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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Trey Hillman gets a vote of confidence from his GM

    May 12, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    I’m probably risking a fine from the guild for not putting the word “dreaded” before “vote of confidence” in that headline, but in this case I don’t think it’s appropriate. Dayton Moore said that Trey Hillman is “exactly what our organization needs at this point in time.”  Dayton Moore has been demonstrably wrong in almost…

  2. Mark DeRosa: my wrist surgery was "a total failure"

    May 12, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Mark DeRosa has numbness in the ring and pinky fingers of his left hand, preventing him from swinging the bat effectively.  “I feel like my bottom hand’s underwater. I don’t have much feeling in my bottom two fingers,” he says. This is bad enough as it is, but what makes it worse is that this…

  3. Dallas Braden's Letterman Top Ten List

    May 12, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    A couple of chuckles during Dallas Braden’s appearance on Letterman last night — I think No. 8 is my favorite — but really, we’ve seen better with athletes (UPDATE: Sorry! Forgot to say what the Top 10 List actually was. It was the top 10 thoughts Dallas Braden had during his perfect 4-0 game against…

  4. Steroids in the NFL? No biggie!

    May 12, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    Houston Texans linebacker and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing failed a performance-enhancing drug test last year. The offending substance: hGC, the female fertility drug that snagged Manny Ramirez last year.  Cushing tested positive back in September, but the news of all of this — and his suspension — is only hitting now.…

  5. Phillies warned by MLB to stop stealing signs

    May 12, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Tracy Ringolsby reports that Major League Baseball has issued a warning to the Phillies over allegations that they have been stealing signs. The latest: during Monday night’s game against the Rockies, bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was seen using binoculars to look in at Rockies catchers. Meanwhile, Shane Victorino was seen in the dugout on the…

  6. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 12, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Reds 9, Pirates 0: Johnny Cueto tosses a one-hitter. He was one single and one HBP away from a perfect game, but the fact that he hit the same guy who got the single — Ronny Cedeno — probably made him feel better. Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 1: Who are you, Mr. hard-throwing, efficient…

  7. Chipper Jones is no longer talking about retirement

    May 11, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Last year Chipper Jones threatened to retire before his contract ran out if he didn’t bounce back from his bad 2009.  So far this season he’s hitting 230/.402/.368 with two homers.  He says that’s good enough for him, however, and that he’s no longer considering hanging it up before 2012. What’s convincing him: his walk…

  8. Quote of the Day: Citi Field trash

    May 11, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    “It’s sort of good now that there is debris to be blown out there. It shows people are spending some money and buying food and drink and enjoying themselves.” – Dave Howard, Mets Executive Vice President for Business Operations when asked about all of the trash and debris that has been swirling around Citi Field…

  9. Mariners: Griffey sleeping article "made up of lies"

    May 11, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    OK, now a more serious note about the Mariners’ team meeting. Ken Rosenthal is in Baltimore and is talking to Mariners’ players. Here’s Mike Sweeney: “We will support and fight and take a bullet for Ken Griffey Jr. if we have to. He’s our teammate . . . Nothing is going to divide this clubhouse,…

  10. The Mariners are having a team meeting

    May 11, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times just tweeted that the Mariners’ clubhouse is closed for a team meeting.  Let’s try to guess the meeting agenda: 1. Call to order; introductory remarks; coffee, donuts, Red Bull, Mountain Dew, assorted energy drinks to be served. 2. Guest speaker, Dr. Phillip P. Scheaf, Sleep Apnea Expert 3. Guest…

  11. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan takes her cuts

    May 11, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    This is not a political or legal blog, so I will  keep my opinions about Elena Kagan’s fitness as a Justice to myself. But I at least figured that all of you should know that this is a picture of the person who will most likely be the next Justice of the United States Supreme…

  12. The White Sox sign Alan Embree

    May 11, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Have left arm, will travel: the Chisox have signed Alan Embree to a minor league deal and assigned him to Charlotte. Embree, of course, began the year in the Bosox organization, but was let go by the team without throwing a pitch for the big club. Embree actually pitched 39 games for the White Sox…

  13. Padres place Kevin Correia on the bereavement list

    May 11, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    This is truly terrible.  Padres’ pitcher Kevin Correia’s 22 year-old brother was killed in a hiking accident at Channel Islands National Park over the weekend. Correia obviously missed his Saturday start as he rushed to be with his family.  Today the Padres placed him on the bereavement list. A player on the bereavement list can…

