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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The nuns get their Honus Wagner dough

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Honus Wagner card

    Remember those nuns who were selling the Honus Wagner card?  Well, they got $262,000 for it. Best part: the guys delivering the money from the sale made it all the way to Daley Plaza in time to deposit it despite the fact that they were 106 miles away, it was dark and they were wearing…

  2. Can we please remember for a second that Derek Jeter is, first and foremost, a baseball player?

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

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    I’m not sure what to make of Derek Jeter’s total value. That is, his value as both a baseball player and a piece of marketing and good will and all of that. And those are the terms in which his current contractual situation are being played out. There’s just so much uncertainty there. I think…

  3. The Rockies will be watching this week’s NC State-Clemson game closely

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    And hoping for no injuries at all. Why? Because the starting quarterback of each team — Kyle Parker for Clemson and Russell Wilson for the Wolfpack — is a Rockies prospect. Naturally, the better football prospect (Wilson) is the worse baseball prospect. I think it would be hard to figure out what to do if…

  4. Some great stories about Sparky Anderson

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sparky Anderson Reds uni

    My memories of Sparky Anderson — and the memories of anyone younger than 40 or so — are of him managing the Tigers.  But while he had longevity and success in Detroit, he had even more success in Cincinnati, and that gives us a good reason to turn to this story from the Cincinnati Enquirer…

  5. World Series games were way shorter this year

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The USA Today reports that, on average, World Series games were 25 minutes shorter than last year’s games between the Phillies and the Yankees. The story credits MLB’s efforts at speeding the game along, but does anyone really believe that was the biggest difference? Seems to me that the biggest difference was (a) good pitching…

  6. How is the league going to crack down on “mystery team” reports?

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    In addition to shortening the period in which a free agent’s current team gets exclusive negotiation rights, the September agreement between the union and the league sought to impose “restrictions on the abilities of the Clubs, players and agents to conduct their free agent negotiations through use of the media.” What that means is anyone’s…

  7. Jesus Montero to get a chance at the Yankees’ starting catching job. Maybe.

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that the Yankees are going to give 21-year-old catching prospect Jesus Montero a chance to win the starting gig.  He notes that there are still reservations about his defense but, man, Jorge Posada, y’all.  How bad could Montero be by comparison? Steve S. at TYU has the more…

  8. Adrian Gonzalez is as good as gone

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    We all looked kind of silly last winter assuming that Adrian Gonzalez was going to be traded. We never took into account the possibility that the Padres could, you know, win some ballgames. But win they did, and it took Gonzalez right out of the trade speculation pool before the weather got hot.  What’s more,…

  9. Mets clubhouse manager allegedly bet on baseball, stole from the team

    Nov 5, 2010, 6:36 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    That stuff about Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels is apparently worse than initially reported. Yesterday the New York Times reported that Samuels’ suspension was due to a probe involving gambling on football. This morning the Daily News reports, however, that he is being investigated in connection with an organized gambling ring that took bets on…

  10. Hugo Chavez to Edgar Renteria: “We beat Bush’s team!”

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez talks on the phone with Edgar Renteria in Caracas

    This is absolutely delicious. Earlier this week Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos had a summit meeting.  As recounted in this BBC report, the meeting was interrupted so Santos could call national hero Edgar Renteria and congratulate him on winning the World Series.  Chavez, a huge baseball fan, spoke with Renteria…

  11. UPDATE: Mets’ clubhouse manager suspended because of federal gambling probe

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Well, we have an update now: Michael S. Schmidt of the New York times reports that Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was suspended — and will likely be fired — because he has been tied to a federal investigation into illegal gambling.  The gambling involves football, naturally.  And you thought the only crime that…

  12. “Tie goes to the runner, dude!” Or . . . maybe not

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Tie goes to the runner

    During one of the playoff live chats — I can’t remember which one — there was a lively argument about the old “tie goes to the runner” rule.  I can’t remember who was arguing, but I’m pretty sure it was some of you Phillies people, because I recall the argument being shrill and emotional. I…

  13. Quote of the Day: Albert Pujols

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Normally “Quote of the Day” is for something someone said that is either funny, outrageous or thought provoking.” Not today. Today it’s for the bleedin’ obvious.

