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Craig Calcaterra

  1. CC Sabathia is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Sabathia fat

    This article — shot my way by Jason over at IIATMS — doesn’t have the magic words, but it’s close enough to qualify under my liberal definition of BSOML articles: “I’m feeling good,” Sabathia said. “I wasn’t really worried about the surgery because I had it before. It was just swelling up on me after…

  2. The Rays hire ex-Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    dave-eiland-and-joe-girardi-yankees

    This had been rumored for a while, but it’s now official: the Rays have hired former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland. Eiland was named as a special assistant to Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman. He’ll some scouting and handle special assignments. Eiland left the Yankees under somewhat clouded circumstances. Apparently only Murray Chass knows what those…

  3. Comment of the Day: The Mariners don’t need Felix Hernandez

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Reader ufy1950 would like to disabuse Seattle Mariners fans of the notion that they really need Felix Hernandez around: Well my friend.  It’s you who are delusional.  In a team sport no one player is any more valuable then his teammates.  Unless the Mariners are successful King Felix will be nothing more then a footnote…

  4. The City of Oakland decides to flush $750,000 down the toilet

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    Earlier this month we passed along word that the City of Oakland was developing a ballpark plan for the A’s. It was facing a dilemma, however because of Major League Baseball’s continued dithering on the whole can-the-A’s-play-in-San Jose issue.  Should the city spend the money for an environmental impact assessment when it’s unclear whether the…

  5. The Tigers are starting an “energy squad”

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Comerica Park

    Corporate marketing and cheerleading! Two things that baseball doesn’t need more of, together at last! The Tigers are looking for fun, energetic fans to be part of the DTE Energy Squad — a promotion, entertainment and fan-interaction team. The squad will help rile up the crowd at Comerica Park. Members of the DTE Energy Squad…

  6. Looks like the Phillies rotation is going to be “R2C2″ whether we like it or not

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    I linked the Stan Hochman column in which he solicited ideas for nicknames for the Phillies’ rotation the other day (recall that he wanted it to be “Un-Four-gettables”).  Well, the mob has spoken and Stan delivers the news: The winner, by a squeaky margin, was R2C2, a spinoff of the smart-aleck “Star Wars” robot. Good…

  7. Russell Martin will be in the best shape of his life

    Dec 23, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Russell Martin mask

    Not even Christmas yet and we’ve had a bunch of these already: A two-time All-Star and former Gold Glove winner, Martin slipped offensively the last two seasons. He feels a new workout regimen will greatly benefit his hitting. “I’m probably going to be in the best shape of my life going into spring training,” said…

  8. The best Hall of Fame column I’ve read so far

    Dec 23, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    mcgwire-101020

    It’s Ken Davidoff’s.  And while I really like his selections — Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Bert Blyleven, Kevin Brown, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Mark McGwire, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker — I like his reasoning and explanation better. Among many other bits of goodness, Davidoff points out how important the five-year waiting period…

  9. The Nats sign Sean Burnett to a two-year extension

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    The Nats signed lefty Sean Burnett two a two-year, $3.7 million contract with a $3.5 million mutual option for 2013. The contract covers his final two years of arbitration and the option is for his first year of free agency. He’ll make $1.4 million next season and $2.3 million in 2012. Burnett is a really…

  10. Carl Crawford treats Rays employees to lunch

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    Carl Crawford is so nice: The four-time All-Star who agreed to a $142 million, seven-year deal with the Red Sox this month picked up the tab Wednesday for lunch at Tropicana Field, where about 150 Rays employees feasted on a barbecue meal the Gold Glove left fielder arranged to have delivered to the home of the…

  11. The Padres are considering Russell Branyan

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers

    Buster Olney says that the Padres — the odd men out on Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee, it seems — are considering signing Russell Branyan and using him in a platoon at first base.  Olney mentions Kyle Blanks as a potential platoon partner but he’s going to miss a good chunk of next season due…

  12. The Reds are interested in Scott Podsednik

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    scott-podsednik-dodgers-swinging

    Adrian Beltre and Rafael Soriano are still on the market with only vague interest, but two teams are after Scott Podsednik. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds have joined the Angels as a team interested in the limited leadoff man. Podsednik, turns 35 in March. He hit a respectable .297/.342/.382 with six homers and 51 RBI between…

  13. Jack Morris + Mariano Rivera = Bert Blyleven

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Jack Morris

    This is fun: Bill at the Platoon Advantage engaged in a little alternate history exercise. He pretended that, rather than retire, Jack Morris came back in 1995 as a knuckleball-throwing closer and tacked the entire career of Mariano Rivera onto his career stat line. Aside from that being the most awesome thing that would have ever…

