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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Cleveland fans: Omar Vizquel is the best shortstop of all time

    May 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I know internet polls are unscientific and useless, and that internet polls on big newspaper sites are even worse than most, but this one still has my jaw dropping.  It’s from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the question is “who’s the best shortstop who ever played the game?.” Not the best Indians shortstop. The best…

  2. One on One with Evan Longoria

    May 26, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Our own Tiffany Simons interviewed Evan Longoria and he let spill on all manner of topics, including whether he did his own stunts in that New Era commercial, his recent modeling gig (the Men’s Journal one, that is. Get your mind out of the gutter); which Tampa Bay Ray is the greatest card shark (I…

  3. As expected, the creditors are objecting to the Rangers bankruptcy plan

    May 26, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The first hearing was held in the Texas Rangers bankruptcy yesterday.  As I presumed might happen, the creditors to Hicks Sports Group spoke up and objected to the Greenberg-Ryan sale, insisting that baseball “fast-tracked” the team’s sale to a lower bidder and that “there’s a better bid out there.” There will be a lot happening…

  4. The Dodgers sue Jon Lovitz

    May 26, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Yeah, that’s the ticket!  Oh wait, it’s actually not the ticket, and that’s the problem: Comic Jon Lovitz and others are being sued by the Los Angeles Dodgers over claims they failed to pay nearly $100,000 for season tickets for the 2010 baseball season. Delaware-based Dodger Tickets LLC filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit Monday in Los…

  5. Omar Vizquel will probably retire after this year

    May 26, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    On Monday night Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio for second all-time in hits by a shortstop.  Last night Vizquel said that could very well be the last milestone he hits and that he may very well retire after the season. He’s not yet committing one way or the other, but he did say that “this…

  6. The Astros aren't shopping Oswalt, but did the Dodgers inquire anyway?

    May 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    ESPN Los Angeles’ Tony Jackson reports that “a source with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity” said that the Astros aren’t looking to trade Roy Oswalt right now. Of course we always hear this about big trade chits. Remember last year how J.P. Ricciardi was saying that he wasn’t really trying hard…

  7. The independent leagues are tough, brother

    May 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    The independent leagues are a tough business, and I’m not just talking about the low pay and poor working conditions. Former Tigers/Reds/Nats awesomefielder Dmitri Young is now a consultant and hitting instructor with the Oakland County Cruisers of the Frontier League.  He was just on Sirius/XM and said that the team’s driver stole the team…

  8. Rays-Sox home plate ump was out of control

    May 26, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford and Joe Maddon were ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning in last night’s Rays-Red Sox game after arguing balls and strikes. That’s fine as far as it goes because they know the rule: you can’t argue balls and strikes. Except in this case the far greater wrong was umpire Bob Davidson’s…

  9. Vlad Guerrero doubles on an impossible pitch

    May 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    How do you know Vlad Guerrero is back?  He’s back to hitting ridiculously horrible pitches with authority. Check out the video of his RBI double in the seventh inning from last night’s game against the Royals.  It was a sinker inside — way inside — that he just turned on and sent down the leftfield…

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

    May 26, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Mets 8, Phillies 0: In light the Phillies’ struggles against Tim Wakefied and R.A. Dickey (6 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 7K), the Mets are rumored to have offered contracts to Charlie Hough and Steve Sparks, the Braves are trying to persuade Phil Niekro to come out of retirement , the Nationals have been in…

  11. Poor Phillies: two games, two knuckleballers

    May 25, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Something I hadn’t noticed until Major League Baseball’s tweeting logo told me about it: tonight, for the second straight game, the Phillies will be facing a knuckleballer. Sunday it was the Knuckle Knuckle King, tonight it will be R.A. Dickey. Wakefield obviously disrupted the Phillies’ offensive flow on Sunday, but (a) Dickey doesn’t have the…

  12. Go check out Rugby Sevens Talk

    May 25, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    We have lots of “Talks” around here now. ProFootball, Hardball, ProBasketball, ProHockey and CollegeFootball.  That’s not enough, though, so we’ve added one more: Rugby Sevens Talk. Rugby Sevens is a variant on rugby that involves (duh) seven guys instead of the usual 15. And there are far fewer Hakas.  Well, maybe not. I have no…

