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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Next year’s odds: Too soon?

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    At what point do the Phillies fans stop eating crow over their team’s failure to fulfill the championship expectations of which they were all convinced and move on to that blind, “we’re number 1!” stuff for 2012 that we know will come and love so very much when it does? Heck, why not now?  Gambling…

  2. Braves pick up option on Eric Hinske; decline option on Nate McLouth

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    The Atlanta Braves just announced that they have picked up the club option on Eric Hinske and declined the option on Nate McLouth. This is not surprising. McLouth’s 2012 option price was $10.65 million and, in case you’ve been living under a rock, you know that McLouth is not a $10 million player. Heck, he…

  3. Did the Yankees lowball Sabathia?

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    The Associated Press said yesterday that the Yankees have made Sabathia a new offer in an attempt to get him to forgo opting out of his deal. Yet, he appears to be opting out. Today Buster Olney speculates that they may have lowballed him, at least in terms of years: Let’s say that the New York Yankees’ extension offer to CC…

  4. So who replaces La Russa?

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    Wanted: Baseball manager.  Will replace legend. There is no way you can possibly top what happened last year. Possibility you won’t have the best player on the team next year.  Must have reliable transportation. So who bites at that? On the one hand, replacing Tony La Russa might be a tough thing for a guy…

  5. Yep, this is the new Marlins cap

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    They denied it when it was first leaked a couple months ago and they continue to say that we have to wait until November 11th to know for sure, but yeah, this is the new Marlins cap logo. We know this because the New Era store in Buffalo, New York is selling them. George Richards…

  6. Was this the greatest postseason of the wild card era?

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Last week Chris Jaffe rated the top postseason series of all time. It proved to be a pretty spiffy and pretty popular post.  Today Chris has an update to that, using the same methodology, but attempting to figure out which postseason as a whole was the best of the wild card era. 2011 ranks fifth.…

  7. UPDATE: Cardinals press conference: La Russa news?

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    molina_yadier

    UPDATE:  Now the tweeterbugs are speculating that the press conference is not about Molina, but about La Russa.  The betting is the announcement that he’s going to return next year. That would make more sense than a retirement announcement. For one thing he’s flying to New York today to do Letterman tonight and if he…

  8. Into the offseason we go

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Autumn

    As is always the case at this time of year, I’m at a bit of a loss. My brain and body still think it’s baseball season. The hot stove stuff doesn’t seem very real yet. And, even though we’ll totally get into it like crazy now, it does feel like a step down from where…

  9. HBT Extra: Game 7? I’m still catching my breath from Game 6!

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Tiffany and I talk about the sights and sounds from the amazing Game 6 and look ahead to baseball’s last game of the season.

  10. The Orioles are going back to the cartoon bird

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orioles cap

    News you can use: Roch Kubatko of MASN tweeted that the Baltimore Orioles are going to change their caps next year, returning the cartoon bird of the 70s and 80s. No word yet if it will be like the one shown here or if it will have the white field like it did in the…

  11. Reggie Jackson accuses Billy Martin of being a racist and anti-semite

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Billy Martin

    Reggie Jackson spoke with Bob Costas for a documentary that will air on the MLB Network on Monday and during that conversation he spoke of his former manager Billy Martin. He didn’t speak well of him: “I did not accept the way he managed me. I did not accept the way he managed Ken Holtzman.…

  12. Report: Jerry Dipoto to be named Angels GM

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that, according to his sources, the Angels are going to name Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager. Dipoto is currently Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development. He previously served as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM. While filling that role he traded Dan Haren to the Angels, so part of…

  13. The Rockies are going to try to get Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros again

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros

    The Rockies claimed Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez on waivers (off waivers? Hurm) in August and tried hard to make a deal for him but it fell though. Now Troy Renck of the Denver Post says they’ll make a second run at Rodriguez this winter. Rodriguez makes a goodly bit of money — $36 million over…

