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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Dusty Baker anecdote you could have gone your whole life without hearing

    Feb 22, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker reacts to his team's play against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of play in National League Major League Baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi passes along an anecdote about Dusty Baker’s final dark days as the Cubs’ manager that, I am quite certain, is unique in the history of Major League Baseball: “At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day,” Baker said Monday morning. “That was…

  2. The Union has no concerns about the Mets. For now.

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Michael Weiner’s spring training tour took him to Port St. Lucie today, where he met the Mets. Adam Rubin reports on the  two Met-specific issues that are likely on Weiner’s radar screen: Weiner said he has been assured by the commissioner’s office that players’ guaranteed contracts will not be affected by the Wilpons’ legal issues; and…

  3. Derek Jeter laughs off Hank Steinbrenner’s comments

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    As if you expected anything else.  Jeter, when asked about Hank Steinbrenner’s comments from yesterday, basically laughed them off. Ben Shpigel has the full rundown.  You will not be at all surprised to see that Jeter closed with “Owners can say what they want.” Which is all sad. I mean, how awesome would it have been…

  4. More fat news: Matt Kemp has dropped 15 pounds

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Matt Kemp

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Matt Kemp checked into camp at 215 pounds. Last year he was at 230. After Pablo Sandoval, I think that Kemp’s weight may be the most significant conditioning story of spring training. No, not because he was fat like Sandoval or anything. But because I don’t think…

  5. Great Moments in Journalism: Cliff Lee’s muscle strain edition

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Someone else tell me if this is bizarre: On Sunday, a story appears on Philly.com — Internet home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News — reporting that Cliff Lee has a muscle strain; In the next 12 hours, the Internet picks up the story, people start blogging about it, tweeting about it,…

  6. Could Jason Isringhausen actually make the Mets?

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Isringhausen

    Every spring we get an early “Believe it or not, Player X might make the team” story, with “Player X” being some veteran everyone has written off or a comeback story or a precocious rookie that everyone thinks needs more seasoning.  At least as far as the veterans go, those stories rarely play out.  A…

  7. Joakim Soria wants a new nickname

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:02 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Joakim Soria is smart for at least two reasons. First: he understands that one cannot choose one’s own nickname.  Second, he understands that being called “Mexicutioner” is a pretty tough thing these days given all of the execution-style killings going down in his native Mexico.  In light of this, he offered a plea this morning:…

  8. Your morning fat report

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Spring training games start this weekend. I am virtually certain that by then we will no longer be hearing about who’s fat and who isn’t. But for now I do feel duty-bound to keep you apprised: Carlos Gonzalez gained 22 pounds this offseason, but don’t worry, it’s all muscle, baby. Seems he didn’t want to…

  9. Though it’s hard to, we really should try to ignore Hank Steinbrenner

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees general partner Steinbrenner talks with reporters at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Some great points from Ken Davidoff this morning regarding Hank Steinbrenner running off at the mouth yesterday. The upshot: though it’s hard to ignore what Hank Steinbrenner says because of his name and the sometimes outrageous nature of his remarks, we really can’t give them any weight beyond their entertainment value because the dude really…

  10. Denard Span is somewhat confused

    Feb 22, 2011, 6:11 AM EST

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Funny tweets from Twins center fielder Denard Span yesterday regarding what he thought was his introduction to new shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka: Funniest thingever happened today! I thought another player that was Asian on our team was nishi!! I asked him how his English was and [he] said “it’s great man, how r u?” then i looked at…

  11. UPDATE: Alfredo Simon could be cleared and released as soon as Wednesday

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:24 PM EST

    Alfredo Simon walking

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Alfredo Simon could be released as early as Wednesday. According to Phil Isaac of the Para Sports Group, one of Simon’s agents, a ballistics test proved that the bullet that killed Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte didn’t come from the gun Simon turned into authorities. Simon could be released…

  12. A couple of words on keeping score at the ballgame

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    Scorebook

    I’m probably the worst scorekeeper in the world. I try to do it from time to time — used to do it a lot more — but I just don’t bother much anymore. Maybe it’s because I don’t do attention to detail very well. Maybe I’m just lazy. Maybe I just go to relatively few…

