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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jim Edmonds will probably retire next week

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds Cubs

    Jon Heyman tweets: jim edmonds’ agent paul cohen says edmonds will probably decide by early next week whether he’ll play in 2011 My guess that the deciding factor of whether or not Jim Edmonds plays next year is whether there is a team that actually wants to give him a roster spot.  Given that we…

  2. Freddy Garcia wants to play for the Yankees

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The White Sox are apparently still interested in bringing back Freddy Garcia, but if you hear Freddy Garcia tell it, he’d rather be in New York. Courtesy of the translation services of one Nick Collias over at MLBTR: “My preference is to be with the New York Yankees, and it’s not unreasonable to have that in mind,…

  3. Comment of the day: an important note about smokeless tobacco

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Nellie Fox

    You’ll recall in the linked article about smokeless tobacco earlier today that the reason Stephen Strasburg is quitting the stuff is because of Tony Gwynn’s recent cancer diagnosis.  Gwynn, it is noted, has blamed his years of smokeless tobacco use for the current state of his health. Following that post, I received an email from…

  4. Rob Neyer says goodbye to ESPN

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    Rob Neyer has announced that after 15 years — which is about 300 in Internet years — he’s leaving ESPN.  Rob is going to keep writing, of course — we don’t know where, but a little bird tells me that we’ll hear more about that part tomorrow morning — but this is still pretty major…

  5. Frank Viola is going to work for the Mets

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Frank Viola

    Frank Viola — the best pitcher in the history of Long Island —  was all over the lobby down at the Winter Meetings last month.  I figured it was just because he lives down in Florida and was meeting and greeting, but maybe he was there on the make for a job. He just got…

  6. If baseball handled its All-Star Game like hockey does

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    I am not a hockey fan — I knew very little about it actually — but I am fascinated with the way they’ve handled their All-Star Game in recent years.  They used to do that North America vs. the World thing.  Now they pick a couple of captains who choose their squads, playground style.  Very…

  7. Martin Luther King III confirms his interest in the Mets

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Martin Luther King III

    Over the weekend we learned that Martin Luther King III is interested in becoming one of Fred Wilpon’s “strategic partners.”  Last night he released a statement confirming this interest: “I believe in the merit and American value of creating an example, and if I personally, or as part of a collective, can advance the vision…

  8. Baseball should ban smokeless tobacco

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Francona tobacco

    After Tony Gwynn — Stephen Strasburg‘s college coach — was diagnosed with parotid cancer, Stephen Strasburg decided to give up smokeless tobacco: “I’m still in the process of quitting,” Strasburg, 22, said. “I’ve made a lot of strides, stopped being so compulsive with it. I’m hoping I’m going to be clean for spring training. It’s going…

  9. The Rangers and Josh Hamilton are making progress

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton waiting to hit during workouts in preparation for Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    A week ago we mused about whether the Rangers will play the drug addict card in an arbitration with Josh Hamilton.  Most signs, however, are pointing to us never finding out, as the Rangers and him are making progress on a deal.  Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine: “I would characterize our communication as very open…

  10. The Wilpons are no strangers to Ponzi schemes

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Alison Cowan of the New York Times reports that the Bernie Madoff affair was not the first time the Wilpons have had to pay back money as a result of getting in early on a Ponzi scheme: But for the owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, it is not the first time they have had their…

  11. Manny Ramirez is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    This is a bit of a stretch. Neither he nor his agent used those words, and that’s normally what triggers this kind of post.  But this is fun anyway: Marc Topkin, who covers the Rays for the St. Pete Times, waited for Manny Ramirez as he arrived at the Tampa airport last night: He was…

  12. Let them use ‘roids

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    syringe

    One of these sorts of articles comes down the pike every six to eight months or so, and I usually link them: Laws and ethics are not based on what is easy and what is hard to control. They are based on standards of justice and what is ethically right. The reason I believe doping…

  13. The Orioles sign Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have signed Justin Duchscherer.  The Baltimore Sun says that the deal is for $700K guaranteed, a base salary of $1.1 million if he makes the roster and as much as $4.5 million if he makes 30 starts. This sounds like a great deal for Baltimore.  If Duchscherer can stay healthy,…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:20 AM EDT

    Office at Night

    I spent my weekend with a bad back and a couple of books about artists with some serious psycho-sexual issues. Let’s see how the baseball world spent its weekend.

