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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Padres place Kevin Correia on the bereavement list

    May 11, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    This is truly terrible.  Padres’ pitcher Kevin Correia’s 22 year-old brother was killed in a hiking accident at Channel Islands National Park over the weekend. Correia obviously missed his Saturday start as he rushed to be with his family.  Today the Padres placed him on the bereavement list. A player on the bereavement list can…

  2. The Braves to retire Brook Jacoby's number

    May 11, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Well, he did have it first. The team is being gracious enough, however, to include Tom Glavine in the ceremony this August 6th.  Glavine will also be inducted into the Braves’ Hall of Fame. Jacoby’s induction is apparently being delayed by politics and the usual kind of B.S. that tends to accompany these things. In…

  3. This June's Philles-Jays series to be moved to Philadelphia

    May 11, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    There have been rumblings about this since February, but there will be an announcement later today in which the Jays-Phillies series currently scheduled for June 25-27th in Toronto will be moved to Citizens Bank Park in Philly due to interference from the G-20 summit, which is also scheduled in Toronto for that time. The technical…

  4. Add Jose Valverde to the closer dance party

    May 11, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    People have groused about Joba Chamberlain and Jonathan Papelbon’s post-strikeout and post-save fist pumps and histrionics for years now, but it’s time to add someone else to that list: Jose Valverde.  Check out his display from last night’s Yankees-Tigers game, which the good people at MLB.com have so helpfully put on a single, 43 second…

  5. Joe Torre: out of L.A. and back to the Mets?

    May 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reported in his latest video cast that “friends of Joe Torre doubt he would tolerate another year of the Dodgers’ penny-pinching circus” and that, as a result he’s looking for a way out of L.A. That report was shot down by Torre himself yesterday, saying “obviously they’re no friends of mine.”  Still, he’s…

  6. So what's David Wright's problem?

    May 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    David Wright is struggling lately, and this morning we have two competing explanations for it.  First is Tim Smith of the Daily News: Wright won’t admit it, but Citi Field has gotten inside his head and he can’t shake it. If a park can haunt a baseball player, then Citi Field is haunting Wright. How…

  7. Fergie Jenkins thinks Zambrano got too skinny

    May 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    And here we thought being in the best shape of his life would make a big difference.  Here’s the great Fergie Jenkings on the Cubs’ highly-paid mopup man: “The guy I thought was going to be a winner was Carlos Zambrano,” Jenkins said. “But he just can’t get it together.” The reason, Jenkins speculated, was…

  8. Castro commits three errors in Wrigley debut

    May 11, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    No one really notices this sort of thing if Starlin Castro didn’t hit 6 RBI in his big-splash major league debut last Friday, but he did, so people notice. It was a bad night for Castro against the Marlins, as he committed three errors at short. A video reel of all three can be seen…

  9. Scouting reports on umpires? Why not?

    May 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Every umpire has a reputation, but some teams aren’t content with simply knowing if a guy is a pitchers’ ump or a hitters’ ump. They’re getting detailed with it Ron Washington flips the pages of his three-ring notebook, filled with inside info on the other team’s pitchers and hitters. The Texas manager gets to the…

  10. Cameron on Griffey: "It's not the fact that he was asleep"

    May 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner knows the Seattle Mariners better than anyone, and last night he completely nailed the whole Griffey sleeping in the clubhouse thing.  It’s not the nap per se; it’s what it represents: . . . the fact that two teammates would talk to a reporter about Junior being asleep during a…

  11. The Mets designate Catalanotto for assignment; call up Chris Carter

    May 11, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    The Mets designated utilityman Frank Catalanotto for assignment after last night’s game, and have called up Chris Carter from Buffalo. Carter, an outfielder by trade, has hit .336 with a 1.001 OPS in 29 games with the Bisons. He’s 27 and has had 132 minor league homers, so he’s not exactly been on the prospect…

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

    May 11, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Tigers 5, Yankees 4: Johnny Damon hit a homer and Austin Jackson drove in a run on a groundout. That’s cool and all, but otherwise they combined to go 1 for 7 with three strikeouts. Despite that, how much you wanna bet that the New York papers make a huge “oh, if we only had…

