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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Six clubs are interested in Scott Kazmir for some reason

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:03 PM EST


    Scott Kazmir threw for scouts the other day. Today Buster Olney reports that as many as six teams are interested in him. The only team mentioned by name is the Mets, but really, it’s hard to see why anyone would be too exercised by the notion of adding Scott Kazmir to the organization.  He’s been…

  2. Great Moments in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    red sox and yankees logos

    The long epic battle between the Yankees and the Red Sox is played out mostly on the baseball diamond. But there are minor skirmishes here and there. Like the time that the guy in Florida bought the domain name matching the name of the Red Sox’ new spring training complex and directed it to the…

  3. Ronald Belisario tested positive for cocaine, said he used it only once

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EST


    Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario already faces a drug suspension at the beginning of the year, but it appears that his drug problems extend beyond whatever it was that sent him to rehab last year: he told reporters this morning that he tested positive for cocaine. It’s unclear when he tested positive, but Belisario says that…

  4. Miami taxpayers one step closer to paying another $1.2 million per year to benefit the Marlins

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:30 AM EST


    Last fall we learned that the city of Miami faces an unexpected $1.2 million property tax bill as a result of its largess to Jeff Loria and the Miami Marlins. Seems the city thought that a stadium parking garage it built and paid for is not going to be exempt from property taxes because, despite the fact…

  5. MLB adopts the “Maddon Rule” to combat relief pitcher shenanigans

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:51 AM EST


    Remember last June when Joe Maddon had Sam Fuld warm up as a relief pitcher for the sole purpose of giving his real reliever, Cesar Ramos, more time to get loose?  And how he admitted that he lied to the umps about Fuld having an injury so as not to run afoul of the rules…

  6. Quote of the Day: “Si, Motherf****r”

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:19 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    Buster Olney watched Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder take batting practice.  They sound like they’re having a lot of fun: When Cabrera took his turns in the box, he carved long liners to right field, over and over, shouting to the others to guess whether they would clear the fence. “SI OR NO?” Cabrera yelled.…

  7. Ozzie Guillen vows to keep Carlos Zambrano under control

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    As soon as Carlos Zambrano was shipped to Miami everyone wanted to know how baseball’s most combustible pitcher would get along with baseball’s most combustible manager in Ozzie Guillen. Guillen spoke on that yesterday. He opined that perhaps the reason Zambrano had issues with the Cubs is because the Cubs let him have issues. And,…

  8. A-Rod brown bags it

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    My son has a “Clone Wars” lunch box. It’s pretty cool. Only problem is that it’s black and you can’t really see where I wrote his name on it. Given how popular that particular lunch box is, you won’t be surprised to hear that he’s accidentally brought some other kid’s home several times.  First grade isn’t easy.…

  9. Wilson Ramos is back in the swing of things

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    Wilson Ramos

    Today was Wilson Ramos‘ first day back in his usual major league routine since he was kidnapped in Venezuela last November.  Mark Zuckerman of has a story up about it. For the most part Ramos sounds like he’s all about getting back to business. But there is at least one thing suggesting that his…

  10. One of the MLB Fan Cave guys is the Orioles new P.A. announcer

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    orioles logo

    Depending on how closely you followed the MLB Fan Cave thing last season, you may or may not know that Ryan Wagner was one of the two guys involved. I got to meet him once. Nice guy. With his iteration of the Fan Cave over, I was wondering what he’d be doing with his time.…

  11. The Rangers trade for Indians minor leaguer Kelvin De La Cruz

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:37 PM EST

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    This isn’t a big trade, but not a lot else is going on:  The Rangers acquired lefty Kelvin De La Cruz from the Indians for cash considerations. De La Cruz is 23 years-old. He has started all but 12 of his 105 minor league games in the Indians’ system.  He strikes out a fair number…

  12. Brian Cashman: the Yankees weren’t trying to win the AL East in late 2010

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    At the time it was going down it seemed pretty obvious that Joe Girardi and the Yankees, a playoff spot long-secured, were content to try to get healthy and optimized for the playoffs rather than to overtake the Rays for the AL East title.  But you don’t expect to hear anyone on the team admit…

