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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Buster Olney tells Mets fans not to worry about the Phillies

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    From this morning’s Buster Olney column: I’ve been trying to convince some friends who are Mets fans that the Cliff Lee signing is good for New York, in the big picture. Here’s the logic: The Mets are probably not going to be very good in 2011, and maybe even 2012. So, by 2013, when the Mets…

  2. Let’s wait on giving a nickname to the Phillies’ rotation

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    We all know that giving yourself a nickname is simply inexcusable. Someone has to apply it to you, T-bone, you can’t just pick it yourself. Similarly, you have to earn a nickname. You can’t just start off with one.  And this applies to collective names as well as individual ones. I’m looking at you Stan Hochman…

  3. AP Writer: Cliff Lee should be ashamed that his salary isn’t going to starving children in Africa

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    I’m with the Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg to the extent he’s critical of those who are lauding Cliff Lee for making some sort of financial sacrifice to go to the Phillies. Sure, there’s a bit less guaranteed money, but we’re not in sainthood territory here. Dahlberg completely loses me, however, when he goes off on…

  4. Is everything OK in Baltimore?

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Andy Macphail

    I don’t read Roch Kubato’s blog every day so maybe this is just part of his shtick, but if not, this is mildly interesting: Yesterday passed without the Orioles doing anything. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail might have made contact with more agents or rival executives, but that’s only an assumption. The media has…

  5. Lowell Cohn: “I compare PED users to murderers”

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    McGwire Palmiero

    On some level it’s liberating to bypass all of that difficult moral and ethical hand-wringing about a complicated issue and simply vent spleen. It’s not helpful or instructive, but man, it sure is liberating.

  6. Hey pod people: the HBT iPhone app is now available

    Dec 21, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    iphone

    Actually, it’s not just a HardballTalk app. It’s an app for all of NBC Sports.com’s blogs, including Pro FootballTalk, Pro BasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk and all the others called “NBC Sports Talk.”  You can get it here.  Word is that the Android app will be ready soon as well, and of course we’ll let you know when that happens.…

  7. Why would voters want to “wait” on Jeff Bagwell?

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    I promise: this is my last Hall of Fame post for the day. If there is other big news I’m neglecting, please let me know. In the meantime: I’ve seen a few references to voters wanting to “wait and see” on Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame case. Or to give it more time. Or to…

  8. There’s “a very real possibility” that Andy Pettitte will retire

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    At the risk of adding to the annoyance factor I complained about earlier this afternoon, here’s Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger with the latest Andy Pettitte update: Person with knowledge of Pettitte’s thinking puts his chances of a return at 30%. “There is a very real possibility that he will retire.” Someone in the last…

  9. Attention voters: here’s what to do when someone doesn’t “feel like a Hall of Famer”

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Bagwell

    In the Heyman Hall of Fame post, I talked about how memory doesn’t always serve us well. About how Heyman’s “you just had to be there” and multiple references to “impact,” in support of Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame case weren’t persuasive to me.  An excellent counterexample of all of that comes in the form…

  10. Pete Rose to manage in the minor leagues

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Pete Rose Jr.

    Oh, sorry. Missed the “Jr.” after his name in the story. Much too busy to go back and make that headline more accurate, however. So many things to get done before Christmas! Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie league team of the Chicago…

  11. Bartolo Colon may be in the best shape of his life

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Someone stop the Indians’ front office, because they are en fuego! First Austin Kearns, now they’re in hot pursuit of Bartolo Colon. And that pursuit isn’t as easy at it used to be, because Colon may be … in the best shape of his life! Antonetti said the Indians are indeed interested in Bartolo Colon…

  12. Deep Thought: What’s the deal with Andy Pettitte?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    I’m not prepared to make some final and serious moral judgment on the matter right now or anything, but I have to ask: am I nuts for thinking that Andy Pettitte’s coyness on whether he will or will not return is really annoying? I know he’s a free agent and his own man and has…

  13. In which we pore over Jon Heyman’s Hall of Fame column

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    jack morris-thumb-250x375-4861

    Jon Heyman has posted his Hall of Fame column in which he explains his votes.  Keeping in mind this morning’s thoughts on the Hall of Fame — and trying hard to be a little more charitable than I have been in the past to Mr. Heyman — I will say that I am glad that…