  13. Your National League All-Star vote leaders

    May 25, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    We did this yesterday for the American League, so now it’s the senior circuit’s turn.  Your NL All-Star ballot leaders to date: C: Yadier Molina1B: Albert Pujols2B: Chase Utley3B: Placido PolancoSS: Jimmy RollinsOF: Ryan Braun, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino Yeah, Phillies fans are stuffing the ballot box. Whatever. This is what happens when you leave…

  14. An animated Tim Lincecum driving a VW bus? Sure, why not?

    May 25, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    What, you mean you don’t want to see the first episode of an animated series that chronicles the adventures of Tim Lincecum and his anthropomorphic VW Microbus? With the first episode co-starring Barry Zito as he searches for his lost unicorn? Then by all means, do not, whatever you do, click on this link. Just…

  15. Hideki Irabu busted for suspected DUI

    May 25, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu was pulled over in Gardena, California drifting right and left and all over the place. The cops are going to wait for his blood tests to come back to decide if he should be charged.  Worth noting, though, that if this holds up it won’t be the first time the Fat Toad has…

  16. Hideki Matsui dropped to seventh in the order

    May 25, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    I loved Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance. I would love to have a hitter like Hideki Matsui in my lineup.  If I did, though, he’d be way down low in the order, just like the Angels are doing with him now: Hideki Matsui was dropped from the cleanup spot to the fifth spot on May…

  17. The Reds-Pirates anachronistic night contained an anachronism

    May 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Reds and Pirates did something cool last night: in honor of the 75th anniversary of the first ever night game — which also took place in Cincinnati — the teams, according to the MLB.com story, played in “a retro atmosphere with no modern graphics on the scoreboard in the first seven innings and organ…

  18. So where is Roy Oswalt going?

    May 25, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    I don’t know. But Bernardo Fallas and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle handicap the field today.  Included in their analysis: the Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, Braves, Reds, Nationals, White Sox, and Phillies. As the writers note, there are issues with all of those, including the willingness to spend money (Dodgers, Phillies), the fact that they…

  19. Darn. Now we don't get an intentional vomiting trial

    May 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Remember that guy in Philadelphia who intentionally thew up on the 11 year-old girl?  Yeah, that was wonderful.  Seems his legal team decided that he might not be able to win over a jury, because he pleaded guilty this morning: A 21-year-old New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to intentionally vomiting on a man and…

  20. The Rockies sign Kaz Matsui

    May 25, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Rockies signed Kaz Matsui to a minor league deal yesterday, and will send him to Colorado Springs, assuming he passes the physical. Matsui — who,as you can see, has some fabulous facial hair — hit a measly 141/.197/.155 in 71 at-bats with the Astros, so it’s not like we can expect a ton of…

  21. So the Mets are fighting with one another

    May 25, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    We saw the the Jerry Manuel-John Maine argument last week and that was fun, but a dustup on Sunday between closer Francisco Rodriguez and bullpen coach Randy Niemann had escaped our notice. The way I read it on Sunday night — and this came straight from K-Rod in the game stories that were written —…

  22. Bono angers even more people (if that's at all possible)

    May 25, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Remember how U2 caused the Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays and Marlins to rearrange their schedule to that they could put on their big “We Used to be About the Music but now We’re Basically ‘Disaster Area’ from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Books” tour? Yeah, about that: Bono now has to have back surgery,…

  23. Curtis Granderson to return Friday

    May 25, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman said yesterday that Curtis Granderson, late of a strained groin (exclusive video of the injury here), is going to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Granderson’s absence has coincided with a far more eventful stretch of play from Marcus Thames — both for good and bad — than anyone expected, but…

  24. The Red Sox shuffle their outfield

    May 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron has been activated, Darnell McDonald has been designated for assignment and Terry Francona has decided that Jacoby Ellsbury will stay in centerfield with Cameron manning left.  Let us unpack, shall we? Good news for the Sox having Cameron back. He started slow before the injuries sapped him, but he appears to be feeling…

  25. So would you ever trade a Strasburg-like talent for Oswalt?

    May 25, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Steve Phillips is taking a ton of heat for his “I’d trade Strasburg for Oswalt” comments yesterday. And he deserves it.  Rob Neyer, however, has decided to probe the question a little deeper and wonders whether you’d ever trade a Strasburg-level talent for a guy like Roy Oswalt.  The answer? Sure you would. The monster…

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