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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Jose Offerman says he was provoked

    Jan 25, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jorge Arangure links a Spanish language report in which Jose Offerman says that the umpire he struck had spoken badly about his mother. I took a bunch of Spanish about 20 years ago and forgot most of it, but I kind of got the gist from the article.  But to be totally professional about…

  5. The A's are interested in Sheets, and if not him, Damon

    Jan 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    There’s apparently some money burning a hole in Billy Beane’s pocket, because according to Buster Olney, the Athletics are trying to sign Ben Sheets. Sheets figures to command around $8 million, so either Beane was given some new financial latitude or else he’s been playin’ possum.  A Sheets signing would be a nice move for…

  6. Oliver Perez is in midseason form

    Jan 25, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    The Mets started a three-day minicamp this morning and all of the New York writers are tweeting from Port St. Luice.  Most of it is “everyone’s happy; everyone looks good.”  Best tweet so far, however, is this dissonant note from Kevin Kernan: At Mets minicamp. Santana looks great. Ollie Perez has already thrown 2 over…

  7. Is there anything fishy about the Cubs staying in Arizona for spring training?

    Jan 25, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    We haven’t really covered this story, but the short version is this:  The Cubs have trained in Arizona for 50 years, but their facilities are getting long in the tooth and they need new digs. Naples, Florida stepped up with a very attractive proposal to lure the Cubs to the Grapefruit League. It appeared as…

  8. A bit more about Grant Desme

    Jan 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    This morning Buster Olney said — I think in response to a question a lot of us had, but were too respectful of the man’s decision to ask — that the A’s have no expectation that Grant Desme, the prospect who is leaving baseball to become a priest, is going to change his mind. I…

  9. Could Buster Posey be the next Craig Biggio?

    Jan 25, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The San Francisco Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins freely admits that it’s bar talk, not news, but it’s bar talk season so let’s hear him, um, talk: Off-the-wall thoughts bouncing around the 3-Dot Lounge: What if Buster Posey is an infielder, in essence, and not a catcher? And what if he’s hitting .438 with 15 homers in…

  10. Jimmy Rollins' Wedding Album

    Jan 25, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    In case you’re curious, Jimmy Rollins got married recently and for some reason his wedding photos are public. It looks like it was a really tasteful wedding. Kind of like my own, except (a) Rollins had his reception at some tropical resort instead of the Beckley, West Virginia Knights of Columbus Hall; and (b) instead…

  11. Jeff Francoeur: Good Guy

    Jan 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    As D.J. mentioned yesterday, Jeff Francoeur won the “Good Guy Award” at the BBWAA dinner the other night. Really, that’s the name of the award. As described by Brian Costa of the Star-Ledger, it’s given for being, you know, a good guy. Must be a single-year award only, because guys who repeatedly fail to listen…

  12. Scott Boras is still pulling the "mystery team" stuff

    Jan 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    With Johnny Damon this time. Here’s Madden at the Daily News: Still, as recently as a couple of days ago, there was renewed dialogue between Damon, Boras and the Yankees in which the Yankees made one last attempt to have a good Yankee remain a Yankee. “Tell us your bottom line for what you’re willing…

  13. Baseball in Orlando?

    Jan 25, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    WFTV in Orlando reports that an exploratory committee has been formed with the purpose of enticing a team to relocate to central Florida. That’s not necessarily significant — I’ve formed a dozen exploratory committees in my life, most dealing with either bringing back “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ and/or getting Todd Rundgren inducted into the Rock…

  14. If Brett Favre rules applied to baseball

    Jan 25, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    NOTE: This starts out about football, goes into an observation about Twitter, but then turns to baseball, I promise. So last night Brett Favre throws an interception that costs his team a trip to the Super Bowl. You think he’s going to be ripped for it, but within minutes of the game ending the ESPN…

  15. Olney: the Nats are shopping Willingham so Adam Dunn can play the outfield. Yikes.

    Jan 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Buster Olney passes this along:  “Heard this: The Nationals have Josh Willingham back out on the trade market, perhaps to give them the option of shifting Adam Dunn back to the outfield.” Willingham just signed a $4.6 million deal to avoid arbitration. He hit 260/.367/.496 with 24 home runs, 61 RBI and a career-high .863…

  16. The Orioles sign Miguel Tejada

    Jan 23, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    UPDATE:’s Jon Heyman hears that Tejada’s one-year deal is worth $6 million and contains some performance bonuses. So reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. It’s a one year deal, and the terms have yet to be announced. Tejada will almost certainly play third, as , Andy MacPhail has said that he would prefer…

  17. Bobby Jenks has lost some weight

    Jan 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    White Sox’ closer Bobby Jenks has taken all kinds of heat from the front office over his weight since the end of the season.  A season, mind you, which was interrupted but bouts with kidney stones, a strained calf muscle and some other ailments which, if you believe Kenny Williams, were basically fat guy injuries. …

  18. Scouts on the Matthews trade: WTF?!

    Jan 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Buster Olney canvassed his scouting sources for their views on the Mets going after Gary Matthews, and sums up the feedback thusly: He can’t hit for average, can’t hit for power, his defense ranks statistically among the worst outfielders in the majors and, to top it off, rival scouts have been reporting that in recent…

  19. Giambi is heading back to Colorado

    Jan 23, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    A couple of weeks ago some unnamed people “hanging out” at the Hard Rock in Vegas said that Jason Giambi was going to be staying with the Colorado Rockies. People loitering around casinos: is there nothing they don’t know? Jason Giambi is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Rockies, reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand.…

  20. Bronson Arroyo and Eduardo Perez to appear in what sounds like a fabulous film

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Yeah, “The Amazing Race” is impressive, but how about this:  Arroyo! Perez! In theaters this fall! Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo is heading to Tappan, New York this weekend for a cameo role in an independent film. Former Red Eduardo Perez will also make an appearance. The film, called “Goat,” is about a young man…

  21. Ex-Braves manager Bobby Bragan: 1917-2010

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Before my time, but worthy of note. Bragan managed the Braves in both Milwaukee and Atlanta, and managed the Pirates and Indians in the mid-to-late 50s.  He didn’t manage long and he was never at the helm of any transcendent teams. He was probably best remembered for the time that, while managing, he walked on…

  22. The worst uniforms of the 90s

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    ‘Duk at Big League Stew puts lie to the notion that the 1990s was some golden era of back-to-basics uniform styles by highlighting the worst baseball fashions of the decade. Was there anything as bad as the White Sox’ shorts? Nah, but there were some ugly stuff happening back then, most of it rooted in…

  23. The Jerome Holtzman Award?

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark thinks that closers don’t already get enough phony glory due to their often meaningless, personalized stat, so he proposes a special award just for them: It’s time for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to establish a new award for relief pitchers. And if it were up to us, we’d call it the…

  24. Report: Phillies sign Jose Contreras

    Jan 22, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas — via Jorge Arangure’s twitter feed — reports that the Phillies have signed Jose Contreras to a one year deal. Contreras has been rumored to be all over the place this winter. Japan? Sure. Rockies? Diamondbacks? Dodgers? Sure, why not. But it’s Philly.  The Phillies rotation shapes up as Halladay, Hamels, Blanton, Happ…

  25. CTB is now available on your mobile device

    Jan 22, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Well, I suppose it always kind of was, but it just loaded up slow and half-assed and sideways and everything.  Now, however, we’ve got a genuine, bona fide, authentic mobile platform for all of your mobile time wasting, real people ignoring, bad driving needs. That traffic in front of you isn’t going anywhere, but if…

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