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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Carlos Delgado experiment (and career) is likely over

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Carlos Delgado hasn’t played in a game down at Pawtucket since August 15th, and now it seems he won’t be playing in any more. The big man flew to Colorado yesterday to consult Dr. Marc Phillipon about discomfort in his left hip.  Note: it was his right hip that had been giving him all the…

  2. So, did the Mariners know that Josh Leuke had legal trouble or not?

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Josh Lueke was one of the players sent from Texas to Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal. You may recall that, at the time, there was some controversy about the Mariners’ due dilligence on Lueke, because it seems that he  faced rape and sodomy charges in California last summer, pleaded no contest after the cops…

  3. Source: Scott Boras is out as A-Rod's agent

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    The most famous player in baseball has fired the most famous agent in baseball.

  4. The Dodgers have been turned down for additional credit multiple times

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt famously leveraged the Dodgers after purchasing them. Indeed, he saddled an asset he bought for $430 million with something like $433 million in debt. We knew that. His defense has always been, however, that the Dodgers are a cash cow and that there are tons of untapped revenue sources available. And that all…

  5. Mike Greenberg: "You just fired Rob Dibble for being Rob Dibble"

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Rob Dibble’s firing was the subject on Mike & Mike this morning, and both Greenberg and Golic were scratching their heads at it. Greenberg’s quote evinced his confusion at the move: “you just fired Rob Dibble for being Rob Dibble.” That’s one way to think of it. Another way is to acknowledge that when you…

  6. Nyjer Morgan was a jackass last night, but the Marlins were no saints themselves

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan has a lot to answer for. But so too do the Florida Marlins.

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

    Sep 2, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

    I for one applaud Nyjer Morgan’s heel-turn. And when he comes back from his inevitable suspension, I expect his interview with Mene Gene Okerlund to be epic.

  8. Braves' prospect Freddie Freeman to make his debut tonight

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    As expected, the Braves purchased the contract of first baseman Freddie Freeman from Triple-A Gwinnett today. He’ll get the start tonight against the Mets, batting sixth, playing first base. Very few of the Braves’ midseason moves were of much consequence. Rick Ankiel and Derrek Lee have sub-.700 OPSeseses since coming over, and Kyle Farnsworthless is…

  9. Comment of the Day: let's not get too worked up over the Sox docs

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Longtime reader Evan has a pretty good point in response to the Red Sox medical staff stuff from earlier this afternoon. Basically, the knives are out for one and all as it dawns on everyone that the season is going to end on October 3rd: I think this is more a product of the team’s…

  10. The Cardinals' skid continues, lose to Astros 5-2

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Another series against a bad team in the books, another series loss. The Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Astros today, completing the sweep for Houston.  This follows the Redbirds dropping three of four to the Nats and two of three to the Pirates.  If you can’t get right against those teams, you’ve got a hell…

  11. Pirates President Frank Coonelly: "Losing stinks"

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Pirates team President Frank Coonelly sat down for his monthly web chat earlier today, and was asked by a reader how it felt to run “the losingest team in baseball.”  His response: Given that we have many young readers of this chat, I will keep my answer G-rated: It stinks. It’s embarrassing, painful and incredibly…

  12. The Red Sox medical staff comes under fire

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Today ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes has a long and engaging look at the mounting criticism of the Red Sox medical staff that’s worth a read. It’s hard to really get a handle on this kind of thing. Most of us aren’t doctors and even those of you who are haven’t seen a player’s medical chart…

  13. Ted Lilly and the Dodgers to talk extension

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    With the waiver trade deadline coming and going with no deal, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Ted Lilly are interested in talking about a contract extension. Makes sense for Lilly who, Rosenthal says, really wanted to be in Los Angeles a few years ago.  Makes sense for the Dodgers too, who probably don’t…

  14. Manny Manny Manny Manny Manny

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Say, were you aware that Manny Ramirez was playing in a contested baseball game today?

  15. Quote of the Day II: Buck Showalter's night off

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    What does Buck do when Mrs. Showalter is away?

  16. The Sox have talked to Victor Martinez about a two year deal

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Now that everyone seems to be declaring the competitive portion of the Red Sox season dead, look for a lot more hot stoveish speculation in the Boston media going forward. The latest: Nick Cafardo reports that the Sox have talked to Victor Martinez about a two-year contract. It would make sense for the Sox to…

  17. Deep Thoughts: Old Timers Game edition

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    There was a story in the Star-Telegram yesterday about how Ron Washington is going to play in a Minnesota Twins old timers game this weekend.  In it it’s mentioned that Eddie Guardado is going to play too.  Hardly seems fair, as Gardado was pitching in spring training just this year. And he gets to face…

  18. The California Attorney General is investigating the Dodgers

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Thank goodness Jay Gibbons didn’t follow through with his promise to donate to the Dodgers team charity! If he did, he might be getting subpoenas right now! The attorney general’s office is investigating the compensation the Dodgers Dream Foundation made to club executive Howard Sunkin, who is an advisor / lobbyist / assistant for Frank…

  19. Bobby Valentine to the Marlins is not dead yet

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s been nearly 20 hours since the last Bobby Valentine managerial rumor, so why not throw another one on the pile? ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says that the Marlins are still considering Valentine and that he’s “on their list.”  I question whether they’re on his list given how freaking mad they made him back in June,…

  20. Triple Crown Villains and Omar Infante: insane person

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Jon Bois is one of the funniest mofos on the planet, and if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like The Dugout well, you and I just can’t be friends. Today he has a piece about the top 10 all-time triple crown villains (i.e. those interlopers who have taken a batting, home run or…

  21. Jeff Francoeur, the media really confused on his value

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur thinks he played well in the first half. The press thinks his clubhouse presence was valuable. And people say I get nuts when talking about Jeff Francoeur.

  22. Good things come to minor league catchers who wait

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    A feel-good story in Detroit, as the Tigers called up catcher Max St. Pierre, who has (a) spent fourteen frickin’ seasons in the minor leagues without once sniffing the show before now; and (b) totally stole the name I use when I’m trying to meet women when I’m on out of town business trips. St.…

  23. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney joins the Manny Ramirez hit parade

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Someday the sporting press isn’t going to have Manny Ramirez to kick around anymore. But don’t worry: they’re grooming Matt Kemp for the role.

  24. Edwin Jackson has been fairly awesome for the White Sox

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Lost in all the Manny hubub is the fact that Kenny Williams’ pickup from the last trading deadline — Edwin Jackson — has done really damn well for the Sox since coming over from Arizona. Last night Jackson was solid, striking out 11 dudes and almost going the distance against the Tribe (he ran out…

  25. Ryan Howard had an equipment malfunction last night

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre shakes his head and says “this is EXACTLY what I’m talking about.”

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