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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Suspected Bryan Stow attackers may have attacked other Giants fans on Opening Day

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:35 AM 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 Associated Press reports that police suspect the two men who were arrested in connection with the Bryan Stow beating of assaulting three other Giants fans on Opening Day. They’re asking other possible victims to come forward. Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are the suspects, and they were said to be operating on the west side…

  2. Dave Parker thinks he should be in the Hall of Fame

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dave Parker smoking

    Via BTF comes a story from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in which former Pirate Dave Parker says that, in his humble opinion, he should be in the Hall of Fame. He’s said this before, of course.  He’s one of the more active retired players when it comes to that sort of thing. And whenever he…

  3. Anonymous AL official blames Twitter for the slow trade deadline

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney has an interesting column up today, talking about how the trade deadline has changed in the past several years.  The upshot, with which I agree, is that whereas teams didn’t value their prospects as highly as they should have 15 or 20 years ago, trading them for rent-a-veterans all willy-nilly, these days they’re…

  4. One game back from DL, Chipper Jones hurt again

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Atlanta Braves

    What a drag it is getting old. On his first day coming back from knee surgery, Chipper Jones hit a home run. That’s good! But then he also strained his quadriceps while fielding a ball at third base. That’s bad! But given that he actually hurt it before the home run and stayed in the…

  5. The Rangers “pushing hardest” for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Because they’re clearly in need of offense, the Rangers are thought to be “pushing hardest” for Carlos Beltran.  Or so says Joel Sherman. Why not. Look, at this point we’re clearly in the “no one knows anything so we’re all just waiting for something to happen” stage of the proceedings anyway.  Which is kind of…

  6. Never mind: Hall of Fame sticking with five-year waiting period

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    Yesterday we passed along a report from Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that the Hall of Fame was considering cutting the waiting period for election from five years-post retirement to three years.  It was a strange report, actually, sort of mentioned in passing in Kernan’s column, alongside his general observations about the previous…

  7. Michael Cuddyer enhances his trade value

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Michael Cuddyer has been talked about as a potential target for a contender seeking a bat.  Maybe he can be a two-for-one kind of deal now, because last night he showed that he can be an effective reliever too. Well, effective by comparison to the rest of the Twins’ staff. Unlike the rest of those…

  8. Long-haired freaky people allowed into White House

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Barack Obama, Brian Wilson

    As is custom, President Obama welcomed the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants to the White House yesterday.  Usually those meet-and-greets are really brief and cursory, but given all of the debt crisis ugliness, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if Obama hung out with the Giants for a couple hours yesterday, trying to…

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 20, Twins 6:  A lot of people will probably make a football joke here like “heh, Texas missed the extra point and held Minnesota to two field goals!”  That’s hacky.  Try this: in the first five innings the Rangers scored like so:  3 3 3 5 4. Or, birdie, par, birdie, par, par! Lol! Hilarious,…

  10. Four teams are considering Wily Mo Pena

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    wily mo pena head getty

    Jon Heyman reports that four teams — the Giants, Brewers, Athletics and Mariners — have some degree of interest in the recently-released Wily Mo Pena. I can see the Athletics and Mariners making more sense. They’re desperate for offense and have a DH slot for him. Or, if either of them think that they have…

  11. And now your daily dose of nightmare fuel

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    What has been (mentally) seen cannot be unseen.

  12. Teams are interested in Edinson Volquez

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    volquez getty

    If you’re looking for evidence of just how thin the starting pitcher trade market it is at the deadline, look no further than Ken Rosenthal’s report that the Reds are fielding calls about Edinson Volquez. This is the same Edinson Volquez who has been sent down to Louisville twice this season because he can’t, you…

  13. Carlos Pena is gonna get traded

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Jon Heyman says that Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena “will almost surely be moved” this week. It’s the same old story with Pena: lots of pop, low average. He could represent an upgrade for a handful of teams and probably won’t cost a ton give that he’s playing on a one-year deal. It’s a weird…

  14. Chris Denorfia made a redonkulous catch

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Actually, the run Chris Denorfia made to get that would-be home run off the bat of Raul Ibanez in yesterday’s Padres-Phillies game was even more impressive than the catch was. Either way, pretty tough stuff.

  15. Hall of Fame to reduce the waiting period from five years to three years?

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Kevin Kernan at the New York Post passes along word that the Hall of Fame is considering cutting the waiting period for induction from the current five years after retirement to three years.  It’s not a done deal or even a deal in progress. If it were, it would be in press release form as…

  16. Phillies, Rays reportedly talking about B.J. Upton

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    After a couple of weekend reports about B.J. Upton, we hear today that the Phillies are talking to the Rays about inquiring the lesser of the Upton brothers. That’s from Jen Royle, who says that the Nats are still interested as well. Upton is having a pretty terrible year so far,  hitting .229/.310/.395, but he plays good…

  17. Roger Clemens is probably going to go on trial again

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Right after the mistrial in the Roger Clemens case, there were some folks suggesting that the judge may rule that, because the mistrial was the result of the prosecution’s actions, double jeopardy would prevent a retrial.  I was kind of skeptical of that, but I didn’t read any of the case law or anything because,…

  18. Kyle Farnsworth is available

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Farnsworth_Kyle

    It kind of stinks that Kyle Farnsworth has been really good this year because there’s an awful lot of mileage to be had with “man, Kyle Farnsworth is bad!” stuff. It’s something that fans of any number of teams can agree on too.  Well, except for Rays fans, who have watched him put up a…

  19. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game

    I didn’t have any get-up-and-go last Monday, so I gave the Power Rankings a miss.  Back at it today, where we find greater separation than we’ve seen so far this year. Which is to be expected. I mean, by late July you are who you are. As always, the last ranking is in parenthesis. As…

  20. Famous Sabermetrician: “screw the data; I choose hope instead”

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Some bad news for a good man. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes: Last week, I was informed that I have Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a particularly nasty member of the cancer family. History has given my doctors all kinds of data about cure rates and life expectancy, and statistical analysis is helping them decide just what…

  21. Jim Hendry thinks the Cubs will contend in 2012 for some reason

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Look, optimism is always a good thing, but there’s a fine line between optimism and delusion.  Case in point: Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry who, according to Patrick Mooney at CSNChicago.com, thinks that the Cubs’ future is bright. The pitching, he thinks, is right on track. He makes a few references to “tinkering here or there.”…

  22. The Mets deal with David Einhorn continues to be delayed

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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

    Last week the Daily News reported that the Mets deal with investor David Einhorn was being slowed up because the Mets, no longer shackled by the exclusive negotiation window with Einhorn, were talking to others who may offer them a better deal. Today the New York Post tells a somewhat different story: the Einhorn deal isn’t…

  23. The Rays aren’t going to trade James Shields

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    James Shields

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says that the Rays are telling teams that they won’t trade James Shields.  This after a week of random speculation that the Reds, Yankees and maybe some other teams would be interested. Shields is having a fantastic year, but the trade matchups don’t seem ideal at the moment, with the…

  24. The Mariners, you may have noticed, are bad

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan

    You know this, but it’s worth memorializing today anyway.  The Seattle Mariners lost their 15th in a row yesterday. Some randomness to put their skid and their overall sorry state in perspective: When the losing streak started, they were at .500 and they were only 2.5 games back of the division lead. They are now 14.5 games back;…

  25. Alomar, Gillick, Blyleven inducted into the Hall of Fame

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    I keep telling myself that one of these years I’m going to go to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame inductions, but I just never get around to it. Maybe when Maddux goes in I will. I don’t know. For the time being, we have the story about yesterday’s inductions of Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven…

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