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Craig Calcaterra

  1. A very cool Dave Niehaus tribute song and video

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Dave Niehaus

    This Dave Niehaus tribute song from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis may not be your style — white boy hip hop is exceedingly hit-or-miss in my experience — but the video is fantastic, especially if you have any love for the Mariners and their history. It’s the sort of thing that makes one wonder how much…

  2. Free Agents: Who’s left?

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    With Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon signing on Friday, the last of the really big names fell off the free agent board.  Really, it’s all slim pickings now. If your team is still shopping, below is a list of what’s left on the shelf of any consequence. The official free agent list is much longer.…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:23 AM EDT

    2011 AFC Championship: New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers

    Only two weeks of baloney before the Super Bowl, kids! And absolutely no one in the media will complain about the NFL season being too long like they do about the baseball season!

  4. UPDATE: Angels acquire Vernon Wells from Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com confirms it. The Angels are picking up the entire $86 million tab left on Vernon Wells‘ contract. Mind sufficiently blown. 9:08 PM: The deal is done. The Angels have acquired Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, cash…

  5. Some more (and better) words about scoops

    Jan 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Press

    Yesterday I wrote about scoops regarding player transactions and the like, offering my somewhat rambling take on it all. Today Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has his own take, and it’s much better informed and, frankly, a lot more interesting than mine: Readers don’t go online to read Rosenthal and Heyman for the latest…

  6. Get ready, kids: Barry Bonds’ trial is right around the corner

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    It seems like years ago that Barry Bonds was indicted for perjury. Oh, wait, it was years ago. Three-and-a-half to be exact.  But though the wheels of justice grind slowly, boy do they grind, and they’ve almost delivered us to Barry Bonds’ trial, which gets underway on March 21st. But first, some preliminary rulings, a…

  7. Lots of people want to buy in to MLBAM, but the owners aren’t selling

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

    mlbtv

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media — the baseball subsidiary behind MLB.com. MLB.tv and a lot of stuff about which you have no idea — is a gold mine.  It, more than anything, has been responsible for the sharp increase in baseball revenues in recent years. And as an added bonus, the company just gets stuff…

  8. Jeff Pearlman, “online haters,” and the art of Internet self defense

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Internet Tough

    Jeff Pearlman has a column up over at CNN today that’s getting a lot of notice. Seems he tracked down and confronted some people who went after him over at his personal blog, leaving obnoxious or obscene comments or otherwise acting like jerks. I won’t defend the jerks for a second. People were linking awful…

  9. Baseball’s All Underrated Team

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Jayson Stark’s latest is what he believes to be baseball’s “All Underrated Team.”  The roster: C: Carlos Ruiz 1B: Adam Dunn 2B: Ian Kinsler SS: Starlin Castro 3B: Ryan Zimmerman RF: Michael Cuddyer CF: Andrew McCutchen LF: Ryan Braun SP: Josh Johnson CL: Joakim Soria MR: Mike Adams It’s not a terrible list, though as…

  10. The Cardinals sign Nick Punto

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Nick Punto

    As soon as I posted the Nick Punto thing this morning a bunch of people observed that it was inevitable that the Cardinals would sign him soon. Tony La Russa has an addiction to scrappy infielders. He can’t help himself.  SO, not surprisingly, the Cardinals just signed him. It’s a one-year deal. We don’t have…

  11. The Orioles are interested in Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are interested in Justin Duchscherer. The Yankees have been reported to be interested in him, and as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported the other day, Duchscherer held private workouts with two other American League clubs last week.  Zrebiec says, however, that the Orioles were not one of…

  12. Ozzie Guillen wasn’t pleased with Bobby Jenks or his son’s tweets

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Ozzie Guillen talked about that Bobby Jenks-Oney Guillen stuff yesterday, and he voiced some regret over his son sharing clubhouse business on his Twitter feed: Guillen said he felt ‘‘sad’’ about Jenks’ comments, which came after Jenks signed with the Boston Red Sox last month. But Guillen said his son crossed the line when he…

  13. Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Session

    What if I told you that Jeff Francoeur said something insightful about major league park factors which suggested that he was aware of his strengths and weaknesses as a hitter? I’m not saying he did — please! — but I do wonder what you’d say if I told you that.

