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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Stephen Strasburg: Public Administration Scholar

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story up today about Stephen Strasburg and his rehab. Strasburg is working out, writing in his journal, staying positive and … going to college: He’s resisted video games. In an effort to work toward a degree, he took two public administration classes at San Diego State. SDSU,…

  2. That Lenny Dykstra-Monica Foster thing isn’t getting any prettier

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Lenny Dykstra

    You recall that business with Lenny Dykstra, an escort named Monica Foster and the bounced check?  Well, Radar Online caught up with Dykstra and asked him about it (note: some ads there may be a bit racy for conservative workplaces, but it’s SFW as far as I can tell). Dykstra’s comments were, well, rather colorful: “F***…

  3. The Mets sign Chris Young

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    Chris Young

    They were “closing in on a deal” late yesterday afternoon, but now the deal is reportedly done: Chris Young has agreed to a deal with the Mets. The deal is pending a physical, which is pretty key here given Young’s shoulder troubles last season. Young is worth a gamble as long as he’s not pricey, which…

  4. The Yankees are checking out Kevin Millwood

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:53 AM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    Andruw Jones and Kevin Millwood, huh? Apparently “key players from the team you beat in the World Series 12 years ago” is the new inefficiency! The Yankees among the teams looking at Kevin Millwood as a back-end starter and have also looked at Freddy Garcia. We talked about Garcia yesterday. Millwood got lit up like a Christmas…

  5. Greenies weren’t bad, OK? I mean, it’s not like kids were doing them. Probably.

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Nancy Reagan Different strokes

    And now, on a very special episode of HardballTalk, Kimberly totally ignores our First Lady and dies of an overdose 15 years later.

  6. So apparently Hall of Fame voters have a “sacred responsibility” to keep the place “clean and pure”

    Jan 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EST

    cooperstown

    Jim Reeves of ESPN Dallas would like to let you know how important his Hall of Fame vote is: Judge and jury? Moral compasses? Gatekeepers? Yeah, maybe so, because that’s the responsibility we accept when we qualify to become a Hall of Fame voter. Because of the steroids issue, it’s a responsibility that has become…

  7. The stars came out to salute the scouts

    Jan 17, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Ian Ziering

    I didn’t realize they did this, but this went down over the weekend: The Baseball Scouts Foundation held its annual “In the Spirit of the Game” fundraiser gala. Stars from baseball and Hollywood teamed up to raise money for the foundation, which exists to help baseball scouts in need of financial help. That’s pretty awesome.…

  8. Yankees, Orioles interested in Freddy Garcia

    Jan 17, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    Freddy Garcia

    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and the Orioles are sniffin’ around Freddy Garcia. Or, I should say, sniffin’ around again. Heyman reported last month that multiple teams including the Yankees had requested his medical records.  At the time I opined that Garcia is not a guy who is going to make a difference for a…

  9. Jon Rauch signs with the Blue Jays

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    MLB: Rangers vs Twins AUG 30

    Toronto has signed reliever Jon Rauch to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a $3.75 million option for 2012. Rauch had a decent year last year, pressed into service as the Twins’ closer when Joe Nathan had Tommy John surgery. He had a 3.12 ERA and 46 strikeouts and 14 walks in 57.2 innings and…

  10. The Cards and Albert Pujols are reportedly far apart

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    After giving the caveat that neither the Cards nor the Pujols camp are talking much about their ongoing negotiations, Jon Heyman reports that the sense around the game is that there’s some pretty substantial distance between the parties right now: While neither side is talking publicly, early word is that Pujols has used A-Rod’s contract,…

  11. The Cubs trade Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    Tom Gorzelanny

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs have traded Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals for three minor leaguers. The lefty Gorzelanny was 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 29 appearances, 23 of which were starts last season.  But now that the Cubs have Matt Garza in the fold to go along with Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano,…

  12. Is Cal Ripken going to buy the Orioles one day?

    Jan 17, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Cal Ripken

    This is a couple of steps farther down the grapevine than even I’m used to relaying, but my friend Rex Snider at WNST in Baltimore passes along some interesting gossip: According to celeb-O’s fan, Roy Firestone, he received some possible inside information that indicated Peter Angelos might be readying the Orioles for a sale to…

  13. The Yankees are nearing a deal with Andruw Jones

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    White Sox Jones hits homerun against Twins in Minneapolis

