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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Athletics release Chad Gaudin, send Edwar Ramirez to Sacramento

    May 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Relievers Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez were both designated for assignment in recent days.  The assignment has now come: Edwar Ramirez down to AAA Sacramento and Gaudin out of town on a rail. Between this news and the Brian Bruney DFA from the other day, it’s safe to say that the “sign ex-Yankees and put…

  2. The Cubs go into the rooftop bleacher business

    May 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    For years the buildings just outside of Wrigley Field have charged admission to people to sit on the roof and peer into the ballpark during Cubs games. Five or six years ago the Cubs got all litigatey about it, and ended up settling with the building owners and accepting a cut of the rooftop gate. …

  3. Peter Angelos loves having the Nats nearby

    May 21, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Remember several years ago when Major League Baseball was getting ready to move the Expos to Washington and Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos — a trial lawyer by trade — threatened to sue until Hell wouldn’t have if if his precious territory was invaded?  Yeah, he’s over that now, saying today just how wonderful it is…

  4. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman

    May 21, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Royals GM Dayton Moore told, “I’m not talking getting to .500, I’m talking about winning the World Series when I say eight to 10 years.” Pirates fans must be wondering: Why is he in such a hurry? – Jon Heyman, flashing a little of the funny in talking about Dayton Moore’s definition of “The…

  5. The Cubs sign Bobby Howry

    May 21, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday Aaron passed along word that the Cubs were likely to sign reliever Bobby Howry. Today they did just that, reports Carrie Muskat of To make room for Howry, the Cubs optioned Justin Berg to Iowa and designated David Patton for assignment.  All you David Patton owners are probably blindsided by that, but I’m…

  6. The Indians are in deep financial trouble

    May 21, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Akron Beacon-Journal reports that the Cleveland Indians are on pace to draw around 1.16 million people this year. The problem: The Indians’ front office made a budget that assumed attendance of 1.5 million. Which was actually a conservative assumption, as the team drew 1.766 million last year.  A year that was profoundly disappointing and…

  7. The best Charlie Manuel interview you'll ever read

    May 21, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    You all know that I have a bit of a crush on Charlie Manuel. This interview with Yahoo!’s Dave Brown only makes it stronger.  It’s got everything: the Amish, professional wrestling, Manuel and Mickey Mantle talking about “Mother Nature things” and how Ron Washington was always a “hard nosed” player who was a “high energy…

  8. The Nats release Willy Taveras

    May 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    In early February, the Reds traded Willy Taveras to the A’s.  Within a week of that going down, the A’s released him.  Then the Nats signed him, but as of today they have joined the growing fraternity of teams who have realized that being fast is not the same thing as knowing how to play…

  9. The Giants may be pushing Todd Wellemeyer out of the rotation

    May 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the Chronicle reports that Bruce Bochy is going to skip Todd Wellemeyer’s next turn in the Giants’ rotation thanks to an off-day on Monday.  Schulman has a source, however, who is telling him that Wellemeyer might be on the outs permanently, and that the Giants are considering bringing up Erick Hacker to…

  10. iPads not allowed in Yankee Stadium

    May 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Yankee Stadium has always been much harder on people bringing in stuff like bags and food and whatnot, but the latest one has some people angry:  No iPads: However if you are planning to attend a Yankees home game at Yankee Stadium, leave that iPad at home! The security policies page notes that laptops are…

  11. Angel Pagan is on his own

    May 21, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I’m a huge fan of The Dugout. For those unfamiliar, it’s basically a chat room where baseball players discuss the great issues of the day.  Or something like that. And they’re not really the players, but that’s not important right now. The important thing here is that yesterday’s Dugout about the Angel Pagan game is…

  12. Let's take a short break from interleague play

    May 21, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Interleague play begins again tonight. Feel the excitement? Nah, me neither.  Don’t get me wrong: I was against interleague play when it was first proposed because I am a scared old man who fears change, but  after it got started I got used to it rather quickly. I even began to enjoy some aspects of…

  13. Will the DH come to the NL in 2012?

    May 21, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    That’s the prediction of Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue, who looked on aghast as Ubaldo Jimenez cramped up while running the bases in against the Astros last night: There are millions of dollars invested in pitchers like this, including Jimenez, who is signed through 2012 with a couple of relatively inexpensive (for today’s market)…

