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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The A's in San Jose: what's it gonna be, Bud?

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    So Bud Selig appointed a committee to study the intricacies of maybe possibly hopefully hypothetically moving the Athletics to San Jose.  The problem: the Giants’ territorial rights.  I’m not expert of decision making, but it strikes me that Bud’s committee had to answer a relatively small, relatively simple few questions: (1) Are the A’s viable…

  2. Florida vs. Arizona

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner runs down the differences between spring training in Florida vs. spring training in Arizona. He focuses on how as of next year every Cactus League team will play in the greater Phoenix area and how everything in Florida is spaced out. He could have added that the weather, generally…

  3. Buster Olney defends his Pujols-Howard story

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Everyone has had a lot of fun with Buster Olney’s report about the Phillies having internal discussions about trading Ryan Howard for Pujols.  Today Buster strikes back. After making it clear that he never said that any St. Louis-Philly negotiations took place and that neither team was inclined to make such deal, Buster says he…

  4. Brandon Wood to get the nod at third for Anaheim

    Mar 16, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia more or less confirmed what folks who think a lot about baseball had been hoping for: Brandon Wood will break Angels’ camp as the starting third baseman.  There had been concerns that the three-year, $10-million deal the club gave to Maicer Izturis this winter would serve to block Wood. Again.  Scioscia says, however,…

  5. Manny under the microscope

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    A summary of Bob Klapisch’s take on Manny Ramirez:  He was totally awesome until he tested positive for PEDs, and then we all realized that he was a fraud and now he needs to prove he can still produce without the drugs. But if he does produce this season we’ll have no idea if he’s…

  6. Who is the face of your franchise?

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Stuff like this post — looking at all the preseason annuals like Sporting News and Athlon, and determining whether their choices of the face of each franchise as evidenced by the cover photos they use makes rational sense — is why I keep Wezen-Ball bookmarked and you should too. Anyone can tell you who won…

  7. Creditors reject Greenberg's latest offer

    Mar 16, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg keeps telling everyone who will listen that there’s nothing to worry about, the sale of the Rangers will close by April 1, and all will be happy and sunshine. Events on the ground, however, continue to make such a scenario less and less likely. According to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily: Hicks…

  8. Deep Thoughts: Derek Jeter's predecessors

    Mar 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Mike Vaccaro has a column today about how the presence of Derek Jeter and his presumptive multi-year deal likely contributed to the Yankees missing out on Cuban free agent Adeiny Hechevarria, who seems to have signed with the Blue Jays. Vaccaro is realistic about it — it’s not like you let 19 year-old prospects dictate…

  9. What to do about HGH? How about legalizing it?

    Mar 16, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Economist (and Braves fan) J.C. Bradbury thinks the best way to deal with the scourge of HGH is to simply allow anyone who wants to use it to do so. It’s an Insider article so many of you can’t see it, but Bradbury’s upshot is that (a) there is almost a total lack of evidence…

  10. Derek Lowe shuts down the Nats

    Mar 16, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Derek Lowe was absolutely dominant last night, retiring every batter he faced save one who reached on an error, striking out six and inducing five groundouts. This (a) gives me hope that his little toe blister problem is past him; and (b) bolsters my belief that he’s poised for a bounce back season. Then I…

  11. Josh Hamilton banged up again

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    If it wasn’t for bad luck Josh Hamilton wouldn’t have no luck at all: Hamilton was diagnosed with a bruise on his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Monday night in a Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants. Preliminary X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated Tuesday. “Somebody is after…

  12. President Jamie McCourt

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    The latest from the McCourt divorce: Jamie McCourt considered whether to parlay her high-profile position with the Dodgers into the pursuit of political offices, including president of the United States, according to documents filed by her estranged husband in the couple’s divorce proceedings . . . In a December 2008 e-mail, Dodgers executive Charles Steinberg…

  13. Major League Baseball's Working Poor

    Mar 16, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you:

  14. Instant Karma: Angel Pagan and John Harper

    Mar 15, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    There’s nothing wrong pe se in John Harper’s Daily News column today. In fact, I’d probably rather see Fernando Martinez get the nod over Angel Pagan until Beltran comes back too. But he’s written enough dunderheaded stuff in his life that I got a chuckle out of this anyway.  The column: The ball was hit…

