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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Yankees are still trying to peddle A.J. Burnett

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are still trying to trade A.J. Burnett. The purpose — apart from the totally understandable and desirable deburnettification effects such a move would create  — is to shake free some payroll to sign a DH or Eric Chavez or someone: … the Yankees are…

  2. George Brett’s company sued over false medical claims

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

    George Brett

    You’re not gonna believe this, but some people have the nerve to suggest that Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett’s claims that cheap jewelry has healing powers is … false. I know, I’m shocked too, because I get all of my medical treatment from trinkets and baubles and things. Indeed, I was ordered to undergo…

  3. Great Moments in Sexism: Who’s your “Baseball Boyfriend?”

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

    Pink cap

    Not everyone plays fantasy baseball. There are a lot of reasons for that. I don’t play because I have a short attention span and I kind of suck at it. Others don’t play because they don’t have the time. Still others because, shocker, they just don’t like it. But a company called  A View From My…

  4. Must-click link: Is it easier to buy wins today than it used to be?

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

    stack of money

    We all know the story: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and, with the exception of some lucky-as-hell teams like the Moneyball Athletics and the Extra 2% Rays, having a big payroll is the most important thing in all of baseball. But is it really that bad? Not so says Dave Studeman of…

  5. Bill Hall signs with the Yankees

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

    Bill Hall

    Utilityman Bill Hall has signed with the Yankees. This was first reported by … Bill Hall: IT’S OFFICIAL IM A YANKEE!!!!!!!!#IwannaRing!!!! — Bill Hall (@BillHall_III) February 7, 2012 Hey, guys who backup A-Rod once in a while get a ring if the Yankees win it all too. Hall is coming off a horrible season, but…

  6. Presenting: the Official BSOHL logo

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:34 PM EST


    We’ve done so many BSOHL posts by now — and, despite the protestations of, like, 95% of you — we will continue to do them now and in every single offseason until they pull the plug on this blog.  Sorry, this is not a democracy. So since this has become an institution, it demands the…

  7. Yes, a post that involves baseball, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

    Kim and Kris

    You thought we couldn’t get any more fluffy, empty non-baseball baseball posts in today? Ha!  I have not yet neared the bottom of the barrel.  Not on your life, buster.  Get a load of this: The Minnesota Twins are cutting ties with the Kardashians, too. Well, sort of. The team announced Tuesday it will auction…

  8. Former Orioles, Devil Rays outfielder Danny Clyburn shot and killed in Lancaster, SC

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:06 PM EST


    Sad news form the Lancaster (S.C.) Herald: Danny Clyburn Jr., a former baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, died in a Lancaster shooting early Tuesday morning, police say. Clyburn, 37, was shot at about 2 a.m. at a home at 618 N. Market Street, Lancaster police said. Details are sketchy, but…

  9. Angel Pagan on the Giants: “This is the team to beat”

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Giants logo

    After spending the first six years of his career with the Cubs and the Mets, sure, Angel Pagan is entitled to a little optimism. But I tend to think that this is too much optimism. From John Shea’s story about him in the San Francisco Chronicle: Angel Pagan prides himself as the Giants‘ new leadoff hitter.…

  10. Great Moments in Musical Numbers Involving Baseball

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:42 AM EST

    Smash NBC

    Due to a misunderstanding with the wonderful Ms. Markie Post and a restraining order that is totally bogus, my contract with NBC specifically forbids me from talking about “Night Court.”  But I think I can talk about other NBC entertainment programming without running afoul of the contract. Well, “Quantum Leap” may be off limits too,…

  11. Of course the Nationals media relations guy is going to work for Scott Boras

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Boras thinking

    The Nationals already employ multiple Scott Boras clients: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Edwin Jackson, Jayson Werth and several others.  It’s about time that Boras returned the favor.  From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: Last week, Nationals media relations manager Bill Gluvna resigned in order to take a job working for Boras Corporation., where he’ll…

  12. Evan Longoria is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

    Aaron and I were talking yesterday that we needed an official BSOHL logo or picture or something — it’s all about branding these days — but neither of us have any graphics chops.  If anyone gets bored and wants to help us out in this regard, feel free to send it via the “Feedback” button…

  13. The Wilpons’ expert witness has an interesting past

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:58 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    Barring a settlement, it looks as though the trial in which the Mets owners are being accused of either knowing about or being negligent regarding the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme is going to go down next month.  And though the ultimate outcome of that trial will have a big impact on the Mets, the blow-by-blow…

