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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Shouldn't Damon be on Heyman's "free agent losers" list?

    Feb 10, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman makes a list of the winners and losers of the 2009-10 free agent class.  The winners include Matt Holliday, John Lackey, those catchers who got overpaid, Ben Sheets and all of the utility players who got pretty decent deals for utility players.  The losers include Joel Piniero, Adam LaRoche, Vlad Guerrero, Jim…

  2. Derek Jeter: Captain Provocative

    Feb 10, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Stop the presses: Derek Jeter thinks the Yankees have a chance to repeat. He also said “I like the team that we have.” Jeter was going to say that he was in the best shape of his life but his agent, business manager, publicist and life coach decided that they didn’t want to get all…

  3. President Obama compares Bank CEO salaries to ballplayer salaries

    Feb 10, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Obama’s smooth. Look how he slams Carlos Zambrano and Vernon Wells without even mentioning their names: President Barack Obama said he doesn’t “begrudge” the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon or the $9 million issued to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein, noting that some athletes…

  4. Brent Mayne updates the J.T. Snow thing

    Feb 10, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Some of Brent Mayne’s commenters pointed out to him that the J.T. Snow story from this morning didn’t add up and Mayne quickly and transparently updated. Upshot: he knows it was J.T. and he knows it was the Yankees. He admits he got the circumstances and the outcome wrong, however, and thinks that maybe the…

  5. UPDATE: OK, maybe Wang and the Nats do have a deal

    Feb 10, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Maybe the debunking needs debunking.  The NYT’s Tyler Kepner notes that no reporter is closer to Chien-Ming Wang than Pete Abraham is, and he backs Abe’s report that the Nats and Wang are going to get together.  Perhaps all that happened after Abe’s report was that a nervous agent merely told some people that…

  6. Carlos Delgado "substantial money and playing time." Good luck with that Carlos

    Feb 10, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado reportedly can’t walk and even the Mets have passed on him, but that hasn’t deterred the guy: Florida spoke with ex-Marlins first baseman Carlos Delgado’s agent and would have interest in him as a low-money backup/pinch hitter. But Delgado wants substantial money and playing time. Substantial money and playing time?  Delgado and Johnny…

  7. Dynamic ticket pricing is a good thing

    Feb 10, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Nelson Algren said it best: Never play cards with a man called Doc, never eat at a place called Mom’s, never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own, and never start spewing stuff about economics when you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.  Here’s SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi on the…

  8. Hal McRae thought the 1976 batting title was stolen from him in a racist plot

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    From the Department of I Had No Idea This Ever Happened comes the racial controversy over the 1976 A.L. batting title.  The part I knew about: the race came down to the last day between teammates George Brett and Hal McRae. In their last at bats, Brett hit an inside the park home run and…

  9. Lincecum's arbitration is set for Friday

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that the Giants and Lincecum are going to square-off in arbitration on Friday. Mel Antonen reports that union honcho Michael Weiner will be there in person, which is pretty interesting. Brown asks a question in his tweet: “Why are the Giants picking this fight?” I’ve been critical of the Giants here…

  10. Baseball looking to crack down on identity and age fraud in the D.R.

    Feb 10, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    The New York Times reports that Major League Baseball is looking to get proactive in an effort to combat OhMyGodHesReally25 disease: Major League Baseball is studying a series of initiatives, including the fingerprinting of youths under the age of 16, as it attempts to gain control of the age and identity problems it has encountered…

  11. Brent Mayne's pants are on fire

    Feb 10, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Mayne has corrected the record. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was lovin’ former catcher Brent Mayne’s blog. And I still am, but I just discovered that he’s tellin’ lies. In his latest entry he decides to come clean and admit that he once told a hitter what pitch was coming.…

  12. Johnny Damon is ridiculous

    Feb 10, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    One day his agent is proclaiming his love of octopus in order to brown nose the Tigers. The next day he’s texting writers in Atlanta saying that the Braves are at the “top of the list.” Tampa Bay is allegedly in the running too.  Look for Boras to go on the radio today talking about…

  13. Dave Eiland: Joba's training wheels are off

    Feb 10, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Yankees’ pitching coach Dave Eiland confirmed yesterday that “The Joba Rules” are officially history: “He’s just going to go out and pitch and he’ll be the one who’ll dictate when he comes out as far as getting hit or getting tired or losing his stuff. He’s not going to have any restrictions, so Joe (Girardi)…

