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Craig Calcaterra

  1. David Ortiz and the Red Sox are talking about a contract extension

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    A couple of weeks ago Dan Shaughnessy said this about David Ortiz‘s desire for a contract extension: I guess the Red Sox feel differently about it because John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that the team and David Ortiz have opened discussions regarding a contract extension. Ortiz will make $15 million in this final year…

  2. The Tigers’ Venezuelan players are united

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

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    It’s getting ugly and scary in Venezuela. People have taken to the streets leading to deadly clashes between protesters and police. Watching such things from the United States has to be difficult for Venezuelan players. Omar Vizquel and the Tigers’ Venezuelan players tweeted out this pic in solidarity this morning: Desde aqui todos unidos por…

  3. Montville: Strip Bill Conlin of his Spink Award

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Bill Conlin

    Over at Sports on Earth, Leigh Montville talks of the late Bill Conlin. The long-time Philadelphia columnist who, in the summer of 2011, was awarded the Spink Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America. And who, five months later, was publicly accused of molestation by seven members of his family. Montville believes — and…

  4. Jesus Montero was 40 pounds over his target weight upon arriving in camp

    Feb 21, 2014, 8:15 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Man. We heard last week that Jesus Montero reported to Mariners camp overweight — that he admitted that all he did after winter ball was eat and was now on a weight-loss program — but we had no idea it was this bad. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Montero was 40 pounds…

  5. Mark Teixeira to miss at least the first week of spring games

    Feb 21, 2014, 6:58 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Mark Teixeira (wrist) isn’t likely to play in Grapefruit League games until March 3, at the earliest. His wrist is still tight, though there is no pain and he hasn’t had any setbacks. He said earlier this month that it could be June before…

  6. Jeff Francoeur was depressed last year

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur AP

    Jeff Francoeur was cut by the Giants before the season was over last year. This after a disastrous 2013 season and a sub-par 2012 season. He’s in Indians camp now, likely with his las shot at the majors. Paul Hoynes spoke with him and he talked about what was ailing him at the end of…

  7. Red Sox Minor Leaguer suspended

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT


    From the police blotter: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Boston Red Sox Minor League pitcher Francisco Tena has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Tena, who is…

  8. Quote of the Day: Ned Yost on the dynamic of spring training

    Feb 20, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star asked Ned Yost about how spring training feels. Good answer from Ned: “It feels different about four times over the course of spring training. The first day you get here, it’s always fun. Then it starts to get boring. And then you can hardly wait for all the…

  9. How Philadelphia lost the Athletics

    Feb 20, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Great, long story from Warren Corbett at The Hardball Times today about the waning days of the Philadelphia Athletics. Connie Mack was in his 90s and his race was all but run. His kids were feuding. The team was hemorrhaging money and no one could figure out what to do. As the Macks tried to…

  10. NESN and Jenny Dell part ways

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

    Jenny Dell, Will Middlebrooks (tweeted by Jenny Dell)

    It was reported in January that NESN had reassigned sideline reporter Jenny Dell when it was revealed that she was in a romantic relationship with Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Now that reassignment has become a full-blown parting of ways: Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, who oversees all of NESN’s on-air operations, acknowledged Thursday morning that Dell…

  11. Alan Trammell: you’re not helping

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT

    Alan Trammell

    Alan, dude. You’re my childhood idol. I wore number 3 when I played little league and Babe Ruth baseball because I adored you. And I have been outraged to the point of insanity that, since you have retired, neither the Tigers nor the BBWAA has given you your due. Your number 3 should be retired.…

  12. Two plead guilty in the beating of Bryan Stow

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    After nearly three years, justice is finally done in the Bryan Stow case: Defendant Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury. Co-defendant Louie Sanchez, saying he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem that disabled and disfigured the victim. Both were to be sentenced…

  13. Justin Verlander’s life is hard

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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    There are “first world problems.” Then there is the guy who is having sex with Kate Upton who now has more exotic sports cars than he can fit in his garage: Justin Verlander has a problem, and it’s totally unrelated to baseball. A noted sports car enthusiast, Verlander’s impressive collection officially reached nine cars this…

