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Baseball Insider: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

How do you know when fans are having too much fun? When the streak across the shallow outfield shirtless, in Detroit in the middle of a recession. Go ahead and try and figure that one out. What in God's name is this guy doing running across Comerica Field? Well, for one thing, he's having a heck of a good time. He's also streaking his way to a night in the slammer and a stiff fine, but that's a less pleasant story for another time.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 18, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tigers  | Tags: Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Tigers, drunk fan, fan, streaker  
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Tim McCarver, Lyricist Extraordinaire

Tim McCarver fancies himself a crooner. The longtime baseball player turned television color man and self-appointed sports talking head professes to have a powerful vocal talent, and he decided to prove it by recording an album in which he attempts to sing the best of "the American songbook."

By Cameron Smith  |  September 18, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Tags: Tim McCarver, media, music  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "I don't have any more quotes. Seriously, what am I going to say?" -- White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen at a loss for words after his team suffered another improbable loss Seattle Mariners 4, Chicago White Sox 3 (14) Ichiro Suzuki delivered a single in...

By CJ Holley  |  September 18, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Michael Brantley may have too much time on his hands, and given the struggles of the Indians, are we actually sure that learning how to balance bats in the dugout is really the best use of his time? Oh, the things you can do on a Tuesday night in September in Minneapolis.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 17, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Indians  | Tags: Indians, Michael Brantley, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture  
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Cocaine Users and the Hall of Fame

A fascinating piece today by Newsday's Ken Davidoff raises an interesting -- and unique -- question: Should admitted cocaine users be admitted into the Hall of Fame?

By Cameron Smith  |  September 17, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hall of Fame  | Tags: Dwight Gooden, Hall of Fame, Tim Raines, performance enhancing drugs  
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Leave it to The Onion

Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to America's Finest News Source. The latest example came in the weekly's most recent edition, which was released nationwide this morning. The headline that caught Baseball Insider's eye? Derek Jeter Honored for Having Fewer Hits Than Harold Baines.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 17, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Yankees  | Tags: Derek Jeter, Yankee Stadium, Yankees, records  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "What was the count at the end, 3-4 to Green?" -- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said sarcastically questioning some of the ump's calls in a crucial at-bat between his closer Brian Fuentes and Boston's Nick Green Boston Red Sox 9, Los Angeles Angels 8 Alex...

By CJ Holley  |  September 17, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "Luckily we scored a lot. That's for sure. I felt really good for three innings. About as good as I have all year. But then I just couldn't get the ball down after that." -- Brewers starter Braden Looper on his team's offensive support, which...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 17, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Usually, White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen gets credit for adjusting game plans and personnel on the fly. He's good at it, he creates matchup problems, and he probably deserves even more credit than he gets, given that his profanity and general lack of commitment to traditional protocol gets him in plenty of trouble with the media and a handful of fans. But maybe we should give him more credit for a different kind of flexibility, based on this shot, taken before a game in Seattle.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 16, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  White Sox  | Tags: Chicago White Sox, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Ozzie Guillen  
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How Apropos: Error Seals Tigers' $18 Million Pact

With an almost ironic fielding error by Royals third baseman Alex Gordon last night, Detroit saw their worst financial nightmares confirmed: The Tigers will have to pay declining outfielder Magglio Ordonez a whopping $18 million next year.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 16, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tigers  | Tags: Magglio Ordonez, Tigers, contracts  
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Cubs Could Trade Zambrano

The story coming out of the Chicago Tribune, in which reporter Paul Sullivan cites unnamed sources claiming that the Cubs are planning to shop Carlos Zambrano across the major leagues this winter, is that the Cubs may be preparing to shed one of their priciest players, and a major contributor to the team's success in recent seasons.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 16, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cubs  | Tags: Carlos Zambrano, Cubs, trade  
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I was kidding around with some of their guys before the game about it being televised in Houston. I said, 'I've got to do something.' It's good playing in front of the home fans." -- Cincinnati's Paul Janish, a Houston native, on helping lead the...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 16, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "No one feels sorry for us for being in last place." -- Royals Manager Trey Hillman whose last place squad has now won five straight against the division-leading Tigers Kansas City Royals 11, Detroit Tigers 1 The Royals picked up their seventh win in their...

By CJ Holley  |  September 16, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Ever wondered what an elbow looks like in mid-delivery? Well, it happens to bear a striking similarity with the joint of a slingshot, as you see in this incredible photo of Angels starter Jered Weaver. Perhaps that shouldn't be such a surprise, but we're just amazed his arm doesn't fall off with that kind of pressure on it repeatedly.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 15, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Angels  | Tags: Angels, Jered Weaver, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture  
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What Did Boston Offer for Halladay?

In the past couple of days, the package Boston offered Toronto for ace Roy Halladay has started to come into sharper focus, and it turns out the Red Sox offered a massive, five for one deal. Why did Toronto turn it down?

By Cameron Smith  |  September 15, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Red Sox  | Tags: Blue Jays, Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Red Sox, Roy Halladay, roy halladay, trade  
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Closers for AL Cy Young?

This could be as good a year as any to make a case that Mariano Rivera or Jonathan Papelbon should win a Cy Young award. Rivera just broke through the 40 save mark again earlier this week, and he shows no signs of letting up. Even if the Yankees rein him back in to save him for the postseason, it's entirely possible that Rivera could finish the regular season with 45 or 46 saves.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 15, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Red Sox , Royals , Yankees  | Tags: C.C. Sabathia, Cy Young, Jonathan Papelbon, Mariano Rivera, Royals, Yankees, Zack Greinke, mariano rivera, zack greinke  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "Sleep is more tranquil, food tastes better and I like my dog a whole lot more." -- Rays Manager Joe Maddon after the team ended its 11-game skid Tampa Bay Rays 8, Baltimore Orioles 4 Apparently a trip to Baltimore is all you need to...

By CJ Holley  |  September 15, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "You don't get too many games where you leave the game losing by one and end up winning. It was nice to steal that one back." -- Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, who somehow earned a win despite leaving with a deficit to the Astros. Giants...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 15, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

This is Mets second baseman Luis Castillo, moments after being hit in the elbow by a Pedro Martinez fastball that was traveling in excess of 90 miles-per-hour. Baseball players may still be vastly overpaid, but you can't say they don't pay a price over a 182-game season, particularly if matchups against Pedro come up more than once or twice.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 14, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mets  | Tags: Luis Castillo, Mets, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Pedro Martinez, Phillies  
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Ichiro vs. Jeter

Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki both made history with their hit totals this weekend and though Jeter's was met with more fanfare, it's possible that Ichiro's is more impressive.

By CJ Holley  |  September 14, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Mariners , Yankees  | Tags: Derek Jeter, Seattle Mariners, ichiro suzuki, new york yankees  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It's embarrassing. Eleven straight losses. Not fun at all." -- Rays pitcher James Shields Game 1: Boston Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay Rays 1 Game 2: Boston Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay Rays 0 The feel good team of 2008 has sadly reverted back to...

By CJ Holley  |  September 14, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I have to tell you, I'm sorry for them." -- Phillies starter Pedro Martinez on his former team, the Mets, who have suffered more days lost to players on injured reserve than any other in the major leagues. Nationals 7, Marlins 2 John Lannan has...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 14, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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