  14. Derek Jeter's defensive improvement is bad news for the Yankees? Really?

    Feb 10, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    I wrote yesterday that tons of ink will be spilled over Derek Jeter’s extension despite the fact that it’s probably going to all go down rather quickly and painlessly after the season is over.  As if on cue, Joel Sherman of the Post chimes in, showing just how hard the tabloids are going to work…

  15. The Mets' really, really good idea

    Feb 10, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The Mets have made a lot of bad decisions this offseason, but here’s a really, really good one: having Keith Hernandez help Daniel Murphy with his defense at first base: The tutorials are underway in Port St. Lucie, after general manager Omar Minaya called Hernandez requesting that he help ease Murphy’s transition to first base.…

  16. UPDATE: Chien-Ming Wang has a couple of offers

    Feb 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE:’s Bill Ladson hears that the Nationals are “aggressively pursuing” Wang and are “one of the finalists” for his services. 5:23pm: Rosenthal reports that two teams have already made Chien-Ming Wang offers, have watched him pitch multiple times and have even given him a physical.  The teams that made said offers have not been…

  17. Ronny Cedeno: X-Factor

    Feb 9, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Trolling around for stuff to write about and I come across this piece from FanHouse yesterday, in which John Hickey runs down the “x-factors” of all the NL teams. You know, those guys who will hopefully make the difference.  The Pirates’ entry caught my eye: Ronny Cedeno, shortstop. Cedeno’s last two managers, Lou Piniella with…

  18. Some more changes coming to Wrigley Field

    Feb 9, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Fractional ownership suites aren’t the only new things coming to Wrigley Field next year: The Cubs are following the lead of the Boston Red Sox, opening up the space underneath the right-field bleachers for corporate pregame events, and for bleacher fans who may want to come down during the game and watch the action on…

  19. Scott Boras is comically confident about Damon's prospects

    Feb 9, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Scott Boras has been taking a beating over the fate of Johnny Damon this offseason, but he’s not deterred.  In fact today he has offered a couple of Black-Knight-in-Monty-Python-and-the-Holy-Grail-style “have at yous!” First in the Detroit Free Press: Although Damon, 36, has been a free agent since November, Boras said the market for him really…

  20. It's OK for a steroid user to become a coach in the NFL

    Feb 9, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jay Glazer reports that Mike Shanahan is interviewing Bill Romanowski to be the Redskins’ new strength and conditioning coach. I repeat: a man who took the “cream” and the “clear” just like Barry Bonds did is poised to be the STRENGTH and CONDITIONING coach for an NFL team. In light of the bruising Mark…

  21. Frank McCourt on the Dodgers, money and remaining competitive

    Feb 9, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Jon Weisman of the newly-relocated Dodger Thoughts sat down with Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt for an extended interview recently. Most of it was spent talking about how, despite doing things like not offering Orlando Hudson and Randy Wolf arbitration, the Dodgers are all about winning and not cost-cutting these days. But with responses like these,…

  22. Albert Pujols is gearing up for the offseason

    Feb 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    And you thought he was scary with a bat.

  23. Ricky Romero is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    I’ll stop writing stuff like that when dudes stop writing stuff like this: Halladay’s departure leaves Romero, who went 13-9 as a rookie, as the most experienced healthy starting pitcher on the roster, and the 25-year-old is tackling the new challenge the way Halladay would. By training like a maniac. In addition to his throwing…

  24. Mike Pelfrey is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Add Mets’ pitcher Mike Pelfrey to the list of this offseason’s biggest losers: One week until Fat Tuesday, but Mike Pelfrey won’t be participating. The Mets pitcher is prepared to arrive in camp next week some 25 pounds lighter than last season and believes that will propel him to new heights after a disappointing 2009.…

  25. The five best rotations in baseball?

    Feb 9, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Buster Olney names what he thinks fits that bill anyway.  His list, in order: Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox, Angels, Cardinals.  He has the Phillies at 5a. Yes, I’m a fanboy, but shouldn’t the Braves crack the top five? Olney has them “in the conversation” and said he would have ranked them third if they…

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