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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bud Selig’s contract extension approved

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Commissioner of Baseball Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the opening pitch before the start of Game 5 of the MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoff in Milwaukee

    As reported a couple of days ago, an executive council of baseball’s owners yesterday agreed to give Bud Selig a two-year contract extension.  It was unanimous, though later the Giants owners lodged a formal objection because they thought they were giving the 78-year-old Selig a two-year deal to play shortstop, not be the Commissioner. I…

  2. Scott Boras met with the Nationals owners last night

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals owners Ted and Mark Lerner met with Prince Fielder‘s agent, the one and only Scott Boras, last night at the owners meetings. Kilgore’s sources don’t know the details of the conversation, but my guess is that they weren’t reminiscing about how swell the Jayson Werth contract has…

  3. Wanna buy John Smoltz’s house?

    Jan 11, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Smoltz House

    John Smoltz was a great pitcher. He made a lot of money pitching. With that money, he bought a crazy-big house that, even though he had four kids, is about ten times too big for any human-scale family. It has ten bedrooms and 14 bathrooms and is over 18,000 square feet.  Maybe it would be…

  4. Joe Posnanski does Joe Posnanski things with the Hall of Fame results

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bob Horner

    It’s kind of hard to summarize a Joe Posnanski blog post because they tend to be about 6 things, cover about 4,000 words and do way better on their own than any summary can really handle.  But there is a new Joe Posnanski post up about the Hall of Fame and, as always, it’s chock…

  5. There’s “a 99 percent chance” that the Nationals won’t sign Prince Fielder? Really?

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    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

    Poor Prince Fielder. Looks like he’s going to have to go to the unemployment office soon. Maybe look for a job at a Barnes and Noble or something. Because apparently no one wants to sign him.  Here’s Bill Ladson of MLB.com: There is a “99 percent” chance that the Nationals will not sign free-agent first…

  6. Report: Cubs, Kerry Wood close to a one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    kerry wood getty

    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Cubs and Kerry Wood are close to signing a one-year deal with an option for 2013.  The terms aren’t known, but it was reported yesterday that it would represent a “substantial raise” over what he made in 2011.  Which was less than $2 million, so you figure it would…

  7. UPDATE: Luke Scott signs with the Rays

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Luke Scott Reuters

    UPDATE:  Scott has come to an agreement pending a physical, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal is beleived to be one year plus an option. 1:15 PM: Topkin just tweeted that the Rays are “moving closer” to signing Scott. 10:32 AM: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said yesterday that the Rays…

  8. A proposal to resolve the Giants-Athletics territorial dispute

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    The A’s and the Giants have been at odds over the territorial rights to San Jose for a long time now. In fact, I believe we’re coming up on the third anniversary of launching of the famous MLB study that was designed to solve that problem in the first place.  I’m sure they’re almost done!…

  9. Read baseball blog posts; support Doctors Without Borders

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    DWOB

    Some of us blog about baseball for money. Most blog about baseball for the love.  Then — sometimes — someone blogs about baseball for a good cause.  That’s what’s going on at Old Time Family Baseball this weekend, and for that reason you should check it out. This Saturday, January 14th, Old Time Family Baseball’s…

  10. MLB Network to launch a game show that sounds kinda neat

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jackpot Wad.bmp

    I once tried out for “Jeopardy!”  Passed the test and went on to the practice game.  They said I was “in the contestant pool” but they never called me.  Since then I’ve had one boss and four coworkers who have gone on “Jeopardy!”, all of whom won at least once and two of whom were…

  11. Ron Swanson’s Baseball Hall of Fame

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Ron Swanson

    As happens every year, the days after the Hall of Fame announcement are filled with people making suggestions about how to fix the Hall of Fame, the voting and all of that. There are tiers suggested, in which Babe Ruth and Willie Mays sit on top and Jim Rice, George Kell and Lloyd Waner rest…

  12. Poll: In the wake of the Ryan Madson deal, who’s the biggest sucker?

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

    madson getty

    Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson just signed a deal with the Reds for $8.5 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a little more.  Earlier this offseason the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to be their closer for $50 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a lot more. Now, to be clear, I…

  13. The Mets are close to closing on five of those $20 million ownership stakes

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The New York Daily News reports that the New York Mets are close to sealing the deal on five of the $20 million shares they’ve been trying to sell. The owners have been approved by Major League Baseball and the deals could close by the end of the month.  The Daily News: With that, the…

