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Craig Calcaterra

  1. “Bull Durham” creator putting together a baseball TV series

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    First and Ten

    Lazy observation: baseball, a sport that is best experienced in the form of multiple installments over the course of long period of time (i.e. a 162 game season) has never been portrayed in a good TV series. At the same time, it has had multiple excellent treatments on the silver screen. Football, in contrast, a…

  2. Don Baylor to be named the Dbacks’ new hitting coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Don Baylor

    Don Baylor — recently let go by the Rockies — has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks to take over as their hitting coach.  Baylor had hoped to be considered for a manager job, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.  I imagine part of it is that he’s always been perceived as…

  3. What does it matter when Pat Burrell answers your question?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petereburg Times has a column up about Pat Burrell today.  The headline: Pat Burrell, revived with San Francisco Giants, doesn’t want to address time spent with Tampa Bay Rays. An paragraph appearing early in the piece: Approached several times during the NLCS to talk more about what went wrong during…

  4. Jamie Moyer is going to play winter ball

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    Jamie Moyer

    Winter ball is a great place for young players to work on things or to stay in shape during the offseason.  Or for really, really old players too, apparently, as Enrique Rojas reports that Jamie Moyer will pitch for the Escogido Lions in Dominican Winter League this year. This is clearly as sign that the…

  5. For anxious Mets fans: An archived Sandy Alderson interview

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:06 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson

    Geoff Young of Ducksnorts conducted an extensive interview of Sandy Alderson back in 2008.  You can read it here, here and here if you’d like. Today, however, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York excerpts Geoff’s interview, doing his best to isolate the questions that may be of interest to Mets fans trying to assess the…

  6. Ask for Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops, get Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    This morning I said that it would be cool if people Photoshopped Sad Ryan Howard in various scenes.  From my mouth to Tauntr’s computer. I like the Lion King the best, I think.

  7. Dave Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:03 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    We weren’t expecting this: Brian Cashman is having his season-in-review press conference at Yankee Stadium, and he just announced that pitching coach Dave Eiland won’t be returning in 2011. Cashman said that the reason for the firing is “private,” but that it’s not a result of the Yankees’ poor pitching performance in the ALCS. The…

  8. Amaro: we have the money and the desire to bring Jayson Werth back . . . but

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    Jayson Werth

    Most people are assuming that Jayson Werth has played his last game for the Phillies. He’s planning on holding a press conference at 1PM Eastern today, and no matter what he says, people will read all manner of things into it, including the desire to test the free agent market.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, who…

  9. A-Rod, LeBron party down after the ALCS loss

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    See what happens when there are no baseball games, Bud Selig? I’m forced to link to TMZ. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  10. Potential Jeter deal: three years, $45 million?

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    Derek Jeter triple

    That’s what Joel Sherman is floating in this column.  The overall thinking is fairly sound: the Yankees will overpay what he’s really worth to some degree because it would be embarrassing for everyone involved if some other team made a competitive offer, but they’re not going to do what a lot of us figured they…

  11. By the way: the World Series is still unlikely to be televised in New York and Philly

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    old TV

    At least for Cabevision subscribers, as the retransmission battle between it and FOX drags on. I know a lot of Phillies and Yankees fans who claim they won’t watch the Fall Classic now that their teams are out of it, but that’s just bluster. Real baseball fans will want to watch the World Series. And…

  12. Sad Ryan Howard is sad

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Sorry we’re going with so many photo-centric posts this morning, but it beats reading a thousand words over and over again, right?