  14. The Braves sign Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million extension

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Atlanta Braves just signed one of their young, team-controlled players to a multi-year extension. This time: Andrelton Simmons. Who isn’t even arbitration-eligible yet. He got seven years and, according to Ken Rosenthal, $58 million guaranteed. Simmons is easily the best defensive shortstop in baseball, with…

  15. Melky Cabrera is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cabrera heads to the batters box during the first inning of their MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, California

    This shouldn’t cause anyone to snark in Melky’s direction. Nope: More on Melky. Says he hasn’t lost a lot of weight but turned what he had into muscle. Says he’s in best shape of his life. #BlueJays — Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) February 20, 2014   His past good seasons corresponded with better conditioning. How much…

  16. Jesse Crain has a calf strain

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Jesse Crain injured his right calf the other day. Evan Drellich reports that an MRI has confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain. While Bo Porter characterized the diagnosis as good news — coulda been worse – it’s just the latest in a series of health issues for Crain. He had biceps surgery in the offseason…

  17. Matt Kemp still doesn’t have a timetable

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp Getty

    There’s a reason the Dodgers didn’t trade one of their four outfielders this winter. They don’t know when they’ll actually have four healthy outfielders. To wit: yesterday Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he still doesn’t have a timetable for Matt Kemp in his return from ankle surgery. “I wish I could give you a timetable…

  18. See rare video of the 1945 Dodgers at spring training

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

    Leo Durocher

    This is fun. Video from MLB Productions of the 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers at spring training. Mostly Leo Durocher jawing at his third baseman during fungo drills. He refers to the guy as “Nick.” Could be a nickname, but there was no third baseman named Nick on the ’45 Dodgers. Or the ’44 Dodgers for that…

  19. John Rocker knows exactly what’s wrong with New York City

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

    John Rocker

    If you had to name someone who has trenchant insight into the issues facing New York City, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more adept and knowledgable than John Rocker. After all, he’s the one who once totally captured EXACTLY what New York was like when he said the city was “depressing,” that “the biggest…

  20. When crazy managers roamed the Earth

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

    Gene Mauch

    Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle has a wonderful column up about an all but extinct species: the volcanic, red-ass manager. The guys who barked at the press and the players and smoked and grunted and did all of those wonderful/awful things. Guys like Gene Mauch and Jim Fregosi and Ralph Houk and Billy…

  21. Bryce Harper is a bit tired of hearing about running into that wall

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bryce Harper famously ran into that wall in Dodger Stadium last year, which ended up sidetracking his whole season. Tom Boswell has a feature on Harper today, in which Harper acknowledges that one can play hard yet still play smart. And that, no, he does not plan to be known for running into walls like…

  22. Mike Trout is in The Best Shape of his Life

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    On the one hand, dude, you’re 22, you had better be in The Best Shape of Your Life. Indeed, there has been some talk in BSOHL circles that we should disqualify everyone under, say, 30, from BSHOL consideration. On the other hand, well, he said it: Trout checked into camp last spring weighing 241, ended…

  23. The Phillies ratted out a draftee to the NCAA for negotiating with an agent

    Feb 20, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

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    This is surprising, likely unprecedented and truly pathetic. Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt reports that the Phillies turned in their fifth-round draft pick from 2013, Ben Wetzler, to the NCAA for negotiating with the team through an agent. Fitt surmises that the Phillies did so due to sour grapes over Wetzler deciding not to sign and instead returning…

  24. Twelve hours to spring training: 1976

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

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    A fantastic road trip story from former major league journeyman pitcher John D’Acquisto. He tells of the twelve hours before reporting to spring training for the Giants in 1976. He, John Montefusco and Randy Moffitt in a Porche, racing to make it from Foster City, California to Phoenix in time to report to camp. I…

  25. Ubaldo Jimenez passed his physical

    Feb 19, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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    That’s not usually big news but this is the Orioles after all, so it’s probably worth passing along. That makes his contract official. Four-years, $50 million. He’ll probably be frolicking in Sarasota tomorrow. I feel like Jimenez is a total coin toss of a signing. I don’t like his chances to be worth his contract,…

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