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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Royals = the Peanuts baseball team

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    This comparison between the Peantus’ baseball team and the Kansas City Royals is pure genius. I especially recommend the conversation between Jason Kendall and Kyle Farnsworth. The only bit of comparative dissonance: Charlie Brown inspires sympathy whereas Trey Hillman does not. A hearty round of applause for Jeff Zimmerman at Royals Review for seeing the…

  2. The Rays have jumped all over the Red Sox

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Everyone I know who has ever lived in Boston tells me that Patriots Day is their favorite day in the city. They get the day off work and school, the Marathon is run and best of all the Red Sox play a game at 11 in the morning. Sadly for Sox fans, however, they were…

  3. Eric Gagne retires

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Given his release from the Dodgers even though he accepted a minor league assignment it’s no surprise that Eric Gagne has decided to retire. For about three years there — 2002 to 2004 — Gagne was the best closer in baseball, going 152 for 158 in save opportunities, including a perfect 55 for 55 in…

  4. Hundreds protest extending the draft to the Dominican Republic

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Nick Collias MLB Trade Rumors has a must-read story up this morning about a protest which took place outside the hotel in which MLB Dominican baseball czar, Sandy Alderson, was staying last week. The purpose: opposing the implementation of an amateur draft in the Dominican Republic, which is high on Bud Selig’s list for the…

  5. Mike Cameron scratched, taken to the hospital

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron was in the original lineup for this morning’s Red Sox-Rays game — remember: 11:05 A.M. start due to the Patriots’ Day thing they do in Boston! — but was scratched a few minutes after he arrived in the clubhouse and replaced in centerfield by Bill Hall. The thinking right now is that Cameron…

  6. Bad day? At least you didn't get hit in the head with Pablo Sandoval's cup

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    This happened back on April 9th, but it’s just now coming to light. I’m assuming that, like all major news stories, it was held up out of an abundance of caution so that the critical details could be verified: In the bottom of the 12th inning Friday, with Eli Whiteside at the plate and Sandoval…

  7. Kaz Matsui may be out of a job in Houston

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Astros manager Brad Mills is being non-committal about whether Jeff Keppinger has taken the second base job from Kaz Matsui, but it certainly seems like Matsui is now the backup. Mills was asked if Matsui is now the utility guy: “I don’t want to label it that way yet. We’re still just a dozen games…

  8. The Mets are going to call up Ike Davis

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    We suspected as much yesterday, but word on the street is that in light of Mike Jacobs being designated for assignment, Mets’ first base prospect Ike Davis will be called up this week. Are they rushing Davis? Doesn’t seem like it. He only a handful of at bats under his belt, but so far in…

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

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EDT

    Braves 4, Rockies 3: Heymaker. The Braves trailed 3-2 with two-down in the bottom of the ninth. Heyward comes to the plate with the bases juiced and hits a two-run single to left field and that’s the ballgame. He had earlier walked with the bases loaded, giving him three RBI on the day. Martin Prado…

  10. The Marlins no longer have an out-of-town scoreboard

    Apr 18, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    I had missed this because, let’s face it, it’s easy to miss stuff that happens with the Marlins, but apparently there is no longer an out-of-town scoreboard in whatever the hell the Marlins are calling their ballpark these days. No more starting lineups either. In their place: advertisements for the MLB Network and a picture…

  11. Homers are down in Yankee Stadium

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    One of the reasons you don’t get so hung up on how homer-friendly a ballpark is in its debut year: it might not be so friendly in its next year. That appears to be the case with new Yankee Stadium in the early going. Last year there were 21 homers hit in the first five…

  12. Kelly Shoppach may have more than a sprain

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Kelly Shoppach was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a knee sprain, but it may be something worse. Shoppach’s swelling and pain hasn’t subsided, and now he’s scheduled to see the team’s orthopedist tommorw, and there is a possibility that he could need surgery.  Joe Maddon vibes pessimistic in the…

