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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Baseball player reports to camp in the fourth best shape of his life

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

    Spring training

    I suppose a satire like this was inevitable.  I’m just sad that I didn’t think of it first: Seattle Mariners veteran catcher Miguel Olivo reported to training camp this week feeling as though he is already physically ready for the 2011 season. “I’m in the fourth best shape of my life,” said a sort of…

  2. A great, though not new story about Prime Minister Pete Nice and baseball memorabilia

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Pete Nice

    I was involved in a random Twitter exchange with Jason Collette and Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus today in which the subject of 3rd Bass came up.  No, not the hot corner, but the hip hop group best known for the single “Pop Goes the Weasel.”  Yeah, that was a long time ago, but neither…

  3. A man sues the Braves over a beating in Turner Field

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Turner Field

    We Braves fans get knocked for being apathetic on the one hand and then we get sued the moment we show any spirit. How is that fair?! A Pittsburgh Pirates fan is suing the Atlanta Braves because the baseball club’s security officers and ushers allegedly ignored complaints about six rowdy fans who later attacked the Macon…

  4. There’s a timetable for Johan Santana

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    It’s been assumed that Johan Santana will return to the Mets sometime in the middle of the year, but the schedule has been somewhat amorphous.  Today Sandy Alderson brought the specifics: Santana will throw from flat ground in three months, from a mound in early May and will return to throwing balls in anger and toward…

  5. The Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    kevin_millwood

    Joel Sherman says that the Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood, but they’re not willing to do anything much more beyond a minor league deal with him. Makes sense. They have a lot of moderately warm bodies competing for the back end of the rotation.  None of them in and of themselves seems like…

  6. You treat your catcher nicely in the 209

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden throwing

    We all had a lot of fun with Dallas Braden last year, what with the “get off my mound” stuff and the “we don’t do much talkin’ in the 209” stuff.  But one thing they do do in the 209, apparently, is reward the guy who caught your perfect game.  Specifically, by sending him and…

  7. That report of the lowball offer to Pujols could be bogus

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    pujols2

    Albert Pujols hit Cardinals training camp today and met the press.  By all reports he was calm, cool and collected.  He said that he’s not just about the money and that he wants to be a Cardinal for life. He said that he has no ill will with the Cardinals over negotiations and that it…

  8. Miguel Cabrera’s arrest was ugly

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    If you’re goin’ down, go down with dignity.  Miguel Cabrera was either uwilling or simply unable to do that when he was arrested last night. According to the TC Palm, Cabrera made reference to another person — who was not on the scene — saying “I’m going (expletive) kill him.”  Then he played the “do…

  9. Quote of the Day: Mike Cameron on Carl Crawford

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron outfield

    The past few posts have been depressing as hell. Thank goodness Mike Cameron knows how to bring the funny.

  10. Are the Mets in bigger financial trouble than we assumed?

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    I don’t pretend to understand high finance that well — and I tend not to get my business news from the New York Post — so someone who knows more about this stuff than me tell if this is really a bad sign or if it’s much ado about nothing: Banks that provided roughly $400…

  11. Miguel Cabrera’s mugshot is … interesting

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Pop quiz, hotshot!  You pull your car over to the side of the road as the engine smokes.  You’re loaded and drinking from a bottle of scotch and you don’t bother to stop when the police officer shows up.  You know that you’re less than 12 hours from being the lead story on every sportscast…

  12. Miguel Cabrera swigs from a bottle of scotch in front of a cop; gets arrested for DUI

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    After the sordid end to his 2009 season in which he drank himself into a jail cell the night before a critical season-ending series, Miguel Cabrera went on the wagon.  He dedicated himself to sobriety during the winter of 2009-10, showed up to camp sharp and trim last year and went on to post an…

  13. Gary Sheffield retires

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    *Apr 04 - 00:05*

    He didn’t play last year and was pretty clearly done anyway, but yesterday Gary Sheffield made it official and retired from baseball. Which, of course, leads to the question that is always asked when a player of stature retires.  Hall of Fame? I think the answer here is yes he’s deserving, but no he’s not going…

  14. The Yankees are not in the best shape of their lives

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Colon throws in the bullpen at the team's spring training camp at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa

