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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Rangers went to visit Cliff Lee yesterday

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a contingent from the Rangers flew to Arkansas yesterday to meet with Cliff Lee. But wait! I thought he wasn’t listening! I thought he was in a duck blind somewhere, thinking about anything other than baseball. But I guess this is just arms race stuff, what…

  2. An update on Joe Ricketts pursuit of public funding for the Cubs

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    UPDATE:   Commenter johnvmoore alerts me to a report that the Ricketts have withdrawn their request to the Illinois legislature for the $200 million in Wrigley updates.  It’s not official or anything, but that’s the buzz. Also, he points me to this comment from the Huffington Post, in which Brian Baker of Taxpayers Against Earmarks says…

  3. Adrian Gonzalez on his future: “I’m not in control. God is.”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez 2

    I really like Adrian Gonzalez. And yes, I appreciate that he has a closer connection to San Diego than a lot of star players have to the teams they end up leaving in free agency. But I really do wish that he — and any other player in his position would stop saying things like…

  4. Prince Fielder may not be a vegetarian

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    You may find this hard to believe given his lithe and healthy frame, but apparently Prince Fielder is not, as he loudly proclaimed a couple of years ago, really a vegetarian: prince fielder spotted eating with scott boras at hotel. no word on whether prince stuck to veggies. #pseudovegetarian That was Jon Heyman, who is…

  5. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Seattle Mariners

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Flying Ken Griffey

    Our last entry of the series. Ah, memories. It seems like it was only last Tuesday when we began this thing . . . The Best: Call me crazy, but I loved the old trident M on the caps. It looked better with the star behind it than the original look , but like so…

  6. It’s unanimous: Roy Halladay wins the NL Cy Young Award

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    What, you were expecting Oliver Perez? This was a no-brainer, and there was very little dissent in the ranks:  Roy Halladay received all 32 of the first place votes, easily beating out Adam Wainwright, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tim Hudson and Josh Johnson, who finished in second through fifth place. When the Phillies traded for him last…

  7. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    California Angels

    The Best: for a team that has been all over the place in terms of their geographic identify, they’ve generally been steady on their sartorial identity.  The red and white with the navy accents is a good look. The capital “A” with the halo is pretty inspired too.  They’re not awful now, but they wear…

  8. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: the Oakland Athletics

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland A's Green and Gold

    Confession time. I played little league baseball in Parkersburg, West Virginia for a team sponsored by a business called “Doug’s Family Hairstyling.” All of the other teams were sponsored by sporting goods stores or hardware stores or at least something that sounded cool and manly. Not us! We were probably the worst team in the…

  9. Adrian Beltre could go quickly

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    beltre head up close

    Jon Heyman tweeted the following a few minutes ago: adrian beltre market is very hot. 12 teams are interested. got a chance to be the first star to go off the board. I don’t doubt that there is sharp interest in Beltre and that he might sign quickly. He’s easily the top infielder on the…

  10. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Texas Rangers

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan Rangers

    The Best: For my money their original look was their best ever look. Why? The font on the jersey. It’s unlike anything that we had ever seen before and unlike anything we’ve seen since. No, it’s not the greatest possible look of all time – if they could put that font on a more modern…

  11. Scott Boras on Manny Ramirez: pretty reasonable, actually

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    Manny Ramirez’s agent Scott Boras said Monday that he’s looking for an incentive-laden one-year contract. Specifically he said: “It’s just like Vlad Guerrero. His last Angels season, where he had an injury season and he had 50 RBI, was not a customary Vlad Guerrero season. He went to Texas and reestablished himself. This is really…

  12. Wrigley Field looks like a pretty terrible place to play a football game

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Preparing Wrigley

    As I mentioned yesterday, they’re tearing up Wrigley Field so Illinois can play Northwestern there on Saturday.  I put this under the category of Bad Idea Jeans if for no other reason than — based on the picture in this article in the Chicago Tribune — any receivers who get a ball thrown to them…

