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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Mets could've had Zduriencik

    Feb 1, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman writes this morning about how the Mets screwed up by passing over Seattle Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik back when he worked for the club. Let’s go back to the fall of 1997: Because he was good with computers and had ties to Sandy Koufax — a real bonus in…

  2. Quote of the Weekend: Dustin Pedroia

    Feb 1, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    When you’re coming in the kitchen, you better bring the noise.  – Dustin Pedroia on WEEI’s Mut & Bradford Show on Saturday talking about liking to hit high inside fastballs. I shouldn’t make fun of ballplayers for mixing their metaphors, however. They’re paid to hit, not to speak, and given that they’re not always the…

  3. World Series trophy embarks on Asian tour

    Jan 29, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees are taking the World Series trophy on an Asian tour next week, hitting Tokyo, Beijing and ending up in Hong Kong.  According to the story, Brian Cashman will be in the delegation. He had better watch his back. After letting Hideki Matsui walk, I have a feeling someone is going to be all…

  4. Quote of the Day: Adam Dunn wants to play defense

    Jan 29, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    “Adam really doesn’t want to DH in the American League. He wants to play the field, and believes his first base defense has reached the adequate level. He knows he’s no Gold Glover, but believes that he’ll get better, and is anxious to improve that aspect of his game.” – Statement of a person “close…

  5. Pablo Sandoval is a rock star

    Jan 29, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Last night Pablo Sandoval was in San Jose to drop the puck before the San Jose Sharks-Chicago Blackhawks game. Because of that, other Giants’ promotional obligations and the team’s desire to get his beefy butt back into Camp Panda, it was assumed that he would not be participating in tonight’s deciding game of the Venezuelan…

  6. Ken Griffey Jr. is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 29, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    With the hot stove season winding down, my favorite annual meme begins to pick up steam: With Spring Training less than three weeks away and arthroscopic surgery on his left knee more than three months behind him, Griffey figures to be in much better shape. “I’m not saying he will look like he did in…

  7. Why A-Rod has been let off the steroids hook but McGwire has not

    Jan 29, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Bob Klapsich explains why A-Rod has been allowed to moonwalk from his steroids scandal while McGwire keeps getting ripped. As an explanation, I find it to be lacking: First, he appeared to be more honest than McGwire in revealing the detail of his cheating. While A-Rod may have fudged some details, he at least provided…

  8. Nightengale: "Mauer talks couldn't be going better"

    Jan 29, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    USA Today’s Bob Nightengale is in Minnesota taking a tour of the new ballpark and tweets “Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says talks with Joe Mauer couldn’t be going better,” and that “It would be massive upset if Mauer contract extension isn’t resolved by spring.” This wouldn’t be at all surprising in that I think everyone’s…

  9. Report: Tigers, Verlander discussing a $75 million extension

    Jan 29, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan has learned that the Tigers and Justin Verlander are negotiating around a five-year deal in the $75 million range.  The holdup at the moment, Passan reports, is that Verlander wants a 6th year guaranteed.  Presently, the team and the fireballer are poised for arbitration, where Verlander has requested $9.5 million, while the…

  10. Four or Five teams pursuing Chien-Ming Wang

    Jan 29, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    At least that’s what his agent says.  Among those interested: the Mets, the Dodgers and the Cardinals. But wait, wasn’t Wang supposed to be on the sidelines for a good chunk of the early season due to rehab from injuries? “Our plan was to get him 100 percent healthy, so there was no risk on…

  11. And now for an awesome Mickey Mantle story

    Jan 29, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    There’s a conventional wisdom among a lot professional sports writers that you should ignore your comments section. It’ll only make you mad, they say. People complaining, and all that. I think that’s hogwash. Sure, making a comments section a pleasant place to hang around is tough work, especially on a big media site like NBC,…

  12. The Nats sign Miguel Batista

    Jan 29, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Washington has signed Miguel Batista, late of Seattle, to a minor league deal. He turns 39 next month.  Last year he went 7-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the Mariners. Before last year he had mostly been a starter, though he’s spent some time as a swingman and was exclusively a…

