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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Buster Posey is the NL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The BBWAA has released the results, and Buster Posey is the National League Rookie of the Year. As expected, Posey and Heyward were number one and number two. Following them on the ballot were Jaime Garcia, Gaby Sanchez, and Neil Walker, respectively. Starlin Castro was sixth. I was rather surprised to see anyone get first…

  2. Cliff Lee “doesn’t like to be the center of attention”

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    We will continue to see this sort of thing until offers start flying. Do they mean anything? Doubtful. I must be sick, though, because I can’t get enough of them: A look of panic crossed Cliff Lee’s face as he walked into the auditorium at the Holland Chapel Church one January evening this year, right…

  3. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Detroit Tigers

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Portrait of Al Kaline

    The Best: As if there was any question. It looks good in any decade, and on any body type. Well, almost any body type. The whites seem brighter than any other team’s whites. The English D is perfection. It’s the perfect shade of blue. A hair darker than navy, it seems, even if it’s called…

  4. The SoftBank Hawks are interested in Kenshin Kawakami

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    The Braves took Kenshin Kawakami out of their rotation last year, and last week they demoted him to Double-A. The hope was that they could find someone — possibly an NPB team — to take him and pick up some of his $6.67 million salary for 2011.  They may have a sucker — er, I…

  5. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Chicago White Sox

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    White Sox shorts

    No team has messed around as much as the Chicago White Sox. You name it, and they’ve done it: black, white, red, blue, classic, modern, pinstriped, plain. There has been a lot of bad in there, no question, but a lot of good too. The Best: Chicago more or less had it together before the…

  6. Harry Caray’s statue got damaged

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Harry Caray statue

    See what happens when you try to put football where baseball belongs? It’s been a rough year for Harry Caray. First came the move of his statue, and now comes the news that the Cubs accidentally damaged it while making over the ballpark for the Nov. 20 Northwestern-Illinois football game. It’s a Liberty Bell-style crack…

  7. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Minnesota Twins

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rod Carew swing

    The Best: They were unchanged — and looking good — from 1960 through 1971 before moving on to the land of the double knits.  Which still didn’t look horrible, although they were a bit generic. The best look was that classic look, which is nicely reproduced in the new home alternates. I like the new…

  8. Shin-Soo Choo is trying to slug his way out of the army

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    As we’ve mentioned before, Shin-Soo Choo is up against South Korea’s mandate that all able-bodied men must serve in the armed forces for two-years prior to turning 30. Choo is 28, and his military obligation is falling concurrently with his arbitration and free agency years. The straight-from-Hollywood-twist: if he can lead the Korean national baseball…

  9. Teams should stick with their managers longer

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Ted Turner manager

    Buster Olney sought a comment from Rockies’ GM Dan O’Dowd on the Pirates hiring of former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle: “The Pirates are getting a leader who brings a positive, passionate energy everyday, and someone who handles every situation with honesty and integrity!” Obviously O’Dowd is not gonna bury the guy in such a situation,…

  10. Carl Crawford = Roberto Clemente, and more of the latest buzz from Rosenthal

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Ken Rosenthal has a new column up.  Nothing outrageously juicy in it, but several thought-provoking items: Carl Crawford’s career to this point looks a lot like Roberto Clemente’s. A flawed comparison, no question, but an interesting one anyway. If the second half of Crawford’s career follows Clemente’s pattern anyone who signs him will be happy.…

  11. Why Clint Hurdle took the Pirates job

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    In the weekend wrap this morning I had a joke in there about Clint Hurdle taking the Pirates’ job on the basis of “hey, how could I do any worse than the last guy?”  I deleted that, though, because the real reason he took the Pirates job — aside from wanting to continue his managerial…

  12. Must-Click Link: The Periodic Table of Hall of Famers

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Every week or two, Larry Granillo at Wezen-Ball comes up with something that can only be classified as pure genius. This time I think he’s topped himself: the Periodic Table of Hall of Famers.  The table is here.  The explanation, here. Short version: Willie Mays is boron, Cap Anson is rubidium Tom Seaver is ununoctium,…

  13. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:27 AM EDT

    Midwest Snowstorm

    If you blog about your own blogging, I’m pretty sure you create a rift in the space-time continuum. It’s kind of like dividing by zero or putting Minute Rice in the microwave.

