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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Why would voters want to “wait” on Jeff Bagwell?

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:33 PM EST

    Jeff Bagwell

    I promise: this is my last Hall of Fame post for the day. If there is other big news I’m neglecting, please let me know. In the meantime: I’ve seen a few references to voters wanting to “wait and see” on Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame case. Or to give it more time. Or to…

  2. There’s “a very real possibility” that Andy Pettitte will retire

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EST

    Pettitte looks in

    At the risk of adding to the annoyance factor I complained about earlier this afternoon, here’s Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger with the latest Andy Pettitte update: Person with knowledge of Pettitte’s thinking puts his chances of a return at 30%. “There is a very real possibility that he will retire.” Someone in the last…

  3. Attention voters: here’s what to do when someone doesn’t “feel like a Hall of Famer”

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    Bagwell

    In the Heyman Hall of Fame post, I talked about how memory doesn’t always serve us well. About how Heyman’s “you just had to be there” and multiple references to “impact,” in support of Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame case weren’t persuasive to me.  An excellent counterexample of all of that comes in the form…

  4. Pete Rose to manage in the minor leagues

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    Pete Rose Jr.

    Oh, sorry. Missed the “Jr.” after his name in the story. Much too busy to go back and make that headline more accurate, however. So many things to get done before Christmas! Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie league team of the Chicago…

  5. Bartolo Colon may be in the best shape of his life

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

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    Someone stop the Indians’ front office, because they are en fuego! First Austin Kearns, now they’re in hot pursuit of Bartolo Colon. And that pursuit isn’t as easy at it used to be, because Colon may be … in the best shape of his life! Antonetti said the Indians are indeed interested in Bartolo Colon…

  6. Deep Thought: What’s the deal with Andy Pettitte?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EST

    Andy Pettitte

    I’m not prepared to make some final and serious moral judgment on the matter right now or anything, but I have to ask: am I nuts for thinking that Andy Pettitte’s coyness on whether he will or will not return is really annoying? I know he’s a free agent and his own man and has…

  7. In which we pore over Jon Heyman’s Hall of Fame column

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman has posted his Hall of Fame column in which he explains his votes.  Keeping in mind this morning’s thoughts on the Hall of Fame — and trying hard to be a little more charitable than I have been in the past to Mr. Heyman — I will say that I am glad that…

  8. The Cubs and Rangers are in on Brandon Webb

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:09 PM EST

    webb

    Last week it seemed like the Nationals were the front runners for Brandon Webb’s services.  Now MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports the Cubs and Rangers have “jumped ahead” of the Nats. The Cubs have reportedly been targeting Webb for some time, though their flirtation with Matt Garza has interrupted things a bit.  I don’t recall seeing…

  9. New York Governor fined for accepting free Yankees tickets. Why aren’t the Yankees in trouble?

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:36 PM EST

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    You’ll recall last March that the New York Commission on Public Integrity charged New York’s governor, David Paterson, with violating state ethics laws when he got free tickets to the opening game of the 2009 World Series from the Yankees.  The case has run its course now, and yep, the governor has been found guilty.  He was…

  10. The Indians sign Austin Kearns

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:55 PM EST

    Austin Kearns

    And you thought they Indians weren’t going to make a free agent splash. They just did: Austin Kearns: Meet the new Indians right-handed hitting outfielder, same as the Indians old right-handed hitting outfielder. Austin Kearns is back. Kearns, who won a job with the Indians last spring training, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tribe today. It’s…

  11. The Nationals sign Rick Ankiel

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:14 PM EST

    Ankiel splashdown

    They’ve let Adam Dunn walk and have traded Josh Willingham.  They signed Jayson Werth to a mega-deal that he will never come close to justifying. Now the Nationals have signed Rick Ankiel to a deal.  To play outfield, not to pitch. At least if it was to pitch it would be an interesting and potentially…

  12. Brian Cashman admits that he may be stuck with the rotation he has

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    Brian Cashman

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees may be going into the 2011 season with the rotation they currently have: Sabathia, Hughes, Burnett and … filler: Having finished second, or maybe third, in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, theYankees are prepared to go into the 2011 season with a pitching rotation of CC Sabathia,A.J. Burnett…

  13. Was it unethical for the New York Times to report the leaked PED-users’ names?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    syringe

    It’s always fun to rip on The Blogger Murray Chass when he writes something ill-advised, bitter and ridiculous.  But sometimes he writes something bitter and thought-provoking (sorry: bitter is just part of the deal with him these days). For example, over the weekend he noted how neither the New York Times nor the New York…

