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Craig Calcaterra

  1. South Korea comes up with a novel (and bad) drug testing plan

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    This is the logical conclusion of allowing statistics and records determine how outraged we should be about PEDs: South Korean baseball officials could introduce drastic anti-doping protocols next year with a plan to target specific players for drug tests. The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) said players who showed marked statistical improvement would be targeted in…

  2. There was some McNamee v. Clemens action today

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Lawyers for Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens did battle in New York this morning, arguing the motion Clemens filed to have Brian McNamee’s civil suit against him dismissed. The gist of the legal argument was whether saying someone else is a liar can be defamatory. Given that each of them have been calling the other…

  3. Tim Wakefield could make half a million bucks tonight

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield gets the start tonight for the Red Sox. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reminds us that if he pitches 3.1 innings, his base salary for 2011 goes from $1.5 million to $2 million. Not that he wouldn’t get it eventually — it doesn’t have to come tonight — but I always like…

  4. Nobody knows anything about hitting

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Well, some people do, but those guys seem to be pretty rare. Whenever most people talk about hitting, however, it seems to come out all funny, to the point where I think it’s just more about feel and fast-twitch muscles and spidey sense than it is about anything that can be articulated or taught. Case…

  5. Is it notable that Ryne Sandberg wasn't asked to join the Cubs in September?

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan has a column in the Tribune today in which he notes that the Cubs didn’t call up one of their prospects after the rosters opened up: The Cubs called up five of Ryne Sandberg’s players from Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Astros, but not Sandberg himself. Having one managerial candidate…

  6. Phil Hughes gets pushed back

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes pitched on Sunday, and would have gone again on Friday, but the Yankees have pushed him back. He’ll go next Wednesday against the Rays, getting nine days’ rest. Hughes gave up six runs in six innings on Sunday with a lot of bombs thrown in there. He’s at 155 innings on the year…

  7. I don't think wounded veterans care that Oliver Perez didn't visit them

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My guess is that just about every baseball team that visits the Nationals takes a side trip to Walter Reed Hospital to visit wounded vets. My guess is that just about every team has a few guys who don’t make the trip for whatever reason, be it business or personal. My guess, however, is that…

  8. Let us take a moment to praise Charlie Manuel

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    In which I set aside my extreme Braves-panic and tip my hat to Charlie Manuel, who has done a hell of a job this year.

  9. Cities are still paying for stadiums that no longer exist

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’ve been on the “public financing for ballparks = bad” train for years, but apparently it’s just now dawning on actual public officials that giving billionaires free offices in which to operate their insanely-profitable businesses is a bad idea. Today’s story on it in the New York Times details how a bunch of places —…

  10. Carlos Gonzalez surges ahead in the triple crown hunt

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    All of the triple crown talk has been about Joey Votto and Albert Pujols — indeed, until just the other day they were the only two dudes in that triple crown tracker on the ESPN.com baseball front — but Carlos Gonzalez’s claim seems stronger than that of either of those guys at the moment. Gonzalez…

  11. Victor Martinez won't be accepting that two-year deal from the Red Sox

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Last week we learned that the Red Sox have offered Victor Martinez a two-year deal. Yesterday Martinez told WEEI’s Rob Bradford that two years isn’t going to get the job done: “They’re trying to do one thing, and we’ll see what happens. I don’t really have to do it. They came with something, and that…

  12. Quote of the Day: Dallas Braden

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Sensitivity towards those with potentially fatal diseases ain’t big in the 209.

  13. The umps ejected everyone in the Cardinals-Brewers game

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Lots of people hit the showers early. Well, maybe not the fan who was ejected. My guess is he doesn’t shower until he wakes up with his hangover around lunchtime today.

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

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT

    The Phillies take over first place in the NL East. Trevor Hoffman notches save number 600 and Carlos Gonzalez starts getting the “M.V.P!” chants.

  15. Gordon Beckham's hand still hurts

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is out of the lineup tonight due to pain in his right hand. This is bad because he took a ball off his right hand during last Monday’s game against the Indians. X-rays were negative, but he’s obviously got something wrong. The Sox have been on a tear lately,…

  16. Jayson Werth out of the lineup, then back in

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    When the Phillies lineup was posted for tonight’s game, Jayson Werth was on the bench and Dominic Brown was getting the start in right.  This made sense inasmuch as Werth has struggled mightily against Marlins starter Chris Volstad. But a few short minutes ago Brown was scratched and Werth was re-inserted. Have to figure something…

  17. Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced. But why do we get a vote?

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Unlike the MVPs and other post season awards, no one ever talks smack about the Roberto Clemente award winner as being undeserving. That’s because it goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team,” and even the worst snark can’t cut through…

  18. The Angels release Brian Stokes

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    You may recall that last winter the Mets got a lot of grief for trading Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr. The conventional wisdom at the time was “no matter how much salary the Angels are eating on Matthews, why on Earth would New York give up a serviceable arm like Stokes?“ Yeah, well, whoever…

  19. Dbacks' president likes Kirk Gibson, covets Kevin Towers

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price says that Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall likes interim manager Kirk Gibson and is a big fan of former Padres GM Kevin Towers for the Arizona Diamondbacks job. How does that work, exactly? Isn’t it normally the case that new GMs like to bring in their own guy to manage a team?  We’ve…

  20. There are still many reasons to watch the Mets

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    I mean reasons that are different than the ones that make you want to look at accident scenes and the “Faces of Death” movies.  James Kannengeiser lists them over at Amazing Avenue today. My favorite: the spoiler potential, as the Mets have six games left with the Phillies and three with the Braves.  I’m genuinely…

  21. You'll be shocked to learn that Kris Benson's season is over

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    I figured that the day would bottom out with Jay Payton transaction news and improve from there, but I guess I was wrong: Kris Benson sighting! He was sighted (figuratively) putting all his stuff in a bag and going back home to be with Anna and do whatever it is they do all winter. Put…

  22. The Rockies call up Jay Payton

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Hell, they’ve already got Melvin Mora on the team, so why not call up Jay Payton? For Payton, 37, who has spent parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues, this season has been about making peace with himself and the game after injuries forced him to miss the 2009 season. “It’s a good feeling,…

  23. A graphical representation of changing AAA affiliations

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This morning’s thing about the Portland Beavers inspired a few of you wonder who will become the Padres’ AAA team next year. It inspired a few others to muse in general about the great musical chairs game that is the affiliation business. As if on cue, lar at Wezen-Ball created this fun graphic showing AAA…

  24. Managerial chaos! Ok, maybe not, but it's fun to consider

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price has a profile of Cito Gaston today that’s interesting in and of itself, but he ends the piece with a fun little musing about an unlikely but delicious series of managerial moves this winter: Joe Torre leaves the Dodgers as they look for ways to cut costs; Dusty Baker, dissatisfied with the…

  25. The Wrigley rooftop business is bad these days

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Apparently the down economy and crappy 2010 Cubs team is really taking a bite out of the business of those who operate the rooftop venues outside of Wrigley Field. Many of the businesses are hurting — corporate bookings are way down — and some of the properties have fallen into foreclosure. The last time I…

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