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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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. …

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Pretty much every conversation about Matt Kemp and Rihanna

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    I should be really tired of those Xtra Normal videos by now.  But I’m not.  Not by a longshot. Jon Weisman did one on Matt Kemp and Rihanna over at Dodger Thoughts. And you just know that it’s a conversation that will be had in offices all over Los Angeles in the next couple of…

  9. Buster Posey is ESPN’s “Next” athlete. Uh-oh.

    Dec 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has named someone their “NEXT” athlete.  It’s the person who, according to ESPN, “is a future leader or trailblazer in their sport.”  They just named Buster Posey their NEXT athlete for 2011.  Buster Olney has a nice writeup of Posey here. I think Posey has as bright a future in baseball…

  10. How about this: no one from the past 25 years makes the Hall of Fame

    Dec 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    I don’t advocate that — I think I can tell the difference between elite players of that period and non-elite players — but some are advocating it.  Maybe not in so many words, but by the criteria they’re currently employing, it’s a necessary conclusion. Example: Jeff Pearlman, who today sides with those who would bar…

  11. Bill Lajoie was an honest man

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Bill Jajoie

    Murray Chass has a great story about the late Bill Lajoie.  He wrote about it in the New York Times when it occurred in 1988, but that was before I was paying attention to the New York Times, so I never heard it.  The scene: Lajoie’s Tigers trade for Fred Lynn at the end of…

  12. Harmon Killebrew has cancer

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Killebrew

    This is awful news: Twins legend Harmon Killebrew announced today that he has esophageal cancer.  His statement: I was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer.   With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life.   I am being treated by a team of medical professionals…

  13. Joe Posnanski brings the Hall of Fame noise

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Posnanski

    Installment four of Joe Posnanski’s week-long series on the Hall of Fame is a dream come true for me.  Why? Because I’ll freely admit that I can be a monomaniacal nutjob when it comes to this stuff, so when a sober and respectable guy like Poz hits these notes I’m given a touch of intellectual cover. Really,…

  14. It’s never too early to predict the 2011 standings!

    Dec 30, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    crystal ball

    Is it too early to talk about projected standings for 2011?  I think it’s too early. It’s bound to just make people angry. So here are some projected standings for 2011 over at Replacement Level Yankees Weblog based on the CAIRO projection system. Red Sox at 98 wins. Yankees edging out the Rays for the…

  15. Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame candidacy has ushered in the age of steroids McCarthyism

    Dec 30, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    I railed against Danny Knobler’s exclusion of Jeff Bagwell from his Hall of Fame ballot for being cowardly. He clearly believes Jeff Bagwell took steroids, but he’s afraid to even offer an opinion to that effect.  Dan Graziano of FanHouse is not problematic in that regard. He comes right out and says what he thinks:…

  16. Oney Guillen: “Maybe I should have stepped away from the laptop”

    Dec 29, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen family

    Oney Guillen went on a Chicago talk radio station today to defend his crazy-tweeting at Bobby Jenks.  Give a listen. // The only thing he said that made me think he even begins to understand that he was out of line was when he said “maybe I should have stepped away from the laptop.”  Other…

  17. Comment of the Day: No one’s buyin’ what Palmeiro’s sellin’

    Dec 29, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Palmeiro Orioles

    Attention Rafael Palmerio: I think everyone is entitled to the benefit of the doubt in this world, but I don’t think my readers are ready to hop on the “I never took PEDs” bus you’re driving.  Here’s commenter disulfide, knocking it out of the park in the first comment: “I believe Raffy….but then I also…

  18. Baseball folks we lost in 2010

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Jose Lima

    Over at MLB.com Marty Noble writes the obligatory “remembering the baseball people who died in the past year” column. I sort of hate to see this column every year, but I’m glad we have it too. We need it. We remember guys like George Steinbrenner and Ernie Harwell because they were giants, but we so…

  19. Rafael Palmeiro insists he never took PEDs

    Dec 29, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Rafael Palmeiro

    Mel Antonen conducted a long interview of Rafael Palmeiro over at SI.com.  Palmeiro says that he didn’t take steroids, that his positive test from 2005 was a mix-up and that getting elected to the Hall of Fame “would mean more than anything” to him. No one is going to believe him of course, and it’s…

  20. The Angels are the front-runners for Adrian Beltre

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    beltre batting

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels are now the front-runners for Adrian Beltre‘s services because (a) the Athletics have dropped out; and (b) the Rangers don’t feel comfortable making the commitment in dollars and years that Beltre seems to want. The A’s have been jerked around by Beltre for a long time, it seems. They…

  21. Must-click link: Joe Sheehan’s predictions for 2011

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

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    I’m in the process of writing up a bunch of phony, snarky predictions for 2011 for the Rotoworld annual.  It’s thus rather refreshing to read some actual predictions for 2011 that are backed by some genuine baseball thought.  The thinker is Joe Sheehan, and some of his predictions are going to rile some of you:…

  22. How Jack Morris came to be known as the best pitcher of the 1980s

    Dec 29, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Jack Morris

    Larry Granillo of Wezen-Ball fame writes for The Hardball Times now. Two great things that go great together.  Today lar has a great post up in which traces the history of the “Jack Morris was the best pitcher of the 80s” meme.  Given that, at the time, most people when asked would have said that…

  23. Jeff Bagwell denies using PEDs

    Dec 29, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick interviewed Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell flat denies ever using PEDs. He said he got big because of an almost obsessive weight-lifting regimen he began in the mind-90s.  He ads that he believes his weight-lifting was a mistake and that it contributed to his shoulder injuries that ended his career. At the same time…

  24. Your bi-weekly Oliver Perez update

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    Resolved: if you can’t look good in the Mexican winter league, you’re not going to look good in the majors.  And Oliver Perez doesn’t look good. Adam Rubin: Overall, Perez is 3-3 with a 5.18 ERA in 11 appearances (six starts). In 33 innings, he has allowed 30 hits and 23 walks, struck out 26…

  25. Walking through the Tigers 1979 Yearbook

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Tigers yearbook

    That last post about Bill Lajoie caused me to reach for my favorite baseball yearbook of all time: the Tigers 1979 yearbook.  I used to get them every year — I have them all from ’78 through ’85 — but this one was my favorite because I distinctly remember bringing it home from the ballpark…

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