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Craig Calcaterra

  1. And now, your useless trade rumor of the day

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    When it comes to trade rumor season I hate the game, not the player, but really, this one from Buster Olney gets me a bit miffed: If the Brewers can scrape together package/prospects to get Carlos Beltran-like searching for nickels under couch cushions– they’ll do it. The Mets are on record saying that they will…

  2. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    As has become weekly custom, your Twitter questions. It’s like a mailbag, but shorter. And without postage.

  3. Ozzie Guillen: “$%&*@!!#?(*&%%#”

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    I said in the recaps that Ozzie Guillen probably blew a gasket after losing to the Royals on a wild pitch. Yup! Another classic Ozzie Guillen rant was captured by the CSNChicago.com folks, and can be viewed in all of its bleeped glory here.  If you can’t watch the video, here’s a taste: “There’s nothing…

  4. The Blue Jays are interested in Heath Bell for some reason

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Pop quiz, hot shot! You’re eleven games back in the AL East with practically no hope whatsoever of contending. The trade deadline is approaching. What do you do? Tell me! What. Do. You. Do? Well, if you’re the Blue Jays you inquire about the best closer currently available.  At least that’s what Ken Rosenthal says…

  5. Jeter’s time in the leadoff spot may soon end

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    It’s become fairly routine by now: each afternoon, roughly around 3:30 or so, the Yankees lineup for that night’s game is posted and, immediately thereafter, my Twitter feed blows up. Half of the people yelling are Yankees fans complaining that Derek Jeter is still in the lineup spot. The other half are a second group…

  6. Carlos Gomez broke his collar bone

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    The Brewers-Diamondbacks game was filled with carnage last night. In addition to the Stephen Drew ankle injury which was rather nauseating to watch, Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was lost as well, breaking his left collar bone while making a catch in the fourth inning. Gomez hasn’t been hitting so he hasn’t been starting either,…

  7. The Dodgers and MLB have a long, boring hearing; outcome to be decided today

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Yesterday was the much-anticipated hearing in the Dodgers bankruptcy case, the purpose of which was to determine who gets to fund the Dodgers until they emerge from Chapter 11. I followed the blow-by-blow via the Twitter feeds of reporters in the courtroom. Even then — with the ability to watch baseball games, write about other…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Dodgers 1, Giants 0: In 1968, a gallon of gas cost 34 cents, the average cost of a car was $2,282 and the federal minimum wage was $1.60.  In other news, Clayton Kershaw (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 12K)  beat Tim Lincecum (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7K). Mets 6, Cardinals 5:  The…

  9. Baseball game as symphony

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    This is neat.  I’m surprised I’m reading this in the New York Times instead of hearing it on some longish NPR segment, but it’s neat anyway.  Anthony Tommasini, chief music critic of the Times, describes a day at Yankee Stadium — a week ago Sunday, in fact — from an aural point of view, as…

  10. David Einhorn may have some competition for a stake in the Mets

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Hedge fund/poker god David Einhorn has been assumed to have an all but done deal to buy a minority share in the Mets, but the New York Daily News reports that the Wilpons are talking to other potential investors, even as they continue to try to finalize a deal with Einhorn. Which is their right,…

  11. Where have you gone Brian Dayett, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Brian Dayett

    Great post over at Mental Floss today, covering a topic near and dear to my heart: the 1984 Donruss “Rated Rookie” set, in both words and pictures. For those who don’t recall (or who are too young to), Donruss designated a handful of rookies in each set “Rated Rookies,” implying some great promise.  The 1984…

  12. Negro Leagues’ heroes get their tombstones

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Big Bill Gatewood

    NBC Nightly News ran a great story last night about something called the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project. Which, as the name suggests, seeks to find and identify the graves of former Negro Leaguers who died and were buried in obscurity. The link to the text story is here.  Below is the video report.

