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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jeff Pearlman, “online haters,” and the art of Internet self defense

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    Internet Tough

    Jeff Pearlman has a column up over at CNN today that’s getting a lot of notice. Seems he tracked down and confronted some people who went after him over at his personal blog, leaving obnoxious or obscene comments or otherwise acting like jerks. I won’t defend the jerks for a second. People were linking awful…

  2. Baseball’s All Underrated Team

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Jayson Stark’s latest is what he believes to be baseball’s “All Underrated Team.”  The roster: C: Carlos Ruiz 1B: Adam Dunn 2B: Ian Kinsler SS: Starlin Castro 3B: Ryan Zimmerman RF: Michael Cuddyer CF: Andrew McCutchen LF: Ryan Braun SP: Josh Johnson CL: Joakim Soria MR: Mike Adams It’s not a terrible list, though as…

  3. The Cardinals sign Nick Punto

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Nick Punto

    As soon as I posted the Nick Punto thing this morning a bunch of people observed that it was inevitable that the Cardinals would sign him soon. Tony La Russa has an addiction to scrappy infielders. He can’t help himself.  SO, not surprisingly, the Cardinals just signed him. It’s a one-year deal. We don’t have…

  4. The Orioles are interested in Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Justin Duchscherer

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are interested in Justin Duchscherer. The Yankees have been reported to be interested in him, and as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported the other day, Duchscherer held private workouts with two other American League clubs last week.  Zrebiec says, however, that the Orioles were not one of…

  5. Ozzie Guillen wasn’t pleased with Bobby Jenks or his son’s tweets

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Ozzie Guillen talked about that Bobby Jenks-Oney Guillen stuff yesterday, and he voiced some regret over his son sharing clubhouse business on his Twitter feed: Guillen said he felt ‘‘sad’’ about Jenks’ comments, which came after Jenks signed with the Boston Red Sox last month. But Guillen said his son crossed the line when he…

  6. Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:07 AM EST

    Texas Rangers Workout Session

    What if I told you that Jeff Francoeur said something insightful about major league park factors which suggested that he was aware of his strengths and weaknesses as a hitter? I’m not saying he did — please! — but I do wonder what you’d say if I told you that.

  7. Update: Dirk Hayhurst signs with the Rays

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:52 AM EST

    Dirk Hayhurst

    UPDATE:  It’s official: Hayhurst has signed a minor league deal with the Rays.  We know this from a news release. We know it more colorfully from Hayhurt’s own tweet: Why hello there, Tampa fans. My name is Dirk. My hobbies include writing, speaking, pretending to be a giant firebreathing giraffe/moose. Oh, Fortuna, please let him…

  8. Dancing with Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    APTOPIX Yankees Tigers Baseball

    Jose Valverde beat teammate Ramon Santiago in a local version of “Dancing with the Stars” up in Detroit.  His secret: he’s kinda fat: Although Valverde won, Santiago refused to accept that the Tigers closer was the better dancer. Santiago said Valverde’s secret weapon — the prancing paunch on his 6-foot-4, 255-pound frame — was the…

  9. The end of an era in Minnesota

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

    Nick Punto

    Hey, it doesn’t have to be a great era. An era is an era, and that counts even for the Twins’ Nick Punto: No Twins offseason would be complete without a Nick Punto discussion. Some of us were convinced he would be the final puzzle piece, as General Manager Bill Smith assembled the spring training…

  10. Hey! A ranking in which the Mets are number one!

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    mets logo

    And it’s not even a list of dubious achievements! I’m no Mets fan, but I have always loved this logo: the distinctive dark skyline, the white bridge symbolizing the five boroughs, the classic Mets script, the terrific color scheme of orange and blue. My only suggestion: Mr. Met should have it tattooed around his whole…

  11. Tim Wakefield wouldn’t mind pitching beyond 2011

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Tim Wakefield

    Tim Wakefield is only under contract through this season. And he’s going to turn 45 in August. But he still wants to pitch: “The door is always open. Until you actually see me sit down at that press conference and say that I’m going to retire, I wouldn’t count on anything right now. I just…

  12. More trouble for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    We wrote back in October about the challenges facing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Joe Posnanski said that the place was in “grave danger.”  Dr. Raymond Doswell, the museum’s interim director, wrote to me to tell me that Posnanski was overstating the problems.  Dr. Doswell will likely have to write to Sam Mellinger now too,…

