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Link Dump 11/15: Day 1,073 of the Dodgers' GM search

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According to the LA Times, the Dodgers are leaning toward choosing Ned Colletti over Kim Ng for the GM position. John Hart is staying with the Rangers while Theo Epstein has decided that he doesn't want the job.

Colletti, 50, has spent nine years as GM Brian Sabean's assistant and has been a baseball executive for 24 years. He is known as an expert contract negotiator with excellent people skills.

Ng, 36, is one of only two women assistant GMs and would become the first woman GM in any major sport if hired. She has been with the Dodgers for four seasons after spending the previous four as assistant GM with the New York Yankees, who went to the World Series all four years. Several baseball executives have gone on record saying she is ready to become a GM.

Dan Shaughnessy on A-Rod's MVP award. Red Sox guy finishes second to Yankee guy in narrow MVP race. It makes us want to holler ''bag job." It just does. Especially when the Red Sox guy is the lovable David Ortiz and the Yankee guy is the smarmy, loathsome poser, Alex Rodriguez (actually, I kind of like A-Rod, but that's his image here in the hardball Hub of the universe). Scott Miller Another shiny new award notwithstanding, Alex Rodriguez remains a man defined more by what he hasn't done in October than by the fact that he has now won two MVP awards in three seasons. But the Yankees don't pay players millions upon millions of dollars to win individual awards. And the evidence so far not only is that the Yankees have failed to win a World Series in either of A-Rod's two seasons in pinstripes, but that A-Rod is one of the primary reasons why. The Elias Sports Bureau doesn't keep track of this particular statistic, but it is believed that this is the first time a player who admitted playing "like a dog" in October scooped up an MVP award a month later. Ian O'Conner David Ortiz should've won the award, even if he doesn't play the field. You didn't need to weigh the numbers to know Ortiz made more dramatic contributions to the Red Sox than Rodriguez made to the Yanks. Two out of every three nights, Ortiz was sending some late-season, late-game ball to the moon. That was good enough for me. Bryan Smith looks at ten stand-out AFL pitching performances. Shane Komine is included.

The players and owners are close to an agreement that would result in stiffer penalties for using steroids.

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