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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Padres prospect Donavan Tate suspended for drugs

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Donavan Tate - Bowman

    Major League Baseball just announced that Donavan Tate, who was the third overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, has been suspended for a drug of abuse (meaning not traditional PEDs).  To get a 50-game suspension as Tate just received, you had to have tested positive twice. Tate has already sat out for 25 games, however,…

  2. Frank McCourt will be around for at least another month

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The initial hearing in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy took place this afternoon. Just adjourned in fact. The biggest takeaway: Major League Baseball has, for the time being at least, agreed to let Frank McCourt run the team with this interim financing deal. That agreement seems like the only option at the moment, inasmuch as the judge…

  3. The AL All-Star ballots: Ellsbury and Hamilton fighting for the start

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ellsbury_Jacoby

    The final update in AL All-Star balloting before the starters are announced on Sunday is in, and it breaks down as follows, which is how it has broken down, more or less, for the past few weeks: C: Russell Martin 1B: Adrian Gonzalez 2B: Robinson Cano 3B: Alex Rodriguez SS: Derek Jeter OF: Jose Bautista…

  4. Ryan Vogelsong is mortal. At least today

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants

    Ryan Vogelsong has been on a real roll. He hadn’t allowed more than two runs in a start since May 3rd, which was ten starts ago.  And even then, it was the only time this year he’s given up more than two runs in 11 starts. Well, today was his 12th start. Just got underway…

  5. Comparing and contrasting sports bankruptcies

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    The Dodgers aren’t the first sports team to go bankrupt, and won’t be the last.  But do the others who came before provide us with any insight into what’s gonna happen with Big Blue? To answer that question, Maury Brown has a nice overview of some various sports bankruptcies in recent years, including the Rangers,…

  6. The Red Sox-Phillies series is tough for a contrarian

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Umpire Fletcher looks on as Red Sox designated hitter Ortiz talks with Phillies first baseman Howard after getting a base on balls during a MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    I’m predisposed to being a contrarian. I’m no crazy iconoclast or uber-non-conformist — I drive an Accord for crying out loud — but that is the general impulse. If you tell me something is the best ever, I’m going to look for flaws.  If you hype something up, I’m going do my best to explain…

  7. MLB: Frank McCourt is “threatening the immediate demise of one of baseball’s great teams”

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball’s initial filing in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case is out, and it’s quite clear that they are going to pull absolutely no punches here and, presumably, will pull no punches when the initial hearing in the matter gets underway early this afternoon. In addition to objecting to everything McCourt wants to do, they…

  8. Major League Baseball offers a better bankruptcy financing deal

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As mentioned this morning, the first issue the bankruptcy court is going to have to decide is whether or not to allow Frank McCourt to finance Dodgers’ operations with that $150 million loan he obtained. Also as mentioned, Major League Baseball has come up with an alternative financing arrangement, which Bill Shaikin of the Los…

  9. Shocker: the Supreme Court refuses to revive Roger Clemens’ defamation suit against Brian McNamee

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    You know, if Roger Clemens had just shut up, or at least offered a general “the Mitchell Report was wrong” kind of comment three and a half years ago, he’d be off golfing right now without a care in the world. But he didn’t. He went on a PR blitz and then sued Brian McNamee…

  10. How not to criticize sabermetrics

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Straw man

    I like the idea of Bill Simmons’ new Grantland site.  I think we need more deep-thinking, longer lede sports writing.  Someplace where folks who consume their sports news in 35 bloggy bits a day (ahem) can go and breathe a bit. But really, if you’re gonna go through the trouble of building such a site, make…

  11. Is the Dodgers’ bankruptcy one of the worst moments in baseball history?

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Ray Chapman

    Interesting idea floated in Buster Olney’s column this morning. It’s behind the ESPN paywall, but the gist is that, according to Olney, the Dodgers’ bankruptcy has to be one of the “10 worst chapters in Major League Baseball history.” He doesn’t do a formal list or order them, but he throws out several potential top-10…

  12. The best ceremonial first pitch ever

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    first pitch.bmp

    How often do you see some celebrity or politician throw out the first pitch at a ballgame, only to have the thing loop in there weakly or, as is often the case, not even make it to home plate?  And that’s when all they’re doing is trying to throw the ball? We boo them, of course. And…