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown tweets that the Yankees are nearing a one-year deal with Andruw Jones.  This after a weekend of reports that had the Yankees interested at one turn and balking at the next. Could go either way, really, but there’s a feeling of two steps forward, one step back to all of this, and…

  14. Grady Sizemore is hoping to be ready by Opening Day

    Jan 17, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Indians’ center fielder Grady Sizemore had microfracture surgery last June and lost the season. The hope at the time was that he’d be ready for spring training. Buster Olney caught up with Sizemore and writes about it in today’s column.  Sizemore is just now starting to hit off a tee and easing into running.  The…

  15. UPDATE: The Manny Ramirez-Angels thing is bogus

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    UPDATE: Well, that lasted three minutes. Apparently the Manny-Angels thing was bogus.  Didn’t see Bill Shaikin’s tweet on it last night.  Attention Toronto Star: update your story. Thanks! 10:31: I try to stay 100% on top of everything that’s going on, but sometimes things fall through the cracks.  But usually this kind of thing doesn’t.…

  16. The A’s sign Brian Fuentes

    Jan 17, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

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    Brian Fuentes has agreed to a two-year deal with Oakland. Fuentes posted a 2.81 ERA and 47/20 K/BB ratio over 48 innings between the Angels and Twins last season, and he absolutely kills lefties. Of course he’s more than a lefty-specialist, having worked as a closer since 2005. We’ve heard a lot about great the back…

  17. Adam Jones avoids arbitration: one year, $3.25 million

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    Adam Jones

    Sometimes the headline says it all, huh?  Jones made $465,000 last year, so he’s probably having his second best morning in some time today. Jones hit .284/.325/.442 with 19 homers last year, his third full year in the bigs.  His second half was better than his first, mostly due to improved plate discipline. I wonder if…

  18. Attention my minions, as I make a brief digression about blogging

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

    Minions

    This is not about baseball. It’s about blogging. Those of you not interested in the meta-stuff, feel free to stay on break a little while longer. We’ll call you back when we get back to work. This post from Michael Arrington at TechCrunch is from last September, but it was just brought to my attention…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:24 AM EST

    Divisional Playoffs - New York Jets v New England Patriots

    Things you missed while either (a) watching the NFL; or (b) taking care of the house and kids while your wife was out of commission with the flu. Guess which one was me!

  20. UPDATE: Johan Santana to throw before spring training

    Jan 15, 2011, 10:26 AM EST

    Johan Santana

    UPDATE: Seems the Mets worded their initial announcement a little awkwardly. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Santana has been cleared to throw before spring training, not now. Friday, 5:35 PM: You’ll recall that Johan Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder in September. At the time…

  21. The Giants reality show is actually going to happen

    Jan 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Major League Baseball just made it official: that reality show on Showtime featuring the Giants is a go: Showtime Networks, Major League Baseball Productions and the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants are teaming up for a new series chronicling the competitive and complex world of professional baseball. The new series will give viewers…

  22. Is the Soriano deal a sign of chaos in the Yankees organization?

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Brian Cashman

    The Rafael Soriano deal was a shocker. Mostly because until very recently Brian Cashman was telling anyone who would listen that the Yankees were done with their days of giving multi-year deals to non-Mariano Rivera class relievers and that they were not going to give up the draft pick required to get Soriano because doing…

  23. Is 600 home runs “magical?”

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    Jim Thome

    Danny Knobler asks that question in light of Jim Thome’s signing and his inevitable 600th home run: Thome is entirely likeable, by teammates, fans and writers alike. A whole bunch of people will be happy for him when he gets to 600. But will it feel magic? I’m not so sure it will. This just isn’t…

  24. The Stamford police are skeptical of Bobby Valentine

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:36 PM EST

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    Bobby Valentine’s new job as Stamford, Connecticut’s Public Safety Director is not going over all that well with the people who will be under his supervision: The announcement of Valentine’s new role wasn’t met with universal acclaim, however. Sgt. Joe Kennedy, president of the Stamford police union, expressed his doubts about Valentine to the Advocate.…

  25. The Cardinals sign Miguel Batista and Ian Snell

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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    I hope Cardinals fans didn’t have water in their mouths when they read the following tweet from Derrick Goold, or else they’d need new monitors: Cardinals sign Miguel Batista and Ian Snell I mean, jeez, Derrick. I know some people advocate pulling the bandage off quickly, but you really should break that kind of thing…

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