Hardball Talk "Longtime HBT reader Phil W. listened to Tom Tolbert and Ray Ratto’s San Francisco Giants podcast on KNBR over the weekend and heard something interesting. Giants CEO Larry Baer was asked about the possibility of Major League Baseball selling advertising space on players’ uniforms. And Baer is both..." September 23
ESPN New York "Derek Jeter's No. 2 Yankees jersey is the best-selling baseball jersey of all time. So say officials at Majestic Athletic, which has made official batting practice jerseys since 1982 and authentic jerseys for all teams beginning in 2005. "Derek just resonates with all demographics, all..." September 23
Surgery for Pagan on thursday. Three month rehab.
Baltimore Sun "Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will start Game 1 of the American League Division Series next week, manager Buck Showalter officially announced Tuesday. Tillman, 26, will make his postseason debut when he pitches Oct. 2 at Camden Yards against an opponent that hasn't been determined. It..." September 23
Hardball Talk "Jonathan Papelbon has been activated from his seven-game crotch-grabbing suspension. And he has his old job back, as Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he will use Papelbon if a save situation arises. So good for him." September 23
Black Sports Online "With the historic career of Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter finally coming to an end, baseball fans everywhere are paying top dollar to get their hands on any piece of Jeter memorabilia that they can. Steiner Sports is selling Derek Jeter worn game socks for a whopping $409.99 on their website" September 23
CSN Bay Area "The Giants entered Dodger Stadium prepared to fight with their backs against the wall. Prior to batting practice, though, they were turning on each other. Multiple sources confirmed that right-hander Sergio Romo and coach Shawon Dunston exchanged heated words with raised voices, causing Bruce..." September 23
Fox Sports Southwest "The Texas Rangers are going down a similar path to one they've taken with infielder Jurickson Profar before. They are just hoping for better results this time. Profar, who has missed the entire season with tear in his teres muscle in his right shoulder, will be shut down for approximately..." September 23
ESPN New York "The New York Mets will shut down NL Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom before his final start, an organizational source said. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is expected to announce the decision Tuesday, with the club imposing an innings cap on the 26-year-old right-hander, the..." September 23
Fox Sports Florida "Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, wearing his white home uniform for team photos Friday at Marlins Park, flashed his mega-watt smile with good news he received from his cross-country trip. After meeting with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday, he returned to South Florida with..." September 23
Fox Sports "Derek Jeter has finally addressed one of the more outlandish rumors about his off-field behavior. In December 2011, the New York Post ran a gossip item that claimed the Yankees shortstop gives gift basket filled with autographed memorabilia to women who spend the night. In a new cover story..." September 23
Hardball Talk "Actually, he made it over the course of the year, but he crossed over the 180 innings pitched line last night, and that caused his $10 million option to kick in. It’s a player option, so he can choose to walk away from it if he’d like. Though, honestly, I think he’d be kind of dumb to do that...." September 23
Mets accelerating timetable and will announce Sandy Alderson's extension this afternoon.
#Angels Scioscia said Josh Hamilton hit off a tee and is improved but won't play till this weekend, at earliest.
