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Craig Calcaterra

  1. What they’re saying about Jeter’s Gold Glove

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Jeter error

    I haven’t seen an award decision that had such uniformity of negative opinion about it since Jethro Tull beat Metallica for Best Heavy Metal Performance Grammy in 1988. Or maybe it was Taste of Honey beating Elvis Costello for Best New Artist in 1978.  To be honest, we should probably rename the Gold Glove the…

  2. Jorge Posada to have knee surgery today

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    posada

    The reason? Torn meniscus. Not a biggie, of course, but also not the sort of thing that will help him in his efforts to avoid being moved to the DH slot to make way for Jesus Montero. And it seems that, despite the efforts of some to set this up as a showdown, Posada is…

  3. The Mets are giving Wally Backman a second interview for some reason

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:22 AM EDT

    backman walking on field

    That’s what Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record are reporting. And good for Backman, because it would seem that wowing ‘em in person is the only shot he has, what with his extraordinarily thin resume for the job. No, I’m not one of the Backman haters. I like a manager who’s fun.…

  4. A final word on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    I started the day with Joe Morgan, so I’ll end the day with Joe Morgan. I think I’m in the distinct minority in not really celebrating his departure from ESPN. I can live with that. I belong to a lot of distinct minorities. People who like Dylan’s signing voice for its own sake. People who…

  5. The White Sox will have a chance to match any offers for Konerko

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Doug Padilla has a story over at ESPN Chicago talking up the close relationship between Paul Konerko and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.  The upshot for our purposes: that relationship has made it so that Konerko has agreed to come back to Reinsdorf with whatever offers he gets while out on the market and will…

  6. Adrian Gonzalez continues to make it clear that he’s not stayin’ in San Diego

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    If the recent comments of his agent and his general manager weren’t enough, today Adrian Gonzalez himself put to rest the notion that he’d be giving anyone a hometown discount to stay with the Padres. Here he is on a radio show today: “In essence, if I take what you call a San Diego discount…

  7. Holy Jeter! Your American League Gold Glove Winners

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    I have no words.  Aaron’s analysis is here. Here are the winners: C: Joe Mauer 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Robinson Cano 3B:Evan Longoria SS: Derek Freakin’ Jeter OF: Ichiro Suzuki OF: Carl Crawford OF: Franklin Gutierrez P: Mark Buehrle I suppose good arguments can be made for and against most of those guys, but I…

  8. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Expos in a line

    I think it’s fair to include the Expos in this one, don’t you? They’re not otherwise represented, and there is franchise continuity here.  To be fair, I’ll include the Browns with the Orioles, Senators v.1 and v.2 with the Twins and Rangers, the Pilots with the Brewers and so on. Cool? Best: With apologies to…

  9. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The New York Mets

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Seaver Mets

    The Best: The Mets have stayed pretty steady over the years.  The biggest change has been the introduction of black a few years ago (more on that below) and disappearing pinstripes. Otherwise, it has been a pretty classic design.  Inspired, even, taking some elements from the Yankees (pinstripes), some from the Dodgers (blue) and some…

  10. In which I “express interest” in Cliff Lee

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Ken Rosenthal reports that “7-8 teams” have expressed interest already in free agent left-hander Cliff Lee.  I’m interested in Cliff Lee too — he’s a good pitcher and I’m going to have to write about him for the next several years, after all — so let’s make it “7-8 teams + one blogger.”  You can…

  11. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Florida Marlins

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    1993 Marlins uniforms

    The Best: Look, when you’ve only been around since 1993, there’s not a ton to work with. They didn’t  have anything historical from which to draw, so a lot of good modern classics are non-starters. At the same time, they began business after the Era of the Unfortunate (a/k/a the 70s) concluded so they don’t…

  12. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on David Eckstein

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    eckstein

    Would you believe that David Eckstein is the eighth biggest bargain on the free agent market. You may after reading this!

