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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Tampa Bay Rays

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    The Best: There certainly isn’t much history to work with here.  You got this, you’ve got that and you’ve got the other. Well, “that” came in a model with sleeves too.  Anyway, I like “the other” best.  I can’t decide how I feel about the light blues they wear on Sunday.  While I’m predisposed to…

  2. Things that don’t go together: Cleveland Indians Edition

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Paul Hoynes offers a couple of tidbits in his latest article about the Indians. first: . . . the $2.53 million the Indians spent on big-league free agents last winter — $850,000 for Mike Redmond and $1.5 million for Russell Branyan — may look like a lavish spending spree compared to this winter. Then: Here’s…

  3. The Cubs are asking the Illinois legislature for $200 million in Wrigley upgrades

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Attention Tea Partying Cubs fans: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is asking the state of Illinois to help finance more than $200 million in renovations at Wrigley Field. In a letter to season ticket holders and Wrigleyville residents, Ricketts said the Illinois General Assembly will be considering a bill to preserve Wrigley Field. The plan will…

  4. Justin Morneau wants the fences brought in at Target Field

    Nov 12, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    target-field-100407

    The Star-Tribune reports that Justin Morneau said that the team’s hitters “are very disappointed with the organization’s decision not to move in the fences at Target Field for next season.” In an email to the paper he said: “Right-center to left-center is ridiculous. [It's] almost impossible for a righthanded hitter to [homer to the] opposite…

  5. Cashman: we’re not desperate for Cliff Lee

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Here’s Brian Cashman, talking about the Yankees’ need for Cliff Lee: “I don’t feel like we are in a desperate situation here. I think we have a lot of quality players on this team that won 95 games and fell two games short of a World Series.” To the extent that you’re never “desperate” when…

  6. Hire Wally Backman! He tries to win!

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Interesting conversation in the comment thread to yesterday’s post about how much impact a manager has on team performance.  In response to a commenter who asked if I thought managers had absolutely no affect, I said, no, I thought that managers are ultimately limited on the top end by the talent on their team, but…

  7. The challenge of writing for a newspaper audience

    Nov 12, 2010, 6:33 AM EDT

    Jeter error

    Marc Carig is the Yankees’ beat writer for the Newark Star-Ledger.  He’s easily my favorite Yankees’ beat guy going,* partially because he does great work, partially because he’s a nice, funny guy and partially because you can tell he takes his job seriously and thinks hard about his craft. That thinking is on display today…

  8. Do managers matter?

    Nov 11, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    There has been a lot of heated talk about whether Wally Backman will be the bestest choice for Mets manager ever or whether he’ll sink the entire Mets franchise.  I mean, I imagine it’s possible some people have taken the middle ground on this, but this is the Internet, so that’s practically impossible. Enter J.C.…

  9. Introducing the Jeff Francoeur autobiography

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    My daughter brought this book home from school today.  I’m assuming that “Eric Brown” is a pen name for Jeff Francoeur.  I’m also assuming that my daughter checking out books about baseball is a desperate plea for more time with her father, who has been taken from her by this accursed sport, but I’ll leave…

  10. Jermaine Dye wants to pull a Jim Edmonds

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jermaine Dye

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Jermaine Dye — who spent 2010 playing golf, and my doesn’t he look rested — intends to play baseball again. Rosenthal says that Dye has been contacted by the Rays, Rockies and Phillies. He didn’t retire last year, he simply didn’t want to play for the kinds of low-dollar offers he…

  11. The Phillies hire Juan Samuel to coach third base, move Perlozzo to first

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Juan Samuel

    Wow, ever write a blog post and realize that you didn’t need much more than the headline.  Yep, that pretty much says it all: Juan Samuel will be the third base coach, Sam Perlozzo moves to first. This pretty much negates everything I said about Samuel’s stolen base proficiency the other day, because it’s not…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Arizona Diamondbacks

    Nov 11, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Schilling Diamondbacks

    Best: Minor variations aside, the Diamondbacks have only really had two uniforms. The current one and the old one.  The current one is not what I’d consider the Platonic ideal of baseball style, but as you’ll see in a second, I believe it to be the superior look. Worst: Incorporating teal, purple, black, pinstripes and…

