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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Let's not get ahead of ourselves in praising Fredi Gonzalez

    May 19, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Let’s specify — because I think it’s beyond reasonable dispute — that Hanley Ramirez is in the wrong in all of this business down in Florida. Wrong for not running after that ball, and more wrong for unloading on his manager to the press yesterday morning.  He’s history’s greatest monster (this week), no question. But…

  2. The Mets are giving tickets away to this week's Yankees series

    May 19, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    This is somewhat shocking: the Mets are going to give away tickets to this weekend’s Subway Series with the Yankees. It’s not a contest or anything. According to SportsBusiness Daily, they’re merely unloading “high-priced, premium seats that probably wouldn’t sell.” According to the article it’s a small number of seats and they’re going to former…

  3. Milton Bradley may be back today

    May 19, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    AOL’s John Hickey reports that Milton Bradley may be off the restricted list and back with the Mariners as early as today. He’s apparently been taking batting practice during his absence, so he should be about as ready to go as Milton Bradley ever is.

  4. Not so fast: the Mets may mess with Mejia yet

    May 19, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Yesterday I praised the Mets for making what seemed to be a wise long-term decision for the organization in sending Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to be transformed back into a starting pitcher.  The only reservation I had over the move was if the team decided to only send him down for a short…

  5. Roy Halladay should probably get some rest

    May 19, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Not that he is to blame or anything, but it is rather astounding that the Phillies have lost two games in their last ten, and both losses came in Roy Halladay starts. Also astounding are the pitch counts he’s racking up. 132 pitches last night. In his four starts before that he went 126, 121,…

  6. Yankees blow one, but don't blame this one on Rivera

    May 19, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Yes, Mariano Rivera allowed two runs on a pair of hits in the ninth inning of a tie game, but no, this one wasn’t his fault. I mean, sure, on some level he has some blame because if bats don’t hit balls none of this happens, but you can’t strike everyone out — that’s fascist,…

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

    May 19, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    Red Sox 7, Yankees 6: For the second time in three days Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera blew a game. This one was way more on Chamberlain — he came into the eighth with a 5-1 lead and the inning ended with things knotted at 5 — but Rivera came in and gave up two…

  8. Jermaine Dye: call your agent

    May 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    . . . And tell him that you’re not really interested in finding a job playing baseball anymore.  He seems to think you are given that, as Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reminds us, he’s been telling everyone that you’ve been working out in anticipation of that big contract from the non-terrible team you’ve…

  9. How many managers' heads are going to roll?

    May 18, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Former Mets GM and current Sirius/XM radio host Jim Duquette tweeted something that caught my eye a few minutes ago: Major League Scout – “Hearing more managerial changes by the end of the month. Could be up to 10 changes by the end of the season.” Ten?  Really?  My reaction was the same as Duquette’s:…

  10. Ramirez-free Marlins beat up on the Diamondbacks

    May 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    As expected, Hanley Ramirez rode the pine for today’s businessman’s special against the Diamondbacks (query: do they call weekday games “businessmen specials” anymore?).  Didn’t bother the Marlins much, as Josh Johnson was dominant, allowing only two hits in seven innings, and Ramirez’s replacement Brian Barden went 1 for 3 with a two-run single, turned a…

  11. Frank McCourt has a "slush fund," secret partners and pays his kids to do nothing

    May 18, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    John Weinbach of FanHouse reports some more unseemliness from the land of Frank McCourt and the Dodgers: Over the past 18 months, the Los Angeles Dodgers paid nearly $4 million in “consulting services” to [the John McCourt Company], an entity that has done virtually nothing for the club, even as the team has made a concerted effort…

  12. Anthony Galea charged with treating NFL players with unapproved drugs

    May 18, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Dr. Anthony Galea, you will recall, is the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH investigation emanating from the Buffalo, New York U.S. Attorneys office.  The investigation has made news in baseball circles because investigators on the case interviewed Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and have attempted — thus far unsuccessfully — to interview…

  13. Andre Ethier placed on the disabled list

    May 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Dodgers: Ken Rosenthal reports that Andre Ethier is heading to the disabled list. Ethier fractured the tip of his pinkie finger while taking practice swings on Saturday. Regrettably for the Dodgers, he happened to be leading the NL in all three triple crown categories at the time, and has become the…

