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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Nats minor leaguer suspended 50 games

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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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…

  2. The new safety railing is up at Rangers Ballpark

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    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…

  3. The Carlos Zambrano deal is official

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jan 5, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Tim Raines > Lou Brock

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    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 —…

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

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. Scott Hairston re-signs with the Mets

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    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…

  10. Bobby Jenks needed a second back procedure

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    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…

  11. Photo of the day: Is Alex Rodriguez a nerd or a hipster?

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    New York Yankees third baseman Rodriguez laughs with supermodel Crawford during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

    Well, I guess it depends on the expression he has at the time.  Here’s Alex Rodriguez — caught at the Lakers-Rockets game the other night — talking to Cindy Crawford of all people.  First up: the nerd look: But then when he’s not scrunching his face up all silly he looks less nerdy and more…

  12. Great Moments in lazy sexism

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Stan McNeal of The Sporting News wrote today about the Astros’ two front office hires.  The first one was Sig Mejdal, the Director of Decision Sciences I mentioned this morning. The other: Stephanie Wilka, the team’s new coordinator of amateur scouting.  But get how he describes Wilka in his article: Wilka, a former cheerleader at Harvard, has worked…

  13. Must-click link: long-time Red Sox P.R. flack dishes the dirt

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Doug Bailey was a Boston Globe reporter. Then he was a P.R. man.  His P.R. firm repped Les Otten and Tom Werner, who went on to buy the Red Sox.  From 2001 through 2006 Bailey handled P.R. and communications for the Sox, and in his words, he “got to know these people pretty well over the…

  14. The Tigers are not — repeat not — shopping Jacob Turner

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

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    A couple of times over the past couple of weeks we’ve heard reports that the Tigers were willing to trade top prospect Jacob Turner for a veteran starter. Reports like this one from Buster Olney last week: Tigers have made it known to other teams that they are willing to trade Jacob Turner in a…

  15. Apparently “toughness” was the Red Sox’ biggest problem in 2011

    Jan 4, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Word count in the latest column from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe about the new values Bobby Valentine plans to instill in the Red Sox: Some variation of the word “tough”: 26 Some reference to running out ground balls: 6 “grit”:  3 “Punto”: 2 Mentions of the quality of the starting pitching: 0 Mentions…

  16. Fernando Rodney and the Rays have come to terms

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

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    We now know what Fernando Rodney has apparently known for over a week: he has a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Per Enrique Rojas of ESPN, it’s for  $1.75M in 2012 with a $2.5M team option for 2013. If the option is not exercised, it’ll be a $250K buyout. As D.J. mentioned last night, Rodney…

  17. Joe Torre resigns from his MLB post to join in a bid on the Dodgers

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Major League Baseball just announced that Joe Torre is resigning from his post as Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, effective immediately, to explore opportunities with a group that will pursue ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s had the job since last February. In that time he has dealt with umpires, replay and discipline for…

  18. Dodgers bid deadline pushed back

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

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    If you had planned on spending a billion bucks but didn’t have time to get the paperwork together until after January 13, don’t worry: you have ten more days to put a bid in on the Dodgers: The Dodgers have extended the deadline by which prospective buyers must submit their opening bids for the team. Bids…

  19. The Astros follow Bill Simmons’ advice

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

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    Bill Simmons in 2006: I’m becoming more and more convinced that every professional sports team needs to hire a Vice President of Common Sense, someone who cracks the inner circle of the decision-making process along with the GM, assistant GM, head scout, head coach, owner and whomever else. One catch: the VP of CS doesn’t…

  20. Aubrey Huff is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 4, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Giants called out Aubrey Huff after his miserable 2011 season was over, saying that their big money first baseman was out of shape.  Huff has responded thusly: “I think I’m preparing a lot better this offseason as far as Pilates. I’m feeling physically better this year. I know I’m making a lot of money to go…

  21. Say what you want about him, but Scott Boras has got guts

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Scott Boras

    Jon Heyman writes about Edwin Jackson today, and the market his agent — Scott Boras — is trying to create for him.  This passage is great fun: Jackson is believed to be looking for a deal that pays him in the $15-to-17-million range annually. Agent Scott Boras has compared Jackson to C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, John Lackey, A.J. Burnett and Derek…

  22. Roy Oswalt “being eyed” by the Cardinals

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Phrasing. Seriously people. Just makes the Cardinals sound like creepers. But according to Nick Cafardo, the Cardinals are “eyeing” the free agent Oswalt. The free agent Oswalt who is open to a one-year deal and would be really attractive to any number of teams on such a basis. And who, back when he was on…

  23. So what should you do if you suspect a Hall of Fame candidate did steroids?

    Jan 3, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    This morning I opined about the voters who leave Jeff Bagwell off their ballots because they suspect he did steroids. In the piece I explained what I took to be the thought process of such voters: either they know nothing about his PED use but merely have a hunch or else they know something but…

  24. MLB Network is going to cover the living hell out of the Hall of Fame vote announcement

    Jan 3, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    The “Powell doctrine” mandates the use of overwhelming and decisive force in order to achieve the stated objective. Based on the press release I got a few minutes ago, MLB Network adheres to that doctrine when it comes to coverage of the Hall of Fame vote announcement on Monday: The results of the 2012 National…

  25. Coco Crisp to return to the A’s?

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    As we noted last night, Coco Crisp has decided where’s he’ll sign.  Where? This is pretty loose — even the guy passing it along, Jim Bowden, says it’s unconfirmed — but Bowden says that Coco Crisp is going to re-sign with the Oakland Athletics. If he did, it would make him on of the few…

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