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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The owners are meeting, the owners are meeting!

    Jan 12, 2011, 9:53 AM EST

    Selig hands up

    The most important part of all of this is that Bud Selig and the owners are meeting in some posh resort just outside of Phoenix while most of you are up to your neck in snow. They just don’t care about us fans, do they? Shame. Shame, I say. Oh, they’re doin’ other stuff too:…

  2. Charlie Manuel is due for an extension

    Jan 12, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel’s contract is up after this season. I think the likelihood of Manuel not being extended or this actually turning into some kind of controversy or distraction is somewhere on the order of “bupkis,” to put it in Manuel-speak. Doesn’t mean that it won’t give some folks something to talk about.  Cholly isn’t worried,…

  3. Pitchers and catchers report in 33 days. Or thereabouts.

    Jan 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Use Your Illusion

    The league released the complete list of spring training reporting and workout dates yesterday. To see when your rooting interest gets underway, click here. Pitchers and catchers report as early as February 14th for some teams and as late as February 17th for others. Likewise, full-squad workouts begin as early as February 19th for some teams and as…

  4. Conlin: lose the Hall of Fame morals clause

    Jan 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    cooperstown

    I’m often dismissed as an extremist-nutjob when it comes to PEDs and the Hall of Fame, but Bill Conlin just won the Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award and will be honored at the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown next summer for cryin’ out loud. Maybe someone will listen to him: I am increasingly uncomfortable determining who is…

  5. Predicting the Hall of Fame ain’t easy

    Jan 12, 2011, 6:20 AM EST

    Joe Carter homer

    Back in 1995 Bill James wrote a book about the Hall of Fame.* In that book, he tried to predict who would be elected to the Hall between the years 1995-2019.  In that such an exercise is (a) fun; (b) impossible; and (c) intriguing, it was right up James’ alley. Yesterday Bill from The Platoon…

  6. More ugliness for Lenny Dykstra

    Jan 11, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

    Lenny Dykstra

    Man, it hasn’t been a good couple of years for Lenny Dykstra: Former pro baseball player Lenny Dykstra’s housekeeper accused him of sexual assault, according to records, though prosecutors declined to file charges this month citing a lack of evidence. According to the rejection memo by Los Angeles County prosecutors, a female housekeeper alleged Dykstra…

  7. The Giants are going to have some problems in 2011

    Jan 11, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    huff-aubrey-101028

    There will be a metric butt-ton of “10 reasons the Giants won’t repeat” or “10 reasons the Giants will repeat” articles written in the coming weeks.  Hint: avoid the ones with slide shows. They’re awful. Actually, you can probably avoid all of them except (a) the one I inevitably do when I’m hurting for content…

  8. Get a free sneak preview of a cool book about the Tampa Bay Rays

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Evan Longoria Rays

    Friend of HardballTalk Jonah Keri has a book coming out about the Tampa Bay Rays soon. It’s called “The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First.” I’ve seen parts of it and what I’ve seen is excellent. Though it won’t be available to the general public…

  9. No expanded replay or expanded playoffs in 2011

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    Bud Selig does nothing quickly. This is sometimes good and sometimes bad. Sometimes it’s simultaneously good and bad: As owners and general managers prepared to gather this week for their first meetings of the new year, Commissioner Bud Selig told MLB.com that the playoffs and instant replay won’t be expanded this coming season. Boo on…

  10. Memorial fund set up for Christina Taylor Green; Dodgers set up email address for remembrances

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    christina taylor green

    As you surely know by now, one of the victims of Sunday’s rampage in Tucson was Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of Dallas Green. The Dodgers have released a statement with details of how the public can help remember Christina and donate in her memory.  The entire…

  11. A sign-and-trade in baseball?

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Neat column from Dustin Parkes today, wondering if — given the obstacle Rafael Soriano‘s type-A status presents for him signing with a good team — he could be signed by a bad one that doesn’t have to surrender a pick, and could then, in turn, be traded to a contender.  Dustin goes back a couple…

  12. Why we can’t talk intelligently about steroids in baseball

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    George Mitchell

    Matthew Artus has a good story up over at NJ.com today. In it he takes Murray Chass to task for his steroids accusations against Mike Piazza.  We’ve covered that here before, but Matthew makes a grand point towards the end of his piece: Every time we engage in a “Did he or didn’t he?” debate…

  13. Is A-Rod’s contract a blueprint for an Albert Pujols deal?

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    pujols4

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes today about how the Yankees dealt with Alex Rodriguez‘s last contract. It could be instructive, Goold notes, given how the Cardinals are now poised to give out the biggest contract in the game’s history. The story is interesting because it touches on something that has always troubled…

