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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Tom Hicks is getting squeezed from every direction

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    As you all are probably getting sick of me reminding you, Tom Hicks is busy trying to figure out a way to make the Hicks Sports Group’s creditors happy so that the Rangers sale to Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan can go through. So he probably didn’t need this: The Royal Bank of Scotland —…

  2. Optimal Yankees lineup: Jeter bats 6th

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Sky Kalkman at ESPN’s TMI blog (really?) has run the numbers, and thinks this is the optimal Yankees lineup for 2010: 1. Nick Johnson2. Mark Teixeira3. Curtis Granderson4. Alex Rodriguez5. Robinson Cano6. Derek Jeter7. Nick Swisher8. Jorge Posada9. Brett Gardner My sources tell me that Mr. Kalkman has been placed in protective custody so that…

  3. Rangers: we weren't blackmailed

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the Rangers were blackmailed over the Ron Washington stuff.  The Rangers say it’s not so. As related by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning news, today Jon Daniels denied that a former Rangers employee ever tried to use knowledge of Ron Washington’s drug test as leverage to…

  4. Bradley ejected for what seems like a dumb reason

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley was ejected from the Mariners-Rangers game last night after taking a called strike three and then dropping his bat and taking off his batting gloves.  The video can be seen here.  Don Wakamatsu protested, claiming that, to him anyway, it appeared as though Bradley, while a bit miffed, simply thought the inning was…

  5. Ron Washington's statement: video version

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because it’s the only thing anyone is talking about in baseball today, here’s the full Ron Washington statement, along with some comments from Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels.  

  6. Beyond Yo La Tengo: The Padres are teaching their employees Spanish

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Lots of teams teach English to Latin players. Not too many teach Spanish to the English speakers. The Padres do, however, and it seems like a great idea: “It’s something I thought was important to make us efficient when dealing with players when we’re going to the Dominican or with our players who are just…

  7. This is why the slotting system is stupid

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Paul Hoynes of the Plain-Dealer has a story I’ve never heard before: the Indians drafted Tim Lincecum in the 42nd round of the 2005 draft.  Ok, I knew that part. He demanded $1 million to sign, which is really high.  The Indians offered $700,000, he said no, and went back to college and the rest…

  8. Andrew Bailey shut down for 5-7 days

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Bad news for Oakland: Athletics closer and rookie of the year Andrew Bailey has been shut down for five to seven days with tennis elbow. In other news, the Athletics have fired their pitching coach, Ivan Lendl.

  9. Buster Posey: Giants' first baseman?

    Mar 18, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    That sound you hear is Aubrey Huff grinding his teeth in anxiety: When spring training began, manager Bruce Bochy said the 2008 first-round draft pick would take some grounders at first and maybe play a few innings there. But the Giants are giving Posey a longer look at first as they try to gauge what…

  10. Buster Olney isn't letting the "internal conversations" thing go

    Mar 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    From his latest column: The Cardinals have dropped hints that if Albert Pujols wants to become the game’s highest-paid player, it won’t be able to afford him, writes Joe Strauss within this Q and A. That would be based on internal conversations. Hee hee. Oh, in that Q&A, Strauss says that he thinks that Pujols’…

  11. I don't think Nolan Ryan is big on P.R.

    Mar 18, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    I was on Sirius XM’s MLB Home Plate this morning and I was asked something I hadn’t considered before that moment:  In light of the Rangers’ decision to give Ron Washington a second chance, will it now be harder to fire him for poor performance than it would be to fire any other manager? I…

  12. The Yankees won't make a serious play for Mauer even if he's available

    Mar 18, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    I had some fun tweaking fans of small market teams with that scout’s quote about the Yankees and Joe Mauer yesterday, but RAB’s Joe Pawlikowski is having none of that: As it stands, the Yankees have $144 million locked into the 2011 payroll before they work out contracts for Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. They’ll…

  13. Joba has a strong day, quiets the naysayers . . . for now

    Mar 18, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    I don’t recall a spring training game being talked up as much as yesterday’s Yankees-Phillies tilt, which the New York press breathlessly reported as Joba Chamberlain’s make-or-break day.  Certainly Chamberlain needed a good outing — he’s been pitching terribly so far this spring — but it’s not like the Yankees are so shortsighted that they’d…

