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Posted on: March 9, 2012 6:28 pm
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The current URL -- you know, where you're reading this -- won't have updating blog posts any longer. So if you noticed there were no posts here today, it wasn't because we were being lazy. We just have been posting under the new platform and will continue to do so as time rolls on.

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Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:34 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

By Matt Snyder

New Phillies closer -- and former Red Sox closer -- Jonathan Papelbon has never been afraid to speak his mind. Thursday morning, he did so on a CBS radio affiliate in Philadelphia -- and it likely won't endear him any further to the Boston fans he left via free agency.

“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Papelbon said (CBS Local). “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played."

To be fair, it's tough to tell if an athlete is pandering to a new fan base when something like this is said, and he did say he enjoyed the Boston fans.

"I’ve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston,” Papelbon said (CBS Local). “It’s a religion. It’s a way of life. They come to the field and they expect certain things out of players. It’s an environment where you put up or shut up. I enjoyed that. It got my motor running every day.”

So he wasn't attacking Boston or the Red Sox fans. Still, he did say Phillies fans are more knowledgeable and I can't imagine that sits well with Boston fans.

What say you, fans, was he right? Go ahead and vote, hash it out in the comments, whatever you wish ...



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Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:57 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Bray to shave head, earn money for charity

By Matt Snyder

Negative stories about celebrities and professional athletes get plenty of attention, so we try to pass along the real positive ones whenever we can -- like Marlins catcher John Buck playing hero of the day this past offseason -- and here's another one to pass along: Reds reliever Bill Bray is going to shave his head in an effort to raise money for childhood cancer research on March 17.

He'll do so at the Reds' player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz. Donors who pledge at least $25 toward Bray's head-shaving show of solidarity will get an 8X10 autographed photo of the lefty. Hit up Bray's Facebook page for information or to make a donation.

Note that this is taking place on St. Patrick's Day, and it's no coincidence. Bray's charity is the St. Baldrick's Foundation -- note that it's combining "bald" with the holiday.

Bray's personal tie to the cause is his 10-year-old cousin, Trevor, who has been fighting neuroblastoma cancer for the past several years.

“Trevor’s parents wanted me to get several signed baseballs for their upcoming auction, but I wanted to do more,” said Bray in a statement. “I thought, in addition to that, I should shave my head to raise money and national awareness for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Shaving my head is a simple sacrifice for a promising reward for Trevor and other children battling cancer every day.”

Kudos, Mr. Bray. And Godspeed, Trevor.

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Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:04 am
 

David Robertson injures foot in fall

By Matt Snyder

We can add another name to the long list of major-leaguers with a dubious injury. It wasn't exactly carrying deer meat (ahem, Clint Barmes) or a sneeze (c'mon down, Sammy Sosa!), but All-Star Yankees setup man David Robertson has a sprained right foot, courtesy of a fall while the right-hander was moving boxes in his spring training home.

Worse yet, in the embarrassment department, Robertson wasn't even carrying a heavy load.

''They were empty boxes. They weren't even heavy boxes,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said (Associated Press). ''I told him to kick them down the stairs the next time.''

Initial X-rays were negative and he's been taken in for an MRI.

'''I'm concerned,'' Girardi said (AP). ''It hurt him to walk, (and) you assume that he's going to be down a little bit of time even if everything comes back OK. Now that doesn't mean he wouldn't have time to get ready for the season. But you've got to start over a little bit.''

Girardi also noted that Robertson could still be ready to make the opening day roster if he's sidelined less than two weeks from this point. The Yankees do have insurance in the eighth inning, should Robertson be sidelined, as Rafael Soriano can slide right in as the setup man. Still, losing Robertson for any amount of time.

Robertson, 26, was easily one of the most dominant relief pitchers in all of baseball last season. He made his first All-Star Game, putting together a 1.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings.

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Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:23 am
 

Giants respond to A's press release



By Matt Snyder


The quasi-public fight between the A's and Giants has been advanced, this time from the Giants. Wednesday, we passed along a press release from the A's, where they seemed to be pleading for a shot in San Jose without outwardly saying as much.

The Giants have issued a statement in response, and they didn't pull any punches (especially when seeming to mock that the A's were bought for "just" $172 million). Here is the statement in full:
“The Commissioner has asked us to refrain from discussing the territorial rights issue publicly. Out of respect for his request, we will limit our response to setting the record straight on the history of territorial rights.

The Giants territorial rights were not granted “subject to” moving to Santa Clara County. Indeed, the A’s fail to mention that MLB’s 1990 territorial rights designation has been explicitly re-affirmed by Major League Baseball on four separate occasions. Most significantly in 1994, Major League Baseball conducted a comprehensive review and re-definition of each club’s territories. These designations explicitly provide that the Giants territory include Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Marin Counties and the A’s territory included Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

The MLB owners unanimously approved those designated territories and memorialized them in the MLB Constitution. Since then, the MLB Constitution has been re-affirmed by the MLB owners – including by the A’s – on three different occasions (2000, 2005 and 2008), long after the Giants won approval to build AT&T Park. Mr. Wolff and Mr. Fisher agreed to these territorial designations and were fully aware of our territorial rights when they purchased the A’s for just $172 million in 2005.