  14. Both teams were preparing for a Rangers win late last night

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    champagne pic

    I’m sure this stuff happens in every close elimination game, but it’s still the kind of thing that causes your brain to bend a bit and to reflect at just how unpredictable a crazy baseball game can be. From the Post-Dispatch: La Russa at one point phoned the bullpen to remind his relievers they were…

  15. Can the Rangers bounce back after last night’s game?

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Exhausting. Thrilling. Harrowing. Spectacular. One of the reasons I’m having such a hard time writing about Game 6 today is because the adjectives we’ve developed over the thousands of years of human speech are rather insufficient. I’m still reeling myself. But one question some people have asked me today is how on Earth, after coming…

  16. God told Josh Hamilton he was going to hit a home run

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:36 AM EDT

    God

    Josh Hamilton hit a huge homer to put the Rangers up by two in the 10th inning of last night’s thriller.  After the game, he said this: “I would tell y’all something, but y’all wouldn’t believe me … The Lord told me it was going to happen before it happened. You hadn’t hit a home run…

  17. Stop bashing the Dodgers for “blaming” Bryan Stow for his injuries

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    There has been a minor uproar today since it was reported that the Dodgers, in the context of the civil suit arising out of the Bryan Stow beating, will ask the jury to assign percentages of the blame to the assailants, the Dodgers … and to Bryan Stow himself.  The tenor of the uproar:  “Oh…

  18. McCourt, MLB talking settlement, sale of team

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Yesterday we learned that the Dodgers trial set for Monday has been postponed for a month. Today Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports why that is: The Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial has been postponed for one month so Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball can explore a possible settlement under which McCourt would agree to sell the team,…

  19. Did an MLB agent use a porn star to recruit clients?

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Bibi Jones

    And you thought Scott Boras was the only agent who played hardball.  Business Insider has a story that makes his client-luring techniques seem like tiddly winks.  Fasten your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride: Porn star Bibi Jones says an MLB agent would bring her out to recruit potential clients after Arizona Diamondbacks games in 2010. Starting in…

  20. Scott Boras wants the Yankees to redo Robinson Cano’s contract. Good luck with that.

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Scott Boras attempted to contact Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about redoing Robinson Cano‘s contract. A contract that currently calls for $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013, both club options.  Boras told the Post that Cashman hasn’t returned his call. And…

  21. Fifteen potential Red Sox managers

    Oct 27, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel

    I know this much: we won’t know who the next manager of the Red Sox is until the Red Sox hire someone. I know that probably blew your mind a little bit when I told you that, but it’s true. Still, it’s fun to speculate and handicap the candidates, and today Gordon Edes does that,…

  22. The Marlins have not asked Hanley Ramirez to switch positions

    Oct 27, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ozzie Guillen’s suggestions of a Hanley Ramirez position-switch to the contrary, a representative for Ramirez told the Palm Beach Post yesterday that no one with the team has said a thing to his client about it: Ramirez was surprised about reports last week that suggested Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had not ruled out the idea…

  23. Joe Maddon: banning beer in the clubhouse is “asinine”

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon was on WEEI and brought some righteous noise with respect to the whole beer in the clubhouse thing. He correctly noted — as we noted before — that baseball’s interest in potentially banning alcohol in clubhouses is a knee-jerk, P.R.-driven thing, not an idea that anyone thought of beforehand, nor would they.  He…

  24. Great moments in bullpen phone miscommunication

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    bullpen-phone

    This story from Bob Elliott is fun. Game cancelled because of rain, so old guys tell stories about stuff in the press box and around the ballpark.  The topic: other bullpen phone failures in baseball history. Some technical, some just miscommunications and weirdness. My favorite: the time in 1983 when Braves manager Joe Torre called…

  25. Potential candidates to replace Bud Selig

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    The other day I noted that there was no clear successor to Bud Selig when he steps down at the end of 2012.  From my lips to Maury Brown’s keyboard, for today he runs down some of the possibilities over at The Biz of Baseball. None of the candidates Maury mentions are bad. Sandy Alderson…

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