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MLB notes: Corked Mickey Mantle bat being sold
By QMI Agency


New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle connects for his 536th home run in a game against the Boston Red Sox in 1968.

Mickey Mantle was a cheater, according to item No. 76 at Grey Flannel Auctions.

The online auctioneers are set to auction off a bat apparently used by the New York Yankees legend in 1964.

The selling point?

X-rays recently revealed a piece of cork firmly lodged in the barrel of the bat, an illegal modification that will surely bring the 20-time all-star's legacy down a level.

The new revelation confirms what former big league equipment manager Ray Crump once disclosed.


According to the auction site, Crump once admitted to corking bats for Mantle.

Until now, though, none of those bats had been found.

Before his Hall of Fame induction in 1974, Mantle won seven World Series titles with the Yankees and three American League MVPs. He was also voted to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team in 1999.

HALLADAY, WILLIAMS SQUARE OFF

Mitch Williams has a bone to pick with Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee.

"He didn't like the fact that I spoke with his pitchers at all about anything," Williams told Philadelphia radio station 94.1 WIP. "It may be time for a new voice."

Williams, a former Phillies closer who currently is an analyst for MLB Network, also said staff ace Roy Halladay's struggles could be fixed by changing his mechanics.

"(That is) coming from the mechanical wonder," Halladay told mlblogs.com. "Yeah, I strongly disagree. To come from a guy who's not around, who's not involved. He's not involved in the conversations ... honestly has no idea what's going on."

Halladay came to Dubee's defence after the retired reliever, infamous for giving up Joe Carter's game-winning World Series home run in 1993, also claimed he showed Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick his current change-up grip.

"Watching Kyle Kendrick, the stuff that he's learned, the way he's grown, is because of Rich Dubee and it's because of his work ethic and the way he goes about things," Halladay said.

TOMMY JOHN FOR MOTTE

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte will undergo Tommy John surgery Monday, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

The 30-year-old righty, who led the National League with 42 saves a season ago, will be sidelined through the beginning of the 2014 season.

The Cards shut down Motte in mid-March due to elbow issues that persisted when he attempted to begin rehabbing on Friday.

In 67 appearances last season, Motte finished with a 2.75 ERA.

In Motte's absence, the Cardinals have gone to Edward Mujica to close out games after Mitchell Boggs struggled through 14 appearances this season.

BRIEFLY: The Pittsburgh Pirates placed second baseman Neil Walker on the disabled list Friday due to a lacerated hand. The 27-yaer-old has been unable to grip a bat since being spiked by Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma April 27 ... The Pirates have called up 41-year-old setup man Jose Contreras from their triple-A affiliate, completing the Cuban's return from Tommy John surgery ... The MLB draft will commence June 6 and will be aired on the MLB Network, the league announced Friday ... Infielder Mark Teahen was returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday after he was unable to pass his physical with the Cincinnati Reds. The former Blue Jay was traded to the Reds Tuesday for triple-A depth in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.






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