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Craig Calcaterra

  1. What’s wrong with “innocent until proven guilty” for PEDs?

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:25 AM EDT

    Salem trial

    Several writers who have defended excluding Jeff Bagwell from their Hall of Fame ballots have said that they don’t have a problem doing so even though there’s no evidence that he used steroids because the Hall of Fame is not a court of law, and the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” does not apply.…

  2. Chad Cordero signs with the Blue Jays

    Jan 3, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    cordero

    When last we saw former All-Star closer Chad Cordero, he was being signed by the Mets.  That didn’t really go anyplace — he didn’t make it out of AAA after the deal — but he’s got a gig for 2011: the Blue Jays have signed him. It’s not definitely a gig. The report is vague…

  3. UPDATE: The Adrian Beltre/Rangers seesaw continues

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE:  First Adrian Beltre and the Rangers had a deal. Then they didn’t. Then a deal was imminent. Now it’s not again: Club officials are not particularly optimistic that something will get down with third baseman Adrian Beltre. That deal seems unlikely give the tenor of feeling on Monday but things could change. The weird…

  4. Ubaldo Jimenez will have to wait for his extension

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    Troy Tulowitzki was under team control through 2014 and got a ten-year deal. Carlos Gonzalez was under team control through 2014, and he’s about to get a seven-year extension.  Ubaldo Jimenez is under team control through 2014 and … he’s gotta hold tight.  So says Troy Renck, who reports that the Rockies would wait until…

  5. One Hall of Fame voter will keep his votes secret from now on

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Voting booth

    Hall of Fame voters are under no obligation to share their ballots with the public. FanHouse’s Ed Price has, in the past, done so. He will not do so anymore: Unlike the annual BBWAA awards, Hall of Fame voting is by secret ballot. And while in the past I have published my vote, I no…

  6. Get to Royals’ spring training early this year

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    2011 is going to be a rough, rough year for Kansas City. But as we have noted a number of times in recent months, the future is bright.  And the future will be on display this spring, because the team has invited many of its big name prospects to big league camp: A total of…

  7. Quote of the Day: Heyman on Bert Blyleven

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    blyleven

    Jon Heyman wrote one of those New Year’s Resolutions-style columns, in which he put voice to what he wishes 50 baseball figures would think heading into 2011.  Here’s his entry for Bert Blyleven: I will consider myself fortunate when I am voted into the Hall of Fame, and understand that while I had a great…

  8. The Mets are testing some grand business management theories or something

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    alderson at podium

    I don’t like the Mets very much, but I really hate business books. As such, this article in today’s Wall Street Journal about how a book analyzing what happens to businesses who collect brains rather than promote from within relates to the Mets was a bit of a slog.  Some of you may like it…

  9. Andy Pettitte is supposed to make up his mind this week

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York says that the Yankees expect to get Andy Pettitte’s decision this week. Most reports before now have had Pettitte leaning toward retirement.  It’s hard to know how much of that is true and how much of that is an attempt at extracting more money out of the Yankees. I…

  10. The Marlins look forward to their new multi-use stadium

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    marlins new park

    Wait, you thought they were moving into a baseball-specific ballpark? Ha! How little you know of commerce today. Marlins team president David Samson: “We’re prepared to host football games. We’re prepared to host soccer games. We’re prepared to host home shows, boat shows, trade shows, baseball tournaments, college baseball tournaments and concerts. All of these things…

  11. You could buy official jerseys in 1919. Cool. I think.

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Babe Ruth Red Sox

    I remember trying to get an official game-quality Tigers jersey back in 1983 or 1984. Even in Michigan it was a pain. My folks couldn’t find one anywhere in Flint. Just a bunch of cheapo-knockoffs with iron-on quality lettering and stuff.  The options were mail-order or to drive 60 miles to one of a handful…

  12. Alfredo Simon has turned himself in

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    simon bigger

    A reader passes along this Spanish-language tweet reporting that Orioles’ reliever Alfredo Simon has turned himself in to the police. My Spanish is terrible, but I think the entirety of that tweet says he’ll be transferred for interrogation and that he has pleaded not guilty. This is apparently a pic of Simon with the police…

  13. Cole Hamels is not sweating his contract at the moment

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:06 AM EDT

    Cole hamels

    Cole Hamels’ Hamels’ contract expires after 2011, with an added year of arbitration eligibility for 2012. I suspect that some people are going to get antsy about that soon, wondering if grabbing Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt is going to cost the Phillies the chance to lock up the one pitcher of that crowd who might…

