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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Girardi expected to get a three-year contract extension

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are expected to give manager Joe Girardi a three-year contract extension. He’s expected to get $3 million a year. This is pretty much a no-brainer. Whatever issues anyone had with Girardi during the postseason, he has done a remarkable job managing the Yankees in my view. Despite the usual…

  2. The Nationals are getting new uniforms

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa

    They way I heard it — I’m assuming from Paul Lukas, bit it could have come from someone else — was that the Nats’ home uniforms were originally going to look just as they do now, but that the cap was going to have a blocky W that matched the jersey font. Someone — maybe…

  3. HBT Daily: World Series matchups less sexy than Lee vs. Lincecum

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the non-ace portions of the Giants and Rangers rotations, the managers and outfield defense.

  4. Bengie Molina writes about returning to San Francisco

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    Back in July I was really, really impressed with Bengie Molina’s blog post reflecting on his trade from the Giants to the Rangers. Today I’m equally impressed by his post about returning to San Francisco for the World Series and his thoughts about coming up big in the postseason. Having the blog suits him. He’s…

  5. More important World Series business: National Anthem singers

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Hayes Carll

    The Rangers are blowin’ a great chance to have Hayes Carll or Ray Wylie Hubbard sing the National Anthem before one of their games, but nobody asked me: Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that soul singer John Legend will perform the national anthem on Wednesday at Game 1 of the series between the San Francisco…

  6. The World Series umpire crew includes two first-timers

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Sam Holbrook umpire

    Last year, after a bunch of missed calls in the early rounds, Major League Baseball made sure that the World Series was populated with experienced umpires. This year, not so much: the crew will include World Series first timers Sam Holbrook and Bill Miller, along with vets John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff…

  7. Tom Hicks just missed being the owner of a champion

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    Richard Durrett caught up with recently-deposed Rangers monarch Tom Hicks, who has a bit of a sad over all of this World Series’n, saying “I’m happy, but it’s bittersweet. There’s no denying that.” Hicks takes some pride in what’s going on too, even if he’s not in charge anymore. And he probably should, as Durrett…

  8. Jorge De La Rosa will hit the market

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    The Rockies tried to get  Jorge De La Rosa signed to an extension late this season, but that’s apparently not going to happen now and the team is resigned to the fact that he’s going to hit the market. They’re not sweating it, though: “When players get this close to free agency, unless they are…

  9. Ruben Amaro is still spinning Jayson Werth’s impending departure

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Alberto Gonzalez, Sam Perlozzo, Jayson Werth

    Yesterday we heard Ruben Amaro trying to spin things in such a way so that if Jayson Werth signs elsewhere, Amaro can claim that it wasn’t about the money.  Apparently he also tried to spin things in such a way so that he can also claim that Werth wasn’t necessarily worth it in the first…

  10. Great: the union is cool with adding playoff teams

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    bad idea jeans

    I’ll take “Things to which I’m viscerally opposed for $500, Alex” The new head of the players’ union says his members are open to adding more wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven . . . There is sentiment among a substantial segment of the players to consider expanding…

  11. The Phillies’ plane had a close call on the way home last Friday

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Airplane tower

    GEORGE: You know Keith, what I’ve always wondered, with all these ball clubs flying around all season don’t you think there would be a plane crash?  If you think about it . . . 26 teams, 162 games a season, you’d think eventually an entire team would get wiped out.  It’s only a matter of…

  12. The best World Series preview you’ll read all day

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    crystal ball

    It’s from Jeff Sullivan at Lookout Landing, and he pretty much nails it: Both the Giants and Rangers are good teams. The Rangers are probably better by a tiny bit. If you re-played the World Series a million times, maybe 50-55% of the time the Rangers would be crowned as champions. This World Series will…

  13. If Cliff Lee’s wife is calling the shots, he’s staying in Texas

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:02 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Good story from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale this morning about Cliff Lee. After the familiar “holy crap, this guy is good” stuff, Nightengale talks to Lee’s wife Kristen. Now, every marriage is different and I don’t deign to suggest that Lee’s marriage is like mine, but I will say this much: if my wife and…

  14. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig says we’re in baseball’s golden era

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud didn’t say “costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher,” but he could have.

  15. Manny Ramirez had hernia surgery, would like to play for the Blue Jays

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Enrique Rojas is all over the old guy beat today. First he had the Moyer news, and now he’s reporting that Manny Ramirez underwent hernia surgery two weeks ago. Apparently Ramirez had discomfort in his groin for most of the season, but waited until the year was over to have surgery. He’s supposed to be…

  16. “Bull Durham” creator putting together a baseball TV series

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    First and Ten

    Lazy observation: baseball, a sport that is best experienced in the form of multiple installments over the course of long period of time (i.e. a 162 game season) has never been portrayed in a good TV series. At the same time, it has had multiple excellent treatments on the silver screen. Football, in contrast, a…

  17. Don Baylor to be named the Dbacks’ new hitting coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Don Baylor

    Don Baylor — recently let go by the Rockies — has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks to take over as their hitting coach.  Baylor had hoped to be considered for a manager job, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.  I imagine part of it is that he’s always been perceived as…

  18. What does it matter when Pat Burrell answers your question?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petereburg Times has a column up about Pat Burrell today.  The headline: Pat Burrell, revived with San Francisco Giants, doesn’t want to address time spent with Tampa Bay Rays. An paragraph appearing early in the piece: Approached several times during the NLCS to talk more about what went wrong during…

  19. Jamie Moyer is going to play winter ball

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Winter ball is a great place for young players to work on things or to stay in shape during the offseason.  Or for really, really old players too, apparently, as Enrique Rojas reports that Jamie Moyer will pitch for the Escogido Lions in Dominican Winter League this year. This is clearly as sign that the…

  20. For anxious Mets fans: An archived Sandy Alderson interview

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Geoff Young of Ducksnorts conducted an extensive interview of Sandy Alderson back in 2008.  You can read it here, here and here if you’d like. Today, however, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York excerpts Geoff’s interview, doing his best to isolate the questions that may be of interest to Mets fans trying to assess the…

  21. Ask for Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops, get Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    This morning I said that it would be cool if people Photoshopped Sad Ryan Howard in various scenes.  From my mouth to Tauntr’s computer. I like the Lion King the best, I think.

  22. Dave Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    We weren’t expecting this: Brian Cashman is having his season-in-review press conference at Yankee Stadium, and he just announced that pitching coach Dave Eiland won’t be returning in 2011. Cashman said that the reason for the firing is “private,” but that it’s not a result of the Yankees’ poor pitching performance in the ALCS. The…

  23. Amaro: we have the money and the desire to bring Jayson Werth back . . . but

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Most people are assuming that Jayson Werth has played his last game for the Phillies. He’s planning on holding a press conference at 1PM Eastern today, and no matter what he says, people will read all manner of things into it, including the desire to test the free agent market.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, who…

  24. A-Rod, LeBron party down after the ALCS loss

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    See what happens when there are no baseball games, Bud Selig? I’m forced to link to TMZ. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  25. Potential Jeter deal: three years, $45 million?

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    That’s what Joel Sherman is floating in this column.  The overall thinking is fairly sound: the Yankees will overpay what he’s really worth to some degree because it would be embarrassing for everyone involved if some other team made a competitive offer, but they’re not going to do what a lot of us figured they…

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