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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Rays' have a new sky blue jersey

    Feb 8, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The St. Pete Times has some large pics of the Rays’ new home alternate jersey. Kind of reminds me of a Blue Moon beer. I like Blue Moon but it’s not like I’m crazy about it or anything. I feel kind of the same way about these home alternates. If the Rays had any guts…

  2. What's the deal with autographs?

    Feb 8, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    I’m not going to say that baseball news is slow, but this is one of the better things I’ve read today: It always angers me that some athletes will go to great lengths to sign legibly, and others will scribble their name, and be done with it. Personally, I think it is a travesty for…

  3. Luis Aparicio's No. 11 to be un-retired for Vizquel

    Feb 8, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    I haven’t gotten this misty since Apollo Creed let Rocky wear his red white and blue trunks for the Clubber Lang rematch: The White Sox announced Monday that Aparicio has given his consent for Omar Vizquel to wear No. 11 in his first year with the White Sox, as the number will be un-retired by…

  4. Brewers to erect a statue of Bud Selig. As they should.

    Feb 8, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    From the Brewers’ official PR Twitter account: Brewers announce it will honor MLB Commissioner & former owner Bud Selig with statue at Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, unveil set for 8/24. OK, first off, let’s put an end to the snark-fest that has already started.  You and I can could mock this if it was…

  5. Quote of the Day: Rod Blagojevich

    Feb 8, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    I said to my daughter Amy, I said, ‘we’re five outs away from seeing something that very few people sitting in this ballpark have ever seen, and that is the Cubs actually going to the World Series.’ As soon as I said that, (Luis) Castilla hit that foul ball, (Moises) Alou goes up to get…

  6. Ripken, Robinson think Tejada will be just fine at third

    Feb 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    No one has seen him take grounders there yet, but the Orioles’ two Hall of Fame third basemen think that Miguel Tejada will be just fine moving from shortstop to third base.  This is a fun quote though: “I think there is a physical side and then there is a mental side,” Ripken said. “But…

  7. The all-unsigned team

    Feb 8, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Dierkes has put together an “all-star” team of players who have yet to be signed.  The scare quotes denote the fact that, generally speaking the pickings are slim. Maybe I’m being overly harsh, but I think maybe four of those guys truly deserve to start in the Majors. A few others have an argument for…

  8. Steve Phillips apologizes

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Former Mets GM and ESPN talking head Steve Phillips was on the Today show this morning, opening his heart about his treatment for sex addiction. No word on if he was angry about being totally overshadowed by Tiger Woods in that department, but there was a lot of remorse and apologies to his family and…

  9. Programming Note: CTB to become HardballTalk

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Remember how Philip Morris changed its name to Altria so people wouldn’t always be reminded of the fact that they sell things that give you cancer? And how ValueJet changed its name to AirTran so people wouldn’t always be reminded of all of those people who died in that crash?  And how Datsun changed its…

  10. News Flash: Zack Greinke to be the Royals' Opening Day starter

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    I know it’s quite an honor for a guy to be given the Opening Day start — hell, if you listen to Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame supporters, Opening Day starts are more important than wins, strikeouts and ERA — but really, it’s just one game. And it’s one that you’re probably going to sell…

  11. Bobby Kielty trying to come back as a pitcher

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors hears that former Athletics, Twins, Red Sox and Blue Jays outfielder Bobby Kielty is converting to pitching and that he actually has a pretty good slider. There aren’t a ton of recent examples of position players with any kind of mileage on them converting into pitchers.  Tony Pena is…

  12. The Indians consider Jermaine Dye

    Feb 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jermaine Dye may one of the more forgettable free agents still out there, but the Indians may be interested in him, says Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer. Pluto notes, like everyone else, that Dye’s defense is something of a train wreck anymore, but he also notes something else people overlook when talking about the…

  13. Congratulations champs

    Feb 8, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    What, there was some championship game last night other than Los Leones del Escogido from the Dominican Republic beating Venezuela’s Leones del Caracas in the Caribbean Series? Oh, that.  Look, if you want to talk about that parade of commercials and half-dead rock bands that was occasionally interrupted by a football game, Mr. Florio and…

