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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Dodgers sue Fox over TV rights messiness

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    old TV

    There’s not a much better way to characterize this in a headline, because it is just messiness. The upshot, though: Fox has the TV rights and exclusive rights to negotiate with the Dodgers over the next TV deal until sometime next year; The Dodgers, even though they are to be sold, would like to be…

  2. Glenn Beck uses MLB’s video platfrom to spew his bile. So what?

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    45th Annual CMA Awards  - Arrivals

    I’ve been trying to avoid this — and other outlets have been talking about it already, including my compadre Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench — but the PR guy from this group keeps emailing me about it so why the heck not. The group in question is Americans United for Change* and the…

  3. Terry Francona won’t manage in 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Sean McAdam of spoke with Terry Francona, who says that he will not seek to manage in 2012 “for my benefit.” Francona interviewed with the Cardinals and said he would have liked that job, but they went with Mike Matheny. He says he’s been in contact with Theo Epstein in Chicago, but says it’s…

  4. The Orioles spoke to David Ortiz’s agent

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette confirmed to Roch Kubatko of that he spoke with David Ortiz‘s agent last night.  This after it was reported that the Red Sox have made Ortiz an offer to return as their DH. This, in all likelihood, is a gambit by Ortiz to squeeze a few more bucks out of…

  5. Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria on the Marlins’ new colors

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This is actually the quote of last Friday, but I had missed it and it’s way too awesome to pass up.  Here’s Marlins owner Jeff Loria, describing the team’s new color scheme: “We are the red-orange of the breathtaking Miami sunsets and the citrus industry; the blue of the sky and the sea; and the…

  6. Must-click link: wonderfully awful baseball cards

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    I have tens of thousands of baseball cards in my basement.  I don’t think I have any as unintentionally hilarious as the ones Jon Bois highlights over at SB Nation today. Most of them were issued by local police departments and contain anti-drug messages.  I guess their heart was in the right place, but the…

  7. The Red Sox have called about Freddy Garcia

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The Boston Herald says that the Red Sox, looking to get some “buy-low” starting pitching, have called Freddy Garcia‘s agent. I would presume that the Yankees have at least some degree of interest in bringing Garcia back given that he was pretty darn useful last year.  Which makes one wonder if you can really “buy-low”…

  8. No, Mike Krzyzewski, it’s not harder to win at Duke than with the New York Yankees

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Duke v Michigan State

    Last night Mike Krzyzewski became college basketball’s all-time winningest coach. Good for him. One of his postgame comments was interesting: Krzyzewski used the New York Yankees to explain how hard it is to keep a program on top because of players changing every four years, or even earlier with the NBA draft looming overhead. “We don’t have Jeter…

  9. The Cubs are talking to Mark Buehrle

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Jon Paul Morosi tweeted last night that the Cubs have had multiple conversations with Mark Buehrle. You figure that there will be umpteen teams who have at least some level of communication Buehrle so this isn’t monumental.  But at least there are a couple of cool things about this prospect of Buehrle playing in Wrigley.…

  10. Sure, J.D. Drew would listen if someone called

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew sure looked and sounded all year like someone who plans on retiring. The other day, however, Scott Boras told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that it’s possible Drew could play again: Agent Scot Boras said J.D. Drew may continue to play baseball in 2012. “I just think it depends, frankly, on the locale,…

  11. The Giants are going to try to lock up Lincecum

    Nov 15, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Linceucm has said or suggested on a number of occasions that, while he’s happy in San Francisco, he’s content to go year-to-year through arbitration and then perhaps sign additional short term deals as his career progresses.  The Giants either don’t take him at his word, find the prospect unsettling or both, because Jon Heyman…

  12. Never in doubt: Justin Verlander cruises to the AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    What, you were expecting someone else? Justin Verlander ran away with the AL Cy Young Award today, garnering all 28 first place votes.  In his dust were Jered Weaver, James Shields CC Sabathia and Jose Valverde.  If you want to get mad about downballot stuff go ahead, but it kind of doesn’t matter here. Verlander…

  13. The Rockies are checking out Grady Sizemore

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    You people not in Ohio wouldn’t necessarily know this, but do understand that Grady Sizemore most likely leaving the Indians has upset a lot of women around here. I mean, I know there are always fans of cute ballplayers, but with Sizemore it seems another thing altogether. On the playground the other day a woman…

