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Craig Calcaterra

  1. OK, so Chipper won't announce anything today after all

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com just tweeted that, contrary to earlier reports, Chipper Jones has changed his mind about making any announcements today.  Guess that was some meeting with Cox and Wren. So to recap: Chipper is thinking about maybe retiring this season but thinks it may be premature to announce what he likely just discussed…

  2. Quote of the Day: David Ortiz on Manny Ramirez

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    “Manny would call you and tell you, ‘I’ll meet you in a little bit to go eat at 12.’ You would be there until two and Manny wouldn’t show up. That’s him, that’s the way he is.” – David Ortiz, providing a longer synonym for “Manny being Manny.” Not that the quote is some great…

  3. Chipper Jones to retire after this year

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    UPDATE: O’Brien Reports that Jones is meeting with Bobby Cox and GM Frank Wren today and that afterward he will address the media.  It seems apparent that announcing his retirement is the purpose of the meeting and press conference. 11:00 A.M.: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution just tweeted that, while unconfirmed, Chipper Jones has…

  4. Own your own Strasburg ball. Only $18K!

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    I’m not going to say that the Stephen Strasburg hype is getting to be a bit much, but as of 20 minutes ago, the bidding on an autographed Stephen Strasburg ball from his first game is up to $18,080.  At that level of ridiculousness I find it cute that people are still bidding in $10…

  5. The Mets and Mariners have had "serious talks" about Cliff Lee

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    That report is from Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.  The sticking point: the Mariners want Jon Niese, but Omar is unwilling to trade him. I think I have to side with Omar here.  Given that Lee is going to hit the market this winter, why not wait it out, be aggressive, and try to get him…

  6. The Rangers go to court today

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    For what it’s worth, I continue to stand by my story about the Rangers-Astros talks. A deal may never happen because of all the financial complications surrounding the team, but that doesn’t mean the front office has simply given up the notion of trying to improve itself. Quite the contrary, actually. And though he was…

  7. The Cardinals sign Suppan, will start him tonight

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Jeff Suppan threw a bullpen session for Cardinals’ pitching coach Dave Duncan on Saturday. Duncan liked what he saw well enough that the team did what we expected it to do yesterday and signed Suppan.  They plan to start him tonight against the Mariners. The Mariners have an anemic offense, the home crowd will obviously…

  8. Whole lotta shakin' goin' on in San Diego

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps, the Padres-Jays game was briefly interrupted by an earthquake last night.  Video — which is gripping, mostly because of announcer Dick Enberg’s reference to “the funky chicken” — can be seen here. I think my favorite part of the video is when they’re showing those guys on the top…

  9. The Nats are confident that they'll sign Bryce Harper

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Unlike the case with previous Scott Boras clients, I haven’t heard anyone make even a plausible suggestion that Bryce Harper would try to go back to school, play in the independent leagues, go to Japan or do anything else other than sign with the Nationals before the August 15th deadline.  Nevertheless, reporters keep asking the…

  10. The Yankees once had a mascot named "Dandy?" Really?

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    If you read just one news story today about a fuzzy, 7-foot tall New York Yankees’ mascot who looked like Thurman Munson and who had his career ruined because Lou Piniella once chased a chicken that placed a hex on Ron Guidry, make it this story. In other news, learning that the Yankees once had…

  11. The Cubs want to deal Fukudome

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs would like to deal Kosuke Fukudome and are open to offers.  In related news, I would like to run away to a tropical island with Kelly Brook and I’m accepting offers to that affect as well. Given that Fukudome makes $13 million this year and $13.5 million next year,…

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

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Just four games, so not a lot happened. That is, unless you count an ally-oop home run, the best player in baseball having a ball bounce off his head and freakin’ earthquake interrupt the eighth inning as “not a lot.” Blue Jays 6, Padres 3: Nothing notable here other than AN EARTHQUAKE IN THE EIGHTH…

  13. The Rangers are working hard to get Roy Oswalt

    Jun 14, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Now the Fort Worth Star-Telegrams is calling applesauce on my report.  GM Jon Dainels didn’t directly deny it, but he did say “you can probably figure this one out,” suggesting that it’s not happening. And as I said before, there is a difference between a deal happening and one being discussed. I stand by…

  14. Stephen Strasburg: NL Player of the week

    Jun 14, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg has been named the NL Player of the week.  I find this rather surprising. Based on everything we’ve seen and heard, one would think that he’d be at least worthy of player of the half-century.

