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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Former Congressman: Roger Clemens “has suffered enough”

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Former Congressman Tom Davis, who was co-chair of the committee which recommended that Clemens be investigated for perjury following his testimony, said yesterday that he thinks the Justice Department should cut bait on the prosecution and that Clemens has already “suffered enough.” The suffering, Davis said, was the millions in legal fees Clemens has had…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:42 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 2, Rangers 1: Mark Trumbo hits a walkoff homer off Mike Adams to help Anaheim salvage one in what was still a disappointing four-game set. They trailed the Rangers by just 1½ games early last week and now it’s six. Oh, and Jered Weaver, while pitching well, still managed to get visibly annoyed at…

  3. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    The Question

    After a week off of the old Twitter questions, let’s see what ya got for me: Q: Grosser habit: nail chewing or spitting? Spitting, by far. Nail chewing ain’t great, but it suggests inner turmoil for which I have some bit of empathy. Spitting just means you’re freaking rude and gross. Q: Can you think of an…

  4. Royals sign Jeff Francoeur to two-year, $13.5 million extension

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    UPDATE: The new deal is worth $13.5 million for two seasons. ========== Credit where it is due. Jeff Francoeur is having a better season than anyone — especially me — thought he would. He’s hitting .278/.328/.465 with 15 homers and 66 RBI and he’s playing his usual above-average defense. That’s more than useful in the…

  5. Mike Jacobs suspended 50 games for HGH

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Mike Jacobs

    Mike Jacobs, a 1B/DH type who spent time with the Mets, Marlins and Royals over the years, and who this year has been playing at Colorado Springs for the Rockies organization, has been suspended 50 games for HGH. This comes less than a week after the Denver Post wrote a story about how it’s Jacobs’…

  6. Mike Stanton has homered in four straight games

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    stanton swing

    In the same vein of that Brewers post, this post is just to draw your attention to something that’s going down but which you may have missed due to the whole East Coast Bias and all of that (note: I’m invited to all meetings of the East Coast Bias Committee, but I am still a…

  7. Hall of Fame establishes a Commissioner’s archive

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    cooperstown

    Major League Baseball has announced that the Hall of Fame has established an archive for the papers of MLB Commissioners. Sort of like a presidential library, I assume.  From the press release. Quotes from Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Hall of Fame: “This archive will provide a central location for the study and research of…

  8. The Tribe releases Austin Kearns

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:23 AM EST

    Kearns_Austin

    No, this isn’t a big story, and no it’s not surprising at all. Shin-Soo Choo is coming back, a roster spot is needed and Kearns — who is hitting .200/.302/.287 — is the dictionary definition of expendable, so he’s gone. But it is notable for one reason. For years Kearns was always such a saber-boy…

  9. The Brewers are basically unstoppable

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Probably worth noting at this point that the Milwaukee Brewers are unstoppable. They’ve won 19 of 21 games. When this nice little run began in late July they were tied with the Cardinals for first place. Now they lead by seven and are close to putting the NL Central away. They’re 47-15 at home for…

  10. Royals awarded a gift home run when umps whiff on the ground rules

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Kauffman fence.bmp

    The disputed Billy Butler home run in the Yankees-Royals game is going to be used by instant replay opponents to say that even a replay system isn’t perfect, but in this case replay wasn’t the problem. It was human error. As in, the umpires apparently didn’t know the ground rules of the ballpark in which…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EST

    Texas Rangers Andrus and Kinsler celebrate after defeating Los Angeles Angels during their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Rangers 4, Angels 3: Watching the Angels get beat by the Rangers puts me in mind of some sci-fi movie where a group is under attack from an invading army. Mike Scioscia is the defending general in a command center somewhere and keeps getting reports that the defenses are crumbling. He steels himself and says…

  12. Stephen Strasburg could return September 2

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Davey Johnson today, who said that Stephen Strasburg could return to the bigs and make the start on September 2nd.  That’s a Friday against the Mets at Nationals Park. Kilgore refers to it as a “speculative” time table, however, so that could slide.  Given that September 2nd…

  13. The Red Sox lose again; offense still AWOL

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    The Sox just lost to the Rays, 4-0.  They only got three hits in the game. Again. They got three hits in each game of yesterday’s double-header as well. Part of this, of course, is facing good Tampa Bay Rays pitching. Today it was David Price, shutting the Sox out for eight innings. Yesterday it…