  13. The Yankees are raising ticket prices

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    Damn that Derek Jeter and his insane contract demands causing the ticket prices at Yankee Stadium to go up! The price of the best field-level seats will rise to $260 as part of season ticket plans, the team said Monday. Those seats cost $250 this year, down from $325 when new Yankee Stadium opened in…

  14. Bartolo Colon is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    bartolo colon released

    Nick Collias over at MLBTR reports that Bartlo Colon is thinking comeback. I’ll believe that when I see it.  But I suppose he could be serious. Why?  Because Nick tells me that one of the Spanish language articles covering Colon’s recent performances reported Bartolo hitting on one of my favorite topics.  Seems that Colon has…

  15. The Ricketts Family: government spending is horrible unless it benefits the Cubs

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    We’ve noted how the Ricketts Family is all about getting the government to help them out with the Cubs, be it financing their new spring training complex in Arizona or paying for renovations to their ballpark in Illinois. Par for the course as far as baseball owners go. Those guys are always at the public…

  16. The Omaha Royals get a new name

    Nov 16, 2010, 7:39 AM EDT

    My old man worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years. Weathermen of his generation were mostly ex-military guys who fell into meteorology by accident, like becoming a bartender or something. Staring in the 70s, however, most of the young men who hired on with the NWS were guys who went and got their…

  17. The Cardinals will try to lock up Pujols before Christmas

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:32 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have targeted December for Operation Sign Albert Pujols. Well, they may have a better name for it, but that’s what it is: “Timing is important,” Mozeliak said. “We don’t want it to drag out this winter. I wouldn’t say it’s at a critical juncture right now,…

  18. Cliff Lee is not accepting offers yet

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Jon Heyman says that Cliff Lee’s agent has told teams that Lee is “not taking offers yet” and that he doesn’t see Lee signing before the Winter Meetings next month. I don’t understand. Why would you not take offers yet? If a team makes an offer, that’s information. Could be leverage. You don’t have to…

  19. The Posey and Heyward omitters speak

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yasushi Kikuchi, the writer who left Buster Posey off his Rookie of the Year ballot, explains himself: Kikuchi said he left Posey off his ballot because of the late-May promotion. “Obviously it was a tough decision,” Kikuchi said. “To me, Rookie of the Year is the best rookie player throughout the whole season. “On the…

  20. Brad Penny is going to be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brad Penny

    If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know that I obsessively track those players who are reported to be “in the best shape of their life” each spring. Best Shape of His Life stories can take a couple of different forms. There’s the straightforward “Player X is looking good” story which, if…

  21. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Kansas City Royals

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Best: The home uniform has been fairly constant, ranging from a no-number-on-the-front version to a numbered version, and switching between pullover and button-up as trends have dictated. It looks good in all of those guises, but I think I prefer the button-up, numbered version — which has been in use for most of the…

  22. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cleveland Indians

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Indians Buddy Bell

    The Best: Let’s be clear about something: I despise Chief Wahoo. I despise him with the intensity of a thousand burning suns. He’s racist. He’s stupid. And anyone who defends him as “part of the team’s culture and history” should defend this, this and this and argue in favor of their continued use or else…

  23. Pittsburgh writer leaves Heyward off Rookie of the Year ballot, includes two Pirates

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    UPDATE: We now know who the voters who left Buster Posey and Jason Heyward off their Rookie of the Year ballots were: Yasushi Kikuchi of the Kyodo News (He’s a member of the L.A.-Anaheim BBWAA Chapter) was the only one to omit Posey. He had Gaby Sanchez first, Heyward second and Jaime Garcia third. The…

  24. Buster Posey is the NL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The BBWAA has released the results, and Buster Posey is the National League Rookie of the Year. As expected, Posey and Heyward were number one and number two. Following them on the ballot were Jaime Garcia, Gaby Sanchez, and Neil Walker, respectively. Starlin Castro was sixth. I was rather surprised to see anyone get first…

  25. Cliff Lee “doesn’t like to be the center of attention”

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    We will continue to see this sort of thing until offers start flying. Do they mean anything? Doubtful. I must be sick, though, because I can’t get enough of them: A look of panic crossed Cliff Lee’s face as he walked into the auditorium at the Holland Chapel Church one January evening this year, right…

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