  13. Bill Buckner: I definitely would have been tempted to take steroids

    Jan 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hey Howard Bryant, does Bill Buckner count as someone “around the game”? Because if he does, you’re going to have to update your toxicity scoreboard: “I tried a million different things to combat the injury. I had to stay on the field. I was a little bit aware of the extraordinary physical gains some guys…

  14. Omar Minaya: "I'm in charge"

    Jan 29, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya was on SNY last night and was asked, in light of assistant GM John Ricco handling questions on the Beltran stuff and Ken Rosenthal’s recent report that the Wilpons micromanage the free agent process, whether he has full autonomy over the direction of the Mets: “Yes, I do. I know there’s been some…

  15. Jake Peavy grooved one to Barry Bonds

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Before we get to that, some followup from Mike Bacsik, who was accused by former teammate Tim Redding yesterday of grooving home run 756 to Barry Bonds. Bacsik tweets: For everyone on my page that needs a denial; I didn’t try to give up the homerun. I was crappy enough to do it without trying…

  16. Mike Lupica is never going to be happy

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    This morning Mike Lupica spent two nearly incoherent pages complaining about the Yankees not giving Johnny Damon whatever he wanted to play in New York and scoffing at the notion that the Bombers would impose a budget. Ten years ago Mike Lupica spent two nearly incoherent pages complaining that the Yankees threw money at all…

  17. The Blue Jays are thinking about Johnny Damon

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Blue Jays are interested in Johnny Damon and have spoken to Scott Boras about him. GM Alex Anthopoulos said the team was really more in the “information-gathering stage” for Damon, which can probably be translated to “we’re waiting to see how cheap we can get him,” but unlike the…

  18. The Mets sign Fernando Tatis

    Jan 29, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    It was reported yesterday that the Mets were close to a deal with Fernando Tatis to be their part-time first baseman. Now that deal is done, according to the New York Post. Tatis will get less than the $1.7 million he made last year, but there are some incentives built in that can get him…

  19. Yankees fan cancels season tickets over Randy Winn signing

    Jan 29, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    New Stadium Insider got hold of an email exchange between the Yankees’ season ticket sales people and a now former season ticket holder who isn’t doing anything to fight the Yankees-fans-suffer-from-an-overactive-sense-of-entitlement-stereotype: After an amazing season in which the Yankees brought the trophy back home, sadly it seems they have lost their focus on winning another…

  20. Checking in with Bernie Williams

    Jan 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tyler Kepner caught up with Bernie Williams over the weekend and found that the guy is keeping busy: These are busy days for Williams, who performs on Monday at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on Park Avenue in Manhattan to benefit “Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure,” which fights prostate cancer. Williams also appeared at the…

  21. Keith Law ranks the top 100 prospects; Jonathan Mayo ranks the top 50

    Jan 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    ‘Tis the season.  Last night MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo released his Top 50 prospect list. Today Keith Law doubles down and gives you his top 100.  They agree that Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg are numbers one and two respectively, and they both have Buster Posey at four, but as you might imagine, they diverge from…

  22. Did Mike Bacsik groove HR 756 to Barry Bonds?

    Jan 28, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Former Washington Nationals’ pitcher Tim Redding was on the radio yesterday, accusing teammate Mike Bacsik of intentionally throwing a fat pitch to Barry Bonds, giving him the record breaking home run: “I think he wanted to give it up. And he can say what he wants in defense or whatnot, but doing the chart, I…

  23. Yankees picked to finish third, miss playoffs

    Jan 28, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    PECOTA — or “Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm” for those of you who don’t like clever acronyms — is the statistical projection system owned and operated by the good people at Baseball Prospectus. While the specific means by which PECOTA predicts what players and teams will do is proprietary — and while the…

  24. Report: Brewers sign Jim Edmonds

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirms the signing.  See you in camp, Mr. Edmonds. 2:42 P.M.: Ken Rosenthal tweets that Milwaukee is about to sign Jim Edmonds to a minor league deal. Jimmy presumably wants to make the Cubs and Cardinals rue the day and all of that. I have a hard time…

  25. Quote of the Day: Jerry Manuel

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    “We might be fortunate enough to get away with this” – Jerry Manuel, referring to the Mets’ starting rotation, as currently constructed.  You know you’re in for a long season when your team’s manager refers to the pitching staff as though it were a crime.

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