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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Roger Clemens trying to get his legal expenses paid for by the feds

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Roger Clemens is still going to go on trial for perjury eventually, and he could be in big trouble and maybe do time and all of that. But if you have to be a criminal defendant. there are positions to be in that are way worse than watching the prosecutors have to explain to the…

  2. Another potential free agent pitcher: Korea’s Suk-Min Yoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Suk Min Yoon

    Jeff Passan reports that Suk-Min Yoon — 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization — has hired Scott Boras and could be posted in time to play in MLB next season. It’s hard to gauge how a Korean pitcher would do here. Could he be early-vintage Chan-Ho Park? Could he simply be the equivalent of…

  3. Diamondbacks’ Derrick Hall has successful prostate cancer surgery

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month. He had surgery today.  The team announced that it was successful and that the cancer had not spread. Good news on a day otherwise full of weird and awful news all over the place.

  4. Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial. He just had his trial and the jury…

  5. The Giants aren’t going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are no longer going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran.  Because when you add an .809 OPS outfielder like Melky Cabrera and take away a .910 OPS outfielder like Beltran, your severe offensive problems are all better. Oh, I don’t know. I’m just being mean. I’m sure they have…

  6. Hiroki Kuroda is talking to the Hiroshima Carp

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    Hiroki Kuroda has made it clear that if he plays in the majors, it will be for the Dodgers and no one else.  But he doesn’t have to play in the majors.  According to Nikkan Sports — passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker — the Hiroshima Carp have made an offer to Kuroda, and…

  7. The Cardinals will interview Terry Francona today

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    WEEI reports that Terry Francona will interview for the Cardinals’ managerial job today. The club wants to have someone in place next week. From afar Francona seems like such a good fit. He’s been expected to win-now for most of the past decade, so going to a win-now job — this one without clubhouse crankiness…

  8. The Nats are making a “major push” for Roy Oswalt

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    It seems that pitching is on everyone’s mind in the early offseason, and according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are planning a “major push” for Roy Oswalt. Oswalt makes a lot of sense for the Nationals. He’d be a much heavier rotation anchor than he might be for other teams, relatively speaking. Could be a financial…

  9. The Cubs are following in the Red Sox’ footsteps

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    We know they’ve hired Theo Epstein and are looking at the same managerial candidates, but one other way in which the Cubs are aping the Red Sox is in their approach to their historic old ballpark:  they wanna make it a cash cow. We’ve talked about that a lot over the past couple of years,…

  10. Yu Darvish might not be posted? Really?

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    darvish presser

    It’s been long assumed and reported that Yu Darvish will be posted by Nippon Ham, his NPB team.  Jon Paul Morosi is talking to someone who has a doubt or two, however: Even then, there are questions about whether Darvish will come to the majors for the 2012 season. One source with close knowledge of…

  11. Of course Frank McCourt is going to try to complicate the Dodgers sale

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Nothing is easy with this guy. Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball have a deal in which the team and the stadium and everything is to be sold and the TV rights — which aren’t up for renewal for two years — will be dealt with by the new owners, whoever they are.  The reason…

  12. Mark Buehrle to meet with the Marlins today

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    The Marlins seem to be in on everyone. Jose Reyes. Yoenis Cespedes. Heck, there are even multiple reports out there that they’re going to get into the Albert Pujols/Prince Fielder game.  Next up, though: Mark Buehrle. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marilins will meet with him today. Buehrle would certainly help a Marlins rotation that,…

  13. The Marlins are talking to Jose Reyes

    Nov 7, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Twins news aside, this has been a pretty slow news day. But here’s the third Marlins post I have today, so at least we know Miami is alive.  Anyway: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have been in contact with Jose Reyes, and may have been talking to him since the…

  14. The Marlins are going to rock orange jerseys. And black. And occasionally blue caps.

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Marlins cap

    Via our brother blog Off The Bench comes a report in the Miami New Times previewing the Marlins new uniforms which, while not yet officially announced, seem to be happening thusly: That’s an alternate, apparently. If you click through to the Miami New Times article, you see the regular white and gray. There’s a black too.…