  14. Rafael Soriano is all about the money

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    Buster Olney: Heard this: The question of what role Rafael Soriano will play for his next team is very much secondary to what his salary will be. In other words, if some club was willing to pay him to be its bullpen catcher for $45 million over the next three years, Soriano would consider it; he…

  15. Could Lew Wolff end up owning the Dodgers?

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

    Oakland A's Press Conference

    There’s an interesting — but troubling — musing in Buster Olney’s latest column. First Olney notes that Frank McCourt is in dire financial straits — no surprise — but then speculates about one possible outcome: It’s been awhile since Bud Selig formed the committee to study the Oakland ownership situation, with no resolution in sight…

  16. The Royals are scrounging for pitching

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the Royals haven’t ruled out re-signing Bruce Chen: With Carl Pavano apparently heading back to the Twins, the thin free-agent market still includes Kevin Millwood, linked earlier with the Royals, and their top winner from last year, lefty Bruce Chen. Millwood’s name doesn’t stir much response from Moore. What…

  17. UPDATE: Brad Penny agrees to a deal with the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:27 AM EST

    Brad Penny

    UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the deal is done. As Morosi reported, $3 million.  The incentives are richer than usual, however, amounting to another $3 million. 5:55 AM: Following up on last night’s reports from Brad Penny himself, Jon Paul Morosi says this morning that the Tigers and Brad Penny are on the verge of…

  18. The Yankees are interested in Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:09 AM EST

    Justin Duchscherer

    When last we heard about Justin Duchscherer he was undergoing season-ending hip surgery.  That, combined with the fact that before he went down he was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA over his first five starts makes him the dictionary definition of a high-risk guy with some upside. Worth a cheap flier for someone in need of pitching.…

  19. How do the best-shape-of-their-life guys end up performing?

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Matt Stairs

    Fun stuff from Dave Cameron, as he went back and tracked all of the players who were referred to as being “in the best shape of their lives” last February to see how they performed in 2010. The results: So, what can we conclude from the position player side of “The Best Shape Of Their…

  20. The Mets may not release Castillo after all

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    $$19SPYANKEESMURRAY

    Remember that report over the weekend about the Mets maybe releasing Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez?  Maybe it’s just Perez: Contrary to a weekend report that had the Mets considering releasing Luis Castillo, a club source Monday said the club has every intention of bringing him to spring training to compete for the second base job in…

  21. The Red Sox hire Chili Davis as a minor league hitting coach; fundamentally shift the balance of power in the AL East

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Chili Davis

    The Red Sox hired Chili Davis to be the hitting coach for the AAA Pawsox today. That’s swell. Nice guy. Good hitter. But probably not worth this tweet from Heyman: red sox announce hiring of chili davis as pawsox hitting coach. 1 of best/smartest guys in game. yankees still hibernating. You know, there’s a lot to…

  22. The Cubs snag backup catcher Max Ramirez from the Red Sox and it probably doesn’t matter

    Jan 10, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    max-ramirez-rangers

    Five days ago the Red Sox claimed backup catcher Max Ramirez from the Rangers. They’d wanted him since a trade of Mike Lowell for him fell through last year.  Guess they didn’t want him too bad, though, because they waived him today when they signed Hideki Okajima. The Cubs have now claimed Ramirez. For anyone wanted…

  23. Pablo Sandoval is in the best shape of his life?

    Jan 10, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Maybe not. But Hank Schulman says that the Panda is on his way there: Yes, yes, yes. You’ve heard this before. You’re skeptical, and you should be, until you see what he looks like in spring training. Nevertheless, I’ve heard from a number of folks that Pablo Sandoval‘s conditioning work at a private facility in…

  24. The Rangers are interested in Jim Thome

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are “actively trying to lure” Jim Thome to Texas.  I think all teams who negotiate with players are “actively trying to lure” them, but thank you to Buster for livening up the vocabulary on this Monday afternoon. Thome would be an interesting fit in Texas. Like all big power…

  25. Are the Cardinals in deep trouble if they don’t lock Pujols up before spring training?

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Anthony Castrovince on the Albert Pujols situation: But if Pujols’ long-term status remains uncertain going into and through the season, then the drama surrounding the situation could easily eclipse the circus involving Jeter and the Yanks earlier this winter. Because with Pujols, we’re talking about the game’s premier player. In his prime. And while the…

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