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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bryce Harper faces Jackie Robinson-level scrutiny? Um, OK

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Jackie Robinson

    A half hour ago I referenced Godwin’s Law and Smoltz’s law, which are rules designed to keep people from making inapposite or inappropriate comparisons.  While I quibble with them — like I said, they place off-limits signs on certain areas of comparison for no compelling reason — I understand them.  After all, they exist mostly…

  2. Lessons learned from trade deadlines past

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    Mark Langston Expos

    Jonah Keri is writing for Grantland — eventually he’ll write everywhere; people from Quebec just get into everything if you let them — and today has a good piece looking back at some major trade deadline deals of yore. Rather than just slag on the people who got the Larry Andersen end of the stick,…

  3. “Shutdown centerfielder”? Really?

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:29 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    Look, I know everyone who isn’t me has their juices flowing this week because football — the handsome yet drunken and occasionally abusive boyfriend of professional sports — is back and that you’re all gonna try hard to make it work this time. And I’m happy for all of you, I really am.  But could…

  4. The Dodgers cited for code violations at Vero Beach

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    Dodgertown

    The Dodgers abandoned Dodgertown, the venerable spring training site in Vero Beach back in 2008. But they apparently own and/or are still responsible for upkeep on at least part of the property.  Which they’re apparently not doing, because they have been cited by the city for violating property maintenance and trash violations there. Now would…

  5. Ballplayers and their aliases

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    Rod Stewart

    This is kind of fun. Alyson Footer tells about how back in the 90s, when she was doing Houston Astros PR work, one of her jobs was to keep track of all of the aliases that the players used when checking into hotels.  Aliases that kept them from being bugged by fans but that, as…

  6. Cardinals are “shopping Colby Rasmus widely”

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Colby Rasmus

    I guess we’ll soon see just how badly Colby Rasmus and his old man have angered the Cardinals.  Let’s put two tweets together, shall we? First, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com:  “Cards now appear to be shopping Rasmus widely.” Then Jon Paul Morosi of Fox: “Mariners among the teams that have inquired on Rasmus, source says.”…

  7. The Sox and Royals were not exactly fundamentally sound last night

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Scutaro misses sign.bmp

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but the video makes it funnier. The Royals won the game last night on one of the uglier “squeeze plays” you’ll ever see.  I quote “squeeze play” because it ended up functioning like one even though it wasn’t called. At least not as the runners-go-first suicide squeeze it ended…

  8. The Phillies “will do whatever it takes” at the trade deadline

    Jul 26, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Ruben Amaro Jr.

    The Phillies payroll is at $175 million, and it’s bumping right up against the luxury tax threshold. In light of that, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro had said back in June that “you will not see a major move this year.” That position would appear to be no longer operative.  Sure, Ruben Amaro is still mum…

  9. Suspected Bryan Stow attackers may have attacked other Giants fans on Opening Day

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Associated Press reports that police suspect the two men who were arrested in connection with the Bryan Stow beating of assaulting three other Giants fans on Opening Day. They’re asking other possible victims to come forward. Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are the suspects, and they were said to be operating on the west side…

  10. Dave Parker thinks he should be in the Hall of Fame

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    Dave Parker smoking

    Via BTF comes a story from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in which former Pirate Dave Parker says that, in his humble opinion, he should be in the Hall of Fame. He’s said this before, of course.  He’s one of the more active retired players when it comes to that sort of thing. And whenever he…

  11. Anonymous AL official blames Twitter for the slow trade deadline

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Twitter logo

    Buster Olney has an interesting column up today, talking about how the trade deadline has changed in the past several years.  The upshot, with which I agree, is that whereas teams didn’t value their prospects as highly as they should have 15 or 20 years ago, trading them for rent-a-veterans all willy-nilly, these days they’re…

  12. One game back from DL, Chipper Jones hurt again

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Atlanta Braves

    What a drag it is getting old. On his first day coming back from knee surgery, Chipper Jones hit a home run. That’s good! But then he also strained his quadriceps while fielding a ball at third base. That’s bad! But given that he actually hurt it before the home run and stayed in the…

