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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Checking in with R.A. Dickey on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Jan 10, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    As we’ve noted a couple of times, Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. As in, he’s doing it right now.  And the New York Times is running his journal entries.  Don’t read it if you prefer your ballplayers to say stuff like “I just want to help the ballclub” and “I just want…

  2. Report: Bud Selig to get a two-year extension

    Jan 10, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bill Madden hinted at this over the weekend — and of course, we always knew this –but Buster Olney is now reporting that Bud Selig is not going to retire at the end of 2012 as promised. Instead, he’s going to get a two-year extension to stay on as Commissioner.  The vote should happen this week…

  3. Chipper Jones is feeling his age

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carroll Rogers has a Q&A with Chipper Jones.  There’s some stuff in there about how he’s lost a bunch of weight and is eating better, but I can’t in good conscience say that he’s In the Best Shape of His Life.  Because Jones — who has always come off as…

  4. Did Lou Whitaker’s presence hurt Alan Trammell’s Hall of Fame case?

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alan Trammell

    Larkin is in, Trammell is not, and likely won’t ever be.  This despite the fact that they were remarkably similar players.  Grant Brisbee takes that up over at SB Nation today and, after doing the standard statistical comparison, he adds a couple of new wrinkles to that now-familiar lament.  The first: Trammell suffered because Cal…

  5. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on Jack Morris

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Jack Morris

    Jon Heyman has been a Jack Morris supporter for a long time.  And that’s fine. He’s in the majority — the two-thirds majority as of yesterday — in believing that Morris is a Hall of Famer. But he tweeted this a few minutes ago and it rather irks me: Look, if you like Jack Morris…

  6. Look! Up in the sky! It’s …Saber Boy

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Up in the sky

    Every superhero has an origin story. This is the origin story for Saber Boy.  The scene: last night, after Randy Miller of the South Jersey Courier-Post revealed that he was one of the nine Hall of Fame voters who submitted blank ballots. Friend of HBT, Bill from The Platoon Advantage, inquired about his voting approach on…

  7. Paul Maholm’s deal with the Cubs: one year, $4.25 million with a team option

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Paul Maholm AP

    As we passed along last night, Paul Maholm has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. We now know the terms of the deal: it’s a one-year, $4.25 million contract with a $6.5 million option for 2013. Given that Maholm had an option for over $9 million that the Pirates declined, this is a pretty…

  8. NBC SportsTalk: What do Bonds and Clemens face in next year’s Hall of Fame vote?

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds headshot

    I went on NBC SportsTalk on the NBC Sports Network last night to talk about the Hall of Fame vote. As you might expect, Larkin, Bagwell and the specter of a candidate backlog including guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens came up. Also: I used the word “boned” on live television which in hindsight…

  9. Darren Oliver’s deal: $4 million plus an option

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    darren oliver getty

    Darren Oliver‘s signing with the Blue Jays — which we’ve known about for a while — was actually announced today, complete with terms: he gets $4 million for 2012 with a $3 million team option for 2013. There is a $500K buyout of that option, so his guaranteed money is $4.5 million. Not bad for…

  10. Nine Hall of Fame ballots were returned blank

    Jan 9, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    There were 573 ballots returned to the Hall of Fame this year. Nine of them came in blank. Blank ballots vex me. If they are genuine assessments that no one — not one single candidate — on the ballot is worthy, they strike me as evidence of a voter whose standards are unreasonably high and…

  11. So what happened lower down on the Hall of Fame ballot?

    Jan 9, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    jack morris-thumb-250x375-4861

    Hooray for Barry Larkin. Now let’s look farther down the ballot and see what’s what.  We’ll do this in random notes format: Jack Morris’ uptick from 53.5% in 2011 to 66.7% this year is, on the surface, a good thing for his candidacy. Not many guys who get that many votes fail to make it.…

  12. Barry Larkin elected to the Hall of Fame

    Jan 9, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    We’ve seen this coming for a while, but now it’s official: Barry Larkin — and no one else — has been elected to the Hall of Fame. As you know, 75% of the vote is required for induction.  Larkin was named on 86% of the ballots. Following him were: Jack Morris, with 66.7% of the…

