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Duk's Dozen, a selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items, has returned in 2011 to start your baseball news day off right. Got links? Send 'em here or via Twitter.  

1. Like the flocking of the swallows to Capistrano each spring, Mark Cuban's name is again being tied to uncertain ownership situations in baseball.

But while fans of the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers hope he'll answer their S.O.S., the Dallas Mavericks owner says his days of bidding and driving up the prices on available franchises are over. Those failed attempts to buy the Cubs and Rangers have discouraged Cuban, who says he'll keep an open mind on any opportunities, but won't pursue them himself.

"If they want to sit down and sell me on it, I can be a willing listener and customer," he said. "But I'm not going to be a bidder on anything. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice shame on each other, or whatever the saying is."

While the baseball blog business would obviously be good if Cuban entered our ring, it's understandable that he refuses to be a pawn in the ownership game any longer. Especially if the old guard in the ownership ranks wouldn't approve him, anyway. NY Daily News

2. Jermaine Dye(notes) is again bellyaching on why it's ridiculous that he hasn't been handed a major league job without proving himself and is saying he's probably headed to retirement. Thanks for a great career Jermaine, but hit the bricks, pal. MLB Trade Rumors 

3. Pat Smith looks at another creaky old ballplayer who may not be valuing his remaining talent correctly. Hey, how'd you guess it was Vladimir Guerrero(notes)? Bugs & Cranks

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4. Classic cliché alert! An 1896 Sporting News article described the Baltimore Orioles of the old National League as being in the best shape of their lives. Dempsey's Army 

5. As I've mentioned before, I'm reading Jane Leavy's new Mickey Mantle book and it's chock full of lewd stories like this one. (Note: Click through with care.) Deadspin 

6. Being a loyal RBI Baseball man, I did terribly at this quiz. But maybe you'll do better: How many of the eight teams in Baseball Stars can you name? Sporcle

7. Sizing up Brett Wallace's(notes) chances to be the next Bagwell or Berkman. Crawfish Boxes 

8. Can Nate McLouth(notes) possibly recapture the trust of Braves' brass? Tomahawk Take 

9. You know it's February when an Indians fan says, "Hey, what about Jeremy Bonderman(notes)?" DiaTribe

10. Those getting high on Brett Gardner(notes) for fantasy purposes might want to pay attention to this sobering question: Will he be the 2011 version of Nyjer Morgan(notes)? Fangraphs 

11. Who ya booting? Nick Blackburn(notes) or Brian Duensing(notes) as the odd man out in the Minnesota Twins' starting rotation. Twinkie Talk

12. The aisles at Target give off one sure sign that it's officially time to get excited about baseball. Blue Heaven

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