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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Scenes from Spring Training: Phun with the Phillie Phanatics Part 4

    Mar 15, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Remember that thing Tom Verducci wrote back in December about how the Phillies are turning into the Yankees?  I thought that probably overstated things, but there is at least one thing they have in common: Obstructed press box views in their spring training ballparks: I was able to position myself to where I could see…

  2. Mauer talks are still progressing

    Mar 15, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal writes that, despite the fact that things have been quiet on the Joe Mauer front, negotiations are still progressing and that the lack of any public talk about it doesn’t mean that there’s an impasse or anything close to it, as some have suggested. There was some chatter in the press box at…

  3. Scenes from Spring Training: Phun with the Phillie Phanatics Part 3

    Mar 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    After the clubhouse I made it out to the field and scoped the scene: The Phillies take a much more casual approach to stretching than the circle-em-up Pirates do. At the risk of best-shape-of-his-life cliches, I really can’t impress upon you just how good Ryan Howard looks. He has absolutely transformed himself over the past couple…

  4. GM demographics aren't changing all that much

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Alex Speier of WEEI debunks the notion that GMs are younger and better-educated today than they used to be: . . .there is a belief that GMs are younger than ever before, drawn from a pool of graduates of elite, liberal arts colleges and universities where they learned to value the sort of interdisciplinary analysis…

  5. Scenes from Spring Training: Phun with the Phillie Phanatics Part 2

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    I went into the Phillies clubhouse. Charlie Manuel was there. As was Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and all the other guys which make the Phillies perhaps the most recognizable team in baseball. Yes, even more so than the Yankees. Quick: describe Brett Gardner’s facial features. Now tell me if there’s any…

  6. News flash: Mike Lupica takes cheapshots at A-Rod

    Mar 15, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Mike Lupica’s latest column about A-Rod and the Dr. Galea investigation stands as proof that he’s never been involved in a federal investigation: Come on, there are more things fishy about all this than the old Fulton Fish Market. If the whole thing is so easily explained, if Rodriguez is “at ease” with the whole…

  7. Scenes from Spring Training: Phun with the Phillie Phanatics Part 1

    Mar 15, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    After  a stormy Thursday night and Friday, I woke up to a bright, clear and crisp Saturday morning. It would be my last day of baseball on this trip, and the fates smiled upon me, not only with the weather, but with a good game at a great spring training park. Phillies vs. Twins at…

  8. Francisco Cervelli has a new helmet

    Mar 12, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    You may now update all of your old “David Wright looks funny in that big batting helmet” jokes to Francsico Cervelli, who will be donning one in New York this season after suffering his second concussion earlier this week: Cervelli said he plans to wear the helmet at the plate all season, though he won’t…

  9. Tim Lincecum ain't doin' so good

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    You know the old line: spring training stats are meaningless. Giants fans had better hope so: Since signing a two-year, $23 million contract, Lincecum has been raked for seven runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Both times Giants manager Bruce Bochy had to remove Lincecum from the game in mid-inning. Ignore…

  10. Is it a lock that the Nats will draft Harper?

    Mar 12, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Dave Shenin of the Washington Post doesn’t think so, and offers several reasons why what everyone things to be a foregone conclusion is not necessarily forgone. Among the reasons: Harper hasn’t “separated himself” from the pack like Strasburg did; He may not stick at catcher, thus diminishing his value; He’s a Boras client, thus inflating…

  11. Season Tickets . . . to a sports bar?

    Mar 12, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Darren Rovell reports on something new: Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill is opening near Fenway Park next week with a twist. It’s selling season tickets. For a one-time $500 fee, patrons will get a guaranteed table during Red Sox games. A same “ticket” for Patriots games costs $350 and $250 for Celtics games. Rovell…

  12. That's customer service

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    I figured I’d have to jump through 50 hoops this morning in order to get my refund for last night’s rainout, but this email just popped into my box: Your credit card will automatically be credited the ticket price and convenience charges, and should post to your account within 7 to 10 business days.  Please…