  14. Rosenthal: The Marlins could trade Dan Uggla within the week

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dan Uggla saga — in which he says he wants to stay but has rejected a big offer, and the Marlins say they want to keep him but have cut off negotiations — may be concluded this week. How? With a trade, which he reports the Marlins are “down the…

  15. Your Awards Week Preview

    Nov 14, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

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

    Starting tomorrow, the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the winners of the major postseason awards. Tomorrow is Rookie of the Year Awards (both of them), Tuesday is the NL Cy Young Award, Wednesday is both Manager of the Year Awards, Thursday is the AL Cy Young Award, next Monday is the NL MVP…

  16. And then there were two: Collins, Melvin appear to be finalists for the Mets job

    Nov 14, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    With Clint Hurdle looking more and more like he’s destined for Pittsburgh, it’s being reported that the Mets have narrowed their managerial search down to two men: Terry Collins and Bob Melvin. While Jose Oquendo is on Sandy Alderson’s interview schedule, the New York Times is saying that he’s not “a serious contender.”  Same with…

  17. Kirk Gibson’s 1988 home run bat sells for $575,912

    Nov 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

    I can’t believe what I just saw! Is it just me, or does over half a million bucks for a bat from 1988 seem excessive? Because that’s what the bat Kirk Gibson used to hit his famous walkoff homer in the 1988 World Series went for last night.  $575,912 to be exact.  Other items sold:…

  18. Are John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman nearing the end of their run as the voice of the Yankees?

    Nov 14, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    John Sterling

    The Daily News reminds us that the Yankees contract with WCBS-AM expires at the end of the 2011 season, so with it so do the contracts of radio voiced John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Moreover, there has not been any serious negotiation between the Yankees and WCBS yet, and other stations are reportedly interested in…

  19. The Red Sox want to keep Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez

    Nov 12, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Red Sox’ GM Theo Epstein held a conference call with the Sox beat writers this afternoon. The most notable nugget, according to Pete Abraham: Theo said “in strong terms” that the Red Sox want Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez back and that he’s pursuing them. Specifically, he said that Martinez “would certainly be our first…

  20. Ruben Amaro: never say never on Jayson Werth

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Yesterday Jayson Stark reported that an anonymous person in the Phillies front office said that Jayson Werth wasn’t coming back to Philly. In fact, the quote was “No chance. None. Zero.” Ruben Amaro is NOT happy about that: “That’s unequivocally a false statement,” Amaro said. “That did not come from me and I would not…

  21. Deep thoughts: should your team’s conditioning coach eat well?

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Double Double

    UPDATE: My bad. The quote about In-N-Out came from Spencer Dallin, the team’s Assistant  to the equipment manager. The strength coach is  Jim Malone, mentioned earlier in the article.  Apologies. Both for misreading the story, and for rendering moot a perfectly good Pablo Sandoval joke. Story on MLB.com about how a couple of Padres’ employees…

  22. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Baltimore Orioles

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jim Palmer

    The Best: They’ve stayed quite steady over the course of their 56-year existence, but they’ve changed little details more than you might remember. They’ve switched between various cartoon and various realistic birds a number of times and they’ve messed with the orange/black/white ratio on the hats too. They’ve always looked pretty sharp, though, never running…

  23. Anheuser-Busch sues Major League Baseball

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Budweiser baseball

    Anheuser-Busch has sued Major League Baseball, claiming that they had an agreement to continue their longstanding sponsorship deal that has AB brands as the official beer in every park but four of ‘em. The article doesn’t list the four, but I’m guessing Coors Field and Miller Park are two of them. Maybe Toronto is a…

  24. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Toronto Blue Jays

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    The Best: The Blue Jays came out of the gate in 1977 with a bird’s head smack dab in the center of the jersey. And you know what? I liked it!  No, it wasn’t totally sharp in an absolute sense, but it’s certainly better than anything they’ve worn since.  It has character, and it’s pretty…

  25. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Boston Red Sox

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    The Best:  The Red Sox are always included in lists of franchises with proud and grand traditions, but even if they are a classic organization, they have mixed it up a little bit over the years.  Red hats, for one thing. Changing the lettering on the road unis from blue to red. All in all,…

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