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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Brace yourselves for another drug suspension appeal!

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    I’m guessing this one won’t be as contentious as the Braun one, but still. Remember yesterday how minor leaguer James Dowdy was suspended for 50 games for refusing a drug test?  Well, he tells Deadspin that he didn’t refuse anything.  Dowdy says that the urine collector — a job we didn’t think much about until…

  2. Looking back at Game 6

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz misses a two RBI double off the wall by St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese in the ninth inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Rangers fans may not want to read it, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today has a great story about Game 6 of the World Series from the Rangers’ perspective.  It’s a fantastic blow-by-blow of what went down after the Rangers left the field with a 7-5 lead at the end of the eighth inning. And…

  3. Quote of the Day II: Pilates: it’s not just “for chicks”

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    Dillon Gee

    Dillon Gee of the Mets has embraced a new training regimen. And you can read all about it over at NJ.com. His trenchant analysis of it: “Pilates is awesome,” Gee said. “You think it’s for chicks, and it should be easy — and it’s hard.” I guess Pilates is not one of those things like…

  4. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  5. Must-click link: Meet Evan Gattis, who has lived a hell of a life so far

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

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    The Braves have a catching prospect named Evan Gattis. He turned heads by hitting .322/.386/.601 and socking 22 homers in a mere 377 plate appearances in the Sally League last year at the age of 24. Your first thought may be “well, yeah, but 24 is pretty old for the Sally League.”  That’s true. Which means…

  6. The players are not happy with the Braun decision

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

    Ryan Braun Getty new

    At least the ones Buster Olney has spoken to.  He reports that he has spoken with dozens and dozens of ballplayers off the record in the past week, and that as many as 80-90% of them are upset at the Braun decision.  They don’t like that he challenged procedure as opposed to substance, and they…

  7. Jose Canseco is sorry he wrote “Juiced”

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

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    Being an outspoken iconoclast and revealing the dirty secrets of one’s peers can be a brave and noble thing. But if you do it, you gotta be prepared for the fact that it’s gonna turn you into an outcast. Sadly, that’s something Jose Canseco never realized. For whatever else he has done, he will always…

  8. Warning: Old men talking about how it was back in their day

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    Tino Marintez is five and a half years older than me.  Andy Pettitte is only one year older than me. And after reading their “back in my day” rebop from yesterday, I feel like we’re all 80 years-old. It came in Bob Klapisch’s column in which those two, along with David Wells, talked about how…

  9. Quote of the Day: The expanded playoffs aren’t fair

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    Wild

    Unearthed this gem of a quote from Bobby Cox, former manager of the “Great in the Regular Season But Flame Out in the Playoffs Against Inferior Opposition” Atlanta Braves. Certainly has relevance today in light of the playoffs being expanded once again: “You shouldn’t get nothing for second or third. Baseball has set it up…

  10. The Astros former scouting director has sued the team

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

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    Chalres Norton, the Astros former director of baseball research/pro scouting coordinator, has sued the team, claiming they breached his contract when they terminated him on January 12. Kind of strange in that, with a new owner, president and general manager, you expect house to have been cleaned. And the man who presided over a scouting…

  11. Shin-Soo Choo is probably in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:59 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians photo day

    So Shin-Soo Choo had a bad year.  So he goes back home to South Korea and his doctor, he suggested taking one these uh, aggression training courses. You know these aggression training courses like EST, those type of things? Anyway, it cost 400 bucks! 400 bucks to join this thing? Well he didn’t have the…

  12. Minor league free agent Justin Dowdy suspended for refusing a drug test

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

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    Here’s one way to avoid there being and errors or irregularities in the testing procedures: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Justin Dowdy has received a 50-game suspension after refusing to take a drug test, a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment…

  13. Wanna buy Babe Ruth’s 1920 jersey?

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Ruth Called Shot Baseball

    Some people are saying that it’s the most valuable piece of memorabilia ever: The 92-year-old professional-grade wool flannel jersey has enough soiling, stains and fabric repairs to establish that its owner tumbled after fly balls and slid into second base. More often he trotted around the bases in his signature choppy steps. The Y in…