    Headlines you don’t expect to see in the Wall Street Journal: “Is this the fattest Yankees team ever?” But I gotta admit, the WSJ’s antiquated “Mr.” this and “Mr.” that is particularly comical when it’s basically an article calling everyone fatties: Everywhere you look on this Yankee team, there is a player tipping the scale…

  15. Dallas Green speaks about the loss of his granddaughter

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Green

    As you certainly remember, Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was killed during the shooting rampage in Tucson last month, was the granddaughter of ex-MLB manager Dallas Green and the daughter of current Dodgers scout John Green. Yesterday, Dallas Green, who works as a consultant for the Phillies,  spoke to the media about his family’s loss.…

  16. That Mitch Albom-penned Ernie Harwell play is actually happening

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Ernie Harwell

    When it was first announced last fall I hoped it was like one of the many projects we hear about but which never come to fruition.  But no, it appears that Mitch Albom’s play about Ernie Harwell is actually happening.  It will officially be announced tomorrow, including introductions of the actor playing Harwell and some…

  17. K-Rod is very, very sorry

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Last year when Francisco Rodriguez arrived at spring training he had a new Italian sports car delivered to the parking lot on the back of a flatbed truck.  This year, a bit more humility. You’ll have that when you’re still on your “I apologize for getting into that fight with my girlfriend’s dad in the…

  18. Cameron Maybin: company man

    Feb 16, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Remember that thing from this morning about Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin talking smack about Panda Express? The restaurant chain whose CEO just happens to be a San Diego Padres minority owner?  Well, someone told Maybin about it, because he’s moonwalkin’ away from yesterday’s tweet like Michael Jackson right now: Man just got back on the…

  19. Clayton Kershaw gets the nod as Opening Day starter

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    kershaw-clayton-100328

    What, you were expecting Vicente Padilla? Don Mattingly gave Kershaw the most deserved nod today, and I’m excited about it even if being a team’s Opening Day starter isn’t as significant as some people like to think it is. The reason for my excitement?  It means that we get Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw from…

  20. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman on Joba Chamberlain

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    Brian Cashman has been the lead B.S. detector when it comes to the weight of Yankees pitchers.  The other day he questioned whether CC Sabathia had lost 30 pounds.  Sabathia had actually lost 25, though, so Cashman is maybe a bit pessimistic when it comes to these things. But I’ll admit I’m having trouble reading…

  21. Roger Bernadina is in the best shape of his … OH MY GOD!

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Roger Bernadina

    I just put the pic of Bernadina in his uniform up so that the post will still look nice and fancy on the iPad app.  And because I don’t have the rights to use the photo of Bernadina from this morning that just got put up over at the Washington Post. Click through to look…

  22. No deal at the deadline: where do Pujols and the Cardinals go from here?

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    It’s now past the deadline that Albert Pujols set for the cutoff of negotiations with the Cardinals.  For all practical purposes spring training has begun for Pujols and El Hombre will not negotiate during spring training.  So now, aside from another of his usual Hall of Fame-caliber seasons,what does the future hold for Pujols and…

  23. Surprise: Tony La Russa won’t back down on the Pujols-union stuff

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    Yesterday Tony La Russa said that, though he has no evidence that he MLBPA is pressuring Albert Pujols to hold out for top dollar, he suspected it was the case. More than suspected, actually, he called it a “guaranteed assumption.” Then Mike Weiner of the MLBA said it wasn’t true. And Scott Boras — who knows…

  24. Jeff Wilpon says his family is not selling a controlling interest in the Mets

    Feb 16, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    Darn, I suppose that means that the whole Donald Trump scenario is kaput: Jeff Wilpon made his first appearance of the spring in Port St. Lucie Wednesday morning in the Mets clubhouse, and reiterated that his family will retain control of the Mets, despite a $1 billion lawsuit that alleges they should have known about…

  25. It’s over for now: Albert Pujols and the Cardinals have reached the deadline with no deal

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The official deadline was to be 11AM, but Buster Olney just tweeted the following: Pujols contract talks are over. Deadline will pass without a deal. Have not been proposals swapped in last 100 hours or so. And it wouldn’t have been that big a deal if Pujols hadn’t gone and set a deadline.  Not that…

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