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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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:…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Wally Backman and my adventures in talk radio

    Nov 11, 2010, 6:28 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    I’ve come to believe that Wally Backman doesn’t have supporters for the Mets managerial job, really. He has disciples and truthers.  At least the guy I locked horns with last night fit that description: radio shouter Dino Costa, who invited me on his show on Sirius/XM’s Mad Dog Radio.  Sirius itself describes it as “a…

  10. The Glenn Burke documentary airs tonight

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    Glenn Burke was the first and, as far as we know, the only gay player to be out of the closet to his teammates and team ownership during his major league career.  Burke and many believed that he was run out of the league because of it.  It’s also possible that he was pushed out…

  11. The Dodgers are interested in Brandon Webb

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    webb

    That’s what Troy Renck tweets — that the Nationals and Dodgers “have some interest” in Brandon Webb — and it’s about all we have on the matter. As we’ve said before, Webb would be a risk, but not a terrible one at a low salary. If he’s healthy he could be a pretty good starter…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Pittsburgh Pirates

    Nov 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pirates bumble bees

    The Best: When I wrote this up a couple of years ago I was clearly suffering from some sort of stress-related malady, because I picked the 1960s vests as the best Pirate uniform.  That’s not the worst thing ever because the Pirates did vests pretty well, all things considered, but I realize now that no…

  13. Former White Sox executive David Wilder, two scouts charged with bonus skimming

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    dominican republic

    In May 2008, the White Sox fired senior director of player personnel David Wilder and scouts Jorge L. Oquendo Rivera and  Victor Mateo  after allegations surfaced that they had pocketed money earmarked for player signing bonuses.  They’ve now been charged with crimes: Wilder, 50, was charged with seven counts of mail fraud. He was considered…

  14. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Chicago Cubs

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ernie Banks

    The Best: The Cubs have stayed pretty close to a classic look, at least in living memory. Like a lot of teams, they did the minimalism thing pretty well 100 years ago. They experimented some here and there, but they’ve never strayed too far from the big C on the home uniforms. Choosing among relatively…

  15. Rumor: the Cubs considering a Fukudome for Dice-K trade

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    This one from Phil Rogers is prefaced with the idea that the Cubs are merely “kicking it around,” do don’t get your hopes up, Fukudome-hating Cubs fans or Matsuzaka-hating Red Sox fans.  There’s no suggestion that the Red Sox have been contacted about it and, of course, both of these guys have no-trade clauses, so…

  16. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Houston Astros

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    JR Richard

    The Best: I angered fellow HBTer Drew Silva with my dissing of the Cardinals’ powder blues earlier today.  I have this feeling I’m going to step in it with some Astros fans now too. But here goes: I know I’m supposed to be all hip and say I liked the crazy 70s-80s getup the best,…

  17. Wally Backman needs a better lobbying operation

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Look, I know there’s a passionate pro-Wally Backman lobby out there. And even if I disagree about his fitness for the job, I understand his appeal. But really, if you’re going to argue in favor of Backman — and more to the point, if you’re going to rebut the charges that he lacks the requisite…

  18. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Milwaukee Brewers

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    1982 Brewers

    The Best: The 70s and the early 80s were a disaster for so many teams, but man, I really like the old Harvey’s Wallbangers look. Lose the pullovers if you must — that’s what they do for throwback day now — and I suppose the powder blue is negotiable, but the Brewers without pinstripes, yellow…

  19. Edgar Renteria: don’t give me a party, use the money to aid flood victims

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Edgar Renteria just doin’ what Edgar Renteria does: World Series MVP Edgar Renteria has asked that a celebration in his honor be called off in his home country, with the money donated to Colombia flood victims . . . Renteria says there are “more important things back home” and it’s critical to tend to the…

  20. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The St. Louis Cardinals

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Stan Musial

    The Best: The Cards’ uniforms are all about process of elimination: they adopted the two birds on the seesaw look in 1922, and it’s pretty choice. No design before that look or after it without the seesaw (and there were a few before it took firm hold) can qualify as the best.  They switched from…

  21. The Mets want a manager in place by the end of the month

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    As we mentioned this morning, the Mets will be on to their second round of managerial interviews shortly. Yesterday, Sandy Alderson said that he wants this wrapped up by the end of the month at the latest: “It would probably be helpful for us to have a manager by the end of the month,” the…

  22. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cincinnati Reds

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Big Red Machine Reds

    The Best: When I did this a couple of years ago I decided that the classic 70s and 80s uniforms were tops just because so much good baseball was played in them. I’ve changed my mind on this. While a team having its glory years in a given uniform is a plus in its column,…

  23. Dave Trembley lands a job with the Braves

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Dave Trembley 2

    I never worry about what Bobby Valentine or Joe Torre are going to be doing next season, but I always wonder what happens to the lower-profile baseball lifers when they lose a job.  I even kind of worry about them a little bit, as irrational as it sounds. Maybe I’m just projecting here — I’m…

  24. Charlie Samuels screwed up the Mets’ clubhouse

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    More dirt from the increasingly fascinating case of Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels.  The Daily News reports that Samuels was essentially a clubhouse mole for the Wilpons for years, with both Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel believing that he was reporting on them — and passing along players’ gripes — to the front office.  He…

  25. Camden Yards is getting a face lift

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Camden Yards — the flagship of the new era of ballparks — has been undergoing some minor renovations over the past couple of years. The team announced the latest round yesterday: At the request of the Orioles, the club level and upper deck at Camden Yards will be furnished with wider seats that will be…

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