  13. Josh Beckett's start is getting bumped

    May 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Beckett was slated to start this Wednesday against the Blue Jays, but the Sox are pushing him until Friday.  There’s nothing wrong with him, the team says, they just think he needs an extra side session and maybe a chill pill or something (note: they didn’t say chill pill). Either way, Beckett’s ERA is currently…

  14. Comment of the Day: Sleeping Junior

    May 10, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    After over a year of working on this blog I thought I have pretty much figured out what to expect when it comes to certain subjects. Yankees-Red Sox stuff? Oh, so predictable.  Steroids threads? I can chart out how the comments are going to go with those like I was Hari Seldon with a TI-84…

  15. The Fenway infield remains awful

    May 10, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    People were complaining about the Fenway Park infield when I was a kid. Heck, they were probably complaining about it when Jerry Remy and Glenn Hoffman were kids. Tall grass. Bad bounces. Gophers and stuff. Just all kinds of nastiness. I figured that bit of charm had largely gone away, what with the meticulous makeover…

  16. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. to retire or be released sometime this month

    May 10, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    A pretty major story from Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News-Tribune in which it is reported that the Seattle Mariners will soon urge Ken Griffey, Jr. to retire, and if he doesn’t they’ll release him, most likely this month. LaRue says “the end is near” for Griffey.  The reasons: For one thing, obvious lack of…

  17. Your Pfun Pfact of the Day: The value of perfect games

    May 10, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    From the Twitter account of one Tirico Suave: Prize for pitching a perfect game in MLB2K10: $1 million. Dallas Braden’s 2010 salary: $420,000. And the kid who won the million bucks doesn’t have to run in the outfield between starts.

  18. Quote of the Day: clothes you can puke on

    May 10, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    No, they’re still wearing clothes you can puke on. – Dick, a random Twins fan, when asked if fans are starting to dress up more for Twins games now that they’ve started playing in their fancy new stadium. I’m glad to see that Twins fans are keeping it casual. At least, I think they are.…

  19. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 10, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    1. Rays: Having a perfect game thrown against them isn’t enough to knock ‘em out of the top spot, but the Yankees had the better week and could have easily been ranked first here. If nothing changes next week I just might switch ‘em anyway, because I’m tired of posting Rays pictures to the right.…

  20. David Wright blows up

    May 10, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    David Wright gets some garbage about not being a firey team leader from time to time. He’s working on the firey, though. Just check out his reaction to his called strike three in the ninth inning of yesterday’s Mets-Giants game. I’m pretty sure at one point that Wright told the umpire to “get the funk…

  21. Should Mike Piazza go into the Hall of Fame as a Dodger or a Met?

    May 10, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    This question was inspired by Mr. Piazza’s own comments in the New York Times over the weekend, in which he says he’d prefer to go in with a Mets cap: The bulk of my career was with the Mets,” he said, “and after going through the trade, then the drama of 9/11. I’ll never forget…

  22. The Indians give Kerry Wood his closer job back for some reason

    May 10, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    When the Indians activated Kerry Wood on Friday, Aaron thought that the Indians should ease him back into things with some middle relief work or something, but that the team would probably try to rush him back and get some saves under his belt so he could be more easily flipped sometime this summer. As…

  23. Dallas Braden's postgame press conference

    May 10, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Here are some of Dallas Braden’s comments after yesterday’s perfecto.   I like the part where he says that he’d like to have some of the same career accomplishments as the other 18 men who threw perfect games. The way I see it the only thing he’s got to do to top Len Barker is…

  24. Dallas Braden almost had to school someone else on the unwritten rules

    May 10, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    The only downside to Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday is that we narrowly missed out on a chance to have him once again bring the 209 noise about respect and the unwritten rules and all of that jive. The scene: fifth inning, nobody out, Evan Longoria at the plate. He attempts to reach on a…

  25. Billy Beane almost missed Braden's perfect game

    May 10, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    I didn’t know that Dallas Braden had a perfect game going until the eighth inning when I checked Twitter and saw everyone yammering about it. But hey, I was busy with family stuff and was monitoring a bunch of games yesterday afternoon, so I can be excused for only seeing the eighth and ninth innings.…

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