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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Clayton Kershaw gets the nod as Opening Day starter

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    What, you were expecting Vicente Padilla? Don Mattingly gave Kershaw the most deserved nod today, and I’m excited about it even if being a team’s Opening Day starter isn’t as significant as some people like to think it is. The reason for my excitement?  It means that we get Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw from…

  2. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman on Joba Chamberlain

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    Brian Cashman has been the lead B.S. detector when it comes to the weight of Yankees pitchers.  The other day he questioned whether CC Sabathia had lost 30 pounds.  Sabathia had actually lost 25, though, so Cashman is maybe a bit pessimistic when it comes to these things. But I’ll admit I’m having trouble reading…

  3. Roger Bernadina is in the best shape of his … OH MY GOD!

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Roger Bernadina

    I just put the pic of Bernadina in his uniform up so that the post will still look nice and fancy on the iPad app.  And because I don’t have the rights to use the photo of Bernadina from this morning that just got put up over at the Washington Post. Click through to look…

  4. No deal at the deadline: where do Pujols and the Cardinals go from here?

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    It’s now past the deadline that Albert Pujols set for the cutoff of negotiations with the Cardinals.  For all practical purposes spring training has begun for Pujols and El Hombre will not negotiate during spring training.  So now, aside from another of his usual Hall of Fame-caliber seasons,what does the future hold for Pujols and…

  5. Surprise: Tony La Russa won’t back down on the Pujols-union stuff

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    Yesterday Tony La Russa said that, though he has no evidence that he MLBPA is pressuring Albert Pujols to hold out for top dollar, he suspected it was the case. More than suspected, actually, he called it a “guaranteed assumption.” Then Mike Weiner of the MLBA said it wasn’t true. And Scott Boras — who knows…

  6. Jeff Wilpon says his family is not selling a controlling interest in the Mets

    Feb 16, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    Darn, I suppose that means that the whole Donald Trump scenario is kaput: Jeff Wilpon made his first appearance of the spring in Port St. Lucie Wednesday morning in the Mets clubhouse, and reiterated that his family will retain control of the Mets, despite a $1 billion lawsuit that alleges they should have known about…

  7. It’s over for now: Albert Pujols and the Cardinals have reached the deadline with no deal

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The official deadline was to be 11AM, but Buster Olney just tweeted the following: Pujols contract talks are over. Deadline will pass without a deal. Have not been proposals swapped in last 100 hours or so. And it wouldn’t have been that big a deal if Pujols hadn’t gone and set a deadline.  Not that…

  8. Kenny Lofton to be an Indians instructor/team ambassador

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

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    There are a lot of these sorts of deals around — former player agrees to hang out at spring training and work with select players on his area of expertise.  Kenny Lofton is a great choice for this in Indians camp.  The stuff he did best is the stuff that is probably the most teachable:…

  9. Delmon Young and the Twins avoid arbitration

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    The Twins and Delmon Young agreed to a one-year, arbitration-avoiding deal. It’s for $5.375 million, which is a tad less than the midpoint between Young’s filing number ($6.25 million) and the Twins’ filing number ($4.65 million). Young had a something of a breakout year last year, hitting .298/.333/.493 with 21 homers and 112 RBI, but the Twins don’t…

  10. A.J. Burnett is confident: “Guys don’t want to face me”

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    I know A.J. Burnett became something of a joke last year. In much the way I tend to reach for Jeff Francoeur‘s name whenever I’m trying for a laugh line about an ineffective hitter, Burnett has sort of become that for people who want to wax pessimistic about a big money, low results pitcher. Burnett,…

  11. Yes, Barry Bonds could very well be convicted

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    I probably need to clarify a point regarding my assessment of the prosecution’s case in the whole Barry Bonds.  I’ve said many times that I think it’s a weak case. Recently my comments to this effect have been picked up by various blogs and have been characterized as me saying that Bonds is going to…

  12. Bonds prosecutors get an evidentiary win

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    Yesterday I outlined some of the things I thought were on the silly side when it came to the evidentiary battles in the Barry Bonds prosecution.  There was a ruling yesterday, however, that is not at all silly. At least if you’re Barry Bonds:  the judge will allow prosecutors to play a recording to the…

