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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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:…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. The Reds are talking to the Rays about James Shields

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    james shields getty

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reports that the Reds have had “ongoing talks” with the Rays about James Shields. This is interesting inasmuch as the Rays have said that they’re not interested in dealing Shields.  It’s possible, of course, that the talks might involve other Rays pitchers like Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann. Certainly the…

  16. Troy Glaus’ career is over

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    This is not a shock — he didn’t play last year and was creaky when he played in 2010 — but Buster Olney reported this morning that Troy Glaus considers himself retired. Glaus had a .254/.358/.489 batting line and 320 homers over 13 seasons. He could probably still help someone as a bench bat/DH/backup first…

  17. Thanks, HBT readers

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    I’m back in my fortified compound on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio.  For the first time in a week I’m operating on a respectable night’s sleep. The Winter Meetings are fantastic, but they have to end sometime. Baseball writers aren’t exactly rock stars when it comes to this sort of thing, so if the meetings…

  18. The Pujols contract: great for now, an albatross later

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    It may be hard to get your brain around the size of the Albert Pujols deal, but it’s not terribly hard to see how it breaks down in terms of bang for the Angels’ buck. For the next, oh, 3-4 years, I suspect, the Angels will be happy with this deal.  They’re adding the best…

  19. Photo of the day: the knives are really out for Pujols now

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    pujols reuters

    Check out the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s web sports section a few minutes ago.  Practically New York Post-esque:

  20. Angels sign C.J. Wilson to five-year, $77.5 million contract

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    This morning I dismissed the idea that the Angels could get both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.  As always, ignore whatever I say, because Joel Sherman just tweeted that the Angels have landed Wilson too.  Jon Heyman reports that it’s for five years and $75 million.  UPDATE:  it’s actually $77.5 million. Allow me to observe…

  21. Don’t hate on Pujols for taking the money and running

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    We’ll talk soon about whether it was wise for the Angels to give Albert Pujols a friggin’ quarter of a billion dollars, but for now, let’s look at this from Pujols’ perspective. As soon as the news hit the wire I saw people — Cardinals fans mostly — starting to slam the man they’ve cheered…

  22. James Loney was arrested last month

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    James Loney

    Here’s a palate-cleanser from the hot stove league:  TMZ reports that James Loney was arrested last month after crashing his Maserati into three cars and spitting at a police officer. In other news, people have paid James Loney enough money to play baseball over the years that he can afford a Maserati. That’s fair. According…

  23. The Angels want both Albert Pujols AND C.J. Wilson

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    Angels logo

    When you hear about a team being in on two big free agents it’s usually an either/or situation, with one of them being the fallback.  We’ve seen the Marlins want it all so far, but now another team is going all Veruca Salt: the Angels, who Ken Rosenthal says want both C.J. Wilson and Albert…

  24. The Rule 5 draft is this morning

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    I got all excited last year and went to the Rule 5 draft. Within three minutes of it starting I realized that it really wasn’t worth it. If you’re a total prospect nut it has a lot of intrigue I suppose, but for most of us it’s only meaningful a couple of years from now…

  25. The Tigers will sign Octavio Dotel

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    dotel getty

    It was reported last night that the Tigers were “closing in” on signing Octavio Dotel. Now they got him. A one-year deal with an option. He had a great run in the playoffs and as long as you keep him away from lefties he’s OK. Still, he’s a 38 year-old non-closer reliever, so it’s not…

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