SB Nation "Jose Altuve's value is inexorably tied to his batting average. Batting average is one of the more overrated traditional baseball stats. It would logically follow, then, that Jose Altuve is overrated. How dare you. No, Altuve is one of the best things going in baseball. He's also rated..." September 23
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Bargain-hunting general manager Neal Huntington got it right last winter when he signed right-hander Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million contract. If the Pirates are interested in re-signing Volquez, who will become a free agent after this season, he said the feeling is mutual. “Why..." September 23
CBSSports.com "The Braves have fired general manager Frank Wren, effective immediately, the club announced Monday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez, however, appears safe to retain his position, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com." September 22
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "One week ago, the Atlanta Braves opened a 10-game homestand against Washington and Stephen Strasburg, a team and a pitcher they’d come to own. They weren’t in great shape, playoff-wise, but they had a chance: They trailed Pittsburgh by four games for the second wild card. Take two of three from..." September 22
Hardball Talk "Longtime HBT reader Phil W. listened to Tom Tolbert and Ray Ratto’s San Francisco Giants podcast on KNBR over the weekend and heard something interesting. Giants CEO Larry Baer was asked about the possibility of Major League Baseball selling advertising space on players’ uniforms. And Baer is both..." September 22
MLB.com "When Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman and company joined the Rays prior to the 2006 season, they brought a wealth of ideas along with an eagerness to try them out in an untapped frontier. Among those ideas were advanced metrics and shifting on defense. Primarily, the ideas helped thwart the offenses..." September 22
CBSSports.com "The Mets and general manager Sandy Alderson have agreed to a three-year contract extension, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Alderson, 66, originally signed a four-year deal prior to the 2010 season with an option for the 2015 season. Instead of simply picking up the option, the Mets have..." September 22
Boston Globe "For decades, Tommy Harper encountered strangers eager to share their Red Sox memories: their first games with their fathers, their first awed glimpses of Fenway in green, their farewells to Ted and Yaz. Harper listened patiently, even when the stories turned so predictable he could finish them..." September 22
ESPN New York "Derek Jeter moved into sole possession of ninth place on baseball's all-time runs scored list in the third inning of Saturday's Yankees-Blue Jays game. Jeter scored the 1,920th run of his career on Saturday, surpassing Alex Rodriguez for ninth place all time. Jeter reached on an infield..." September 22
Hardball Talk "Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked in the Pirates’ only run in Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Brewers, helping them inch their way closer to punching at least a ticket to the National League Wild Card play-in game. That came after slugging a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on..." September 22
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The way things have gone for the Milwaukee Brewers, even when they win a game they have to survive controversy. With the bullpen doing yeoman duty after starter Matt Garza was ejected in the fifth inning for hitting Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen a second time with a pitch, the Brewers..." September 22
New York Magazine "It’s a steamy Saturday morning, and Jeter is standing in the first-floor dining room of the brick 1830s West Village townhouse he’s renting. “Come on in,” he says. He’s wearing a gray, maize, and blue University of Michigan T-shirt in anticipation of his beloved Wolverines’ football game tonight..." September 22
Tampa Bay Times "Tampa-born OF Matt Joyce takes the field today figuring it "most likely" will be his last game at the Trop as a Ray. Joyce figures that his arbitration-driven salary increase for next season to around $5 million likely will make him too expensive for the Rays to keep, and thus likely to be..." September 21
Tim Bogar is now the clear runaway favorite to be hired as the next #Rangers manager.
Stroman suspension dropped from six to five games. Will start serving it today.
Scioscia says #Angels might use 3 starters in ALDS even if Shoemaker is healthy. That would mean Weaver on short rest. Just an idea now.
