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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Great Moments in self-motivation: Matt Garza

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Baseball is better than football because, for the most part, players approach it like a job, not as if it were war or cockfighting or whatever. They try to do their best. They try to get better. With a few exceptions, however, they don’t generally get all rah-rah and imgonnakillyou about it.  One of those…

  2. Ryne Sandberg named PCL manager of the year

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Here’s one for the resume as the Cubs look for a new big league manager: Ryne Sandberg will be named Pacific Coast League manager of the year today, the Iowa Cubs confirmed Thursday. In Sandberg’s first season as Cubs manager, the team was a season-high 21 games over .500 entering Thursday’s contest at Albuquerque. The…

  3. The Brewers look poised to trade Prince Fielder this winter

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    That according to Jayson Stark, who says that rival clubs who have spoken to the Brewers think Fielder will be moved in the offseason. This is not terribly surprising. They have someone who — maybe — can fill in at first base.  They’re likely nowhere in the same universe with Fielder when it comes to…

  4. Nyjer Morgan continues to own the heel role

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The job of whoever is assigned to defend Nyjer Morgan at his disciplinary appeal just got a bit harder.

  5. Jerry Manuel wants to know if he's coming back

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    I missed this yesterday — Manny and Francoeur obsessions make you blind to any number of things — but apparently Jerry Manuel “would love to know” whether the Mets plan on bringing him back next season.  He’s not going to ask now, however, because he doesn’t want to become a distraction. Show of hands America:…

  6. Your absolutely gobsmacking statistic of the day: Derek Jeter division

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    I know Jeter is having a bad year at the plate. I looked at his stat line as recently as yesterday. Still, seeing his season characterized thusly is the kind of thing that makes your brain seize up and your jaw go slack: let the record show that on Sept. 2, 2010 Yuniesky Betancourt (95…

  7. We're still using "Moneyball" reference to bash the A's? Really?

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    When you read stuff like this from the Daily News’ Bill Madden, you have to ask yourself two questions: (1) At what point will columnists stop using a now seven year-old book as a hook to write about the A’s? and (2) would Billy Beane have been better off if he had never provided Michael…

  8. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    The Phillies pick up a game on Atlanta and the Twins and Tigers play a wild one. Sadly, I missed all of it because I was watching football. Not that I’m proud of myself or anything.

  9. Dallas Braden leaves Yankees game early with cramps

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Well, at least this won’t give Yankees fans any reason to mock the brash young lad for his lack of manliness or toughness or whatnot: Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden has left his latest start because of heat-related cramps. Braden bent over after a pitch in the sixth inning Thursday at Yankee Stadium. He was…

  10. Is your name Earl? Then free Sea Dogs tickets!

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hurricane Earl may have caused $150 million in property damage thus far and left 180,000 people without power, but if your parents had the foresight to name you Earl, you can save as much as $8! The Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are offering free tickets to tomorrow night’s…

  11. Ron Washington for manager of the year

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    Not just because he has led the Rangers to a big division lead, but because he has made it clear that he understands what wins baseball games and who, exactly, is in charge: Francoeur, a 2002 first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves, hit .237 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 124 games this…

  12. Nick Swisher leaves Yankees-A's game with knee injury

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    I’m far too caught up in a professional wrestling-induced Wikipedia k-hole to be watching the Yankees-A’s game right now, but apparently Nick Swisher left the game after his first at bat with a knee injury. Writers at the game have been told that it’s “stiffness” in his left knee, but that’s obviously a symptom, not…

  13. Comment of the Day: Baseball faces, baseball heels

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Warning: if you don’t like 1980s professional wrestling you’re probably not going to like this post. There will be others coming along soon enough, though.

  14. Billy Martin for Atari baseball

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Not sure what is the most disorienting thing about this commercial: the game itself, the old A’s doubleknits or the fact that Martin actually seems sober.

  15. Tom Ricketts on the Cubs' managerial search: this isn't a P.R. game

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    You can’t hire a manager based solely on P.R. But doesn’t Ryne Sandberg bring more than just P.R. to the table?

  16. Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Will he be doing it for long?

    Sep 2, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Derrick Goold interviews Mark McGwire in the Post-Dispatch today. The key points: Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Mark McGwire is on a one year contract that both sides called an “experiment” when the year began. The Cardinals are currently gagging their way the hell out of playoff contention, primarily because they’re not hitting…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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