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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Must-Click Link: Andy Pettitte in pictures

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

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    We have months to talk about what Andy Pettitte retiring means for the Yankees and years to talk about his Hall of Fame chances. But the best way to think about Andy Pettitte today is as a fabulous ballplayer.  In that vein, Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues has put together a great photo retrospective of…

  2. Kevin Millwood is asking for a lot of money

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    For those teams with a starting pitching opening [cough!] Yankees [cough!], know this: you’ll need a lot of money to get Kevin Millwood. Here’s Buster: Heard this: Millwood is looking for $4-$5 millon for 2011, which is significantly more than some teams willing to consider. Eh, no one seems that desperate. Especially for a guy…

  3. Is Andy Pettitte a Hall of Famer?

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    Too early? Nonsense! When we ask if someone is a Hall of Famer, we’re really asking two questions. (1) Does he deserve to make the Hall of Fame?; and (2) Will he make the Hall of Fame, deserving or not. First question:  They give a guy a five year waiting period for a reason, but…

  4. With Pettitte retiring, how screwed are the Yankees?

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    I’ve been putting off thinking about the Yankees rotation until we knew for sure what was going on with Andy Pettitte. He’s too good a pitcher and can make too big a difference to make any kind of pronouncement without knowing his status.  Now that he’s apparently retiring, however, let’s ask the question:  Is the…

  5. Andy Pettitte to retire tomorrow

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Yankees announcer and ESPN Radio host Michael Kay just tweeted the following: I have learned that Andy Pettitte will officially retire tomorrow. [More] details to come….Michael Ken Rosenthal has a source that is confirming that Pettitte will retire tomorrow. Jack Curry of YES Network has a full story on it here. He’s heading to New…

  6. The Royals sign Pedro Feliz

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Pedro Feliz

    The Kansas City Royals have the best farm system in all of baseball.  The big club though? Let’s just say that it hasn’t improved much this winter. Dayton Moore has signed third baseman Pedro Feliz to a minor league contract. It’s not big money — only a million bucks if he makes the team and earns…

  7. Scott Boras explains the Jayson Werth contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    This is classic. Scott Boras was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden yesterday and the subject of Jayson Werth‘s gigantic contract came up.  Bowden — as is his admirable wont — cut through the courtesy stuff and simply told Boras “I just can’t believe you pulled that off.” Boras, however, gave a long and seemingly thoughtful explanation as…

  8. Bryce Harper swings a big stick. Literally.

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Quite literally. Courtesy of Nationals Enquirer, here’s Bryce Harper swinging a bat that measures 36 inches and weighs 47 ounces.  Most ballplayers use a bat that’s between 30 and 34 ounces, so this bad boy is as much as a pound heavier than what’s typical.  Doesn’t look like he’s laboring too much either. Dudes: if…

  9. Red Sox Nation is full of lunatics

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Red Sox fans

    Hey, don’t yell at me. It’s your manager saying so at yesterday’s Red Sox Town Hall: The topic often meandered back to the excitement level, and each panel member discussed what it was like to perform their duties in a baseball-mad town like Boston. Francona may have summed it up best when he talked about…

  10. Pirates’ President Coonelly: “there’s work to be done” on Pedro Alvarez’s conditioning

    Feb 3, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    There was a report last week that Pedro Alvarez had gained 15 unwanted pounds this offseason. Team President Coonelly refuted that yesterday. Somewhat: “The weight figures reported last week in piratesreport.com were not accurate. Having said that, we have continued to stress to Pedro the critical importance of his conditioning. Pedro has gotten stronger through…

  11. Mystery Team alert! Vlad Guerrero edition

    Feb 3, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The latest from the Vlad Guerrero saga from Buster Olney: The Vladimir Guerrero talks will gather some momentum in the next 48 hours, one way or another. The Orioles have an offer on the table; last week, Guerrero’s side informed them that they had an offer worth $8 million in play. It’s not clear what team…

  12. Mark Cuban is not interested in the Mets or the Dodgers

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    There aren’t many sure things in this world, but one sure thing is that whenever a baseball team’s ownership situation is in flux, people will start mentioning Mark Cuban’s name.  This time Cuban is making a preemptive strike: “I’m not chasing any more baseball teams … “I’ve just come to the conclusion, if I’m going to…

