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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Nats are interested in Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona

    Jan 25, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona

    Phil Wood of MASN reports that a “big league scout” says that the Nationals have had conversations with the Indians about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona. I guess I can see that. Both of those guys have tremendous upside. But it also strikes me that the Indians would be silly to entertain offers for them…

  2. Must-Click Link: Sabermetrics’ greatest one-hit-wonder

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Personally I wouldn’t consider Voros McCracken a one-hit-wonder — I’d like to think he’s got another half-dozen breakthroughs in him — but he uses the phrase himself, so I suppose it’s fair enough. For those who don’t know, McCracken is the man who figured out defense-independent pitching statistics — shortened to DIPS — which form…

  3. The Pirates raise prices for walkup tickets, but it’s cool

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Empty PNC Park

    My eyes bulged a bit when I saw that the Pirates had raised some ticket prices. The Pirates? Really? You can’t give Pirates tickets away some days, so how do they get off raising prices? Then I read further — and read Dejan Kovacevic’s longer take on it — and realized that (a) it’s only a…

  4. Murray Chass can’t let go of Mike Piazza’s back acne

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    While I was initially outraged at Murray Chass’s insistence that he knows Mike Piazza used steroids because he saw back acne on him once while walking through the locker room, I have since become amused by it. And a little bit in awe of his tenaciousness in holding on to the point. He wrote this over…

  5. The President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum defends the decision to move the Legacy Awards Show

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Last week I posted  a link to Sam Mellinger’s story in the Kansas City Star about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s decision not to hold its annual Legacy Awards Show this month.  Today I received an email from the President of the NLBM, Dr. Raymond Doswell, who takes issue with Mellinger’s characterization and, subsequently, my…

  6. Joe Torre leaning toward taking a job with Major League Baseball

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    A couple of weeks ago we learned that Joe Torre was considering taking Sandy Alderson’s gig with Major League Baseball. Today it’s reported that he’s learning towards accepting it. Or at least something like it: Joe Torre may not stay retired much longer. The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager says he’s leaning toward accepting a…

  7. Should the Rangers bring up Josh Hamilton’s substance abuse history if they go to arbitration?

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton waiting to hit during workouts in preparation for Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Unless they settle with either a one-year deal or a big lockup package, Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are slated to head to an arbitration hearing sometime soon.  From that an interesting question emerges: how hard do the Rangers hit him — if they hit him at all — with his substance abuse history? The…

  8. Potential buyers for the Dodgers emerge

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Frank McCourt’s official line is that the Dodgers are not for sale. But whether they’re ultimately sold is kind of out of his hands. If the latest court ruling is upheld, Jamie McCourt is going to be owed a ton of money for her share of the team, Frank doesn’t have it handy, and the…

  9. Would Brian Cashman rather run a small market team?

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Cashman profile

    Over the weekend, Bill Madden of the Daily News wrote a column about the Brian Cashman/Rafael Soriano press conference.  The premise: Brian Cashman is chafing at what it means to be the general manager of the New York Yankees: If you listen to some of things Cashman has said over the years and look at…

  10. What if Clay Matthews Jr. was a baseball player?

    Jan 24, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    NFC Championship Football

    If a baseball player had gained nearly 100 pounds of muscle between the ages of 16 and 22, what would be said about such a player? HBT reader and former major leaguer Bob Tufts asks, and I’d really like to know the answer. Bob also talks about the football and NBA labor situations, which could…

  11. Who cares if Roy Halladay wouldn’t talk to reporters?

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    When you have four legitimate number one starters on your team and you’re coming off two pennants in the last three years, it’s hard to find something to complain about. But via Crossing Broad, we learn that Howard Eskin found something. Roy Halladay allegedly won’t talk to the media: And because of my track record…

  12. Bryce Harper to have his jersey retired

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper college

    For those of you doing the math, Bryce Harper’s college jersey will be retired before Sparky Anderson’s Tigers jersey will be: The College of Southern Nevada will retire the No.34 jersey worn by Bryce Harper on Friday. Harper, 18, played in 66 games with the school after skipping his senior year of high school to accelerate his eligibility…

