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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Enrico Pallazzo: 1926-2010

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:42 PM EST

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    You knew him better as Leslie Nielsen, but to baseball fans he’ll always be Enrico.  He died today at the age of 84. We are both obligated and honored to send you to this fine video of the Mariners taking on the Angels during Her Majesty the Queen’s visit to the United States. If that’s…

  2. Would you believe Jeter wants $23-$24 million per year over four or five years?

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    Derek Jeter triple

    Derek Jeter news is like Midwestern weather: don’t like it? Wait a few minutes, it will change.  To review the bidding: Bill Madden reported this morning that Jeter was, at least at some point recently, asking for $25 million a year for six years; Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, denied that today, saying that those figures…

  3. Carl Pavano may be on the Rockies’ radar

    Nov 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post expects the Rockies to go after Carl Pavano.  If that doesn’t pan out, he thinks Plan B will be Gavin Floyd, Scott Kazmir or Kevin Millwood. Arms race in the NL West?  Everyone just watched the Giants win it with pitching. The Dodgers, with today’s signing of Jon Garland,…

  4. Jeter’s agent: the $150 million demand is “simply inaccurate”

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:44 PM EST

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    Tim Brown from Yahoo! and Marc Carig from the Star-Ledger both report that Casey Close, the agent for Derek Jeter, is denying that Jeter is asking for $25 million a year over six years. Close: “The recently rumored terms of our contract extension are simply inaccurate.” I accept that. But what I want to know…

  5. Closers do nothing to help teams hold ninth inning leads

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    Dennis Eckersley

    Some pretty startling stuff from Joe Posnanski today, who was snooping around in the stats, looking at what percentage of games teams win when they have ninth inning leads. He figured — as I would have — that due to bullpen specialization and the advent of the fireballing closer, teams held on to such leads…

  6. The Dodgers sign Jon Garland to a one year, $5 million deal with an option

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    Jon Garland

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers have agreed to a contract with Jon Garland.  It’s a one year deal for $5 million with $3 million in potential bonuses and a vesting option for a second year if he reaches 190 innings. Given Garland’s durability, he’s probably a safe bet to reach…

  7. Can Tampa Bay support the Rays?

    Nov 26, 2010, 2:34 PM EST

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    The Tampa Tribune commissioned a study to determine whether the Rays attendance problem (i.e. they win and people still don’t show) is fixable.  There isn’t an ultimate conclusion — like so many things the journey is better than the destination — but the upshot is that it’s not just a function of the economy or…

  8. If you can’t trust Delino DeShields, who can you trust?

    Nov 26, 2010, 1:13 PM EST

    Delino Deshields

    Another slow day, as all the agents and players and front office people and reporters are apparently out fighting to get cheap toasters and stuff out in that retail hellscape. People: shop online. Really. Anyway, to pass some time, you should read this really interesting article by Elizabeth Merrill and Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com. …

  9. Daniel Murphy, Fernando Martinez taking some lumps down in winter ball

    Nov 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Daniel Murphy throw

    Of course, I guess that depends on what you consider to be a “prospect.” Daniel Murphy is experiencing leg fatigue down in the Dominican Winter League and he won’t return to the lineup until Tuesday, taking five days off.  He’s actually hitting pretty darn well down there and playing second base regularly, so I’m not…

  10. The “Jeter wants $150 million” walkback has begun

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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    That didn’t take long: Jim Baumbach of Newsday is walking back the notion that Jeter really asked for $150 million. He tweets: Person familiar with Yankees-Jeter negotiations says Jeter camp is not asking for reported $150 million over six years. It’s less than that. He didn’t say if it’s less money or fewer years or…

  11. Call me crazy, but I would offer more than $800K for Manny Ramirez

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was asked about the possibility of the team going after Manny Ramirez the other day.  Specifically, he was asked about Ramirez’s reputation as a pain in the butt.  Anthopoulos’ response: “You have to weigh each case by itself. If it’s the right player, the right fit, the right talent at…

  12. The Pirates release Dinesh Patel

    Nov 26, 2010, 9:57 AM EST

    Dinesh Patel

    Remember the two Indian players signed by the Pirates after they won that reality show?  Well, now there’s only one who can call himself a Pirate: Dinesh Patel has been released. Patel pitched sparingly in the Gulf Coast League over the past two summers. The results: 13.2 innings of relief work in which he gave…

