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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Felix Hernandez wins the American League Cy Young Award

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez crop

    The results have been released and Alexander Mendoza was right: Felix Hernandez has won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award.  He beat out David Price, who finished second, and CC Sabathia who took third. Jon Lester and Jered Weaver rounded out the top five.  Ultimately — and as I predicted — the voting wasn’t…

  2. BBWAA leak? Venezuelan reporter says King Felix has won the Cy Young Award

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Mariners' Hernandez throws against the Blue Jays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The BBWAA won’t officially release the winner of the Cy Young Award until 2PM, but Venezuelan journalist Alexander Mendoza tweeted a few minutes ago that Felix Hernandez has won it, and that he’s celebrating his win with his family already. I guess we’ll see shortly if he was right.

  3. Jim Leyritz is halfway to an acquittal

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    The details and reasoning is not yet being reported, but apparently the judge in the Jim Leyritz criminal trial has just ordered that one of the two manslaughter charges against Leyritz be dropped.  I never looked at the actual charges against him, but apparently there were two distinct manslaughter charges, one being a lesser-included offense…

  4. Nolan Ryan isn’t confident about the Rangers landing Cliff Lee

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal caught up with Rangers’ President Nolan Ryan down at the GM meetings and asked him about Cliff Lee.  Ryan’s response: he’s not giving up or anything, and he and the rest of the Rangers are going to try and sell Lee on the charms of Texas, but he’s…

  5. The Blue Jays are showing “strong interest” in Justin Upton

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    There’s not much more to this than that statement itself, which Ken Rosenthal passed along a few minutes ago.  It’s kind of hard to analyze such a rumor in the manner we normally do, however, because (a) all teams should have a strong interest in Upton, so Toronto’s would not be surprising; and (b) Justin…

  6. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on the expanded playoffs

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Spinal Tap But it goes to eleven

    Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere. Exactly.

  7. Update: Shin-Soo Choo is one win away from freedom

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Well, maybe freedom is not the right word — it’s the army he’s trying to avoid here, not a jail sentence — but he is on the cusp of being able to take advantage of his full earning potential in Major League Baseball without a bunch of hassle: South Korea is in the Asian Games…

  8. Tribune Columnist: Tear down Wrigley Field

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    I’m with the Tribune’s Steve Chapman on the whole “tax dollars should not be used to renovate Wrigley Field” thing, but I’m not quite sure how this follows as a “b” to that “a”: Wrigley is attractive and charming in many ways, but it’s like driving a vintage car: After a while, the novelty is…

  9. The Diamondbacks want to “win” any Justin Upton trade. What does that mean?

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

    This from Rosenthal and Morosi: “The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors they intend to “win” any trade involving Upton, who is 23 and under contract through 2015.” What does that even mean?  What team is going to say “yes, Arizona, we understand.  We will make sure that any offer to you will…

  10. If the Yankees can’t get Cliff Lee, plan B is Carl Crawford

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    If the Yankees don’t get Cliff Lee, they’re not going to go with the so-called second best options on the market to bolster their rotation. Mostly because those second best options are allegedly Jorge De La Rosa, who isn’t that good, and Carl Pavano, who the Yankees wouldn’t sign again if he was the last…

  11. It’s AL Cy Young day: Let’s get ready to rumble

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners Photo Day

    A lot of us went nutso with our Felix Hernandez vs. CC Sabathia vs. David Price Cy Young arguments back in September. Then the playoffs happened and we got distracted for a while. But today, at 2PM Eastern, the Baseball Writers Association of America is going to name the winner of the AL Cy Young…

  12. Friday is the McCourts’ last chance to avoid Dodgerpocalypse

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose “a fair settlement” to each side on Friday. The idea: this is a last chance for the McCourts to avoid the judge telling them how the Dodgers will be divided up. If they don’t settle…

