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Craig Calcaterra

  1. McCourt, MLB talking settlement, sale of team

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Yesterday we learned that the Dodgers trial set for Monday has been postponed for a month. Today Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports why that is: The Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial has been postponed for one month so Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball can explore a possible settlement under which McCourt would agree to sell the team,…

  2. Did an MLB agent use a porn star to recruit clients?

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Bibi Jones

    And you thought Scott Boras was the only agent who played hardball.  Business Insider has a story that makes his client-luring techniques seem like tiddly winks.  Fasten your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride: Porn star Bibi Jones says an MLB agent would bring her out to recruit potential clients after Arizona Diamondbacks games in 2010. Starting in…

  3. Scott Boras wants the Yankees to redo Robinson Cano’s contract. Good luck with that.

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Scott Boras attempted to contact Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about redoing Robinson Cano‘s contract. A contract that currently calls for $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013, both club options.  Boras told the Post that Cashman hasn’t returned his call. And…

  4. Fifteen potential Red Sox managers

    Oct 27, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel

    I know this much: we won’t know who the next manager of the Red Sox is until the Red Sox hire someone. I know that probably blew your mind a little bit when I told you that, but it’s true. Still, it’s fun to speculate and handicap the candidates, and today Gordon Edes does that,…

  5. The Marlins have not asked Hanley Ramirez to switch positions

    Oct 27, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ozzie Guillen’s suggestions of a Hanley Ramirez position-switch to the contrary, a representative for Ramirez told the Palm Beach Post yesterday that no one with the team has said a thing to his client about it: Ramirez was surprised about reports last week that suggested Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had not ruled out the idea…

  6. Joe Maddon: banning beer in the clubhouse is “asinine”

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon was on WEEI and brought some righteous noise with respect to the whole beer in the clubhouse thing. He correctly noted — as we noted before — that baseball’s interest in potentially banning alcohol in clubhouses is a knee-jerk, P.R.-driven thing, not an idea that anyone thought of beforehand, nor would they.  He…

  7. Great moments in bullpen phone miscommunication

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    bullpen-phone

    This story from Bob Elliott is fun. Game cancelled because of rain, so old guys tell stories about stuff in the press box and around the ballpark.  The topic: other bullpen phone failures in baseball history. Some technical, some just miscommunications and weirdness. My favorite: the time in 1983 when Braves manager Joe Torre called…

  8. Potential candidates to replace Bud Selig

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    The other day I noted that there was no clear successor to Bud Selig when he steps down at the end of 2012.  From my lips to Maury Brown’s keyboard, for today he runs down some of the possibilities over at The Biz of Baseball. None of the candidates Maury mentions are bad. Sandy Alderson…

  9. Joe Torre: “Do you want to play in the rain?”

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Can’t help but think that Joe Torre and the powers that be made the easy — and the correct — call in postponing Game 6. Why risk having delays knock out Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia? Why risk the annoyance? Why risk the broadcast going on until 1AM?  Especially when Thursday and Friday look to…

  10. Still no word on whether Game 6 will be postponed

    Oct 26, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Rain Busch

    UPDATE II:  It’s postponed. Here’s our updated post. UPDATE: Well, we’re an hour past the time the Cardinals and Major League Baseball were supposed to meet to determine if tonight’s game will be postponed and there’s still no word.  Some people looking at the radar — amateurs, natch — think the rain will swing south…

  11. HBT Extra: Looking ahead to Game 6

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    2011 World Series - Workout Day

    Tiffany and I preview the game which may or may not go down tonight

  12. The Frank McCourt trial pushed back a month

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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

    We were supposed to see Bud Selig and Frank McCourt take the stand in the final showdown in bankruptcy court next week, but the judge just kicked the whole thing a month.  The trial is now scheduled for November 29 through December 2. No reason was given. No interesting reason has to exist. Litigation just…

  13. La Russa’s Game 5: Age? Medication? Exhaustion? Or does stuff just happen?

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a provocative column today, trying to drill down into why, exactly, things got out of Tony La Russa’s control in Game 5.  It goes in a direction that I’ve not seen anyone take — and I predict that Bernie will catch some serious hell from some quarters…