  14. Some baseball writers believe they are the morality police

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    In the course of Michael S. Schmidt’s recent column on Jeff Bagwell, Ross Newhan, the retired Los Angeles Times writer and still-current Hall of Fame voter, describes what he sees as the role of the electorate: “Somebody said we are not the morality police, but yet I think we are. If we aren’t, who is?…

  15. Carl Pavano could sign this week

    Jan 3, 2011, 6:05 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that Carl Pavano may make a decision this week between the Twins and the Nationals.  There had been some previous chatter of Texas and possibly Seattle being interested, but there’s no mention of them in this latest report. As Aaron noted last week, Pavano wants a three-year deal, and…

  16. Have a happy new year, HBT Nation

    Dec 31, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    champagne pic

    The wife and I are taking the kids to a party soon.  Really: a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party with a couple other families. It runs from 6PM to 9PM and all the kids blow their noisemakers at 9.  I know it sounds lame to a lot of you, but we’ll still have fun. I…

  17. Tough break for Rockies prospect Kyle Parker

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Kyle Parker baseball

    Literally, a tough break. Rockies prospect Kyle Parker — who doubles as Clemson’s starting quarterback — just went down with broken ribs in the Meineke Bowl.  His college career is now over.  With spring training less than two months away, one has to assume that his pro baseball career is going to be somewhat delayed. Parker…

  18. Must-Click Link: Comparing player physiques over time

    Dec 31, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    Click Here large

    Most of the people who are on the Bagwell-is-a-roider train ask that we simply compare the physiques of young Bagwell and old Bagwell and all will be revealed. Oh really? Jason at IIATMS spent a ton of time today snagging pics of players when they were young and when they were old and puts them…

  19. No, bloggers don’t have Bagwell groupthink

    Dec 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    “You’re part of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!” Second baseman Roberto Alomar and starting pitcher Bert Blyleven were named today as the recommended 2011 Hall of Fame class by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance … Both players received 117 votes out of the 154 ballots cast, resulting in a 75.97% approval rate. …

  20. People were sour on Bert Blyleven 35 years ago

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    blyleven

    A lot of the resistance to Bert Blyleven’s Hall of Fame candidacy is based on the notion that, while he was pitching, no one thought of him as a Hall of Famer. I think that’s definitely the case.  I wasn’t really aware of him as a player — as opposed to a random 1970s baseball card…

  21. Tom Vandergriff helped bring the Senators to Texas

    Dec 31, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Vandergriff

    I promise that it won’t all be obituaries today, but this one is pretty notable.  Tom Vandergriff, the man who, as mayor, helped bring the Washington Senators to Arlington, Texas where they became the Rangers has died: In 1965, Vandergriff brought Dallas and Fort Worth officials together to help build a minor league baseball stadium…

  22. Former player, manager, scout Steve Boros dies

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:33 AM EDT

    Gibson homer

    Never heard of Steve Boros? Here’s some background.  Here’s some more. And here’s a signature accomplishment: Boros was part of a scout team that filled out reports that fall on the Athletics, the Dodgers’ opponent in the World Series. Among the traits that Boros and his co-workers noticed: Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley tended to…

  23. The Reds have talked to Edgar Renteria

    Dec 31, 2010, 7:09 AM EDT

    Renteria running

    Reds GM Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he has spoken to Edgar Renteria‘s agent. Gosh, I hope he wasn’t insulting! Jocketty is familiar with Renteria, of course, as he was the guy who signed him to play for the Cardinals.  Based on his previous comments, however, it seems kind of doubtful that Renteria would come…

  24. Add the Yankees and the Rangers to the Bartolo Colon sweepstakes

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    bartolo colon released-thumb-240x157-1926

    Sure, once there are three teams, we can call it a sweepstakes. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Indians were thinking about bringing back Bartolo Colon.  Now, thanks to MLBTR’s Nick Collias who translated this Spanish language article, we learn that the Yankees and the Rangers have expressed interest too.  Well, at…

  25. Major League Baseball, Anheuser-Busch bury the hatchet

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Budweiser baseball

    Remember how Anheuser-Bush sued Major League Baseball back in November.  Sadly the lawsuit has been settled: Anheuser-Busch Inc. said Thursday that it reached a new sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball and dropped the lawsuit it filed against the league in November. The multi-year agreement designates Budweiser as the official beer sponsor of Major League…

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