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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Ken Rosenthal’s eminently reasonable position on Jeff Bagwell and steroids

    Dec 30, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Not sure why it’s so hard for Hall of Fame voters to get on board with the ideas that (a) it’s not fair to assume someone was on steroids when there is no evidence of it; and (b) Jeff Bagwell, on the merits, posted a Hall of Fame career. But considering it’s highly unlikely he’ll…

  2. College football will test the Yankee Stadium turf today

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Army v Rutgers

    Rutgers fans and New Yorkers will likely remember how the turf at Yankee Stadium didn’t do too well for college football when a game was played their last month.  Today the Pinstripe Bowl will be played — Rutgers again — and the New York Times has a story about all the precautions being taken to…

  3. Remembering Melvin Mora

    Dec 30, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I made a joke on Twitter earlier about how we’d see just how desperate bloggers are for content by the number of “is Melvin Mora a Hall of Famer?”  posts written today.  Hey, he retired. That’s an easy one, right? I shouldn’t be so damn cynical, because Rob Neyer wrote up a nice Melvin Mora…

  4. Kobe Bryant does study and research for A-Rod

    Dec 30, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was mentioned in that story about A-Rod’s knee procedure the other day that Kobe Bryant recommended the German doctor and the procedure to Rodriguez. Now there’s a bigger story about it, talking to Bryant: “You can’t just try something just to try it,” Bryant said. “It has to make sense. It has to be…

  5. The Orioles are interested in Joe Saunders

    Dec 29, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says that the Orioles are interested in Joe Saunders. That makes them one of several teams that, for reasons that aren’t clear to me, are apparently interested in Joe Saunders. I swear, starting pitchers in December and January are like homely people in the bar at closing time. They…

  6. The IRS sued Hal Steinbrenner

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    The IRS has sued Hal Steinbrenner and his wife, seeking $670,000 back in a refund that the feds now claim was given erroneously. You can read about all the details here. That’s less than the Yankees paid Boone Logan last year, by the way, so I’m guessing this one will be settled pretty quickly.  

  7. The A’s to San Jose? Not so fast …

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    On Christmas Eve, while you were all drinking too much and having passive aggressive interactions with your families, Bob Nightengale reported that the Athletics’ long-awaited move to San Jose was finally poised to be approved by Major League Baseball. Only one problem: no one seems to have informed the Giants about this, and at least…

  8. You ain’t got to lie, Jerry, you ain’t got to lie

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    I interviewed two general managers at the Winter Meetings: Ned Colletti and Ruben Amaro.  It was kinda neat. They’re important people and talking to them made me feel sort of important. It was for TV, and I’m sort of liking this TV stuff.  And of course talking to guys like that — and the assistants…

  9. Short careers and the Hall of Fame: it’s better to burn out than fade away

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    kirby puckett game 6 1991

    After writing the Dale Murphy post an uncomfortable thought struck me: would it have been better for his Hall of Fame case if he had been hit by a bus in 1988 than for his career to have simply cratered like it did? I know, I’m awful for thinking that. Trust me when I say…

  10. You can vote for Dale Murphy for the Hall of Fame. Just do it for the right reasons, OK?

    Dec 29, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Dale Murphy

    Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News just submitted his first-ever Hall of Fame ballot.  Included on that ballot was Dale Murphy. I’m cool with that. I don’t think I’d vote for him myself because I really do like to see a mix of elite peak — which Murphy had — and longevity, which Murphy didn’t.…

  11. So I guess I’m an “underwear guy”

    Dec 29, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

    Captain Underpants

    George Vecsey wrote for the New York Times for 43 years. He’s retiring now. Unlike some others of his generation, he pretty much kept his fastball until the end and even when I disagreed with him I thought he was a great writer who really understood the game and the context in which it existed.…

  12. The Giants and Tim Lincecum are far apart in talks for a long term deal

    Dec 28, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Lincecum cap

    Last month we learned that the Giants and Tim Lincecum are trying to work out a long term deal. Jon Heyman reports today, however, that there is a “sizable gap” between the sides. The gap, Heyman says, is about years as much as money. The team had previously offered a four-year deal, and have reportedly…

  13. “There is a position called the designated hitter. It’s in the rules and everything”

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Edgar Martinez

    Grant Brisbee of SBN goes after the “Edgar Martinez is not a Hall of Famer” crowd by reminding people that, yo, the DH has been part of the game for 38 years now, so they have to be Hall of Fame eligible.  Brisbee’s hypotheticals which illuminate the silliness of the notion that DHs should not…

