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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Rangers won't be auctioned, would they?

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I get the shakes if I don’t write something about the Rangers sale for more than 48 hours or so and right now I’m jonesin’ hard, so I’ll even settle for linking to Heyman: The snag in the Texas Rangers’ sale talks appears fairly serious. Two sources say they believe the banks are looking for…

  2. The silver lining to the Kerry Wood injury

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Well, to the Indians bottom line at least.  Rob Neyer reminds us of the vesting option: The front office would never admit it, but Kerry Wood’s injury is just about the best thing that could have happened to the Indians, because it means he won’t finish 55 games this season, which in turn means his…

  3. Natstown?

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Red Sox Nation, Yankees Universe, Rays Republic . . . the Nats are content to go with something more modest. Eh. What about an “Army?”  Worked for Kiss, so you think it would work for a baseball team. Sorry to be sticking with this subject today, but I don’t have to report for Death Panel…

  4. Provocation of the day: Baseball Daily Digest

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Headline: “Did the Twins just lock up the next Jason Kendall?” The answer, ultimately, is “probably not,” but the article is worth reading if for no other reason than to be reminded that there was a time when Jason Kendall was pretty close to awesome. I like headlines that make people freak out for a…

  5. The Brewers and Rangers make a trade

    Mar 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    It ain’t Kenny Lofton for David Justice and Marquis Grissom, but a spring training trade is always fun.  Today’s version: the Rangers trade infielder Ray Olmedo to the Brewers for catcher Matt Treanor. Matt Treanor is a backup catcher who can’t hit, and his presence in Texas is significant only insofar as (a) he’s, like,…

  6. Why players can't own a piece of the team

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’ve always known that players can’t hold equity stakes in their teams due to the Basic Agreement (see paragraph 4(c) on p. 213 of this massive document), but I never knew why. Today, however, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus explains. Once upon a time Rogers Hornsby got a cut of the Cardinals, was traded to…

  7. The Mariners lineup is a tad underwhelming

    Mar 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are considering making Casey Kotchman their number three hitter behind Ichiro and Figgins. What’s more, Milton Bradley is probably going to bat cleanup. I haven’t been paying all that much attention to the Mariners’ spring, so my first thought was “that makes no sense!”  Upon…

  8. The Rays Republic

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Who says you gotta move the Rays out of the AL East? They’re fitting in just fine. WEEI’s Alex Speier just passed along this quote from Joe Madden: “The Red Sox have got the Nation. The Yankees have the universe. We’ve created The Rays Republic.” I like it! But why stop there? How about the…

  9. Lenny Harris had a quadruple bypass on Friday

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The all-time pinch-hit leader and current Dodgers’ coach was rushed to a hospital on Friday. They found severe blockage in four arteries and performed a quadruple bypass. Harris was said to be resting comfortably as of yesterday.  Word is, however, that he could see some action today if the Dodgers fall behind late and the…

  10. Aroldis Chapman is trying to assimilate

    Mar 22, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    John Fay writes about Aroldis Chapman’s efforts to learn the language and get used to life in the U.S.  A couple of interesting passages: The Reds are in uncharted territory. Players from the Dominican and Venezuela get assimilated before they get near the big leagues. Johnny Cueto was in the Reds’ system for four years…

  11. Catching up with Dinesh and Rinku

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Remember how the Pirates signed those two Indian reality-show winners?  Well, they’re back in camp this year, and unlike last spring, which was basically a publicity tour masquerading as baseball, this year they’re pitching and working out just like any other ballplayers. And they’re improving: The progress between last spring and now is remarkable, Pirates…

  12. Olney: realign the Rays out of the AL East

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Buster uses the Mauer signing as a jumping off point for thoughts on the A’s and Rays.  For the A’s: Bud needs to make San Jose happen.  No argument there. My view is that the commish should offer the Giants some concessions, deem the move to be OK, and make the Giants sue if they…

  13. Is Jim Edmonds going to retire?

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports that Jim Edmonds is surprisingly lukewarm about being a backup outfielder for the Brewers this year. Edmonds says “some days, driving in, I think [WTF?]” and questions whether the backup job is enough to keep him playing. He rebuffs the suggestion that he’s playing the game because he loves it, saying…

