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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Mark Cuban is not interested in the Mets or the Dodgers

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    There aren’t many sure things in this world, but one sure thing is that whenever a baseball team’s ownership situation is in flux, people will start mentioning Mark Cuban’s name.  This time Cuban is making a preemptive strike: “I’m not chasing any more baseball teams … “I’ve just come to the conclusion, if I’m going to…

  2. Shane Victorino thinks the Phillies will win it all

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    You know, if I had to make a prediction right now I’d probably say that the Red Sox were the favorites to win it all this season. But it wouldn’t be at all unreasonable to pick the Phillies either. Indeed, I bet something like 90% of the people who engage in the prognostication business will…

  3. The Wilpons fire back

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    After yesterday’s New York Times story alleging that the Wilpons steered others toward Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme, the Wilpons have decided not to take this lying down. The Wilpons’ lawyer to the Daily News: “We believe the complaint is baseless, both factually and legally. We have conveyed that to the trustee’s counsel. Fred Wilpon, Saul…

  4. Cal Ripken’s daughter should have her mouth washed out with soap

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    This will be funny for anyone who collected baseball cards in the 1980s but sort of perplexing for anyone who didn’t.  Short version: Cal Ripken’s daughter called him a Billy Ripken’s bat handle. Those of you needing more explanation are probably best served by reading the story over at the Baltimore Sun as its too rambling…

  5. The Manny Ramirez Johnny Damon press conference

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    I mentioned this yesterday. It was entertaining enough that some of you may want to watch it. Rays fans will think it’s funny up to the exact moment that the team starts losing or Manny creates some sort of turmoil.  At that point, they’ll never ever want to watch this video or be reminded of…

  6. Roger Clemens keeps his lawyer; Ken Griffey Sr. says he’s “a good guy”

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    As we mentioned this morning, Roger Clemens was in court today to deal with is attorney’s conflict-of-interest. It’s all resolved now. Conflicts have been waived and another attorney is going to cross-examine Andy Pettitte. Tough break for the prosecution. Oh well. This part was fun, though: [Judge] Walton ended the 10-minute hearing by raising another…

  7. Great moments in provocation: the Giants take their trophy to San Jose

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Bruce Newman of the San Jose Mercury News has a column today about the Giants bringing their World Series trophy for display in San Jose.  According to Newman This Means Something. This is Important: On Tuesday, the Giants brought their precious metal mantelpiece to San Jose to mark their territorial rights in the most public…

  8. Hey, Chuck Greenberg was delusional after all!

    Feb 2, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Remember last week when Chuck Greeneberg said that his visits to Cliff Lee knocked the Yankees out of the running, and how Yankees President Randy Levine called Greenberg delusional for making such a suggestion?  Seems Levine was right. Here’s Heyman: A series of interviews with several people either involved in the talks or with knowledge…

  9. Give in and take the O’s offer, Vlad. Seriously.

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Buster Olney tweets: The next 48 hours expected to be pivotal in the Vladimir Guerrero contract talks. The O’s have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more. The last reports had the O’s offering Guerrero $4-5 million.  Rather than passively showing a mere lack of interest, teams are actually announcing that they’re not…

  10. If you didn’t think the Angels were crazy enough

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    mlb_beltran_412

    The Angels trading for Vernon Wells and his contract was a serious case of Bad Ideas Jeans.  But even worse is that they turned down something way better. Joel Sherman at the Post reports: The way I hear it the Mets and Angels did actually discuss Beltran. But the Angels ultimately saw Wells as the…

  11. Astros-Red Sox exhibition game canceled

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Minute Maid Park

    The Astros and Red Sox were scheduled to play two exhibition games in Houston just before opening day.  Actually, one of them was going to be on Opening Day. I missed this from a few days ago, but that latter one has been cancelled because the league apparently doesn’t like teams playing games that don’t count on…

  12. The Royals hire Willie Aikens

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Willie Aikens

    The Royals hired a former player as a minor league coach yesterday. No biggie. Happens every day. Except this minor league coach is Willie Mays Aikens, who spent nearly 14 years in federal prison for selling crack in the mid 90s. Aikens — who had a breakout performance in the 1980 World Series — has…

