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Craig Calcaterra

  1. In which I “express interest” in Cliff Lee

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Ken Rosenthal reports that “7-8 teams” have expressed interest already in free agent left-hander Cliff Lee.  I’m interested in Cliff Lee too — he’s a good pitcher and I’m going to have to write about him for the next several years, after all — so let’s make it “7-8 teams + one blogger.”  You can…

  2. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Florida Marlins

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    1993 Marlins uniforms

    The Best: Look, when you’ve only been around since 1993, there’s not a ton to work with. They didn’t  have anything historical from which to draw, so a lot of good modern classics are non-starters. At the same time, they began business after the Era of the Unfortunate (a/k/a the 70s) concluded so they don’t…

  3. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on David Eckstein

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    eckstein

    Would you believe that David Eckstein is the eighth biggest bargain on the free agent market. You may after reading this!

  4. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Atlanta Braves

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Braves Padres Baseball

    We continue our trek through the NL East’s best unis. Next up: the Bravos: The Best: Let us first specify that the Braves’ use of Native American iconography is problematic. Yes, the uniforms look good, but that tomahawk, while nothing as offensive as Chief Wahoo, does present a bit of a problem for me. Not…

  5. It’s tough being a ballplayer: a cruise is delaying the Bronson Arroyo extension

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Yesterday it was reported that Bonson Arroyo was likely to sign a three-year extension this week.  The extension still looks like it’s happening, but John Fay reports that it may take a few extra days because Arroyo is on a cruise. Rogers Hornsby famously said “people ask me what I do in winter when there’s…

  6. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Philadelphia Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Phillies blue uniform

    A couple of years ago I wrote a couple posts at my old Shysterball blog running down what — in my opinion anyway — were the best and worst all-time looks for each team.  It was pretty popular as far as my old Blogspot posts were concerned, so I figure that, in the absence of…

  7. Mike Hampton still wants to pitch

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Hampton — fresh off a 0.00 ERA season (in which he faced 16 batters) — wants to pitch in 2011. At this point Hampton is a zombie, right? Shambling around, unaware that he died about five years ago?  He’s not eating anyone’s brain as far as we know, but as…

  8. Juan Samuel could wind up back with Philly

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Juan Samuel

    No, not as a second basemen or outfielder, sadly. As a first base coach. That according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, who notes that Samuel did not take part in the Orioles’ organizational meetings last week and may be in line to take over Davey Lopes’ old job with the Phils. The last time I said…

  9. Shocker: Jeff Francoeur to clear waivers, become a free agent this week

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Don’t look at me that way. There are like 40 posts a day around here, so I’m more than entitled to devote one or two of them every couple of days to my hysterical and irrational fixation on an otherwise insignificant role player. I know it’s immature and rather nuts, but it’s my thing, OK?…

  10. The Indians unveil a new uniform, and it is good

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Indians new uniforms

    The Cleveland Indians have unveiled a new road uniform, and I think it’s pretty spiffy.  A gray version of that sweet home alternate they’ve been wearing for the past couple of years.  The block lettering and the colors — that deep red and dark blue combo — looks classic without being consciously retro.  Just a…

  11. The Rockies are chasing free agent starters

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are shopping for starting pitching, with Jake Westbrook, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda on the shopping list. Worth remembering that they have their own free agent — Jorge De La Rosa — to consider as well. It’s been a while since the Rockies made a…

  12. Some thoughts on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:58 AM EDT

    Morgan and Miller yellow

    I was reading a great interview of “Bloom County” cartoonist Berkeley Breathed yesterday, and came to the following exchange: RUSSELL: The Internet’s biggest impact on culture has been the fragmentation of discourse — there’s no one central album or TV show or comic strip that’s a universal discussion point any more. How blessed do you…

  13. Report: Jeter’s offer from the Yankees will be three years, $45-60 million

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    MLB_Jeter

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN reports that the Yankees are currently preparing offers for Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Cliff Lee. Matthews’ source tells him that Jeter’s offer will be for three years and between $15-20 million per year. The Yankees are expected to have a deal done with Jeter before either Rivera or Lee, Matthews…