  13. Heard This: Cliff Lee has concerns about Texas

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    Over the past few weeks we’ve heard all manner of things about what may or may not motivate Cliff Lee.  His wife hates New York. He’s a country boy who wants to stay near Arkansas. Yankee fans are rude, rude rude! I think this kind of thing is somewhat meaningless — the contract offers are…

  14. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Los Angeles Dodgers

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Walt Alston

    The Best: The Dodgers are one of the three best lookin’ teams of all time (I’ll get to the other two in the coming days, but you can probably guess).  Since adopting the basics of their now-classic design in 1938, they have really only changed two things: (1) the addition of the red number in…

  15. Marvin Miller probably owes Jim Palmer an apology

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jim Palmer

    Earlier today I ran that Marvin Miller quote in which he called Jim Palmer “an anti-union sonuvabitch.”  Seems that neither I nor Mr. Miller reads the New York Times, because Palmer had this to say yesterday: “My vote has been and will always be for Marvin. He gave the modern day player a voice, completely…

  16. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Colorado Rockies

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    David Nied

    The Best: With the exception of the most minor of variations, they’ve always looked the same. A few fewer purple accents now. The vest.  The substitution of “Colorado” on their road jerseys instead of a repeat of “Rockies.”  Which was a good move, because teams should always have the city name on their road jerseys…

  17. The Braves potential moves are . . . familiar

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    Mark Bowman at MLB.com has his latest ramblings up about the Braves. It’s mostly about their potential offseason moves.  Stop me if you’ve heard this before: They need an outfielder, but don’t want to spend any money; They could trade for one, but they need to find someone willing to take on Kenshin Kawakami or…

  18. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The San Diego Padres

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres - 1970's File Photos

    The Best: The Padres get a bad rap when it comes to uniform discussions. Why? Because people choose to remember the brown and yellow uniforms as all one, uniformly bad look, when it was anything but. The Padres wore several variations on the theme, ranging from all yellow, to solid brown jerseys, to something in…

  19. Marvin Miller doesn’t think he’s going to make it into the Hall of Fame

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    For years Marvin Miller has been on the Hall of Fame ballot, and for years he has failed to gain admittance. A lot of it has to do with the makeup of the veteran’s committee voting process.  For a long time the pool consisted of old timers who were likely resentful of the big money…

  20. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The San Francisco Giants

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mathhewson

    Day three of our sartorial survey takes us to the National League West where we start off with the World Freakin’ Champs. The Best: In recent years the Giants have kept a classic look. Not always so in the old days.  You know what’s gangsta? Writing “World’s Champions” on your uniforms, that’s what’s gangsta.  If…

  21. The Cardinals may not re-sign Jake Westbrook

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    A lot of hot stove handicappers were assuming that the Cardinals would re-sign free agent Jake Westbrook this offseason because apparently Dave Duncan liked him, Westbrook responded well enough to the change in scenery and it’s not hard to see him pitching well in St. Louis over the next couple of years.  That thinking may…

  22. Jayson Werth ain’t comin’ back to Philly

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    I don’t think anyone was truly holding out hope that Jayson Werth would return to the Phillies, but if there was a shred of it, Jayson Stark shoots it down like Paul Newman shot diseased cattle in “Hud”: Here’s one Phillies source on the odds of his team finding a way to keep Jayson Werth:…

  23. The Washington National unveil new jerseys. They’re OK.

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Nationals new jerseys

    Some people have told me that I should have waited to do my writeup on the Nats’ jerseys until after they unveiled their new duds last night.  I don’t think it makes a difference.  The new outfits are neither the best nor the worst the Nationals have ever sported.  They’re worth discussion, but they don’t…

  24. The Blue Jays have asked about Zack Greinke

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays have inquired about Zack Greinke. Interesting. No one knows if Toronto is one of the 20 teams for which Greinke has no-trade protection this year (it goes down to 15 next year). On the one hand, Toronto is a giant city, so maybe it’s…

  25. Is Jose Reyes on the trading block?

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    That’s the rumor from Matt Pignataro at 7 Train to Shea.  I don’t know Matt and I don’t know his source, but he’s saying that the Mets “have put word out to teams” that Reyes is available and that they’ll look to trade him during the Winter Meetings. Plausible, as Reyes has real value. If…

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