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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 12: Just your standard 25 run, 34 hit, 4+ hour nine inning game. Lyle Overbay, Jose Bautista and Jason Varitek each had 4 RBI, Bill Hall, Jeremy Herminda and Travis Snider all had 0-fers, and the starting pitchers — Josh Beckett and Dana Eveland — were each tied up and…

  2. Make no mistake, people: Ryan Howard's production is declining

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    I’ve made some comments this afternoon about Ryan Howard likely declining. I’m not a stats guy, though, so I’m just making some guesses, albeit guesses informed by history.  Bill Baer at the Phillies’ blog Crashburn Alley is a stats guy, however, and in the course of assessing the wisdom of the Howard contract extension, he…

  3. Quote of the Day: Keith Law

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    “If Howard is worth $25 million, Pujols is worth $50 million a year.” – ESPN’s Keith Law on the Ryan Howard extension. Hyperbole? Sure, but not as much as a lot of folks think.  If I represent Pujols I start the bidding at $35 million, though I’d probably be willing to come down to $30…

  4. Ryan Zimmerman is still out

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    The Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman made a pinch hitting appearance yesterday, but his hamstring is still bothering him and he won’t start in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Zimmerman hasn’t played a full game since last Wednesday. Adam Kennedy is taking his place at third. You have to figure, though, that if he can’t go soon,…

  5. One more winner from the Howard contract: Domonic Brown

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    I’ve not yet seen any statements from the Phillies on this, but in light of the Howard extension, is it at all likely that they’ll be able to sign Jayson Werth once he hits free agency this fall? As of now, the Phillies’ contractual obligations for 2012 are $87 million for a mere eight players…

  6. The Ryan Howard contract: winners and losers

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Anytime something big like the Ryan Howard extension goes down the repercussions can be felt all throughout the Greater Baseballosphere.  The extension was announced scarcely an hour ago, but it’s probably worth tallying up the winners and losers of the deal: Winners Ryan Howard: Now that he has his extension, he will no longer have…

  7. The Phillies will regret the Ryan Howard extension

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard is making $19 million this year and will get $20M in 2011.  Now, courtesy of the extension he just signed, he’ll make $20 million in 2012 and 2013 as well, and $25M per year for 2014, 2015 and 2016. There’s a team option for 2017 at $23M with $10M buyout. He also gets…

  8. Ryan Howard, Phillies sign a five year, $125 million contract extension

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Done deal. 5 years, $125 million. It kicks in starting in 2012.  This seems like a really bad, really unnecessary move for the Phillies. More later on this, of course. 2:20 P.M.: Part of what we do here is pass along rumors. When it’s one that I’m really dubious about, I make extra sure…

  9. Going crazy about Javy Vazquez

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Earlier today I made a comment about how talk radio would go crazy on Javier Vazquez. I haven’t listened to any New York talk radio today to see if they have, but regardless, I owe the radio people an apology for suggesting that they have a monopoly on overreaction. Web writers are just as capable…

  10. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    1. Rays:  Ho-hum, another two of three in each of their series last week. It’s exactly that kind of tick-tock boredom that is the stuff of division titles. 2. Yankees:  If one bum starting pitcher is your biggest problem, you’re doing pretty well. 3. Twins: Beating up on the Indians and the Royals may not…

  11. The Yankees will visit the White House this afternoon

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    It’s the only time Bombers are allowed there: Jeter and his teammates will make the trip from Baltimore to Washington to visit wounded veterans Monday morning at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, then proceed to the White House to meet with President Obama Monday afternoon. My understanding is that only those players who were…

  12. Is Andruw Jones back?

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    The White Sox’ Andruw Jones has gotten off to a fantastic start: .292/.404/.708 with six home runs, including the walkoff job on Friday night.  Is the guy who once wowed us with his defense back to being a productive player after years in the wilderness? Not so fast says FanGraph’s R.J. Anderson, who notes that…

  13. Tensions escalate between MLB and Dominican scouts

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors’ Nick Collias continues to stay on top of the increasingly strained relationship between Major League Baseball and various baseball factions in the Dominican Republic. The latest: scouts have barred members of the Major League Scouting Bureau from watching players at several recent exhibitions on the island. In apparent retaliation, Major League Baseball…

