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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Quote of the Day: Ryan Zimmerman

    Jan 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Nats’ third baseman on the radio a few minutes ago: “There’s no way we’ll lose a hundred games again this year” I can’t decide if this is a bold statement or not. On the one hand, yes, it’s a guarantee of sorts and we live in an uncertain world. A world in which the…

  2. Tim Wakefield expects to start

    Jan 27, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    The Red Sox have John Lackey, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz, but Tim Wakefield says one of them is going to have to take a back seat to him:  “I’ve been right back on track with my normal offseason routine and I don’t feel like there’s going to be any setbacks,…

  3. Dawson to enter Hall of Fame as an Expo

    Jan 27, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Our long international nightmare is over: After attending the annual B.A.T. banquet in New York Tuesday night, [Andre] Dawson sent the following text to The Tribune: “Hall will issue a press release (Wednesday) announcing that I will go in as an Expo.” While Dawson may have enjoyed more general fame as a Cub, he played…

  4. News Flash: Charlie Manuel would like to have had Cliff Lee in the rotation

    Jan 26, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Cholly on the Cliff Lee trade: “Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball right now. Lee is a tad behind him. Of course it would’ve been nice to have both of them. It’d be good to have Halladay, Lee, Hamels. I’d be looking good. I might even be buying more expensive furniture than the Mrs.…

  5. The Dodgers have agreed to terms with Brad Ausmus

    Jan 26, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    So tweets Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times. He’ll earn a base salary of $850k and there’s a mutual option for 2011. Ausmus actually had a decent year with the stick by his standards in 2009, although it was in exceedingly limited play (.295/.343/.368 in 107 plate appearances). Before that, you’re looking at basically a…

  6. Satch vs. the Yankee Clipper

    Jan 26, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Not that you need any other reasons to hate the fact that baseball was segregated for so long, but this one will make you fall into a debilitating “what if?” spiral: Joe DiMaggio was a prospect, a promising one for sure, but he still was two months shy of making his New York Yankees spring-training…

  7. The Dodgers sign Ron Belliard

    Jan 26, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have come to terms with Ron Belliard on a one-year, $850,000 deal. Belliard was hot down stretch for L.A. last year, hitting .351/.398/.636 in 24 games and taking Orlando Hudson’s job. He started all of the Dodgers’ playoff games, reaching base 13 times in 34 plate appearances against…

  8. Is Bob Geren on the hot seat?

    Jan 26, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    The Chronicle’s Ray Ratto breaks down the numbers that are up against the A’s fourth year manager: There have been 663 managers in major-league history, 176 of whom have held the job since 1980. Of those 176, 46 have held the same job for more than four years, which is where Geren would be at…

  9. The McGwire-Rose comparisons make no sense

    Jan 26, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski can’t see why, if Mark McGwire is allowed to take a job in the game, Pete Rose is not.  Indeed, he spends a couple dozen paragraphs making that equivalency, culminating in this: Yes, Rose betrayed the game by gambling on baseball. There’s no way around that elephant in the middle of the…

  10. The Athletics land Ben Sheets

    Jan 26, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Danny Knobler of CBS reports that the offer mentioned this morning was, in fact, competitive after all: Free agent right-hander Ben Sheets has signed with the A’s, CBS has learned. Sheets agreed to terms on a one-year deal for more than $8 million. He passed a physical today, and the deal is expected…

  11. The Cubs sign Xavier Nady

    Jan 26, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s Xavier Nady. The dimensions will stay 355-368-400-368-353. 12:20 P.M.: Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs “appear close to adding outfield depth.” That could mean that they’re going to sign Johnny Gomes or Jermaine Dye or Xavier Nady or someone. It could also mean that they’ve removed the bleachers and scoreboard…

  12. Wandy Rodriguez can't lose

    Jan 26, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    FSN-Houston’s Greg Lucas on Wandy Rodriguez’s upcoming arbitration with the Astros: Rodriguez doesn’t lose no matter what the decision is. He made about $2.6 million in 2010. No wonder an awful lot of baseball owners rue the day they agreed to arbitration to settle contract disputes. The players always win. The owners offer raises-in Wandy’s…

