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Craig Calcaterra

  1. It’s “I have no evidence of his PED use, but I’m not voting for Jeff Bagwell” season

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    I guess we’re going to do this again. We’re going to say that Jeff Bagwell, by the fame, by the accomplishments and by the numbers, is worthy of the Hall of Fame. But we’re then going to not vote for him because … I’m not sure why. The first of the season is Jeff Jacobs of…

  2. Ballplayers will be banned from getting tattoos of corporate logos

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    There’s a small, light-on-the-details story in the Associated Press about some of the specific changes in the new collective bargaining agreement. Among some stuff about instant replay, a longer All-Star break and the opportunity for players to get private rooms instead of having a roommate during spring training, comes this little bit: There’s also a ban…

  3. Carlos Zambrano is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    zambrano getty wid

    Our friend Nick Collias of MLBTR has been reading the Venezuelan newspapers and he passes along word from Joiner Martinez at Líder en Deportes that Carlos Zambrano is either (a) getting into the best shape of his life; or (b) getting ready to fight Ivan Drago in Moscow on Christmas Day: “I’m preparing like when I…

  4. Is race and personality affecting coverage of the Ryan Braun story?

    Dec 13, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    braun wide getty

    Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com wants to know why people are inclined to give Ryan Braun the benefit of the doubt at the moment when they weren’t so willing to do so with Barry Bonds: So why, then, is there such an eagerness to find Braun’s seemingly implausible story so believable, or at least defensible by…

  5. Scott Boras has a 73-page book on Prince Fielder

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Every year a story comes out about the big binder full-o-love that Scott Boras puts together for his top free agent clients. Glossy and filled with over-the-top claims, they sound like an outrageous amount of fun. More fun when they involve questionable dudes like Oliver Perez — remember how he was the next Sandy Koufax?…

  6. Union head Michael Weiner releases a statement about Ryan Braun

    Dec 13, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    braun tall getty

    Steroids stories breaking when no other news is going on means that everyone is gonna get out in front of it. Like, way in front of it. This stuff with Ryan Braun went down on Saturday and I think people have already decided what his grandchildren’s legacy is going to be as a result. But…

  7. The Orioles are about to sign Tsuyoshi Wada

    Dec 13, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Wada

    UPDATE: The deal is for two year and $8.15 million.  Even if he’s not much more than serviceable, that’s a good deal for the O’s. 10:01 AM: Dan Connolly reports that the Orioles are nearing a deal with Tsuyoshi Wada, late of the Softbank Hawks of the NPB. It’s not yet finalized, but it’s a multi-year deal. Wada, a…

  8. Derek Jeter gives his hookups autographed baseballs

    Dec 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    From the New York Post:  Things that Derek Jeter can get away with that just about no one else on the planet can get away with: “Derek has girls stay with him at his apartment in New York, and then he gets them a car to take them home the next day. Waiting in his…

  9. Shocker: John Rocker admits to steroid use

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    John Rocker

    I’m nonplussed. Like I totally lack plus. Plus-free zone here. Not a single plus was given this day. Via Neyer, comes Mike Silva’s interview with John Rocker from the other night in which the pumped up fireballer with anger issues — shockingly — admitted to using steroids during his career. Here’s Silva: I was surprised…

  10. The Rangers aren’t really hot for Prince Fielder

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    fielder getty

    We keep hearing reports about teams interested in Prince Fielder. Without putting too fine a point on it, however, those reports often seem to come from people who have been said to have Prince Fielder’s agent as a valued source. Others, however, specifically Ken Rosenthal, are hearing different things. Specifically with respect to the Rangers, who…

  11. Bud Selig is the second most influential person in sports business

    Dec 12, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Sports Business Journal puts a list together each year naming the most influential people in sports business.  The new one is out and Bud Selig is pretty darn high on that list: number 2. Now, number one and number 16 happen to be my bosses, so I don’t want Bud getting too big a head…

  12. Quote of the Day: Louis CK is the El Duque of comedy

    Dec 12, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Louis CK

    In promotion of a new live performance available at his website, Louis CK is doing an Ask Me Anything over at Reddit today, and one of the questions he was asked was about how he thinks a comedian is supposed to approach his audience and all of that. His answer will make fans of craftiness happy:…