  14. Willie Bloomquist is the Pavement of baseball players

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EST


    After that Madonna post I feel like I sort of need to come back quickly and re-establish some form of musical credibility. So, now I will tell you all about how great I think the Pet Shop Boys are … Kidding! I offer you a link (sorry, subscription only) to Baseball Prospectus in which Geoff Young…

  15. Madonna is gonna play Yankee Stadium in September

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:47 AM EST


    In case you didn’t get enough of her at the Super Bowl, never fear, you can see Madonna at another sporting venue: Yankee Stadium on September 6th. The Yankees will be in the middle of an 10-game road trip then, so it won’t interfere. And I hear that Mystique and Aura will stay behind to…

  16. The Korean Baseball Organization is not pleased with the Orioles

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Orioles cap

    The Korean Baseball Organization has sent a letter of protest to Major League Baseball complaining about the Baltimore Orioles signing a 17 year-old high school pitcher named Kim Seong-min. They refer to the Orioles as “poaching” amateur talent and, in turn, harming Korean baseball. This is kind of strange for two reasons. First: Based on the article this…

  17. The Cubs designate Blake DeWitt for assignment

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:14 PM EST


    In December the Cubs reportedly balked at trading Blake DeWitt to the Rockies for Ian Stewart.  Now they’ve designated him for assignment instead. The move was necessitated by the Cubs claiming Adrian Cardenas on waivers from the Athletics, so the Cubs have essentially traded a 26 year-old utilityman for a 24-year-old one. Cardenas had a nice…

  18. The Rays have “said almost nothing” about their stadium situation? Really?

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

    Here’s’s Richard Justice in an article about the Tampa Bay Rays, just published a few minutes ago: It’s impossible not to admire how the Tampa Bay Rays are handling their stadium situation. They’ve said almost nothing publicly, taking the high road and letting the politicians do the talking. Yes, the Rays have said almost nothing…

  19. Lots of mild interest in Johnny Damon, nothin’ serious

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:40 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Two years ago, about 77% of our January-February posts were about Johnny Damon. This year? Not a ton, really. Aging is hard. But after all of the ink we spilled back then — our first offseason on this blog — I still sort of feel like this is Johnny Damon season.  So I pass along…

  20. Write a book critical of the Mets, lose media credentials

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    Image (1) Mets%20Logo.png for post 3903

    Note: if you write stuff the Mets don’t like, they’re probably not gonna give you media credentials. Just ask Howard Megdal of the LoHud Mets blog: Since taking over the LoHud Mets Blog in March 2011, I have been credentialed numerous times by the New York Mets-100 percent of the time my editor here, Sean…

  21. The Braves officially unveil their new alternate jerseys

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:36 AM EST

    Braves alternates

    In what was the worst-kept secret ever — news and images leaked weeks ago — the Braves have unveiled their new alternate jerseys this morning.  They are identical to the examples that leaked previously. They look pretty spiffy too.  The only downside: This is the club’s first home uniform change since it introduced alternate red…

  22. Albert Pujols leaving St. Louis is a metaphor for rising mortgage rates. Or something.

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Local ads are awesome. And by awesome, I mean that they’re usually terrible. This one for a mortgage company in St. Louis isn’t terrible, really, but it is kinda strange. Watch as Tony La Russa extols the virtues of seizing the moment and all that jazz, and then watch as Albert Pujols is used as…

  23. The Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie to the Rockies

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:36 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles and Rockies have agreed to a trade:  Jeremy Guthrie goes to Colorado in exchange for right-handers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. Guthrie has been the subject of trade rumors since — I think — the William McKinley administration.  He’s been with the O’s for five seasons. In two of…

  24. Oh good: Frank McCourt has made it easier for Fred Wilpon to borrow money

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    Bill Madden of the New York Daily News makes an observation I hadn’t thought of but which, in hindsight, makes perfect sense: the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers — brought on by Frank McCourt’s financial mismanagement — has made it possibly for Fred Wilpon to borrow even more money against the New York Mets if…

  25. Must-Click Link: “They took Pipo! They took Pipo!”

    Feb 6, 2012, 8:48 AM EST

    wilson ramos reuters

    In Sports Illusdtated, Thomas Lake and Melisa Segura have an in-depth story about the kidnapping of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos last November. It’s fascinating simply as a straight-forward telling of the story of how Ramos was kidnapped, the conditions he faced in captivity and how he was freed.  But it’s also fascinating in relaying how…

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