  14. Former Giants employee pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The shocker: the person accused of taking money they did not earn from the Giants wasn’t Miguel Tejada! The San Francisco Giants’ former payroll manager pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling $2.2 million from the team. Robin M. O’Connor, 42, of American Canyon, pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to a single felony charge of wire fraud.…

  15. The Reds move their opening up a day

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT


    When the 2012 schedule came out the Reds and officials in Cincinnati were none too pleased. Why? Because in addition to not getting the first game of the season — which they used to all the time but haven’t for many years now — they weren’t even going to be playing on the whole first…

  16. The Brewers are talking to Rafael Furcal

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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

    Adam McCalvy spoke with Doug Melvin at the GM meetings yesterday to catch up on the Brewers search for a shortstop.  The upshot: Milwaukee has only had one phone call with Jose Reyes and no numbers were exchanged. There has been a bit more with less-sexy options, including Rafael Furcal, whose agent, Paul Kinzer, lunched…

  17. The Orioles unveil their new/old cartoon-birdie uniforms

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Oroles new uniforms

    The Orioles have gone back to the future: orange jerseys, for the first time since 1992 and cartoon birds on the caps for the first time since 1988, at least on a regular basis.  Here’s the explanation. Here’s the look: So whaddaya think?  The caps with the white fields always looked like trucker caps back…

  18. Frank McCourt apologizes to Dodgers fans

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt sunglasses

    Frank McCourt moved on from denial to acceptance some time over the past month or two, and yesterday he started to make amends.  Speaking to reporters at the dedication of a youth baseball field yesterday, McCourt said that, for the most part, Dodgers fans have been great to him since he’s been there.  But then…

  19. The Diamondbacks have some interest in Roy Oswalt

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic — which happens to be one of my favorite names of a newspaper, though I’m not entirely sure why — reports that the Diamondbacks have “at least some interest” in Roy Oswalt.  Piecoro noted earlier that there are many veteran starters on the Dbacks’ radar screen, including Mark Buehrle…

  20. Marlins offer to Reyes: six years, $90 million

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest column notes that, according to one source, the Marlins offer to Jose Reyes was for six years and $90 million. That seems a bit low. And Rosenthal noticed it too, noting that: Many in the industry are skeptical of the Marlins’ sincerity, believing that the club will make offers that are competitive, but not…

  21. Epstein: Zambrano will have to earn his way back

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    The Cubs are turning a new page. New team president, new GM and soon a new manager.  It’s fresh start city at Wrigley. So the last thing they probably want is to deal with bad old business like Carlos Zambrano. Theo Epstein, however, has continued to leave the door open to the possibility of Zambrano…

  22. Hanley Ramirez “not at all pleased” about having to switch positions for Jose Reyes

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Last Thursday, Hanley Ramirez was quoted as saying that “it would be a good move” for the Marlins to sign Jose Reyes. He sidestepped questions about a position change, though he did note that he considered himself a shortstop. Seems that that’s pretty much the limit of his diplomatic skills, because Clark Spencer of the…

  23. The Tigers are interested in Martin Prado

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers are interested in Martin Prado. That’s fine as far as it goes. The Braves seem intent on dealing him. The Tigers second base situation is pretty poor and they could use a leadoff guy, which Prado could do.  Nice fit. That is, until I got to the part where…

  24. Francisco Cordero drawing wide interest

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Maybe he’s not the most unbiased source on the planet, but Francisco Cordero’s agent tells’s Mark Sheldon that his client is drawing interest from “seven or eight teams.” Cordero wants to come back to Cincinnati, but it’s worth noting that the Reds are not going to pay Papelbonian prices for a closer.  And there…

  25. Pudge Rodriguez wants to play in 2012; is drawing interest

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Jon Heyman — who never fails to note that he’s neighbors with the guy — tweeted that Ivan Rodriguez wants to play in 2012. He also notes that several teams, including the Twins, Cardinals, Phillies, Blue Jays, Orioles, Dodgers and Marlins have expressed interest. Pudge certainly can’t hit anymore — hasn’t been able to for…

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