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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Independent league baseball is awesome

    Jul 13, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Lake County logo

    A story in the Chicago Sun-Times a couple of days ago — just coming to my attention via a fun thread over at Baseball Think Factory — is seven shades of awesome. I’ll let you read it for yourself, but the critical components are as follows: Former Blue Jays manager Tim Johnson quitting before a…

  2. Curt Flood’s lawyer was unprepared

    Jul 13, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Curt Flood

    This comes from the “I never knew that” file. Apparently Curt Flood’s attorney in front of the Supreme Court for his famous — and ultimately ill-fated — challenge of the reserve clause was woefully unprepared. That, via the New York Times, is the story that will be told in a documentary that will air tonight on…

  3. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on the Oakland A’s situation

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Well, it was the quote of yesterday, which came during his press conference, but I don’t expect many quotes from anyone today, so this will do. Here’s Bud Selig, when asked about the status of the committee which is alleged to be hard at work studying the future of the A’s and the viability of…

  4. Rusty Hardin: big rich and famous people just can’t catch a break in this country

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Roger Clemens

    Opening statements began in the Roger Clemens trial this morning. The government led with those syringes that Brian McNamee kept and will apparently hang their case on them. This is not terribly surprising, though it is not without risk. The lab analysis will say what the lab analysis says on those things — the prosecutors…

  5. Must-click link: the 100 Worst Baseball Players of All Time

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:31 PM EST

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    Say goodbye to your afternoon! Over at Deadspin, Eric Nusbaum counts down the 100 worst baseball players of all time. This, however, is not a list of guys with bad stats. They have to embody badness in some significant, lasting way.  Wait, let’s let Eric describe it: But by worst 100 baseball players I don’t…

  6. Miller High Life offers to pay Christian Lopez’s tax bill

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    We passed along word yesterday that Christian “I caught Jeter’s 3000th” Lopez will probably have to pay a five-figure tax bill on all of the merch the Yankees gave him in exchange for the home run ball.  But don’t worry, Christian! Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that help is on the way! Miller High Life,…

  7. The Clemente family would like to semi-retire Roberto Clemente’s number

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Clemente

    A few years ago, the family of Roberto Clemente got behind a movement to try to have Roberto Clemente’s number 21 retired across all of baseball, just as Jackie Robinson’s 42 is retired. Bud Selig put the kibosh on that. I agreed with Bud, frankly. Clemente was a special player and the example of both…

  8. Jaime Garcia, Cardinals to announce a four-year $27.5 million deal today

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jaime Garcia

    This was actually first reported by KTRS 550 AM in St. Louis six days ago, but at the time neither the Cardinals nor Garcia confirmed it.  Jon Heyman reports today, however, that the deal is, in fact, done, and that an official announcement could come as early as this afternoon. Heyman’s report is just what…

  9. Report: the Astros will move to the AL in future realignment

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Astros logo

    We’ve heard mixed things about this in the past, but Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona reports that the Diamondbacks have been told by Major League Baseball that they will not be asked to move to the AL as a part of any realignment scheme. That according to “two sources close to the situation.”  He goes…

  10. The Mets sent $5 million to Milwaukee with K-Rod

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Joel Sherman supplies us with some more details regarding the Francisco Rodriguez trade to Milwaukee.  He says that the Mets have sent $5 million to the Brewers. Which makes total sense, of course. It basically gives the Brewers the money to pay K-Rod’s salary for the rest of the year, though they still have to…

  11. Justin Timberlake makes everyone feel uncomfortable

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Timberlake Grace

    Well, not me. I loved Mark Grace’s interview with Justin Timberlake during the All-Star Game last night. It may have been more entertaining than the game, actually. The MLBAM people have already had the video of it taken down from YouTube — and I have this feeling that neither Fox nor MLB.com will be featuring it…

  12. Willie Mays did not say what Joe Buck said he said

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Willie Mays

    During the All-Star Game last night, Buck and McCarver brought up the topic of players who didn’t show up for the All-Star Game even though they were selected.  At that point, Buck referred to a Wall Street Journal article in which Willie Mays had something really pithy to say about the ballplayers who didn’t make…

