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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Darvish wants to become “the best pitcher in the world”

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Reason I was out the past few days: trip to Texas. Reason for the trip to Texas: none of your beeswax, frankly, but know this: the entire time I was there I barely heard a single word about the Rangers. Maybe that’s because I was doing way too much of this. Hard to say. All…

  2. Ryan Braun may be innocent

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    ryan braun wide getty

    We’ll obviously have official word sometime soon, but yesterday Dan Patrick had something interesting to say on his radio show about the reigning NL MVP’s drug test and appeal: Braun may get off scott free. There was nothing definitive in his comments — a lot of it was Patrick’s gut feeling based on a conversation…

  3. ESPN announces the Sunday Night Baseball schedule

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    It’s that time of year: the time when (a) ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball schedule, filled with the Yankees, the Red Sox and other big market teams; and (b) people complain about ESPN’s big market and/or east coast bias. And yes, in an ideal world everyone should get a turn in the spotlight and…

  4. Clayton Kershaw: a little different than Tim Tebow

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    The other day I wrote that there are a lot of devoutly religious young ballplayers but we just don’t hear that much about them like we do Tim Tebow, in part because of the differences between the baseball news cycle and the football news cycle. I still think that’s true, but over at the Los…

  5. Cubs, Red Sox punt; ask Bud Selig to solve the Theo compensation issue

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    It occurs to me on occasion that someone stumbling onto a headline like that will not comprehend it at all unless they already know everything about the issue it refers to, in which case the post is kind of pointless to begin with. Sorry. Feeling existential this morning. Anyway, the headline does kind of say…

  6. The Rangers have until 5PM today to sign Yu Darvish

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    Today is the deadline for the Rangers to reach a deal with Yu Darvish. The sides have until 5pm Eastern.  These things tend to go to the wire, and all along it is has been expected that a deal would be done.  This is fun though. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: The word this morning is…

  7. Ryan Braun will accept his MVP Award in person, thank you very much

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    braun tall getty

    Ryan Braun won the MVP. This not long after he broke the testosterone-o-meter in a random drug test. This led to a whole lot of writers loudly proclaiming his award illegitimate and/or demanding that it be stripped from him and given to Matt Kemp (or something; they haven’t thought ahead that far).  He now faces…

  8. Jimmy Rollins goes to Uganda; finds a knuckleballer

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    Great story at ESPN.com about Jimmy Rollins’ recent trip to Uganda, where he met and worked with young baseball players who were supposed to play in last years’ Little League World Series but were unable to come up with the funds to travel here. With Rollins’ help they will now get to play a series…

  9. Vlad Guerrero, Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees peddling DH services

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The free agent DH market is rough, kids. If you’re old, used to hit well and can’t field anymore the pickings are slim for you. So slim that you’re  calling teams rather than them calling you. To wit: Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports that Vlad Guerrero and Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees inquiring about…

  10. Obama: the Cardinals are “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball”

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Obama Jersey

    The St. Louis Cardinals visited the White House today for the customary meet-and-greet with the President. During the ceremony he called the Cardinals “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball.” So you see there: the Braves didn’t collapse. The Cardinals came back. The President said so. Anyway, not the usual star-studded White House…

  11. Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his wrist

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    crawford reuters

    This isn’t anything as bad as the Victor Martinez news, but another big name is going to miss some time: Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist today to repair cartilage. It’s being described as routine, and he is expected to be recovered and — in the words of GM Ben Cherington — will…

  12. Whitey Herzog was in intensive care for 23 days

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Herzog

    The good news: Whitey Herzog is OK now and was at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-up talking to reporters; The bad news: He spent 23 days in intensive care starting in September after a nasty fall at his house left him with bleeding on the brain. The “good” news: He was colorful — dare I say…

  13. Braves and Michael Bourn avoid arbitration for $6.845 million

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    The Braves and center fielder Michael Bourn avoided arbitration today, agreeing on a $6.845 million deal for 2012. That’s a raise from the $4.4 million he made in 2011. He’ll be a free agent after the season. Bourn was acquired from Houston last summer in exchange for Jordan Schafer and some minor leaguers. Expected to…