  14. The Brewers sign Craig Counsell to a one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    Craig Counsell, Ronny Cedeno

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed Craig Counsell.  That’s the sort of thing a team does when they realize that Yuniesky Betancourt is at the top of your depth chart at shortstop. OK, not totally fair: the Brewers have been thinking about keeping Counsell in the fold for some time now.  He’s 40,…

  15. The Orioles’ offer to Adam LaRoche is richer than first reported

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Over the weekend Jen Royle of MASN reported that the O’s had offered Adam LaRoche three years and as much as $18 million.  She has updated her report and now says that the O’s are offering LaRoche three-years and $21 million. I still think LaRoche makes sense in Baltimore, but boy, that contract is starting…

  16. The Yankees could have had Zack Greinke

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:05 AM EST

    Greinke throwing

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Royals asked the Yankees for Jesus Montero and Eduardo Nunez in exchange for Zack Greinke and told the Yankees that Greinke would drop his no-trade clause.  The Yankees rejected the offer, however, because they did not believe that Greinke was a good fit for New York. It’s interesting that the reason for…

  17. Multiple teams inquiring about Freddy Garcia

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    Freddy Garcia

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Yankees, Mets, and other teams have asked to see Freddy Garcia’s medical records. That means that everyone has an unhealthy obsession with Garcia’s personal business or else they’re actually considering signing the guy.  Given how few free agent starters are left out there I’m guessing the latter. Which is kind…

  18. One more pitcher off the board: the Marlins sign Ricky Nolasco to a contract extension

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:07 AM EST

    Ricky Nolasco

    There have been a number of rumors in recent weeks that the Marlins were open to shopping Ricky Nolasco. Call off the trade-watch, however, because they just signed him to a three-year, $26.5 million extension.  My suspicion is that the trade rumors were floated mostly as a negotiation tactic anyway. I’ve heard that Nolasco really…

  19. The most important thing about being a Hall of Fame voter

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:44 AM EST

    Bruce Sutter Hall of Fame

    Bill and The Common Man from The Platoon Advantage make so much sense in their Rights and Responsibilities in Hall of Fame Voting post from over the weekend that the thing should be sent via certified mail to every eligible voter. Of their four rules for voting, the key, I think, is something I touched…

  20. The Yankees sign Luis Vizcaino

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:22 AM EST

    Luis Vizcaino

    Gotta hand it to the Yankees: they really know how to counter a move.  The Phillies get Cliff Lee? Bam! New York gets Mark Prior.  The Brewers snag Zack Greinke? Bam! New Yorks signs Luis Vizcaino. OK, that’s not fair. I know those moves aren’t in response to anything and would have happened anyway.  I do…

  21. The Nats are after Derrek Lee

    Dec 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    Derrek Lee braves

    Remember that musical chairs first baseman thing?  One team may be sitting down soon: according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals are “actively” pursuing Derrek Lee. Ladson adds that talks don’t appear to be serious between the Nationals and Adam LaRoche. As we learned yesterday, things do appear to be serious between the Orioles and LaRoche,…

  22. Is Arte Moreno blowing smoke about the Angels offer to Carl Crawford?

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:39 PM EST

    Carl Crawford

    From the same L.A. Times article in which the Angels’ offer to Adrian Beltre was reported, Arte Moreno claims that the Angels never made an offer to Carl Crawford. Why? Never had the chance, he says.  By the time they got to talking to him in Orlando last week he had an agreement with the…

  23. The Angels made a big offer to Adrian Beltre

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:52 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have made a “significant” offer to Adrian Beltre. With “significant” being the characterization of GM Tony Reagins. Beltre is the biggest fish left out there, and the Angels — thought by so many to be willing to spend a bunch this winter but thus far…

  24. Does anyone really want to see a U.S. vs. Japan World Series?

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    Japan Series

    From the Department of Does Anyone Besides Marketing People Think This is a Good Idea: Major League Baseball will continue talks next month on a plan that would pit the World Series winner against Japan’s champion. The linked article talks about nothing besides the weather in the respective championship cities. But I’m not terribly concerned…

  25. The union doesn’t have a problem with Cliff Lee’s deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    There has been some debate about just how much one can characterize Cliff Lee’s deal with the Phillies as one in which he “left money on the table.”  On the one hand, there is the potential there for him to make more money with Philly than he made in New York. On the other hand,…

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