  13. Davey Johnson thinks the Nationals have more potential than the mid-80s Mets

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson is no Sparky Anderson when it comes to hyperbole. Whereas Anderson would always talk up some young kid as the next Tony Perez and think that everything that ever happened was the most wonderful thing ever, Johnson tends to tell it like it is. Which is why what he told’s Mark Zuckerman…

  14. Mat Gamel is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

    mat gamel brewers

    Tom Haudricourt is in Brewers camp, and he spoke with the man who is tasked with replacing Prince Fielder: Mat Gamel. What say you, Mat? Feel up to the task? Gamel is focused on the opportunity at hand to replace Prince Fielder. “I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m excited about my opportunity.”…

  15. Former Mets equipment manager Charlie Samuels pleads guilty, gets probation

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Charlie Samuels

    Remember Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary? The guy who was alleged to be running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? And who got arrested for it all last spring? Yeah, well he pleaded guilty today and was sentenced: five years probation and an order…

  16. That time Ron Gant and Connie Mack got into a bar fight

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    Ron Gant topless

    This has nothing to do with anything, but even I need a break from BSOHL stories for a little while. Congressman Connie Mack IV — who is now running for Senate — is the great grandson of Connie Mack the baseball guy. But that’s not his only baseball connection! Nope, seems that he has a…

  17. Theo Epstein compensation watch: the Cubs send Chris Carpenter and a PTBNL to the Red Sox

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    No, not that Chris Carpenter. He’s still a Cardinal. This is the Cubs reliever. Who will now be a Boston Red Sox in exchange for the Cubs hiring away Theo Epstein. There will be a player to be named later too, so it’s not like this is ever ending, apparently. Not a significant player, really.…


    Feb 21, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Florida Marlins

    Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has freakishly big arms. Just, giant iron-pumped guns, made to look all the bigger because he wears comically small jerseys with short short sleeves. I kinda love it. But it’s going to get even crazier this year. Because as Dave O’Brien of the AJC tweeted a few minutes ago, Uggla…

  19. One writer really, really hates Manny Ramirez

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    There were all manner of reactions to the Athletics signing Manny Ramirez yesterday, but the one that stood out to me the most was the reaction — across multiple tweets — from Scott Miller of CBS Miller is not at all pleased with the fact that Ramirez has a job now. And he has…

  20. Tommy Hanson has a mild concussion, will be out a few days

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    hanson wide ap

    Following up on Tommy Hanson’s car wreck from yesterday, Mark Bowman of reports that Hanson has a mild concussion and should miss a few days of workouts. David O’Brien of the AJC adds that it’s a Grade 1 concussion, which is the least serious flavor of concussion. He came to camp this morning but…

  21. I think Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are going to kiss

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:46 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

    Love at first sight, courtesy of Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press: Maybe it was the way Prince Fielder showed up four days early for spring training. Or maybe it was the massive home run he hit during batting practice … Or maybe it was the way Fielder hung out in the clubhouse Monday morning and…

  22. Matt Moore will have no innings limit this year

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

    Matt Moore

    Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL Matt Moore! [Rays GM Andrew] Friedman said rookie LHP Matt Moore’s innings will be watched but don’t have to be limited because he’s been “built up in a pretty systematic way” in the minors. Moore has one regular season major league start, but he had 201 strikeouts in 155…

  23. Joe Saunders is in The Best — and the sexiest — Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Joe Saunders

    But first, a word from Indians President Mark Shapiro.

  24. Brett Cecil is in The Best Shape of His Life; quotes Bruce Lee

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Brett Cecil, Scott Richmond

    Rumors of Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil‘s weight loss have floated around all winter, but today the Globe and Mail has a full report on it. And, unlike a lot of the BSOHL stories, this one is damn definitive and pretty impressive: Cecil has gone from 252 pounds last season to 219.  Which, on a…

  25. Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    harper futures getty

    Bryce Harper is super-excited to be heading to big league camp. He is determined to make the most of things and, if he can at all help it, break camp with the big club.  And how’s he gonna do it?  He told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: “I’m going work as hard as I…

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