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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bud Selig basically tells the A’s to dangle

    May 17, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    After three years of telling the A’s to hold tight, a special committee is looking into their desired move to San Jose, Bud Selig almost seemed to punt today when asked about the matter: At the owners meeting Thursday in New York, Commissioner Bud Selig opened the door for the A’s to leave the Bay…

  2. Brett Lawrie drops the appeal of his suspension

    May 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games yesterday, appealed, played last night and went hitless. Today he has reconsidered, dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game punishment. I suspect this has something to do with the personnel moves the Jays made today, making them better able to weather the temporary loss of Lawrie.  Or,…

  3. Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery

    May 17, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez

    Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez had his ACL surgery this morning. In a surprise, the doctor announced afterward that it “was the least successful surgery ever. Really, I messed up. It’s a hot mess in that knee, and he would have been far better off with an amputation than the havoc I wreaked in that thing.”…

  4. The Blue Jays get a Brazilian

    May 17, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Baseball player that is. What they do with their bikini line is their own business. The Blue Jays just announced that they have demoted the struggling Adam Lind to triple-A Las Vegas and have called up Yan Gomes to take his place. The Jays say that, once Gomes plays in the game, he’ll be the first Brazilian player…

  5. Introducing “The Great Bratbino”

    May 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT


    O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such ballpark concessions in’t! Rangers unveiling Great Bratbino on May 25, a two-foot bratwurst with sauerkraut and options including chili and jalapenos. — Anthony Andro (@aandro) May 17, 2012   I’m not saying I’m going to make a special…

  6. TBS will get the wild card single game play-ins; MLB Network to get some division series games

    May 17, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    MLB is going to hold a conference call for media to this effect here in a minute, but Richard Sandomir already has the scoop:  TBS will broadcast the two wild card play-in games in both 2012 and 2013. On a personal level I like this because I simply prefer TBS’ baseball production to FOX’s. I…

  7. The White Sox lose coach Kevin Hickey

    May 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Kevin Hickey, who has served as a “pregame instructor” — basically a non-titled coach, right? — for the Chicago White Sox for several years died yesterday. From Kevin Hickey, who pitched on the South Side from 1981-83 and served as a pregame instructor since 2004, died Wednesday at Rush Memorial Center. He was 56.…

  8. Aroldis Chapman is gonna be a setup man forever, I guess

    May 17, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Danny Knobler has a column up today asking a question a lot of Reds fans have probably been asking themselves for some time: why in the heck is Aroldis Chapman still the Reds’ setup guy? He hasn’t allowed a run all year. He has retired 22 of his last 24 hitters. He has a K/BB ratio…

  9. Adrian Gonzalez is NOT happy with the state of umpiring

    May 17, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Adrian Gonzalez was not pleased with Hunter Wendelstedt’s strike zone last night, and vented about the state of umpiring after the game: “How are you supposed to have a professional at-bat with these umpires nowadays? Gosh. The first pitch in my last at-bat wasn’t even close. You’re up there, trying to have a professional at-bat…

  10. Great Moments in Bad Defense: the Seattle Mariners

    May 17, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    It’s hard to find an uglier all-around play than this one in last night’s Indians-Mariners game.  It started with a double steal that seemed to confuse Jesus Montero. And then the confusion was compounded when he and his teammates decided to throw the baseball all over the place. But check out the hustle on Carlos…

  11. Cubs patriarch Joe Ricketts is in need of “a literate” black man

    May 17, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    Remember Joe Ricketts? He’s the patriarch of the Ricketts family which owns the Chicago Cubs. His son Tom runs the team, but old Joe’s fortune — made founding Ameritrade — is what built the family’s nest egg. As we’ve noted before, Joe Ricketts is quite the political activist. He is the founder and leader of an…

  12. Mr. Met and the most awkward high-five in recent memory

    May 17, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg was on hand for the All-Star Game announcement yesterday and he looked like he’d rather be anywhere but there. Check out the high-five he gave Mr. Met: Gosh, if you can’t be happy around someone as awesome as Mr. Met, there’s no hope for you.