  13. When sports owners attack

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Dan Snyder

    This isn’t about baseball but it’s fun anyway.  One day I hope to anger a baseball owner this much. Sadly, however, I don’t think there are any baseball owners as crazy, awful and mean as Dan Snyder is: There’s no question Redskins owner Dan Snyder had a few problems with a cover story about him…

  14. The Giants hire Lou Piniella

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Piniella

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have hired Lou Piniella. Since it’s the Giants we’re talking about I had to double check to make sure it wasn’t as a backup left fielder — hey, 67 is the new 37, and 37 is young when you’re the Giants– but alas, it appears as though…

  15. In which I offer free advice to the Clemens Prosecutors

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    Roger Clemens will be in court for a hearing today regarding that potential conflict of interest issue with his lawyer, Rustin Hardin, that we talked about last week (and three years ago).  Short version: Hardin represented Pettitte for a millisecond and Pettitte is now going to testify against Clemens.  This gave me a larf: Prosecutors have proposed that…

  16. Dave Roberts is back to health

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Dave Roberts

    Last May Dave Roberts announced that he had lymphoma.  At the time he said it was caught early and was eminently treatable.  Good news: Roberts was right, he’s in remission and has returned to coaching the Padres: Roberts is already hard at work in his new gig as San Diego Padres first-base coach less than…

  17. The Mets and Madoff: “Bernie was part of the business plan for the Mets”

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Fred Wilpon has insisted since 2008 that the Bernie Madoff mess had little impact on the Mets’ baseball operations.  Even since last week, when it was announced that he would have to sell part of the team due to the Madoff losses, the sense has been that they are exclusively personal losses and that since…

  18. And now some weird random Steinbrenner news

    Feb 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Totally buried the lede here.  The real news nugget: Hank Steinbrenner actually works: The Boss’ old office at Steinbrenner Field is being used, again. The Steinbrenner family, as part of a renovation project at the Yankees’ spring training stadium, decided that team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner will use the office of his late father, George Steinbrenner. Hank Steinbrenner said…

  19. The Brewers and Mark Kotsay are close to a deal

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Mark Kotsay

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Brewers are close to a deal with Mark Kotsay.  It’s a major league deal, so they presumably have a job for him. Kotsay tanked as the White Sox’ DH last year, posting a .239/.303/.376 line.  He’ll be much more useful as a bench guy, pinch hitter, which is what he’ll…

  20. Must-Click Link: a 100-year-old death threat to Smoky Joe Wood

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Tyler Mass at Bugs and Cranks stumbled upon a death threat that was delivered to the great Red Sox hurler Smoky Joe Wood during his outstanding 1912 season.  He has the letter — complete with tons of typos — reproduced over at B&C today.  It’s something to behold.  Given that Wood lived until 1985, it’s…

  21. Manny and Johnny: “We’re back!”

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon were formally introduced by the Rays today. They had a press conference. It sounds like it was a  laugh riot.  Highlights, taken from this WEEI report and Marc Topkin’s Twitter feed: At the outset Manny smiled and said “we’re back!” Manny did not put on his Rays cap because he…

  22. Chipper Jones knocked the cover off a baseball today

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    I thought this was a joke when it popped up on Twitter earlier today, but Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said today that Chipper Jones literally knocked the cover off a baseball while taking BP today.  He has a pic of said baseball up here. He insists in his tweet that it was legit.…

  23. Wait. NFL analysts don’t factor in context?

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v Atlanta Falcons

    Tom Verducci — a baseball guy — has a football-related column up over at Sports Illustrated today in which he throws in some baseball spice to the NFL soup: Baseball fans get the importance of context on performance — especially where the game is being played — going all the way back to the debate…

  24. Steve Garvey wants to own the Dodgers

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    It’s a big week for phony-baloney would-be-heads-of-ownership-groups. We’ve had reports of a couple of billionaire businessmen with interest in buying the Dodgers.  Because they’re billionaire businessmen, they’ll likely have people handling negotiations for them and will eschew media so as to keep their plans and intentions strategically oblique. Then we got Steve Garvey: The 62-year…

  25. Tommy Hanson is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The “Player X has added Y pounds of muscle” construction is closely related to the BSOML phenomenon.  Indeed, it is believed that that “muscle” and “shape” have similar roots in Indo-European etymology!* Don’t let the overgrown offseason beard fool you. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has been working hard this offseason, taking advantage of some new resources…

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