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Craig Calcaterra

  1. On the road to Arizona

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Saguaro

    As much as I love the ice and cold of the great Midwest, it’s time to leave that nonsense behind for a spell.  As you read this, I am en route to Phoenix.  Spring training, my friends. Cactus-style.  I’ll be there until a week from Friday. While I’m in Arizona I’ll be taking in baseball…

  2. Mark Grudzielanek retires

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Mark Grudzielanek, Brett Gardner

    Jon Paul Morosi reports that Mark Grudzielanek has announced his retirement. Over the course of 15 seasons Grudzielanek hit .289/.332/.393 for six teams.  He finished with over 2000 hits and won the gold glove at 2B in 2006. Not a bad career. Not a bad career at all.  In my book that puts him in the Hall…

  3. The Wilpons could sell more than 25 percent of the team

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The New York Times reports today that the proposals fielded by the Wilpons in their efforts to find a “strategic partner” (read: cash infusion) suggest that most of the interested parties are interested in more than the 25 percent share of the Mets that the Wilpons want to sell.  This can be inferred by the…

  4. Great Moments in Cubs Marketing

    Feb 23, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    You know, I have to think that it’s somewhat demoralizing for Cubs fans that the team has decided to put Derek Jeter on billboards advertising single-game ticket sales. Yeah, Castro is on there too, but if they really felt it necessary to put a second player on the sign it’s not like there aren’t other…

  5. Quote of the Day: Zack Greinke tells us how he really feels about the press

    Feb 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Zack Greinke‘s difficulty socializing with fans, the press and his teammates is well-documented. It’s all a part of his struggle with social anxiety disorder and he does the best he can with it. It’s not easy, I’m sure, but if there is one upside to it at all, it’s that he can be be 100%…

  6. Bud Selig tells the Yankees to stop their complaining about revenue sharing

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    New York Yankees general partner Steinbrenner talks with reporters at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Ken Davidoff has what is hopefully the last we’ll hear of Hank Steinbrenner’s little tantrum yesterday.  Guess what: when Hank Steinbrenner said that guys were “too busy building mansions” he didn’t mean anyone specifically. He meant it as a figure of speech.  You know, like people have been saying since olden times. I know that…

  7. Update: Orlando Cabrera denies the report about him retiring after this year, says he’s in the best shape of his life

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    UPDATE:  Call off the retirement party: Orlando Cabrera told the U.S. media today that the report in the Colombian newspaper was wrong and that he’s not going to retire after 2011.  And then — as if he was targeting me specifically — he said “I feel I can play for many years. I feel I’m…

  8. Jayson Werth: “I was trying to maximize things”

    Feb 22, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Introduce Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth spoke to the media today, and the subject of his contract came up.  His comments — posted over at the Phillies Zone — were pretty interesting. He basically said that once he hit free agency he no longer viewed himself as a member of the Phillies but rather, viewed himself as a member…

  9. Edwin Rodriguez is confident

    Feb 22, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    edwin-rodriguez-marlins

    Today Edwin Rodriguez addressed his team for the first time this season. And since is the first time he’s been the manager at the outset of spring training, it’s the first time he’s ever gotten to do that whole set-the-tone thing.  And according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald,  the tone he set was…

  10. The Dusty Baker anecdote you could have gone your whole life without hearing

    Feb 22, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker reacts to his team's play against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of play in National League Major League Baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi passes along an anecdote about Dusty Baker’s final dark days as the Cubs’ manager that, I am quite certain, is unique in the history of Major League Baseball: “At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day,” Baker said Monday morning. “That was…

  11. The Union has no concerns about the Mets. For now.

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Michael Weiner’s spring training tour took him to Port St. Lucie today, where he met the Mets. Adam Rubin reports on the  two Met-specific issues that are likely on Weiner’s radar screen: Weiner said he has been assured by the commissioner’s office that players’ guaranteed contracts will not be affected by the Wilpons’ legal issues; and…

  12. Derek Jeter laughs off Hank Steinbrenner’s comments

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    As if you expected anything else.  Jeter, when asked about Hank Steinbrenner’s comments from yesterday, basically laughed them off. Ben Shpigel has the full rundown.  You will not be at all surprised to see that Jeter closed with “Owners can say what they want.” Which is all sad. I mean, how awesome would it have been…