  13. Aaron Rowand placed on the disabled list

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    D.J. reported yesterday about Aaron Rowand’s crack to the face and presumed that it would lead to a trip to the DL.  Now that trip is official: Rowand was placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.  The time on the DL is probably just as much if not more necessary…

  14. Jerry Manuel killed K-Rod last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    I’m sure there are people who thought that Jerry Manuel was oh-so-clever for saving Francisco Rodriguez until the 19th inning last night, but he really didn’t save a thing. K-Rod was warming up constantly last night, and he told reporters after the game that he threw an estimated 100 pitches between the 9th and 19th.…

  15. Livan Hernandez, Pat Burrell pull the forks out of their backs

    Apr 18, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    At least temporarily. Yesterday Pat Burrell homered during the completion of the Rays-Red Sox game that was suspended on Friday, and then he had a three-run double in the scheduled game.  He hadn’t had any home runs or RBI entering play yesterday and was below the Mendoza Line. Overall that’s five straight wins for the…

  16. Ubaldo Jiminez had electric stuff last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Matthew wrote about it first last night, but I just got done watching the replay of the Ubaldo Jiminez no-hitter, and I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone pitch with that kind of gas in his tank. He struggled a bit early walking people, but it seemed like…

  17. The Mets and Cardinals played an epic game last night. Kinda.

    Apr 18, 2010, 7:46 AM EDT

    Epic may be too strong a word, because make no mistake about it kids: this was 20 innings of some really, really dumb baseball. But you know what? I’m going to give it a “so-bad-it’s-good” rating. There were so many head scratching “I-can’t-believe-what-I-just-saw” moments that, eventually, it reached the point of the sublime.  Let’s cover…

  18. Pic of the day: I got a hundred dollar bill, y'all

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    This one comes from @leokitty, Yankees season ticket holder and keen observer of humanity. Yesterday she witnessed a man at Yankee Stadium paying for a box of Cracker Jack with a $100 bill: I was going to make some comment about the hoity toity fans at Yankee Stadium, but then it occurred to me that…

  19. Quote of the Day II: Jerry Manuel: Master Motivator

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    “St. Louis is always tough. If we can win two out of three, that will be outstanding. If we win one, I’ll take it.” – Jerry Manuel, daring to dream.

  20. OK, maybe Bobby Valentine isn't the best pick for the Mets

    Apr 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The morning I made a half-hearted case for Bobby Valentine to take over as the Mets’ manager if and when Jerry Manuel gets fired. Part of my half-heartedness about it all was that I was agreeing with Mike Lupica, but part of it was based on the sense that while hiring Bobby Valentine could maybe…

  21. A good reason for Padres fans not to worry about trading Adrian Gonzalez

    Apr 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby writes today about just how big the Mark Teixeira trade was for the Rangers. As a Braves fan it pains me to no end, but the cold hard facts of it all must be repeated whenever possible: With Teixeira slightly more than a year from reaching free agency, the Rangers dealt him…

  22. The best idea I've heard all day

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Commenter CG Hudson had a great idea in the No. 42 thread this morning about how to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day next year: This wearing of the 42 is all well and good but how about MLB getting creative next year (I know; no chance) and having each team wear the number of its first…

  23. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Short notice, but I’ll be going on the Paul and Tom Show at Hotstove.com at 2PM (i.e. like, right now). We talk about a little of everything over there, but I have this feeling we’ll be discussing my fun morning over at WFAN as well. Click on over if your afternoon schedule allows.

  24. A refreshing mea culpa from Ken Rosenthal

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    You may recall that I took Ken Rosenthal to task for calling Mark McGwire a “distraction” and demanding that he resign back in January.  Rosenthal, however, unlike the majority of big time baseball writers out there, will admit when he’s wrong. He does that today: In late January, when the furor over Mark McGwire was…

  25. The Dodgers may bench Blake DeWitt

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Blake DeWitt won the second base job outright this spring, but he has struggled early and may soon be out of a job, writes Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. His 0-5 on Wednesday was probably the kicker, as Dilbeck notes that Joe Torre said encouraging things about him before that game, and then…

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