  13. Jim Leyland is not happy with Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer

    May 17, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Before the season, whenever a radio host asked me to make my division winner picks, I would say something like “if I had to bet my children on the outcome of any race, it’d be the AL Central. The Tigers are a lock.” So far, not good. Sorry Mookie and Carlo, but you’re gonna have to…

  14. Write what you want about Dale Sveum. He’s not going to read it.

    May 17, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Dale Sveum is gonna feel some heat by virtue of being the manager of the Chicago Cubs. But he won’t know about it if he does. Here’s what he told Patrick Mooney of about how he spends his free time: “I don’t read the papers. I’m not a guy that Tweets, or whatever you…

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 17, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1: I took my bike out for a spin for the first time in a while last evening. It was a nice ride on a nice night. At least apart from the crazy, over-the-handlebars wreck I got into at the corner of Alpath and Johnston Road. There were no apparent injuries at…

  16. Pirates fans attack a PNC park security guard and police officer; guard loses a finger

    May 16, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Every time some bad fan behavior happens in Philly, someone says “hey, why don’t you ever mention it when some other fans go nuts?” Well, fine. But I’m keeping it in Pennsylvania: A Pirates security supervisor lost his finger and a Pittsburgh police officer was hurt when a woman’s refusal to leave PNC Park this…

  17. Brett Lawrie suspended for four games for his helmet toss

    May 16, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Just got the press release from MLB: Third baseman Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays has received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions toward Umpire Bill Miller, which included throwing his helmet in Miller’s vicinity, during the bottom of the ninth inning of last night’s game against the Tampa…

  18. The Death Cab for Cutie guy really hates Yankee Stadium

    May 16, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Death Cab For Cutie In Concert

    Rolling Stone asked a bunch of rock stars what their favorite ballparks are.  There are a lot of good answers. Two of the best come from Alice Cooper and George Thorogood, mostly because it shows you just how damn old they are. Cooper says “Briggs Stadium,” was his favorite. Thorogood says Connie Mack Park. The…

  19. Olney: the Red Sox are “headed down that path” to trade Kevin Youkilis

    May 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Buster Olney was on WEEI radio this afternoon and, based on his conversations with some anonymous executives, he thinks the Red Sox and Kevin Youkilis will part ways this summer: “I’ve talked with a number of executives at other teams this week, because this looks like it’s headed down that path.” … Olney said that other…

  20. Interleague play starts this weekend, as does the puffery regarding its attendance impact

    May 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Just got the press release from MLB announcing the beginning of interleague play this weekend. As usual, the league touts the attendance boost it brings: Interleague Play drew 8,468,620 fans in 2011, averaging 33,606 fans per game.  The average 2011 Interleague attendance was 12.1 percent higher than the season’s final intraleague average of 29,985.  Since…

  21. The Citi Field All-Star Game is officially announced. Finally. Officially. And officially. Finally!

    May 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Fred WIlpon, Michael Bloomberg, Bud Selig,

    I suppose that headline is somewhat redundant, but when the same thing has been reported for a year or so, I feel it necessary to put as much finality on it as possible. Anyway, here’s Bud: “As we celebrate the franchise’s golden anniversary this year, I am pleased to award the 2013 All-Star Game to…

  22. Meanwhile, at the riveting Roger Clemens trial

    May 16, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Remember how a juror fell asleep at the Roger Clemens trial last week?  Yeah, happened again: Walton then warned the remaining 15 jurors and alternates: “Stay alert. We don’t want to lose anybody else.” But another juror, a young woman who works as a cashier at a supermarket, failed to heed that warning. She nodded…

  23. Stay classy, Rob Dibble

    May 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT


    Rob Dibble famously told Stephen Strasburg to “suck it up” after his elbow ligament exploded, and then got fired for it, and now it seems that Dibble has something of a vendetta against Strasburg. Example: his comments re: the Icy Hot affair from yesterday: Wow, I guess you can’t be human, it was the hot…

  24. Joe Torre doesn’t think Brett Lawrie was trying to hit the ump

    May 16, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

    Brett Lawrie is still going to get suspended, it seems, but any of you who were saying this was or should be a Delmon Young/bat toss situation are going to be disappointed because, according to Danny Knobler of CBS, Joe Torre acknowledges that Lawrie was not trying to hit the ump with his helmet on purpose:…

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