  14. Mark Buehrle’s wife spills the beans on her husband winning the Gold Glove

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    The Gold Glove award announcements don’t come out until tomorrow, but the Chicago Tribune reports that Mark Buehrle’s wife Jamie posted this today on her Facebook page today: “So proud of my husband. He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!” I would have been able to report this news myself if it wasn’t…

  15. Quote of the day: Henry Schulman on Pablo Sandoval

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    The playoffs are so serious.  One nice thing about the offseason — and the middle of June for that matter — is that you can drop goofy/awesome lines like this without worrying about missing the story: The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning this winter. If he does not eat…

  16. George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller, nine others on Veteran’s Committee Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Last summer they decided to break it up by era, with “Pre-Integration Era” candidates (1871-1946), “Golden Era” candidates (1947-1972) and “Expansion Era” candidates (starting in 1973) getting alternating consideration. They also decided…

  17. The Mets hire Paul DePodesta

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    DePodesta

    The New York Mets announced today that Paul DePodesta has been named Special Assistant to General Manager Sandy Alderson.  He joins J.P. Ricciardi in the “Former GMs Who Made Their Bones While Working for the Alderson/Beane ‘Moneyball’ Atheltics Teams Club.” DePodesta’s tenure as Dodgers’ GM was kind of a pain for him. He only got…

  18. The Tigers could be looking at Adam Dunn or Victor Martinez

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    I just spoke with my buddy Norm Wamer at 106.5 The Ticket in Toledo. Norm tells me that he was on a conference call with Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski this morning, talking about the Jhonny Peralta signing. During the call someone asked him, basically, what’s next?  The response was that they were looking at the…

  19. Now the Marlins might trade Dan Uggla

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    On the heels of news that Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million offer, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro — after confirming the offer Rosenthal mentioned — reports that the Marlins “may seriously consider” trading him. He’d be valuable to any number of teams, I presume. But maybe less so if they think that he wants a…

  20. Shocker: Bud Selig believes that which has been thoroughly debunked

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    A letter Bud Selig recently wrote is making the rounds this morning. Why? Because in it he says “I really believe that Abner Doubleday is the ‘Father of Baseball,’” and makes reference to “some historians who would dispute this though.” You can see a copy of it over at Deadspin. Of course, the story of…

  21. We don’t care about umpire development. We just want the right calls made.

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    There was an essay in the New York Times over the weekend about the state of umpiring. The author, Bruce Weber, who wrote a book about umpiring in 2009, says that replay would be bad a thing. Why? Well, human element and Alexander Cartwright and all of that.  What does Weber think is preferable? Better…

  22. Hank Conger cut from his winter ball team

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    A couple of years ago Angels’ third baseman Brandon Wood was cut by his winter ball team for poor performance. On the one hand, it’s a small sample size and winter ball teams are trying to win, not develop U.S. talent. On the other hand, hey, they sure saw through Brandon Wood, didn’t they?  Oh…

  23. There’s hope for the Mets. Quick! counter with reminders of their depressing past!

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The hiring of Sandy Alderson seems to have gone over well, and my Met-fan friends are almost allowing themselves to be optimistic these past couple of weeks.  Sure, 2011 will still likely be a challenge due to financial constraints and a couple of onerous contracts that have yet to run their course, but for the…

  24. The Australian Baseball League gets underway

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Aussie Flag

    There was a baseball league in Australia from 1989-99. It hemorrhaged cash, and was eventually bought by ex-Brewer Dave Nilsson. The league folded around then. I assume Nilsson still plays with it in his basement or something. But now there’s a new one — also called the Australian Baseball League — that just debuted on…

  25. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman

    Jon Heyman tweets that Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011 if someone will give him a chance to close. My first thought: what’s with him and Edgar Renteria?  One ended 2011 on top, and the other ended 2011 well enough — 600th save! — to make everyone forget how much of a train wreck…

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