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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Twins > Vikings

    Dec 27, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    target-field-100407

    I know it’s not their fault — and that this week it’s not even their city — but I find it somewhat hilarious that the Minnesota Vikings have now had three football games postponed by weather this year.  In contrast the Twins, who everyone thought were morons for building an open-air stadium, had (I think)…

  2. The Phillies sign J.C. Romero

    Dec 27, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT

    Romero

    Earlier this month the Phillies reached an agreement with Dennys Reyes. It fell apart following Reyes’ physical, however, leaving the Phils in need of a lefty reliever. At the time J.C. Romero said he hoped it gave him a chance to stay in Philly. It did: the Phillies signed him to a one-year deal. Terms…

  3. Topps

    Dec 25, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Curt Topps hat

    I wrote this on my old Shysterball blog back in 2007. Sorry for the re-run, but (a) it’s Christmas and I have better things to be doing this morning than blogging; and (b) only a handful of people read Shysterball back in the day, so I’m sure most of you haven’t seen this anyway.  Either…

  4. Merry Christmas, HBT Nation

    Dec 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Wonderful Life

    As soon as I hit “publish” on this post, I’m going to take the family to my folks’ house for a nice Christmas Eve dinner. Then I’m going to come back, do my very best to settle Mookie and Tyrus Raymond down and get them to bed under threat of Santa skipping our house.  Then…

  5. The Giants are locking up Krukow and Kuiper for six more years

    Dec 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Krukow and Kuiper

    I never had a chance to listen Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper doing Giants games until this year when I began surfing between multiple games each night for a living.  But having had a chance to check them out in 2010, I agree: they’re near the top of the heap as far as broadcasters go.…

  6. Papi Claus

    Dec 24, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Christmas Eve is a good day for stories about ballplayers doing philanthropic things. Though the stories tend to sound the same, the underlying message never gets old. And that’s especially true when the message involves David Ortiz dressed up like Santa Claus: In many ways, Ortiz is like a Dominican Santa — gregarious in nature, large…

  7. The most depressing baseball-related Christmas song ever

    Dec 24, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    It’s actually kinda jumpy in a western swing sort of way, but this song by Canadian country singer Gord Bramford is mostly sad. Why? Because all the little boy in the video wants is a baseball glove autographed by Roy Halladay. The same Roy Halladay of whom he has a poster on the wall of…

  8. A Tony La Russa roast? I LOVE it

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    The St. Louis chapter of the BBWAA is having its annual dinner on January 16th. And in addition to the usual awards and things, they’re shaking things up by roasting Tony La Russa: To mark manager Tony La Russa’s return for a 16th season in the Cardinals dugout, the writers have invited some of his close…

  9. Get Mets-merized!

    Dec 24, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    1986 Mets

    I’m sure some of you have heard this. I had not. And until I did a few minutes ago, my life was incomplete. Resolved: Darryl Strawberry is the worst rapper in history.  Further resolved: George Foster’s boast that the Mets were better than “the Red Machine,” likely did not go over very well at Sparky…

  10. Ringolsby: don’t bar the PED users from the Hall of Fame

    Dec 24, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    McGwire Palmiero

    Tracy Ringolsby makes a point that I find to be eminently reasonable: There is a strong feeling among some that amphetamines actually enhance performances over a broader base than steroids. What it all underscores is that over time, athletes, in any sport, are always looking for ways to gain an edge on the competition. When one…

  11. So I guess Dave Eiland was the A.J. Burnett whisperer

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    burnett

    Or so this New York Post article wants us to believe. In it Eiland says that he had a plan to fix him this winter and that Burnett was totally on board but, oh well, he got fired.  The article goes on to note that “when [Burnett] opened 2010 with a 6-2 ledger and a…

  12. Watching Bill Lee shoot free throws is more fun than you’d expect

    Dec 24, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Bill Lee

    It’s Christmas Eve people. There’s going to be a lot of this kind of nonsense today. I may even break out all of those pics of Batman celebrating Christmas that I put up on my Facebook page later.