  14. The Braves to retire Brook Jacoby's number

    May 11, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Well, he did have it first. The team is being gracious enough, however, to include Tom Glavine in the ceremony this August 6th.  Glavine will also be inducted into the Braves’ Hall of Fame. Jacoby’s induction is apparently being delayed by politics and the usual kind of B.S. that tends to accompany these things. In…

  15. This June's Philles-Jays series to be moved to Philadelphia

    May 11, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    There have been rumblings about this since February, but there will be an announcement later today in which the Jays-Phillies series currently scheduled for June 25-27th in Toronto will be moved to Citizens Bank Park in Philly due to interference from the G-20 summit, which is also scheduled in Toronto for that time. The technical…

  16. Add Jose Valverde to the closer dance party

    May 11, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    People have groused about Joba Chamberlain and Jonathan Papelbon’s post-strikeout and post-save fist pumps and histrionics for years now, but it’s time to add someone else to that list: Jose Valverde.  Check out his display from last night’s Yankees-Tigers game, which the good people at have so helpfully put on a single, 43 second…

  17. Joe Torre: out of L.A. and back to the Mets?

    May 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reported in his latest video cast that “friends of Joe Torre doubt he would tolerate another year of the Dodgers’ penny-pinching circus” and that, as a result he’s looking for a way out of L.A. That report was shot down by Torre himself yesterday, saying “obviously they’re no friends of mine.”  Still, he’s…

  18. So what's David Wright's problem?

    May 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    David Wright is struggling lately, and this morning we have two competing explanations for it.  First is Tim Smith of the Daily News: Wright won’t admit it, but Citi Field has gotten inside his head and he can’t shake it. If a park can haunt a baseball player, then Citi Field is haunting Wright. How…

  19. Fergie Jenkins thinks Zambrano got too skinny

    May 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    And here we thought being in the best shape of his life would make a big difference.  Here’s the great Fergie Jenkings on the Cubs’ highly-paid mopup man: “The guy I thought was going to be a winner was Carlos Zambrano,” Jenkins said. “But he just can’t get it together.” The reason, Jenkins speculated, was…

  20. Castro commits three errors in Wrigley debut

    May 11, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    No one really notices this sort of thing if Starlin Castro didn’t hit 6 RBI in his big-splash major league debut last Friday, but he did, so people notice. It was a bad night for Castro against the Marlins, as he committed three errors at short. A video reel of all three can be seen…

  21. Scouting reports on umpires? Why not?

    May 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Every umpire has a reputation, but some teams aren’t content with simply knowing if a guy is a pitchers’ ump or a hitters’ ump. They’re getting detailed with it Ron Washington flips the pages of his three-ring notebook, filled with inside info on the other team’s pitchers and hitters. The Texas manager gets to the…

  22. Cameron on Griffey: "It's not the fact that he was asleep"

    May 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner knows the Seattle Mariners better than anyone, and last night he completely nailed the whole Griffey sleeping in the clubhouse thing.  It’s not the nap per se; it’s what it represents: . . . the fact that two teammates would talk to a reporter about Junior being asleep during a…

  23. The Mets designate Catalanotto for assignment; call up Chris Carter

    May 11, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    The Mets designated utilityman Frank Catalanotto for assignment after last night’s game, and have called up Chris Carter from Buffalo. Carter, an outfielder by trade, has hit .336 with a 1.001 OPS in 29 games with the Bisons. He’s 27 and has had 132 minor league homers, so he’s not exactly been on the prospect…

  24. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    May 11, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Tigers 5, Yankees 4: Johnny Damon hit a homer and Austin Jackson drove in a run on a groundout. That’s cool and all, but otherwise they combined to go 1 for 7 with three strikeouts. Despite that, how much you wanna bet that the New York papers make a huge “oh, if we only had…

  25. Josh Beckett's start is getting bumped

    May 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Beckett was slated to start this Wednesday against the Blue Jays, but the Sox are pushing him until Friday.  There’s nothing wrong with him, the team says, they just think he needs an extra side session and maybe a chill pill or something (note: they didn’t say chill pill). Either way, Beckett’s ERA is currently…

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