  15. Now Dykstra says he never agreed to fight Canseco

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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

    Because I know you’re worried about this, Len Dykstra denies the report that he “backed out” of that “celebrity” boxing match with Jose Canseco. He now says that he never agreed to fight the guy. From the Philadelphia Daily News: “I never agreed to anything,” Dykstra told the Daily News in an e-mail. “Damon Feldman…

  16. The Rangers are NOT pleased that the Ron Washington speech was made public

    Nov 7, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    That recording of Ron Washington speaking to the Rangers before Game 7 of the World Series?  Yeah, the Rangers aren’t happy that we all got to hear and laugh and otherwise marvel at it: The Texas Rangers are investigating who recorded and then leaked manager Ron Washington’s speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series. “It’s…

  17. Yankees, Nationals, Marlins, Phillies in on Yoenis Cespedes

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Cespedes.bmp

    Now that you have had a chance to recover from the Yoenis Cespedes video, let’s talk about where this too weird to live and too rare to die talent may actually play baseball. He had a tryout in the Dominican Republic on Friday and, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports, it drew the…

  18. Some neat Tony La Russa facts

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Seems like Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has had a good list every week for a month now. The latest: Ten things he didn’t know about Tony La Russa. It’s a good time for that list due to the retirement and Jaffe is the right guy to do it due to the fact that…

  19. The scouting video of Yoennis Cespedes is absolutely ridiculous

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Cespedes.bmp

    I had not thought much of Cuban defector Yoennis Cespedes. Scouting and prospects are not exactly my strong suit, so I usually just wait to hear what the Kevin Goldsteins and Keith Laws of the world say about those guys before I take too much notice. Well, today Goldstein has a big post about Cespedes…

  20. The Winter Meetings are coming

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    As we plow into the offseason, it’s a good time to remember that the biggest hot stove event is the Winter Meetings. They’re going to be in Dallas this year from December 5-8, though most people show up on Sunday the 4th. It’s a nutso kind of thing, whether you’re actually on-site or whether you’re…

  21. The Royals to sell the naming rights to Kauffman Stadium

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Kauffman Stadium

    Via some very well-put disappointment in the development over at Big League Stew comes word that the Kansas City Royals are on the verge of selling naming rights to Kauffman Stadium. Probably to a bank. Almost certainly not to Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, which is a cryin’ shame. Does Kansas City have any anti-corporate activists hanging…

  22. Willy Aybar continues to be an awful human being

    Nov 4, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Friend of HBT Nick Collias just translated and relayed to me several Spanish language reports that have former Tampa Bay Ray Willy Aybar continuing to be a total scumbag. He has been arrested multiple times for beating his wife — one time putting her into intensive care, but apparently he hasn’t learned anything from it.…

  23. The Mets settle ANOTHER lawsuit: this one the falling fat guy suit

    Nov 4, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    I started blogging about baseball in earnest in April 2007. It seems like a million years ago.  But some things are all the same.  Just like I did back then, I’m still writing about a woman named Ellen Massey who was injured when a drunk fat guy fell on her on Opening Day at Shea…

  24. MLB Investigator accused of fraud in the Dominican Republic

    Nov 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball often cites fraud as a major factor for wanting an international draft.  If MLB can oversee the process, see, the excesses will be reduced.  But who watches the watchmen? A Major League Baseball investigator in the Dominican Republic has been charged with falsifying the identity of a prospect so the player could…

  25. Report: Dale Sveum the favorite for the Red Sox job

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    dale sveum ap

    Ken Rosenthal hears that Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum “appears to be the front-runner” for the Red Sox’ vacant managerial position.  Which, given that it’s not a race as much as it is a binary yes/no kind of thing, is not the most illuminating thing in the world, but you know how this stuff goes.…

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