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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Victor Martinez had microfracture surgery

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury was quickly overshadowed by the Prince Fielder signing, but in case you forgot: dude really bollocksed up his knee.  On Friday he had the first off multiple surgeries: microfracture surgery, which always sounds all kinds of scary.  He’ll have the reconstruction of his ACL done in approximately 6-8 weeks. I’m…

  2. Yankees in “serious talks” with Bill Hall, who may be in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    bill hall fields

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are in “serious talks” with Bill Hall. This would obviously be for a bench/utility role.  Hall had a horrible 2011 season, but he was useful in 2010 for the Red Sox — 18 homers in 342 plate appearances — and could possibly still have a little life left in…

  3. The worst game of the 2011 season has been identified

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers

    Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus has done the dirty work: he has sifted through the 2,400+ major league games of the 2011 season and has determined which of those games was the absolute worst. Maybe the picture here spoils it, at least for Tigers and Giants fans who might remember it, but the real value…

  4. The White Sox plan to retaliate when their batters are hit

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: I should probably start reading this blog once in a while, because it wasn’t until after I already posted this that I realized that Matthew posted on he same comments last night.   He was far less self-righteous than I was about it, though, so I suppose both takes can stay up. 11: 18…

  5. Miguel Olivo is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    I know some of you don’t like these posts, but if it helps, I don’t do this because I enjoy it. I do it because I feel I am providing an invaluable service.  In other words, I may not be the lazy meme-perpetuator that Gotham wants, but I am the lazy meme-perpetuator that Gotham needs.…

  6. Phil Hughes is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Back in November we had our first Best Shape of His Life post of the offseason. It wasn’t a true BSOHL post, just some foreshadowing, as we learned that Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes was going to be in the BSOHL. But now we have sweet, sweet closure! From Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: The…

  7. “Drunk monkeys” are the new inefficiency

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    Drunk monkey

    The Athletics had their FanFest over the weekend.  As we mentioned the other day, owner Lew Wolff met fans and heard complaints. Said complaints were lodged in one-on-one sessions with said fans, so we didn’t get to hear them, but based on the article at MLB.com about it, it sounds like Wolff met with some…

  8. No, the Brewers are not gonna be a small-ball team now that Prince Fielder is gone

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:52 AM 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

    Nyjer Morgan was asked how the Brewers are gonna do without Prince Fielder. This stuck out: “It’s probably going to be a little more speedy this year,’’ Morgan said. “You can see that we’re going to have to rely on trying to steal bags and stuff like that, and not worrying about trying to hit…

  9. Denny McLain thinks Brandon Inge should shut up

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Denny McLain

    Former MVP, Cy Young Award recipient and 31-game winner Denny McLain is a convicted felon and an all-around scumbag.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a funny guy. McLain was invited to speak at Madonna University in suburban Detroit over the weekend and the subject of the Prince Fielder signing came up. McLain took…

  10. Ruben Amaro is just fine with Ryan Howard’s contract

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard dark skies

    Fun Fact: Ryan Howard will make more than Albert Pujols this year. And next year. And the year after that. And the year after that.  The year after that one — 2016 — they’ll make the same. Secondary fun fact: Ryan Howard will make more than Prince Fielder every single year until 2017, at which…

  11. The Rangers are going to meet with Roy Oswalt on Monday

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are going to meet with Roy Oswalt on Monday. There’s no offer on the table, but there is a meeting. This, combined with the multiple denials from the Cardinals that they were, as previously reported, close to a deal with Oswalt, could suggest that…

  12. Dominican players and identity fraud: “these are like time bombs”

    Jan 29, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    In the wake of the “Leo Nunez” and “Fausto Carmona” identity fraud incidents, the New York Times has a story in which people around baseball talk about how widespread the problem is feared to be: Few in baseball were surprised that two well-established players had misrepresented themselves. The fear is that the problem could be…

  13. The Red Sox signed John Maine to a minor league deal

    Jan 27, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    John Maine

    The last we heard about John Maine was last summer when it was reported that he might retire. And he hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2010. But Soxprospects.com reports that he’s signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox. Don’t expect much here. Maine had an ERA north of 7 in Colorado Springs…

