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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Padres exercise their option on Adrian Gonzalez

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:31 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez 2

    First the news: The Padres exercised 1B Adrian Gonzalez’s $5.5 million option for 2011. The only time Jed Hoyer had a decision easier than this was the time that guy asked him if he’d rather have delicious chocolate cake or a knee to the groin.  He probably decided on the Gonzalez option even quicker, actually.…

  2. Elijah Dukes is in trouble again. Which makes me sad, though not for him.

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s not major trouble by his standards — he’d have to be accused of robbing a moving train or sedition or something in order for this to really register on the Elijah Dukes scale — but the former Ray and Nat was arrested again, this time for failing to pay court-ordered child support payments. Like,…

  3. Quote of the Day: Edgar Renteria

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Great, great stuff from a guy who sounds like a class act

  4. The Giants World Series win: in newspaper front pages

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Check out the McCovey Chronicles’ collection of newspaper covers with Giants World Series victory stories. You have to go down to Memphis’s Commercial Appeal to find a “San Francisco Treat” headline, but there are multiple “Say Heys.” By the way, this is why, no matter how many big media sites launch baseball blogs [cough, cough],…

  5. Kevin Youkilis is preparing for third base

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    The Red Sox have a tricky offseason ahead of them. They have to figure out if they can bring Adiran Beltre back, and if not, what to do about third base. Or maybe first base, because Kevin Youkilis is being a team player and is talking like he’s ready and eager to take over the…

  6. The Pirates can finally get their managerial search going

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Though the Pirates have interviewed a ton of people for their vacant manager’s job, the only really inspiring one of the lot — John Gibbons — has opted out, preferring to remain the Royals’ bench coach.  The thinking  has been that those guys were all just fallbacks, and that Pittsburgh had its heart set on…

  7. HBT Daily: Easily my most embarrassing moment on video ever

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:27 PM EST

    There’s wrong, there’s really wrong, there’s really effing wrong, and then there’s me on the Giants last July

  8. Ron Washington is going to get a new deal very soon

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Ron Washington press conference

    Ron Washington getting a contract extension after his great season at the helm of the Rangers is about as surprising as some tabloid columnist framing the Giants World Series victory in terms of Barry Bonds.  Yeah, that matters.  Anyway, here’s Jon Daniels on offseason priorities: “First things first, we’ll address our own free agents as…

  9. Comment of the Day: Pat Burrell breathes a sigh of relief

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Levi Stahl and I had the exact same thought following Edgar Rentaria’s dinger: I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any player more clearly relieved to have been taken off the hook than Pat Burrell after that home run. He just looked flat-out overjoyed and grateful–it was like Renteria had won the game just for…

  10. Hot stove time: What will be the biggest stories this offseason?

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Hot stove

    The carpet of the visitor’s clubhouse down in Texas is still wet with bubbly and the Giants are still several hours from having their hangovers kick in, but it’s never too early to think about what’s next. That’s especially true this year with the free agency season getting into full swing so soon after the…

  11. Should Cliff Lee have pitched to Renteria?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    It isn’t all hindsight. Before Cliff Lee gave up that home run to Edgar Renteria last night there were multiple people on my Twitter feed — lots of beat writers and bloggers and everyone — thinking that with first base open and the punchless Aaron Rowand on deck, Lee should have pitched around Renteria or…

  12. Great Moments in FOX graphics

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    Just before the Giants won the game last night, FOX tried to put their championship in perspective. Specifically, they explained to viewers that the world was a very different place in 1954, the last time the Giants won the World Series.  Here was the on-screen graphic they used: It was a different world! Indeed, it…

  13. 142 players became free agents last night

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Lee-cliff-101031

    Under a recent agreement, players no longer need to file for free agency. Rather, free agency-eligible players automatically became free agents as soon as the World Series ended.  The MLBPA wasted absolutely no time last night telling us who those players are, issuing a press release while the Giants were still jumping around on the…

