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Craig Calcaterra

  1. More trouble for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    We wrote back in October about the challenges facing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Joe Posnanski said that the place was in “grave danger.”  Dr. Raymond Doswell, the museum’s interim director, wrote to me to tell me that Posnanski was overstating the problems.  Dr. Doswell will likely have to write to Sam Mellinger now too,…

  2. The Orioles raise ticket prices

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Camden Yards

    Pop quiz hot shot!  You’ve lost 90+ games for eight of the past ten years and your 2010 attendance was the lowest since you moved to your fancy new ballpark back in 1992. It’s time to set ticket prices for the coming year. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?! For the first time since…

  3. Francona: Marco Scutaro is our shortstop

    Jan 20, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    marco-scutaro-red-sox

    There has been some chatter lately about how Jed Lowrie could take over the Red Sox shortstop job from Marco Scutaro. Theo Epstein said as much himself last week. Terry Francona gave a press conference today, however, and he says nope, not happenin’: “Scutaro’s our shortstop. (Lowrie) gives us something not a lot of teams can…

  4. The Yankees sign Andruw Jones

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    White Sox Jones hits homerun against Twins in Minneapolis

    Did someone mention scoops? Add one to Jon Heyman’s list: the Yankees have signed Andruw Jones to a one-year, $2 million contract, with another $1.2 million possible in performance-based incentives. Jones will be a fourth outfielder/DH/Designated lefty-masher next year. Between platooning at the corners, days off and injuries, he could get the same number of plate appearances…

  5. Some musings on scoops and the people who get them

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Press

    Beyond the Box score has a chart up today tracking which baseball reporters got the most transactions scoops this winter.  Ken Rosenthal leads the pack. Jon Heyman is second. You’ll recognize all the other names based on reading “So and so reports …” posts here and elsewhere.  It’s a relatively small group of men and…

  6. Eric Chavez worked out for the Dodgers today

    Jan 20, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    I thought of doing something cute and copying and pasting an article about Nomar Garciaparra from a couple of years ago but changing all the names, but that would take a lot of work, so we’ll play it straight: The Dodgers worked out free-agent third baseman Eric Chavez at their Camelback Ranch-Glendale training facility in…

  7. Must-click link: Colombia — The next international talent hotbed

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has an interesting story today about scouting in Colombia, which may be the next Venezuela or Dominican Republic when it comes to amateur talent.  For the story, he talked to Kansas City Royals scout Mike Toomey, who is all over that country looking for the next big thing.  The other day I…

  8. The Mets offseason training is getting serious

    Jan 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Leading firemen

    I’m gathering from the Twitterverse that a number of Mets players are at the New York Fire Department’s training academy this morning, in full firefighter gear, going through training exercises like putting out burning cars and stuff.  The best was Dillon Gee rappelling down the side of a tower.  Take that Cashman. I like the community…

  9. Did the Yankees simply “mess up” Joba Chamberlain’s development?

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    Bob Ryan has one of those stream-of-consciousness observation columns today. His last observation: Has any team, anywhere, at any time in history, ever messed up a valued prospect as badly as the Yankees have Joba Chamberlain? I’ve asked that question before.  And it sure seems like Chamberlain was jerked around like crazy in going back and…

  10. The Royals will definitely sell out their game on April 2nd

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

    MiLB - Myrtle Beach Pelicans

    The Royals should have a big crowd on April 2nd. And not just for the Royals-Angels game scheduled that afternoon: According to team spokesman Toby Cook, the Royals are planning to hold a minor league exhibition game between its top two minor league affiliates, Class AAA Omaha and Class AA Northwest Arkansas, on April 2…

  11. Adrian Gonzalez working hard at rehabbing his shoulder. At Petco Park.

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

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

    Buster Olney has a good column up today about Adrian Gonzalez‘s focus and hard work as he rehabs his shoulder this winter and prepares for the big expectations facing him in Boston this season.  But this stuck out at me: Gonzalez, a left-handed hitter who throws with his left hand, hurt his right shoulder last…

  12. Deer antlers: the hot new PED

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Deer

    Given how many baseball players spend their offseasons hunting you’d think we would have heard about this by now, but this is the first I’ve heard of ground up deer antlers being used by athletes as a PED: They harvest the so-called velvet antler (a soft coating that covers deer antlers) in New Zealand, freeze-dry…

