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Craig Calcaterra

  1. In which the Yankees are the Austrian Habsburgs

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ferdinand III

    This is for the true history geeks among you. And I’m not talking Civil War buffs or French Revolution experts, because you guys are a dime a dozen. I’m talking about those of you who know a bit about 17th Century nation-states and the Holy Roman Empire and stuff and are able to chuckle at…

  2. ESPN reveals their commentator teams

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    old TV

    For those of you who care deeply about the announcers of the national games, ESPN has announced their Monday night and Wednesday night baseball teams: Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe will handle Mondays and Dave O’Brien and Nomar Garciaparra will do Wednesdays. The good news here is McDonough, who I like an awful lot.  And while…

  3. How much financial trouble are the Wilpons in?

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The speculation surrounding today’s announcement that the Wilpons are looking to sell a stake in the Mets has included chatter about just how hard the government is going after them as a result of the Bernie Madoff mess.  The short version: the lawsuit filed against the Wilpons is to “claw back” money that Madoff gave…

  4. Yankees President Randy Levine blasts Rangers Owner Chuck Greenberg

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Randy Levine

    Remember earlier this week when Chuck Greenberg said that he thinks the Rangers’ visit to Cliff Lee’s home in Arkansas contributed to Lee signing with Philly instead of the Yankees?  Yeah, Yankees President Randy Levine didn’t much care for that: “If he really wants to impress us then he can get the Rangers off of…

  5. More rumblings on the Chone Figgins trade front

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    The Chone Figgins trade rumor which popped up late last night continues to churn this afternoon: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Chone Figgins has been not been asked to waive his limited no-trade clause, which includes Oakland; Buster Olney chipped in that Toronto could also be involved in trade discussions. To that latter…

  6. Pinstripe Bible and River Ave. Blues issue statements about the censorship allegations

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    On Tuesday Moshe Mandel of TYU presented evidence which strongly suggested that the YES Network and/or the Yankees caused one Yankees blog — Pinstripe Bible — to ratchet-back criticism of the team in light of the Rafael Soriano signing, and that it punished another blog — River Ave. Blues — by removing the Yes Network…

  7. There is no guarantee that the Wilpons will be able to keep control of the Mets

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    Forgive me if I’m not optimistic about the Wilpons’ chances of finding “strategic partners” who will gladly fork over millions in exchange for a minority share of the team, leaving the Wilpons in control. Why am I skeptical? Because the last time a baseball owner was in deep financial trouble and sought minority investors, it…

  8. The Wilpons are looking to sell a minority stake in the Mets

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    As everyone know, Fred Wilpon was taken for a bunch of money in the Bernie Madoff scam.  Yeah, he “broke even” in the sense that he got back his investment, but that was just because he was one of the early lucky ones who got their ponzi scheme money back.  It wasn’t real investment earnings,…

  9. Some Giants fans want to fly airplanes with banners above Dodger Stadium for some reason

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    Fight Club was the beginning. Now it’s out of the basements and and there’s a name for it:  Project Mayhem: As most of you die hard fans know, The World Champion San Francisco Giants open up Major League Baseball play at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles. In this hostile environment The World Champion San Francisco…

  10. Pedro Alvarez is not in the best shape of his life

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro, Pedro, Pedro: It will take a big man to carry the Pirates offense next season, but not quite as big as Pedro Alvarez happens to be at the moment, apparently. Alvarez has put on a few pounds this off-season, and more than one team official isn’t thrilled about it. At last report, the third…

  11. Jason Heyward’s thumb is OK. Sorta.

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    The only thing that gives me pause about Jason Heyward‘s career prospects is the sneaking sense that he’s going to be injury prone.  He had a nagging sore knee at the end of the year.  And, of course, he had the ligament issue in his thumb in the middle of the season that probably cost…

  12. One more thought on Brian Wilson

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    The George Lopez Show stuff from the last post inspired an offline conversation with someone who wondered whether people might think that Brian Wilson has gone overboard or jumped the shark or whatever. To this I have to offer an emphatic no.  Wilson may be completely over the top, but I don’t get the sense…

  13. Brian Wilson was very Brian Wilson on “The George Lopez Show” last night

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    Brian Wilson was on “The George Lopez Show” last night.  Check it out for yourself.  I think the less I say about it the better.  Just know that the fact that he’s dressed up in sea captain’s gear and has dyed his beard gray is the most normal part of it all. And if you…