  13. Cameron Maybin may be in trouble with the Padres

    Feb 16, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    It’s early, but the leader in the “best story to come out of spring training” clubhouse comes from the guys at Gaslamp Ball. The subject: Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin, who yesterday took to Twitter to complain — colorfully — how a meal at Panda Express disagreed with him: Never eat panda express shits had me…

  14. The Red Sox trade Robert Coello to the Cubs

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    The Cubbies got what in all likelihood will be bullpen help today when they acquired Robert Coello from the Red Sox. In exchange they sent infielder Tony Thomas to Boston. Coello, who was DFA’s last week, had a brief callup at the end of last season. He only pitched in six games, but he struck…

  15. Carlos Silva believes he has already won a spot in the Cubs rotation

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    It may be the first day of spring training, but Carlos Silva is oozing confidence about his place in the Cubs plans: “For me, there’s only one spot open. I am one of the starters, you know what I mean? Whatever they think, they think that, not me.” He did add that “if I have…

  16. Scott Boras rips Tony La Russa a new one

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Michael Weiner has already denied Tony La Russa’s claims that the MLBPA is somehow exerting pressure on Albert Pujols in the course of his negotiations with the Cardinals, and Weiner is the official voice of that.  But there probably isn’t anyone who knows more about the dynamics of high-price player negotiations than Scott Boras, and…

  17. Senators to baseball: ban smokeless tobacco

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    I’m torn: on the one hand I would love Major League Baseball to ban the use of smokeless tobacco by players.  On the other hand, there aren’t many things I hate more than when Congress decides to stick its nose in baseball’s business: Two Democratic senators are asking baseball commissioner Bud Selig to ban all…

  18. Danny Valencia is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Actually, I’m thinking that Valencia is just trolling me here. From his Twitter feed: Just got done working out, best shape of my life!!! Now to the field! In other news, the USA Today Daily Pitch blog has begun tracking “best shape of his life” stories.  The more the merrier, but really USA Today: you…

  19. Your totally wacky and totally made up trade speculation of the day

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The sports schedule needs to figure out how to eliminate the couple of weeks between the Super Bowl and the spring training games starting because that void leads to boredom and that boredom leads to stuff like this from Harold Reynolds — laundered to arguable respectability by Ken Rosenthal — to bubble up to the…

  20. Just stop it: Donald Trump is not going to buy the Mets

    Feb 15, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Donald Trump

    Remember that stuff I was saying about ignoring the celebrity owner speculation when it came to the Mets?  The New York Times apparently doesn’t read HardballTalk, as they report today that Donald Trump has spoken to the Wilpons about buying into the Mets and will meet with the team soon.  Trump says, however, that he’d…

  21. Tony La Russa to the union: Leave Albert Pujols alone!

    Feb 15, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    He didn’t quite put it that way, but that was the gist.  Here’s La Russa lamenting what he believes to be the union strong-arming Albert Pujols into trying to get as much money as possible: St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday that he believes the Major League Baseball Players Association is attempting…

  22. The Mariners have hired Ken Griffey Jr.

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Griffey on shoulders

    The Mariners have issued a release announcing that Ken Griffey Jr. has been hired as a special consultant to the club.  Griffey “will be involved in numerous areas of the Mariners franchise, including, but not limited to, Major League Baseball Operations, player development, our minor league system marketing, broadcasting and community relations.” That seems like…

  23. The Mets won’t talk to Jose Reyes about a contract extension this spring

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Not talking about contract extensions during spring training is the new black. Adam Rubin: Sandy Alderson says “unlikely” any extension talks with Jose Reyes during spring training. Word on the street is that it has nothing to do with whether the Mets truly want Reyes back on a long term deal. It’s just that, given…

  24. The Albert Pujols deadline was a big mistake

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Here’s Joe Strauss’ latest on the State of the Pujols negotiations.  Not much new in there other than the tidbit that Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano and Cadinals’ GM John Mozeliak are “in regular contact.” All of this stuff — the deadline, the moving of the deadline for Musial’s thing, etc. — just makes me think…

  25. Mets beat writer is a man of his word: wears a Speedo to spring training

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Phelps speedo

    Back during the Winter Meetings New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote the following: Here’s some of what we’ve been able to gather during the first day here in Florida. Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I’ll cover spring training in a…

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