  13. And you thought Giants-Rangers couldn’t inspire passion

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:07 AM EST

    With the famously passionate Yankees and Phillies fanbases on outside looking in, I figured there wouldn’t be any trash talk in the leadup to this thing. And there isn’t a ton coming from San Francisco or Texas yet. But if you look down to L.A. there’s some to be found. From the Times’ Steve Dilbeck:…

  14. The Giants are “knuckleheads”

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    I blame Kevin Millar and all of that “idiots” stuff for this.  Or maybe one of those Super Bowl teams who sang songs gets the ultimate blame. Heck, maybe it goes back to when the Dodgers were “bums.” Regardless, it seems that any time even a slight underdog progresses in the postseason, they get a…

  15. Joel Sherman calls Joe Girardi a paranoid liar

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:18 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    He doesn’t put those two words together, but Joel Sherman calls Girardi “paranoid” — twice — and calls him “deceitful,” “misleading” and says that he’s less-than-candid. There’s nothing wrong with writing a column pointing out the professional faults of the local manager following a tough playoff loss, but am I wrong in thinking that if…

  16. It’s gonna be wet in San Francisco for Game 2

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    AT&T Park wet

    You would have thought that having the Twins and the east coast teams out of the World Series would mean that this year we wouldn’t have any concerns about the weather. Yeah, you would have thought that, but you’d be wrong: It doesn’t qualify as torture, but here’s another wrinkle for fans of the San…

  17. Would this really be that bad, Yankees fans?

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:27 AM EST

    Jeter Red Sox

    Lolcoeur was my creation, but I’ll admit, it wasn’t nearly as striking as this baby. I believe one of my colleagues at NBC created that and that it was used on Sunday Night Football last night. I wouldn’t know because I decided to finally start watching “Breaking Bad” on DVD and thus neglected to tune…

  18. Your photo of the weekend

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    Two Davids moved on to the Fall Classic. Two Goliaths went home, dazed and uncertain about the future. One picture, I feel, sums up this most exciting weekend of playoff baseball.

  19. Final thoughts on the NLCS and our first peek ahead to the World Series

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:10 AM EST

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    We’re going to have plenty of time between now and Wednesday night to break down the Rangers vs. the Giants. For now, some general impressions and observations, both of last night’s NLCS clincher and the upcoming World Series: Jonathan Sanchez’s third inning meltdown in which he walked Placido Polanco, plunked Chase Utley and then sparked…

  20. The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:40 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    Sorry, I just always wanted to say that. But they did, and now we’re on to a Rangers-Giants World Series. It will be the fourth time in 90 years that two teams who have never won the World Series (at least in their current cities) have faced one another in the Fall Classic. 2002, 1992…

  21. It could rain in Texas tonight. Cliff Lee in Game 6, anyone?

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Rain Texas Ballpark

    The forecast isn’t exactly dire — most of the people down in Texas think the game will be played even if it’s delayed a bit — but there’s probably going to be rain tonight for Game 6 of the ALCS. My last check of Weather.com had it as a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms. But…

  22. Jinx alert! Dallas stores have Rangers’ World Series merchandise ready

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    CousinOliver

    You know this is always the case in every city, in every sport prior to a potential clinching game. You just don’t read about it very often: Boxes of ALCS Championship T-shirts and caps marked “Hold for Rangers Clinch” sit waiting at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores, and employees hope to open them tonight with…

  23. Man robbed of Giants playoff tickets last night

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    But the real question is whether the thief booed him or vomited on him or anything during the crime: A man was robbed of Giants playoffs tickets at gunpoint near AT&T Park on Thursday, police said.  The 29-year-old victim reported the robbery around 5:30 p.m., about a half-hour after the first pitch was thrown in…

  24. The Reds would like to do a four year deal with Joey Votto

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Joey Votto is arbitration eligible this year and for the next two years after that.  While his potential award this season — probably in the $6-7 million range? — is doable for the Reds, they’re probably not going to want to go all three years with him, because they start running into Ryan Howard as…

  25. Get on with it, will ya Mets?

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

    I suppose a well-considered decision is better than an impulsive one, but it does seem like the Mets are taking their sweet time on this GM thing. The team just sent out an email to fans saying that they’re bringing back former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson for a second round of interviews.…

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