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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Shameless Self-Promotion: I got interviewed about a lot of stuff

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because you people don’t get enough of my opinions around here.

  2. Your latest Cliff Lee rumor: would you believe the Rays?

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Thanks God for LeBron-mania! Otherwise baseball would seem positively unhinged right now.

  3. Teams are calling the Braves about Yunel Escobar

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Because teams in tight pennant races trade their starting shortstops so often.  ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in the form of a FrankenTweet: Heard today that the Braves are getting calls from some teams looking to “bottom feed” on underachieving SS Yunel Escobar . . . Braves are hesitant to move Escobar because he’s only 27, is…

  4. Brian Sabean is in Milwaukee. Is a deal with the Brewers afoot?

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the Merc reports that Giants GM Brian Sabean met up with the team in Milwaukee yesterday. One of two possibilities: (a) he’s there to scout and discuss a deal with the Brewers; or (b) he brought along the proton packs in order to bust the ghosts over at the Pfister. Assuming for…

  5. As the Carlos Beltran turns: he may be activated this week

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Either Jerry Manuel is helplessly out of the loop, or else the Mets are profoundly schizophrenic about when Carlos Beltran is going to be activated. First, Manuel said he could be back for the Marlins in Puerto Rico. That obviously didn’t happen.  Then it was suggested that the Reds series this week.  Then the team…

  6. Edgar Renteria is Shaggy, Pablo Sandoval is Scooby

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    There was some farkakte story back in May about how the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee was haunted and that because of it visiting baseball players don’t like to stay there.  It was on a local news station and it came during May sweeps, so take it with the same grain of salt you take those…

  7. The Rangers will be auctioned on July 16th. Kinda.

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    And now, the continuing stoooory of a sale, that’s gone to the dogs.

  8. Dallas Braden doesn't like the "Get off my mound" shirts. Pardon me, your majesty

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    We passed along word last week that the A’s were selling “Get off my mound” t-shirts in honor of the Yankees’ return to Oakland.  Sounded like a great idea to me in a fun, self-effacing kind of way. But apparently they don’t do self-deprecation in the 209, because Dallas Braden hates the shirts: “They’re trying…

  9. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:53 AM EDT

    My favorite team got mowed down by Roy Halladay but the evening worked out OK anyway.

  10. Chase Utley says he's coming back early

    Jul 5, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    The last prognosis we heard regarding Chase Utley was that it would be eight weeks before he could make it back to the Phillies’ lineup.  Todd Zolecki is tweeting, however, that Utley is planning on coming back sooner than that, saying that it will take five weeks to heal, one week to get his mobility…

  11. Maybe we need to lay off the Omar Infante All-Star selection

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark tweets that both of the All-Star managers were told by Major League Baseball that they needed to pick a “multi-position” player in order to take advantage of the new rule allowing managers to return one player to the game after he comes out. It was for that reason, Stark says, Charlie Manuel chose…

  12. An ugly game in Detroit as the Tigers beat the Orioles 12-9

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    It’s approximately 165 degrees here in the Midwest today, so heading out to see a day game was already an iffy proposition for Tigers fans.  Those who used their day off work to do so were greeted with one of the uglier games of the past couple of weeks, as the Tigers and Orioles decided…

  13. Giant-headed, be-mulleted Randy Johnson wins sausage race ripoff in Arizona

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    It’s entirely possible that someone else thought of pitting four giant plush mascots against one another in between-inning footraces before the Brewers did it with their sausage guys, but Milwaukee has always done it the best.  And, inevitably, it has led to copycats.  Giant president heads race in Washington.  Hot dogs race in Cleveland.  Tools…

  14. Geoff Jenkins to retire as a Brewer. BFD.

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s being reported that Geoff Jenkins will announce his retirement this Friday. Jenkins will sign a one day contract in Milwaukee so he can retire as a Brewer. And thank God for that. Because it would be a travesty if history remembered Geoff Jenkins in the uniform of the, um . . . he played…

  15. The Tigers are interested in Stephen Drew

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    We hear about Adam LaRoche, Kelly Johnson and Dan Haren being shopped by Arizona, but another valuable player on the sinking Diamondbacks ship is Stephen Drew.  And now Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers are interested in him. Drew, who is currently hitting .268/.336/.409, is under team control through 2012. The bat isn’t overwhelming this…

  16. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    No surprises at number one, but number two is new. And anyone who can guess who number 18 is without looking wins a year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat! Oh, crap, I gave it away, didn’t I?

  17. Are the Mets in serious financial trouble?

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The New York Post says so, but they may be overselling it.

  18. Olney: Buck Showalter is the "heavy, heavy" favorite for the O's job

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Buster Olney says that Buck Showalter is the “heavy, heavy” favorite to be the Orioles’ next manager and handicapped the race thusly: “Showalter 1:2, Eric Wedge 6:1, Rick Dempsey 50:1, others 100:1.” For his part, Heyman thinks Wedge is the favorite, though wouldn’t be surprised if Showalter got the gig. Olney used to cover the…

  19. Quote of the Day: All-Star snub edition

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    When a guy says “and you can quote me on that” there’s about a 99% chance that he’s quote-of-the-day material.

  20. The Cubs want to loan out Ted Lilly

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Peter Gammons tweets that the Cubs are beginning to face reality (i.e. they’re going nowhere) and, as a result are thinking about trading Ted Lilly. They’d only think of it as loaning him to someone, however, as Gammons says Chicago would then try to sign him again once he hits the market after the season.…

  21. The Phillies are interested in . . . Willie Bloomquist?

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    It’s not easy being a Phillies fan at the moment. The team keeps losing, half the infield is injured and your manager is doing crazy stuff like naming Omar Infante and Ryan Howard to the All-Star team instead of Joey Votto. Chaos, basically. Then you have to wake up on a fine Monday morning and…

  22. Kyle Drabek throws a no-hitter in AA

    Jul 5, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Kyle Drabek — son of Doug and trade-fodder for Roy Halladay — threw a no-hitter for the Jays’ AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats yesterday. Drabek walked two and struck out three. Overall Drabek is 8-8 with a 3.20 ERA in the minors since being acquired by Toronto back in December.  Having watched his father pitch…

  23. Geoff Blum injures his elbow . . . while getting dressed

    Jul 5, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    One of the biggest reasons I took this job is because I hate having to, you know, get dressed in order to go to work.  I mean, it was just a matter of time before what happened to the Astros’ Geoff Blum over the weekend happened to me: Blum felt a “pop” in his elbow…

  24. Why are the Yankees scouting Cliff Lee?

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    As the trading season gets increasingly nutsy, we’ve seen an explosion of “Team X had a scout at Player Y’s last game!” chatter.  Here’s a fine example of such a thing from Jon Paul Morosi yesterday: The Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals were among the clubs with a scout in attendance at Cliff Lee’s start in…

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