  14. The Cubs and Rangers are in on Brandon Webb

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    webb

    Last week it seemed like the Nationals were the front runners for Brandon Webb’s services.  Now MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports the Cubs and Rangers have “jumped ahead” of the Nats. The Cubs have reportedly been targeting Webb for some time, though their flirtation with Matt Garza has interrupted things a bit.  I don’t recall seeing…

  15. New York Governor fined for accepting free Yankees tickets. Why aren’t the Yankees in trouble?

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

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    You’ll recall last March that the New York Commission on Public Integrity charged New York’s governor, David Paterson, with violating state ethics laws when he got free tickets to the opening game of the 2009 World Series from the Yankees.  The case has run its course now, and yep, the governor has been found guilty.  He was…

  16. The Indians sign Austin Kearns

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Austin Kearns

    And you thought they Indians weren’t going to make a free agent splash. They just did: Austin Kearns: Meet the new Indians right-handed hitting outfielder, same as the Indians old right-handed hitting outfielder. Austin Kearns is back. Kearns, who won a job with the Indians last spring training, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tribe today. It’s…

  17. The Nationals sign Rick Ankiel

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Ankiel splashdown

    They’ve let Adam Dunn walk and have traded Josh Willingham.  They signed Jayson Werth to a mega-deal that he will never come close to justifying. Now the Nationals have signed Rick Ankiel to a deal.  To play outfield, not to pitch. At least if it was to pitch it would be an interesting and potentially…

  18. Brian Cashman admits that he may be stuck with the rotation he has

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees may be going into the 2011 season with the rotation they currently have: Sabathia, Hughes, Burnett and … filler: Having finished second, or maybe third, in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, theYankees are prepared to go into the 2011 season with a pitching rotation of CC Sabathia,A.J. Burnett…

  19. Was it unethical for the New York Times to report the leaked PED-users’ names?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    syringe

    It’s always fun to rip on The Blogger Murray Chass when he writes something ill-advised, bitter and ridiculous.  But sometimes he writes something bitter and thought-provoking (sorry: bitter is just part of the deal with him these days). For example, over the weekend he noted how neither the New York Times nor the New York…

  20. The Brewers sign Craig Counsell to a one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Craig Counsell, Ronny Cedeno

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed Craig Counsell.  That’s the sort of thing a team does when they realize that Yuniesky Betancourt is at the top of your depth chart at shortstop. OK, not totally fair: the Brewers have been thinking about keeping Counsell in the fold for some time now.  He’s 40,…

  21. The Orioles’ offer to Adam LaRoche is richer than first reported

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Over the weekend Jen Royle of MASN reported that the O’s had offered Adam LaRoche three years and as much as $18 million.  She has updated her report and now says that the O’s are offering LaRoche three-years and $21 million. I still think LaRoche makes sense in Baltimore, but boy, that contract is starting…

  22. The Yankees could have had Zack Greinke

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Greinke throwing

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Royals asked the Yankees for Jesus Montero and Eduardo Nunez in exchange for Zack Greinke and told the Yankees that Greinke would drop his no-trade clause.  The Yankees rejected the offer, however, because they did not believe that Greinke was a good fit for New York. It’s interesting that the reason for…

  23. Multiple teams inquiring about Freddy Garcia

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Yankees, Mets, and other teams have asked to see Freddy Garcia’s medical records. That means that everyone has an unhealthy obsession with Garcia’s personal business or else they’re actually considering signing the guy.  Given how few free agent starters are left out there I’m guessing the latter. Which is kind…

  24. One more pitcher off the board: the Marlins sign Ricky Nolasco to a contract extension

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    There have been a number of rumors in recent weeks that the Marlins were open to shopping Ricky Nolasco. Call off the trade-watch, however, because they just signed him to a three-year, $26.5 million extension.  My suspicion is that the trade rumors were floated mostly as a negotiation tactic anyway. I’ve heard that Nolasco really…

  25. The most important thing about being a Hall of Fame voter

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Bruce Sutter Hall of Fame

    Bill and The Common Man from The Platoon Advantage make so much sense in their Rights and Responsibilities in Hall of Fame Voting post from over the weekend that the thing should be sent via certified mail to every eligible voter. Of their four rules for voting, the key, I think, is something I touched…

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