  14. UPDATE: Alex Rodriguez went to Germany for some experimental treatment on his knee AND his shoulder

    Dec 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez getty

    UPDATE: A few minutes ago Brian Cashman said that it wasn’t just A-Rod’s knee that got the German engineering treatment. It was his left shoulder too.  Here’s a full report on it all. So, to sum up: the guy who is still owed $143 million over six years to play third base for the Yankees…

  15. Lots of Hall of Fame voters: “Voting for the Hall of Fame is so hard and dreadful!”

    Dec 28, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Just about every Hall of Fame column you read these days has some variation of the following:  “I used to love voting for the Hall of Fame, now I hate it and find it difficult and oh, my stars and garters, what am I ever to do with this Herculean task?!” Criminy, put your big…

  16. The Marlins have installed the fish tanks in the new ballpark

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Fish Tank

    It was in June of 2010 that we first heard that the Marlins were going to put fish tank behind home plate of the new ballpark.  At the time, PETA got all mad, complaining in a letter to Marlins’ owner Jeff Loria about how “the loud crowds, bright lights, and reverberations of a baseball stadium would…

  17. There was a small fire at Wrigley Field

    Dec 28, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    The Chicago Tribune reports that there was a small fire at Wrigley Field this morning. It didn’t spread out of a single office. The fire department was called and had already gone in the space of an hour. Zambrano is in Venezuela right now. Pitched last night, in fact. But I’m guessing he had something…

  18. “Why doesn’t anyone stump for Aaron to be booted out of Cooperstown?”

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Hank Aaron AP

    Ken Davidoff, following up on his Hall of Fame ballot column from yesterday, brings the noise about why PED stuff shouldn’t matter when it comes to this sort of thing.  hitting the following bases: Hank Aaron did greenies, so why aren’t people on his case about that?; The fact that non-prescribed steroids are illegal should…

  19. Billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen is going to bid on the Dodgers

    Dec 28, 2011, 6:39 AM EDT

    Hedge fund manager Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, responds to a question during an interview at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas

    If I had $8 billion to my name, you can pretty much assume that I’d be buying a baseball team. Don’t care which one, even. I’d buy one and hire all of my baseball man-crushes to run it and/or play for it and I’d sit in the owner’s box with the kind of women who…

  20. So, Jeromy Burnitz used to pee in shampoo bottles

    Dec 27, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Shampoo

    Pete Abraham has his Hall of Fame column up.  It’s good, as usual. This year he reconsidered his no-vote for Jeff Bagwell from last year, decided that not voting for him based on PED suspicion is “baseball McCarthyism” and cast his ballot for Bagwell.  You may or may not agree with that (I do), but…

  21. “Raines is probably the best base stealer in the history of Major League Baseball”

    Dec 27, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    I have been slightly worried about Joe Posnanski lately. He set off last summer to write what was supposed to be a feel-good book about a feel-good guy — Joe Paterno — and then everything exploded on him while he was doing interviews and research in State College, Pennsylvania. Sometimes I get images of him…

  22. Is it time to trade Kevin Youkilis?

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    That’s not my question, it’s Kirk Minihane‘s question over at WEEI.  His point: the Sox need pitching, so why not trade Kevin Youkilis for some of it? Your mileage may vary on that — it’s chatter-worthy for fans of the Sox, but sort of meaningless because it’s not happening — but I’m way more interested in…

  23. Ken Davidoff’s awesome Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 27, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Alan Trammell

    Newsday’s Ken Davidoff has released his Hall of Fame ballot.  It’s good for the people he picks, all of whom I’d either pick myself or who are extremely defensible choices even if I differ: Barry Larkin, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro. The real value of…

  24. R.A. Dickey’s Mt. Kilimanjaro trip has the Mets nervous

    Dec 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    We’ve mentioned before that R.A. Dickey is going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next month. Why? Because he’s awesome. And he has always wanted to. And because he’s going to promote a charity that helps victims of sex trafficking in India, which in turn makes him awesome again, and that’s before we even get to the…

  25. So let’s move a baseball team to San Berdoo

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    San Bernadino

    Via BTF, we find a very cool set of charts over at the Wages of Wins Journal* showing which metropolitan areas in the U.S., based on local income and size, could support expansion franchises or relocated franchises for the major sports. The upshot for baseball: there really is no place for a team to move…

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