  13. In case you were wondering, no the Marlins were not bombed

    Jan 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Suicide bombers hit three hotels frequented by westerners in Baghdad yesterday. When I read about it, I’ll admit, my first thought wasn’t “Oh God, I hope Chris Coghlan is safe!”  Indeed, I had actually forgot all about the Marlins’ Iraq trip. Still, it’s good to hear this from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald: Just…

  14. News Flash: the Rays need a new home

    Jan 26, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    That’s not really news, but it’s now an Official Finding of a committee put together by a coalition of St. Petersburg business and community leaders.  One would think that such a conclusion could be reached upon one or two visits to Tropicana Field, but these guys have been studying the matter for eighteen months.  Though…

  15. The looming battle over draft pick slotting

    Jan 26, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Buster Olney relays the gist of conversations held during the recent General Managers meeting about fixing the draft.  Money quote: And there is a strong belief on the side of management that a slotting system can be completed, because the union will embrace the idea — so long as the Players Association is guaranteed, in…

  16. Report: the A's have made an offer for Ben Sheets

    Jan 26, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    The A’s have reportedly made a “competitive offer” for Ben Sheets. If this is as competitive as their offers for Marco Scutaro and Adrian Beltre, expect Sheets to sign with an east coast team by lunch.

  17. The Rangers deal is not a done deal

    Jan 26, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Sure, Greenberg and Ryan have made a deal with Hicks, but they’re not the only ones that matter.  According to Sports Business Journal, a hedge fund called Monarch Alternative Capital — which came in late in the game and bought up a bunch of Hicks Sports’ Group’s debt when they nearly defaulted on their obligations…

  18. The Mets are still talking to Smoltz

    Jan 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    A few weeks ago it was reported that the Mets were interested in John Smoltz for the rotation. The interest hasn’t flagged, apparently, as the Daily News says this morning that “the Mets have been particularly active in dialogue” with Smotlz.  That’s a fancy way of saying they’re talking.  Smoltz had previously been linked to…

  19. The dump-McGwire campaign intensifies

    Jan 26, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Yesterday Ken Rosenthal gave Mark McGwire an ultimatum: repent or resign.  I had missed the fact that, earlier in the day, Peter Gammons had thrown a log on that same fire, calling McGwire a “distraction,” questioning whether his presence on the Cardinals is sustainable and, as a grand finale, saying “McGwire, La Russa, Mozeliak, DeWitt…

  20. Quote of the Day II: Have you taken your steroids today?

    Jan 25, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    “I’ve heard the point made that now you take urine samples to make sure you haven’t taken drugs, where in 20 years you might take urine samples to make sure you took your drugs. This idea is approaching. Attitudes are changing.” – Andrzej Bartke, one of the world’s leading experts on HGH, in a pretty…

  21. Quote of the Day: Sports Illustrated on the Astros

    Jan 25, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    This is really a quote of yesterday — April 15, 1991 to be exact — that reader Christopher Modell dug up while trying to find some more info for me on Craig Biggio’s catching prowess.  The writers of the piece — William Oscar Johnson and Albert Kim — are concerned that the Astros are embarking…

  22. When it comes to steroids, put Robin Yount in the "reasonable" camp

    Jan 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Missed this from late last week, but Robin Yount has become the latest in a long line of Hall of Famers to weigh in on the Mark McGwire steroids stuff. When asked what he thought of Carlton Fisk and Rich Gossage and everyone taking shots at McGwire, he had this to say: “A number of…

  23. Rosenthal: McGwire needs to own up or resign

    Jan 25, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    I’m a huge fan of Ken Rosenthal the reporter. I think he works harder than anyone in the business and, more than anyone, when he passes on a nugget of news, you can bet that it’s going to pan out. Personally speaking, he’s always been gracious with me despite the fact that I’ve been critical…

  24. Biggio was no Buster Posey behind the plate

    Jan 25, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    This morning I compared Buster Posey and Craig Biggio, but lamented that I couldn’t find any scouting reports of what kind of catcher Biggio was. The lesson here: I’m really, really lazy and should leave the researching to people who know what they’re doing.  People like lar from Wezen-Ball, who tracked down this old story…

  25. Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee need a nickname

    Jan 25, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    At least John McGrath of the Tacoma News-Tribune thinks they do. He starts with a couple of ideas: Is anybody pondering a nickname for the Mariners’ one-two punch? Hmmn. If Hernandez is “King Felix,” his counterpart should also own a title of distinction, something along the line of, say, “General Lee.” King Felix and General…

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