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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bill Lee is a piker. This guy REALLY hated George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    If you think Bill Lee hated George Steinbrenner, get a load of this rant from Muhammed Cohen (neat name!) of the Guardian: Steinbrenner, who died on Tuesday at age 80, was a bully and a brat, devoid of humility, class, and civility, born on third base, deluded that he’d hit a triple, and convinced he…

  2. Joba Chamberlain is the most overrated player, say other players

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 187 major leaguers. I presume they asked more than just this one question and will be publishing it soon, but for now they’re releasing the results of the “who is the most overrated player in baseball” question. The top five: Joba Chamberlain 12% Alex Rodriguez 5% Gary Matthews Jr.…

  3. The Phillies aren't optimistic that they'll add pitching

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro tells the Philly Inquirer that, though he wants to pick up a pitcher before the deadline, he isn’t optimistic that he’s going to be able to: Do we have to have another pitcher? No. Would I like to add some pitching? Yeah. I think we need to get healthy. I think we’re getting…

  4. Russell Branyan got a strange injury too

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Mat Latos’ sneeze injury sounds odd. Russell Branyan’s toe injury sounds downright fishy: Wakamatsu said a table fell on Branyan’s left foot this morning in his hotel room, cutting and bruising a toe. “He went to close the curtains this morning at 5,” Wakamatsu said. “He knocked over the table and it landed on his…

  5. A sneeze sends Mat Latos to the DL

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    This isn’t quite in ironing-your-shirt-while-still-wearing-it or in carrying-deer-meat-up-stairs territory, but it’s still pretty good: [Mat]Latos, who is tied for third in the National League with 10 victories, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strain to his left side. Latos said he suffered the injury attempting to hold back a…

  6. No Yankees showed up at Bob Sheppard's funeral. Is this really an issue?

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Bill Madden’s Daily News column about Bob Sheppard’s funeral mass is headlined “Yankees a no-show at Bob Sheppard’s funeral, an act George Steinbrenner wouldn’t have stood for.”  He doesn’t hit it quite as hard as that in the column, but he does make a couple of references to how it was a shame that no…

  7. The Rangers are still interested in Mike Lowell

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford reports that the Rangers are “still monitoring the status” of Mike Lowell and may still consider trading for him if he shows that he’s healthy. The Rangers, of course, have been hot and cold about Lowell since at least last December when they had a trade in place for him only to have…

  8. Bill Lee really, really didn't like George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    I said that I wasn’t a fan of whitewashing the recently departed, but Bill Lee goes a few steps beyond what even I’m comfortable with: Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee did not soften his stance on George Steinbrenner following the Yankees owner’s death Tuesday. “As far as Steinbrenner’s passing? Good,” Lee said in an…

  9. The Braves really, really didn't like Yunel Escobar

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Buster Olney tweeting last night: When Alex Gonzalez walked into the Atlanta clubhouse the Braves’ players gave him a standing ovation. First thought: wow.  Second thought: Buster only knows that because someone on the inside in Braves land made a special point to tell him about it. Which seems kind of sad to me, actually,…

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

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:04 AM EDT

    Only seven games? What, these guys need even more of a break?

  11. Don Baylor wants to manage again

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Don Baylor is the Rockies’ hitting coach. He used to be their manager. He wants to manage again: “The last interview that I had was the one with the Phillies when Charlie Manuel took the job. So that’s a long time ago. If it’s in the cards again for me, we’ll see . . .…

  12. George Steinbrenner's obituary was really long

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    AOL’s Tom Krasovic on Steinbrenner’s lengthy obituary: As America’s addiction to sports only grows, baseball is among the industries getting staggering amounts of publicity. For instance, when Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died on Tuesday, naturally The Associated Press ran a biography about the man who had turned the Death Star into a seven-time World Series…

  13. Quote of the Day: Bring back steroids!

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Meet the columnist who thinks steroids are horrible one year and just dandy the next.

  14. If Adrian Beltre can't play today, why was he playing in the All-Star Game?

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: An explanation from Francona makes this sound far less troublesome than it first appeared: Adrian Beltre had an MRI on his sore left hamstring and manager Terry Francona said the preliminary findings were “pretty good” but decided to hold him out of the starting lineup against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night at Fenway…

  15. Adrian Gonzalez wants an eight-year deal

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse is reporting that Adrian Gonzalez will seek an eight year deal when he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season. That would seem to be the going length for stud first baseman contracts in light of the Mark Teixeira deal. But of course (a) that was handed out by…

  16. The St. Louis Cardinals give their GM a three-year extension

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    The Cardinals just announced that they’ve given general manager John Mozeliak a three-year contract extension.  I can’t say I’m an expert in Cardinals’ Kremlinology, but this doesn’t seem like a surprise. The biggest knock on Mozeliak is probably that his moves — while keeping the big club competitive — have come at the expense of…

  17. Is Jamie Moyer a Hall of Famer?

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News writes today that Jamie Moyer is “entering the Hall of Fame conversation.”  The case is not a surprising one: wins and age. He’s lasted forever and thus he’s starting to get near big names in the win column, Barkowitz basically says, so that makes him a legitimate contender…

  18. The Aroldis-Chapman-to-the-bullpen experiment is not going so well

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Because the let’s-take-a-young-starter-and-turn-him-into-a-reliever trend is one of the latest windmills at which I like to tilt, I got all upset last month when the Reds said that they were converting Aroldis Chapman into a relief pitcher. Maybe I won’t need to worry about it, though, because John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that…

  19. Should the White Sox extend Ozzie Guillen's contract?

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times thinks so. If for no other reason than because he thinks the Marlins would be eager to snap up Guillen to manage the club when they move into their new ballpark in 2012 (Guillen’s contract runs through 2011). You may recall that we talked about this last month when the…

  20. Rumor: a Roger Clemens indictment is not far off

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Put this firmly in the category of scuttlebutt and rumor, not news, but someone who tends to know about this kind of thing is telling me that the feds could obtain an indictment on Roger Clemens any day now. The last intelligence my source had on it was that it could happen “around the All-Star…

  21. Dan Duquette says there's going to be more Clemens PED info soon

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette was on The Pulse Network yesterday and the subject of Roger Clemens came up.  And when Clemens comes up, so too does PEDs. Duquette had this to say: “I’ll just say this…let’s let it play out a little bit more, I think there is more information and evidence that…

  22. Thank you for your interest, but the Yankees are not for sale

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    There’s a story over at The Daily Beast that tells the often-told tale about how the Dolan family (i.e. owners of Cablevision and the Knicks) want to buy the Yankees.  The reason to re-hash it this time, obviously, is George Steinbrenner’s death. From the article: Now speculation is beginning to mount among sources close to…

  23. Does PED use constitute fraud?

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Players who used steroids cheated and broke the law. But did they commit fraud too?

  24. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on the All-Star Game

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    If the All-Star Game is supposed to count for something — like homefield advantage in the postseason — then the managers should manage the game in that vein . . . The culture of the event has shifted to the point where we are now at the every-Little Leaguer-gets-a-trophy stage, which is unnecessary. – Buster…

  25. The judge warns Frank and Jamie McCourt: shape up or I'll order the Dodgers sold

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Right after I got done reading that giant McCourts article posted below, I read Bill Shaikin’s article in the Los Angeles Times which reports the judge in the McCourts’ divorce case saying — contrary to what Frank McCourt has been insisting for months — that the Dodgers may have to go on the block: “The…

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