  13. Brian Wilson is starting Carlos Beltran-to-the-Giants trade rumors now

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:03 AM EST

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    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted the following from the NL All-Stars’ clubhouse after the game last night following his interview with Giants’ closer Brian Wilson: Wilson provided trade news: “I guess we’re in talks with them about Beltran. Just another perennial hitter. Could only help out a squad” … When I asked Wilson…

  14. We’ll be live-blogging the All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    rage computer

    Because you can’t just watch a baseball game on TV — the very idea is insanity — you’re probably going to have a computer or a smart phone or something in front of you tonight during the festivities in Phoenix.  If so, tune it in to HardballTalk and rip off the dial,* because we’re going…

  15. Bud Selig has no problem with Jeter’s absence, says radical realignment not imminent, says other stuff

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Every year Bud Selig gives a big press conference on All-Star day. This year’s version just went down and, as usual, it was a rapid fire series of comments which pretty much set the official word of Major League Baseball on a ton of different topics. Highlights: The complaints of some notwithstanding, Selig has no…

  16. “The monster that ate the public sector”

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    Paul Brown Stadium

    This is not about baseball — it involves a football stadium — but if there is anyone out there who still thinks that public financing of professional sports facilities is a good idea, read this article in the Wall Street Journal about the Cincinnati Bengals’ stadium and then check your position again. The lesson here…

  17. Clemens to challenge Congress’ authority to question him. Which is pretty darn rich.

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Roger Clemens departs with his wife Debbie Clemens after the first day of his perjury trial, at the federal courthouse in Washington

    A lawyer for Roger Clemens said in court today that part of Clemens’ legal strategy would be to argue that the hearing that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held three years ago — the hearing in which he allegedly perjured himself —  had nothing to do with Congress’ responsibility for legislation and was…

  18. Carlos Gonzalez has a deep bone bruise

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist last week when he crashed into the center field wall at Coors Field.  After pain and swelling and other assorted nastiness through off-and-on play since then, he had an MRI on it and it has been revealed that there is no break, just a deep bone bruise. Which,…

  19. All-Stars are looking forward to Kansas City next year

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Kansas City

    The 2012 All-Star Game is in Kansas City, so Sam Mellinger made a point to ask this year’s All-Stars how they feel about that.  After some de riguer complaining about the heat, they all said some pretty nice things about it: I asked 15 All-Stars about Kansas City and what they think the game will…

  20. An all-star game before there was The All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Addie Joss

    Despite the world getting smaller, print media dying and location not mattering all that much, I do make a point to read my local paper most mornings. Old habits die hard for old men. Glad I read my Columbus Dispatch this morning, because there was a great story in there by AJ Mazzolini about a…

  21. Roger Clemens’ family is tweeting in his defense

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Roger Clemens

    I’d like to think that if I was ever thrust into the public spotlight that my family wouldn’t embarrass me. My brother might need a talking to, but I think I’d probably be OK. As we saw a bit ago, Colby Rasmus can’t say the same thing.  Roger Clemens can’t either, apparently, as his sister…

  22. The Cardinals might consider trading Colby Rasmus

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Colorado Rockies

    For the past couple of years we’ve heard of Colby Rasmus‘ trade demands and various bits of discontent.  In response, the Cardinals and their partisans have — wisely — noted how silly it would be for the Cards to consider trading a young, cheap, talented and potentially elite centerfielder like Rasmus. Is that sentiment starting…

  23. The tax man is probably going to come to the fan who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    You’ll recall that Christian Lopez, in exchange for giving Jeter back his 3,000th hit ball, got signed baseballs, bats, jerseys and, most significantly, Legends Suite tickets to the Yankees’ remaining home games and any playoff games this year. And that he did that instead of, you know, keeping the baseball, giving it to an auction…

  24. Jury selection in Clemens case drags along, has its moments of entertainment

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Roger Clemens

    We’re three days into jury selection in the Roger Clemens perjury case and they still don’t have 12 people in the box. Like I said last week: it happens. It can be slow if everyone is being super thorough, and that appears to be the case here. But hey, it’s not our meter running on…

  25. Jeter sitting out All-Star Game due to “emotional exhaustion.” And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Since the sporting press descended on Phoenix yesterday morning there has been a lot of talk about Derek Jeter‘s absence from this year’s All-Star Game. Jeter was elected by fans, you see, so many — including some players and some reporters — think that he should be there regardless of whether he will play, rest…

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