  14. Ian O'Connor shoehorns steroids into last night's Yankees game

    May 18, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor on last night’s game-tying homer from Alex Rodriguez: With the ball streaking like a comet across the black Bronx night, making Yankee Stadium quake like the old place always did, Alex Rodriguez flipped his bat, shot a look-at-me-now stare into the home dugout, and left this baffling question in his…

  15. Comment of the Day: Someone hates the Red Sox too much

    May 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Honestly, watching Papelbon get shelled and walk off the mound in shame is more satisfying than most of my sexual encounters. Not sure if that means my sex life is lame, or I really hate the Red Sox. I’m hoping it’s the latter. – A commenter who goes by the name “Infinite Wisdom,” revealing far…

  16. Hanley Ramirez's attitude problems are not new

    May 18, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    To top off what has become a Hanley Ramirez morning, let us take a walk down memory lane — way back to last October — to Jorge Arangure’s profile of Ramirez for ESPN, in which Ramirez’s attitude — though, to be fair, not his work ethic — was cast into serious doubt. And let’s be…

  17. Hanley Ramirez is digging himself a deeper hole

    May 18, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Here’s a transcript of Ramirez’s whole session with the media and additional comments from “clubhouse leader” Wes Helms.  Quick take: why would a reporter ask Ramirez if he had lose respect for Fredi Gonzalez? Sure, Ramirez could have answered it any way he wanted to, but that’s awfully leading, isn’t it?  That aside, it’s…

  18. The Cubs move Carlos Zambrano into long relief

    May 18, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Jenrry Mejia isn’t the only pitcher getting stretched out in preparation of more optimal use.  The Cubs have moved Carlos Zambrano off his setup job — which he hasn’t done particularly well –  and into long relief, presumably in preparation for a return to the rotation. “Look, we thought the outcome would be a little…

  19. Yeah, that was an awful play by Hanley Ramirez

    May 18, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    I saw D.J.’s post about it last night, but as I went to sleep I was of a mind that Hanley Ramirez’s little boot play in shallow left field was some ambiguous injury-related thing.  Based on the video of Ramirez lollygagging after the ball, however, there can be no doubt that Fredi Gonazlez did the…

  20. Mike Gosling goes out in style

    May 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    This is the first and probably the last time I’ll ever write about Mike Gosling on this blog, but I was in the crowd last night to see him pitch and I feel very grateful for having been there. Unless you’re a hardcore Diamondbacks fan, you probably have no idea who Mike Gosling is. Short…

  21. The Mets are going to turn Jenrry Mejia back into a starter

    May 18, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Two fabulous bits of news in one little story: ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are going to send Jenrry Mejia back to the minors to be stretched out for a return to starting duties and that they’re going to call up knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to take Wednesday’s start against the Nationals.…

  22. The Red Sox: "Go Celtics!"

    May 18, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Last night’s game was a gut punch. Sure, it was technically only one game, but to Red Sox fans it must have felt like three or four. An early slap in the face, an inspiring comeback and then a 1-2 from A-Rod and Marcus Thames which probably felt like a mugging. With that the Red…

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

    May 18, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

    Yankees 11, Red Sox 9: Papelplosion.  The Yankees blew a 6-1 lead and found themselves down 9-7 nearly four hours and eight and a third innings into it when A-Rod hit a two-run homer to tie it and Marcus Thames hit a two-run homer to win it. Papelbon had a day off on Sunday, but…

  24. Dodgers minor leaguers save a dude's life

    May 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    As God is my witness I thought turkeys could run: A pair of Dodgers’ prospects in Midland, Mich., are being given credit for helping to save a life last Sunday. The pair of Single-A Great Lakes players from the Dominican Republic were passengers in a car on the highway when they saw a motorcyclist in…

  25. Carlos Delgado is coming back, but who wants him?

    May 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado was interviewed by the Puerto Rican paper El Nuevo Dia, and said that he hopes to return to action in July.  He’s not totally deluded about his chances — he just had his second hip operation in less than a year — but he thinks he can still contribute in a limited role.…

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