  13. Is Andy Pettitte a Hall of Famer?

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    Ben Shpigel of the New York Times asked a handful of baseball writers that question. There is some support there. Not a lot, though: Shpigel asked nine writers if they’d vote for Pettitte.  two said yes, four said no and three were undecided. I found the most interesting response to be Pete Abraham’s: “I’d first want…

  14. A team-by-team breakdown of offseason spending so far

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    stack of money

    I’ve seen a few posts around the web in which writers have reported how much money in contracts teams have handed out in total this winter — I think we’re at or near a billion now — but I find that to be rather abstract and not entirely useful. In contrast, however, Ben Nicholson-Smith at…

  15. Watergate investigators had “extreme interest” in going after George Steinbrenner

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    1970s Steinbrenner

    Anyone who has read a bit about George Steinbrenner knows that, in the 70s, he pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to the Dick Nixon and got a little slap on the wrist and a 15-month suspension from baseball because of it.  Some documents were just released, however, that elaborates on just how hot…

  16. We should probably keep our eye on Corey Wimberly

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Wimberly

    I didn’t have any idea who Corey Wimberly was either. But then he got traded from the Athletics to the Pirates for pitcher Ryan Kelly today and he took to Twitter about it, where he goes by the name Wimboslice3: just got traded to the pirates!!!!!!!!! Black and yellow black and yellow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! … david forth…

  17. Buck Showalter says that the reports of the offer to Adam LaRoche are not true

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    I keep talking about the three-year, $21 million contract offer the Orioles have out to Adam LaRoche as if it’s written in stone someplace, but it’s not.  Yes, it’s been reported by multiple outlets, but today Buck Showalter was on MLB Network Radio and, while confirming that the Orioles are interested in LaRoche, he said…

  18. Lee Smith: the most dominant closer of his era?

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Lee Smith

    Here’s a fun Hall of Fame ballot:  Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and … Lee Smith. Had me until Lee Smith. That’s from David Lariviere of Forbes, who refers to Smith as “the dominant reliever of his era.”  Smith pitched from 1980 through 1997.  That era, which saw the rise of the one-inning closer, included Rollie…

  19. “Mr. Lee — the Philadelphia Jewish community turned its lonely eyes to you”

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    This is easily my favorite Cliff Lee column I’ve seen written by anyone anywhere. And I say that even though the writer seems to believe that Abner Doubleday invented baseball.  Just treat it like Belushi’s “the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor” speech in “Animal House.”  Forget it, he’s on a roll: Cliff Lee is more than…

  20. CC Sabathia is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Sabathia fat

    This article — shot my way by Jason over at IIATMS — doesn’t have the magic words, but it’s close enough to qualify under my liberal definition of BSOML articles: “I’m feeling good,” Sabathia said. “I wasn’t really worried about the surgery because I had it before. It was just swelling up on me after…

  21. The Rays hire ex-Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    dave-eiland-and-joe-girardi-yankees

    This had been rumored for a while, but it’s now official: the Rays have hired former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland. Eiland was named as a special assistant to Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman. He’ll some scouting and handle special assignments. Eiland left the Yankees under somewhat clouded circumstances. Apparently only Murray Chass knows what those…

  22. Comment of the Day: The Mariners don’t need Felix Hernandez

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Reader ufy1950 would like to disabuse Seattle Mariners fans of the notion that they really need Felix Hernandez around: Well my friend.  It’s you who are delusional.  In a team sport no one player is any more valuable then his teammates.  Unless the Mariners are successful King Felix will be nothing more then a footnote…

  23. The City of Oakland decides to flush $750,000 down the toilet

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    Earlier this month we passed along word that the City of Oakland was developing a ballpark plan for the A’s. It was facing a dilemma, however because of Major League Baseball’s continued dithering on the whole can-the-A’s-play-in-San Jose issue.  Should the city spend the money for an environmental impact assessment when it’s unclear whether the…

  24. The Tigers are starting an “energy squad”

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Comerica Park

    Corporate marketing and cheerleading! Two things that baseball doesn’t need more of, together at last! The Tigers are looking for fun, energetic fans to be part of the DTE Energy Squad — a promotion, entertainment and fan-interaction team. The squad will help rile up the crowd at Comerica Park. Members of the DTE Energy Squad…

  25. Looks like the Phillies rotation is going to be “R2C2″ whether we like it or not

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    I linked the Stan Hochman column in which he solicited ideas for nicknames for the Phillies’ rotation the other day (recall that he wanted it to be “Un-Four-gettables”).  Well, the mob has spoken and Stan delivers the news: The winner, by a squeaky margin, was R2C2, a spinoff of the smart-aleck “Star Wars” robot. Good…

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