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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Albert Pujols deadline was a big mistake

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Here’s Joe Strauss’ latest on the State of the Pujols negotiations.  Not much new in there other than the tidbit that Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano and Cadinals’ GM John Mozeliak are “in regular contact.” All of this stuff — the deadline, the moving of the deadline for Musial’s thing, etc. — just makes me think…

  2. Mets beat writer is a man of his word: wears a Speedo to spring training

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

    Phelps speedo

    Back during the Winter Meetings New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote the following: Here’s some of what we’ve been able to gather during the first day here in Florida. Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I’ll cover spring training in a…

  3. Brian Wilson keeps the ball from the last out of the World Series in a candy jar

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson, you crazy! What happened to the baseball that Brian Wilson threw to strike out Texas’ Nelson Cruz and clinch the first World Series championship in the San Francisco Giants’ 53-year history? Is it in a museum? Somewhere in the team archives? Or locked in a wall safe hidden behind a painting in owner…

  4. Stan Musial to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom this afternoon

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

    Stan Musial

    As was announced last fall, today Stan Musial will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The ceremony is this afternoon at 1:30PM Eastern/12:30 Central. KSDK.com and NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis will carry it live if you’re interested. As I said back in November, Musial is most worthy of this. Not just because he was…

  5. Buck Showalter is not going to be fazed* by the challenges of managing the Orioles

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    For a guy who has been in and around the majors for 20 years, most of us know very little about Buck Showalter.  Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com has a profile of the Orioles manager that focuses on his father. The father  who — in addition to storming the beaches of Normandy and desegregating a Florida…

  6. Your photo of the day: The Phillies starting rotation

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Camera

    One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong.

  7. Some fun evidentiary fights in the Barry Bonds trial

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:26 AM EST

    Barry Bonds court appearance

    There’s an article in the New York Daily News today that gives a rundown of some of the evidentiary fights the Barry Bonds prosecution and defense are having.  Among them: Bonds’ ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell posed in Playboy and told them her story back in 2007. The government wants Bonds barred from mentioning that and showing…

  8. Nyjer Morgan: 2010 “wasn’t a Nyjer Morgan year”

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    I mock Best Shape of His Life stories a lot, but it’s not like they’re the only spring training evergreen story out there. Another big one is “guy who imploded last season says he’s got a new attitude this season.”  Ladies and gentlemen, Nyjer Morgan, who says he has refocused and simplified his approach to…

  9. A-Rod is supposed to be embarrassed about being rich and having famous movie star girlfriends?

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    New York Yankees Workout Session

    Alex Rodriguez is not great at P.R. There’s no disputing that. He’s had a couple of flubs. He’s been involved in a few controversies.  He has occasionally shot himself in the foot. But does he really deserve the treatment he gets from Sports Illustrated today?  The august S.I. goes with a slide show, outlining what are…

  10. Some dudes were locked in Camden Yards last year and had a field day

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    Camden Yards

    This is interesting. I’m not sure it’s true, but it’s interesting.  A couple of guys told Deadspin that they got locked in Camden Yards after a rain postponement last year and turned the place into their own private playground: Needing a few more drinks, we made our way towards the walking street in the ballpark,…

  11. Kendry Morales doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Image (1) kendry%20morales%20homer.jpg for post 5531

    There’s not much more to this than Jesse Sanchez asking Morales if he’s going to be ready for opening day and getting “I don’t know” in response. I don’t follow the Angels as closely as a decent Angels fan, but that there is doubt about Morales being ready to start 2011 is news to me.…

  12. Charlie Manuel has set a contract deadline too

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:56 PM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    A really good manager isn’t as important to his team as The Best Player in Baseball is to his, but like Albert Pujols, Charlie Manuel has set a deadline for negotiations to extend his expiring contract: Opening Day. After that, he doesn’t want it to be a distraction. I wouldn’t exactly view this as dire.…

  13. The Cubs, Carlos Marmol agree to a three-year deal

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs and Carlos Marmol have agreed to a three-year deal.  We’re still awaiting the dollars. UPDATE:  It looks like three years, $20 million. This extension has been rumored for a while.  It’s also a bit scary knowing what we know about three-year deals for relief pitchers (i.e. they almost all…

