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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Rumor: a Roger Clemens indictment is not far off

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Put this firmly in the category of scuttlebutt and rumor, not news, but someone who tends to know about this kind of thing is telling me that the feds could obtain an indictment on Roger Clemens any day now. The last intelligence my source had on it was that it could happen “around the All-Star…

  2. Dan Duquette says there's going to be more Clemens PED info soon

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette was on The Pulse Network yesterday and the subject of Roger Clemens came up.  And when Clemens comes up, so too does PEDs. Duquette had this to say: “I’ll just say this…let’s let it play out a little bit more, I think there is more information and evidence that…

  3. Thank you for your interest, but the Yankees are not for sale

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    There’s a story over at The Daily Beast that tells the often-told tale about how the Dolan family (i.e. owners of Cablevision and the Knicks) want to buy the Yankees.  The reason to re-hash it this time, obviously, is George Steinbrenner’s death. From the article: Now speculation is beginning to mount among sources close to…

  4. Does PED use constitute fraud?

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Players who used steroids cheated and broke the law. But did they commit fraud too?

  5. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on the All-Star Game

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    If the All-Star Game is supposed to count for something — like homefield advantage in the postseason — then the managers should manage the game in that vein . . . The culture of the event has shifted to the point where we are now at the every-Little Leaguer-gets-a-trophy stage, which is unnecessary. – Buster…

  6. The judge warns Frank and Jamie McCourt: shape up or I'll order the Dodgers sold

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Right after I got done reading that giant McCourts article posted below, I read Bill Shaikin’s article in the Los Angeles Times which reports the judge in the McCourts’ divorce case saying — contrary to what Frank McCourt has been insisting for months — that the Dodgers may have to go on the block: “The…

  7. Everything you ever wanted to know about the McCourt divorce but were afraid to ask

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine has a long but very interesting and very comprehensive article up about Frank and Jamie McCourt, their ownership of the Dodgers, their divorce and what it’s done and continues to do to the team.  It’s must-read material for Dodgers fans or anyone who is interested in the politics of…

  8. When I was a boy everyone was a Hall of Famer!

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    I’m thinking I need to come up with some award to bestow on columnists who play the “when I was a kid things were much better” card.  Maybe it should be the Golden Age Award or the Nostalgia Award or something, but whatever we call it, it should be given to those writers who use…

  9. What ever will the Red Sox do without Adrian Gonzalez

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Headline of Rob Bradford’s latest column at WEEI: “What becomes of the Red Sox without Adrian Gonzalez.” Only Red Sox Nation worries about what will happen if they lose the player they never had in the first place. And they wonder why the rest of the baseball world hates them. Headline and opening Adrian Gonzalez-coveting…

  10. And That Happened: Classic

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    One last morning without box scores gives us one more excuse to hop into the way-back machine. This time to 1956.

  11. The Union hates having the All-Star Game decide World Series home field advantage

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    I missed this yesterday, but MLBPA chief Michael Weiner said that there is “strong sentiment” among the union that using the All-Star Game to determine home field advantage for the World Series is a dumb idea. The players think that home field should be determined by regular-season record: Weiner said Tuesday that he expected to…

  12. Derrek Lee is warming up to the idea of being traded

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Most of the civilized baseball world is traveling home from Anaheim today, so there aren’t a ton of leaks and whispers out there.  As a result, those truly determined to get a news nugget are beating the bushes hard.  Take this latest one from Rosenthal and Morosi: Derrek Lee has remained noncommittal on the issue…

  13. Groan-inducing quote of the day: Jon Heyman on the Escobar trade

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Gotta love a gratuitous swipe at the sabermetic community and a bad pun all in one!

  14. UPDATE: OK, so maybe Joey Votto wasn't being rude

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Upon a few hours of reflection I’m fairly certain I totally whiffed here. I haven’t seen video of Votto’s comments (I based my post on ESPN Chicago’s linked story), but logic suggests that Votto’s tone here probably mattered a hell of a lot and it’s entirely possible, if not probable, that Votto was goofing…

  15. Jon Lester is not a Hanley Ramirez fan

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Fun little post-All-Star Game anecdote from FanHouse’s Josh Alper involving Jon Lester: Jon Lester and Hanley Ramirez were once teammates in the Red Sox minor league system but were on opposite sides of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Lester retired Ramirez on a bouncer back to the mound and after the game he was…

  16. Jason Heyward hopes to come back tomorrow

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward hasn’t played in a game since June 25th due to a messed up thumb, but he took batting practice with the NL All-Stars yesterday and said he’s feeling good. Heyward is hitting .251/.366/.455 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI but was doing way better than that rate-wise before his thumb got injured…

  17. So why was A-Rod kept out of the All-Star Game last night?

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    One of the biggest talking points after last night’s All-Star Game was the fact that Joe Girardi did not use Alex Rodriguez. Most notably, that he did not use him to pinch run for David Ortiz, who wound up getting thrown out at second base on a single to the outfield.  I’ve heard two retorts…

  18. Brandon Phillips Interview: the director's cut

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Why does Dusty Baker wear sweat bands? Brandon Phillips tells Tiffany Simons.

  19. Scott Boras is suddenly tired of anonymous sources

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Buster Olney was talking about Prince Fielder yesterday, and in doing so he quoted some unnamed executives who were waxing pessimistic on Fielder’s defense and body type.  That got Fielder’s agent — Scott Boras — angry. He emailed Tom Haudricourt about it. In addition to taking issue with the assertions about Fielder on the merits,…

  20. The Braves trade Yunel Escobar to the Jays for Alex Gonzalez

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    The Braves have finally had enough of Yunel Escobar

  21. The Rangers auction is now set for August 4th

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    My immediate interest in the Rangers’ sale has waned in the past week because (1) the fact that they traded for Cliff Lee means that they’ve made their big on-the-field move and thus getting the sale done before the trade deadline isn’t as pressing for baseball purposes as it seemed before; and (2) with all…

  22. Torii Hunter had an exhausting All-Star weekend

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter drank a lot of “Pepsi” this week.

  23. Steinbrenner: business savvy even in death

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Say what you want about George Steinbrenner, but he was a hell of a businessman. From turning a tiny initial investment in the Yankees into a billion-dollar franchise, to starting his own regional sports network, rarely did the man make a business mistake.  The pattern continued even until his death: By dying in 2010, the…

  24. The Brewers are asking a lot for Corey Hart

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Doug Melvin has a funny way of not “actively shopping” Corey Hart. The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman: Heard this: Giants and Brewers talked turkey on Hart, and Milwaukee asked for Sanchez or Bumgarner. Sabean is not eager to trade eith I don’t know how you can possibly trade good young pitching like Sanchez or Bumgarner for…

  25. The Braves are interested in Cody Ross

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Buster Olney reports that the Braves “continue to have interest” in Cody Ross of the Marlins. Which, considering there hadn’t been any previous reports that I know of in which the Braves expressed interest in the first place is rather odd, but hey, why not? Ross is hitting 282/.332/.415 with seven homers and 46 RBI. …

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