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5:05 PM ET, October 21, 2009

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Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
Umpire Tim McClelland makes the worst call of all time  —  Just when you thought the 2009 postseason umpiring couldn't get any worse, Tim McClelland goes ahead and makes what ends up as the worst call — or non-call — of all time.  —  Yes, you read that right.  The worst call of all time.
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Tim McClelland / ASAP Sports:
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: ANGELS v YANKEES  —  THE MODERATOR: Tim, whatever you want to say.  —  TIM McCLELLAND: As far as the two calls that I had at third base.  The first one with Swisher leaving too soon.  In my heart I thought he left too soon.  —  On the play with Cano and Posada, I thought Cano was on the base.
Erik Boland / Newsday:   Sabathia, offense give Yankees win in Game 4
Steve Bisheff / Angels Unplugged:
Ugly umpiring continues
Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com:
Umpires shaky on several Game 4 calls
Discussion: New York Times and Pinstripe Alley
Associated Press:
MLB says Rivera did not throw spitball
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Rev Halofan / Halos Heaven:
Umpires Greenlight Yankees Game 4 Victory
Discussion: It's About The Money and Fack Youk
Lyle Spencer / MLB.com:
Stymied by CC, Angels move to brink
Discussion: 6-4-2
Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:   UPDATES, Game 4, Angels vs. Yankees
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Rivera cleared in spitting incident
MLB:
MLB: Video doesn't show Mariano Rivera doctoring ball
Discussion: Generation Third
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Espn Com / MLB:
Steve Phillips, ESPN baseball analyst, takes leave of absence  —  ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips is taking a leave of absence.  —  The New York Post reported Wednesday that Phillips, formerly general manager of the Mets, was involved in a relationship with a female ESPN employee.
Wall Street Journal:
Mets Win One: Owners Made Money on Madoff  —  The New York Mets just emerged from a woeful season but the team's financial picture may not be as dire as previously believed.  —  A partnership connected to the baseball team — which had widely been rumored to have lost money investing with Bernard Madoff …
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Mets Entity May Be Sued for $48 Million Profit From Madoff Firm  —  Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — An entity tied to the New York Mets baseball team and its owner Sterling Equities Inc. might be sued for withdrawing $47.8 million more from Bernard Madoff's firm than it deposited with the con man, a lawyer said.
MLB:
Court documents: New York Mets profited from Bernard Madoff  —  The owners of the New York Mets baseball team made about $48 million in dealings with swindler Bernard Madoff, court documents showed.  —  The Mets Limited Partnership, which is connected to the Wilpon family …
Discussion: Mets Merized Online
Buster Olney / MLB:
Sources: San Diego Padres closer to hiring Jed Hoyer as GM  —  The San Diego Padres are moving closer toward hiring Jed Hoyer, an assistant general manager with the Boston Red Sox, as their next general manager, according to major league sources.  —  Hoyer, 35, has worked in Boston's front office under Theo Epstein.
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Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Padres could soon hire new GM
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:   Towers has standing offer from Sox
Jorge Arangure Jr / MLB:
Coveted Aroldis Chapman to meet with teams in NY  —  Prized Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman will arrive in New York on Wednesday to begin a series of meetings with several general managers, Chapman's agent Edwin Mejia confirmed.  —  The 21-year-old will visit several cities …
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Jorge Arangure Jr / ESPN:
Chapman pays a visit to the U.S.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Pinstripe Alley
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Casey Blake: The Dodger Diplomat  —  As the Los Angeles Dodgers walked out to the field to stretch on a recent drizzly afternoon, they assembled in their usual clusters.  Third-baseman Casey Blake, as always, had a hard time choosing his spot.  —  “There's the little Latin community, the white guys and the black guys.
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Bruce Levine / ESPN:
Chicago Cubs hire former Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo  —  The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago's next hitting coach, player sources told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday.
Amy K. Nelson / MLB:
MLBPA memo: Donald Fehr to get $11 million package  —  PHILADELPHIA — When Donald Fehr officially steps down as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, he will leave with an $11 million compensation package, according to a memo sent out to players late last month and seen by ESPN.com.
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
Piece by piece, putting it together  —  Picked-up pieces while packing for London and wondering how Schill got overlooked by the Nobel Committee . . .  Anybody else spooked by that center-field door opening when the Red Sox were batting in the bottom of the ninth 10 days ago?  It was a moment.
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch and YFSF
Danny Wild / MLB.com:
Heisey powers Saguaros to first win  —  Fellow Reds prospects Cozart, Alonso lead comeback  —  Reds prospect Zack Cozart hit a go-ahead two-run single to highlight a six-run ninth inning Tuesday as the Peoria Saguaros rallied for an 11-8 victory over the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
 
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