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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Dan Uggla is “blue collar?”

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla running

    Still lovin’ the Dan Uggla trade. My friend Stephen Silver pretty much summed up the whole deal last night when he tweeted “I had no idea they were giving away free Dan Ugglas today. I wish my team had known in advance.”  Yep. But one thing has struck me in the aftermath of the trade: …

  2. Johan Santana won’t be ready for Opening Day

    Nov 17, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder in September. At the time it was reported that the time table for rehab was 24 weeks and that he could throw at 20 weeks. That would have had him throwing — not pitching — in mid-February.  As such, it seemed…

  3. UPDATE: GMs favor an additional wild card, best of three wild card playoff round

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    UPDATE: Some hate it. Some like it. But MLB is more likely to expand the playoffs in 2012 as opposed to next season, according to the Associated Press. Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice president of labor relations, explained earlier this afternoon that adding another wild card team would be “a difficult trick to pull off”…

  4. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Wrapup

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Richard

    I had a lot of fun running down the best and worst looks of all 30 teams.  If anyone can think of any other silly offseason time-killers, by all means, let me know.  In the meantime, at the request of many, what follows are links to all 30 of the uniform rundowns: NATIONAL LEAGUE Phillies,…

  5. The Marlins trade Dan Uggla to the Braves

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    UPDATE: The trade is a done deal: Dan Uggla to the Braves for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn.  Really not much of a haul for the Marlins given what Uggla brings to the table. And while, sure, Uggla has some defensive issues and is only under team control for one year, this is not a…

  6. The Rangers went to visit Cliff Lee yesterday

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a contingent from the Rangers flew to Arkansas yesterday to meet with Cliff Lee. But wait! I thought he wasn’t listening! I thought he was in a duck blind somewhere, thinking about anything other than baseball. But I guess this is just arms race stuff, what…

  7. An update on Joe Ricketts pursuit of public funding for the Cubs

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    UPDATE:   Commenter johnvmoore alerts me to a report that the Ricketts have withdrawn their request to the Illinois legislature for the $200 million in Wrigley updates.  It’s not official or anything, but that’s the buzz. Also, he points me to this comment from the Huffington Post, in which Brian Baker of Taxpayers Against Earmarks says…

  8. Adrian Gonzalez on his future: “I’m not in control. God is.”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez 2

    I really like Adrian Gonzalez. And yes, I appreciate that he has a closer connection to San Diego than a lot of star players have to the teams they end up leaving in free agency. But I really do wish that he — and any other player in his position would stop saying things like…

  9. Prince Fielder may not be a vegetarian

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    You may find this hard to believe given his lithe and healthy frame, but apparently Prince Fielder is not, as he loudly proclaimed a couple of years ago, really a vegetarian: prince fielder spotted eating with scott boras at hotel. no word on whether prince stuck to veggies. #pseudovegetarian That was Jon Heyman, who is…

  10. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Seattle Mariners

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Flying Ken Griffey

    Our last entry of the series. Ah, memories. It seems like it was only last Tuesday when we began this thing . . . The Best: Call me crazy, but I loved the old trident M on the caps. It looked better with the star behind it than the original look , but like so…

  11. It’s unanimous: Roy Halladay wins the NL Cy Young Award

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    What, you were expecting Oliver Perez? This was a no-brainer, and there was very little dissent in the ranks:  Roy Halladay received all 32 of the first place votes, easily beating out Adam Wainwright, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tim Hudson and Josh Johnson, who finished in second through fifth place. When the Phillies traded for him last…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    California Angels

    The Best: for a team that has been all over the place in terms of their geographic identify, they’ve generally been steady on their sartorial identity.  The red and white with the navy accents is a good look. The capital “A” with the halo is pretty inspired too.  They’re not awful now, but they wear…

  13. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: the Oakland Athletics

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland A's Green and Gold

    Confession time. I played little league baseball in Parkersburg, West Virginia for a team sponsored by a business called “Doug’s Family Hairstyling.” All of the other teams were sponsored by sporting goods stores or hardware stores or at least something that sounded cool and manly. Not us! We were probably the worst team in the…