  14. The Yankees don’t want anyone copyrighting the term “Evil Empire”

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    Good reading over at Deadspin today, as Barry Petchesky tells the story of a couple of people who have printed up anti-Yankees merchandise with the phrase “Evil Empire” on it and who have attempted to register the copyright.  The Yankees, however, are none too pleased. Partially because it puts them in a bad light, but…

  15. Ryan Dempster is unsure what to think about Carlos Zambrano

    Aug 17, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was on a radio show today and he was asked about Carlos Zambrano and whether or not he would be welcomed back to the Cubs. Dempster was pretty sensible about it all in my view. He noted that some stuff would have to happen before Zambrano could come back and noted…

  16. The 1908 Cubs were “a team of beneficent extraterrestrials”

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    1908 Cubs

    Slagging on the Cubs for not winning a World Series in a long time is pretty stale by now. We get it. It’s been forever. Blah blah blah. But once in a while you get a fresh take on it. Like this one from Steve Rushin in Sports Illustrated, who manages to reference Harriet Tubman,…

  17. David Ortiz to miss a week with bursitis

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:31 PM EST

    ortiz wide getty

    Red Sox’ DH David Ortiz missed last night’s game with bursitis in his right heel.  He’s going to need to be in a boot for a few days and tells WEEI’s Alex Speier that he expects to miss no more than a week. In other news, the last time I heard someone complaining about bursitis,…

  18. What was the last World Series winner without a future Hall of Famer?

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

    konerko fenway

    Twitter questions are tomorrow, but I got a random one thrown my way about five minutes ago by reader BioInFocus: When was the last time a team won the World Series without having a future Hall of Famer on the roster? Obviously that’s hard to answer given that, you know, the best players in a…

  19. Tom Ricketts hates Boise’s ballpark

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Tom Ricketts

    A few minutes ago I tweeted that how interesting a news day it is is inversely related to how early in the day I simply put “baseball” in a Google search in an effort to find something worth posting about. Well, I did that just a few minutes ago — pretty early for me — but…

  20. Who in the heck was Jigger Statz?

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jigger Statz

    And why isn’t that some sabermetrician’s street name? To find out who Jigger Statz was, and to read a wonderfully entertaining list of the most interesting players to hit one and only one home run for each team, go read this week’s Power Rankings from Grant Brisbee over at SB Nation. This is the kind…

  21. Don’t use MVP voting to throw cold water on Jim Thome’s Hall of Fame case

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jim Thome

    Personally speaking I think Jim Thome is a Hall of Famer. I haven’t really analyzed his case yet and won’t for a while, but I think he is.  The general sentiment among writers over the past few days seems to reflect that too. Even guys who have historically been opposed to so-called “stat-compilers” and who…

  22. Orlando Hernandez to retire

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

    Orlando Hernandez

    Orlando Hernandez hasn’t thrown a pitch in anger in the big leagues since 2007, and he hasn’t thrown a pitch anywhere this year, but he had not announced his retirement.  Until now. At least according to multiple Tweets to that effect, most notably by Jon Heyman. El Duque pitched nine seasons in the majors, most…

  23. There were five walkoff wins last night

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Neil Walker, Garrett Jones

    It was a pretty exciting night of baseball last night. Or demoralizing. Guess it depends which side of the five walkoff endings your team was on.  The rundown, for those who didn’t read the recaps: In Atlanta, Martin Prado‘s hit a two-out, 11th-inning single, giving the Braves their second walkoff win over the Giants in as…

  24. Carlos Marmol blows another one

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Houston Astros

    If there’s a safe save situation in baseball, it’s the three-run lead over the Houston Astros to start the ninth inning.  Just don’t tell that to Carlos Marmol, because he blew that exact situation in spectacular fashion last night. After getting the first out, he gave up a single to J.B. Shuck and then uncorked…

  25. Mets owners lose a key battle in the Madoff mess

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    A federal appeals court yesterday gave some bad news to Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz: the bankruptcy trustee’s calculation of how much Madoff money they have to return was upheld — and Wilpon and Katz’s much lower calculation denied — meaning that they have to fork over $300 million. To be clear: this…

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