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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Giants hire Lou Piniella

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Piniella

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have hired Lou Piniella. Since it’s the Giants we’re talking about I had to double check to make sure it wasn’t as a backup left fielder — hey, 67 is the new 37, and 37 is young when you’re the Giants– but alas, it appears as though…

  2. In which I offer free advice to the Clemens Prosecutors

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    Roger Clemens will be in court for a hearing today regarding that potential conflict of interest issue with his lawyer, Rustin Hardin, that we talked about last week (and three years ago).  Short version: Hardin represented Pettitte for a millisecond and Pettitte is now going to testify against Clemens.  This gave me a larf: Prosecutors have proposed that…

  3. Dave Roberts is back to health

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Dave Roberts

    Last May Dave Roberts announced that he had lymphoma.  At the time he said it was caught early and was eminently treatable.  Good news: Roberts was right, he’s in remission and has returned to coaching the Padres: Roberts is already hard at work in his new gig as San Diego Padres first-base coach less than…

  4. The Mets and Madoff: “Bernie was part of the business plan for the Mets”

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Fred Wilpon has insisted since 2008 that the Bernie Madoff mess had little impact on the Mets’ baseball operations.  Even since last week, when it was announced that he would have to sell part of the team due to the Madoff losses, the sense has been that they are exclusively personal losses and that since…

  5. And now some weird random Steinbrenner news

    Feb 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Totally buried the lede here.  The real news nugget: Hank Steinbrenner actually works: The Boss’ old office at Steinbrenner Field is being used, again. The Steinbrenner family, as part of a renovation project at the Yankees’ spring training stadium, decided that team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner will use the office of his late father, George Steinbrenner. Hank Steinbrenner said…

  6. The Brewers and Mark Kotsay are close to a deal

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Mark Kotsay

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Brewers are close to a deal with Mark Kotsay.  It’s a major league deal, so they presumably have a job for him. Kotsay tanked as the White Sox’ DH last year, posting a .239/.303/.376 line.  He’ll be much more useful as a bench guy, pinch hitter, which is what he’ll…

  7. Must-Click Link: a 100-year-old death threat to Smoky Joe Wood

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Tyler Mass at Bugs and Cranks stumbled upon a death threat that was delivered to the great Red Sox hurler Smoky Joe Wood during his outstanding 1912 season.  He has the letter — complete with tons of typos — reproduced over at B&C today.  It’s something to behold.  Given that Wood lived until 1985, it’s…

  8. Manny and Johnny: “We’re back!”

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon were formally introduced by the Rays today. They had a press conference. It sounds like it was a  laugh riot.  Highlights, taken from this WEEI report and Marc Topkin’s Twitter feed: At the outset Manny smiled and said “we’re back!” Manny did not put on his Rays cap because he…

  9. Chipper Jones knocked the cover off a baseball today

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    I thought this was a joke when it popped up on Twitter earlier today, but Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said today that Chipper Jones literally knocked the cover off a baseball while taking BP today.  He has a pic of said baseball up here. He insists in his tweet that it was legit.…

  10. Wait. NFL analysts don’t factor in context?

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v Atlanta Falcons

    Tom Verducci — a baseball guy — has a football-related column up over at Sports Illustrated today in which he throws in some baseball spice to the NFL soup: Baseball fans get the importance of context on performance — especially where the game is being played — going all the way back to the debate…

  11. Steve Garvey wants to own the Dodgers

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    It’s a big week for phony-baloney would-be-heads-of-ownership-groups. We’ve had reports of a couple of billionaire businessmen with interest in buying the Dodgers.  Because they’re billionaire businessmen, they’ll likely have people handling negotiations for them and will eschew media so as to keep their plans and intentions strategically oblique. Then we got Steve Garvey: The 62-year…

  12. Tommy Hanson is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The “Player X has added Y pounds of muscle” construction is closely related to the BSOML phenomenon.  Indeed, it is believed that that “muscle” and “shape” have similar roots in Indo-European etymology!* Don’t let the overgrown offseason beard fool you. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has been working hard this offseason, taking advantage of some new resources…

