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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Scenes From Spring Training: DWI

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    No, that’s not what you think it means. It refers to “Deal With It,” and they were the letters written on a white board inside the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse after some Navy Seals visited the team yesterday. The message: when you have a problem, get past it, dude. Navy Seals do that, and the Dbacks should…

  2. Scenes from Spring Training: The Diamondbacks and Rockies are impossibly spoiled

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    IMG_1479

    I am writing this in the press box of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (note: here’s an explanation for that name).  I’ve been here a little over three hours, and I still haven’t wrapped my brain around it all. The complex sits on the far northeast side of town next to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa…

  3. The first difference I’ve noticed between Florida and Arizona

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Phoenix

    As the next nine days unfold I’ll be talking a lot about the differences between Florida and Arizona spring trainings. But for now I’ll give you a preliminary observation: the fact that all of the Arizona spring training complexes are located in the same major city is convenient as all hell, but also a bit…

  4. Wanna get paid to watch baseball all season?

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    ozymandias

    You may have seen these ads floating around: Major League Baseball is starting a thing — and I think we can only safely call it a “thing” at the moment — in which some lucky sod is going to get paid to immerse themselves in baseball this season. MLB is calling it a “dream job,”…

  5. Wanna watch Derek Jeter get shaved on the side of a building?

    Feb 24, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    This is … strange. There’s a giant billboard of Derek Jeter on the side of a building  in Manhattan. It’s for Gillette. Every day it changes, running in a three-day cycle: first he has stubble, then he has shaving cream on and then he’s clean shaven.  The New York Times has the pics. I think…

  6. The Phillies won’t be trading Joe Blanton to the Cardinals

    Feb 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton smiles during a news conference in Clearwater

    Maybe that goes without saying, but given that a great number of Phillies fans half-jokingly — at least I hope it was half-jokingly – proposed a silly Joe Blanton-for-Colby Rasums trade after hearing about Adam Wainwright‘s injury yesterday, it’s probably wise that Ruben Amaro put the kibosh on such nonsense immediately: Whether the Phils would deal…

  7. Greetings from the Cactus League

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Buttes

    I write to you from a strange place, my friends. For one thing, my hotel is carved into the side of a mountain. Really. Picture a fortress built by a 1960s Bond villain, add some down comforters and complimentary toiletries and you’ve got the idea.  Once I’m acclimated to my new environment I intend to search…

  8. On the road to Arizona

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Saguaro

    As much as I love the ice and cold of the great Midwest, it’s time to leave that nonsense behind for a spell.  As you read this, I am en route to Phoenix.  Spring training, my friends. Cactus-style.  I’ll be there until a week from Friday. While I’m in Arizona I’ll be taking in baseball…

  9. Mark Grudzielanek retires

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Mark Grudzielanek, Brett Gardner

    Jon Paul Morosi reports that Mark Grudzielanek has announced his retirement. Over the course of 15 seasons Grudzielanek hit .289/.332/.393 for six teams.  He finished with over 2000 hits and won the gold glove at 2B in 2006. Not a bad career. Not a bad career at all.  In my book that puts him in the Hall…

  10. The Wilpons could sell more than 25 percent of the team

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The New York Times reports today that the proposals fielded by the Wilpons in their efforts to find a “strategic partner” (read: cash infusion) suggest that most of the interested parties are interested in more than the 25 percent share of the Mets that the Wilpons want to sell.  This can be inferred by the…

  11. Great Moments in Cubs Marketing

    Feb 23, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    You know, I have to think that it’s somewhat demoralizing for Cubs fans that the team has decided to put Derek Jeter on billboards advertising single-game ticket sales. Yeah, Castro is on there too, but if they really felt it necessary to put a second player on the sign it’s not like there aren’t other…

  12. Quote of the Day: Zack Greinke tells us how he really feels about the press

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Zack Greinke‘s difficulty socializing with fans, the press and his teammates is well-documented. It’s all a part of his struggle with social anxiety disorder and he does the best he can with it. It’s not easy, I’m sure, but if there is one upside to it at all, it’s that he can be be 100%…

  13. Bud Selig tells the Yankees to stop their complaining about revenue sharing

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    New York Yankees general partner Steinbrenner talks with reporters at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Ken Davidoff has what is hopefully the last we’ll hear of Hank Steinbrenner’s little tantrum yesterday.  Guess what: when Hank Steinbrenner said that guys were “too busy building mansions” he didn’t mean anyone specifically. He meant it as a figure of speech.  You know, like people have been saying since olden times. I know that…