  14. Dodgers, Fox settle TV rights dispute

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    dodgers logo

    The last possible thing preventing Frank McCourt from meeting his deadline to sell the Dodgers by April 30 was the ongoing litigation he and the Dodgers had with Fox over the Dodgers’ desire to auction off future broadcast rights prior to a sale.  That potential barrier is gone now, as the Dodgers and Fox have…

  15. Prince Fielder-to-the-Mariners talk is “extremely overblown”

    Jan 10, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    There have been random reports that Prince Fielder is talking to or at least is interested in talking to the Seattle Mariner. And, sure, it makes some amount of sense given the Mariners’ needs.  But Jerry Crasnick spoke with two agents who have had contact with people in Seattle, and it sounds like there’s nothing…

  16. What if Ted Williams was a free agent?

    Jan 10, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Ted Williams

    Ted Williams was once asked by a reporter where he’d play if he was a free agent and could sign with any team.  You get a few guesses at which team it was before you click through. OK, did you click though? He only gives some basic reasoning, but I could totally see that.  At the…

  17. Checking in with R.A. Dickey on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Jan 10, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    As we’ve noted a couple of times, Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. As in, he’s doing it right now.  And the New York Times is running his journal entries.  Don’t read it if you prefer your ballplayers to say stuff like “I just want to help the ballclub” and “I just want…

  18. Report: Bud Selig to get a two-year extension

    Jan 10, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bill Madden hinted at this over the weekend — and of course, we always knew this –but Buster Olney is now reporting that Bud Selig is not going to retire at the end of 2012 as promised. Instead, he’s going to get a two-year extension to stay on as Commissioner.  The vote should happen this week…

  19. Chipper Jones is feeling his age

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carroll Rogers has a Q&A with Chipper Jones.  There’s some stuff in there about how he’s lost a bunch of weight and is eating better, but I can’t in good conscience say that he’s In the Best Shape of His Life.  Because Jones — who has always come off as…

  20. Did Lou Whitaker’s presence hurt Alan Trammell’s Hall of Fame case?

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alan Trammell

    Larkin is in, Trammell is not, and likely won’t ever be.  This despite the fact that they were remarkably similar players.  Grant Brisbee takes that up over at SB Nation today and, after doing the standard statistical comparison, he adds a couple of new wrinkles to that now-familiar lament.  The first: Trammell suffered because Cal…

  21. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on Jack Morris

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Jack Morris

    Jon Heyman has been a Jack Morris supporter for a long time.  And that’s fine. He’s in the majority — the two-thirds majority as of yesterday — in believing that Morris is a Hall of Famer. But he tweeted this a few minutes ago and it rather irks me: Look, if you like Jack Morris…

  22. Look! Up in the sky! It’s …Saber Boy

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Up in the sky

    Every superhero has an origin story. This is the origin story for Saber Boy.  The scene: last night, after Randy Miller of the South Jersey Courier-Post revealed that he was one of the nine Hall of Fame voters who submitted blank ballots. Friend of HBT, Bill from The Platoon Advantage, inquired about his voting approach on…

  23. Paul Maholm’s deal with the Cubs: one year, $4.25 million with a team option

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Paul Maholm AP

    As we passed along last night, Paul Maholm has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. We now know the terms of the deal: it’s a one-year, $4.25 million contract with a $6.5 million option for 2013. Given that Maholm had an option for over $9 million that the Pirates declined, this is a pretty…

  24. NBC SportsTalk: What do Bonds and Clemens face in next year’s Hall of Fame vote?

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds headshot

    I went on NBC SportsTalk on the NBC Sports Network last night to talk about the Hall of Fame vote. As you might expect, Larkin, Bagwell and the specter of a candidate backlog including guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens came up. Also: I used the word “boned” on live television which in hindsight…

  25. Darren Oliver’s deal: $4 million plus an option

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    darren oliver getty

    Darren Oliver‘s signing with the Blue Jays — which we’ve known about for a while — was actually announced today, complete with terms: he gets $4 million for 2012 with a $3 million team option for 2013. There is a $500K buyout of that option, so his guaranteed money is $4.5 million. Not bad for…

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