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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Dodgers are interested in Brandon Webb

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:02 PM EST

    webb

    That’s what Troy Renck tweets — that the Nationals and Dodgers “have some interest” in Brandon Webb — and it’s about all we have on the matter. As we’ve said before, Webb would be a risk, but not a terrible one at a low salary. If he’s healthy he could be a pretty good starter…

  2. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Pittsburgh Pirates

    Nov 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Pirates bumble bees

    The Best: When I wrote this up a couple of years ago I was clearly suffering from some sort of stress-related malady, because I picked the 1960s vests as the best Pirate uniform.  That’s not the worst thing ever because the Pirates did vests pretty well, all things considered, but I realize now that no…

  3. Former White Sox executive David Wilder, two scouts charged with bonus skimming

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    dominican republic

    In May 2008, the White Sox fired senior director of player personnel David Wilder and scouts Jorge L. Oquendo Rivera and  Victor Mateo  after allegations surfaced that they had pocketed money earmarked for player signing bonuses.  They’ve now been charged with crimes: Wilder, 50, was charged with seven counts of mail fraud. He was considered…

  4. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Chicago Cubs

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Ernie Banks

    The Best: The Cubs have stayed pretty close to a classic look, at least in living memory. Like a lot of teams, they did the minimalism thing pretty well 100 years ago. They experimented some here and there, but they’ve never strayed too far from the big C on the home uniforms. Choosing among relatively…

  5. Rumor: the Cubs considering a Fukudome for Dice-K trade

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Kosuke Fukudome

    This one from Phil Rogers is prefaced with the idea that the Cubs are merely “kicking it around,” do don’t get your hopes up, Fukudome-hating Cubs fans or Matsuzaka-hating Red Sox fans.  There’s no suggestion that the Red Sox have been contacted about it and, of course, both of these guys have no-trade clauses, so…

  6. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Houston Astros

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    JR Richard

    The Best: I angered fellow HBTer Drew Silva with my dissing of the Cardinals’ powder blues earlier today.  I have this feeling I’m going to step in it with some Astros fans now too. But here goes: I know I’m supposed to be all hip and say I liked the crazy 70s-80s getup the best,…

  7. Wally Backman needs a better lobbying operation

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Wally Backman

    Look, I know there’s a passionate pro-Wally Backman lobby out there. And even if I disagree about his fitness for the job, I understand his appeal. But really, if you’re going to argue in favor of Backman — and more to the point, if you’re going to rebut the charges that he lacks the requisite…

  8. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Milwaukee Brewers

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    1982 Brewers

    The Best: The 70s and the early 80s were a disaster for so many teams, but man, I really like the old Harvey’s Wallbangers look. Lose the pullovers if you must — that’s what they do for throwback day now — and I suppose the powder blue is negotiable, but the Brewers without pinstripes, yellow…

  9. Edgar Renteria: don’t give me a party, use the money to aid flood victims

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Edgar Renteria just doin’ what Edgar Renteria does: World Series MVP Edgar Renteria has asked that a celebration in his honor be called off in his home country, with the money donated to Colombia flood victims . . . Renteria says there are “more important things back home” and it’s critical to tend to the…

  10. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The St. Louis Cardinals

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Stan Musial

    The Best: The Cards’ uniforms are all about process of elimination: they adopted the two birds on the seesaw look in 1922, and it’s pretty choice. No design before that look or after it without the seesaw (and there were a few before it took firm hold) can qualify as the best.  They switched from…

  11. The Mets want a manager in place by the end of the month

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Sandy Alderson

    As we mentioned this morning, the Mets will be on to their second round of managerial interviews shortly. Yesterday, Sandy Alderson said that he wants this wrapped up by the end of the month at the latest: “It would probably be helpful for us to have a manager by the end of the month,” the…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cincinnati Reds

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Big Red Machine Reds

    The Best: When I did this a couple of years ago I decided that the classic 70s and 80s uniforms were tops just because so much good baseball was played in them. I’ve changed my mind on this. While a team having its glory years in a given uniform is a plus in its column,…

  13. Dave Trembley lands a job with the Braves

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:32 AM EST

    Dave Trembley 2

    I never worry about what Bobby Valentine or Joe Torre are going to be doing next season, but I always wonder what happens to the lower-profile baseball lifers when they lose a job.  I even kind of worry about them a little bit, as irrational as it sounds. Maybe I’m just projecting here — I’m…

