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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Oh noes! Derek Jeter is selling his New York penthouse!

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Clearly, this must mean that he’s planning on signing with the Rays this winter: Yankees captain Derek Jeter put his Manhattan penthouse on the market Wednesday for an asking price of $20 million. The All-Star shortstop’s four-bedroom, 5,425-square foot loft on the 88th floor of Trump World Tower in Turtle Bay was listed on the…

  2. Proven closer or not: Papelbon is as good as gone

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi has a column up today in which he argues that the Red Sox have to bring Jonathan Papelbon back next year.  His reasoning: he’s a Proven Closer! Sure, Daniel Bard may be good, but he’s never pitched the ninth inning!  If you let Papelbon go and Bard closes, who pitches the…

  3. Looks like that whole "trade Adrian Gonzalez" thing is never gonna happen

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Before the season started, the expectation was that the big name on the market would be Adrian Gonzalez. That changed when the Padres starting winning, of course. Looks like the winning and attendant optimism has gone on so long now that there won’t be any trade at all, even next year, reports Jayson Stark: “Even…

  4. The Diamondbacks + a humidor = 38% fewer home runs

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    We heard a couple of weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are looking for ways to cut down on offense in Chase Field. Among their ideas was installing a Coors Field-style humidor.  If they do that, however, they had best be careful because people who know more than I do about such things think doing so…

  5. Trevor Hoffman apologized to his teammates

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman was carried off the field in triumph after getting his 600th save on Tuesday night. But humility — not glory — was the order of the day in the clubhouse afterward: Before thanking his teammates for their support and camaraderie, Hoffman did a stunning thing, something that caught many by surprise. He apologized…

  6. Quote of the Day: The Mets are PR geniuses

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Mets may not be good at baseball, but there so some things no other teams can do.

  7. Police seize evidence from the Blue Jays in the Clemens case

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Toronto Star reports that U.S. prosecutors have picked up the hotline to Canada (instituted to avoid us stumbling into an accidental war with the barbarous Canadians) and had a search warrant executed to seize evidence from the Toronto Blue Jays in connection with the Rogers Clemens perjury case. No word on what or how…

  8. Send me to the All-Star Game with Bud Selig

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    This isn’t NPR, so we don’t ask for pledges. But I may make an exception in this case: Major League Baseball is auctioning off tickets to Bud Selig’s luxury box for next year’s All-Star Game. It would be a shame if I didn’t win that, really. If I won, I’d be on my best behavior.…

  9. The video of Aaron Cook's injury makes me squeamish

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    The video of the play on which Aaron Cook broke his fibula in last night’s Reds-Rockies game has me all woozy right now. Not because of anything you see — it’s no Joe Theisman or Tim Krumrie video or anything — but because of what you hear.  Watch and listen. Yeah, that’s pretty much the…

  10. MLB attendance will be down this year

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Recent baseball attendance is still on a plateau above where it was just a few short years ago, but it is trending down ever so slightly. Around 1% off of last year’s pace, it appears. Maury has the detailed numbers over at Biz of Baseball this morning. Definitely worth checking out.  The biggest decliner this…

  11. Yankees President Randy Levine hates the new Steinbrenner documentary

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’m going to assume that the upcoming Barbara Kopple/ESPN documentary on George Steinbrenner is pretty good, even-handed and informative. Why? Because Yankees President Randy Levine hates it: Sounding very much like his old boss, Yankees president Randy Levine Wednesday fired verbal shots at an upcoming ESPN documentary on George Steinbrenner, calling it “disjointed” and “the usual…

  12. Picking Sabathia over King Felix for the Cy Young Award is nuts

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    There’s a smart choice and a dumb choice for the Cy Young Award. Which choice would you make?

  13. So I guess this whole Mets-Walter Reed Hospital thing isn't going to die

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    If only the people who work for the Mets got as bent out of shape about the team sucking as they do these silly little controversies . . . Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez can add a missed visit to a military hospital to the Mets’ laundry list of issues with them. According…

  14. Joe Torre, Bud Black conspire to ruin John Lindsey's major league debut

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Recall from Tuesday that John Lindsey was finally called up by the Dodgers after 15 years in the minor leagues. Last night he was poised to make his big league debut against the Padres, but the fates — and a little over-managing — ruined it. Lindsey didn’t start, but he was sent to pinch hit…

  15. Mariners CEO rips media in email to employees; has email leaked to media

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Mariners’ CEO Howard Lincoln recently sent a would-be morale-boosting email to his employees in which he rips the media for not knowing how things really work on a baseball team. Seems Lincoln doesn’t really know how the media works either. As in, they tend to have sources in the front office who like to do…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    The Padres add some cushion before their four-game series with the Giants.

  17. Quote of the Day II: Colin Cowherd wants you to hate him

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Colin Cowherd provides some simple advice about how to become a big wheel sports broadcaster.

  18. Posada's condition may be more serious than first thought

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Update: Tests on Posada’s head came back negative, and doctors have cleared him to play.  The Yankees are currently listing their catcher as day-to-day.   Right after the Yankees game today there were several references to Jorge Posada experiencing concussion symptoms that prevented him from being used.  How, in this day and age, I took…

  19. Omar Minaya likely to be "reassigned" after the season

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that Omar Minaya is likely to be “reassigned” this year. Which is a way of firing him without really firing him, seeing as though he still has a year on his contract. Minaya came up through scouting and is said to both enjoy it and have a good eye for it, so…

  20. Yankees beat Orioles on Nick Swisher's two-run walkoff blast

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Yankees fans wanted Joe Girardi’s head when he failed to pinch hit for Frankie Cervelii in the seventh. Shockingly, however, Girardi had a reason.

  21. Public officials aren't looking askance at a publicly-financed ballpark in Virginia

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    As I wrote earlier today, here is the New York Times this morning: “With state and local budgets stretched by the recession, politicians are only now starting to look askance at privately held teams trying to tap the public till.” Here’s Ballpark Digest, reporting on the ballpark situation in Richmond, Virgina — home of the…

  22. HBT Daily: Double-Double Animal Style

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany and I discuss closers: the good, the bad and the ugly. And yes, a bit of the old In-N-Out Burger

  23. Great Moments in Optimism: The A's have hired a ballpark architect

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    It’s been a year and a half since Bud Selig said he’d study the, oh, four variable problem that is the Athletics’ stadium and relocation issue. While it wouldn’t take that long for most nations to achieve nuclear capability during that time frame, Selig’s committee is still studying the matter. Can’t be rushed, you know.…

  24. The Dodgers have the worst outfield in baseball

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    That’s the assessment of Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times. He certainly has a point if you focus –as he does — on the second half production of Kemp, Ethier and Scott Podsednik. It’s been pretty brutal.  I know Podsednik wasn’t part of that crew before the season began, but it’s quite something to see…

  25. South Korea comes up with a novel (and bad) drug testing plan

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    This is the logical conclusion of allowing statistics and records determine how outraged we should be about PEDs: South Korean baseball officials could introduce drastic anti-doping protocols next year with a plan to target specific players for drug tests. The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) said players who showed marked statistical improvement would be targeted in…

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