  13. Alfredo Simon denied bail

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    No, we haven’t forgotten that Alfredo Simon is in custody down in the Dominican Republic under suspicion of murder.  Looks like he’s going to be in custody for much, much longer: Confirman prision preventiva para el relevista de los Orioles Alfredo Simon. Se rechazo solicitud de fianza. Abogados apelaran nuevamente The translation, courtesy of a friendly reader:…

  14. Rob Neyer debuts at SB Nation

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    So many eulogies for Rob Neyer’s career yesterday. And here he is today, with his first column up at his new gig over at SB Nation less than 24 hours later.  Faster than the speed of Internet! The subject of his first column: writing, naturally. He kicks off with a fun anecdote about the time…

  15. Jose Canseco is serious about making a comeback

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    You know where Jose Canseco’s attention-seeking shtick would really not go over well at all? Asia. Guess where he’d like to play.

  16. More stuff about that new baseball series on TBS

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    Darrell Hammond

    Last October we learned that TBS is going to produce a a weekly series about a baseball team with Ron Shelton — of “Bull Durham” fame — as the creative force.  It’s called “Hound Dogs,” and last fall it was described as being about “a minor league team and its general manager as they try…

  17. Deep Thought: Internet paywall edition

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    In the wake of Rob Neyer’s announcement that he’s leaving ESPN yesterday, I’ve encountered a good dozen or more people on Twitter, on various message boards and in comments sections saying something to the effect of “I used to read Neyer all the time, but since he’s been behind a paywall, I haven’t read him…

  18. MLK III is not really leading any investor group for the Mets

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Martin Luther King III

    From the Daily News we learn that, for all of the weekend hubub, Martin Luther King III’s role in any potential Mets investor group would be quite limited: The son of the slain civil rights leader said reports that he is leading a group to buy a share of the Mets have been greatly exaggerated…

  19. The Red Sox and Yankees don’t do humble well

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Mike Lowell, Robinson Cano

    Last week Brian Cashman said that the Red Sox were probably the better team on paper. Yesterday, Red Sox President Larry Lucchino downplayed that. For those of you who don’t think the Yankees-Red Sox thing isn’t icky enough, I give you “hormonal satisfaction”: Although Larry Lucchino admitted to taking “hormonal satisfaction” from the Red Sox outdueling the…

  20. Sandy Alderson speaks about the Wilpon-Madoff drama

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    Sandy Alderson was on a conference call today to discuss the R.A. Dickey signing. Everyone knew about that a week ago, however, so inevitably the topic of conversation switched to the whole Wilpons-have-to-sell-a-stake-of-the-Mets business. Alderson’s highlights: “The plan and the course I’ve taken the last few months hasn’t been affected at all by any other…

  21. Jim Edmonds will probably retire next week

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds Cubs

    Jon Heyman tweets: jim edmonds’ agent paul cohen says edmonds will probably decide by early next week whether he’ll play in 2011 My guess that the deciding factor of whether or not Jim Edmonds plays next year is whether there is a team that actually wants to give him a roster spot.  Given that we…

  22. Freddy Garcia wants to play for the Yankees

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The White Sox are apparently still interested in bringing back Freddy Garcia, but if you hear Freddy Garcia tell it, he’d rather be in New York. Courtesy of the translation services of one Nick Collias over at MLBTR: “My preference is to be with the New York Yankees, and it’s not unreasonable to have that in mind,…

  23. Comment of the day: an important note about smokeless tobacco

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Nellie Fox

    You’ll recall in the linked article about smokeless tobacco earlier today that the reason Stephen Strasburg is quitting the stuff is because of Tony Gwynn’s recent cancer diagnosis.  Gwynn, it is noted, has blamed his years of smokeless tobacco use for the current state of his health. Following that post, I received an email from…

  24. Rob Neyer says goodbye to ESPN

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    Rob Neyer has announced that after 15 years — which is about 300 in Internet years — he’s leaving ESPN.  Rob is going to keep writing, of course — we don’t know where, but a little bird tells me that we’ll hear more about that part tomorrow morning — but this is still pretty major…

  25. Frank Viola is going to work for the Mets

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Frank Viola

    Frank Viola — the best pitcher in the history of Long Island —  was all over the lobby down at the Winter Meetings last month.  I figured it was just because he lives down in Florida and was meeting and greeting, but maybe he was there on the make for a job. He just got…

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