  14. Charlie Samuels screwed up the Mets’ clubhouse

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Charlie Samuels

    More dirt from the increasingly fascinating case of Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels.  The Daily News reports that Samuels was essentially a clubhouse mole for the Wilpons for years, with both Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel believing that he was reporting on them — and passing along players’ gripes — to the front office.  He…

  15. Camden Yards is getting a face lift

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    Camden Yards

    Camden Yards — the flagship of the new era of ballparks — has been undergoing some minor renovations over the past couple of years. The team announced the latest round yesterday: At the request of the Orioles, the club level and upper deck at Camden Yards will be furnished with wider seats that will be…

  16. Report: The Yankees are flying to meet with Cliff Lee today

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    Lee-cliff-101031

    Bear season began in Arkansas on Tuesday (really).  The Yankees are on their way down there, loaded for it according to MLB Trade Rumors: The Yankees are flying into Arkansas personally today to meet with Cliff Lee Good scoop by MLBTR.  It’s pretty obvious that the Yankees won’t be denied. Or if they are to…

  17. What they’re saying about Jeter’s Gold Glove

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    Jeter error

    I haven’t seen an award decision that had such uniformity of negative opinion about it since Jethro Tull beat Metallica for Best Heavy Metal Performance Grammy in 1988. Or maybe it was Taste of Honey beating Elvis Costello for Best New Artist in 1978.  To be honest, we should probably rename the Gold Glove the…

  18. Jorge Posada to have knee surgery today

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    posada

    The reason? Torn meniscus. Not a biggie, of course, but also not the sort of thing that will help him in his efforts to avoid being moved to the DH slot to make way for Jesus Montero. And it seems that, despite the efforts of some to set this up as a showdown, Posada is…

  19. The Mets are giving Wally Backman a second interview for some reason

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:22 AM EST

    backman walking on field

    That’s what Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record are reporting. And good for Backman, because it would seem that wowing ‘em in person is the only shot he has, what with his extraordinarily thin resume for the job. No, I’m not one of the Backman haters. I like a manager who’s fun.…

  20. A final word on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Joe Morgan headshot

    I started the day with Joe Morgan, so I’ll end the day with Joe Morgan. I think I’m in the distinct minority in not really celebrating his departure from ESPN. I can live with that. I belong to a lot of distinct minorities. People who like Dylan’s signing voice for its own sake. People who…

  21. The White Sox will have a chance to match any offers for Konerko

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:33 PM EST

    Paul Konerko

    Doug Padilla has a story over at ESPN Chicago talking up the close relationship between Paul Konerko and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.  The upshot for our purposes: that relationship has made it so that Konerko has agreed to come back to Reinsdorf with whatever offers he gets while out on the market and will…

  22. Adrian Gonzalez continues to make it clear that he’s not stayin’ in San Diego

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez

    If the recent comments of his agent and his general manager weren’t enough, today Adrian Gonzalez himself put to rest the notion that he’d be giving anyone a hometown discount to stay with the Padres. Here he is on a radio show today: “In essence, if I take what you call a San Diego discount…

  23. Holy Jeter! Your American League Gold Glove Winners

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    I have no words.  Aaron’s analysis is here. Here are the winners: C: Joe Mauer 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Robinson Cano 3B:Evan Longoria SS: Derek Freakin’ Jeter OF: Ichiro Suzuki OF: Carl Crawford OF: Franklin Gutierrez P: Mark Buehrle I suppose good arguments can be made for and against most of those guys, but I…

  24. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Expos in a line

    I think it’s fair to include the Expos in this one, don’t you? They’re not otherwise represented, and there is franchise continuity here.  To be fair, I’ll include the Browns with the Orioles, Senators v.1 and v.2 with the Twins and Rangers, the Pilots with the Brewers and so on. Cool? Best: With apologies to…

  25. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The New York Mets

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Seaver Mets

    The Best: The Mets have stayed pretty steady over the years.  The biggest change has been the introduction of black a few years ago (more on that below) and disappearing pinstripes. Otherwise, it has been a pretty classic design.  Inspired, even, taking some elements from the Yankees (pinstripes), some from the Dodgers (blue) and some…

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