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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Marlins: the price for Cody Ross is "very, very high"

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney is saying the Marlins are saying.  And I can only think that the reason the Marlins are saying that is because the Braves — a division and geographic rival — are the team that has been mentioned with the greatest interest in the Ross. Don’t get me wrong, Ross is a…

  2. John Smoltz doesn't live up to his own golfing hype

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is a — duh — celebrity golf tournament that the good people at NBC happen to broadcast and sponsor and everything. It went down in Lake Tahoe this past weekend and, as usual, a lot of ex-baseball players participated. The bosses didn’t let me go though, presumably because John…

  3. Olney: the Yankees are not looking for a starting pitcher

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    We talked “should” a couple of hours ago. Now here’s the “will”:  Buster Olney tweets that New York is not looking for a starting pitcher in the wake of Andy Pettitte’s injury.  Rather, they are going to concentrate on improving the bench and improving the bullpen, presumably content to let the rotation play out the…

  4. Because things aren't crazy enough: Mark Cuban may get in on the Rangers now

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    I missed this from late last week, but Mark Cuban — who has been denying any interest in the Rangers for a solid year now — has changed course and may now get involved in the upcoming auction: “The economics have changed, which has gotten me interested. My lawyers are still going through everything, but…

  5. Quote of the Day: Lou Brown

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    We honor the memory of the Indians’ best manager since Tris Speaker.

  6. Should Andy Pettitte's injury make the Yankees go out and get a pitcher?

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is going to miss 4-5 weeks with a groin injury.  That likely puts Sergio Mitre in the rotation.  Does that transform the Yankees from a team that appeared like it was going to stand-pat at the deadline into a serious buyer? I’m sure the rumors will start flying now, but I’m less interested…

  7. Bud Selig's battle to sell the Rangers

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    The daily blow-by-blow of the legal battle involving the sale of the Texas Rangers has gotten so technical and boring that it’s understandable if you’ve tuned out by now.  But the big picture is still a fascinating one.  Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of it all is that, at its heart, the Rangers sale is…

  8. The Padres are giving Bud Black a three-year extension

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Corey Brock of MLB.com is reporting that the Padres are going to give manager Bud Black a three-year extension today. Good move. There are any number of ways to explain the Padres’ unexpected success this year, but whether its about motivating a team to play above its head, about bringing along a young and talented…

  9. McCarver compares Yankees to Nazis and Communists. But that's not the real problem

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    What McCarver said wasn’t, as many are claiming, “outrageous.” It was simply dumb.

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    I detoxed from the Internets this weekend, and it was good.

  11. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EDT

    We’ve seen bad calls this year and we’ve seen umpires getting all up in players’ faces. Phil Cuzzi manages both in a single inning.

  12. The Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    At the risk of Derrek Lee coming out and saying that no one on the Yankees knows Ken Rosenthal, the FOX scoopsmith (eh? OK, I won’t say that again) reports that the Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria. Hard to say what level of interest this really is, but boy howdy…

  13. Joey Votto: "it's kind of fun to play the heel"

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Joey Votto is rude. No, he was just joking. But he really doesn’t like the Cubs or their fans. Wait, that’s just him being competitive. Confused? Yeah, me too.

  14. Cubs win again, Phillies lose again, and man Marmol is throwing bullets

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    It was a slow day today, but a Friday afternoon tilt helped fend off the snoozes. Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley Field. Whenever they play I like to imagine them competing for a statue that looks like Manny Trillo. Weird, huh? Anyway, it was yet another frustrating day for Phillies’ fans, as the Cubs win 4-3. Twice…

  15. TBS to honor George Steinbrenner via "Seinfeld"

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Not everyone is hating on The Boss today: TBS will celebrate the life of George Steinbrenner with a full week of classic Seinfeld  episodes featuring Larry David as the legendary New York Yankees owner.  The 10-episode collection will air Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, at 7 and 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Which, of course,…

  16. Ringolsby: no, the Rockies aren't interested in Dan Uggla

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    There has been a fair amount of chatter recently about the Rockies maybe trying to pry Dan Uggla away from the Marlins. Tracy Ringolsby is calling baloney on that, though: Rockies are NOT involved in talks for 2B Dan Uggla. Haven’t talked about Uggla since winter. If Tulo is healthy don’t need middle infielder. Nothin’…

  17. The Marlins new ballpark is on schedule and on budget

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher! “We are exactly on budget,” Marlins President David Samson told a pack of reporters during a media tour of the construction site Thursday. “There will be no overruns.” The surrounding neighborhood has yet to feel the domino effect of the new construction.…

  18. The Mets may be interested in Brett Myers

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    There were Cliff Lee fantasies and then some Roy Oswalt pipe dreams, but if the Mets are going to get a starting pitcher, their options are probably going to need to be more realistic in terms of what they can get for the prospects they have to offer and what they can afford in terms…

  19. Lou Piniella is likely to retire after the season

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Sticking with Heyman, who reports that people in the Cubs’ organization expect Lou Piniella to retire at the end of the season. This would shock me about as much as the sun coming up tomorrow morning.  The Cubs are on the brink of a massive tear-down, one would assume, and given how weary Piniella has…

  20. Dan Haren isn't going anywhere

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    We’ve heard several times that the Diamondbacks want a ton in return for Dan Haren, but every team peddling top talent says stuff like that so I haven’t given it much thought. Jon Heyman reports today, however, that Arizona is really serious: One GM said he heard the asking price for Haren, who is reasonably…

  21. Almost everyone thinks Rusty Staub is a nice guy

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Howard Megdal has a nice little writeup on the career of Rusty Staub.  He uses Staub as an example of a guy who was traded a whole bunch of times but, unlike the Gary Sheffields of the world, wasn’t considered a horse’s patootie.  Megdal’s opening paragraph ends thusly: But baseball teams…

  22. Ken Rosenthal gets told by Derrek Lee

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    This is fun. Rosenthal and Morosi on Wednesday re: Derrek Lee’s no-trade clause: ” . . . some friends of the Cubs first baseman said this week that they believe he would accept a deal to the right team.” Derrek Lee about Rosenthal today: “I would bet that not one of my friends knows who…

  23. When you get a $100 million contract "the first year is the most difficult"

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    That quote comes from Vernon Wells. And yeah, I’m sure it’s an absolute drag. OK, that’s a bit of a cheap shot, inasmuch as Wells was likely asked specifically about the pressure ballplayers face after getting huge deals, not the difficulty of life at large, but it is the kind of quote that turns your…

  24. Bill Lee is a piker. This guy REALLY hated George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    If you think Bill Lee hated George Steinbrenner, get a load of this rant from Muhammed Cohen (neat name!) of the Guardian: Steinbrenner, who died on Tuesday at age 80, was a bully and a brat, devoid of humility, class, and civility, born on third base, deluded that he’d hit a triple, and convinced he…

  25. Joba Chamberlain is the most overrated player, say other players

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 187 major leaguers. I presume they asked more than just this one question and will be publishing it soon, but for now they’re releasing the results of the “who is the most overrated player in baseball” question. The top five: Joba Chamberlain 12% Alex Rodriguez 5% Gary Matthews Jr.…

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