  14. Dusty Baker is not that familiar with the Braves' roster

    May 21, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    One final note from that Braves-Reds game yesterday.  After the game, Dusty was being asked about his bullpen usage. Specifically, why he pulled Arthur Rhodes after he struck Jason Heyward out with the bases loaded rather than have him face the grand slam-hitting Brooks Conrad.  Dusty’s response: “He wouldn’t have faced Conrad,” Baker said. “It…

  15. Nationals owner needs stitches after batting practice mishap

    May 21, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Listen, Mr. Lerner, the players have their jobs and you have yours, so let’s make a deal: they will refrain from pretending to swim in your giant piles of cash if you refrain from shagging fly balls in their outfield, OK? Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner received a couple of stitches on the bridge of…

  16. David Ortiz: "People is horrible"

    May 21, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin has a feature on David Ortiz and how he’s been dealing with his early season struggles and the criticism that comes with it.  The short answer? Not well.  Really, if you want to see the dictionary definition of a guy who can’t handle the critics, this is it. Among the…

  17. MLBPA warning: players with criminal records could be detained entering Canada

    May 21, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Baseball and immigration: it’s not just about Arizona anymore! The MLB Players Association sent a memo — marked urgent — to all player agents yesterday, warning those who represent non-Canadian players who have a past criminal record, that, “Under Canadian immigration laws, individuals who are not Canadian citizens may be detained at the border and,…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    May 21, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3: Ken Griffey, Jr. with the pinch hit, game-winning RBI single.  Don Wakamatsu was ejected before Griffey was sent in to the game, so it wasn’t his call.  However, a source of mine secretly recorded the conversation that the remaining coaching staff had before Junior was allowed to go up and…

  19. Dayton Moore: "The Process" is 8-10 years

    May 20, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Dayton Moore has taken a lot of guff from Royals fans in the past couple of years as a result of his constant exhortations for them to “trust The Process,” which is the term he uses to refer to his plan to rebuild the Royals.  The problems with this? “The Process” is rather amorphus, inasmuch…

  20. The Brewers flip-flop Braun and Fielder

    May 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Hey, the Cardinals are doing it with Pujols, why shouldn’t the Brewers do it with Braun?  Move him to the cleanup spot, that is, with Prince Fielder going to the three-hole for the first time since 2008. Hey! They won the division in 2008! This can’t NOT work! The real question is not whether Fielder…

  21. The Sporting News picks the top 50 players — and does a terrible job of it

    May 20, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    This is less the Sporting News’ mistake as it is their panel of “125 experts, including 18 Hall of Famers” who pick the Top 50 current ballplayers in the game this time each year. They get number 1 OK: Pujols.  Not many would argue with that. But how about Chase Utley at number 9 behind…

  22. The Braves stun the Reds with a walkoff grand slam

    May 20, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Sweet sassy-molassy. The Braves’ Brooks Conrad just hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Braves a dramatic come-from-behind win against the Reds.  Atlanta was down 8-0 after two innings. They were down 9-3 entering the bottom of the ninth.  When Arthur Rhodes struck out Jason Heyward with the bases juiced in the ninth, I…

  23. Kevin Youkilis: "I get a lot of 'you suck'"

    May 20, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    NBC’s own TIffany Simons interviewed Kevin Youkilis, asking him about his offseason workout habits (none); his superstitions (some very inconsistent ones), his batting stance role model (Eric Davis), his charity (a good one), white wine (“um, I guess it goes with fish”), and the taunts he gets at Yankee Stadium (“I get a lot of…

  24. Mike Lupica is happy to have a new reason to rip A-Rod

    May 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Fun times in the Daily News today, as Mike Lupica takes A-Rod to task over the Dr. Galea story, sarcastically asserting that, apparently now that Rodriguez is no longer a post-season choker and all of that, apparently he doesn’t feel the need to come clean. Many of you may agree with him. But read the…

  25. Is Ozzie Guillen in trouble?

    May 20, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    No news story or gossip to base this on, but based on his tweets the wonderful Ozzie Guillen is feeling a bit edgy and insecure today: I’m playing golf trying to clear my head, still not working hahaha. Nice day; I sleep like a baby, but I get up every 2 hours and cry; I’m…

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