  14. The Giants and Xavier Nady have “mutual interest”

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Looks like the Giants are looking at a youth movement. Hank Schulman on Twitter: Next name to watch for Giants: Xavier Nady. There’s some mutual interest, but almost certainly on a minor-league deal + invite. He could be a useful bat depending on his health, but coming off a 248/.287/.359 season, he’s not exactly a tonic…

  15. Lew Wolff is pretty brave

    Jan 27, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Lew Wolff

    The A’s fan base is not exactly a happy one. The best players are being shipped off. Again. Costs are being cut. Division rivals are spending like there’s no tomorrow. The owner has behaved as though the very act of playing baseball in Oakland these past few years and for the next few is some…

  16. Jeff Francoeur is the finest man in all of baseball

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    No, I’m not being sarcastic. I have seen the freakin’ light. Read on. Everyone knows that I have a long history of allowing Jeff Francoeur — or, rather, the idea of Jeff Francoeur — drive me crazy.  I never liked his game. I mocked the claims of his surrogates in the media that he was…

  17. Cleveland’s League Park still exists, is getting a $5 million renovation

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    League Park

    Things I did not know: Cleveland’s League Park, in which Cy Young pitched for the Cleveland Spiders in 1891 and which was home to the Cleveland Indians until 1946, still stands. At least partially.  And the city of Cleveland has somehow found some money to help renovate it: City Architecture is wrapping up plans that…

  18. The Mets may experience the largest payroll decline in baseball history

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    mets logo

    This is fun. From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: After general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the organization lost $70 million last year, the Mets appear poised to have the biggest one-year payroll drop in MLB history — roughly $52 million. That would surpass the former record: $48.4 million by the Texas Rangers from 2003 to 2004,…

  19. Say what you want, but Miguel Cabrera has the right attitude about playing third base

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    We’ve pretty much beat the whole Prince Fielder-to-Detroit, Miguel Cabrera-to-third base stuff into the ground, but I think there’s room for one more little nugget. From Michael Rosenberg’s story about it all in the Detroit Free Press: Cabrera wants to play the field; when I asked him last week what he wanted to improve most…

  20. The Yankees are interested in Raul Ibanez

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Yadier Molina

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post says that the Yankees are interested in free agent Raul Ibanez. It would be a good fit, actually. A lefty, Ibanez and Andruw Jones would make a pretty good DH platoon. And both of them can play left field too if need be.  Having him — as opposed…

  21. Kendrys Morales is looking good

    Jan 27, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Kendry Morales homer

    Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his leg in May of 2010, but if the reports from Tempe, Arizona are to be believed, he’s going to be playing, and playing well, pretty darn soon: “I’ve been hitting with him every day (at the Angels’ minor-league complex in Tempe, Ariz.) and he looks strong,” Angels centerfielder…

  22. Peter Moylan can’t possibly be in the Best Shape of His Life, can he?

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Moylan.bmp

    I don’t follow many ballplayers on Twitter. One I do follow for some reason, however, is Braves reliever Peter Moylan. I don’t know why, i just do. Moylan is Australian, but he does one thing that is absolutely American: he eats at Waffle House.  Good man, too.  If you’re gonna have breakfast, you shouldn’t accept…

  23. Lew Wolff would be totally cool with the Athletics signing Manny Ramirez

    Jan 27, 2012, 7:25 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    The Athletics have cast off players like crazy this winter and look to have something of a talent deficiency.  But if you go to the movies, you know exactly how a team like the Athletics solves this problem:  they dress up as a British nanny to get closer to their kids and, in the process,…

  24. Lots of new stats you can use

    Jan 26, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    savingsaccountcalculator

    I know a lot of you guys aren’t statheads — and some of you are downright hostile to sabermetrics — but there are a bunch of new stats created every day, and I can’t help but think that this collection of them will contains something for everyone. Such as: OPSPA: On-base plus slugging plus batting average:…

  25. Miguel Cabrera is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    I share Aaron’s dubiousness about Miguel Cabrera playing third base for the Tigers.  And I laughed during the Prince Fielder press conference when Fielder said this: “I’m confident in Miguel doing a good job. That’s where he started out, at third base.” Which is why Chipper Jones will be playing shortstop for the Braves, Jim…

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