  14. Update: Orlando Cabrera denies the report about him retiring after this year, says he’s in the best shape of his life

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    UPDATE:  Call off the retirement party: Orlando Cabrera told the U.S. media today that the report in the Colombian newspaper was wrong and that he’s not going to retire after 2011.  And then — as if he was targeting me specifically — he said “I feel I can play for many years. I feel I’m…

  15. Jayson Werth: “I was trying to maximize things”

    Feb 22, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Introduce Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth spoke to the media today, and the subject of his contract came up.  His comments — posted over at the Phillies Zone — were pretty interesting. He basically said that once he hit free agency he no longer viewed himself as a member of the Phillies but rather, viewed himself as a member…

  16. Edwin Rodriguez is confident

    Feb 22, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    edwin-rodriguez-marlins

    Today Edwin Rodriguez addressed his team for the first time this season. And since is the first time he’s been the manager at the outset of spring training, it’s the first time he’s ever gotten to do that whole set-the-tone thing.  And according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald,  the tone he set was…

  17. The Dusty Baker anecdote you could have gone your whole life without hearing

    Feb 22, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker reacts to his team's play against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of play in National League Major League Baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi passes along an anecdote about Dusty Baker’s final dark days as the Cubs’ manager that, I am quite certain, is unique in the history of Major League Baseball: “At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day,” Baker said Monday morning. “That was…

  18. The Union has no concerns about the Mets. For now.

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Michael Weiner’s spring training tour took him to Port St. Lucie today, where he met the Mets. Adam Rubin reports on the  two Met-specific issues that are likely on Weiner’s radar screen: Weiner said he has been assured by the commissioner’s office that players’ guaranteed contracts will not be affected by the Wilpons’ legal issues; and…

  19. Derek Jeter laughs off Hank Steinbrenner’s comments

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    As if you expected anything else.  Jeter, when asked about Hank Steinbrenner’s comments from yesterday, basically laughed them off. Ben Shpigel has the full rundown.  You will not be at all surprised to see that Jeter closed with “Owners can say what they want.” Which is all sad. I mean, how awesome would it have been…

  20. More fat news: Matt Kemp has dropped 15 pounds

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Matt Kemp checked into camp at 215 pounds. Last year he was at 230. After Pablo Sandoval, I think that Kemp’s weight may be the most significant conditioning story of spring training. No, not because he was fat like Sandoval or anything. But because I don’t think…

  21. Great Moments in Journalism: Cliff Lee’s muscle strain edition

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Someone else tell me if this is bizarre: On Sunday, a story appears on Philly.com — Internet home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News — reporting that Cliff Lee has a muscle strain; In the next 12 hours, the Internet picks up the story, people start blogging about it, tweeting about it,…

  22. Could Jason Isringhausen actually make the Mets?

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Isringhausen

    Every spring we get an early “Believe it or not, Player X might make the team” story, with “Player X” being some veteran everyone has written off or a comeback story or a precocious rookie that everyone thinks needs more seasoning.  At least as far as the veterans go, those stories rarely play out.  A…

  23. Joakim Soria wants a new nickname

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Joakim Soria is smart for at least two reasons. First: he understands that one cannot choose one’s own nickname.  Second, he understands that being called “Mexicutioner” is a pretty tough thing these days given all of the execution-style killings going down in his native Mexico.  In light of this, he offered a plea this morning:…

  24. Your morning fat report

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Spring training games start this weekend. I am virtually certain that by then we will no longer be hearing about who’s fat and who isn’t. But for now I do feel duty-bound to keep you apprised: Carlos Gonzalez gained 22 pounds this offseason, but don’t worry, it’s all muscle, baby. Seems he didn’t want to…

  25. Though it’s hard to, we really should try to ignore Hank Steinbrenner

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees general partner Steinbrenner talks with reporters at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Some great points from Ken Davidoff this morning regarding Hank Steinbrenner running off at the mouth yesterday. The upshot: though it’s hard to ignore what Hank Steinbrenner says because of his name and the sometimes outrageous nature of his remarks, we really can’t give them any weight beyond their entertainment value because the dude really…

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