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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Must-click link: The best non-playoff teams of all time

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Second place may be first loser, but there were a lot of great teams in baseball history who came up just short.

  2. How Ozzie Guillen gets to Florida

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    We’ve been tracking the notion of Ozzie Guillen getting out of his White Sox contract to the Florida Marlins for some time now.  Ken Rosenthal has too, and this morning he’s reporting that Ozzie has a plan to do so:  He’ll ask the White Sox for a contract extension beyond 2011 (when his current deal…

  3. Video: Mauer and Thome, with beer dripping from their caps, think everything is "great"

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    If Joe Mauer and Jim Thome wanted to, they could probably set themselves up as co-benevolent dictators of The Kingdom of the Lakes and no one would bat an eye. It’d be all “what sort of cured meats would you like brought to you today, your highnesses?”  Then Thome would be all like “Oh, sit…

  4. The McCourts will resume settlement discussions this week

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Between Jamie McCourt’s dumb act — at least I hope it’s an act — and the testimony that lawyers working on the critical post-nuptial agreement substituted exhibits to the thing all willy-nilly, it’s safe to say that no one has any idea what the judge might ultimately do with the Dodgers. Jamie could get half…

  5. The Diamondbacks hire Kevin Towers

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that it’s a “done deal”: the Dbacks have offered their GM job to Kevin Towers and Towers has accepted. The new law students among you are obligated to note that, yes, there was consideration as well: a two-year contract, with “some option provisions.” Perhaps the most interesting thing about this is…

  6. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Congratulations to the Minnesota Twins: 2010 American League Central Champions

  7. Random, slightly mind-blowing factoid of the day

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Adam Morris of Lonestarball just tweeted something that made my mind reel for a few seconds: No starting pitcher who debuted in the majors after 1967 has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Nolan Ryan’s first game was in 1966. Since then the only arguable exception is Dennis Eckersley, but he obviously wasn’t inducted…

  8. Jerry Manuel slams Joe Torre

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Over the weekend, Joe Torre played the “sure, I’d listen if the Mets called” card, saying that the Mets “are certainly an inviting situation.” The only problem: Jerry Manuel is still the manager of the Mets. Andy Martino the Daily News just spoke with Manuel about it, and this is what he said: “I find…

  9. Manny Acta is either channeling Yogi Berra, or else he's really bad at fractions

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Indians manager Manny Acta is not pleased that his pitchers can’t get out of an inning: “We’ve stressed finishing innings a lot to these kids,” said manager Manny Acta. “But sometimes when they get two out, they tend to lose focus and concentration. “When you have two out, you’re three-fourths of the way there. You…

  10. Praying for a Massive Tie in the National League

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    David Pinto has been tracking Massive Tie Scenarios over at Baseball Musings. While I would like my rooting interest to win out and all other NL teams to lose as much as humanly possible, that’s rather provincial of me. This sounds way more fun: The Phillies did their best to kill the chances of a…

  11. Jamie McCourt may be on her way to getting half of the Dodgers

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    The nuances of the dispute between Frank and Jamie are kind of technical inasmuch as they involve the operation and effect of a legal document governing the McCourts’ assets, Dodgers included. But one thing that makes things simple is when the lawyer who drafted the thing testifies under oath that he messed with the document…

  12. So why did Jayson Werth switch agents anyway?

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    If your answer is “because he wants top dollar in free agency and Scott Boras is the man to get it for him,” you may be wrong. In a story I didn’t see because Newsday is behind a really expensive paywall, Ken Davidoff reported that one of Werth’s goals is to pay his agent a…

  13. FanHouse's David Whitley cannot explain the concept of love to his children

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Last week I wrote of my distaste of the casual homophobia fostered by the Kiss Cam and some St. Louis fans’ desire to use it as a means of protest.  I missed this at the time, but David Whitley of FanHouse wrote about it on the same day. He took a bit of a different…

  14. Were you aware that David Eckstein was a short, scrappy winner?

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    You would think that after ten seasons of people constantly writing some variation of the “David Eckstein may be small, but he’s a scrappy winner!” story, eventually newspapers would stop running it. You would think that, but you would be wrong. From the L.A. Times: If David Eckstein  is right, if players like him are…

  15. HBT Daily: Braves-Phillies and the NL West

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    In which I finally give (non-snarky) props to Cole Hamels for pitching well last night. And yes, I taped this before you guys started yelling at me about it.

  16. The Rays sent in the wrong reliever last night

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    I found it odd that righty Grant Balfour was brought in to face lefty Curtis Granderson last night — Granderson homered — but I didn’t think much about it.  I’m just realizing now that it was a screwup by the Rays: Joe Maddon had apparently wanted lefty Randy Choate, but a miscommunication with the bullpen…

  17. Which teams will fire their managers this offseason?

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    How many skipper openings will their be this year? Five? Ten? I’ll go with eight.

  18. Quote of the Day: Matt Diaz on The Red Man

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Hey look: the Braves actually hit something last night!

  19. The Nats should have known that Carlos Alvarez wasn't who he said he was

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Remember that big stink in early 2009 in which the Nats gave a big signing bonus to a guy who was found out to be four years older than they thought he was?  And that he was, you know, a totally different person than they thought he was.  Boy, was that embarrassing! But it gets…

  20. Questions swirl about the Rockies' humidor

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    And by “questions swirl” I mean “lots of people are wanting to make an accusation about the Rockies messing with the humidor, but don’t have enough evidence to do so, so they phrase their accusations in the form of questions so as to make it seem like they’re not accusing anyone of anything”: The humidor…

  21. Andrew Bailey is shut down indefinitely

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    And even worse than that for the A’s closer, he’s off to Alabama: Bailey, the A’s two-time All-Star closer, has been shut down for several days with elbow soreness and will see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama this week. Bailey believes the issue is the same one he had in the spring: tennis elbow. The…

  22. Gavin Floyd's season is over unless he's "200 percent"

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Gavin Floyd pitched really well until his last couple of starts, with those missteps being the result of some shoulder tightness. Now that the Sox are all but officially eliminated his season is over.  Well, there’s a slight chance that he could pitch again. Ozzie Guillen says that he can go on Sunday if he’s…

  23. Curtis Granderson goes crazy as the Yankees extend their lead

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    I gave the Yankees-Rays game short shrift in the recaps this morning because (a) I was preoccupied with the Steinbrenner monument; and (b) it wasn’t exactly a drama-filled game. But one guy definitely deserves more props, and that’s Curtis Granderson. He hit two homers, walked twice, drove in five and stole a base. Granderson has…

  24. Bud Selig: George Steinbrenner is a Hall of Famer

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    And he’s right. After all, the Hall of Fame ain’t just for people we like.

  25. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    The Phillies extend their lead to four behind another great start from Cole Hamels. But really Phils fans: there are limits to how much you can taunt after beating Brandon Beachy.

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