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Baseball Insider: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

In fairness, we have no idea what nationalities comprise Chad Gaudin's genetic background. Regardless, we do no this: The man is not built for the heat. This is at least the third photo we've seen this summer of a close-up of Gaudin wiping his dripping face with a towel in the dugout. Sure, this was in Anaheim, but it doesn't seem to even matter where he's playing. The man just sweats.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 25, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It's disappointing we had the letdown from a defensive standpoint." -- Royals Manager Trey Hillman, perhaps understating the fact that his team committed five errors Thursday night Boston Red Sox 10, Kansas City Royals 3 Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz shook off a cold to...

By CJ Holley  |  September 25, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "He hides the ball real well. We just couldn't get the key hit." -- Brewers Manager Ken Macha on what has made Phillies starter J.A. Haap so hard to hit. Dodgers 7, Nationals 6 Well, that makes 100. For the second year in a row,...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 25, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Just because there are still late summertime temperatures here in D.C. and up and down the East and West coasts doesn't mean that everyone in basking in the heat. The Rockies hosted the Padres and, well, the few die-hard fans who did stick around to see the final out (the Rockies won a squeaker after entering the top of the ninth with a five-run lead) were bundled, wrapped and swaddled. Ok, so they weren't really swaddled, but that's about as close as you can get.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 24, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rockies  | Tags: Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Rockies, fans  
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Bobby Cox Can See the Sunset He's Riding Into

To many, the biggest surprise about Cox's announcement that he'd come to terms on a one-year extension is that he announced his retirement at the same time. As he put it, the only way Cox was ever going to retire was by giving himself a time line and sticking to it. Now he has one.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 24, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Braves  | Tags: Bobby Cox, Braves, Hall of Fame, managers  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It took batting stance No. 10 for me to break out of it for a day." -- White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye who hit his first two home runs of the month Wednesday Minnesota Twins 8, Chicago White Sox 6 The Twins knocked around Mark...

By CJ Holley  |  September 24, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "That was nice. It was a good little gift for him. We've done everything we can to get back in this." -- Atlanta first baseman Adam LaRoche, on beating the Mets hours after longtime Braves Manager Bobby Cox announced 2010 will be his last season....

By Cameron Smith  |  September 24, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

We've all heard a lot about how everyone/thing/league/company/dog wants to break into the Chinese market. Well, baseball is actually doing something about it, holding a series of clinics and, now, establishing the country's first baseball academy at Dongbeitang High School, where MLB is setting up it's first professional development center. Maybe we'll see more Chinese zen stretching in the majors in a few years?

By Cameron Smith  |  September 23, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International Baseball  | Tags: China, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, international baseball  
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Yes, There Will Be a Strip Club Next to Safeco Field

According to an article in today's Seattle Times, the Mariners are dropping a standing appeal of a judge's decision that will allow a strip club to be built approximately 1 1/2 blocks from the front gate of the team's Safeco Field. That's a grand total of 400 feet between a totally nude nightclub and an area where families will walk in to partake in the national pasttime, for those of you keeping score (please note that we delicately avoided at least two potential puns in that sentence).

By Cameron Smith  |  September 23, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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How Bad Is the Giants' Offense?

As the Giants fade from the playoff picture, we are about to be denied the small pleasure that would have come from seeing the team with the worst offense in the major leagues (at least as defined by team OPS) playing in the postseason.

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 23, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Giants  | Tags: Giants, playoffs  
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Playoffs Clinched, But Concern Remains

At least one New York sportswriter is kicking dirt on the Yankees' accomplishments, claiming the recent output from a particular pitcher undermines all the good that's being done. That writer is the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch, and the pitcher in question is -- surprise, surprise -- Joba Chamberlain.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 23, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "You don't see any champagne tonight, but hopefully in a couple of days you will." -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira after New York became the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs New York Yankees 6, Los Angeles Angels 5 The Yankees...

By CJ Holley  |  September 23, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "It was one of those days when not much goes right, and it was embarrassing. ... We played well for three or four innings, and then the wheels fell off." -- Nats center fielder Willie Harris on Washington's embarrassing 14-2 loss to the Dodgers at...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 23, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Something tells us that Edwin Encarnacion wasn't trying to sum up the Blue Jays' entire season when he offered up this assessment of a Sean Henn offering on Monday night, but it sure feels about right, doesn't it?

By Cameron Smith  |  September 22, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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When Prospects Go Bad

According to the Associated Press, Angel Villalona, a 19-year-old Dominican prospect who was given a $2.1 million signing bonus in 2006, has been charged with murder in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of a man named Mario Felix de Jesus Velete in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

By Cameron Smith  |  September 22, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Giants  | Tags: Giants, crime, minor league baseball, minor leagues, murder, prospects  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "How 'bout magic Joe Saunders?" -- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia humorously attempting to divert questions about his team's magic number (six) to his starting pitcher Los Angeles Angels 5, New York Yankees 2 Joe Saunders gave up two runs and seven hits over 8 2/3...

By CJ Holley  |  September 22, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I give a lot of credit to the guys on the bench. Everybody came back into the dugout (after the Pirates tied it in the ninth) and kept a good attitude and kept fighting." -- San Diego's Chase Headley, who went 5 for 6 in...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 22, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Once Again, Milton Bradley Plays the Fool

The Cubs have suspended Milton Bradley for the remainder of the season.

By CJ Holley  |  September 21, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cubs , Dodgers , Indians , Padres  | Tags: Milton Bradley, chicago cubs, cleveland indians, los angeles dodgers, san diego padres  
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Why This Is a Critical Week For the Yankees

The New York Yankees have the best record in baseball (and the race isn't particularly close). They are closing in on their first 100-win season in five years and have been alone in first place for nearly two months. Their lineup is stacked with MVP candidates, their rotation is topped...

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 21, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "We're not mathematically out of it, but our chances aren't very good right now." -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler whose team has fallen back 2 ½ games in the AL West race during a nine-game homestand Los Angeles Angels 10, Texas Rangers 5 Howie...

By CJ Holley  |  September 21, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I'm never going to be happy coming out after four innings regardless of what the circumstances are. I want to go out there and get deep in games." -- Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee on having to end his day of work prematurely due to a...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 21, 2009; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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