  13. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Atlanta Braves

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Braves Padres Baseball

    We continue our trek through the NL East’s best unis. Next up: the Bravos: The Best: Let us first specify that the Braves’ use of Native American iconography is problematic. Yes, the uniforms look good, but that tomahawk, while nothing as offensive as Chief Wahoo, does present a bit of a problem for me. Not…

  14. It’s tough being a ballplayer: a cruise is delaying the Bronson Arroyo extension

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Yesterday it was reported that Bonson Arroyo was likely to sign a three-year extension this week.  The extension still looks like it’s happening, but John Fay reports that it may take a few extra days because Arroyo is on a cruise. Rogers Hornsby famously said “people ask me what I do in winter when there’s…

  15. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Philadelphia Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Phillies blue uniform

    A couple of years ago I wrote a couple posts at my old Shysterball blog running down what — in my opinion anyway — were the best and worst all-time looks for each team.  It was pretty popular as far as my old Blogspot posts were concerned, so I figure that, in the absence of…

  16. Mike Hampton still wants to pitch

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Hampton — fresh off a 0.00 ERA season (in which he faced 16 batters) — wants to pitch in 2011. At this point Hampton is a zombie, right? Shambling around, unaware that he died about five years ago?  He’s not eating anyone’s brain as far as we know, but as…

  17. Juan Samuel could wind up back with Philly

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Juan Samuel

    No, not as a second basemen or outfielder, sadly. As a first base coach. That according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, who notes that Samuel did not take part in the Orioles’ organizational meetings last week and may be in line to take over Davey Lopes’ old job with the Phils. The last time I said…

  18. Shocker: Jeff Francoeur to clear waivers, become a free agent this week

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Don’t look at me that way. There are like 40 posts a day around here, so I’m more than entitled to devote one or two of them every couple of days to my hysterical and irrational fixation on an otherwise insignificant role player. I know it’s immature and rather nuts, but it’s my thing, OK?…

  19. The Indians unveil a new uniform, and it is good

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Indians new uniforms

    The Cleveland Indians have unveiled a new road uniform, and I think it’s pretty spiffy.  A gray version of that sweet home alternate they’ve been wearing for the past couple of years.  The block lettering and the colors — that deep red and dark blue combo — looks classic without being consciously retro.  Just a…

  20. The Rockies are chasing free agent starters

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are shopping for starting pitching, with Jake Westbrook, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda on the shopping list. Worth remembering that they have their own free agent — Jorge De La Rosa — to consider as well. It’s been a while since the Rockies made a…

  21. Some thoughts on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:58 AM EDT

    Morgan and Miller yellow

    I was reading a great interview of “Bloom County” cartoonist Berkeley Breathed yesterday, and came to the following exchange: RUSSELL: The Internet’s biggest impact on culture has been the fragmentation of discourse — there’s no one central album or TV show or comic strip that’s a universal discussion point any more. How blessed do you…

  22. Report: Jeter’s offer from the Yankees will be three years, $45-60 million

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    MLB_Jeter

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN reports that the Yankees are currently preparing offers for Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Cliff Lee. Matthews’ source tells him that Jeter’s offer will be for three years and between $15-20 million per year. The Yankees are expected to have a deal done with Jeter before either Rivera or Lee, Matthews…

  23. Mark Buehrle’s wife spills the beans on her husband winning the Gold Glove

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    The Gold Glove award announcements don’t come out until tomorrow, but the Chicago Tribune reports that Mark Buehrle’s wife Jamie posted this today on her Facebook page today: “So proud of my husband. He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!” I would have been able to report this news myself if it wasn’t…

  24. Quote of the day: Henry Schulman on Pablo Sandoval

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    The playoffs are so serious.  One nice thing about the offseason — and the middle of June for that matter — is that you can drop goofy/awesome lines like this without worrying about missing the story: The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning this winter. If he does not eat…

  25. George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller, nine others on Veteran’s Committee Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Last summer they decided to break it up by era, with “Pre-Integration Era” candidates (1871-1946), “Golden Era” candidates (1947-1972) and “Expansion Era” candidates (starting in 1973) getting alternating consideration. They also decided…

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