  13. U.S. investors are commodifying Dominican ballplayers

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:51 AM EDT

    Dominican baseball player

    In today’s New York Times Michael S. Schmidt  reports that U.S. investors, many of whom are unconnected to Major League Baseball, are setting up training academies in the Dominican Republic with the sole purpose of profiting on draftees’ signing bonuses: Recognizing that major league teams are offering multimillion-dollar contracts to some teenage prospects, the investors…

  14. Is Derek Jeter this year’s Johnny Damon?

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    Jeter error

    I had this crazy dream last night!  The Yankees offered Derek Jeter $21 million a year for three years . . . and he rejected it! Oh my, it actually happened. And at least someone in YankeeLand is tired of it: According to the source, there is at least one voice inside the Yankees’ hierarchy…

  15. Six or eight teams have inquired about Carl Pavano

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are one of “six or eight” teams to have engaged in discussions with Carl Pavano. Kilgore says that they met with Pavano’s agent at the GM meetings this week. I wouldn’t read too much into the Nats specifically, because they tend to say that they’re…

  16. The White Sox would have done an Ozzie Guillen-to-the-Marlins deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Last month the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Marlins and the White Sox discussed allowing Ozzie Guillen to skip down to Florida to become the Marlins’ manager in exchange for a player.  The report was shot down by Kenny Williams.  Seems, however, that there was more to it than Kenny let on: Chicago White Sox…

  17. Cody Ross will not get Jeff Loria’s Ferrari

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    Image (1) loria.jpg for post 4206

    A tale as old as time: Jeffrey Loria delivered a rah-rah speech inside the Marlins clubhouse the season before last in which he allegedly told players that he would give them his car — a red Ferrari – if one of them was voted MVP of the National League Championship Series. Cody Ross was there…

  18. Stan Musial to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Stan Musial

    Word to The Man: Post-Dispatch sources in Washington confirmed that Musial will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the White House. Musial will join other baseball greats who have won the award like Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente and Ted Williams. The award recipients are selected by the sitting president. And some…

  19. Some additional thoughts on NL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    A couple people have said that I came down a little hard on Bud Black in my Manager of the Year post.  I certainly didn’t mean to, and if I did, I apologize. I have nothing against Bud Black and I think he did a great job.  I can’t argue with his winning, nor will…

  20. Bud Black is the National League Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Tampa Bay Rays

    The BBWAA has voted, and Bud Black is the National League Manager of the Year. Black beat out Dusty Baker by a single point, garnering 16 first place votes, seven second place votes and three third place votes.  Baker’s breakdown was 13, 12 and two.  Following Black and Baker on the list were Bruce Bochy,…

  21. The White Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are talking to free agent Hideki Matsui. He makes sense if they can’t get anyone else to play DH. He can still hit the long ball, and there aren’t many places more conducive to the long ball than U.S. Cellular Field. I hope this holds off for a…

  22. Photo of the Day: Brian Wilson at some party

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    And you think he looks interesting in a baseball uniform.

  23. UPDATE: the Red Sox deny a $52 million ceiling for Beltre

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE:  This morning the Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox would not offer Adrian Beltre in excess of four years, $52 million.  Theo Epstein has now denied that report to the Globe. This is one of those “who knows?” things. I mean, sure, you have to take Epstein at face value because that’s the…

  24. Hmmm, the “Eric Chavez is coming back” stories are early this year . . .

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    eric-chavez-as-with-trainer

    This is not a repeat from last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that. Or really any year after 2006: [Chavez's agent says] Chavez is handling “pretty strenuous workouts’’ five days a week at Athletes Performance in Arizona just fine and “from our perspective, is completely healthy . . . Eric’s looking…

  25. The Ricketts’ proposal for Wrigley Field is wrongheaded and deceptive

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    I was a day or two late into the whole Ricketts-want-public-money-for-Wrigley Field thing, and yesterday I spent more time trying to get Joe Ricketts or someone on record about it than reading deeply into the issue.  Note: the Ricketts’ spokespeople have still not returned my calls, so I can only assume that their response to…

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