  13. Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    David Villavicencio of FoxSports Florida.com notes that Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo on his left wrist: “a baseball with a trail of flames and the inscription ‘105.1 MPH.’” Interesting, but troublesome, at least if you’re a pessimist like me. I mean, what if something happens to him someday and he can’t bring the gas anymore?…

  14. When Hank Steinbrenners attack

    Feb 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Hank Steinbrenner, who somehow managed to gnaw off the muzzle with which he had been fitted in 2009, decided to unload on mansion-building ballplayers, the Yankees’ alleged lack of the “hunger” and communists while talking to the Yankees beat writers today. The highlights, courtesy of Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger: Hank called last year’s Yankees…

  15. The Braves give GM Frank Wren a contract extenstion

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Frank Wren

    The Braves announced today that they’ve given General Manager Frank Wren a contract extension. He’s now locked up through the 2013 season. This is not surprising. Wren has the full confidence of ownership and team President John Schuerholz.  Some fans may agitate about various things such as, I dunno, the fact that the Braves haven’t…

  16. Adrian Gonzalez hits off a tee

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that Adrian Gonzalez has been cleared to begin hitting off a tee and did so this morning. Feeling fine and no need to consult with a doctor as was previously suggested he might. He’s supposed to begin live batting practice soon.  So that’s some good news for a Red…

  17. How cute! Nationals fans vow to fight off the Philly “horde”

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

    Phillies fans AP

    Attention Phillies fans. You have been called “the lowest form of humanity” and your hometown has been called “a stinking cesspool.” Don’t get mad at me, for I am merely the messenger. But dudes, you totally gotta see this.

  18. Charlie Sheen, Brian Wilson and Lenny Dykstra are hanging out, and …

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    Major League

    No, that’s not the start of a joke. It’s just a report from this past weekend, according to TMZ: Sheen tells us … in addition to flying in SF Giants pitcher Brian “The Beard” Wilson on his jet from Arizona to L.A. … Charlie also imported Kenny Lofton, Todd Zeile, Eddie Murray, Lenny Dykstra and others. We’re told Pete Rose was supposed to…

  19. The MLBPA would like to start CBA talks soon

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Weiner

    Union head Michael Weiner is taking his annual tour of spring training facilities, and while at Cardinals camp today he said that, though the current labor deal doesn’t expire until December, he’d like talks about a new collective bargaining agreement to be held before the season begins. I’m assuming that the primary reason for this is…

  20. Adrian Beltre is probably pleased that he has a mild calf strain

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Adrian Beltre swinging

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Adrian Beltre has a calf strain.  It’s not a biggie, though, as it will only keep him from running.  He can still take BP and do fielding drills. I know this is minor, but I find it interesting anyway because I can’t help but wonder if…

  21. Should the Hall of Fame lower its voting standards?

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

    cooperstown

    Friends of HBT Bill and The Common Man — proprietors of the Platoon Advantage blog — are writing over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot today.  Their big conversation starter of the day: a proposal for the Hall of Fame to lower the bar.  This, Bill and TCM argue, will help alleve the giant backlog that many…

  22. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Pete Rose

    This has nothing to do with anything important, but I feel it’s worth sharing.

  23. The Orioles went to the movies

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Movies

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles reported to the spring training complex last night but, instead of the expected team meeting, Buck Showalter loaded them on buses, took them to a movie theater and showed them a movie of motivational Orioles highlights including great plays and bench-clearing brawls and stuff. Britt Ghiroli…

  24. Wilpon and Katz served as buffers between investors and Madoff

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    Maybe Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz didn’t know anything about Bernie Madoff’s fraud, but after reading this in today’s New York Times do NOT tell me that they were “just like everyone else who was duped.”  Because as far as I know, no one else who was duped served as a buffer between everyday investors…

  25. Livan Hernandez: “I want to be the Jamie Moyer of right-handers”

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    For as often as I’ll curse Livan Hernandez‘s name because of the infamous Eric Gregg game in the 1997 playoffs, I don’t really hold it against Hernandez. He was just taking what the umpire was giving him, and how on Earth can a fan of Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux fault anyone for that?  Eric…

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