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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Mets offseason training is getting serious

    Jan 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Leading firemen

    I’m gathering from the Twitterverse that a number of Mets players are at the New York Fire Department’s training academy this morning, in full firefighter gear, going through training exercises like putting out burning cars and stuff.  The best was Dillon Gee rappelling down the side of a tower.  Take that Cashman. I like the community…

  2. Did the Yankees simply “mess up” Joba Chamberlain’s development?

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    Bob Ryan has one of those stream-of-consciousness observation columns today. His last observation: Has any team, anywhere, at any time in history, ever messed up a valued prospect as badly as the Yankees have Joba Chamberlain? I’ve asked that question before.  And it sure seems like Chamberlain was jerked around like crazy in going back and…

  3. The Royals will definitely sell out their game on April 2nd

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

    MiLB - Myrtle Beach Pelicans

    The Royals should have a big crowd on April 2nd. And not just for the Royals-Angels game scheduled that afternoon: According to team spokesman Toby Cook, the Royals are planning to hold a minor league exhibition game between its top two minor league affiliates, Class AAA Omaha and Class AA Northwest Arkansas, on April 2…

  4. Adrian Gonzalez working hard at rehabbing his shoulder. At Petco Park.

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

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

    Buster Olney has a good column up today about Adrian Gonzalez‘s focus and hard work as he rehabs his shoulder this winter and prepares for the big expectations facing him in Boston this season.  But this stuck out at me: Gonzalez, a left-handed hitter who throws with his left hand, hurt his right shoulder last…

  5. Deer antlers: the hot new PED

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Deer

    Given how many baseball players spend their offseasons hunting you’d think we would have heard about this by now, but this is the first I’ve heard of ground up deer antlers being used by athletes as a PED: They harvest the so-called velvet antler (a soft coating that covers deer antlers) in New Zealand, freeze-dry…

  6. Great Moments in Giants fandom

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Giants fan

    I sort of hope that the Giants are good again this year because — for all of the hell I throw Philly’s way — I think Giants fans have the potential to be something special too.  Personally I’m dubious that the level of craziness we saw last fall is sustainable. But if it is, life…

  7. Shane Victorino and Charlie Manuel aren’t seeing eye-to-eye

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s a story in today’s Philadelphia Daily News about Shane Victorino and how he might bounce back from a relatively down 2010.  Charlie Manuel thinks its a matter of focus: “First of all, I think he got a little bit more home-run happy. That might have had something to do with it. But also, I…

  8. Cashman vs. the Yankees front office: here we go

    Jan 20, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cashman profile

    As expected, Brian Cashman’s “I didn’t want Rafael Soriano” press conference has led to chatter about the State of the Yankees front office. Danny Knobler has some anonymice talking to him: Some people within the organization were telling friends that the divide between Cashman and the team’s Tampa operation is growing again, and even that…

  9. Brad Lincoln is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Brad Lincoln

    Not just the best shape. The best possible shape.  That’s serious business: At the end of the season, Lincoln talked about plans to get a personal trainer during the offseason. The focus, Lincoln explained, would be more on his legs and core than in years past. “I am going to get my body in the…

  10. And people wonder why I love knuckleballers

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    R.A. Dickey spent some time tweeting via the New York Mets Twitter feed today.  A question from a reader and Dickey’s answer: Q: Do you enjoy Faulkner & if so what’s ur favorite work of his? A: I do enjoy Faulkner. Hands down Absalom, Absalom! I defy you to name a pitcher who can throw 100…

  11. Voiding contracts for bad behavior: case studies

    Jan 19, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Sidney Ponson

    This morning I explained how hard it is for a team to void a player’s contract and why the Mariners are unlikely to be able to do so in the case of Milton Bradley.  I hadn’t seen Larry Stone’s take on it from last night in which he went through three recent case studies: Denny…

  12. The Mariners decline to name a permanent replacement for Dave Niehaus. Good for them.

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Dave Niehaus

    A couple of weeks ago it was reported that the Mariners were considering forgoing naming a permanent replacement for the late Dave Niehaus in favor of using a revolving cast of part-time broadcasters to fill the void. Today they announced that they’ll do exactly that: Randy Adamack, the Mariners’ vice president of communications, confirmed Wednesday…

  13. Mike Pelfrey will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Mets Brewers Baseball

    Being the Opening Day starter is a nice little honor to bestow on a pitcher. Especially on teams that don’t have an undisputed ace. It’s a manager’s way of saying “we have confidence in you.” Of saying “you’re The Man now, dog.” Or something like that. The Mets have named theirs. It’s Mike Pelfrey who…

  14. Video: Great Moments in Phillies fan history

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    I was going to stop watching this video the moment something unrealistic was depicted. I watched it all the way to the end.  