  14. Wait, Theo Epstein had a stalker?

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    I’ve said it before, but one of the best things about Peter Gammons is how he’ll be writing about topic A and then, in the course of it, he’ll drop some background factoid that completely blows your mind. The best thing is that he doesn’t do it in a way that screams “check out this…

  15. Milton Bradley says his wife’s charges are bogus

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    We report when Milton Bradley gets arrested and gets restraining orders filed against him and stuff, so it only seems fair to give the man time for his own side.  Not saying I believe him or that he’s a good guy, but the fact is that stuff starts flying in domestic situations and, while you…

  16. Why would you ever hit-and-run with Pujols at the plate?

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 5 - St Louis Cardinals v Texas Rangers

    In addition to taking the blame for the bullpen phone snafu on Monday night, Tony La Russa yesterday explained the failed hit and run with Albert Pujols at bat and Allen Craig on first.  In doing so he confirmed what everyone suspected and what he himself briefly said on Monday: that Pujols has the authority…

  17. Photo of the Day: The Daily News trolls Yankees fans with Sabathia as a Red Sox

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Troll

    This is pretty fantastic. Oh, not the story, which makes absolutely no suggestion that the Red Sox would ever spring for CC Sabathia should he opt out of his deal with the Yankees. It’s just a “hey, what if …” kind of piece that you often see this time of year, especially from papers like…

  18. You should order the Hardball Times Annual

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    THT Annual

    I’m happy to report that you can now order The Hardball Times Annual for 2012.  Get it here. For those unfamiliar, the THT Annual has scads of articles with history, commentary, analysis and, of course, retrospectives of the 2011 season by some of the best writers going. For the past few years I’ve contributed some…

  19. It sounds like Mike Quade will have to interview to keep his job

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Quade

    There was a point during the Theo Epstein press conference today in which Epstein said that before he officially resigned from the Red Sox he felt like Milton from the movie “Office Space.” A man without a job, but no one would actually tell him about it. From the sounds of it, Cubs manager Mike…

  20. The worst teams to ever win a World Series

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    1945 Tigers

    The Cardinals could still win this thing. Indeed, as Buster Olney pointed out today, Cardinals teams have faced a 3-2 deficit in World Series play five times before this one and on four of those occasions they came back to win games 6 and 7.  So, sure, it could happen. If they do, however, where…

  21. Should phone companies sponsor the bullpen phones?

    Oct 25, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    La Russa Phone

    Did you know that the Chinese word for “crisis” is the same as that for “opportunity.”  Ha! Just kidding! That’s not true at all!  But it makes people feel better, so why not let ’em go with it?  And besides, it’s not like there isn’t some truth to it. When bad things happen it gives…

  22. That one guy was right! It was Theo Epstein at the Starbucks!

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Theo Epstein was just introduced as the new President of the Chicago Cubs. There’s a press conference going on right now and Epstein is saying all manner of press conferency things. I’m sure we’ll have more about that later, but we felt the need to break away to report on the bombshell that was dropped.…

  23. Chris Carpenter seems to have forgotten one of those unwritten rules he cares so much about

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Last night, after giving up a homer to Adrian Beltre, Chris Carpenter retired Mike Napoli on a long fly out to end the sixth inning.  After the fly ball, Carpenter appeared to yell multiple expletives at Napoli. Expletives that begin with the letter F and which seem to say “Good sir, you may have thought…

  24. A treasure trove of Philadelphia A’s records has been uncovered

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Old Gator alerted me to this fascinating development. It seems that some old records — including accounting ledgers, business records and 15 canisters containing 16 mm films — belonging to the Philadelphia A’s and dating from 1915-1954 have been uncovered. They were retrieved out of a dumpster years ago, then sat in a garage and…

  25. MLB: Frank McCourt looted the Dodgers of $189 million

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    The implication from Major League Baseball has always been that Frank McCourt extracted many millions from the Dodgers, but they’ve never truly called it “looting” and they’ve never given an exact dollar figure.  Until now anyway. Bill Shaikin: For the first time, Major League Baseball put a specific number on the amount it alleges Dodgers owner Frank McCourt took out of…

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