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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Kansas City Royals

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Best: The home uniform has been fairly constant, ranging from a no-number-on-the-front version to a numbered version, and switching between pullover and button-up as trends have dictated. It looks good in all of those guises, but I think I prefer the button-up, numbered version — which has been in use for most of the…

  6. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cleveland Indians

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Indians Buddy Bell

    The Best: Let’s be clear about something: I despise Chief Wahoo. I despise him with the intensity of a thousand burning suns. He’s racist. He’s stupid. And anyone who defends him as “part of the team’s culture and history” should defend this, this and this and argue in favor of their continued use or else…

  7. Pittsburgh writer leaves Heyward off Rookie of the Year ballot, includes two Pirates

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    UPDATE: We now know who the voters who left Buster Posey and Jason Heyward off their Rookie of the Year ballots were: Yasushi Kikuchi of the Kyodo News (He’s a member of the L.A.-Anaheim BBWAA Chapter) was the only one to omit Posey. He had Gaby Sanchez first, Heyward second and Jaime Garcia third. The…

  8. Buster Posey is the NL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The BBWAA has released the results, and Buster Posey is the National League Rookie of the Year. As expected, Posey and Heyward were number one and number two. Following them on the ballot were Jaime Garcia, Gaby Sanchez, and Neil Walker, respectively. Starlin Castro was sixth. I was rather surprised to see anyone get first…

  9. Cliff Lee “doesn’t like to be the center of attention”

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    We will continue to see this sort of thing until offers start flying. Do they mean anything? Doubtful. I must be sick, though, because I can’t get enough of them: A look of panic crossed Cliff Lee’s face as he walked into the auditorium at the Holland Chapel Church one January evening this year, right…

  10. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Detroit Tigers

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Portrait of Al Kaline

    The Best: As if there was any question. It looks good in any decade, and on any body type. Well, almost any body type. The whites seem brighter than any other team’s whites. The English D is perfection. It’s the perfect shade of blue. A hair darker than navy, it seems, even if it’s called…

  11. The SoftBank Hawks are interested in Kenshin Kawakami

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    The Braves took Kenshin Kawakami out of their rotation last year, and last week they demoted him to Double-A. The hope was that they could find someone — possibly an NPB team — to take him and pick up some of his $6.67 million salary for 2011.  They may have a sucker — er, I…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Chicago White Sox

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    White Sox shorts

    No team has messed around as much as the Chicago White Sox. You name it, and they’ve done it: black, white, red, blue, classic, modern, pinstriped, plain. There has been a lot of bad in there, no question, but a lot of good too. The Best: Chicago more or less had it together before the…

  13. Harry Caray’s statue got damaged

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Harry Caray statue

    See what happens when you try to put football where baseball belongs? It’s been a rough year for Harry Caray. First came the move of his statue, and now comes the news that the Cubs accidentally damaged it while making over the ballpark for the Nov. 20 Northwestern-Illinois football game. It’s a Liberty Bell-style crack…

  14. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Minnesota Twins

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rod Carew swing

    The Best: They were unchanged — and looking good — from 1960 through 1971 before moving on to the land of the double knits.  Which still didn’t look horrible, although they were a bit generic. The best look was that classic look, which is nicely reproduced in the new home alternates. I like the new…

  15. Shin-Soo Choo is trying to slug his way out of the army

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    As we’ve mentioned before, Shin-Soo Choo is up against South Korea’s mandate that all able-bodied men must serve in the armed forces for two-years prior to turning 30. Choo is 28, and his military obligation is falling concurrently with his arbitration and free agency years. The straight-from-Hollywood-twist: if he can lead the Korean national baseball…

  16. Teams should stick with their managers longer

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Ted Turner manager

    Buster Olney sought a comment from Rockies’ GM Dan O’Dowd on the Pirates hiring of former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle: “The Pirates are getting a leader who brings a positive, passionate energy everyday, and someone who handles every situation with honesty and integrity!” Obviously O’Dowd is not gonna bury the guy in such a situation,…

  17. Carl Crawford = Roberto Clemente, and more of the latest buzz from Rosenthal

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Ken Rosenthal has a new column up.  Nothing outrageously juicy in it, but several thought-provoking items: Carl Crawford’s career to this point looks a lot like Roberto Clemente’s. A flawed comparison, no question, but an interesting one anyway. If the second half of Crawford’s career follows Clemente’s pattern anyone who signs him will be happy.…

  18. Why Clint Hurdle took the Pirates job

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    In the weekend wrap this morning I had a joke in there about Clint Hurdle taking the Pirates’ job on the basis of “hey, how could I do any worse than the last guy?”  I deleted that, though, because the real reason he took the Pirates job — aside from wanting to continue his managerial…

  19. Must-Click Link: The Periodic Table of Hall of Famers

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    Every week or two, Larry Granillo at Wezen-Ball comes up with something that can only be classified as pure genius. This time I think he’s topped himself: the Periodic Table of Hall of Famers.  The table is here.  The explanation, here. Short version: Willie Mays is boron, Cap Anson is rubidium Tom Seaver is ununoctium,…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:27 AM EDT

    Midwest Snowstorm

    If you blog about your own blogging, I’m pretty sure you create a rift in the space-time continuum. It’s kind of like dividing by zero or putting Minute Rice in the microwave.

  21. Rosenthal: The Marlins could trade Dan Uggla within the week

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dan Uggla saga — in which he says he wants to stay but has rejected a big offer, and the Marlins say they want to keep him but have cut off negotiations — may be concluded this week. How? With a trade, which he reports the Marlins are “down the…

  22. Your Awards Week Preview

    Nov 14, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Mariners' Hernandez throws against the Blue Jays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Starting tomorrow, the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the winners of the major postseason awards. Tomorrow is Rookie of the Year Awards (both of them), Tuesday is the NL Cy Young Award, Wednesday is both Manager of the Year Awards, Thursday is the AL Cy Young Award, next Monday is the NL MVP…

  23. And then there were two: Collins, Melvin appear to be finalists for the Mets job

    Nov 14, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    With Clint Hurdle looking more and more like he’s destined for Pittsburgh, it’s being reported that the Mets have narrowed their managerial search down to two men: Terry Collins and Bob Melvin. While Jose Oquendo is on Sandy Alderson’s interview schedule, the New York Times is saying that he’s not “a serious contender.”  Same with…

  24. Kirk Gibson’s 1988 home run bat sells for $575,912

    Nov 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

    I can’t believe what I just saw! Is it just me, or does over half a million bucks for a bat from 1988 seem excessive? Because that’s what the bat Kirk Gibson used to hit his famous walkoff homer in the 1988 World Series went for last night.  $575,912 to be exact.  Other items sold:…

  25. Are John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman nearing the end of their run as the voice of the Yankees?

    Nov 14, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    John Sterling

    The Daily News reminds us that the Yankees contract with WCBS-AM expires at the end of the 2011 season, so with it so do the contracts of radio voiced John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Moreover, there has not been any serious negotiation between the Yankees and WCBS yet, and other stations are reportedly interested in…

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