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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Would you believe a Hall of Fame ballot with Don Mattingly and no one else?

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

    Don Mattingly

    Better believe it because it’s true. It belongs to Rick Carpiniello. He’s a hockey blogger, by the way. Still gets to vote for the baseball Hall of Fame because, well, I have no idea, but one must not question the logic of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They’ve been there and you haven’t and…

  2. Hiroki Kuroda to decide where he’ll sign “in the next couple of days”

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    kuroda throws getty

    Per NPB Tracker, Hiroki Kuroda — who, rumor has it, could be had on a one-year deal — has reportedly informed the Hiroshima Carp that he intends to pitch in the Major Leagues in 2012, not return to Japan as has been suggested a few times. Moreover, Kuroda reportedly intends to decide on where he’ll sign “within…

  3. The Rangers are offering Yu Darvish “Dice-K money”

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:50 AM EST

    darvish getty japan team

    Jon Heyman reports that the Texas Rangers are “offering about ‘Dice K money”” to Yu Darvish and that, as such, a deal is not close at the moment. Matsuzaka’s deal with the Red Sox was for six years and $52 million, and that seems way light of what most people have been projecting Darvish is…

  4. Anonymous New York Met: “We’ve become the Oakland A’s”

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    mets logo hat

    New York Magazine has a feature called “Workplace Confidential.” In it people anonymously dish dirt or vent spleen about their jobs and employers. Wanna hear from a bikini waxer who has a problem with female anatomy? Wanna hear from a plastic surgeon who says that liposuction is useless? That’s the place to go. Yesterday one appeared from…

  5. Owners likely to decide on expanded playoff timing this week

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:31 AM EST

    Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    The owners are meeting in Arizona this week. It’s the last scheduled owners meeting between now and March 1. That’s significant because March 1 is the date by which it is to be decided whether the new expanded playoff system — an extra wild card in each league — will go into effect in 2012…

  6. Bill Mueller is getting at least one Hall of Fame vote

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    Bill Mueller

    I kinda liked Bill Mueller as a player. Got on base at a nice clip. Won a batting title. Was part of the 2004 Red Sox World Series team and hit well in the series itself. Maybe the numbers say differently but I want to remember him as playing a good third base. To the…

  7. The Rockies don’t have room in the budget for … Kevin Millwood?

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:33 AM EST

    Kevin Millwood, Carlos Lee

    Things that just sort of make you stop and say “really?”:  Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies may be interested in Kevin Millwood, but can’t seem to find space in the budget for him.  The same Kevin Millwood who pitched all of 54 major league innings last year. Now, granted, those…

  8. Happy Hall of Fame Day

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:01 AM EST

    cooperstown

    The Hall of Fame voting results will be announced today at 3PM. You can get your info either by following the Baseball Writers Association of America Twitter feed, going to their website or watching the announcement live on the MLB Network or at MLB.com (the MLB show starts at 2PM, but the announcement won’t be until…

  9. No one thinks Bud Selig is retiring

    Jan 9, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Bud Selig is supposed to retire at the end of the 2012 season. He has an office at the University of Wisconsin set up for himself and everything.  Yep, pushing 80, it’s time for the Budster to finally ease into retirement.  Too bad no one thinks he’s gonna.  From Bill Madden’s latest at the Daily…

  10. It’s cute watching Mike Rizzo pretend to play tough with Scott Boras over Prince Fielder

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Fact: Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals have been Scott Boras’ huckleberry for a few years now. Nothing wrong with that. They’ve signed some great guys by being willing to play ball with Boras in ways that some teams have chosen not to. But it is pretty obvious that if Boras has a big name,…

  11. The Orioles spoke with the Cubs about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:01 AM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles have spoken to the Cubs about a potential trade involving Alfonso Soriano. Based on various other reports in the past few days suggesting that Soriano isn’t going anywhere, it’s quite possible that this refers to past talks that similarly went nowhere. But it is fun, if for no…

  12. Attorneys for Starlin Castro: “We are confident these allegations are baseless”

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Jay K. Reisinger and Michael P. Gillespie, attorneys for Starlin Castro, have released a statement in the wake of the report that he has been accused of sexual assault: We are aware of certain allegations that have been made against our client, Starlin Castro. We have thoroughly investigated this matter, and we are confident that…

  13. Report: Starlin Castro accused of sexual assault

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

    Starlin Castro

    Wow: WBBM Newsradio in Chicago is reporting that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been accused of sexually assaulting a Chicago woman last September.  No charges have been filed and he has not been arrested, but he is wanted for questioning. WBBM has obtained a police report — heavily redacted — that says Castro took to woman…