  14. You know Yankees fans are kind of nuts when …

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez crop

    … The Daily News actually feels it necessary to get comment from Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik that, no, he does not plan on trading their young, reasonably-priced reigning Cy Young Award winning ace to the Yankees: “I have no interest in trading Felix,” Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik told the Daily News Wednesday. “He’s a true ace, a…

  15. The Royals may want to rethink the way they talk about the Greinke trade

    Dec 22, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Unlike a lot of folks, I’m actually pretty OK with the Zack Greinke trade from the Royals’ perspective.  No, you don’t always “win” a trade when you give up the best player in the deal — indeed, you rarely do — but “Zack Greinke: Kansas City Royal” was just not a viable possibility going forward…

  16. Adrian Gonzalez made a promise to the Red Sox

    Dec 22, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

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

    If you can get past the introductory love story about Adrian Gonzalez and his high school sweetheart (and now wife) in Gordon Edes’ latest at ESPN Boston, you’ll read an interesting inside account of the negotiations between Adrian Gonzalez and the Boston Red Sox during their 24-hour negotiating window earlier this month. Edes reports that…

  17. How do you market the Royals?

    Dec 22, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    The biggest star on the Kansas City Royals was Zack Greinke. With him gone, James Dornbrook of KC Biz Beat wonders how the team will go about marketing itself.  He asked Royals spokesman Toby Cook. The response: Cook said that right now, the Royals will focus on marketing the ball park and slowly introduce the…

  18. Graphing the recent decade-leading pitchers

    Dec 22, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    jack morris-thumb-250x375-4861

    My friend Ethan Stock — the same one who suggested that I make that list of pitchers who lead a given decade in wins — made a graph for us.  His comment in the email accompanying the graph is Quote of the Day material: “Saying Jack Morris is a Hall of Fame pitcher because he…

  19. Driver who killed Nick Adenhart sentenced to 51 years-to-life in prison

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Nick Adenhart large

    Andrew Gallo, the driver who killed Angels’ pitcher Nick Adenhart has been sentenced to 51 years-to-life in prison. In addition to Adenhart, Gallo killed Adenhart’s friends Courtney Frances Stewart and Henry Pearson and critically injured a fourth victim, Jon Wilhite. I’m not sure how sentencing goes in California, but in jurisdictions I’m familiar with, when you…

  20. Winningest pitchers of decades that happened to touch the 1980s

    Dec 22, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Mr. T

    This morning I noted how random and misleading it was to give credit to Jack Morris for being the winningest pitcher of the 1980s.  After reading it, my friend Ethan suggested that I try to figure out who the winningest pitchers were for decades that happened to intersect with the 1980s. So I did.  Here…

  21. Buster Olney’s Hall of Fame ballot is unique

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    roberto alomar indians-thumb-270x270-4767

    Buster Olney’s Hall of Fame selections are buried in his column today. He doesn’t explain his picks there, but I think it’s safe to say that no one will have a ballot quite like his: Roberto Alomar, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, and Mark McGwire. There’s obviously no PED stigma for Olney (which he has explained in…

  22. A third option for the Orioles at first base

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Troy Glaus third base

    The Orioles have a three-year $21 million offer on the table to Adam LaRoche. For reasons that remain unclear, he has not jumped at it yet.  Realizing that maybe going three-years on LaRoche isn’t the best idea, they have reportedly contacted Derrek Lee, who may be amenable to a one-year deal.  Makes sense. Know what…

  23. Zack Greinke is already paying dividends for Milwaukee

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Zack Greinke deal is going over well with Brewers fans: Rick Schlesinger, the team’s executive vice president for business operations, said Tuesday that between Sunday afternoon and Monday night the team sold 1,100 new season-ticket packages. “Those are brand new account holders whom I’m convinced wouldn’t…

  24. Five teams — including the Yankees — are interested in Jeff Francis

    Dec 22, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Rangers and Yankees have shown interest in Jeff Francis, who most recently pitched for the Rockies.  Some of those other teams have been mentioned before, but this is the first time anyone has reported the Yankees’ interest. As Drew noted over the weekend, Francis was rusty at times…

  25. Hey! There’s a mystery team interested in Brandon Webb!

    Dec 22, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    Brandon Webb is being pursued by the Rangers, Cubs and maybe the Nationals.  And, according to Jerry Crasnick, there’s “an unidentified NL Central team” interested as well. You can’t fool me with your calm, precise and non-inflammatory rhetoric, Jerry. That’s a mystery team.  Don’t worry, I’m a lawyer and I checked. You don’t have to pay…

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