  14. Tim Lincecum cuts his hair, lacks furniture

    Feb 6, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    It’s not like there’s some kind of Nazarite oath afoot here that will sap Tim Lincecum of all of his power in the event his locks are shorn, but I still don’t like this one bit: His hair is 3 inches shorter. He said he cut it before last month’s baseball writers’ banquet in New…

  15. Kevin Millar, chemistry and the Cubs

    Feb 6, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Kevin Millar makes the case for his value to the Cubs: “Everybody is looking at stats … I get it. But my point is when you’re making a team and trying to bring in a bunch of different personalities I think everybody’s got a certain amount of intangibles that they bring. “Obviously, I’ll bring some…

  16. Your daily Damon update

    Feb 6, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Braves and the Tigers are somewhat interested in Johnny Damon and would sign him if the price was right: It’s not clear how many suitors are showing interest in Johnny Damon at the moment. But the Tigers and Braves are definitely among the group, multiple…

  17. Jemaine Dye: call your agent

    Feb 5, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    I sometimes wonder if ballplayers who are still unsigned as February dawns get nervous.  I still don’t know if they do or not, but based on this tweet from Jon Paul Morosi, they probably should be: Asked a scout about Jermaine Dye today. His response: “I forgot about him.” 27 homers and 81 RBI last…

  18. Buster Posey is going to get some work at shortstop this spring

    Feb 5, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Last week the San Francisco Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins tried to imagine Buster Posey pulling a Craig Biggio in order to save his knees or to keep busy or to allow Bengie Molina to remain the Giants’ catcher until his sons can succeed him or something.  Today we hear from Andrew Baggarly that the notion may…

  19. The Yankees: the worst case scenario Part III

    Feb 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Why? Because there are more masochistic Yankees fans than you realize, they love this stuff and I live to serve. The last installment from NYaT is the pen, the bench and the coaches: Phil Hughes/Joba Chamberlain. What it would look like: Their 2009 playoffs. The thought is that whichever one of these two does not…

  20. Will Manny Ramirez retire after 2010?

    Feb 5, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    After noting the dearth of contract offers after 2008, and the utter lack of leverage he had with respect to his opt-out clause after last season, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times wonders whether 2010 will be Manny’s swan song: This might well be the last season of Ramirez’s career. If he wants to…

  21. Who's slower: Orlando Hudson, or the Dodgers' front office?

    Feb 5, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    The Twins and their fans are understandably giddy over the Orlando Hudson signing, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post is throwing a bit of cold water on the O-Dog today: No doubt Hudson is a better player than Castillo and, thus, would have helped the Mets more. But Dodgers officials were actually disappointed…

  22. The Jays are no longer interested in Carlos Delgado

    Feb 5, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman tweets that the Blue Jays are no longer interested in bringing back Carlos Delgado. They and the Mets were the only two teams to have shown any interest in him all winter.  The Mets peeled out when they signed Fernando Tatis.  The Jays have decided that Adam Lind is a better bet at…

  23. David Price has people chasing him, "Hard Day's Night"-style

    Feb 5, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    The Nashville Scene has a nice catching-up-with-the-former-BMOC article about Rays’ pitcher David Price up today. Pretty standard stuff except for the opening anecdote: “Last year when we were in Philadelphia, a teammate and I were going to Ruth’s Chris and two guys ran after our cab for about three miles,” Price says. “Then one of…

  24. Johnny Damon will be "lucky to get whatever he gets"

    Feb 5, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    That’s the sentiment of one American League executive reports Steve Kornacki of MLive: “Sometimes, we ask for too much. Then, the smoke clears and you ask, ‘Where am I?’ And now, I can’t believe anybody is going to offer Damon more than the $14 million and $6 million the Yankees did. “If you turn them…

  25. Carlos Zambrano is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 5, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano has lost some weight and has already been in Arizona a week getting ready for the season despite the fact that pitchers and catchers don’t report until Februay 17th.  Lou likes it: “Carlos was a little heavy last year, there’s no question,” manager  Lou Piniella told fans at the Cubs Convention. “He’s another…

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