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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Justin Verlander wins the AL MVP Award

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    You can stuff your “pitchers can’t win the MVP Award” nonsense in a sack, mister, because Justin Verlander just won the 2011 MVP Award. Verlander — the first starting pitcher in 25 years to be named MVP — got 13 of 28 first place votes.  He only got 27 of a possible 28 overall votes,…

  2. Commissioner Selig issues a statement on the death of Greg Halman

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Greg Halman

    No new news on the killing of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman.  A few minutes ago, however, Commissioner Selig issued the following statement: “Today Major League Baseball mourns the passing of Greg Halman, a member of the Seattle Mariners organization since 2004.  Greg reached the Major Leagues in each of the last two seasons, hitting his…

  3. In which baseball’s newsmakers are compared to “The Princess Bride” characters

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT


    Linked with very little comment because none is really needed, Bill Parker explains how Clint Barmes is Princess Buttercup, Bobby Valentine is Miracle Max, and Dan Shaughnessy is Vizzini from “The Princess Bride.” And to preempt your comments: (1) yes, it’s a slow news day; and (2) no, I can’t help myself when it comes to “Princess Bride”…

  4. Tossup Alert: The AL MVP to be announced at 2pm Eastern

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Today the BBWAA will give out the only award that looks to have any kind of intrigue or potential controversy to it: AL MVP. This year’s award throws a couple of time-tested argument starters out there: should a pitcher win the MVP?  Should the MVP winner come from a team that didn’t go anywhere? Is…

  5. “Jeopardy!” + “Moneyball” = $$$$

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT


    I roll with a bunch of nerds, so I know all kinds of people who have been on “Jeopardy!” My former boss. A former coworker. A couple of sportswriters I know. Even a long time HBT commenter. I once took and passed the test for the talent search but they never called me to be…

  6. Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Greg Halman

    Horrible news from the Netherlands: Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect. Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound.…

  7. Report: The Marlins are talking to the A’s about Gio Gonzalez

    Nov 21, 2011, 6:06 AM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    We’ve heard the Marlins connected with all manner of free agents. But how a trade rumor? Here’s one: Miami is talking with the Athletics about Gio Gonzalez David Villavicencio is the man with this report, and he says that sources close to Gonzalez are telling him that the two teams are talking trade for the…

  8. Ten teams are interested in Jonathan Broxton

    Nov 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    broxton getty

    Jon Heyman tweets that more than 10 teams have shown interest in Jonathan Broxton. More than ten. I think Broxton is a good candidate for a bounce-backy kind of year, but when you see this kind of interest on a due coming off of elbow surgery and an ERA of 5.68, it’s understandable that the…

  9. Marvin Miller doesn’t know why the players agreed to HGH testing

    Nov 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    I liked to Shaughnessy earlier, so why not link to Murray Chass? He spoke with former union head Marvin Miller — they’re bffs, you know — about the MLBPA agreeing to submit to HGH blood testing in the new collective bargaining agreement. Miller is perplexed by the union agreeing to this and to earlier concessions…

  10. The Red Sox to meet with Bobby Valentine on Monday

    Nov 20, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT


    Today, Jeff Passan reports: Bobby Valentine expects to meet with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington on Monday. Could emerge as favorite for manager if meeting goes well. Interesting, because the other day the Boston Herald wrote: Bobby Valentine has been a candidate for the Red Sox manager job from the early stages of the team’s search…

  11. The Marlins think Albert Pujols is older than he says he is

    Nov 20, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    pujols reuters

    An interesting read from Dan Le Batard in the Miami Herald about how the Marlins are going about — or at least appear to be going about — transforming the franchise. Going big and trying to establish a Latin brand. Part of that, of course, is the pursuit, such as it is, of Albert Pujols.…

  12. The Braves are interested in the Yankees’ Eduardo Nunez

    Nov 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT


    John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Braves have asked the Yankees about the availability of Eduardo Nunez.  That’s fine as far as it goes. The Braves need someone to play shortstop and there aren’t a ton of great candidates available. Think of it as last call. You look around and…

