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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Houston Astros

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    JR Richard

    The Best: I angered fellow HBTer Drew Silva with my dissing of the Cardinals’ powder blues earlier today.  I have this feeling I’m going to step in it with some Astros fans now too. But here goes: I know I’m supposed to be all hip and say I liked the crazy 70s-80s getup the best,…

  2. Wally Backman needs a better lobbying operation

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Look, I know there’s a passionate pro-Wally Backman lobby out there. And even if I disagree about his fitness for the job, I understand his appeal. But really, if you’re going to argue in favor of Backman — and more to the point, if you’re going to rebut the charges that he lacks the requisite…

  3. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Milwaukee Brewers

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    1982 Brewers

    The Best: The 70s and the early 80s were a disaster for so many teams, but man, I really like the old Harvey’s Wallbangers look. Lose the pullovers if you must — that’s what they do for throwback day now — and I suppose the powder blue is negotiable, but the Brewers without pinstripes, yellow…

  4. Edgar Renteria: don’t give me a party, use the money to aid flood victims

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Edgar Renteria just doin’ what Edgar Renteria does: World Series MVP Edgar Renteria has asked that a celebration in his honor be called off in his home country, with the money donated to Colombia flood victims . . . Renteria says there are “more important things back home” and it’s critical to tend to the…

  5. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The St. Louis Cardinals

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Stan Musial

    The Best: The Cards’ uniforms are all about process of elimination: they adopted the two birds on the seesaw look in 1922, and it’s pretty choice. No design before that look or after it without the seesaw (and there were a few before it took firm hold) can qualify as the best.  They switched from…

  6. The Mets want a manager in place by the end of the month

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    As we mentioned this morning, the Mets will be on to their second round of managerial interviews shortly. Yesterday, Sandy Alderson said that he wants this wrapped up by the end of the month at the latest: “It would probably be helpful for us to have a manager by the end of the month,” the…

  7. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cincinnati Reds

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Big Red Machine Reds

    The Best: When I did this a couple of years ago I decided that the classic 70s and 80s uniforms were tops just because so much good baseball was played in them. I’ve changed my mind on this. While a team having its glory years in a given uniform is a plus in its column,…

  8. Dave Trembley lands a job with the Braves

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Dave Trembley 2

    I never worry about what Bobby Valentine or Joe Torre are going to be doing next season, but I always wonder what happens to the lower-profile baseball lifers when they lose a job.  I even kind of worry about them a little bit, as irrational as it sounds. Maybe I’m just projecting here — I’m…

  9. Charlie Samuels screwed up the Mets’ clubhouse

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    More dirt from the increasingly fascinating case of Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels.  The Daily News reports that Samuels was essentially a clubhouse mole for the Wilpons for years, with both Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel believing that he was reporting on them — and passing along players’ gripes — to the front office.  He…

  10. Camden Yards is getting a face lift

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Camden Yards

    Camden Yards — the flagship of the new era of ballparks — has been undergoing some minor renovations over the past couple of years. The team announced the latest round yesterday: At the request of the Orioles, the club level and upper deck at Camden Yards will be furnished with wider seats that will be…

  11. Report: The Yankees are flying to meet with Cliff Lee today

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    Bear season began in Arkansas on Tuesday (really).  The Yankees are on their way down there, loaded for it according to MLB Trade Rumors: The Yankees are flying into Arkansas personally today to meet with Cliff Lee Good scoop by MLBTR.  It’s pretty obvious that the Yankees won’t be denied. Or if they are to…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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!

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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