  13. The Nats are “enthusiastic” about signing Carlos Pena

    Nov 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    Carlos Pena

    Buster Olney reports that the Washington Nationals are “enthusiastic” about their chances of signing free agent first baseman Carlos Pena. Interesting choice of words in that I don’t think as signing of Pena would bring much enthusiasm to Nats fans.  Sure, he’s a more productive hitter than his [gulp] .196 average would suggest, but that’s…

  14. Madness: Derek Jeter wants six years, $150 million

    Nov 26, 2010, 7:12 AM EST

    Derek Jeter triple

    That according to Bill Madden of the Daily News. It was at least his starting point, and even if he has come down in terms of length — which is a possibility — Madden says that Jeter is still insisting on a $25 million per year deal.  Madden credits that to “sources close to the…

  15. Giving Thanks: The National League West

    Nov 25, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Redneck Thanksgiving

    Our final installment. When this is done I’m gonna steal the pie that’s cooling in the kitchen, take it and my laptop to a locked room upstairs someplace and try to ride the rest of this holiday out with sloth and funny You Tube videos. It’s the only way to make it through, really. What…

  16. Giving Thanks: The National League Central

    Nov 25, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    WKRP Turkey Drop

    We’re getting dangerously low on liquor in the Calcaterra house. And my family won’t even be over here for several hours yet.  This could be a problem. More of what each team has to be thankful for: Cincinnati Reds: Whatever spirits came to Dusty Baker in the middle of the night last Christmas Eve and…

  17. Giving Thanks: The National League East

    Nov 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    ABC#00841

    Admit it: you’d rather read this stuff than watch the Lions or the Cowboys today, right? I mean, they’re awful. Anyway: that for which teams and their fans should give thanks on this most gluttonous of days: Philadelphia Phillies: Finding the Blue Jays and the Astros when they were in a transition period. Really, if…

  18. Giving Thanks: The American League West

    Nov 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Ice Storm Thanksgiving

    We continue our look at what each team — and their fans — have to be thankful for this winter: Texas Rangers: For the fates, good karma or whatever the hell it was that allowed this team to weather their manager’s cocaine revelations and a steel cage match of a team sale and bankruptcy without…

  19. Giving Thanks: The American League Central

    Nov 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Rockwell Thanksgiving

    We continue our look at what each team — or their fans — have to be thankful for this winter. Minnesota Twins: Their division foes. While they broke even against the Tigers, they were 38-16 against the White Sox, Indians, and Royals. They can also be thankful for a serious of silly occurrences which took…

  20. Giving Thanks: The American League East

    Nov 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Thanksgiving

    I don’t have a ton of Thanksgiving traditions, but there are a few: I tend to start drinking right around the time the Macy’s Parade ends. I force myself to watch part of the Detroit Lions game because it almost, but not quite, reminds that there was a time in my life when I cared…

  21. Vlad Guerrero wins yet another award he did not deserve

    Nov 24, 2010, 5:09 PM EST

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Vlad Guerrero has won the Edgar Martinez Award, which is given to the league’s best DH.  As Aaron pointed out back when Silver Sluggers were announced, Vlad had no business winning any awards that purport to honor the best DH. By all rights, David Ortiz deserved it. Aaron established that pretty conclusively. Of course, Ortiz…

  22. From the police blotter

    Nov 24, 2010, 4:24 PM EST

    Dragnet

    A man in the New York area was arrested to allegedly taking a ton of money from people in exchange for providing baseball instruction. He did not, however, provide any baseball instruction, resulting in an awful fraud. Yeah, I was as surprised as you were when I read that it wasn’t a story about Jerry…

  23. It’s almost a holiday, so let’s do a Batman post

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

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    Most of baseball’s news makers are obviously off to celebrate Thanksgiving right now, because there isn’t much of anything happening today.  So now is as good a time as any to discuss something really important: Why would anyone throw a screwball to Batman with a full count and the bases loaded? (hat tip to BTF,…

  24. Boras dismisses the Salcedo loan as a non-issue

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

    Boras sulking

    Scott Boras went on MLB Network Radio on SIRIUS XM this afternoon and spoke with hosts Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy about the Edward Salcedo loan story, which we’ve been following since yesterday. Boras had three main points he wanted to make: While everyone’s ears prick up when they hear about agents loaning money to…

  25. The Tigers and Victor Martinez finalize their deal

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    Victor Martinez

    V-Mart has passed his physical and is now officially a Detroit Tiger. Deep thoughts: I don’t like the “first initial, first few letters of the last name” nickname construction like “V-Mart,” but  I do wish that someone named “Sam Martinez” would become a big star so I could call him S-Mart; If only they had…

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