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Craig Calcaterra

  1. MLB.com names Mike Trout baseball’s number one prospect

    Jan 26, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    There are a lot of competing prospect rankings out there — I’m personally partial to Keith Law’s, which will come out today, I gather — but MLB.com puts a good one out every year too.  They did yesterday, and they rank the Angels’ 19-year-old outfield prospect Mike Trout as the toppermost of the poppermost: Trout,…

  2. Did the Rangers push Cliff Lee to Philly?

    Jan 26, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Chuck Greenberg would like to be credited with an assist on the Cliff Lee-to-Philly deal: Even though Philadelphia was probably not in, they were always in the back of our mind,” Greenberg said. “I think if we wouldn’t have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees.…

  3. Does Neftali Feliz have a chance to start?

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    I hate it when awesome young pitchers who started in the minor leagues are turned into big league relievers and then everyone talks about how much better suited they are for the bullpen. Of course they’re dominant out of the pen! almost every pitcher is better out of the pen. They can throw harder. They…

  4. Nelson Figueroa is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Astros pitcher Nelson Figueroa reminds us that spring is right around the corner: I was very fortunate for the past few years to go to the Dominican and win a few championships in the Caribbean Series. This year, going to Spring Training and not having to do all that, not having to do all that…

  5. Rocco Baldelli to announce his retirement today

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli

    From Marc Topkin at the St. Pete Times: Rocco Baldelli would have reason to spend hours, if not days, lamenting how his once promising baseball career was cut short by injury and a mysterious illness. He won’t do that, because that’s not his nature. Plus, he’s too busy embracing the next phase of his life.…

  6. Hank Steinbrenner: “we just have to (bleeping) win”

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Remember back when it seemed like Hank Steinbrenner had been given a lobotomy or had been sent off to an undisclosed location where the media couldn’t find him?  Yeah, that was a total drag. “We will do what we have to do to win,” Steinbrenner told The Post recently in a wide-ranging interview at Steinbrenner…

  7. Cashman clarifies his Jeter-to-the-outfield comments

    Jan 26, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Brian Cashman’s comments about Derek Jeter moving to the outfield one day caused a mini-uproar yesterday (and a fun mini-research project). Late yesterday, however,  he told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger that people need to chill. Well, not in so many words, but that’s clearly what he meant: Later, Cashman said he was dealing merely in…

  8. You’re wrong, Calcaterra: Mets fans most certainly do live and die with their team

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Sad Mets fan

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote this about Mets fans: I don’t think there’s a fan base of its size in all of sports that has a more balanced take on things. Mets fans love ‘em when they win. When they don’t, well, they’re not gonna cry about it and make their lives miserable.…

  9. Did the Yankees censor blogs in the wake of the Rafael Soriano deal?

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    TYU has a new post up that raises an interesting ethical question about the Yankees and the blogs with which they’re affiliated: When news of Rafael Soriano’s signing filtered onto Twitter on the evening of January 13th, many Yankees fans were aghast at the length of the deal and the fact that the club had…

  10. The McCourt drama may not be over for a looooong time

    Jan 25, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times — who has been all over the McCourts divorce saga since it began — has an update. And it’s not rosy. Jamie McCourt wants to be considered Frank’s co-owner of the Dodgers. Frank wants no part of it and is going to try to string out the litigation…

  11. In case you were missing Joe Morgan …

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    Joe Morgan was interviewed on KJR in Seattle yesterday. When asked about what made the Big Red Machine special, he gave us a taste of exactly what we’ll be missing this summer when he is no longer on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball: We did things, we gave up our own individuality to make the team…

  12. The Jays have yet to approach Jose Bautista about a multi-year deal

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista swinging

    The second most shocking thing about the Vernon Wells trade — after the Angels actually agreeing to it — was the fact that it left the Blue Jays with only $17.4 million in payroll commitments for 2012.  The conventional wisdom when that news started to spread was that all of that freed-up money would be used…

  13. Derek Jeter: full time outfielder? Never gonna happen

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    This morning, at Brian Cashman’s little press availability, the Yankees general manager said that he envisioned Derek Jeter moving off shortstop and into the outfield before his new contract is up after the 2014 season. It’s not a ridiculous thing to say at this point in time because (a) Jeter is unlikely to be able…