  14. The Cubs are making scouts take the subway!

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cubs logo

    Well, they don’t call it the subway in Chicago. It’s the L. But that’s not important right now. What’s important is that the Cubs’ owners are being compared to Marge Schott by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times: For instance, a big-market team that just committed $3.5 million a year to a newly created position…

  15. If you’re the Rangers you pick Prince Fielder over Josh Hamilton, right?

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    There has been increasing talk about the Rangers being interested in Prince Fielder.  Today Richard Justice of MLB.com has a column talking about the ins-and-outs of that.  Particularly what it would mean for Josh Hamilton: Fielder’s signing would come at a time when Hamilton is approaching the final year of his contract. Last week, Hamilton…

  16. Craig Counsell retiring, joining the Brewers’ front office

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    craig-counsell-brewers-spring

    Craig Counsell don’t need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows.  With no interest in his services this offseason, he has decided to retire and will take a job with the Brewers’ front office. Counsell is 41, which even though he’s been around forever, is older than I think of him as. That’s…

  17. Today is arbitration salary exchange day

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    You probably noticed yesterday that there were a lot of “so-and-so-avoids arbitration-by-signing-a-one-year-deal” posts.  Those all happened yesterday — and will continue in to trickle in today — because today is the day arbitration-eligible teams and player exchange salary proposals. Once numbers are exchanged, negotiation becomes way more constrained, as people are sort of pegged at…

  18. Brian Wilson will start spring training at full speed

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    brian wilson getty wide

    Know what we did all last winter but haven’t done at all this winter? Talked about Giants closer Brian Wilson.  How zany he is and all of that. Really, I haven’t thought about him at all since the last “BECAUSE I”M BLACK OPS!” Taco Bell commercial aired during the World Series.  Guess that happens when…

  19. NBC SportsTalk: The Montero-Pineda trade

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking with my buddy Russ Thaler about the Jesus Montero–Michael Pineda trade. Video below.  Watch for the moment when I called Jose Campos “that fireballer” because my brain locked and I was terrified that I was going to call him “Jorge Campos” and knew that wasn’t right but…

  20. A great interview with Robert Creamer

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Old team

    Graham Womack of Baseball Past and Present conducted an email interview with venerable baseball writer and author Robert Creamer. Creamer, who began following baseball as a kid in 1931 and began covering it for Sports Illustrated in 1954, provided a zillion fascinating answers all around, including his takes on steroids (you bet your bippy Babe…

  21. UPDATE Jamie Moyer is the the Rockies’ mystery pitcher

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    moyer getty

    UPDATE: Mystery solved: Renck has updated his story: the mystery pitcher to whom the Rockies have made an offer is … Jamie Moyer. The offer is for a minor league deal. I picture him taking off a Mexican-style wrestling mask to reveal his identity. Except he doesn’t look like a Mexican wrestler because he’s 49…

  22. How the draft killed baseball in Puerto Rico

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Puerto Rico map

    Baseball had been king in Puerto Rico for the better part of a century. But now the Puerto Rico Winter League is all but dead.  There were only 20 players from Puerto Rico on major league rosters last Opening Day. What happened? According to the sources for this New York Times article it was the…

  23. An in-depth look at the “should Jesus Montero catch” question

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Over at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron takes an extended look at the question I briefly touched on on Saturday: what position should Jesus Montero play now that he’s a Seattle Mariner? My quick view, based on the roster more than anything else, was that Montero should at least be given a shot to catch to see…

  24. Murray Chass, his dinner and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony

    Jan 16, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Murray Chass

    Murray Chass has a blog post up over at his blog because he’s a blogger. It’s about the Hall of Fame. After a lot of words about Jack Morris and steroids dudes that are pretty redundant in light of everything else you’ve read in the past couple of months, he explains why he will never…

  25. The Braves have new alternate jerseys and they look pretty spiffy

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Braves alternates

    The Braves are going to sport a new home alternate jersey next year. It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but it was leaked by someone earlier today. I saw it over at Big League Stew. This is supposedly it: The differences: It’s cream not white.  There’s no tomahawk under the lettering, though there’s still a…

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