  13. What will the Red Sox’ lineup look like?

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Pedroia fist pump

    There’s nothing going on news-wise today, as every national sports writer is trying to figure out how to make a heroic “triumph over adversity” narrative out of Ben Roethlisberger.  Tall order, but I’m sure they can find a way to do it. Jason Whitlock will probably go there first. It ought to be fun to…

  14. Justin Morneau to start swinging a bat the first of February

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    The characterization of Justin Morneau‘s status hasn’t changed:  a couple of weeks ago Bill Smith said the team as “optimistic” about him, and yesterday he said the same thing.  But there is reason to be a little more optimistic today than we were before, because Smith now says that Morneau should be swinging a bat…

  15. The guy Jeff Pearlman called responds

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Internet Tough

    You’ll recall the thing on Friday afternoon in which Jeff Pearlman wrote a column at CNN about confronting “online haters” who have made Pearlman and other online writers “targets for abuse,” aided by the anonymity of the Internet. One of the guys Pearlman tracked down and called was Andrew Tworischuk. Yesterday Andrew gave his side…

  16. A very cool Dave Niehaus tribute song and video

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Dave Niehaus

    This Dave Niehaus tribute song from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis may not be your style — white boy hip hop is exceedingly hit-or-miss in my experience — but the video is fantastic, especially if you have any love for the Mariners and their history. It’s the sort of thing that makes one wonder how much…

  17. Free Agents: Who’s left?

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    With Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon signing on Friday, the last of the really big names fell off the free agent board.  Really, it’s all slim pickings now. If your team is still shopping, below is a list of what’s left on the shelf of any consequence. The official free agent list is much longer.…

  18. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:23 AM EDT

    2011 AFC Championship: New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers

    Only two weeks of baloney before the Super Bowl, kids! And absolutely no one in the media will complain about the NFL season being too long like they do about the baseball season!

  19. UPDATE: Angels acquire Vernon Wells from Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com confirms it. The Angels are picking up the entire $86 million tab left on Vernon Wells‘ contract. Mind sufficiently blown. 9:08 PM: The deal is done. The Angels have acquired Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, cash…

  20. Some more (and better) words about scoops

    Jan 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Press

    Yesterday I wrote about scoops regarding player transactions and the like, offering my somewhat rambling take on it all. Today Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has his own take, and it’s much better informed and, frankly, a lot more interesting than mine: Readers don’t go online to read Rosenthal and Heyman for the latest…

  21. Get ready, kids: Barry Bonds’ trial is right around the corner

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    It seems like years ago that Barry Bonds was indicted for perjury. Oh, wait, it was years ago. Three-and-a-half to be exact.  But though the wheels of justice grind slowly, boy do they grind, and they’ve almost delivered us to Barry Bonds’ trial, which gets underway on March 21st. But first, some preliminary rulings, a…

  22. Lots of people want to buy in to MLBAM, but the owners aren’t selling

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

    mlbtv

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media — the baseball subsidiary behind MLB.com. MLB.tv and a lot of stuff about which you have no idea — is a gold mine.  It, more than anything, has been responsible for the sharp increase in baseball revenues in recent years. And as an added bonus, the company just gets stuff…

  23. Jeff Pearlman, “online haters,” and the art of Internet self defense

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Internet Tough

    Jeff Pearlman has a column up over at CNN today that’s getting a lot of notice. Seems he tracked down and confronted some people who went after him over at his personal blog, leaving obnoxious or obscene comments or otherwise acting like jerks. I won’t defend the jerks for a second. People were linking awful…

  24. Baseball’s All Underrated Team

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Jayson Stark’s latest is what he believes to be baseball’s “All Underrated Team.”  The roster: C: Carlos Ruiz 1B: Adam Dunn 2B: Ian Kinsler SS: Starlin Castro 3B: Ryan Zimmerman RF: Michael Cuddyer CF: Andrew McCutchen LF: Ryan Braun SP: Josh Johnson CL: Joakim Soria MR: Mike Adams It’s not a terrible list, though as…

  25. The Cardinals sign Nick Punto

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Nick Punto

    As soon as I posted the Nick Punto thing this morning a bunch of people observed that it was inevitable that the Cardinals would sign him soon. Tony La Russa has an addiction to scrappy infielders. He can’t help himself.  SO, not surprisingly, the Cardinals just signed him. It’s a one-year deal. We don’t have…

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