  15. Brian Cashman talks about being overruled on the Soriano deal

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Since the moment Rafael Soriano signed with the Yankees, people have been reporting that the Brian Cashman wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger on the deal.  It was his higher ups, it’s been said, going against Cashman’s wishes. Today Cashman confirmed that: “I didn’t recommend it … I’m charged with obviously winning a championship. I’m…

  16. The story of Matt Anderson’s comeback

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    Last week we noted that the Phillies had taken a flier on former Tigers’ prospect Matt Anderson.  Today Jerry Crasnick has a great feature story on him, what he’s gone through the past few years and how he’s approaching his comeback.  Oh, and he also makes a point to debunk the Anderson-hurt-himself-throwing-an-octopus story.  Just read…

  17. UPDATE: The Yankees offered Carl Pavano $10 million

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Pavano Yankees

    UPDATE:  Apparently it was more than talk. WFAN reports that the Yankees made a one-year, $10 million offer, plus incentives.  Yikes! 12:44 PM: We had a Pavano post, we had a Yankees pitching post.  Now, sweet synthesis: Cashman admitted he had “several discussions” with agent for Pavano. That from Peter Botte of the Daily News.…

  18. Andy Pettitte is working out

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    For you Yankees fans who can’t help but read the tea leaves, Brian Hoch passes this along: Girardi spoke to Pettitte last week. No decision, but he confirms Pettitte is at least working out to be in baseball shape. No word on whether that’s traditional Andy Pettitte shape, Joba Chamberlain shape, Pablo Sandoval shape or…

  19. Jack Zduriencik’s statement on Milton Bradley

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik has released a statement about the Milton Bradley arrest: “After reaching Milton Bradley’s representatives tonight, I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles. While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very…

  20. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: the Twins are close to signing Carl Pavano

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Apparently the Twins and Pavano have almost reached a deal. Twins and Pavano are very close to a new deal, working on final details. Bill Smith said today, “I think we’re in the home stretch here.” This is not a repeat from last month. Or last week. Though I have very little faith that it won’t…

  21. The Indians haven’t given up on signing Shin-Soo Choo to an extension

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are trying to work out a multi-year contract with Shin-Soo Choo: “We’re still in the midst of discussions,” said [GM Chris] Antonetti. “I don’t view it as the negotiations being closed.” Choo is one of the most underrated guys in baseball. He’s still got three seasons to…

  22. Remembering the Polo Grounds

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Polo Grounds

    There’s a great story by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times today, looking back at the history of the Polo Grounds.  Like many of the people quoted in is story, I was always struck by pictures of those wacko dimensions: What stands out to fans and historians nearly 47 years since its demolition are…

  23. The imminent Lance Armstrong PED hubub will be instructive

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Lance Armstrong

    My steroids bailiwick is pretty much limited to baseball, so I view the latest stuff about Lance Armstrong as a civilian. I don’t know much about it other than to say that (a) cycling is apparently rotten with PEDs; and (b) any criminal investigation led by Jeff Novitzky should be viewed with extreme dubiousness given his track…

  24. The Blue Jays may be interested in Johnny Damon

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Sometimes I get nostalgic for the winter of 2009-10. It was a simpler time. Bert Blyleven wasn’t a Hall of Famer, people thought that the Mariners won the Milton Bradley-Carlos Silva trade and every other post on HardballTalk was about Johnny Damon.  Let’s relive that for a moment, shall we? The Blue Jays avoided salary…

  25. Remember Josh Lueke? The Mariners should beware of creating a double standard

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Josh Leuke

    Earlier this morning I talked about whether the Mariners will try to void Milton Bradley’s deal.  As reader Sean Boulton noted on Twitter last night, however, they wouldn’t even consider it if they keep true to form. Heck, they wouldn’t even cut him. Remember the Josh Lueke controversy? He was one of the players sent from…

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