  13. Shaughnessy: the Red Sox are “a doofus organization”

    Nov 20, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    red sox logo

    I know you all hate it when I link Shaughnessy, but if enjoying the living hell out of his particular brand of performance art on a fine Sunday morning is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Today he has decided not to pick a particular target and instead has gone in for some carpet-bombing.…

  14. Mark Cuban doesn’t want to buy the Braves. Drat.

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:52 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Being a Braves fan was its most fun when a potentially-crazy billionaire owned them. We won’t get a second go-around of that, however, because Mark Cuban told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday that he has no interest in buying the team. Now, the Braves aren’t for sale, but that doesn’t mean this is a wholly academic exercise.…

  15. The Marlins’ offer to Jose Reyes was lower than first reported

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    Remember when it was reported earlier this week that the Marlins made a $90 million offer to Jose Reyes? Most folks thought it was a low initial offer.  Well, Jon Heyman hears that it was actually $10-20 million lower than that. He doesn’t rule out that the Marlins may increase the offer and stay competitive…

  16. You can interview Jose Canseco. As long as you pay $2,000

    Nov 18, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Dave Brown of Big League Stew is about the nicest guy I’ve met since I started meeting baseball writery-types a couple of years ago. He’s funny. Disarming. Straight shooter.  If there’s anyone who isn’t going to misrepresent you in an interview it’s Dave. Quite the opposite in fact. His forte, via his Answer Man interviews,…

  17. Brian Cashman sleeps in Times Square to raise awareness for homeless youth

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Cashman profile

    I made a passing, joking reference to Brian Cashman sleeping on the streets this morning, but the story behind that deserves its own spotlight.  From the New York Daily News, here’s why he was doing it: Cashman was hoping that joining a group of nearly 50 business leaders in the Covenant House CEO Solidarity Sleepout would make…

  18. The Twins sign Ryan Doumit

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Twins have signed catcher — and occasional first baseman — Ryan Doumit to a one-year, $3 million deal. There are performance bonuses involved. Doumit is a disaster behind the plate, but he can play a little first base. His real asset is his bat. A switch hitter, he…

  19. Wilson Ramos: “‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support”

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    wilson ramos reuters

    Wilson Ramos made a brief appearance back at Nationals Park today, meeting with GM Mike Rizzo and undergoing a physical exam.  Ben Goessling has the story here.  Ramos’ statement: “I just want to say, ‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support,’ ” Ramos said. “I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be…

  20. Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    Peter Gammons was told by scouts in the Dominican Republic that Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range. Yikes. That’s more than Aroldis Chapman got.  But then again, you’re getting six years of team control out of him, right?  So amortize that and it works out well as long as he becomes even…

  21. Dale Sveum’s nickname: “Nuts”

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Dale Sveum

    I’m guessing Brewers fans knew this already, but I was unaware that Dale Sveum’s nickname is “nuts.” Things like deez always sort of surprise me. Over at, Tony Andracki recounts Sveum’s answer when he asked how he got that nickname.  Fun reading.  Sveum is a bit cagey about it, but it’s fun reading. I…

  22. The Blue Jays go retro with their new logo, uniforms

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Jays logo.bmp

    The Toronto Blue Jays just unveiled their new logo and uniforms.  And they look pretty familiar: I like ’em, mostly because I always liked the old ones.  It’s a clean look. The split font on the team name and the numbers is unique. Sure, some people may say it’s too 70s, but the aggressive-looking bird…

  23. Cashman: “I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo”

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Brian Cashman said today that he is interested in re-signing both Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. From ESPN New York: “I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo. Those guys all did a good job for us, a really good job.” Makes sense. Particularly Garcia who it is not quite as unreasonable to assume…

  24. The Expanded Playoffs or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the wild card

    Nov 18, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I’ve been trying to process yesterday’s announcement — which we knew was coming for a long time — that a playoff team will be added in each league, possibly as soon as next season.  I’ve been against the idea for some time and, from a purely baseball perspective, I still don’t like it.  But I…

  25. Cubs to introduce Dale Sveum shortly: watch the press conference live

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    sveum getty large

    The Cubs are going to formally introduce Dale Sveum at the top of the hour. will offer a live stream of the press conference here.  The stream will include a live chat hosted by Tony Andracki, who handles the CubsTalk beat at  Tony will have post-presser coverage as well. To anyone who may be…

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