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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Let’s make sure our attacks on Sammy Sosa make sense

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

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    Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times is getting the jump on the 2013 Hall of Fame insanity, and is coming out strongly opposed to Sammy Sosa’s candidacy: What’s that? You’d like to see solid evidence of past drug use on Sosa’s part? Well, there is the New York Times report that he tested positive for PEDs…

  2. Tony La Russa wants intensity and grittiness. And maybe he has a point.

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Bernie Miklasz has a story about Tony La Russa and the Cardinals in the Post-Disptach today.  In it he talks about how some of the Cardinals’ moves — Lance Berkman in right field, letting Brendan Ryan go and replacing him with Ryan Theriot, etc. — may have the statheads going crazy, but that La Russa…

  3. The Red Sox’ offer surprised Carl Crawford

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    Carl Crawford recalls hearing about the Red Sox’ offer from his agent last month: It was the night of Dec. 8, and Crawford was driving along one of Houston’s many freeways when he took a call from agent Brian Peters, who had received lucrative offers from both the Red Sox and the Angels and wanted…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jan 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EDT

    Couch Potato

    So many of you watched the football playoffs that you didn’t have time to read about baseball this past weekend. I can’t say I’m happy about it, but I understand. I’ll catch you up this time, but please, don’t let it happen again.

  5. Quote of the Day: Are we sick of Phillies fans yet?

    Jan 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    A guy on my Facebook feed who happens to be a Phillies fan wrote this as his status this morning: 37 days until Aces and catchers report! Clever. But I gotta ask: is anyone sick of this rebop yet? I know I sure am.  I mean, I appreciate how excited Phillies fans are about 2011, but…

  6. The Cubs get Matt Garza in an eight-player deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    UPDATE:  Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says the deal is done: eight players are involved in the deal that sends Matt Garza from Tampa Bay to the Cubs. Specifically: the Rays will get pitching prospect Chris Archer — the Cubs’ number one prospect — outfielder Brandon Guyer, catcher Robinson Chirinos, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee and outfielder Sam…

  7. Andy Pettitte is just chillaxin’

    Jan 7, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Know what job I’m glad I don’t have?  The “go hang out on the sidewalk in front of Andy Pettitte’s house and hope he comes out on his front porch and says something interesting” job: Tanned and rested, Andy Pettitte stood on his front porch last night and answered the question on every Yankees fan’s…

  8. Murray Chass goes after Mike Piazza again

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    Murray Chass, who once went off about how Mike Piazza was a steroids user because he had acne on his back, goes after Piazza again: I have been accused of being the only writer who has publicly suggested that he used steroids, but talk to any reporter who covered the Mets and they will say…

  9. The ten worst rotations in baseball

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Charlie Morton

    A lot of HBT readers have baseball blogs of their own. I try my best to keep up with the ones I know about, but there are only so many hours in the day.  One reader writes a blog called Billy Beane is My Hero.  You’ve probably noticed his handle in the comments before. BBIMH’s…

  10. The Alfredo Simon case gets uglier and uglier

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    Friend-of-HBT Nick Collias has been reading about the Alfredo Simon case in the Spanish language press and passes along a coupe of articles that show just how sordid this business is getting: According to this report by Yoel Adames of ESPN Deportes, the mother of the victim, Michel Castillo, Alfredo Simon tried to bribe the family in…

  11. I’ll take “Things that may impact Andy Pettitte’s decision” for $100, Alex

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    I have no idea what’s taking Andy Pettitte so long to decide if he’s retiring or not. You’d think it would be pretty simple: (a) pitch for Yankees; or (b) stay home in big house with family.  I mean, sure, if there was some option (c) that represented harrowing unknowns I could see the reason…

  12. The Yankees are not really interested in Rafael Soriano

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Rafael Soriano says he’d be willing to be a setup man for the Yankees. It takes two to tango, however, and Buster Olney says that the Yankees aren’t particularly interested in dancing: Heard this: As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Yankees are not interested in Rafael Soriano. They’ve seen a lot of $ squandered…

  13. It is virtually certain that there are already steroids users in the Hall of Fame

    Jan 7, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Bowie Kuhn

    As BBWAA voters try their hardest to ensure that no filthy steroids users sneak into the Hall of Fame, it’s probably a good idea that they go back and read the Mitchell Report. As they do, they should pay special attention to this passage on page 28: In 1973, a Congressional subcommittee announced that its…

