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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Juan Samuel could wind up back with Philly

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:55 AM EST

    Juan Samuel

    No, not as a second basemen or outfielder, sadly. As a first base coach. That according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, who notes that Samuel did not take part in the Orioles’ organizational meetings last week and may be in line to take over Davey Lopes’ old job with the Phils. The last time I said…

  2. Shocker: Jeff Francoeur to clear waivers, become a free agent this week

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:27 AM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    Don’t look at me that way. There are like 40 posts a day around here, so I’m more than entitled to devote one or two of them every couple of days to my hysterical and irrational fixation on an otherwise insignificant role player. I know it’s immature and rather nuts, but it’s my thing, OK?…

  3. The Indians unveil a new uniform, and it is good

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

    Indians new uniforms

    The Cleveland Indians have unveiled a new road uniform, and I think it’s pretty spiffy.  A gray version of that sweet home alternate they’ve been wearing for the past couple of years.  The block lettering and the colors — that deep red and dark blue combo — looks classic without being consciously retro.  Just a…

  4. The Rockies are chasing free agent starters

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are shopping for starting pitching, with Jake Westbrook, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda on the shopping list. Worth remembering that they have their own free agent — Jorge De La Rosa — to consider as well. It’s been a while since the Rockies made a…

  5. Some thoughts on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:58 AM EST

    Morgan and Miller yellow

    I was reading a great interview of “Bloom County” cartoonist Berkeley Breathed yesterday, and came to the following exchange: RUSSELL: The Internet’s biggest impact on culture has been the fragmentation of discourse — there’s no one central album or TV show or comic strip that’s a universal discussion point any more. How blessed do you…

  6. Report: Jeter’s offer from the Yankees will be three years, $45-60 million

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    MLB_Jeter

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN reports that the Yankees are currently preparing offers for Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Cliff Lee. Matthews’ source tells him that Jeter’s offer will be for three years and between $15-20 million per year. The Yankees are expected to have a deal done with Jeter before either Rivera or Lee, Matthews…

  7. Mark Buehrle’s wife spills the beans on her husband winning the Gold Glove

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    The Gold Glove award announcements don’t come out until tomorrow, but the Chicago Tribune reports that Mark Buehrle’s wife Jamie posted this today on her Facebook page today: “So proud of my husband. He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!” I would have been able to report this news myself if it wasn’t…

  8. Quote of the day: Henry Schulman on Pablo Sandoval

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:56 PM EST

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    The playoffs are so serious.  One nice thing about the offseason — and the middle of June for that matter — is that you can drop goofy/awesome lines like this without worrying about missing the story: The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning this winter. If he does not eat…

  9. George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller, nine others on Veteran’s Committee Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EST

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Last summer they decided to break it up by era, with “Pre-Integration Era” candidates (1871-1946), “Golden Era” candidates (1947-1972) and “Expansion Era” candidates (starting in 1973) getting alternating consideration. They also decided…

  10. The Mets hire Paul DePodesta

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    DePodesta

    The New York Mets announced today that Paul DePodesta has been named Special Assistant to General Manager Sandy Alderson.  He joins J.P. Ricciardi in the “Former GMs Who Made Their Bones While Working for the Alderson/Beane ‘Moneyball’ Atheltics Teams Club.” DePodesta’s tenure as Dodgers’ GM was kind of a pain for him. He only got…

  11. The Tigers could be looking at Adam Dunn or Victor Martinez

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

    Adam Dunn

    I just spoke with my buddy Norm Wamer at 106.5 The Ticket in Toledo. Norm tells me that he was on a conference call with Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski this morning, talking about the Jhonny Peralta signing. During the call someone asked him, basically, what’s next?  The response was that they were looking at the…

  12. Now the Marlins might trade Dan Uggla

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:09 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    On the heels of news that Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million offer, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro — after confirming the offer Rosenthal mentioned — reports that the Marlins “may seriously consider” trading him. He’d be valuable to any number of teams, I presume. But maybe less so if they think that he wants a…