  15. Michael Young rocks the flutterball

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Can’t say I’ve ever been a big Michael Young fan, but that could change: Young wasn’t going to sit around and do nothing on a cool Sunday morning on the Rangers’ back fields. So he took the mound and beckoned catcher Emerson Frostad to get in his crouch. Veteran catcher Toby Hall stood in the…

  16. Gaylord Perry and Bud Selig's comedy routine

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Bud Selig was at Giants’ camp over the weekend: Just as Selig prepared to leave, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, in town for a series of Giants functions, ambled into the room. Greeting Selig, the 71-year-old Perry jokingly said, “I want the rules changed so I can make a comeback!” Playfully rubbing Perry’s shoulder and…

  17. Yikes! Sheets Shelled

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Don’t pay attention to spring training stats, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda, but it’s probably worth noting that Ben Sheets just got knocked out of the game against the Reds. His line: 10 runs, 8 hits, 1 walk, no one retired. Repeat: no one retired. Of course, only nine of those runs were earned…

  18. Washupdate: Benson signs with Dbacks; Villone released by Nats

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    And now the latest from the world of pitchers who people kinda thought were good a few years ago: Kris Benson has signed with the Diamondbacks. It’s a minor league deal. If he makes the club he’ll get $650,000 plus games-started incentives.  This is obviously Brandon Webb insurance. Which is probably a better situation for…

  19. The Ethics of Nomar Garciaparra's one-day contract

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Friend of the blog and professional ethicist Jack Marshall has put some thought to Nomar Garciaparra’s one-day contract/retirement with the Red Sox. After registering his surprise and displeasure with Dan Shaughnessy’s highly negative reaction, Jack throws an interesting idea out for consideration, that applies to sports and beyond: When an organization has parted ways with…

  20. Phillies' Polanco: day-to-day with a sprained knee

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    2:25 P.M.:  Latest update: the Phillies are calling it a “sprained knee.”  Polanco says “I don’t think it’s too bad.”  Phillies say he’s day to day and suspect that he’ll miss 2-3 days.1:59 P.M.: The word from the Phillies on Polanco is “strained right knee.” Maybe I mentioned Cody Ransom too soon.  Bad news from…

  21. MLB and Victoria's Secret team up to bring you silly clothes

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    MLB and Victoria’s Secret are teaming up to sell licensed clothing to young women under the “Pink” label.  As Maury describes: “The collection showcases VS PINK’s highly recognizable brand iconography with fun sayings like “I only kiss Padres fans” or “Love Love Love Twins”, and boasts cute zip-pocket tees, crystallized caps, baseball jerseys, as well…

  22. Spring Training trip wrap-up

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    My spring training trip ended with a flight back home yesterday afternoon.  The tale of the tape: Five games, one rainout; One meal with my mother-in-law; One meal with, and four pieces of new media from, Old Gator; A couple dozen awkward conversations with ballplayers who didn’t know me from Adam; A dozen or so…

  23. The Red Sox steal a member of the Yankee Universe

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Thinking of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry as the Cold War, this little episode doesn’t exactly rank up there with the formation of the Warsaw Pact or the Cuban Missile Crisis. As far as provocations go it’s somewhere between Lyndon Johnson sending the Marines to the Dominican Republic to fight communists in 1965 and the North…

  24. Lowell gets some work in at first

    Mar 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Down in Fort Meyers, Mike Lowell will be getting a start against the Orioles this afternoon.  As will Adrian Beltre. How? Mike Lowell is starting at first base. It’s his first action at first since he played in the minors in 1998. Who knows how he feels about it, but whether this is to hone…

  25. Scenes from Spring Training: Phun with the Phillie Phanatics Part 4

    Mar 15, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Remember that thing Tom Verducci wrote back in December about how the Phillies are turning into the Yankees?  I thought that probably overstated things, but there is at least one thing they have in common: Obstructed press box views in their spring training ballparks: I was able to position myself to where I could see…

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