  13. The Rangers “pushing hardest” for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Because they’re clearly in need of offense, the Rangers are thought to be “pushing hardest” for Carlos Beltran.  Or so says Joel Sherman. Why not. Look, at this point we’re clearly in the “no one knows anything so we’re all just waiting for something to happen” stage of the proceedings anyway.  Which is kind of…

  14. Never mind: Hall of Fame sticking with five-year waiting period

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    cooperstown

    Yesterday we passed along a report from Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that the Hall of Fame was considering cutting the waiting period for election from five years-post retirement to three years.  It was a strange report, actually, sort of mentioned in passing in Kernan’s column, alongside his general observations about the previous…

  15. Michael Cuddyer enhances his trade value

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Michael Cuddyer

    Michael Cuddyer has been talked about as a potential target for a contender seeking a bat.  Maybe he can be a two-for-one kind of deal now, because last night he showed that he can be an effective reliever too. Well, effective by comparison to the rest of the Twins’ staff. Unlike the rest of those…

  16. Long-haired freaky people allowed into White House

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Barack Obama, Brian Wilson

    As is custom, President Obama welcomed the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants to the White House yesterday.  Usually those meet-and-greets are really brief and cursory, but given all of the debt crisis ugliness, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if Obama hung out with the Giants for a couple hours yesterday, trying to…

  17. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:02 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 20, Twins 6:  A lot of people will probably make a football joke here like “heh, Texas missed the extra point and held Minnesota to two field goals!”  That’s hacky.  Try this: in the first five innings the Rangers scored like so:  3 3 3 5 4. Or, birdie, par, birdie, par, par! Lol! Hilarious,…

  18. Four teams are considering Wily Mo Pena

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    wily mo pena head getty

    Jon Heyman reports that four teams — the Giants, Brewers, Athletics and Mariners — have some degree of interest in the recently-released Wily Mo Pena. I can see the Athletics and Mariners making more sense. They’re desperate for offense and have a DH slot for him. Or, if either of them think that they have…

  19. And now your daily dose of nightmare fuel

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    What has been (mentally) seen cannot be unseen.

  20. Teams are interested in Edinson Volquez

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    volquez getty

    If you’re looking for evidence of just how thin the starting pitcher trade market it is at the deadline, look no further than Ken Rosenthal’s report that the Reds are fielding calls about Edinson Volquez. This is the same Edinson Volquez who has been sent down to Louisville twice this season because he can’t, you…

  21. Carlos Pena is gonna get traded

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Jon Heyman says that Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena “will almost surely be moved” this week. It’s the same old story with Pena: lots of pop, low average. He could represent an upgrade for a handful of teams and probably won’t cost a ton give that he’s playing on a one-year deal. It’s a weird…

  22. Chris Denorfia made a redonkulous catch

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Denorfia catch.bmp

    Actually, the run Chris Denorfia made to get that would-be home run off the bat of Raul Ibanez in yesterday’s Padres-Phillies game was even more impressive than the catch was. Either way, pretty tough stuff.

  23. Hall of Fame to reduce the waiting period from five years to three years?

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    cooperstown

    Kevin Kernan at the New York Post passes along word that the Hall of Fame is considering cutting the waiting period for induction from the current five years after retirement to three years.  It’s not a done deal or even a deal in progress. If it were, it would be in press release form as…

  24. Phillies, Rays reportedly talking about B.J. Upton

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    After a couple of weekend reports about B.J. Upton, we hear today that the Phillies are talking to the Rays about inquiring the lesser of the Upton brothers. That’s from Jen Royle, who says that the Nats are still interested as well. Upton is having a pretty terrible year so far,  hitting .229/.310/.395, but he plays good…

  25. Roger Clemens is probably going to go on trial again

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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

    Right after the mistrial in the Roger Clemens case, there were some folks suggesting that the judge may rule that, because the mistrial was the result of the prosecution’s actions, double jeopardy would prevent a retrial.  I was kind of skeptical of that, but I didn’t read any of the case law or anything because,…

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