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Pirates chairman seeks 'balance' in training drillsSpring Training is right around the corner, and Pirates chairman Bob Nutting is eager see his team back in the field, preparing to improve on the promise of the 2012 season.Upvote Share Tweet
Rockies give Corpas invitation to Spring TrainingRight-hander Manny Corpas, the closer on the 2007 Rockies club that went to the only World Series in team history, rejoined the Rockies on Wednesday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to Ma…Upvote Share Tweet
Murphy ready to be Rangers' everyday left fielderThe Rangers may yet bring another outfielder into the fold, but David Murphy is ready to be the everyday left fielder if general manager Jon Daniels stands pat.Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- A minor league player in the Houston Astros' organization has been suspended 50 games after a second violation for a drug of abuse.Upvote Share Tweet
Barry Bonds reaction to Hall of Fame news: Aloha!We haven't yet heard any official word from Barry Bonds and there's probably a good reason for the silence from his camp. The former San Francisco Giants star has been spotted bumming around Maui this week, a destination that's both physically and menta…Upvote Share Tweet
Here's Ken Rosenthal Comparing The Sabermetrics Community To The Tea Partydeadspin.com Jan 9, 2013Fox MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal was on the MLB Network today, talking about the Hall of Fame vote and bow ties and whatever else it is Ken Rosenthal likes to talk about these days. At some point, the conversation turned to Jack Morris and his continued i…Upvote Share Tweet
BBWAA writers make tough, but right, callVoting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America sent a strong message Wednesday when they didn't elect anyone to the Hall of Fame.Upvote Share TweetBraves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will highlight the list of players who will be added to the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time next year. Their former manager Bobby Cox and former general manager John Schuerholz could both gain election …Upvote Share TweetUnion chief Michael Weiner stuck up for his players Wednesday after none of them were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. In remarks that decried results that kept the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio on th…Upvote Share TweetPITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder Quincy Latimore.Upvote Share Tweet
With deals in hand, Angels' Big 3 a rarity in this eraMake room, LeBron, Wade and Bosh. There's another Big Three now, residing nearly 3,000 miles west of South Beach: Trout, Pujols, Hamilton.Upvote Share Tweet
Fukudome returning to play in JapanAfter five seasons in the Majors, outfielder Kosuke Fukudome is reportedly returning home to play for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league.Upvote Share TweetThis -----------> twitter.com/rogerclemens/s… - Roger Clemens (@rogerclemens) January 9, 2013 In case the photo of his statement (which seems to be written in the much-abused Comic Sans Serif font) isn't coming through on your C-64 or bag phone, here'Upvote Share TweetFirst baseman Adam LaRoche made it clear throughout the offseason that he wanted to return to the Nationals, and it happened Tuesday, when he signed a two-year, $24 million deal with a mutual option for a third season.Upvote Share TweetHall of Fame voters did not elect a single player to Cooperstown for the first time since 1996. Jay Jaffe weighs in and says things will only get more complex next year.Upvote Share Tweet
As his results dip, McGwire takes Hall vote in strideMark McGwire, bypassed for a seventh year in Hall of Fame voting, didn't sound surprised or bitter on Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetPORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Six-figure bids are expected when an auction house sells a rare 148-year-old baseball card that was discovered at a yard sale in rural Maine, the auction house manager said Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
With hip on mend, Helton to return to Rox in 2013At age 39 and coming off right hip surgery, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will be back for his 17th season in 2013.Upvote Share Tweet
Cervelli leads crop of catching choicesFrancisco Cervelli's eyes flooded with a cocktail of rage and disappointment on the final day of Spring Training last season, flinging a chest protector to the floor near his locker.Upvote Share TweetWhat previously looked like a strong possibility has become a confirmed and controversial certainty. Despite a field loaded with qualified candidates, no one will be elected to the Hall of Fame the writer's ballot this year. It's the first time that's …Upvote Share Tweet
Ken Burns in profane interview: PED-era players ‘should suffer’ before going to Hall of FameIf he had a vote, filmmaker Ken Burns would not let the likes of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza and other PED-era players into the Hall of Fame. At least not this year or next. Burns, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that takes a som…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Jan 9, 2013Francisco Liriano may not be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates after all.Upvote Share Tweet
Tejada, Sherrill among Royals' spring inviteesAmong the Royals' 21 non-roster Spring Training invitees are a former American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, an All-Star reliever, a one-time top prospect of the Angels and a notorious thief on the basepaths.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB To Introduce "Interview Caps." You Know, For Interviews.deadspin.com Jan 9, 2013How funny! I was just saying to myself the other day, "MLB needs more caps. Sure, they've got home caps, road caps, alternate caps, throwback caps, second alternate caps, batting practice caps, road batting practice caps, fashion caps, and playoff …Upvote Share Tweet
Rehabbing Eaton hitting, nearing return to full strengthSitting still is not easy for Adam Eaton. The D-backs outfielder usually takes about a week off following a season before he starts hitting the weights and swinging the bat. This offseason, though, has been different.Upvote Share Tweet
Chef Pujols: Albert’s wife Deidre launches cookware lineWith her husband Albert Pujols under contract until at least 2021 and ensconced in the Los Angeles Angels lineup, Deidre Pujols apparently decided now was the time to make a name for herself in business. As the Hall of Very Good has noted, she has expan…Upvote Share Tweet
Library of Congress buys historic sports audioESPN.com Jan 9, 2013The Library of Congress is acquiring an archive of audio recordings that contains thousands of historic sports interviews with star athletes and coaches.Upvote Share Tweet
For starters, little relief when moving from bullpenDespite plenty of examples to draw from in recent years, Reds skipper Dusty Baker won't exactly have a foolproof blueprint when it comes to managing Aroldis Chapman's highly anticipated move to the starting rotation this season.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Jan 9, 2013LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Even dugouts and bullpens might not need that old landline soon.Upvote Share Tweet
Who's No. 1? Tom Seavernytimes.com Jan 9, 2013The Mets' lone player in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Tom Seaver, was was elected in 1992 with the highest vote percentage ever, 98.8, which is higher than Babe Ruth, higher than Joe DiMaggio, higher than Mickey Mantle.Upvote Share Tweet
Writers Protecting The Hall?Jan 9Barry Larkin and John Kruk discuss the news that no players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Schilling Not Disappointed By Hall VoteJan 9Curt Schilling discusses the votes he received for the Baseball Hall of Fame and the statement made by no players being elected.
Mint Condition: CC Sabathia Signature SessionJan 9Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia joins Michele Steele to discuss collecting sports memorabilia as well as demonstrating how he signs his autograph.
Sabathia Talks YankeesJan 9CC Sabathia joins "First Take" to discuss New York's ALCS loss to the Tigers and look ahead to the upcoming season.
Don Banks: No shortage of storylines surrounding NFL's elite eightJan 9The best weekend of the NFL season is just ahead, with the league's elite eight colliding in a burst of divisional-round playoff football. Here are eight of the best storylines that provide a backdrop for the action to come:
Sports Guy Time Machine: Baseball HOF RevisitedJan 9Here's a column I wrote about the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2007 for ESPN The Magazine, back when I still cared who made it. Six years later, I...