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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Should the Cubs Fire Lou Piniella?

    May 17, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I read Ken Rosenthal’s column suggesting just that this morning: It’s not Piniella’s fault two of the team’s biggest offensive threats, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and first baseman Derrek Lee, are under-performing. It’s not his fault Hendry provided him with an inadequate bullpen. It’s certainly not his…

  2. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    May 17, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Dodgers 1, Padres 0: The Dodgers sweep the West-leading Padres despite being two-hit. Maybe I’m being overly pessimistic, but I’m starting to get the feeling that you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —…

  3. New York high schoolers to start having their pitch counts monitored

    May 14, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Missed this from yesterday, but file this under good ideas: New York City’s Public Schools Athletic League has agreed to have coaches keep track of pitch counts of high school pitchers, submit them with game results and post them on the league’s Web site. Sure, they had to be threatened by the city council to…

  4. Why would a reliever use "Ring of Fire" for his walk-on music?

    May 14, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Lots of people weighing in on their choice of walkup/coming out of the bullpen music in the earlier thread today. Initial takeaway: man, a lot of you guys like rap metal and 70s guitar bands.  No one wants to walk to the plate listening to The Smiths or The Jesus and Mary Chain? [crickets] Anywhoo,…

  5. FOX may make its Game of the Week to 100% prime time next year

    May 14, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    FOX will air a handful of its Saturday games in prime time this year, and if it works they move the whole shebang into prime time next year, USA Today reports (Stop gawking at Erin Andrews and scroll down to the second story). If they do that, they’re thinking about doing more renationalized games as…

  6. Rosenthal: to fix the Rays, contract the Pirates and Royals

    May 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Rosenthal’s latest is a pretty by-the-numbers “oh, those poor Rays, winning ballgames but not drawing fans” thing. Until the end, anyway, which is when you can tell the exact moment he took a slug from that bottle of Old Uncle Jeb’s Small Batch Crazy Sauce: Here’s a thought: Contraction. Not of markets, per se, though…

  7. Some trenchant David Ortiz analysis

    May 14, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    I would read more newspapers if the stories were written in this style Observers were forced to admit, however, that, okay, so far in May Ortiz has put up an OPS of .999 and has seven RBIs. But for a $24.5 million platoon DH? Are you freaking kidding them? I mean, baseball insiders said, come…

  8. Fan who fell at Miller Park dies

    May 14, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    God, I hate stuff like this: A 51-year-old man who fell about 14 feet from the lower level in left field while the Chicago Cubs took batting practice at Miller Park last month has died, according to a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report released Friday. Stuart S. Springstube, a Weyauwega resident, was wearing Cubs gear…

  9. The Wilpons may save some money

    May 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    No, not by cutting Jeff Francoeur into pieces and selling him for scrap, but by virtue of a law winding its way through Congress that could allow them to hold on to $48 million that, under current law, they might have had to forfeit as a result of their connection to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi…

  10. Griffey's agent: napping story was an accident; newspaper: baloney

    May 14, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    Ken Griffey Jr.’s agent took to the media yesterday to fight back on the sleeping story that, at least from where I’m sitting, people had already started to forget. But hey, agents fight for their guy whenever possible, so what say you Mr. Goldberg: Ken Griffey Jr’s agent says the napping story was accidentally published…

  11. So, what would be your walk-up music?

    May 14, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    I’m partial to some nice organ music at the ballpark, but I realize that’s quickly going the way of the dodo. Nowadays you whippersnappers like your bebop and “rock and roll” and all of that noise. In the unlikely event that God and fate keep you from becoming juvenile delinquents as a result of listening…

  12. Rangers' debt holder warns Selig not to seize the team

    May 14, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Monarch Alternative Capital is the fly in the ointment, the monkey in the wrench, the pain in the assets of the Texas Rangers sale.  They’re the lead debt holder, and the ones who appear to be calling the creditors’ shots in the seemingly interminable brinkmanship that has characterized the team’s sale. Today Richard Sandomir of…

  13. What can the Royals expect from Ned Yost?

    May 14, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The Royals’ obsession with former Braves continued when they named Ned Yost to replace Trey Hillman yesterday. Yost was a Braves coach back during the 90s run, and Dayton Moore knows him well.  In that respect this move fits in with other plates of comfort food Moore has ordered like Tony Pena, Jr., Kyle Davies,…

