The Cardinals took it to the Brewers last night to even the NLCS (of doom) at 1-1, and Nelson Cruz blasted a walk-off grand slam to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead over the Tigers in the ALCS. The latter was a thing of beauty.

  • Andrew Cashner isn’t thrilled about being in Arizona right now, but not because he’s got a beef with the Arizona Fall League, where he made his debut this weekend. “It’s definitely tough coming back out here,” he said. “I spent almost four months here this year [rehabbing], so it’s not a place I enjoy coming to, just because of what happened here this year. But it’s the Fall League, it’s a fun time, a lot of good guys, and I’m looking forward to facing some of the best hitters.” Cashner is pitching in relief in the AFL, and is on a pitch count, but he still hopes to be a starter in 2012. He recognizes that the decision won’t be made until a new GM is in place, at the earliest.
  • Keith Law discussed Chris Carpenter’s most recent outing in the AFL, wherein Carpenter was once again hitting triple digits, as he did last year in Arizona. Law points out that Carpenter is successful in Arizona because he can overpower everyone, but, in the bigs, he’ll need to master his control and hit his spots, something he didn’t do last year.
  • Emperor Selig and prospective Astros owner Jim Crane had a “productive” meeting late last week, and it sounds like all issues are resolved save the big one: the Astros’ move to the American League. The purchase agreement between Crane and current Astros’ ownership expires November 30, so it seems like the November 15-16 owners’ meetings would be the right time to approve the purchase. That’s when we could learn for certain that, as of 2013, the Astros will be playing in the AL West.
  • That decision would be a part of the next collective bargaining agreement, which is still being negotiated. The old agreement is set to expire in December, but no one is yet concerned that there will be any kind of serious labor fight. Selig says that just because we don’t hear much about the negotiations doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.
  • Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty denies that the team will listen to offers to Joey Votto, but something in his denial rings hollow to me. “We haven’t talked about it. I wish that people would stop writing it,” said Jocketty. “Why would we trade one of the best players in the game? We’re trying to win.” I guess the hollow part is that he never technically said the Reds won’t listen to offers on Votto.
  • Waveland Ave

    I don’t know about that new picture Brett………

    • JulioZuleta

      I think it’s dreamy

    • Dave

      For a limited time glamour shots by Deb were 75% off

      • Fishin Phil

        Thanks Dave, I just sprayed coffee all over my monitor. :(

      • Internet Random

        I already get my hair cut at the Cuttin’ Corral.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Do I post that I laughed, thus forcing me to post the picture one more time?

        Thing is, I went through a bunch of pictures to decide on one. Fact: no picture of just your head doesn’t look douchey. Color, black & white, background, no background. All douchey. But, it was important to me that I start really, really being myself on here. So, as much as I love Duffman, it was time. I hope you understand.

        But I’m ready to take my lumps. I think it looks nice. My mom agrees.

        • Internet Random

          You can be confident that it’s a good pic… not too douchey.  You can be just as confident that there’s no way Dave could neglect to post the quote after he thought of it.  It just wouldn’t be fair to the rest of us.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            It was hilarious, and I approve. Awesome humor at my expense is better than no humor at all. Dave has been zinging me all morning, including on the Message Board.

            • Internet Random

              Awesome humor at my expense is better than no humor at all.

              Sure, there’s always that.  But even more pertinent, you wouldn’t want him to have to deal with the remorse that follows passing up a golden opportunity to quote from Napoleon Dynamite.  Besides, we both know that I’m training to be a cage fighter.

        • Dave

          I’m thinking you may not have picked the best time, had you done it on a Friday or Saturday (I’m assuming those are the lowest traffic days) when there isn’t as much going on, we could have gotten our jokes out of the way and everyone would be over it.  But by doing it on a Monday you’ve set yourself up for the “Where’s Duffman?” thing in the comments all week.  Also, let’s face it, there is nothing noteworthy to talk about regarding the Cubs right now anyway.  If the Cubs were in the NLCS right now, nobody would have noticed.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            See, I figured I could bury it amongst all the Epstein hoopla (relatively big-ish post coming in a few minutes; no, not big NEWS, but a very good rumor), and if I did it on a Friday, I would get the bizness on Monday anyway.

            • hardtop

              bury it? you’re not sneaking anything past this crowd. im as disappointed by the loss of the “great man” quote as I am by duffman picture.

              “Brett Taylor is the lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.”

              getting all serious on us anD shit 😉

              despite your douchey picture and your super business-man like tag line… you continue to bring your high minded brand of humor and insight…. i guess i can deal

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                And here I thought that part was very sneaky.

                • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                  I will have a wake to the death of Duff Man/Ace, there is a bottle of Canadian Breakfast Stout for such an occasion.

  • JulioZuleta

    I feel like an idiot…why can I not figure out how to add a picture?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


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