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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    No, he doesn’t. And I apologize for a headline that would even suggest that I think he does. But that’s the question SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt poised on his Twitter account today: Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension? Ill ask him on pre-game tonight. Even better than poising the question rhetorically is asking Manuel himself. …

  2. Bobby Cox thinks Chipper is retiring

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones is not available to the media in advance of tonight’s Braves-Rays game, but Dave O’Brien caught up with Bobby Cox a few minutes ago and asked him about today’s confusion over Jones’ retirement (or not). Cox: The best I can say is he’s planning on retiring after this year, but we won’t know…

  3. The Mariners designate Ian Snell for assignment

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    We’ve had a lot of unsurprising news today. Add this to the list: the Mariners have designated Ian Snell for assignment. Snell was 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in 11 games this year, eight of which were starts. He lost his spot in the rotation for good last week after giving up eight runs in…

  4. Mike Rizzo is no idiot

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    This passage from Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle is a couple of days old, but it’s still a head-scratcher: Mike Rizzo kept saying Stephen Strasburg wasn’t ready for the majors, even when Strasburg tore through spring training like a hurricane and dazzled in the minor leagues. Tuesday’s stunning debut should have been Strasburg’s…

  5. The Rangers may be in good shape

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    It’s still going on, but there are indications that the big hearing in bankruptcy court down in Texas may be going well for the team and not so well for the creditors. It’s the barest of reports, but the Associated Press is reporting that “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn said Tuesday that he tended…

  6. The Astrodome is falling apart

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    This doesn’t get me as misty as seeing Tiger Stadium turning into ruins, but it stinks pretty bad all the same: Hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it opened in 1965, the Astrodome now sits vacant and in disrepair out on Interstate 610. The world’s first domed sports stadium lost its last…

  7. Mark Mulder retires

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    This may register as the least surprising news of the day, but Mark Mulder — former member of the “Big Three” in Oakland — has announced that he has officially retired. I think the only person this may be news to is Mulder’s agent who, back in February, when reports of Mulder’s retirement first surfaced,…

  8. Quote of the Day II: Homer Bailey on Soccer

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    “Soccer is a communist sport. And I don’t care if you use that.” – Reds pitcher Homer Bailey to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News.  Bailey went on to talk about how war is too important to be left to politicians, about how he can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, indoctrination,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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