  14. Comment of the Day: La Russa is crazy like a fox

    May 14, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Longtime commenter and longtime La Russa-watcher Ron Rollins nails the Genius’ behavior regarding the Lee-Carpenter dustup to a wall: Simple misdirection. Every one will now be all over LaRussa instead of Carpenter, which is most likely what was intended. Worse thing that happens is everyone thinks LaRussa is a jerk, which he is, but one…

  15. Mets attendence is down, but it's not as bad as it looks

    May 14, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    The New York Times has an article up today about baseball’s decline in attendance, and it singles the Mets out as the biggest decliners since last year: After 22 home games, attendance at Citi Field is down 6,852 fans a game, the largest decline by number in Major League Baseball. That translates to an average…

  16. Tony La Russa is completely out to lunch

    May 14, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    What a crock of a controversy in the Cardinals-Astros game yesterday.  While no punches were thrown, the benches cleared after Carlos Lee and Chris Carpenter started arguing with one another following Lee’s pop up in the third inning. Based on all the reports I’ve read, the source of the problem was Lee yelling, presumably at…

  17. What They're Saying About Trey Hillman Getting Fired

    May 14, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Contrary to popular belief, people still do pay attention to the Royals. Here’s what the blogosphere, allied media and one Royals player is saying about Trey Hillman’s firing: Zack Greinke: It’s the players’ fault. If we win (more games), this doesn’t happen. Joe Posnanski: Why didn’t Hillman have more success as manager? There are numerous…

  18. Who fired Trey Hillman, and what does it mean for the Royals?

    May 14, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    The dreaded vote of confidence. Trey Hillman got it just this past Monday when his GM, Dayton Moore, said this: I think Trey’s done a terrific job . . . Trey is a tremendous leader. Somebody who is very consistent with who is he is day in and day out. He’s exactly what our organization…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    May 14, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT

    Royals 6, Indians 4: Look on the bright side, Trey: not many managers can say they went out a winner. Marlins 2, Mets 1: Johan Santana and Josh Johnson each went seven innings allowing a single run. I’m going to assume that Fernando Nieve’s pitch in the dirt that allowed the winning run to score…

  20. Bud Selig wins a big anti-PED Award

    May 13, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Commissioner Bud Selig has been named the first recipient of Taylor’s Award, presented by the Taylor Hooton Foundation to “an individual who has made a major impact on efforts to educate and protect American youth from the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs.” Couple thoughts: 1. Great for Bud! You’ve come a long way, baby!  Ten…

  21. Brad Lidge has no structural damage in his elbow

    May 13, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Phillies’ closer Brad Lidge had an MRI on his wonky elbow today, and the results are pretty good news: only inflammation and no structural damage.  He’s day-to-day. I say “pretty good” because, as we noted earlier this week, inflammation is a symptom, not a diagnosis, and based on this news item we have no idea…

  22. Bud Selig talks about Arizona . . . kinda

    May 13, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Today Bud Selig spoke for the first time about his thoughts on the new Arizona immigration law and the calls for baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game from Chase Field. His response: Baseball hires a lot of minorities. Really, that was his answer: Asked about such demands at a news conference Thursday following an…

  23. Jarrod Washburn isn't going to pitch anywhere this year

    May 13, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As the season goes on and teams get more desperate, the prospect of signing Jarrod Washburn to shore up the shaky rotation becomes less and less laughable.  But according to Jon Paul Morosi, don’t count on J-Wash (like that? I just came up with it!) coming to your hometown nine in 2010: When asked by…

  24. Selig sets yet another deadline on the Rangers sale

    May 13, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball hasn’t yet seized the Texas Rangers, but according to Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal, Bud Selig has set yet another deadline.  It’s a secret though. Seriously. As Fisher notes, every other deadline that either Selig or Hicks or Greenberg or anyone else has set in this deal has been blown through,…

  25. Shameless Self-Promotion

    May 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    As per my usual Thursday afternoon routine, I’m going to be on the Paul and Tom Show at at at 2pm.  Today’s topics will include the whole Ken Griffey Jr. sleeping/media shunning affair, other pressing baseball topics of the day and, if form holds, a good bit about 1980s NWA wrestling. Space Mountain, baby.

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