  14. Heyman says Joba out of the starters' race for some reason

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Last night Jon Heyman tweeted “Joba is out of the Yanks rotation debry.”  The basis for this?  The news that Chamberlain will pitch an intra-squad game today while Phil Hughes will pitch against the Phillies in Clearwater.  Left out of this is the fact that the intra-squad game and the need to get both pitchers…

  15. Did anti-semitism prevent Hank Greenberg from breaking Ruth's home run record?

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Howard Megdal thinks so, arguing that Greenberg experienced an uncharacteristic spike in walk rates towards the end of his 1938 season.  Megdal says “the American League didn’t seem exactly thrilled with Greenberg’s pursuit,” and concludes that “the statistical record stands as evidence that Greenberg’s religion might have been an additional barrier” to him in surpassing…

  16. The Dodgers release Eric Gagne

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Last week the Dodgers sent Eric Gagne to the minors.  Last night they said, eh, forget it, and just released him. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings. Late innings in spring training games, so it’s not like he’d be facing a less-talented brand of competition in the minors. I would assume…

  17. What they're saying about the Joe Mauer deal

    Mar 22, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    As the foremost Twins dude on the Internets I defer to Aaron’s take on the Mauer deal. But others have weighed in too. Let’s take a look-see: Rob Neyer (on Twitter): “I say there’s at least a 50/50 chance that Twins are regretting the Mauer contract by 2016.” [Rob's longer take is here] J.C. Bradbury:…

  18. Home Run Derby in 3D?

    Mar 19, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Maury Brown reports that the 2010 Home Run Derby will be televised in 3D: “We are always looking for ways to augment the viewing experience for fans watching MLB telecasts,” said Chris Tully, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President, Broadcasting.  “The State Farm Home Run Derby is a unique event for a 3D telecast since…

  19. The Twins are the nicest team in baseball

    Mar 19, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman and I don’t always disagree on stuff. For example, his observation about the Twins reflects the vibe I got when I was in their clubhouse last week (though I obviously can’t compare them to as many other teams as Heyman can): I nominate the Twins as nicest team in baseball, with stars like…

  20. Jason Heyward keeps damaging cars

    Mar 19, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward made a big impression during the first week of Braves camp when he broke a team executive’s sunroof. He’s at it again. The AJC’s Dave O’Brien: Heyward batting-practice homer just shattered rearview mirror of Braves PR director’s rental car. My Braves’ fandom and Jason Heyward man-crush notwithstanding, I’m starting to think that these…

  21. Vin Scully: sorry for falling!

    Mar 19, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Vin Scully’s statement upon being released from the hospital today: Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers and I apologize for any concern that I caused. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to Sunday’s game, my first of the Spring. Thank you and see you at the Stadium! Vin Scully falls and hurts himself…

  22. Rosenthal: the Dodgers should have a $150 million payroll

    Mar 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Let’s forget for a moment that Ken Rosenthal likes to rip the Yankees and Red Sox new ones for outspending everyone and making a mockery of their division and just enjoy him ripping Frank McCourt a new one for not outspending everyone and making a mockery out of the NL West: The Dodgers should have…

  23. Managers have been abusing substances for years

    Mar 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jim Reeves of ESPNDallas asked this question yesterday in the wake of Ron Washington’s cocaine revelation: This begs the question: How can Washington manage others when he can’t manage himself? The Common Man answers that question with his typical thoroughness. Your must-read of the day. I’m not condoning Washington’s behavior or anything, but if you’re…

  24. Catching up with Davey Johnson

    Mar 19, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    A profile of Davey Johnson in today’s Baltimore Sun.  Gotta love Davey, so it’s definitely worth a read. Johnson, as you probably know, is now a special assistant to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo. And unlike so many special assistant jobs out there, his isn’t about glad-handing season ticket holders and stuff — he’s actually contributing…

  25. The Astros' Sammy Gervacio sounds awesome

    Mar 19, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    I had never heard the name Sammy Gervacio until I read this article in the Houston Chronicle this morning, but now I really want to see him pitch: The glare, the high leg kick, the delivery from an arm angle somewhere below three quarters and the high black socks apparently didn’t make Sammy Gervacio stand…

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