  13. Jose Rijo now has an arrest warrant out on him

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Jose Rijo

    Back in September we learned that a Dominican Republic hotel owned by former major leaguer Jose Rijo was raided in connection with an investigation into the murder of a journalist. The accused: Matias Avelino Castro, a business associate of Rijo’s. Seems that since then Rijo has been subpoenaed and wanted for questioning. Except he keeps refusing…

  14. The Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Toronto

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    The Blue Jays just announced that they have traded for outfielder Ben Francisco. To the Phillies: lefty Frank Gailey. When last we heard of Francisco, he had just hit a three-run pinch-hit home run off Jaime Garcia in the top of the seventh inning of Game 3 of the NLDS. In more normal times we know of him as…

  15. Another call for an MVP re-vote

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post joins the chorus. Well, the duet: If Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance is upheld, there should be a re-vote for NL MVP. And he should change his name to Ryan Brawn. Or maybe even Ryan Fraud. Sorry, I need to take the rest…

  16. Tim Raines and 49 other dudes with great Hall of Fame cases

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Last year Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present did a list of the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. I remember reading it and linking it but I can’t for the life of me find what I said about it on HBT. No matter: Graham has a new, bigger and…

  17. No, you don’t re-vote the MVP award in light of Ryan Braun’s positive test

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    braun getty

    You figured someone would say this. That someone is Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi, who makes the argument that the BBWAA should be allowed to re-vote the NL MVP award if Ryan Braun‘s positive test for testosterone is upheld on appeal. At the outset, it’s worth noting that the BBWAA has no intention whatsoever of doing…

  18. The White Sox want a king’s ransom for John Danks

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    John Danks

    The White Sox and Red Sox met last week to discuss John Danks. Nothing came of it. Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees talked with the White Sox too and, get this, the White Sox demanded for and two of the following three players: Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Jesus Montero. Not bloody likely. That’s similar…

  19. Manny Ramirez: “we are the working class”

    Dec 12, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Image (1) Manny%20Ramirez%20Zen.jpg for post 4173

    With the large caveat that there is a very good chance Enrique Rojas’ interview with Manny Ramirez was conducted in Spanish and that the translation of it here inadvertently imposes a subtext to his comment that was not at all his intention, I can’t wipe the grin off my face at this comment, offered in response…

  20. What Ryan Braun is up against in his appeal

    Dec 12, 2011, 7:46 AM EDT

    braun getty

    We know that Ryan Braun is appealing his positive drug test in an effort to avoid a 50 game suspension. And we know that said appeals almost always fail. In today’s New York Times we learn why. Check out this standard: Major League Baseball’s drug policy states that a player cannot simply deny that he…

  21. Prosecutors want Barry Bonds to do 15 months in prison

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    On Tuesday, the federal probation officer assigned to Barry Bonds’ case recommended that the Home Run King — people love it when I call him that — get probation when he is sentenced next week.  Today the prosecutors came back with their request: 15 months. That seems pretty darn harsh given that he was convicted…

  22. James Loney was arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Yesterday we learned that James Loney was arrested last month after crashing his car. Today the L.A. Times has details: Loney sideswiped three cars on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, stopped in the fast lane, passed out, then awakened and tried to flee the scene, only to crash again, said Leland Tang, a spokesman…

  23. The Angels new TV deal more than pays for Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Angels logo

    As I noted yesterday, the Angels’ offers to Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson make sense given that they are/were in the process of negotiating a new television deal.  Well, Bill Shaikin has the details on it, and everything makes a ton of sense now. The Angels are making a mint. The deal is for $3…

  24. The Rays lock up Matt Moore for five years, $14 million with multiple team options

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Not counting the playoffs, Matt Moore has a grand total of three games and nine and one-third innings of major league experience. But as first reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, he is now locked up on a five-year, $14 million deal. That part of it takes him through arbitration. Marc Topkin adds that the Rays hold options…

  25. The Reds have made an extension offer to Brandon Phillips

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    A week or two ago Brandon Phillips tweeted optimistically about working out a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds. Nothing happened right after that — if I was the Reds I’d be a bit miffed that Phillips was tweeting about that — but it’s being reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer today that the Reds have made an…

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