  13. Dear BBWAA: please lower your Hall of Fame voting standards

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Dave Cameron makes a well-reasoned appeal to the BBWAA to lower its Hall of Fame voting standards and let more dudes into Cooperstown: To me, an inclusive hall is a better hall, and one I’d be more interested in visiting. I won’t begrudge someone who holds a small hall perspective, but I would ask them…

  14. Would you believe a Hall of Fame ballot with Don Mattingly and no one else?

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Don Mattingly

    Better believe it because it’s true. It belongs to Rick Carpiniello. He’s a hockey blogger, by the way. Still gets to vote for the baseball Hall of Fame because, well, I have no idea, but one must not question the logic of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They’ve been there and you haven’t and…

  15. Hiroki Kuroda to decide where he’ll sign “in the next couple of days”

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    Per NPB Tracker, Hiroki Kuroda — who, rumor has it, could be had on a one-year deal — has reportedly informed the Hiroshima Carp that he intends to pitch in the Major Leagues in 2012, not return to Japan as has been suggested a few times. Moreover, Kuroda reportedly intends to decide on where he’ll sign “within…

  16. The Rangers are offering Yu Darvish “Dice-K money”

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    Jon Heyman reports that the Texas Rangers are “offering about ‘Dice K money”” to Yu Darvish and that, as such, a deal is not close at the moment. Matsuzaka’s deal with the Red Sox was for six years and $52 million, and that seems way light of what most people have been projecting Darvish is…

  17. Anonymous New York Met: “We’ve become the Oakland A’s”

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    New York Magazine has a feature called “Workplace Confidential.” In it people anonymously dish dirt or vent spleen about their jobs and employers. Wanna hear from a bikini waxer who has a problem with female anatomy? Wanna hear from a plastic surgeon who says that liposuction is useless? That’s the place to go. Yesterday one appeared from…

  18. Owners likely to decide on expanded playoff timing this week

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    The owners are meeting in Arizona this week. It’s the last scheduled owners meeting between now and March 1. That’s significant because March 1 is the date by which it is to be decided whether the new expanded playoff system — an extra wild card in each league — will go into effect in 2012…

  19. Bill Mueller is getting at least one Hall of Fame vote

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    Bill Mueller

    I kinda liked Bill Mueller as a player. Got on base at a nice clip. Won a batting title. Was part of the 2004 Red Sox World Series team and hit well in the series itself. Maybe the numbers say differently but I want to remember him as playing a good third base. To the…

  20. The Rockies don’t have room in the budget for … Kevin Millwood?

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    Kevin Millwood, Carlos Lee

    Things that just sort of make you stop and say “really?”:  Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies may be interested in Kevin Millwood, but can’t seem to find space in the budget for him.  The same Kevin Millwood who pitched all of 54 major league innings last year. Now, granted, those…

  21. Happy Hall of Fame Day

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    The Hall of Fame voting results will be announced today at 3PM. You can get your info either by following the Baseball Writers Association of America Twitter feed, going to their website or watching the announcement live on the MLB Network or at MLB.com (the MLB show starts at 2PM, but the announcement won’t be until…

  22. No one thinks Bud Selig is retiring

    Jan 9, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Bud Selig is supposed to retire at the end of the 2012 season. He has an office at the University of Wisconsin set up for himself and everything.  Yep, pushing 80, it’s time for the Budster to finally ease into retirement.  Too bad no one thinks he’s gonna.  From Bill Madden’s latest at the Daily…

  23. It’s cute watching Mike Rizzo pretend to play tough with Scott Boras over Prince Fielder

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Fact: Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals have been Scott Boras’ huckleberry for a few years now. Nothing wrong with that. They’ve signed some great guys by being willing to play ball with Boras in ways that some teams have chosen not to. But it is pretty obvious that if Boras has a big name,…

  24. The Orioles spoke with the Cubs about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles have spoken to the Cubs about a potential trade involving Alfonso Soriano. Based on various other reports in the past few days suggesting that Soriano isn’t going anywhere, it’s quite possible that this refers to past talks that similarly went nowhere. But it is fun, if for no…

  25. Attorneys for Starlin Castro: “We are confident these allegations are baseless”

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Jay K. Reisinger and Michael P. Gillespie, attorneys for Starlin Castro, have released a statement in the wake of the report that he has been accused of sexual assault: We are aware of certain allegations that have been made against our client, Starlin Castro. We have thoroughly investigated this matter, and we are confident that…

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