  14. MLB-licensed tools? Sure, why not?

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Usually when we talk about “tools” on this blog, we’re talking about those players who are able to run fast, throw hard, hit the ball far and be almost completely unable to actually play the game of baseball. Sports Business Journal has an article up about tools today, however, and they sound like something that…

  15. Cubs, White Sox to play for a trophy

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    The Mediocrity Cup? Multiple sources tell the Tribune that during a Monday morning news conference, the Cubs and White Sox will announce a new tradition — a trophy (and the public bragging rights) to the club which wins the annual city series between them. We’re told a tiebreaker is in place should the teams split…

  16. Chris Jakubauskas released from hospital, flies with team

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Here’s some good news: Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas was released from from the hospital yesterday and was able to fly with his team from Houston to Milwaukee.  He’s on the 15-day disabled list, however, diagnosed with a concussion and head contusion. In case you missed it, Jakubauskas was nailed in the side of the head…

  17. Former Nats pitcher Mike Bacsik is a racist

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Remember Mike Bacsik? He was the guy who served up home run number 756 to Barry Bonds back in 2007. Back in January he was accused by former teammate Tim Redding of grooving the pitch to Bonds, which caused a minor dustup. Bacsik came out of that looking OK, though, because it turns out that…

  18. A-Rod is the slowest home run trotter on the Yankees

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Friend of the blog lar from Wezen-Ball has been keeping track of how long it takes hitters to circle the bases after hitting home runs. The feature — The Tater Trot Tracker — is all kinds of fun, and since he started it I find myself mentally timing home run trots and then going and…

  19. Joe Girardi's indecision leads to Kendry Morales' game-icing homer

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    A curious thing happened in Anaheim yesterday, as Joe Girardi decided to have Damaso Marte pitch to Kendry Morales in the bottom of the seventh with two on and two out, the Bombers down by one.  Fair enough. I hate intentional walks anyway, but especially hate them when first base isn’t open or when the…

  20. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:31 AM EDT

    Cubs 12, Brewers 2: The Cubs sweep the Brewers in convincing fashion, outscoring them 25-4. It’s like they’re the Pirates’ older brother or something, kicking the bully’s butt after that 20-0 beatdown. Astros 10, Pirates 3: Of course at some point the best way to defend your little brother is to let him get his…

  21. Adrian Gonzalez to the Braves? No thanks!

    Apr 24, 2010, 6:56 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez is going to be the biggest story of the trade deadline this year. Everyone assumes that the Red Sox will be the front runners for him. And if they continue to stink, they may push even harder for him than they otherwise would. But they’re not the only team in baseball who could…

  22. Zobrist's extension: $18 million; potentially $30 million

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Here are the details on the Ben Zobrist extension we mentioned this morning. The deal guarantees him $18 million through 2013, partially in salary, partially in buyouts if the team options aren’t exercised. Those options are valued at $7 million for 2014 and $7.5 million for 2015. Given that Evan Longoria is making — six…

  23. Manny Ramirez causes Larry Bowa to lose sleep

    Apr 23, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Sticking with Manny Ramirez, here’s some fun from Larry Bowa, Dodgers third base coach, who appeared on Sirius/XM’s Ripken Show today to talk about what it’s like to coach Manny Ramirez: Larry Bowa: Believe me, when Manny’s up I hope for two things.  I hope he hits a home run or he’s on third with…

  24. Watch baseball games on your PlayStation

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    SportsBusiness Daily reports that Major League Baseball Advanced Media and Sony have struck a deal in which the MLB.tv package will be available on PlayStation 3 consoles. I have MLB.tv for the first time this year. After some initial hiccups borne of what I suspect was just a lot of first-week-of-the-season traffic, I have come…

  25. A-Rod, Dallas Braden and baseball etiquette

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    We talked about this one a bit already, but let’s go deeper.  Here’s Dallas Braden after l’affaire A-Rod-walky-over-the-moundy: “The long and short of it is it’s pretty much baseball etiquette. He should probably take a note from his captain over there, because you don’t run across the pitcher’s mound in between an inning or during…

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