  14. What they're saying about Ron Washington

    Mar 18, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Some assorted Internet, newspaper and Texas Ranger player reaction to the Ron Washington cocaine news: Jeff Passan: “By treating Washington’s incident as a slip-up and allowing MLB to investigate whether he had any sort of a drug problem, the Rangers did a disservice to their players, fans and anyone else with a vested interest in…

  15. Report: Ron Washington was being blackmailed

    Mar 18, 2010, 7:18 AM EDT

    Randy Galloway of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram drops a bomb in last night’s column: Ron Washington and the Rangers were being blackmailed over his positive cocaine test. Galloway reports that numerous team sources have confirmed that the blackmailer — a team employee who was fired in the offseason — was making “strong demands.” The obvious…

  16. Cliff Lee suspended for five games

    Mar 17, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Chris Snyder’s head during Monday’s game against the Diamondbacks. Seems a bit on the harsh side to me. I’m no fan of headhunting, but he didn’t hit him and I don’t recall Lee ever getting in trouble over…

  17. The case for the Mets signing Elijah Dukes

    Mar 17, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    As soon as Elijah Dukes was released today people starting snarking “just watch, the Mets will sign him.”  Howard Megdal of the New York Baseball Digest doesn’t consider that to be snark at all.  The upshot: Dukes is better than Gary Matthews, who the Mets will probably start, so at the very least he’d fit…

  18. Jay Bruce: Red Menace

    Mar 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Like me, friend of the blog The Common Man laments the lack of good nicknames in baseball these days.  And like me, he likes beer.  Putting those two things together has led him to bestow the nickname “Red Meance” on Reds’ outfielder Jay Bruce. It’s a more in-depth and nuanced appellation than the mere reference…

  19. John Smoltz puts his odds of pitching again at 50-1

    Mar 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jeff Shultz of the AJC spoke with John Smoltz today to see if he’s retiring or not.  Smoltz wouldn’t use the word, but placed his odds of pitching again at 50-1 and said “My desire to work out every day is still there.  But my desire to throw 50 to 70 times a day isn’t.”…

  20. A few words on cocaine in baseball

    Mar 17, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Since the Ron Washington news broke a couple of hours ago I’ve gotten several comments and have seen random mutterings from the blogosphere suggesting that a baseball figure being connected to cocaine represents something different and new and horrible. I laughed at this at first, but then I realized that if you’re under the age…

  21. The White Sox release Daniel Cabrera

    Mar 17, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    It’s a big release day today because if players without guaranteed contracts are cut today they can be disposed of with 30-days’ termination pay as opposed to a full year’s salary. That may have had something to do with Elijah Dukes’ thing, of course. It’s also why the White Sox just cut Daniel Cabrera. Daniel…

  22. Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine last year

    Mar 17, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Wow: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season, has learned. Washington, 57, has been subject to increased drug testing since his failed test, which was administered by Major League Baseball last July, and he has passed all of his subsequent tests. In deciding to support Washington and retain…

  23. Where did those green St. Patricks Day uniforms come from?

    Mar 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    You can blame/thank the Reds for all the green you see in teams’ uniforms today. It was them — or more specifically, their GM Dick Wagner — who started the tradition in 1978.  While it went over pretty well, the initial reactions were fun: After workouts, the Reds dragged their perspiring bodies off the field…

  24. Nats' GM Mike Rizzo to blog

    Mar 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Well, he’s going to be on a blog — Ben Goessling’s MASN blog — doing Q&As, taking reader questions and stuff like that.  It will be a weekly feature. The only interesting front office blog or blog-like experience I’ve really ever seen was Padre assistant GM Paul DePodesta’s, which was kind of interesting for a…

  25. Looks like Carlos Silva will make the Cubs' rotation

    Mar 17, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    From the Department of Stuff You Never Expected a Few Months Ago comes Carlos Silva: starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Looks like it’s gonna happen, as Silva threw four scoreless innings yesterday. In fact, he hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven innings. Ted Lilly’s injury is obviously a contributor here, but between…

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