  15. The Cubs are worried about Piniella's health

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Heyman’s new column is mostly about the starting pitching market, but there’s not a ton new there.  Here’s something interesting, though: the Cubs management is worried about Lou Piniella’s health. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s been thinking this.  Watching Piniella make that pitching change in the ninth last night was highly uncomfortable.…

  16. What's with the Adrian Beltre head rub thing?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    I realize this is over a week old and that Sox fans were all over it, but it completely eluded my radar, so it likely eluded the radar of others as well: After Adrian Beltre clubbed a home run in Friday night’s game, television cameras caught him in the dugout taking what looked like a…

  17. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Here were last week’s Power Rankings. Now for this week’s. I’ve just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the Senate permanently, the Yankees are on top, and the last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.  Fear will keep the other teams in line. Fear of this battlestation! 1. Yankees: There was…

  18. Oswalt's no-trade clause is becoming meaningless

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    In the past couple of weeks we’ve heard Roy Oswalt say that he’d waive his no-trade clause to go “an organization that wants to win.”  They all want to win, of course, so that doesn’t say much. Neither, really, does Oswalt fielding questions about specific teams.  Oswalt is a nice young southern gentleman, so I’m…

  19. Chad Qualls is likely to lose his job at closer

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks closer Chad Qualls got creamed yesterday, allowing three runs in the ninth. But for the grace of God and Chris Young’s walkoff homer he would have blown the whole game.  A.J. Hinch had a front row seat for it, and it sounds like he’s seen enough: “It’s an ugly scene. He’s bearing the…

  20. Ellsbury to be dealt in the offseason?

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Buried in Nick Cafardo’s notes column from yesterday is this small nugget: “Prediction: Jacoby Ellsbury will be dealt in the offseason.” Which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me because Mike Cameron is not going to live forever and the Sox need someone to play in the outfield, but there you are. He could…

  21. McNamee, federal authorities, reporter trying to bury Roger Clemens

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Given that the Roger Clemens case is one in which a syringe-hording drug dealer who once lied to the police about an alleged sexual assault is accusing a philanderer with anger-management issues of illegal drug use, we probably shouldn’t be surprised when things get even more seedy. But they have gotten more seedy: McNamee now…

  22. An Unwritten Rules Moment: Beckham's bunt attempt in the eighth

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    I realize that some of you were watching the Tony Awards, the NBA Finals and other things that don’t really matter all that much, but the smart ones among you were watching the Cubs-White Sox game. If you did, you watched a pretty damn spiffy pitching matchup, with Ted Lilly and Gavin Floyd matching no-hit…

  23. Pedro Alvarez to be called up soon

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    They keep losing baseball games, but at least something interesting is happening in Pittsburgh: interesting young players keep getting called up. The latest will be Pedro Alvarez, who Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated yesterday could be promoted this week. He’s earned it: Alvarez is hitting .285/.370/.549 with 13 homers and 52 RBI for Indianapolis, and…

  24. Quote of the Day: Bob Feller

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    “I think he’s done very well; of course this is not the 1927 Yankees either.” – Indians living legend Bob Feller, summing up Strasburg’s performance against the 2010 Cleveland Indians. Feller had a lot to say about Strasburg, by the way.  The headline of the article — “Feller not overly-impressed by Strasburg” — is misleading…

  25. On the road: Stephen Strasburg comes to Cleveland

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    When I first realized that Stephen Strasburg was going to make his second start in beautiful downtown Cleveland, Ohio, my first thought was: I should get me some tickets. About an hour after that first thought, I got an email from Rob Campbell, future Cleveland Indians GM, inviting me to sit in the Tribe Social…

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