  14. Let’s count the “San Francisco Treat” headlines

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    You knew this was coming. You just didn’t know who would be the ones who couldn’t help themselves. The first one I saw was Tom Boswell in the Washington Post: If anyone finds other examples, please let us know in the comments.  Given that media has become nationalized with the Internet I’m guessing we won’t…

  15. Some thoughts on Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy

    Given that we’re only 11 hours out from the Giants winning the World Series, it’s probably no surprise that there’s euphoria in the Giants’ front office. And there’s no surprise that the front office is telling the Merc’s Andrew Baggarly that they’re planning on extending the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean.…

  16. Resolved: good pitching beats good hitting

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:44 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    That’s a retrospectively-applied cliche that is ignored the moment someone hits a good pitcher — like, say, Cliff Lee, who certainly qualifies as “good pitching” — but check out what Giants pitchers did to these guys in the playoffs: Jason Heyward: 2 for 16, 0 RBI Ryan Howard: 7 for 25, 0 RBI Chase Utley:…

  17. The post-World Series riots are totally tech-forward this year

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:22 AM EST

    Well, maybe “riot” is a bit strong — that’s a word that used to mean something — but there was certainly lots of numbskullery and minor property damage in San Francisco last night following the Giants victory. So much so that, as you can see in the video below, the, um, “numbskullery and minor property…

  18. And That Happened: Picture Tells a Thousand Words Edition

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:01 AM EST

    We have lots of posts telling you what went down last night. How about an image?

  19. The World Champion San Francisco Giants: who are these guys?

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:29 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Willie Mays never won a World Series in San Francisco. Neither did Willie McCovey. Or Orlando Cepeda. Or Barry Bonds. Or Juan Marichal or Gaylord Perry.  Hall of Famers? The San Francisco Giants have had many. But world championships? None. Before tonight, anyway. Before a lineup full of role players and aging veterans — and…

  20. The Giants are World Champs!

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:33 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    The Giants win Game 5 3-1, and win the World Series four games to one behind a big night from Tim Lincecum and a big three-run home run by Edgar Renteria.  This was, by far, the best game of the World Series, with a Lincecum-Lee pitchers’ duel for the ages suddenly punctuated by a thunderbolt…

  21. One more trademark infringement lawsuit. This one filed by the, um, Brooklyn Dodgers?

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Brooklyn Dodgers cap

    I said before that I understood the rationale behind the Rangers or the Phillies going after people for using their trademarks or copyrighted slogans and all of that.  But this one seems about 52 years and 3000 miles too late: the Dodgers are suing a Brooklyn hamburger vendor for using a script “Brooklyn” design in…

  22. Jim Leyritz’s trial got underway today

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    The trial of former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz starts today. He’s accused of DUI manslaughter, and the prosecution will attempt to prove that he ran a red light when his car crashed into one being driven by Fredia Ann Veitch, who was thrown from her vehicle and killed. Leyritz faces between four and 15 years…

  23. The Athletics name their new pitching coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Ron Romanick

    You may want to sit down for this, but the A’s have named Ron Romanick their new pitching coach. He was formerly their bullpen coach. I know. I reacted the same way. In fact, I’ll always remember where I was when I heard the news. Everything is different now. It’s like, everything that happened before…

  24. Baseball does not like the shirt you came up with

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:58 PM EST

    Not long ago, a couple of guys got together and started printing up shirts with stylized likenesses of Ron Washington on the front, and a Ron Washington quote — “that’s the way baseball go” — on the back.  Seems that Major League Baseball doesn’t take kindly to that sort of thing, and they’ve sent a…

  25. Major League Baseball is seeking to limit champagne celebrations

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Swisher champagne celebration

    The New York Times reports that, just prior to the World Series, Major League Baseball issued a memo to teams, telling them to limit the amount of champagne provided for victory celebrations, to offer non-alcoholic beverages for spritzing purposes, banning beer and other types of alcoholic drinks from the showers and telling teams are not…

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