  14. Joe Posnanski creates a passive-aggressive masterpiece

    Jan 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Joe Posnanski’s latest post is brilliant. It’s about an imaginary “Willie Mays Hall of Fame” in which only the truly elite of the elite should be enshrined. Many people talk about such a thing, and today he envisions it. The post is long, and if you take it at face value you might get mad at…

  15. Picture this: 21 Hall-worthy players jamming the ballot

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Rob Neyer does some back-of-the-envelope figuring and determines that, come 2014, there may be 21 Hall of Fame-quality players on the ballot. Most of them will be kept out because of PED prejudice, but will garner enough support to where it will likely erode support for the non-PED users who are viewed by many as…

  16. Peter Moylan may or may not be in the best shape of his life

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    I’ve been checking in and out of the blog of Braves reliever Peter Moylan all winter.  Being a Braves fan I was happy to learn back in November that Moylan — not exactly a man with abs of steel — was on a bigtime conditioning program.  Given that Bobby Cox worked Moylan to death these…

  17. Report: Edgar Renteria signs a one-year, $3 million deal with the Reds

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    A reader tipped me that Edgar Renteria‘s hometown newspaper was reporting that he has signed a deal with the Reds. I had no idea what Renteria’s hometown was, so I asked someone on Twitter and a couple clicks later I found this story: El pelotero barranquillero Édgar Rentería jugará con los Rojos de Cincinnati la…

  18. Your Opening Day couch potato planning guide

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    old TV

    ESPN has announced its Opening Day triple header: Detroit in the Bronx to face the Yankees early, San Diego at St. Louis later and the Giants in L.A. to play the Dodgers to round out the evening.  That Giants-Dodgers series wasn’t supposed to kick off until the next day, but the league moved it up to…

  19. Must-Click Link: Catching up with Jim Joyce

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

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    As a short-attention-span blogger, it makes my head hurt to think about travelling a couple thousand miles, talking to someone for hours and then spending several days writing several thousand insightful words about the experience.  Really, I tend to lose interest in what I’m writing approximately two minutes after I think of the snarky punchline.…

  20. UPDATE: Alomar to wear a Jays cap, Blyleven a Twins cap on their Hall of Fame plaques

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson confirms that Blyleven’s plaque will have a Twins hat and Alomar’s will have a Blue Jays cap.  In keeping with his statements from last night, Idelson also adds that all players’ caps — not just Angels inductees — will henceforth have halos engraved on them as well. Wednesday, 4:28…

  21. Alfredo Simon may have altered his gun after the shooting

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    While keeping in mind that the statements of prosecutors in high-profile criminal cases mere days after the event are often calculated to influence the potential jury pool and make the suspect seem as guilty as hell, this looks kinda bad for Alfredo Simon: A Dominican prosecutor handling the case of Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said…

  22. Scott Boras brokers the smallest deal of his career

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Great anecdote regarding Adrian Beltre‘s signing with the Rangers in today’s Star-Telegram: Adrian Beltre has worn jersey No. 29 almost his entire 13-year career. Julio Borbon has worn it his entire two-year career.Guess who is will wear it in 2011? Scott Boras, who represents both players, handled the situation. “I said, ‘Julio, there are traditions in…

  23. Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley comes out of the closet

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Steve Buckley

    A brave and moving column from the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley this morning: Over the past couple of months I have discussed the coming-out process with my family and a few friends, and have had sit-downs with Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca and sports editor Hank Hryniewicz, as well as with WEEI’s Glenn Ordway. They’ve been…

  24. Are the Rays interested in Manny Ramirez?

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    ESPN’s Enrique Rojas tweets thusly: En días seguidos, 2 personas cercanas a Manny Ramírez me han mencionado un supuesto interés de “Rays”. Podría ser infundado, pero intriga. Thank goodness I have readers who speak Spanish. The translation: “In the previous days, 2 people in Manny’s inner circle have mentioned that Rays have shown some interest…

  25. The Red Sox scuttle plans to bring the right field fence in

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

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    You’ll recall back in October the Red Sox sought approval from the Boston Landmarks Commission to widen Fenway Park’s bullpen by about nine feet which, in turn, would have made hitting homers to right nine feet easier.  They have released a statement, however, saying they’ve changed their minds: “The Red Sox recently sent a letter to the…

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