  14. Update: Dirk Hayhurst signs with the Rays

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Dirk Hayhurst

    UPDATE:  It’s official: Hayhurst has signed a minor league deal with the Rays.  We know this from a news release. We know it more colorfully from Hayhurt’s own tweet: Why hello there, Tampa fans. My name is Dirk. My hobbies include writing, speaking, pretending to be a giant firebreathing giraffe/moose. Oh, Fortuna, please let him…

  15. Dancing with Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Yankees Tigers Baseball

    Jose Valverde beat teammate Ramon Santiago in a local version of “Dancing with the Stars” up in Detroit.  His secret: he’s kinda fat: Although Valverde won, Santiago refused to accept that the Tigers closer was the better dancer. Santiago said Valverde’s secret weapon — the prancing paunch on his 6-foot-4, 255-pound frame — was the…

  16. The end of an era in Minnesota

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Nick Punto

    Hey, it doesn’t have to be a great era. An era is an era, and that counts even for the Twins’ Nick Punto: No Twins offseason would be complete without a Nick Punto discussion. Some of us were convinced he would be the final puzzle piece, as General Manager Bill Smith assembled the spring training…

  17. Hey! A ranking in which the Mets are number one!

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    mets logo

    And it’s not even a list of dubious achievements! I’m no Mets fan, but I have always loved this logo: the distinctive dark skyline, the white bridge symbolizing the five boroughs, the classic Mets script, the terrific color scheme of orange and blue. My only suggestion: Mr. Met should have it tattooed around his whole…

  18. Tim Wakefield wouldn’t mind pitching beyond 2011

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Tim Wakefield is only under contract through this season. And he’s going to turn 45 in August. But he still wants to pitch: “The door is always open. Until you actually see me sit down at that press conference and say that I’m going to retire, I wouldn’t count on anything right now. I just…

  19. More trouble for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    We wrote back in October about the challenges facing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Joe Posnanski said that the place was in “grave danger.”  Dr. Raymond Doswell, the museum’s interim director, wrote to me to tell me that Posnanski was overstating the problems.  Dr. Doswell will likely have to write to Sam Mellinger now too,…

  20. The Orioles raise ticket prices

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Camden Yards

    Pop quiz hot shot!  You’ve lost 90+ games for eight of the past ten years and your 2010 attendance was the lowest since you moved to your fancy new ballpark back in 1992. It’s time to set ticket prices for the coming year. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?! For the first time since…

  21. Francona: Marco Scutaro is our shortstop

    Jan 20, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    marco-scutaro-red-sox

    There has been some chatter lately about how Jed Lowrie could take over the Red Sox shortstop job from Marco Scutaro. Theo Epstein said as much himself last week. Terry Francona gave a press conference today, however, and he says nope, not happenin’: “Scutaro’s our shortstop. (Lowrie) gives us something not a lot of teams can…

  22. The Yankees sign Andruw Jones

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    White Sox Jones hits homerun against Twins in Minneapolis

    Did someone mention scoops? Add one to Jon Heyman’s list: the Yankees have signed Andruw Jones to a one-year, $2 million contract, with another $1.2 million possible in performance-based incentives. Jones will be a fourth outfielder/DH/Designated lefty-masher next year. Between platooning at the corners, days off and injuries, he could get the same number of plate appearances…

  23. Some musings on scoops and the people who get them

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Press

    Beyond the Box score has a chart up today tracking which baseball reporters got the most transactions scoops this winter.  Ken Rosenthal leads the pack. Jon Heyman is second. You’ll recognize all the other names based on reading “So and so reports …” posts here and elsewhere.  It’s a relatively small group of men and…

  24. Eric Chavez worked out for the Dodgers today

    Jan 20, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    I thought of doing something cute and copying and pasting an article about Nomar Garciaparra from a couple of years ago but changing all the names, but that would take a lot of work, so we’ll play it straight: The Dodgers worked out free-agent third baseman Eric Chavez at their Camelback Ranch-Glendale training facility in…

  25. Must-click link: Colombia — The next international talent hotbed

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has an interesting story today about scouting in Colombia, which may be the next Venezuela or Dominican Republic when it comes to amateur talent.  For the story, he talked to Kansas City Royals scout Mike Toomey, who is all over that country looking for the next big thing.  The other day I…

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