  13. The Orioles raise ticket prices

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:09 AM EST

    Camden Yards

    Pop quiz hot shot!  You’ve lost 90+ games for eight of the past ten years and your 2010 attendance was the lowest since you moved to your fancy new ballpark back in 1992. It’s time to set ticket prices for the coming year. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?! For the first time since…

  14. Francona: Marco Scutaro is our shortstop

    Jan 20, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    marco-scutaro-red-sox

    There has been some chatter lately about how Jed Lowrie could take over the Red Sox shortstop job from Marco Scutaro. Theo Epstein said as much himself last week. Terry Francona gave a press conference today, however, and he says nope, not happenin’: “Scutaro’s our shortstop. (Lowrie) gives us something not a lot of teams can…

  15. The Yankees sign Andruw Jones

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    White Sox Jones hits homerun against Twins in Minneapolis

    Did someone mention scoops? Add one to Jon Heyman’s list: the Yankees have signed Andruw Jones to a one-year, $2 million contract, with another $1.2 million possible in performance-based incentives. Jones will be a fourth outfielder/DH/Designated lefty-masher next year. Between platooning at the corners, days off and injuries, he could get the same number of plate appearances…

  16. Some musings on scoops and the people who get them

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Press

    Beyond the Box score has a chart up today tracking which baseball reporters got the most transactions scoops this winter.  Ken Rosenthal leads the pack. Jon Heyman is second. You’ll recognize all the other names based on reading “So and so reports …” posts here and elsewhere.  It’s a relatively small group of men and…

  17. Eric Chavez worked out for the Dodgers today

    Jan 20, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

    Eric Chavez

    I thought of doing something cute and copying and pasting an article about Nomar Garciaparra from a couple of years ago but changing all the names, but that would take a lot of work, so we’ll play it straight: The Dodgers worked out free-agent third baseman Eric Chavez at their Camelback Ranch-Glendale training facility in…

  18. Must-click link: Colombia — The next international talent hotbed

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has an interesting story today about scouting in Colombia, which may be the next Venezuela or Dominican Republic when it comes to amateur talent.  For the story, he talked to Kansas City Royals scout Mike Toomey, who is all over that country looking for the next big thing.  The other day I…

  19. The Mets offseason training is getting serious

    Jan 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Leading firemen

    I’m gathering from the Twitterverse that a number of Mets players are at the New York Fire Department’s training academy this morning, in full firefighter gear, going through training exercises like putting out burning cars and stuff.  The best was Dillon Gee rappelling down the side of a tower.  Take that Cashman. I like the community…

  20. Did the Yankees simply “mess up” Joba Chamberlain’s development?

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    Bob Ryan has one of those stream-of-consciousness observation columns today. His last observation: Has any team, anywhere, at any time in history, ever messed up a valued prospect as badly as the Yankees have Joba Chamberlain? I’ve asked that question before.  And it sure seems like Chamberlain was jerked around like crazy in going back and…

  21. The Royals will definitely sell out their game on April 2nd

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:27 AM EST

    MiLB - Myrtle Beach Pelicans

    The Royals should have a big crowd on April 2nd. And not just for the Royals-Angels game scheduled that afternoon: According to team spokesman Toby Cook, the Royals are planning to hold a minor league exhibition game between its top two minor league affiliates, Class AAA Omaha and Class AA Northwest Arkansas, on April 2…

  22. Adrian Gonzalez working hard at rehabbing his shoulder. At Petco Park.

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

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

    Buster Olney has a good column up today about Adrian Gonzalez‘s focus and hard work as he rehabs his shoulder this winter and prepares for the big expectations facing him in Boston this season.  But this stuck out at me: Gonzalez, a left-handed hitter who throws with his left hand, hurt his right shoulder last…

  23. Deer antlers: the hot new PED

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    Deer

    Given how many baseball players spend their offseasons hunting you’d think we would have heard about this by now, but this is the first I’ve heard of ground up deer antlers being used by athletes as a PED: They harvest the so-called velvet antler (a soft coating that covers deer antlers) in New Zealand, freeze-dry…

  24. Great Moments in Giants fandom

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Giants fan

    I sort of hope that the Giants are good again this year because — for all of the hell I throw Philly’s way — I think Giants fans have the potential to be something special too.  Personally I’m dubious that the level of craziness we saw last fall is sustainable. But if it is, life…

  25. Shane Victorino and Charlie Manuel aren’t seeing eye-to-eye

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:41 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s a story in today’s Philadelphia Daily News about Shane Victorino and how he might bounce back from a relatively down 2010.  Charlie Manuel thinks its a matter of focus: “First of all, I think he got a little bit more home-run happy. That might have had something to do with it. But also, I…

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