  14. David Eckstein: your destiny is calling

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Philippines_flag

    The mayor of Manila all but begs David Eckstein to come to The Philippines and help revive baseball: “Baseball is once a popular sport here and we have a number of baseball stadiums before. But its popularity continue to wane because of basketball,” said Lim. Lim said sports leaders and other sponsors should channel some their resources…

  15. A HardballTalk reader owns that Cubs shirt

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cubs dress shirt

    We weren’t expecting this:  a startling reader confession from the comments section of the Cubs shirt post: I actually own this shirt but I have never had the cajones to wear it.  My wife and her mother bought it for me on clearance this Summer at Von Maur.  They meant well, but they didn’t understand how…

  16. Great moments in team merchandise: Chicago Cubs edition

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    This is one you’ll need to click-through to see in its full glory.

  17. Casey Kelly has an innings limit

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Image (1) casey%20kelly.jpg for post 6413

    Casey Kelly was the centerpiece of the Adrian Gonzalez deal. Well, Gonzaelz was, but Kelly was the most notable guy coming to San Diego.  This morning Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Kelly is going to be capped at 150 innings this year. Makes sense, given that he’s logged only 190 professional innings across two…

  18. Brian Cashman is dropping some moderate-sized bombs this morning

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Cashman profile

    espnW’s Amanda Rykoff is at WFAN’s Breakfast with a Champion event in New York this morning, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman is talking to the media.  She’s live-tweeting it, and it you can check out her feed now to see what all the columnists will be talking about tomorrow. Among the comments from Cashman that might…

  19. The Nats are interested in Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona

    Jan 25, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona

    Phil Wood of MASN reports that a “big league scout” says that the Nationals have had conversations with the Indians about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona. I guess I can see that. Both of those guys have tremendous upside. But it also strikes me that the Indians would be silly to entertain offers for them…

  20. Must-Click Link: Sabermetrics’ greatest one-hit-wonder

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Personally I wouldn’t consider Voros McCracken a one-hit-wonder — I’d like to think he’s got another half-dozen breakthroughs in him — but he uses the phrase himself, so I suppose it’s fair enough. For those who don’t know, McCracken is the man who figured out defense-independent pitching statistics — shortened to DIPS — which form…

  21. The Pirates raise prices for walkup tickets, but it’s cool

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Empty PNC Park

    My eyes bulged a bit when I saw that the Pirates had raised some ticket prices. The Pirates? Really? You can’t give Pirates tickets away some days, so how do they get off raising prices? Then I read further — and read Dejan Kovacevic’s longer take on it — and realized that (a) it’s only a…

  22. Murray Chass can’t let go of Mike Piazza’s back acne

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    While I was initially outraged at Murray Chass’s insistence that he knows Mike Piazza used steroids because he saw back acne on him once while walking through the locker room, I have since become amused by it. And a little bit in awe of his tenaciousness in holding on to the point. He wrote this over…

  23. The President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum defends the decision to move the Legacy Awards Show

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Last week I posted  a link to Sam Mellinger’s story in the Kansas City Star about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s decision not to hold its annual Legacy Awards Show this month.  Today I received an email from the President of the NLBM, Dr. Raymond Doswell, who takes issue with Mellinger’s characterization and, subsequently, my…

  24. Joe Torre leaning toward taking a job with Major League Baseball

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    A couple of weeks ago we learned that Joe Torre was considering taking Sandy Alderson’s gig with Major League Baseball. Today it’s reported that he’s learning towards accepting it. Or at least something like it: Joe Torre may not stay retired much longer. The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager says he’s leaning toward accepting a…

  25. Should the Rangers bring up Josh Hamilton’s substance abuse history if they go to arbitration?

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton waiting to hit during workouts in preparation for Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Unless they settle with either a one-year deal or a big lockup package, Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are slated to head to an arbitration hearing sometime soon.  From that an interesting question emerges: how hard do the Rangers hit him — if they hit him at all — with his substance abuse history? The…

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