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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Quote of the day: Henry Schulman on Pablo Sandoval

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    The playoffs are so serious.  One nice thing about the offseason — and the middle of June for that matter — is that you can drop goofy/awesome lines like this without worrying about missing the story: The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning this winter. If he does not eat…

  2. George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller, nine others on Veteran’s Committee Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Last summer they decided to break it up by era, with “Pre-Integration Era” candidates (1871-1946), “Golden Era” candidates (1947-1972) and “Expansion Era” candidates (starting in 1973) getting alternating consideration. They also decided…

  3. The Mets hire Paul DePodesta

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    DePodesta

    The New York Mets announced today that Paul DePodesta has been named Special Assistant to General Manager Sandy Alderson.  He joins J.P. Ricciardi in the “Former GMs Who Made Their Bones While Working for the Alderson/Beane ‘Moneyball’ Atheltics Teams Club.” DePodesta’s tenure as Dodgers’ GM was kind of a pain for him. He only got…

  4. The Tigers could be looking at Adam Dunn or Victor Martinez

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    I just spoke with my buddy Norm Wamer at 106.5 The Ticket in Toledo. Norm tells me that he was on a conference call with Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski this morning, talking about the Jhonny Peralta signing. During the call someone asked him, basically, what’s next?  The response was that they were looking at the…

  5. Now the Marlins might trade Dan Uggla

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    On the heels of news that Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million offer, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro — after confirming the offer Rosenthal mentioned — reports that the Marlins “may seriously consider” trading him. He’d be valuable to any number of teams, I presume. But maybe less so if they think that he wants a…

  6. Shocker: Bud Selig believes that which has been thoroughly debunked

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    A letter Bud Selig recently wrote is making the rounds this morning. Why? Because in it he says “I really believe that Abner Doubleday is the ‘Father of Baseball,’” and makes reference to “some historians who would dispute this though.” You can see a copy of it over at Deadspin. Of course, the story of…

  7. We don’t care about umpire development. We just want the right calls made.

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    There was an essay in the New York Times over the weekend about the state of umpiring. The author, Bruce Weber, who wrote a book about umpiring in 2009, says that replay would be bad a thing. Why? Well, human element and Alexander Cartwright and all of that.  What does Weber think is preferable? Better…

  8. Hank Conger cut from his winter ball team

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    A couple of years ago Angels’ third baseman Brandon Wood was cut by his winter ball team for poor performance. On the one hand, it’s a small sample size and winter ball teams are trying to win, not develop U.S. talent. On the other hand, hey, they sure saw through Brandon Wood, didn’t they?  Oh…

  9. There’s hope for the Mets. Quick! counter with reminders of their depressing past!

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The hiring of Sandy Alderson seems to have gone over well, and my Met-fan friends are almost allowing themselves to be optimistic these past couple of weeks.  Sure, 2011 will still likely be a challenge due to financial constraints and a couple of onerous contracts that have yet to run their course, but for the…

  10. The Australian Baseball League gets underway

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Aussie Flag

    There was a baseball league in Australia from 1989-99. It hemorrhaged cash, and was eventually bought by ex-Brewer Dave Nilsson. The league folded around then. I assume Nilsson still plays with it in his basement or something. But now there’s a new one — also called the Australian Baseball League — that just debuted on…

  11. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman

    Jon Heyman tweets that Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011 if someone will give him a chance to close. My first thought: what’s with him and Edgar Renteria?  One ended 2011 on top, and the other ended 2011 well enough — 600th save! — to make everyone forget how much of a train wreck…

  12. Francoeur to Philly? Burrell to Atlanta? Speculation for now, but let’s make this happen!

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Last thing I take out of that Rosenthal column* this morning: One potential landing spot for Jeff Francoeur: Philadelphia . . . The Braves, again seeking outfield help, are among the clubs that could take a look at Pat Burrell. Before anyone goes nuts, remember: there’s a difference between an actual rumor and a reporter…