  14. Adrian Beltre could go quickly

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    beltre head up close

    Jon Heyman tweeted the following a few minutes ago: adrian beltre market is very hot. 12 teams are interested. got a chance to be the first star to go off the board. I don’t doubt that there is sharp interest in Beltre and that he might sign quickly. He’s easily the top infielder on the…

  15. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Texas Rangers

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan Rangers

    The Best: For my money their original look was their best ever look. Why? The font on the jersey. It’s unlike anything that we had ever seen before and unlike anything we’ve seen since. No, it’s not the greatest possible look of all time – if they could put that font on a more modern…

  16. Scott Boras on Manny Ramirez: pretty reasonable, actually

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    Manny Ramirez’s agent Scott Boras said Monday that he’s looking for an incentive-laden one-year contract. Specifically he said: “It’s just like Vlad Guerrero. His last Angels season, where he had an injury season and he had 50 RBI, was not a customary Vlad Guerrero season. He went to Texas and reestablished himself. This is really…

  17. Wrigley Field looks like a pretty terrible place to play a football game

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Preparing Wrigley

    As I mentioned yesterday, they’re tearing up Wrigley Field so Illinois can play Northwestern there on Saturday.  I put this under the category of Bad Idea Jeans if for no other reason than — based on the picture in this article in the Chicago Tribune — any receivers who get a ball thrown to them…

  18. The Yankees are raising ticket prices

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

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

    Damn that Derek Jeter and his insane contract demands causing the ticket prices at Yankee Stadium to go up! The price of the best field-level seats will rise to $260 as part of season ticket plans, the team said Monday. Those seats cost $250 this year, down from $325 when new Yankee Stadium opened in…

  19. Bartolo Colon is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    bartolo colon released

    Nick Collias over at MLBTR reports that Bartlo Colon is thinking comeback. I’ll believe that when I see it.  But I suppose he could be serious. Why?  Because Nick tells me that one of the Spanish language articles covering Colon’s recent performances reported Bartolo hitting on one of my favorite topics.  Seems that Colon has…

  20. The Ricketts Family: government spending is horrible unless it benefits the Cubs

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    We’ve noted how the Ricketts Family is all about getting the government to help them out with the Cubs, be it financing their new spring training complex in Arizona or paying for renovations to their ballpark in Illinois. Par for the course as far as baseball owners go. Those guys are always at the public…

  21. The Omaha Royals get a new name

    Nov 16, 2010, 7:39 AM EDT

    My old man worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years. Weathermen of his generation were mostly ex-military guys who fell into meteorology by accident, like becoming a bartender or something. Staring in the 70s, however, most of the young men who hired on with the NWS were guys who went and got their…

  22. The Cardinals will try to lock up Pujols before Christmas

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:32 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have targeted December for Operation Sign Albert Pujols. Well, they may have a better name for it, but that’s what it is: “Timing is important,” Mozeliak said. “We don’t want it to drag out this winter. I wouldn’t say it’s at a critical juncture right now,…

  23. Cliff Lee is not accepting offers yet

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Jon Heyman says that Cliff Lee’s agent has told teams that Lee is “not taking offers yet” and that he doesn’t see Lee signing before the Winter Meetings next month. I don’t understand. Why would you not take offers yet? If a team makes an offer, that’s information. Could be leverage. You don’t have to…

  24. The Posey and Heyward omitters speak

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yasushi Kikuchi, the writer who left Buster Posey off his Rookie of the Year ballot, explains himself: Kikuchi said he left Posey off his ballot because of the late-May promotion. “Obviously it was a tough decision,” Kikuchi said. “To me, Rookie of the Year is the best rookie player throughout the whole season. “On the…

  25. Brad Penny is going to be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brad Penny

    If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know that I obsessively track those players who are reported to be “in the best shape of their life” each spring. Best Shape of His Life stories can take a couple of different forms. There’s the straightforward “Player X is looking good” story which, if…

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