The population of Santa Clara County alone represents 43% of our territory. Upon purchasing the team 20 years ago, our plan to revive the franchise relied heavily on targeting and solidifying our fan base in the largest and fastest growing county within our territory. Based on these Constitutionally-recognized territorial rights, the Giants invested hundreds of millions of dollars to save and stabilize the team for the Bay Area, built AT&T Park privately and has operated the franchise so that it can compete at the highest levels.”
This isn't going away any time soon. The A's need their stadium situation resolved and seem to desperately want San Jose. But the Giants hold territorial rights and aren't relenting. MLB has reportedly sided with the Giants thus far, but also seems to want to keep things under wraps. So the dance will continue.

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Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:03 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 10:16 am
 

Twins give Glen Perkins 3-year, $10.3m extension



By Matt Snyder


The Minnesota Twins have signed relief pitcher Glen Perkins to a three-year, $10.3 million contract extension, the club has announced. Perkins was already under contract for $1.55 million this season and wasn't eligible for free agency until after the 2013 season. Still, this contract now eats up his first two years of free agency and also includes an option for the 2016 season.

Perkins, 29, had a 2.48 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 65 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings last season. It was his first full season in the bullpen, as he was a starter through 2009 and only appeared in 13 games in 2010.

“We are very pleased to reach this agreement with Glen”, said Twins general manager Terry Ryan. “He has been a reliable reliever for us and has helped stabilize the back end of our bullpen in the set-up role. When we were looking for someone to step up last year, it was Glen who seized the opportunity and pitched the way we knew he could, after selecting him out of the University of Minnesota.”

MLB Spring Projected Lineups

At this point, Perkins is part of the bridge to closer Matt Capps. In fact, Perkins is the top left-handed option in the bullpen and likely the primary setup man. It doesn't take much of a stretch to see him landing in the closer role, either, as Capps struggled in the role last season. And it's worth noting that Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reported via Twitter that Perkins' new contract does include incentives for games finished.

As Ryan mentioned, Perkins is a Minnesota product, having gone to the University of Minnesota. Before that, he attended Stillwater High School in Minnesota as well.

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Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:28 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 12:47 pm
 

Report: Canseco out for banned substance

By Matt Snyder

Major-league headache Jose Canseco is back in the news. This time, the 47-year-old former slugger is trying to make a comeback in the Mexican League and has reportedly been busted for a banned substance. So he's out of the league now. Yes, I'm shocked, too.

ESPN Deportes reported late Wednesday night that Canseco admitted to Mexican League president Plinio Escalante about using a banned substance that was testosterone. The Mexican League is a Triple-A affiliation to Major League Baseball, but none of the teams are connected to actual MLB clubs.

Of course, Canseco took to the Twitterverse to plead his innocence -- or, really, it was more his "non-guilt."

"How can I test positive when I never took any test don't believe everything the media tells you.the truth always comes out I am not using any illegal substance," he said.

Of course, the ESPN report noted that Canseco refused a drug test, so it didn't claim he tested positive. It just said he admitted it to the president of the league. As far as I know, the president of the league isn't in the media. But that didn't mean the world's least accountable person was done.

Here are some more tweets. I'll spare the "SIC" in the quotes, just know that these are exactly as good ol' Jose typed them into Twitter:

"Don't be so quick to judge till you here the truth that's a sure sign of ignorance hatred and jealousy."

"The truth will always be in the center of controversy"

"I don't get it the more I tell the truth the more I am hated wow we are headed for self destruction"

Then Jose got into his defense. Which seems to be that five years ago some Doctors decided he needed to be on testosterone. More awesome tweets (please note the sarcasm):

"Doctors have been monitoring me ever since to make sure my levels are normal.that's why I don't use any illegal substances its prescribed"

"All I am on is prescription medication for low testosterone .legal and very important to my health"

And then the inevitable conspiracy theory:

"Someone big wants me out of Mexico .question is who and y"

Yes, Jose, someone "big" let you into the Mexican League because it's so vastly popular worldwide and then decided to get you to admit that you're using testosterone to the league president (and if said president didn't want him in the league, why did he allow him in to begin with?).

I couldn't care less for Canseco's "defense." Playing baseball isn't a right. It's a privilege -- one he's taken for granted his entire life. Hey, at least this news provided a break in his Twitter feed from begging Billy Beane for a job or telling his girlfriend Leila how much he loves her. So there's that.

Addendum: I've noticed some people in the comments saying Jose's story makes sense -- that he has to take testosterone. That may well be, but under the rules of MLB and its affiliates, you can't take testosterone and play. Period. So he's basically admitting he did violate the rules in his "defense."

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Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 2:14 pm
 

Highly-ranked draft prospect sprains UCL

By Matt Snyder

According to various scouting outlets like Baseball America, high school pitcher Lucas Giolito (Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, California) was a possibility as the No. 1 overall pick in this coming June's MLB Draft. Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher has sprained his ulnar-collateral ligament and will be out six to 10 weeks.

If a UCL of the elbow is torn, that's what requires the famed Tommy John surgery, but Giolito hasn't torn it. Still, one has to tread carefully with an injury to that ligament, because it could cost over a year and possibly alter a career if torn.

Giolito has signed to play with UCLA, but if he was taken in the top few picks of the MLB Draft he'd likely be headed straight to the pros. Now, it's anyone's guess. Jim Callis of Baseball America said Giolito "could plummet" in the draft, in the wake of this news, but it "depends on asking price."

The LA Times reports Giolito hit 100 on the radar gun twice last week. He entered the season ranked second on Baseball America's top 100 draft prospects list, behind Mark Appel of Stanford.

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