  14. Mets hire the turnaround consulting firm that handled the Rangers bankruptcy and sale

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:19 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    Eno Sarris of Amazin’ Avenue reported last night that the New York Mets have hired a consulting firm called CRG Partners.  The significance?  That’s the same consulting firm Tom Hicks and the Texas Rangers hired in 2010 (a) to put them into and help them through bankruptcy and; (b) to eventually help sell the team to Chuck…

  15. Miguel Cabrera receives probation, fine for his DUI charge

    Jan 5, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera‘s arrest for DUI last February was pretty spectacular, at least as far as all of the sordid details about the arrest were concerned. The resolution of it all is kind of boring, however:  Cabrera was given a $500 fine and one year of probation yesterday.  He also had his license suspended for a…

  16. Nats minor leaguer suspended 50 games

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:15 PM EST

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    Major League Baseball just announced that Washington Nationals minor leaguer Zechry Zinicola has received a 50-game suspension.  Not PEDs, though. His suspension comes after a second violation of “a drug of abuse” pursuant to the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  Two things: 1. I vaguely remember Zinicola pitching for the Columbus Clippers a few…

  17. The new safety railing is up at Rangers Ballpark

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:13 PM EST

    Arlington barrier

    Shannon Stone tragically fell to his death on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark.  In the aftermath of that, plans were announced to create a barrier that would make it less likely that fans would fall out of the stands again.  That barrier has been built. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted a picture…

  18. The Carlos Zambrano deal is official

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:04 PM EST

    zambrano fenway reuters

    The trade of Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins is official. Ken Rosenthal tweets some of the details: Zambrano waived his no-trade clause and his $19.25 million option for 2013 that would have kicked in if he finished in top four of the Cy Young vote. He’ll be a free agent next winter; He also settled…

  19. What do we really know about Mr. Met?

    Jan 5, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

    Mr. Met Love

    Richard Sandomir has a nice story in the New York Times today about Mr. Met. About his history. About how beloved he is. And about how, despite all of the turmoil the Mets have found themselves in over the years, Mr. Met has always been there, smiling and spreading good will: Mr. Met, then, can…

  20. Miguel Tejada is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:28 PM EST

    Miguel Tejada

    Jon Heyman on Twitter: miguel tejada is training in miami w/ legendary workout guru pete bommarito. looking for comeback. word is, he looks great Tejada turns 38 in May. Last year he hit .239/.270/.326 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 322 at-bats. The Giants released him. Repeat: the Giants, who couldn’t collectively hit water…

  21. Tim Raines > Lou Brock

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Tim Raines

    Tim Raines is not going to be on the list of names (er, probably name) when the Hall of Fame inductees are announced on Monday.  But as we’ve argued over and over again around here, he should be. But he has time. Like Bert Blyleven, it will take some years and some persuading and eventually —…

  22. Are future awards out of the question for Ryan Braun?

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    ryan braun wide getty

    Buster Olney posed an interesting question on Twitter and then in his column this morning: If Ryan Braun is suspended for his positive drug test, will writers never again consider Braun for any award during his playing career? In other words, if he’s suspended 50 games this year, then passes all subsequent tests and hits 60 homers…

  23. Scott Hairston re-signs with the Mets

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    Scott Hairston

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post just tweeted that Scott Hairston is going up to New York for a physical and thus it appears as though he’s re-signing with the Mets. UPDATE:  it’s confirmed. Hairston’s role with the Mets was pretty limited last year, both by injury and by Terry Collins’ seeming reluctance to…

  24. Quote of the Day: Logan Morrison on Ozzie Guillen

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:36 AM EST

    Logan Morrison

    The Marlins are gonna be so much damn fun this year. Carlos Zambrano. Hanley Ramirez. Ozzie Guillen. Logan Morrison. If they could trade for Nyjer Morgan and figure out roles for Milton Bradley, Carl Crawford I’d have enough bloggy material to last me all summer. As it is, it’s just a matter of what’s going…

  25. Bobby Jenks needed a second back procedure

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:54 AM EST

    Bobby Jenks

    The Boston Globe reports that Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks — who missed most of last season with back problems and had surgery to remove bone fragments in December — needed a second surgery to deal with fluid buildup around his spine. The recover time for that, the Globe reports, is eight weeks, which means he…

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