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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Gaylord Perry and Bud Selig's comedy routine

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Bud Selig was at Giants’ camp over the weekend: Just as Selig prepared to leave, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, in town for a series of Giants functions, ambled into the room. Greeting Selig, the 71-year-old Perry jokingly said, “I want the rules changed so I can make a comeback!” Playfully rubbing Perry’s shoulder and…

  2. Yikes! Sheets Shelled

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Don’t pay attention to spring training stats, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda, but it’s probably worth noting that Ben Sheets just got knocked out of the game against the Reds. His line: 10 runs, 8 hits, 1 walk, no one retired. Repeat: no one retired. Of course, only nine of those runs were earned…

  3. Washupdate: Benson signs with Dbacks; Villone released by Nats

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    And now the latest from the world of pitchers who people kinda thought were good a few years ago: Kris Benson has signed with the Diamondbacks. It’s a minor league deal. If he makes the club he’ll get $650,000 plus games-started incentives.  This is obviously Brandon Webb insurance. Which is probably a better situation for…

  4. The Ethics of Nomar Garciaparra's one-day contract

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Friend of the blog and professional ethicist Jack Marshall has put some thought to Nomar Garciaparra’s one-day contract/retirement with the Red Sox. After registering his surprise and displeasure with Dan Shaughnessy’s highly negative reaction, Jack throws an interesting idea out for consideration, that applies to sports and beyond: When an organization has parted ways with…

  5. Phillies' Polanco: day-to-day with a sprained knee

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    2:25 P.M.:  Latest update: the Phillies are calling it a “sprained knee.”  Polanco says “I don’t think it’s too bad.”  Phillies say he’s day to day and suspect that he’ll miss 2-3 days.1:59 P.M.: The word from the Phillies on Polanco is “strained right knee.” Maybe I mentioned Cody Ransom too soon.  Bad news from…

  6. MLB and Victoria's Secret team up to bring you silly clothes

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    MLB and Victoria’s Secret are teaming up to sell licensed clothing to young women under the “Pink” label.  As Maury describes: “The collection showcases VS PINK’s highly recognizable brand iconography with fun sayings like “I only kiss Padres fans” or “Love Love Love Twins”, and boasts cute zip-pocket tees, crystallized caps, baseball jerseys, as well…

  7. Spring Training trip wrap-up

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    My spring training trip ended with a flight back home yesterday afternoon.  The tale of the tape: Five games, one rainout; One meal with my mother-in-law; One meal with, and four pieces of new media from, Old Gator; A couple dozen awkward conversations with ballplayers who didn’t know me from Adam; A dozen or so…

  8. The Red Sox steal a member of the Yankee Universe

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Thinking of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry as the Cold War, this little episode doesn’t exactly rank up there with the formation of the Warsaw Pact or the Cuban Missile Crisis. As far as provocations go it’s somewhere between Lyndon Johnson sending the Marines to the Dominican Republic to fight communists in 1965 and the North…

  9. Lowell gets some work in at first

    Mar 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Down in Fort Meyers, Mike Lowell will be getting a start against the Orioles this afternoon.  As will Adrian Beltre. How? Mike Lowell is starting at first base. It’s his first action at first since he played in the minors in 1998. Who knows how he feels about it, but whether this is to hone…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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