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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jorge De La Rosa will hit the market

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    The Rockies tried to get  Jorge De La Rosa signed to an extension late this season, but that’s apparently not going to happen now and the team is resigned to the fact that he’s going to hit the market. They’re not sweating it, though: “When players get this close to free agency, unless they are…

  2. Ruben Amaro is still spinning Jayson Werth’s impending departure

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Alberto Gonzalez, Sam Perlozzo, Jayson Werth

    Yesterday we heard Ruben Amaro trying to spin things in such a way so that if Jayson Werth signs elsewhere, Amaro can claim that it wasn’t about the money.  Apparently he also tried to spin things in such a way so that he can also claim that Werth wasn’t necessarily worth it in the first…

  3. Great: the union is cool with adding playoff teams

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    bad idea jeans

    I’ll take “Things to which I’m viscerally opposed for $500, Alex” The new head of the players’ union says his members are open to adding more wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven . . . There is sentiment among a substantial segment of the players to consider expanding…

  4. The Phillies’ plane had a close call on the way home last Friday

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Airplane tower

    GEORGE: You know Keith, what I’ve always wondered, with all these ball clubs flying around all season don’t you think there would be a plane crash?  If you think about it . . . 26 teams, 162 games a season, you’d think eventually an entire team would get wiped out.  It’s only a matter of…

  5. The best World Series preview you’ll read all day

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    crystal ball

    It’s from Jeff Sullivan at Lookout Landing, and he pretty much nails it: Both the Giants and Rangers are good teams. The Rangers are probably better by a tiny bit. If you re-played the World Series a million times, maybe 50-55% of the time the Rangers would be crowned as champions. This World Series will…

  6. If Cliff Lee’s wife is calling the shots, he’s staying in Texas

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:02 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Good story from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale this morning about Cliff Lee. After the familiar “holy crap, this guy is good” stuff, Nightengale talks to Lee’s wife Kristen. Now, every marriage is different and I don’t deign to suggest that Lee’s marriage is like mine, but I will say this much: if my wife and…

  7. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig says we’re in baseball’s golden era

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud didn’t say “costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher,” but he could have.

  8. Manny Ramirez had hernia surgery, would like to play for the Blue Jays

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Enrique Rojas is all over the old guy beat today. First he had the Moyer news, and now he’s reporting that Manny Ramirez underwent hernia surgery two weeks ago. Apparently Ramirez had discomfort in his groin for most of the season, but waited until the year was over to have surgery. He’s supposed to be…

  9. “Bull Durham” creator putting together a baseball TV series

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    First and Ten

    Lazy observation: baseball, a sport that is best experienced in the form of multiple installments over the course of long period of time (i.e. a 162 game season) has never been portrayed in a good TV series. At the same time, it has had multiple excellent treatments on the silver screen. Football, in contrast, a…

  10. Don Baylor to be named the Dbacks’ new hitting coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Don Baylor

    Don Baylor — recently let go by the Rockies — has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks to take over as their hitting coach.  Baylor had hoped to be considered for a manager job, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.  I imagine part of it is that he’s always been perceived as…

  11. What does it matter when Pat Burrell answers your question?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petereburg Times has a column up about Pat Burrell today.  The headline: Pat Burrell, revived with San Francisco Giants, doesn’t want to address time spent with Tampa Bay Rays. An paragraph appearing early in the piece: Approached several times during the NLCS to talk more about what went wrong during…

  12. Jamie Moyer is going to play winter ball

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Winter ball is a great place for young players to work on things or to stay in shape during the offseason.  Or for really, really old players too, apparently, as Enrique Rojas reports that Jamie Moyer will pitch for the Escogido Lions in Dominican Winter League this year. This is clearly as sign that the…

  13. For anxious Mets fans: An archived Sandy Alderson interview

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Geoff Young of Ducksnorts conducted an extensive interview of Sandy Alderson back in 2008.  You can read it here, here and here if you’d like. Today, however, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York excerpts Geoff’s interview, doing his best to isolate the questions that may be of interest to Mets fans trying to assess the…

  14. Ask for Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops, get Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    This morning I said that it would be cool if people Photoshopped Sad Ryan Howard in various scenes.  From my mouth to Tauntr’s computer. I like the Lion King the best, I think.

  15. Dave Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    We weren’t expecting this: Brian Cashman is having his season-in-review press conference at Yankee Stadium, and he just announced that pitching coach Dave Eiland won’t be returning in 2011. Cashman said that the reason for the firing is “private,” but that it’s not a result of the Yankees’ poor pitching performance in the ALCS. The…

  16. Amaro: we have the money and the desire to bring Jayson Werth back . . . but

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Most people are assuming that Jayson Werth has played his last game for the Phillies. He’s planning on holding a press conference at 1PM Eastern today, and no matter what he says, people will read all manner of things into it, including the desire to test the free agent market.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, who…

  17. A-Rod, LeBron party down after the ALCS loss

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    See what happens when there are no baseball games, Bud Selig? I’m forced to link to TMZ. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  18. Potential Jeter deal: three years, $45 million?

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    That’s what Joel Sherman is floating in this column.  The overall thinking is fairly sound: the Yankees will overpay what he’s really worth to some degree because it would be embarrassing for everyone involved if some other team made a competitive offer, but they’re not going to do what a lot of us figured they…

  19. By the way: the World Series is still unlikely to be televised in New York and Philly

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    old TV

    At least for Cabevision subscribers, as the retransmission battle between it and FOX drags on. I know a lot of Phillies and Yankees fans who claim they won’t watch the Fall Classic now that their teams are out of it, but that’s just bluster. Real baseball fans will want to watch the World Series. And…

  20. Sad Ryan Howard is sad

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sorry we’re going with so many photo-centric posts this morning, but it beats reading a thousand words over and over again, right?

  21. And you thought Giants-Rangers couldn’t inspire passion

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    With the famously passionate Yankees and Phillies fanbases on outside looking in, I figured there wouldn’t be any trash talk in the leadup to this thing. And there isn’t a ton coming from San Francisco or Texas yet. But if you look down to L.A. there’s some to be found. From the Times’ Steve Dilbeck:…

  22. The Giants are “knuckleheads”

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    I blame Kevin Millar and all of that “idiots” stuff for this.  Or maybe one of those Super Bowl teams who sang songs gets the ultimate blame. Heck, maybe it goes back to when the Dodgers were “bums.” Regardless, it seems that any time even a slight underdog progresses in the postseason, they get a…

  23. Joel Sherman calls Joe Girardi a paranoid liar

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    He doesn’t put those two words together, but Joel Sherman calls Girardi “paranoid” — twice — and calls him “deceitful,” “misleading” and says that he’s less-than-candid. There’s nothing wrong with writing a column pointing out the professional faults of the local manager following a tough playoff loss, but am I wrong in thinking that if…

  24. It’s gonna be wet in San Francisco for Game 2

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    AT&T Park wet

    You would have thought that having the Twins and the east coast teams out of the World Series would mean that this year we wouldn’t have any concerns about the weather. Yeah, you would have thought that, but you’d be wrong: It doesn’t qualify as torture, but here’s another wrinkle for fans of the San…

  25. Would this really be that bad, Yankees fans?

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Jeter Red Sox

    Lolcoeur was my creation, but I’ll admit, it wasn’t nearly as striking as this baby. I believe one of my colleagues at NBC created that and that it was used on Sunday Night Football last night. I wouldn’t know because I decided to finally start watching “Breaking Bad” on DVD and thus neglected to tune…

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