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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Cameron Maybin may be in trouble with the Padres

    Feb 16, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    It’s early, but the leader in the “best story to come out of spring training” clubhouse comes from the guys at Gaslamp Ball. The subject: Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin, who yesterday took to Twitter to complain — colorfully — how a meal at Panda Express disagreed with him: Never eat panda express shits had me…

  2. The Red Sox trade Robert Coello to the Cubs

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    The Cubbies got what in all likelihood will be bullpen help today when they acquired Robert Coello from the Red Sox. In exchange they sent infielder Tony Thomas to Boston. Coello, who was DFA’s last week, had a brief callup at the end of last season. He only pitched in six games, but he struck…

  3. Carlos Silva believes he has already won a spot in the Cubs rotation

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    It may be the first day of spring training, but Carlos Silva is oozing confidence about his place in the Cubs plans: “For me, there’s only one spot open. I am one of the starters, you know what I mean? Whatever they think, they think that, not me.” He did add that “if I have…

  4. Scott Boras rips Tony La Russa a new one

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Michael Weiner has already denied Tony La Russa’s claims that the MLBPA is somehow exerting pressure on Albert Pujols in the course of his negotiations with the Cardinals, and Weiner is the official voice of that.  But there probably isn’t anyone who knows more about the dynamics of high-price player negotiations than Scott Boras, and…

  5. Senators to baseball: ban smokeless tobacco

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    I’m torn: on the one hand I would love Major League Baseball to ban the use of smokeless tobacco by players.  On the other hand, there aren’t many things I hate more than when Congress decides to stick its nose in baseball’s business: Two Democratic senators are asking baseball commissioner Bud Selig to ban all…

  6. Danny Valencia is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Actually, I’m thinking that Valencia is just trolling me here. From his Twitter feed: Just got done working out, best shape of my life!!! Now to the field! In other news, the USA Today Daily Pitch blog has begun tracking “best shape of his life” stories.  The more the merrier, but really USA Today: you…

  7. Your totally wacky and totally made up trade speculation of the day

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The sports schedule needs to figure out how to eliminate the couple of weeks between the Super Bowl and the spring training games starting because that void leads to boredom and that boredom leads to stuff like this from Harold Reynolds — laundered to arguable respectability by Ken Rosenthal — to bubble up to the…

  8. Just stop it: Donald Trump is not going to buy the Mets

    Feb 15, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Donald Trump

    Remember that stuff I was saying about ignoring the celebrity owner speculation when it came to the Mets?  The New York Times apparently doesn’t read HardballTalk, as they report today that Donald Trump has spoken to the Wilpons about buying into the Mets and will meet with the team soon.  Trump says, however, that he’d…

  9. Tony La Russa to the union: Leave Albert Pujols alone!

    Feb 15, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    He didn’t quite put it that way, but that was the gist.  Here’s La Russa lamenting what he believes to be the union strong-arming Albert Pujols into trying to get as much money as possible: St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday that he believes the Major League Baseball Players Association is attempting…

  10. The Mariners have hired Ken Griffey Jr.

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Griffey on shoulders

    The Mariners have issued a release announcing that Ken Griffey Jr. has been hired as a special consultant to the club.  Griffey “will be involved in numerous areas of the Mariners franchise, including, but not limited to, Major League Baseball Operations, player development, our minor league system marketing, broadcasting and community relations.” That seems like…

  11. The Mets won’t talk to Jose Reyes about a contract extension this spring

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Not talking about contract extensions during spring training is the new black. Adam Rubin: Sandy Alderson says “unlikely” any extension talks with Jose Reyes during spring training. Word on the street is that it has nothing to do with whether the Mets truly want Reyes back on a long term deal. It’s just that, given…

  12. The Albert Pujols deadline was a big mistake

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Here’s Joe Strauss’ latest on the State of the Pujols negotiations.  Not much new in there other than the tidbit that Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano and Cadinals’ GM John Mozeliak are “in regular contact.” All of this stuff — the deadline, the moving of the deadline for Musial’s thing, etc. — just makes me think…