  13. Red Sox to meet Yankees on Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Old Fenway

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports on a preliminary 2012 Red Sox schedule that is floating around that, surprise surprise, has the Sox meeting the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, April 20th. One big question: April 20th is a Friday, so how will ESPN be able to over-hype the living hell out…

  14. Jose Canseco fails to show up for court case over his failing to show up for a boxing match

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    ozzie and jose canseco

    Jose Canseco dabbles in the celebrity boxing world. He’s terrible at it, getting his butt beat fairly often, but he dabbles.  At least when he bothers so show up.  He didn’t show up for a bout back in March, sending his twin brother Ozzie instead.  His promoter wasn’t fooled, however, cancelled the bout and sued…

  15. Bryan Stow undergoes emergency surgery; L.A. county increases reward in the criminal investigation

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Los Angeles Times reports that Bryan Stow suffered a 30-second seizure earlier this week and that, as a result, he underwent emergency surgery to alleviate fluid build-up on his brain.  There is no word in the linked story as to how that has changed his overall condition, but obviously emergency surgery is not a good…

  16. AEG on a downtown L.A. ballpark: “under no circumstances are we interested in building a baseball stadium”

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Last week there was a report that AEG — the company who owns the Staples Center and is trying to build an NFL stadium in downtown L.A. — was contacted by Major League Baseball regarding the possibility of building a downtown ballpark for the Dodgers.  The idea: even if Frank McCourt loses the Dodgers, he’d…

  17. Pirates, Athletics considering a Josh Willingham trade

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    willingham getty

    The contending Pirates could use a bat, and one bat that always seems to be available at trade deadline time is Josh Willingham.  According to  Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Athletics and Pirates are talking about him. In such a deal, Willingham and Craig Breslow would come to Pittsburgh, with Garrett Jones going to Oakland.…

  18. The Mets are “100 percent certain” that they won’t trade Jose Reyes

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Buster Olney tweeted the following a few minutes ago: The Mets are now 100 percent certain they will not trade Jose Reyes before the deadline, according to sources. He changed their minds. This isn’t terribly surprising given how well he has played this year, the realization that great shortstops don’t grow on trees these days…

  19. Two simple changes to the Hall of Fame ballot

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    We usually reserve all of our Hall of Fame arguing for late December and early January when we can devote sufficient time to the obnoxiousness that requires, but any time is a good time really. Today Jim Caple has a suggestion to improve the process:  (1) eliminate the 15-years-on-the-ballot rule; and (2) eliminate the if-you-don’t-get-five-percent-of-the-vote-you’re-dropped…

  20. Cal Ripken’s kid is a pretty good ballplayer too

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    There’s a decent chance that the Ripkens are going to join the Bells and the Boones as a three-generation major league family one day.  Meet Ryan Ripken: Ryan Ripken has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will be held next month at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Over the first three years of the…

  21. “Derek Jeter 3K” to air July 28th

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    jeter presser getty

    Remember that documentary HBO is doing about Derek Jeter‘s pursuit of his 3000th hit, “Derek Jeter 3K?”  It’s a go. It’s airing on July 28th at 9PM on HBO.  Smart scheduling, in that the Yankees are off that night. Sure, there are 12 other baseball games that hardcore fans would probably be better off watching,…

  22. The Dodgers and MLB are in court today

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As I type this, a big hearing is going down in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case. It’s the one in which — or after which — it will be decided who gets to bankroll the Dodgers’ operations during the pendency of the case.  Frank McCourt and the $150 million loan he has obtained or Major League…

  23. Pray for Jayson Werth to continue to slump, Washington drinkers

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you need something stronger, go for the beer. Preferably at Duffy’s Irish Pub in Washington, D.C. this Sunday, and preferably after Jayson Werth goes 0 for his next 16 or so: Duffy’s Irish Pub has found a way to make that first-half bust pay off now. During the…

  24. The Reds are interested in James Shields

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    Buster Olney tweeted this morning that the Reds are interested in James Shields.  The Rays may be receptive too, given that Tampa Bay scouts have been evaluating Reds minor leaguers this week. It would be a pretty good time for the Rays to trade Shields.  He’s been fantastic this year, logging seven complete games so far,…

  25. So it seems that Derek Jeter was not rejuvenated by his 3000th hit

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    On the day Derek Jeter hit his 3000th — and went 5 for 5 overall — there were people who rushed to play the “See! Jeter isn’t done yet!” card.  Others, myself included, were skeptical, figuring that anyone with Jeter’s latent skills was capable of having a great day, but it’s not like one great…

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