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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. The Rockies are checking out Grady Sizemore

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    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…

  7. Former Giants employee pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Giants logo

    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.…

  8. The Reds move their opening up a day

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    GABP

    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

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

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    zambrano fenway reuters

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. The Tigers are interested in Martin Prado

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    prado batting

    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…

  17. 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 MLB.com’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…

  18. 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…

  19. The Wilson Ramos kidnappers were a bunch of amateurs

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    FC alerts us to an English language version of a story from Venezuela which reports that the guys who kidnapped Wilson Ramos were a bunch of amateurs.  Like, literally amateurs. As FC notes, the more expansive Spanish language version of the report notes that only two of the six kidnappers had criminal records. They were…

  20. Craig Kimbrel, Jeremy Hellickson named Rookies of the Year

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    The official award season is upon us and the first announcement has been made: your 2011 Rookies of the Year are Craig Kimbrel in the NL and Jeremy Hellickson in the AL. Kimbrel was voted the award unanimously. Hellickson received 17 of the 28 first place votes. Kimbrel seemed like a lock for some time.…

  21. The most important thing you’ll read about hot stove rumors today

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Rumors Timex Social Club

    Sam Miller of the OC Register explains how one tiny bit of nothing about anything can turn into a rumor of a player being connected with a given team in the space of a few tweets, using the example of a Ryan Doumit rumor to trace the path from ether to concrete, such as it…

  22. Wily Mo Pena could play in Japan next year

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    wily mo pena head getty

    Every time Wily Mo Pena comes up I — and a lot of other people — get kind of excited because big long home runs and all-or-nothing kind of players like him are sort of neat on some weird level.  It’s irrational, I know. It’s just one of those times when people who think like…

  23. Lenny Dykstra may try to lam it to Mexico? OK. I could see that.

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears Los Angeles Superior court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Lenny Dykstra may have actually had the first rational thought in years, and sadly, it’s likely going to get his bail revoked. According to Larry Brown Sports, Dykstra’s former business manager withdrew the $30,000 bail he posted because he is fearful that Dykstra plans on leaving the county for Mexico. He basically just thinks that…

  24. Must-click link: The most devastating takedown of Peter Angelos you’ll ever read

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Peter Angelos

    Because some of you care about such things I will note at the outset that this blog post by Jonathan Bernhardt is long.  Quite long. But there are fewer wasted words there than in most Twitter updates. Everyone knows that Peter Angelos is the central problem with the Orioles, but I’ve never seen it put…

  25. Come February, Phil Hughes may be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York notes that the Yankees weren’t pleased with Phil Hughes conditioning last year and are heartened that he appears to be taking steps to correct that heading into 2012: Phil Hughes didn’t show up to spring training grossly overweight last February, but he’d packed on enough pounds to end up in…

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