  13. The Reds, Bronson Arroyo might ink a deal this week. Votto, Bruce and Volquez to come?

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Boy, Rosenthal is chock full-o-rumorly goodness this morning, isn’t he? After the Uggla and Boras stuff, he passes along word that the Reds and Bronson Arroyo will likely do a two-year deal this week. Actually a three-year deal, as Arroyo’s $13 million option for 2011 — which has already been picked up — would wrapped…

  14. Be skeptical of “Team X is wary of Scott Boras” articles

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    During free agency season you often hear a lot of sentences with the clause ” . . . but he’s a Scott Boras client, so . . .”  And it’s a good point to make for free agents, because negotiations with Scott Boras are different. They take longer for one thing, because he almost always…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Cell Phone

    A quick look back at the baseball stuff you missed while paying entirely too much attention to the lesser sports.

  16. Dan Uggla reportedly rejects a four year, $48 million offer

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Last week we heard a report that the Marlins had an offer on the table to Dan Uggla. All we knew at the time was that the first year offered only a $200,000 raise for the arbitration-eligible Uggla. Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that it was a better overall deal than that suggested: four years, $48…

  17. Ballparks > fire departments

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    There’s a story in the Wall Street Journal today talking about how municipalities are less eager to fund ballpark projects now than they used to be. Convenient, I guess, in that nearly every major league and AAA baseball team in America has gotten a new park in the last 20 years or so, but whatever.…

  18. Does the Giants World Series win mean anything for Oakland’s move to San Jose?

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    This story is a couple of days old — I missed it among the dozens of articles about the actual World Series — but the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how the Giants winning the World Series might be good for the A’s designs on San Jose: At least one expert Monday said the…

  19. Sabean on Pablo Sandoval: shape up or ship out!

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Giants’ beat writer Hank Schulman spoke with Brian Sabean. Pablo Sandoval came up. Schulman says that, according to Sabean, “Panda starts next year in minors if he doesnt get his act together.” I’m assuming this is primarily about his conditioning, which many felt was responsible for his pretty terrible 2010 season. Conditioning so poor that…

  20. Some team needs to fire their GM

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    From Ken Rosenthal’s latest column speculating on the Yankees’ plans this winter: One rival GM actually believes the Yankees’ rather public obsession with Lee is a ruse, that they secretly want Tampa Bay Rays free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford, 29, instead. There is zero evidence, mind you, to support such a contention. The Yankees love left…

  21. The Nationals will pursue Brandon Webb

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    webb1

    A pursuit, eh? Hopefully he’ll try to get away by swimming. With that shoulder, they’ll surely catch up to him fast! The Nationals will be one of several teams to pursue Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander and former Cy Young award winner Brandon Webb, according to someone close to the Nationals. Webb, 31, ranked third in the…

  22. Jim Leyritz broke down in court yesterday

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Leyrtiz in court

    I’ve not been following everything that’s been going on in Jim Leyritz’s trial, but a couple notable things happened this week: On Tuesday, the defense was able to ask a coworker of the victim’s how much she had been drinking before she drove off and, ultimately, got into the accident. A lot, it seems!  Only…

  23. The Phillies wisely raise ticket prices

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    The opposite side of the Mets “if you stink and don’t draw you must lower ticket prices” argument is the “if you’re good and you sell out game after game you must raise them” argument.  That latter part is the Phillies’ story, as they have announced an across the board ticket price increase.  Tickets are…

  24. The nuns get their Honus Wagner dough

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Honus Wagner card

    Remember those nuns who were selling the Honus Wagner card?  Well, they got $262,000 for it. Best part: the guys delivering the money from the sale made it all the way to Daley Plaza in time to deposit it despite the fact that they were 106 miles away, it was dark and they were wearing…

  25. Can we please remember for a second that Derek Jeter is, first and foremost, a baseball player?

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Image (1) jeterap2.jpg for post 3593

    I’m not sure what to make of Derek Jeter’s total value. That is, his value as both a baseball player and a piece of marketing and good will and all of that. And those are the terms in which his current contractual situation are being played out. There’s just so much uncertainty there. I think…

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