  14. Rangers sign Dominican prospect Jairo Beras; face age investigation

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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    Earlier today it was reported that the Rangers had signed Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million.  But, there could be a problem:  As Jeff Passan reports, Major League Baseball was of the impression that Beras was 16 years-old and thus not eligible to be signed at this time and at that price.  It’s being reported,…

  15. Report: Expanded playoffs will be a go for 2012

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Ken Rosenthal tweets: Sources: Additional wild cards a “go” for this season. Playoffs to expand from eight to 10 teams. Announcement tomorrow. #MLB — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 29, 2012 The decision is not terribly surprising.  While this year’s schedule is already set, thus making it difficult to build in room for the expanded playoffs,…

  16. The Yankees aren’t feeding the trolls

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:08 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    As D.J. noted last night, yesterday Bobby Valentine tried to troll the Yankees, talking smack about the famous flip play from the 2001 ALDS and about the famous Jason Varitek-A-Rod fight. Today the Yankees were asked about it.  And they weren’t gonna get down on Bobby V’s level.  Here’s Jeter: “… who cares? I mean,…

  17. Tautology warning: “The Dodgers are the Dodgers”

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:31 PM EST

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    Don Mattingly was asked about the Angels and all of their high-profile signings. And how, in light of the Dodgers’ recent doldrums, the Angels may be the number one show on grass in Los Angels now. In his response, Mattingly was either zen or tautologous, depending on your point of view: “At the end of…

  18. Davey Johnson is not in The Best Shape of His Life, but he’s preparing for it

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Nationals manager may be 69 years-old, but if Danny Espinosa can’t play, it’s go-time: This spring, Johnson brought a cup and jock strap. It’s hanging up in his locker right now … On Tuesday, a representatives from Dinger bats came through the Nationals clubhouse. Johnson sat down with him and asked, “Do you guys make…

  19. Ryan Howard sidelined indefinitely after developing an infection

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    Matt Gelb of Philly.com reports that Ryan Howard has suffered a setback.  Specifically, on Monday he underwent a procedure to clean an infection from his original wound, and the healing from that procedure will sideline him from action indefinitely. We first caught wind of this last week when Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported that Howard had “a…

  20. A Pittsburgh Pirates executive delivered a baby at the friggin’ ballpark last night

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

    McKechnie Field

    Well, this is certainly way better than the last news we heard about a Pittsburgh Pirates exec.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Trevor Gooby, the director of Florida operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders and as of last night, an emergency obstetrician. Gooby was at McKechnie Field for a “soft opening” event involving fans…

  21. Quote of the Day: How Albert Belle mellowed

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga

    Still struck by that pic of Albert Belle from yesterday. Guy used to be absolutely intimidating and now he looks like someone’s jolly uncle. Time takes its toll. As do little girls.  Because here’s what Albert has to say about the retired life: “I’m a stay-at-home dad,” said Belle. “I’m Mr. Mom. My wife and…

  22. Freddie Freeman is feeling much better

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman partially dislocated his kneecap yesterday. Which sounds utterly horrifying. It hurts just to type those words.  First reports had him missing a couple of weeks. Well, Freeman showed up to camp this morning without crutches and said that he was feeling much better.  Still sore, but he hopes to get…

  23. Bummer: Bryce Harper has deleted his Twitter account

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s a sad day when a cocksure young man who doesn’t have the best filter in the world decides that having a forum to instantly share his opinions is not a good idea.  But, alas, that day has come. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com: This may qualify as the biggest news of Nationals camp so far:…

  24. Miguel Tejada would like a job with the Athletics, please

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

    Miguel Tejada

    With the Giants last year, Miguel Tejada  hit .239/.270/.326 in 343 plate appearances and played defense that experts in the field formally classify as “butt.”  That said, he’d still like a job.  With the A’s.  From Susan Slusser’s interview with Miggy, who said that, sure, he’d listen if Billy Beane were to call: “I would love…

  25. Yoenis Cespedes will be in A’s camp this weekend

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

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    Centerfielder/demigod Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t made it to A’s camp in Phoenix yet due to having to wait for a work visa to come through.  But Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that that should be resolved shortly and that Cespedes should join the team this weekend. He’ll still need to take a physical to,…

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