  14. The Braves have protected their cars from the wrath of Jason Heyward’s bat

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    One of my favorite things last spring was how Jason Heyward kept hitting home runs out to right field at the Braves training complex and damaging cars out in the parking lot.  Sure, that’s not that big a deal when you consider that the Braves stupidly put a parking lot right over the wall, but…

  15. The Rangers are still looking to deal Michael Young

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Michael Young ap

    Buster Olney has been the primary rumor-mongerer regarding Michael Young. Even as reporters with Rockies sources were saying there was nothing doing between Texas and Colorado, Olney reported otherwise.  He’s also reporting that, despite the fact that spring training is starting, there’s still a slight chance that Young could be dealt before having to awkwardly…

  16. And we now begin eight and a half months of freaking out about Sabathia’s opt-out clause

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    sabathia

    More weighty news relating to CC Sabathia than his choice of breakfast cereals involves his contract. As in, the fact that he has the ability to opt-out of it after this year if he wants, and that has caused no shortage of consternation among Yankees fans. Yankees fans who, as of this past winter, are…

  17. There’s a (sorta) new Yankees blog in town

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

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

    There’s so much stuff written about the Yankees, but much of it is either insane hype or unwarranted pessimism. In the face of that, I’ve found four or five Yankees blogs that are able to provide sharp and sober analysis on a consistent basis. Two of them are TYU and Yankeeist. Well, now I have…

  18. The CC Sabathia weight loss plan: easier than you’d think

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    CC Sabathia

    Last week there was some stuff about CC Sabathia‘s weight. It was reported that he lost 30 pounds. Brian Cashman wasn’t having it.  Today, however, he reported to Yankees camp in Tampa, and multiple reporters have tweeted this morning that Sabathia looks slimmer.  He told some of them that he’s probably lost 25 pounds.  Mark…

  19. Happy 50th birthday, Strat-o-Matic

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    Stratomatic

    For reasons that I still can’t explain, I was never exposed to Strat-o-Matic baseball until I twas way too old and involved in boring grownup things to have a lot of time to obsess on it.  Almost everyone else I know who thinks deeply or writes intelligently about baseball played it, however, and I totally…

  20. Can “swagger” be “bullet-proof?” Ask Jonathan Papelbon.

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

    swagger wagon

    This is quote of the day territory, but it’s a bit early and lots of players will be talking to the media today, so we’ll hold off on giving it any awards. Jonathan Papelbon talked yesterday about how he’s approaching 2011.  The key for him is focus.  Well, not exactly, because he kept saying that…

  21. UPDATE: the Mets have NOT released Oliver Perez

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

    Oliver Perez Mets

    UPDATE: Scratch that:  I misinterpreted Sherman’s tweet, which read as follows: All Ollie Perez stories must cease now until one begins: The #Mets today released Ollie Perez … #notinteresting Sorry for the confusion, but I read that as a declarative sentence: “The Mets today released Ollie Perez.” I thought the “until one begins” part meant “until there’s new…

  22. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:09 AM EST

    Valentine

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Now, let us take a look back at the last weekend until November in which baseball players were not under a contractual obligation to entertain us.

  23. Elijah Dukes is now a rapper. And he used to smoke weed before Nats games.

    Feb 11, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    The guys over at Nationals Enquirer directed my attention to this Tampa Tribune story about former Rays and Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes.  Seems that Dukes is now a rapper known as “Fly Eli.”  He’s got an album ready to drop, as the kids say, and has concerts scheduled and all of that.  Oh, and like…

  24. In which a bear is interviewed about Mark Buehrle

    Feb 11, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    Bear

    Trust me: the headline makes sense once you read the story. And I can’t help but think that the bear makes some damn fine points.

  25. Milton Bradley cleared of all charges

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Milton Bradley’s attorney released the following statement this afternoon, as reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “The allegations against Milton Bradley were thoroughly investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office,” the statement read. “Both agencies determined there was no basis to file charges and no charges were filed … As…

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