  13. Mets beat writer is a man of his word: wears a Speedo to spring training

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Phelps speedo

    Back during the Winter Meetings New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote the following: Here’s some of what we’ve been able to gather during the first day here in Florida. Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I’ll cover spring training in a…

  14. Brian Wilson keeps the ball from the last out of the World Series in a candy jar

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson, you crazy! What happened to the baseball that Brian Wilson threw to strike out Texas’ Nelson Cruz and clinch the first World Series championship in the San Francisco Giants’ 53-year history? Is it in a museum? Somewhere in the team archives? Or locked in a wall safe hidden behind a painting in owner…

  15. Stan Musial to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom this afternoon

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Stan Musial

    As was announced last fall, today Stan Musial will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The ceremony is this afternoon at 1:30PM Eastern/12:30 Central. KSDK.com and NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis will carry it live if you’re interested. As I said back in November, Musial is most worthy of this. Not just because he was…

  16. Buck Showalter is not going to be fazed* by the challenges of managing the Orioles

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    For a guy who has been in and around the majors for 20 years, most of us know very little about Buck Showalter.  Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com has a profile of the Orioles manager that focuses on his father. The father  who — in addition to storming the beaches of Normandy and desegregating a Florida…

  17. Your photo of the day: The Phillies starting rotation

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Camera

    One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong.

  18. Some fun evidentiary fights in the Barry Bonds trial

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:26 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds court appearance

    There’s an article in the New York Daily News today that gives a rundown of some of the evidentiary fights the Barry Bonds prosecution and defense are having.  Among them: Bonds’ ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell posed in Playboy and told them her story back in 2007. The government wants Bonds barred from mentioning that and showing…

  19. Nyjer Morgan: 2010 “wasn’t a Nyjer Morgan year”

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    I mock Best Shape of His Life stories a lot, but it’s not like they’re the only spring training evergreen story out there. Another big one is “guy who imploded last season says he’s got a new attitude this season.”  Ladies and gentlemen, Nyjer Morgan, who says he has refocused and simplified his approach to…

  20. A-Rod is supposed to be embarrassed about being rich and having famous movie star girlfriends?

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Workout Session

    Alex Rodriguez is not great at P.R. There’s no disputing that. He’s had a couple of flubs. He’s been involved in a few controversies.  He has occasionally shot himself in the foot. But does he really deserve the treatment he gets from Sports Illustrated today?  The august S.I. goes with a slide show, outlining what are…

  21. Some dudes were locked in Camden Yards last year and had a field day

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Camden Yards

    This is interesting. I’m not sure it’s true, but it’s interesting.  A couple of guys told Deadspin that they got locked in Camden Yards after a rain postponement last year and turned the place into their own private playground: Needing a few more drinks, we made our way towards the walking street in the ballpark,…

  22. Kendry Morales doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    There’s not much more to this than Jesse Sanchez asking Morales if he’s going to be ready for opening day and getting “I don’t know” in response. I don’t follow the Angels as closely as a decent Angels fan, but that there is doubt about Morales being ready to start 2011 is news to me.…

  23. Charlie Manuel has set a contract deadline too

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    A really good manager isn’t as important to his team as The Best Player in Baseball is to his, but like Albert Pujols, Charlie Manuel has set a deadline for negotiations to extend his expiring contract: Opening Day. After that, he doesn’t want it to be a distraction. I wouldn’t exactly view this as dire.…

  24. The Cubs, Carlos Marmol agree to a three-year deal

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs and Carlos Marmol have agreed to a three-year deal.  We’re still awaiting the dollars. UPDATE:  It looks like three years, $20 million. This extension has been rumored for a while.  It’s also a bit scary knowing what we know about three-year deals for relief pitchers (i.e. they almost all…

  25. The Braves have protected their cars from the wrath of Jason Heyward’s bat

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    One of my favorite things last spring was how Jason Heyward kept hitting home runs out to right field at the Braves training complex and damaging cars out in the parking lot.  Sure, that’s not that big a deal when you consider that the Braves stupidly put a parking lot right over the wall, but…

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