  14. In which I try to talk intelligently about the 2011 Orioles

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Adam Jones, Cesar Izturis, Mike Gonzalez

    For reasons that are still not entirely clear to me, I do more guest radio spots on Balitmore’s two sports stations than I do anywhere else in the country.  Until told otherwise, I’ll chalk it up to 1570 WNST and 105.7 The Fan’s wonderful taste. But whatever the reason, my Baltimore guest spots have led…

  15. Adam Kennedy talks about his DUI

    Jan 28, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    Usually when a public figure gets into legal trouble he makes for the bunker and doesn’t give any comments.  Adam Kennedy, however, decided that talking about his DUI arrest Wednesday night was the best policy: In a phone interview with The Associated Press on Thursday afternoon, Kennedy said he was leaving dinner with some friends…

  16. Hal Steinbrenner: the Brian Cashman stuff is “a bunch of drummed-up drama”

    Jan 28, 2011, 6:24 AM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an exclusive interview with Hal Steinbrenner this morning. The unequivocal upshot: there is no rift between Brian Cashman and the Yankees’ top brass: “[Cashman] and I have a great working relationship.  There is no problem, right now. I think we have had a bunch of drummed-up drama.”…

  17. The Athletics are trying to trade for Chone Figgins

    Jan 28, 2011, 6:03 AM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    The A’s have been making all kinds of upgrades this offseason. They’ve improved the offense and have made their bullpen into one of the best in the game.  They may not be done either. From the Contra Costa Times: A source with knowledge of the situation said the A’s are trying to trade for Seattle…

  18. Prosecutors are worried about Roger Clemens’ lawyer

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    The Roger Clemens prosecutors are asking the judge to grill Clemens to make sure he’s aware that his attorney — Rusty Hardin — may have a conflict of interest in that Hardin briefly represented Andy Pettitte back when the Mitchell Report came out.  My assumption is that the prosecutors are trying to make sure that,…

  19. Carlos Santana will be ready to go for spring training

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana

    Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told Jim Bowden that Carlos Santana will be ready for the start of spring training games. Before his ugly knee injury he hit .260/.401/.467 with six home runs, 22 RBI and an 868 OPS over his first 192 major league plate appearances.  Based on what he did in the minors,…

  20. The Indians may be interested in Casey Kotchman

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Jon Paul Morosi: Indians have interest in Casey Kotchman on minor-league deal, source says. LH bat, could compete with LaPorta. Can someone please explain to me why the Indians would want Casey Kotchman to take playing time away from Matt LaPorta?  They have no money. They have the strongest imperative imaginable to get the most…

  21. No, the Nats did not inquire about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona

    Jan 27, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    The other day there was a report from Phil Wood of MASN that the Nationals have had conversations with the Indians about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona.  Today Buster Olney says no, that did not occur. The Nats didn’t even call the Indians, Olney says. And with that, I think we have officially reached the bottom of…

  22. Wait people do actually think Cashman is trying to get himself fired?

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    My “Brian Cashman is trying to get himself fired” comment from yesterday was meant as a joke. Not a good one — a bit too dry; I think I told it better on Twitter before repurposing it for the post — but I don’t honestly think that the man is trying to get canned. My…

  23. The Marlins will lose a home series this June; hundreds to be inconvenienced

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Marlins ballpark

    Back in September we told you about the scheduling conflict between U2 and the Florida Marlins-Seattle Mariners series, which necessitated moving the series from Pro Player Robbie Whatever Stadium.  The options at the time were to play it in Puerto Rico or perhaps to move it to Vancouver or Seattle.  Well, the decision has been…

  24. Vlad Guerrero’s options are running out

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Buster Olney tweeted today that the Orioles are only willing to sign Vladimir Guerrero if he “puts himself on a platter.”  In that, Olney is thinking a one-year, $2 million contract. This in contrast to the reported $8 millon a year that Guerrero was reportedly seeking earlier this offseason. And really, the Orioles have the leverage…

  25. Arte Moreno is not a Scott Boras fan

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno

    Angels owner Arte Moreno was asked a question about Scott Boras yesterday. His response: “My mother always told me, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” That kind of stuff makes me roll my eyes. Braves’ President John Schuerholz took a fairly similar attitude toward Boras a few years back and…

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