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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

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

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. The scouting video of Yoennis Cespedes is absolutely ridiculous

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

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

    Nov 4, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

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

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    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.…

  11. Autographed Cardinals cap found on the side of the road

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Lost and Found

    I just want to know what led to it being on the side of the road:  A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan has found a 2011 World Series championship cap autographed by rival St. Louis Cardinals players – and he wants to give it back.  Joe Couri tells the Journal Star in Peoria he was driving along Interstate…

  12. Awkward much? Jim Hendry and Theo Epstein meet at a restaurant

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    This from CSNChicago.com is pretty funny.  Old boss, meet the new boss: Theo Epstein and former Cubs GM Jim Hendry were at the same event at the Palm Restaurant in Chicago last night.  Actually had some small talk and everything. I only met Jim Hendry once and it was for about ten minutes when he…

  13. The Mets are going to settle one of their many lawsuits

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    The big one — the case brought by the bankruptcy trustee for the Bernie Madoff debacle — is still going on, but the Mets are now poised to settle a bit of business. It’s a lawsuit brought by employees of Sterling Equities — the company run by Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz — accusing the…

  14. The Tigers want a leadoff hitter, but Jose Reyes doesn’t make sense

    Nov 4, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com said today that the Tigers offseason priority is to find a leadoff hitter.  Not surprisingly, Crasnick says that Jose Reyes is a “dream candidate.” Just about anyone I talk to about the Tigers seems to think that too.  The only problem with it is that the Tigers already have $90 million committed…

  15. Bob Forsch 1950-2011

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bob Forsch, a former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, throws out ceremonial first pitch before the Cardinals met the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Sad news: Longtime Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch died unexpectedly last night at the age of 61.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Forsch suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest. Forsch pitched 16 seasons in the bigs, pitching all but 37 of his 498 career games with the Cardinals, the others with the Astros at the…

  16. Mark Buehrle may prefer the National League

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Ken Rosenthal spoke to Mark Buerle’s agent who said that all teams are on the table for his free agent client this winter but that he may prefer the National League: “Mark is not going to eliminate any team from free-agent consideration. But having pitched 12 years in the American League, the National League certainly…

  17. The Giants should trade Tim Lincecum? Really?

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    In trying to chart a course for the San Francisco Giants, Jon Paul Morosi is either thinking outside the box or trolling. I’m not sure which: So if the Giants wish to maximize their odds of returning to the World Series, they have two choices. 1. Spend big for Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes…

  18. Mets official: we have “no shot” to sign Jose Reyes

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with someone in the Mets front office and that someone thinks the team has “no shot” to re-sign Jose Reyes: “My instinct is no shot. I think if [GM] Sandy [Alderson] asked for it, ownership would follow his recommendations. But where the money is going to go…

  19. Knock me over with a feather: Mike Scott admits to scuffing baseballs

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mike Scott

    You could fill a book with the things I was wrong and deluded about in 1986, but one thing I was certain of was that Houston Astros pitcher Mike Scott was scuffing baseballs. Yeah, people were all taken at the time with the notion that the splitter was some vexing form of sorcery, but it…

  20. Next! The Orioles ask permission to interview Allard Baird for their GM job

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    It was Andy Warhol who said that, in the future, everyone will interview for the Orioles GM job for 15 minutes. He could paint a little too. Anyway: The Baltimore Orioles have asked permission to speak to Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird about their general manager vacancy. Baird had a…

  21. Jamie Moyer “Same as he’s been for the past 15 years”

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    We mentioned Jamie Moyer‘s throwing sessions for scouts the other day. Today Ken Rosenthal has some more on that, having spoken to some scouts. The verdict from a scout: “Same as he’s been for the past 15 years — as incredible as that may sound. He has a chance to pitch in the big leagues as…

  22. Justin Verlander named Player of the Year by the MLBPA. Harbinger of an MVP?

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    The MLBPA Player’s Choice Awards aren’t as big a deal as the BBWAA awards, but they’re not nothing.  The players certainly think they’re significant as anyone who is awarded something by their peers is likely to feel.  Justin Verlander certainly feels that way, as his comments after being awarded the MLBPA’s Player of the Year…

  23. The nerdiest baseball article you’ll ever see. Ever. Really.

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Because I often drop references to Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, comics and other similar fare, I get accused of being a nerd from time to time.  It’s OK. I own it. Not gonna run away from that because I am who I am and I’m OK with that. But if you ever thought…

  24. The Marlins’ new ballpark is green

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    A fan holds a placard during an MLB National League baseball game between the Marlins and the Nationals in Miami

    No, not the color green. Green as in environmentally friendly green. Or at least as environmentally friendly a ballpark in a neighborhood not accessible by useful mass transit can possibly be! The kitchen hosts energy efficient appliances and the hood is self cleaning, which means no chemicals are needed. The paint in the stadium emits less toxic fumes, Estevez…

  25. Matty Alou: 1938-2011

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Matty Alou

    Sad news: Matty Alou has died. He was 72. No cause of death was given. An overdose of being a really awesome and underrated contact hitter is being investigated. Alou, as most folks know, was part of what — with a nod to the DiMaggios — was arguably the most successful trio of brothers in…

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