  13. An aborted trip to Steinbrenner Field

    Mar 12, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, the Yankees denied my request for press credentials. I don’t have any problem with this. There are a metric crap-ton of writers who cover the Yankees, space, even in a big new park like Steinbrenner Field is limited, and if anyone in YankeeLand reads my stuff, they know…

  14. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 3

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    This was an ugly, ugly game. Highlights, such as they were: As I sat down in the box I realized that the netting behind the backstop was lower than the already fairly low pressbox level.  During the course of the game three or four foul balls came in my general direction, each time banging loudly…

  15. Jason Kendall is throwing a lot of guys under the Adderall bus

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Jason Kendall sat for a deposition in his divorce case recently, and the subject of other players taking the ADD drug Adderall came up.  Kendall admitted to his own use — as much as 60 mg doses during the regular season, cutting back once the season was over — said that he believes Brian Giles…

  16. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 2

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    I made my way down to the field as the Pirates came out to do their morning workouts, batting practice and the like.  Weirdest thing:  the team does all their stretching in a big circle with a couple of players leading the drills in the middle. Maybe other teams do this on some back field…

  17. USA Today's panel: the game needs to stay ahead of the drug curve

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    USA Today runs their fifth and final part of their panel-of-experts series this morning.  Today they cover a few of my favorite subjects: World Baseball Classic: The experts think they should change the scheduling of the WBC or pull the major leaguers out of the tournament altogether. Injuries are a big factor here, but I…

  18. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 1

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    My original plan didn’t have me going down to Bradenton to visit Pirates’ camp, but when the Yankees decided not to offer me media credentials some time freed up, allowing me to catch the Pirates-Rays game yesterday afternoon.  I would like to thank the Yankees for their decision, because it meant that I got to…

  19. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen

    Mar 12, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    “Sometimes I think you have to be careful what you say” – Ozzie Guillen, responding to Torii Hunter’s comments about black Latino baseball players being “imposters.”  I repeat: Ozzie Guillen is advising someone to be careful what they say. This is like Lindsay Lohan telling someone that they need to stop drinking so much or…

  20. Wanna buy a World Series ring?

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It’s a 1984 Detroit Tigers model, so I would be interested.  Whose is it? Lance Parrish? Larry Herndon? [swoons, bats eyes] Alan Trammell? How much would you pay for a piece of the Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship? Would you pay $5,000? That’s the asking price on eBay for the World Series ring of former…

  21. More Lego ballparks

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As I wrote this morning, I was impressed with that Lego ballpark.  I probably should have Googled the subject, because there are many, many more of them. I’m still building a Tiger Stadium, though. Gonna smell like pee and cigars too, just like the real one. Just you watch.

  22. Accusing Nomar of steroid use

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    You apparently get one day to savor your retirement before someone accuses you of taking steroids. Yahoo!’s Steve Henson, everyone: Eight years with the Red Sox made Garciaparra a master at deflecting tough questions in a genial manner. Performance-enhancing drugs weren’t a topic he’d discuss, and if steroids had helped him bulk up in Boston…

  23. Brian Giles retires

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Former Pirate, Indian, Padre and — for this spring at least, Dodger — Brian Giles announced his retirement today, Dylan Hernandez reports. Giles finishes his career with 287 home runs and a line of .292/.400/.502.  He was a two-time All-Star and filled the role of “best player on terrible Pirates teams” in between Al Martin…

  24. The Rockies extend Todd Helton for two years

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Todd Helton was already locked up for $16.6 million this year and $19.1 million next year with an insane $23 million option for 2012, but the Rockies felt it necessary to extend his contract all the same.  He’s now locked up for 2012 and given a contract for 2013. Financial details were not released, but…

  25. Great Moments in Cuban League History

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    This ceases to be interesting after the first few seconds, but those first few seconds are a lot of fun. Just one question: where’s the help from the shortstop and the second baseman? Dude comin’ after the pitcher with a bat and the waters just part. I’ve heard of pitchers who don’t trust their middle…

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