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May 23, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Hit List: Central Powers

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Jay Jaffe

With two of the top five teams, Chicago's on fire, and Mrs. O'Leary's cow has nothing to do with it.

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Explaining a southpaw's turnaround, failure breeds front-office dissatisfaction, plus news, feats, and rumors from around the game.

Cliff Lee says he has not discovered any kind of magic formula or developed a new pitch or altered his workout routine this season. "I'm pretty much the same pitcher I've always been," the Cleveland Indians left-hander insisted. "I'm just on a pretty good roll."

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August 15, 2007 12:00 am

Rebuilding by the Bay

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John Perrotto

After contending yet coming up short in the Barry years, the Giants have to make some hard decisions about their future.

The San Francisco Giants have been in the baseball spotlight almost continually for more than a decade. They finished either first or second in the National League West from 1997-2004. They began fading from contender status two years ago by finishing third in the division; then they fell to last place last season and almost certainly will do so again this season. But the presence of Barry Bonds and his chase to break Hank Aaron's all-time home run record--along with his assortment of off-field travails--have kept the Giants in the news.

However, Bonds now tops the homer charts after surpassing Aaron's record eight days ago. And the Giants are out of the running with a 50-69 record that puts them 16 ½ games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West, and 10 games behind the fourth-place Los Angeles Dodgers. "Things are going to be a lot more different now," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "All the national media has gone away. The focus is off Barry now."

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The Twins say they're all in, while the Giants deliver a surprise or two. Plus the rumor mill's getting hotter as the July deadline approaches.

Ron Gardenhire stood in the ballroom of the St. Francis Westin Hotel this past Monday and watched as one of his star players entertained a horde of reporters for an hour during the media availability session held a day before the All-Star Game in San Francisco. "Gee, what do you think they're asking him?" Gardenhire, the Minnesota Twins' manager, said with a smile.

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Everybody's chatty in the Big Apple, Eric Chavez isn't quite sure what he's saying or how he feels, and much more.

HALL OF FAMER

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Gene Orza thinks smoking is worse than juicing. Not everyone agrees. Peter Magowan thinks the Yankees are out of control. Jason Isringhausen wishes Scott Kazmir the best of luck in New York. Ozzie Guillen wants to win by doing the little things. And Jose Lima just is glad to be in a major league uniform. All this and many more quips in the latest edition of The Week In Quotes.

"Cigarettes are worse... And I didn't say that steroids shouldn't be prohibited. They in fact are. The point, conveniently overlooked by Mr. Sweeney, is that it is not banning steroids to which we object, but the manner in which he proposes to detect use--the unlimited, forced analysis of someone's urine--even in the absence of a particularized suspicion. I know Congressman Sweeney hasn't read our Joint Drug Agreement. But I didn't know he hadn't read the Fourth Amendment [search and seizure without probable cause]."
--Gene Orza, MLBPA chief operating officer (ESPN.com)

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"I think this is the biggest single move to win--to win--that this organization has made. No one (involved with the Rays) has lost the passion to win. We lost the momentum, and Lou starts that momentum, and we need that momentum." --Chuck LaMar, Devil Rays general manager, on the hiring of manager Lou Piniella

BRINGING A WINNER TO TAMPA

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TRADE OF THE WEEK

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March 20, 2002 7:06 pm

March Madness

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Doug Pappas

The second week of March may have marked a permanent change in Commissioner Bud Selig's status. He's no longer simply an incompetent, lying, permanently conflicted embarrassment to an office once held by judges and senators. Unless the owners who hired him wake up in time to stop him, Czar Bud will have become an active threat to their own wallets and a walking advertisement for the repeal of MLB's anti-trust exemption.

The second week of March may have marked a permanent change in Commissioner Bud Selig's status. He's no longer simply an incompetent, lying, permanently conflicted embarrassment to an office once held by judges and senators. Unless the owners who hired him wake up in time to stop him, Czar Bud will have become an active threat to their own wallets and a walking advertisement for the repeal of MLB's anti-trust exemption.

Give Selig credit for planning his coup. Last November 27, just days after announcing that under his leadership MLB had purportedly lost $519 million in 2001, Selig called a meeting for the sole purpose of giving himself a raise and a three-year contract extension. He forced out MLB President Paul Beeston, widely seen as a moderate on labor issues, replacing Beeston with his own personal lawyer. Selig also broadened the owners' traditional gag rule on labor issues, enforceable through fines of up to $1 million per incident, to bar clubs from discussing labor matters with one another.

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March 20, 2002 12:00 am

March Madness

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Doug Pappas

Give Selig credit for planning his coup. Last November 27, just days after announcing that under his leadership MLB had purportedly lost $519 million in 2001, Selig called a meeting for the sole purpose of giving himself a raise and a three-year contract extension. He forced out MLB President Paul Beeston, widely seen as a moderate on labor issues, replacing Beeston with his own personal lawyer. Selig also broadened the owners' traditional gag rule on labor issues, enforceable through fines of up to $1 million per incident, to bar clubs from discussing labor matters with one another.

Think about that for a minute. In a multi-billion-dollar industry whose largest investors include Disney, News Corp., AOL Time Warner, and the Tribune Company, a car dealer from Milwaukee not only dictates labor policy, but forbids his employers from discussing the wisdom of his chosen course among themselves. The Iraqi Parliament has more freedom.

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COACHING

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