  14. The Dodgers sign Jay Gibbons

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    On the one hand, the Dodgers signing Jay Gibbons to a $400K + incentives deal to be a backup outfielder is so minor a move that it may not even be worth chronicling in these august pages. On the other hand, given that last year L.A.’s biggest offseason splash was snagging Jamey Carroll, it may…

  15. Must-Click Link: Why it doesn’t matter that the NFL beats baseball in the TV ratings

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

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    I’ve repeated it over and over: it doesn’t matter that the NFL beats baseball in the ratings. They’re apples and oranges given that baseball’s television economics are all about regular season games broadcast locally, while the NFL is like a national television show.  Comparing the two is like comparing the NBC nightly news with Channel…

  16. HBT Extra: Offseason Preview

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I chat about free agents, trades, and who’s going where

  17. Sparky Anderson: 1934-2010

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Sparky Anderson

    Sad but, in light of what we learned yesterday, not unexpected news: Sparky Anderson has died. Anderson won three world titles, five pennants and seven division titles. He won 2194 games with the Reds and Tigers. He was the first manager to win a World Series in both the NL and the AL. He was…

  18. The Red Sox exercise David Ortiz’s 2011 option

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Ortiz home run swing

    Most people would consider it awesome when someone gives them $12.5 million, but I wonder if David Ortiz will feel that way.  We’ll know soon, because the Red Sox just picked up his option for 2011.  This after comments in the press in which he made it clear that he’d prefer a multi-year deal. Of…

  19. Peter Moylan: dippin’ down under

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Braves reliever Peter Moylan is from Australia. And we learn from his recently launched blog — which, if the history of these sorts of things holds, will go inactive in two weeks — that it’s not easy transitioning to the offseason when you’re from the land down under.  After he took a 24 hour flight…

  20. Report: Marlins offer Dan Uggla a four-year deal

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    The Marlins have been content to let Dan Uggla do the arbitration thing the past couple of years, actually going to arbitration before the 2009 season and signing a one-year arbitration-avoiding deal this past offseason. His consistently strong production, however, has led to the point where they have to go long term with him, it…

  21. The Cubs aren’t exactly aiming high on the free agent market

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Cubs fans envisioning Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn in the fold can put those thoughts to rest, it seems, because according to the Sun-Times, Jim Hendry isn’t thinking that big: With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that general manager Jim Hendry is focusing more on…

  22. The Brewers make Ron Roenicke’s hiring official

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. Brewers beat reporter of mine, I think it’s time you told your Don what everyone seems to know: It’s official: Ron Roenicke is the next Milwaukee Brewers field manager. The Brewers made the announcement Thursday morning and planned to introduce Roenicke, 54, at…

  23. How surprising were the Giants?

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tim Marchman over at Sports Illustrated has a great post up this morning counting down all of the wild card-era World Series champions and ranking them from most surprising to least surprising. You won’t be, er, surprised, to find the 1998 Yankees at the bottom of the list.  Many of you may be quite surprised…

  24. Yu Darvish is coming to the United States . . . in 2012

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    People have been getting rather excited over the possibility of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish coming to America for some time.  Recently we learned that, nope, it won’t be in 2011.  David Lennon of Newsday reports however that it will happen in 2012. Interesting, I suppose, but one of the biggest knocks on Darvish is that…

  25. Are the White Sox going to let A.J. Pierzynski walk?

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Jim Bowden reports — that always sounds weird, by the way — that the White Sox have not yet offered a contract to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. And maybe they shouldn’t, because he has declined a great deal and he probably wants multiple years when he doesn’t really deserve them.  But it does leave…

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