New York Post "Eight is enough! The Mets can make that next year’s cheesy T-shirt slogan, after their playoff drought was officially extended to eight seasons Friday. Zack Wheeler’s six shutout innings led a 5-0 victory over the Braves at Turner Field, but the Pirates delivered the Mets a wild-card..." September 20
Chicago Sun-Times "Paul Konerko said he’d play in the last homestand of his career if it meant “taking the three ugliest swings and striking out.’’ Thankfully for the retiring White Sox captain, it shouldn’t be that ugly. Two and a half weeks after breaking a small bone in his left hand, Konerko returned to the..." September 20
CBSSports.com "Hall of Famer and 1969 NL MVP Willie McCovey had to be hospitalized last week, the Giants announced on Friday. Here are the details from the team: Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey was hospitalized last week for complications stemming from an infection. He is being treated at a local..." September 20
New York Post "Another opponent has broken another one of the Yankees’ unwritten rules. Leading the Blue Jays 2-0 on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, reliever Shawn Kelley surrendered a two-out, two-strike, game-tying home run to Jose Bautista, prompting the slugger to slam his bat and unleash a slew of..." September 20
Sporting News "Making his first public statement since resigning as Rangers manager on Sept. 5, Ron Washington said, "I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust." Washington offered no further details and declined to take questions at a press conference at a Dallas-area hotel. "I'm..." September 20
Newsday "The Mets will dispatch three scouts to a showcase for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas, according to sources. The event is scheduled for Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Tomas, 23, is a corner outfielder who has developed a reputation for powerful swing at the plate and a strong arm in the field...." September 20
The Wall Street Journal "Take a peek inside the frazzled mind of a major-league hitter these days. It isn't a pretty sight. Pitchers are throwing harder than ever. Batters are striking out more often than ever. And their judgment is getting shakier: Hitters are chasing more pitches outside the strike zone. It is..." September 20
Hardball Talk "It’s not often you see a team’s Opening Day shortstop get claimed off regular, non-revocable waivers in mid-September, but the Twins just lost Pedro Florimon to the Nationals on the waiver wire. Of course, Florimon lost Minnesota’s shortstop job in April and has spent most of the season at..." September 19
Josh Hamilton said he had sharp stabbing pains in chest and double taking deep breaths. Had treatment all Wed night. Not sure about playoffs
Hearing Glen Perkins has some nerve irritation and maybe a slight muscle strain. Doesn't appear to be serious. Story posted soon.
Adrian Beltre's hit in the first was No. 2591 of his career, passing Vladimir Guerrero for most ever by a native of the Dominican Republic.
ESPN.com "Fans may view Wally Backman as their preferred successor to Terry Collins as Mets manager. Instead, Backman could end up on Collins’ staff to open next season. A team insider told ESPNNewYork.com that Backman joining the 2015 staff as a coach is “under discussion.” Regardless, Collins views..." September 19
Bucs Dugout "The Pirates announced that Charlie Morton experienced "increased discomfort" in the latter innings of his last start and again during his bullpen session. He is scheduled to have a follow up exam next week and then a decision will be made how to proceed." September 19
ESPN New York "Carlos Beltran and his wife, Jessica, have lost their son due to a miscarriage, according to a Facebook post by the New York Yankees outfielder. Beltran has been away from the Yankees for two days for what the team termed a family matter. "It put things in perspective," said Yankees captain..." September 18
Detroit News "In coffee shops, at your cubicle, in chance meetings at grocery stores, in countless gab fests on your cell phone, today’s merry Metro Detroit and state of Michigan topic should have been J.D. Martinez’s gallant ninth-inning home run Tuesday that sent the playoff-closing Tigers to an indelible..." September 18
New York Post "The Yankees will be represented in the Dominican Republic Sunday when Cuban refugee Yasmani Tomas will work out for multiple clubs at the San Francisco Giants complex in Boca Chica. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound outfielder has been cleared by MLB to begin talking to clubs. Tomas, 23, is considered a..." September 18
So: Jered Weaver is scratched from tonight's start for the Angels after last night's celebration. LHP Wade LeBlanc instead.
McCovey Chronicles "Over at ESPN, Buster Olney broke down the pending free agents to guess at which ones were going to get a qualifying offer. Players who get the qualifying offer can accept a one-year deal from the team at the average value of the top 125 salaries in baseball -- around $15 million or so. The ones..." September 18
CSN New England "A month ago, Rusney Castillo signed a contract worth more money than any recent Cuban player. The Red Sox spent more money on him than they have for any player not already in their organization since the signed free agent Carl Crawford. But as Castillo got ready to make his major league debut..." September 18
TSN.ca "Before Tuesday's middle game at Oriole Park, TSN.ca sat down with Colby Rasmus for a discussion about his season, what's gone wrong and what lies ahead beyond his days in Toronto. Much has been said and written about Rasmus, including in this space, and this was an opportunity for Rasmus to..." September 18