  13. Great Moments in Giants fandom

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Giants fan

    I sort of hope that the Giants are good again this year because — for all of the hell I throw Philly’s way — I think Giants fans have the potential to be something special too.  Personally I’m dubious that the level of craziness we saw last fall is sustainable. But if it is, life…

  14. Shane Victorino and Charlie Manuel aren’t seeing eye-to-eye

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s a story in today’s Philadelphia Daily News about Shane Victorino and how he might bounce back from a relatively down 2010.  Charlie Manuel thinks its a matter of focus: “First of all, I think he got a little bit more home-run happy. That might have had something to do with it. But also, I…

  15. Cashman vs. the Yankees front office: here we go

    Jan 20, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cashman profile

    As expected, Brian Cashman’s “I didn’t want Rafael Soriano” press conference has led to chatter about the State of the Yankees front office. Danny Knobler has some anonymice talking to him: Some people within the organization were telling friends that the divide between Cashman and the team’s Tampa operation is growing again, and even that…

  16. Brad Lincoln is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Brad Lincoln

    Not just the best shape. The best possible shape.  That’s serious business: At the end of the season, Lincoln talked about plans to get a personal trainer during the offseason. The focus, Lincoln explained, would be more on his legs and core than in years past. “I am going to get my body in the…

  17. And people wonder why I love knuckleballers

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    R.A. Dickey spent some time tweeting via the New York Mets Twitter feed today.  A question from a reader and Dickey’s answer: Q: Do you enjoy Faulkner & if so what’s ur favorite work of his? A: I do enjoy Faulkner. Hands down Absalom, Absalom! I defy you to name a pitcher who can throw 100…

  18. Voiding contracts for bad behavior: case studies

    Jan 19, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Sidney Ponson

    This morning I explained how hard it is for a team to void a player’s contract and why the Mariners are unlikely to be able to do so in the case of Milton Bradley.  I hadn’t seen Larry Stone’s take on it from last night in which he went through three recent case studies: Denny…

  19. The Mariners decline to name a permanent replacement for Dave Niehaus. Good for them.

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Dave Niehaus

    A couple of weeks ago it was reported that the Mariners were considering forgoing naming a permanent replacement for the late Dave Niehaus in favor of using a revolving cast of part-time broadcasters to fill the void. Today they announced that they’ll do exactly that: Randy Adamack, the Mariners’ vice president of communications, confirmed Wednesday…

  20. Mike Pelfrey will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Mets Brewers Baseball

    Being the Opening Day starter is a nice little honor to bestow on a pitcher. Especially on teams that don’t have an undisputed ace. It’s a manager’s way of saying “we have confidence in you.” Of saying “you’re The Man now, dog.” Or something like that. The Mets have named theirs. It’s Mike Pelfrey who…

  21. Video: Great Moments in Phillies fan history

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    I was going to stop watching this video the moment something unrealistic was depicted. I watched it all the way to the end.  

  22. Brian Cashman talks about being overruled on the Soriano deal

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Since the moment Rafael Soriano signed with the Yankees, people have been reporting that the Brian Cashman wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger on the deal.  It was his higher ups, it’s been said, going against Cashman’s wishes. Today Cashman confirmed that: “I didn’t recommend it … I’m charged with obviously winning a championship. I’m…

  23. The story of Matt Anderson’s comeback

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    Last week we noted that the Phillies had taken a flier on former Tigers’ prospect Matt Anderson.  Today Jerry Crasnick has a great feature story on him, what he’s gone through the past few years and how he’s approaching his comeback.  Oh, and he also makes a point to debunk the Anderson-hurt-himself-throwing-an-octopus story.  Just read…

  24. UPDATE: The Yankees offered Carl Pavano $10 million

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Pavano Yankees

    UPDATE:  Apparently it was more than talk. WFAN reports that the Yankees made a one-year, $10 million offer, plus incentives.  Yikes! 12:44 PM: We had a Pavano post, we had a Yankees pitching post.  Now, sweet synthesis: Cashman admitted he had “several discussions” with agent for Pavano. That from Peter Botte of the Daily News.…

  25. Andy Pettitte is working out

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    For you Yankees fans who can’t help but read the tea leaves, Brian Hoch passes this along: Girardi spoke to Pettitte last week. No decision, but he confirms Pettitte is at least working out to be in baseball shape. No word on whether that’s traditional Andy Pettitte shape, Joba Chamberlain shape, Pablo Sandoval shape or…

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