  13. Shocker: Bud Selig believes that which has been thoroughly debunked

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:24 PM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    A letter Bud Selig recently wrote is making the rounds this morning. Why? Because in it he says “I really believe that Abner Doubleday is the ‘Father of Baseball,’” and makes reference to “some historians who would dispute this though.” You can see a copy of it over at Deadspin. Of course, the story of…

  14. We don’t care about umpire development. We just want the right calls made.

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Joyce blown call

    There was an essay in the New York Times over the weekend about the state of umpiring. The author, Bruce Weber, who wrote a book about umpiring in 2009, says that replay would be bad a thing. Why? Well, human element and Alexander Cartwright and all of that.  What does Weber think is preferable? Better…

  15. Hank Conger cut from his winter ball team

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    A couple of years ago Angels’ third baseman Brandon Wood was cut by his winter ball team for poor performance. On the one hand, it’s a small sample size and winter ball teams are trying to win, not develop U.S. talent. On the other hand, hey, they sure saw through Brandon Wood, didn’t they?  Oh…

  16. There’s hope for the Mets. Quick! counter with reminders of their depressing past!

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EST

    The hiring of Sandy Alderson seems to have gone over well, and my Met-fan friends are almost allowing themselves to be optimistic these past couple of weeks.  Sure, 2011 will still likely be a challenge due to financial constraints and a couple of onerous contracts that have yet to run their course, but for the…

  17. The Australian Baseball League gets underway

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:04 AM EST

    Aussie Flag

    There was a baseball league in Australia from 1989-99. It hemorrhaged cash, and was eventually bought by ex-Brewer Dave Nilsson. The league folded around then. I assume Nilsson still plays with it in his basement or something. But now there’s a new one — also called the Australian Baseball League — that just debuted on…

  18. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Trevor Hoffman

    Jon Heyman tweets that Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011 if someone will give him a chance to close. My first thought: what’s with him and Edgar Renteria?  One ended 2011 on top, and the other ended 2011 well enough — 600th save! — to make everyone forget how much of a train wreck…

  19. Francoeur to Philly? Burrell to Atlanta? Speculation for now, but let’s make this happen!

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:36 AM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    Last thing I take out of that Rosenthal column* this morning: One potential landing spot for Jeff Francoeur: Philadelphia . . . The Braves, again seeking outfield help, are among the clubs that could take a look at Pat Burrell. Before anyone goes nuts, remember: there’s a difference between an actual rumor and a reporter…

  20. The Reds, Bronson Arroyo might ink a deal this week. Votto, Bruce and Volquez to come?

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:06 AM EST

    Bronson Arroyo

    Boy, Rosenthal is chock full-o-rumorly goodness this morning, isn’t he? After the Uggla and Boras stuff, he passes along word that the Reds and Bronson Arroyo will likely do a two-year deal this week. Actually a three-year deal, as Arroyo’s $13 million option for 2011 — which has already been picked up — would wrapped…

  21. Be skeptical of “Team X is wary of Scott Boras” articles

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:44 AM EST

    Boras sulking

    During free agency season you often hear a lot of sentences with the clause ” . . . but he’s a Scott Boras client, so . . .”  And it’s a good point to make for free agents, because negotiations with Scott Boras are different. They take longer for one thing, because he almost always…

  22. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Cell Phone

    A quick look back at the baseball stuff you missed while paying entirely too much attention to the lesser sports.

  23. Dan Uggla reportedly rejects a four year, $48 million offer

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:06 AM EST

    Dan Uggla

    Last week we heard a report that the Marlins had an offer on the table to Dan Uggla. All we knew at the time was that the first year offered only a $200,000 raise for the arbitration-eligible Uggla. Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that it was a better overall deal than that suggested: four years, $48…

  24. Ballparks > fire departments

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:04 PM EST

    There’s a story in the Wall Street Journal today talking about how municipalities are less eager to fund ballpark projects now than they used to be. Convenient, I guess, in that nearly every major league and AAA baseball team in America has gotten a new park in the last 20 years or so, but whatever.…

  25. Does the Giants World Series win mean anything for Oakland’s move to San Jose?

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:36 PM EST

    This story is a couple of days old — I missed it among the dozens of articles about the actual World Series — but the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how the Giants winning the World Series might be good for the A’s designs on San Jose: At least one expert Monday said the…

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