’s serious if Livan is gonna part with food.

  17. Twins drop Jason Marquis seven starts into $3 million deal

    May 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Sunday on “Gleeman and The Geek” we talked about Jason Marquis‘ latest clunker of a start and how much longer the Twins could possibly stick with him in the rotation. It didn’t take long for an answer, as the Twins designated Marquis for assignment seven starts into a $3 million deal given to the 33-year-old…

  18. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper, Nick Hundley, Larry Vanover

    Nationals 8, Padres 5: Bryce Harper golfed one more than 400 feet to straightaway center for his first ever major league homer. He also struck out on four pitches to Joe Thatcher and launched a really loud f-bomb. I love him for both reasons, frankly. And I love how the back end of the Nats…

  19. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Yankees 7, Rangers 4: The platonic ideal of a late-dynasty Yankees game: Four hits for Jeter, homer for A-Rod, a CC Sabathia win and a Mariano Rivera save.  In other news, I sorta feel like I wanna be the guy who starts writing the breathless “can Derek Jeter hit .400?” articles. Maybe I’ll do one…

  20. Livan Hernandez to have his wages garnished

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    Livan Hernandez owes a lot of people money. And as a result, his checks from the Atlanta Braves are gonna be smaller: A Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge issued an order Monday to garnish ex-Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez‘s wages with the Atlanta Braves. Hernandez owes SunTrust Bank $469,387.22 from a line of credit and promissory…

  21. Please Fredi, stop using your worst relievers in close games

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez probably throws harder than Livan Hernandez

    Let’s rank the Braves’ relievers in order from best to cannon fodder, shall we: Craig Kimbrel Jonny Venters Eric O’Flaherty Kris Medlen Cristhian Martinez Livan Hernandez Chad Durbin There’s nothing controversial there, right. One could argue about the order of the last two, but really, no one can possibly be that bored. Now let’s look…

  22. It sucks to be Yohan Flande right now

    Apr 3, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Yohan Flande

    The Braves got down to 25 players Monday, demoting pitchers Cory Gearrin and Julio Teheran to Triple-A as part of their cuts. Left as the 12th pitcher on the staff was Yohan Flande, who appeared all set to make his major league debut after spending six years in the minors. Then came the bad news…

  23. Braves name Tommy Hanson as Opening Day starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson AP

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com passes along word that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has officially tabbed Tommy Hanson to start Opening Day against the Mets next Thursday. It will be the first Opening Day assignment of his career. Hanson was limited to just 22 starts last year due to right shoulder problems and missed the first…

  24. Livan Hernandez released by Astros, signs with Braves

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    UPDATE: Surprisingly enough, it didn’t take Hernandez long to find another gig. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that he’s signing with the Braves, who for some reason prefer the 37-year-old soft-tosser to their various inexperienced prospects. Good thing Calcaterra is on vacation today. ========== Once thought to be a near-lock for the Astros’ rotation, Livan…

  25. Running down the rosters: Houston Astros

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The 2012 Astros are pretty sure bets to lose 100 games, with the big question being whether they’ll top last year’s mark of 106 losses. That achievement will be tied to their ability to move the contracts of Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee. Ideally, they’d be able to sell off at least the…

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