  15. In which the Yankees are the Austrian Habsburgs

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ferdinand III

    This is for the true history geeks among you. And I’m not talking Civil War buffs or French Revolution experts, because you guys are a dime a dozen. I’m talking about those of you who know a bit about 17th Century nation-states and the Holy Roman Empire and stuff and are able to chuckle at…

  16. ESPN reveals their commentator teams

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    old TV

    For those of you who care deeply about the announcers of the national games, ESPN has announced their Monday night and Wednesday night baseball teams: Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe will handle Mondays and Dave O’Brien and Nomar Garciaparra will do Wednesdays. The good news here is McDonough, who I like an awful lot.  And while…

  17. How much financial trouble are the Wilpons in?

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The speculation surrounding today’s announcement that the Wilpons are looking to sell a stake in the Mets has included chatter about just how hard the government is going after them as a result of the Bernie Madoff mess.  The short version: the lawsuit filed against the Wilpons is to “claw back” money that Madoff gave…

  18. Yankees President Randy Levine blasts Rangers Owner Chuck Greenberg

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Randy Levine

    Remember earlier this week when Chuck Greenberg said that he thinks the Rangers’ visit to Cliff Lee’s home in Arkansas contributed to Lee signing with Philly instead of the Yankees?  Yeah, Yankees President Randy Levine didn’t much care for that: “If he really wants to impress us then he can get the Rangers off of…

  19. More rumblings on the Chone Figgins trade front

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    The Chone Figgins trade rumor which popped up late last night continues to churn this afternoon: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Chone Figgins has been not been asked to waive his limited no-trade clause, which includes Oakland; Buster Olney chipped in that Toronto could also be involved in trade discussions. To that latter…

  20. Pinstripe Bible and River Ave. Blues issue statements about the censorship allegations

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    On Tuesday Moshe Mandel of TYU presented evidence which strongly suggested that the YES Network and/or the Yankees caused one Yankees blog — Pinstripe Bible — to ratchet-back criticism of the team in light of the Rafael Soriano signing, and that it punished another blog — River Ave. Blues — by removing the Yes Network…

  21. There is no guarantee that the Wilpons will be able to keep control of the Mets

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    Forgive me if I’m not optimistic about the Wilpons’ chances of finding “strategic partners” who will gladly fork over millions in exchange for a minority share of the team, leaving the Wilpons in control. Why am I skeptical? Because the last time a baseball owner was in deep financial trouble and sought minority investors, it…

  22. The Wilpons are looking to sell a minority stake in the Mets

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    As everyone know, Fred Wilpon was taken for a bunch of money in the Bernie Madoff scam.  Yeah, he “broke even” in the sense that he got back his investment, but that was just because he was one of the early lucky ones who got their ponzi scheme money back.  It wasn’t real investment earnings,…

  23. Some Giants fans want to fly airplanes with banners above Dodger Stadium for some reason

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    Fight Club was the beginning. Now it’s out of the basements and and there’s a name for it:  Project Mayhem: As most of you die hard fans know, The World Champion San Francisco Giants open up Major League Baseball play at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles. In this hostile environment The World Champion San Francisco…

  24. Pedro Alvarez is not in the best shape of his life

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro, Pedro, Pedro: It will take a big man to carry the Pirates offense next season, but not quite as big as Pedro Alvarez happens to be at the moment, apparently. Alvarez has put on a few pounds this off-season, and more than one team official isn’t thrilled about it. At last report, the third…

  25. Jason Heyward’s thumb is OK. Sorta.

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    The only thing that gives me pause about Jason Heyward‘s career prospects is the sneaking sense that he’s going to be injury prone.  He had a nagging sore knee at the end of the year.  And, of course, he had the ligament issue in his thumb in the middle of the season that probably cost…

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