  13. More fat news: Matt Kemp has dropped 15 pounds

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Matt Kemp checked into camp at 215 pounds. Last year he was at 230. After Pablo Sandoval, I think that Kemp’s weight may be the most significant conditioning story of spring training. No, not because he was fat like Sandoval or anything. But because I don’t think…

  14. Great Moments in Journalism: Cliff Lee’s muscle strain edition

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Someone else tell me if this is bizarre: On Sunday, a story appears on Philly.com — Internet home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News — reporting that Cliff Lee has a muscle strain; In the next 12 hours, the Internet picks up the story, people start blogging about it, tweeting about it,…

  15. Could Jason Isringhausen actually make the Mets?

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Isringhausen

    Every spring we get an early “Believe it or not, Player X might make the team” story, with “Player X” being some veteran everyone has written off or a comeback story or a precocious rookie that everyone thinks needs more seasoning.  At least as far as the veterans go, those stories rarely play out.  A…

  16. Joakim Soria wants a new nickname

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Joakim Soria is smart for at least two reasons. First: he understands that one cannot choose one’s own nickname.  Second, he understands that being called “Mexicutioner” is a pretty tough thing these days given all of the execution-style killings going down in his native Mexico.  In light of this, he offered a plea this morning:…

  17. Your morning fat report

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Spring training games start this weekend. I am virtually certain that by then we will no longer be hearing about who’s fat and who isn’t. But for now I do feel duty-bound to keep you apprised: Carlos Gonzalez gained 22 pounds this offseason, but don’t worry, it’s all muscle, baby. Seems he didn’t want to…

  18. Though it’s hard to, we really should try to ignore Hank Steinbrenner

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees general partner Steinbrenner talks with reporters at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Some great points from Ken Davidoff this morning regarding Hank Steinbrenner running off at the mouth yesterday. The upshot: though it’s hard to ignore what Hank Steinbrenner says because of his name and the sometimes outrageous nature of his remarks, we really can’t give them any weight beyond their entertainment value because the dude really…

  19. Denard Span is somewhat confused

    Feb 22, 2011, 6:11 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Funny tweets from Twins center fielder Denard Span yesterday regarding what he thought was his introduction to new shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka: Funniest thingever happened today! I thought another player that was Asian on our team was nishi!! I asked him how his English was and [he] said “it’s great man, how r u?” then i looked at…

  20. UPDATE: Alfredo Simon could be cleared and released as soon as Wednesday

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Alfredo Simon could be released as early as Wednesday. According to Phil Isaac of the Para Sports Group, one of Simon’s agents, a ballistics test proved that the bullet that killed Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte didn’t come from the gun Simon turned into authorities. Simon could be released…

  21. A couple of words on keeping score at the ballgame

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Scorebook

    I’m probably the worst scorekeeper in the world. I try to do it from time to time — used to do it a lot more — but I just don’t bother much anymore. Maybe it’s because I don’t do attention to detail very well. Maybe I’m just lazy. Maybe I just go to relatively few…

  22. Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    David Villavicencio of FoxSports Florida.com notes that Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo on his left wrist: “a baseball with a trail of flames and the inscription ‘105.1 MPH.’” Interesting, but troublesome, at least if you’re a pessimist like me. I mean, what if something happens to him someday and he can’t bring the gas anymore?…

  23. When Hank Steinbrenners attack

    Feb 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Hank Steinbrenner, who somehow managed to gnaw off the muzzle with which he had been fitted in 2009, decided to unload on mansion-building ballplayers, the Yankees’ alleged lack of the “hunger” and communists while talking to the Yankees beat writers today. The highlights, courtesy of Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger: Hank called last year’s Yankees…

  24. The Braves give GM Frank Wren a contract extenstion

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Frank Wren

    The Braves announced today that they’ve given General Manager Frank Wren a contract extension. He’s now locked up through the 2013 season. This is not surprising. Wren has the full confidence of ownership and team President John Schuerholz.  Some fans may agitate about various things such as, I dunno, the fact that the Braves haven’t…

  25. Adrian Gonzalez hits off a tee

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that Adrian Gonzalez has been cleared to begin hitting off a tee and did so this morning. Feeling fine and no need to consult with a doctor as was previously suggested he might. He’s supposed to begin live batting practice soon.  So that’s some good news for a Red…

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