  13. Nolan Ryan shoots down the Rangers’ alleged interest in Carlos Beltran

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan Rangers

    Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that the Rangers have interest in Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez. Later in the day, Nolan Ryan said that was not accurate: “I can’t believe that we have an interest in either,” Ryan told 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company … “I don’t see that’s an upgrade” to the Rangers’ bullpen, Ryan said. “And…

  14. Major League Baseball kills the only fun thing about the Dodgers bankruptcy

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Chapter 11 jersey

    Despite the fact that I have written and will continue to write a lot about the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — and that I will do it with no small amount of enthusiasm — has everything to do with it being interesting to me and being more in my wheelhouse than, say, the amateur draft or pitching…

  15. Joe Mauer was called out for his pitch selection over the weekend

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    That work that Joe Mauer is getting a first base is clearly designed to (a) get his bat in the lineup more often; and (b) potentially cover for what could be the loss of Justin Morneau for the rest of the season.  But there’s at least one guy who may be happy to see Mauer…

  16. Major League Baseball to offer alternative Dodgers financing today

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Today is only Day Two in what will likely be a lengthy set of legal proceedings for the Dodgers, but it’s a pretty big day.  Why? It’s the day of the initial hearing in the bankruptcy case and it’s the day on which the judge could very well decide if Frank McCourt is going to…

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

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Blue Jays Tigers Baseball

    Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2: Jhonny Peralta had an RBI triple that ended up being the game winner, but this game really belonged to Jim Leyland, who had one of the better arguments with an ump this year, mocking his change-of-call in grand gestures, thereby entertaining the hometown fans on the way to his ejection.…

  18. Stephen Strasburg throws at full speed

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Good news for the Nats, as their ace of the future’s rehab from Tommy John surgery continues apace. Stephen Strasburg threw fastballs at full speed for the first time since he went down last year — 20 in all — and told the assembled sporting press than he felt great afterward.  Of course it’s touch…

  19. Major League Baseball issues a statement on the Dodgers bankruptcy

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig just issued a statement today regarding the Dodgers bankruptcy.  Normally, Selig’s statements are long when the topic is complicated. This one: not so long. If one can sense aggravation in a press release, it can be sensed here: “The Commissioner’s Office has spent the better part of one year working with Mr. McCourt and…

  20. Big surprise: Frank McCourt to keep the Dodgers running with a crappy loan

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt, who knows from crappy loans, received one for $150 million in order to meet payroll on the 30th and to keep the team running while the bankruptcy proceeds through its paces, reports the Wall Street Journal.  Some basic questions you may have, followed by the best answer I have (again, bankruptcy types, feel…

  21. Rickie Weeks now leads NL second basemen in All-Star balloting

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    The last update in National League All-Star voting before the final results are announced on Sunday just hit the wires. Here’s where it stands: C: Brian McCann 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Rickie Weeks 3B: Placido Polanco SS: Troy Tulowitzki OF: Ryan Braun OF: Lance Berkman OF: Matt Holliday Of note is the fact that Weeks…

  22. Sam Fuld gets a feature in The New Yorker

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    I used to have a subscription to The New Yorker, but then the same thing that happens to everyone else who gets a subscription to the New Yorker happened to me: when I got it I leafed through to read the cartoons, made a mental note of the articles I really wanted to read later,…

  23. Wade Boggs: TV star

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    Well, only if you consider the role of “dimwitted sheriff’s deputy” as a star turn: Wade Boggs was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 for racking up 3,010 hits over 18 seasons, primarily as a third baseman on the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. But Boggs’ legendary on-field…

  24. The Rangers are interested in Carlos Beltran, K-Rod

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    It’s only about a month or so until the trade deadline — at least the one that doesn’t require waivers — so I suppose we should crank up the Rumor-a-tron 3000. Here’s Heyman: rangers interested in beltran as well as k-rod … Could be big trade partner for mets I have this feeling a big…

  25. Mets player: “most of us are still Neanderthals”

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Neanderthal

    Last month when I wrote about Charles Barkley’s comments on an active gay athlete coming out, I referred to those who would not be accepting of such a thing as “Neanderthals.”  Some people in the comments thought it was a low blow of me to refer to simple dumb bigots as “Neanderthals.” To each his…

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