  13. Shane Victorino thinks the Phillies will win it all

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    You know, if I had to make a prediction right now I’d probably say that the Red Sox were the favorites to win it all this season. But it wouldn’t be at all unreasonable to pick the Phillies either. Indeed, I bet something like 90% of the people who engage in the prognostication business will…

  14. The Wilpons fire back

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    After yesterday’s New York Times story alleging that the Wilpons steered others toward Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme, the Wilpons have decided not to take this lying down. The Wilpons’ lawyer to the Daily News: “We believe the complaint is baseless, both factually and legally. We have conveyed that to the trustee’s counsel. Fred Wilpon, Saul…

  15. Cal Ripken’s daughter should have her mouth washed out with soap

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    This will be funny for anyone who collected baseball cards in the 1980s but sort of perplexing for anyone who didn’t.  Short version: Cal Ripken’s daughter called him a Billy Ripken’s bat handle. Those of you needing more explanation are probably best served by reading the story over at the Baltimore Sun as its too rambling…

  16. The Manny Ramirez Johnny Damon press conference

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    I mentioned this yesterday. It was entertaining enough that some of you may want to watch it. Rays fans will think it’s funny up to the exact moment that the team starts losing or Manny creates some sort of turmoil.  At that point, they’ll never ever want to watch this video or be reminded of…

  17. Roger Clemens keeps his lawyer; Ken Griffey Sr. says he’s “a good guy”

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    As we mentioned this morning, Roger Clemens was in court today to deal with is attorney’s conflict-of-interest. It’s all resolved now. Conflicts have been waived and another attorney is going to cross-examine Andy Pettitte. Tough break for the prosecution. Oh well. This part was fun, though: [Judge] Walton ended the 10-minute hearing by raising another…

  18. Great moments in provocation: the Giants take their trophy to San Jose

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Bruce Newman of the San Jose Mercury News has a column today about the Giants bringing their World Series trophy for display in San Jose.  According to Newman This Means Something. This is Important: On Tuesday, the Giants brought their precious metal mantelpiece to San Jose to mark their territorial rights in the most public…

  19. Hey, Chuck Greenberg was delusional after all!

    Feb 2, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Remember last week when Chuck Greeneberg said that his visits to Cliff Lee knocked the Yankees out of the running, and how Yankees President Randy Levine called Greenberg delusional for making such a suggestion?  Seems Levine was right. Here’s Heyman: A series of interviews with several people either involved in the talks or with knowledge…

  20. Give in and take the O’s offer, Vlad. Seriously.

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Buster Olney tweets: The next 48 hours expected to be pivotal in the Vladimir Guerrero contract talks. The O’s have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more. The last reports had the O’s offering Guerrero $4-5 million.  Rather than passively showing a mere lack of interest, teams are actually announcing that they’re not…

  21. If you didn’t think the Angels were crazy enough

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    The Angels trading for Vernon Wells and his contract was a serious case of Bad Ideas Jeans.  But even worse is that they turned down something way better. Joel Sherman at the Post reports: The way I hear it the Mets and Angels did actually discuss Beltran. But the Angels ultimately saw Wells as the…

  22. Astros-Red Sox exhibition game canceled

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Minute Maid Park

    The Astros and Red Sox were scheduled to play two exhibition games in Houston just before opening day.  Actually, one of them was going to be on Opening Day. I missed this from a few days ago, but that latter one has been cancelled because the league apparently doesn’t like teams playing games that don’t count on…

  23. The Royals hire Willie Aikens

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Willie Aikens

    The Royals hired a former player as a minor league coach yesterday. No biggie. Happens every day. Except this minor league coach is Willie Mays Aikens, who spent nearly 14 years in federal prison for selling crack in the mid 90s. Aikens — who had a breakout performance in the 1980 World Series — has…

  24. When sports owners attack

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Dan Snyder

    This isn’t about baseball but it’s fun anyway.  One day I hope to anger a baseball owner this much. Sadly, however, I don’t think there are any baseball owners as crazy, awful and mean as Dan Snyder is: There’s no question Redskins owner Dan Snyder had a few problems with a cover story about him…

  25. 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…

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