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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Shaughnessy compares steroids to Hitler. I think.

    Jan 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Thank God we finally have Dan “the voice of reason” Shaughnessy’s take on the McGwire business.  Take it away, Dan: Why wouldn’t a guy cheat? Steroids made McGwire rich and famous. The performance-enhancing drugs probably will cost him Cooperstown, but ‘roids got McGwire where he wanted to go. Is there a Triple A ballplayer who’d…

  2. The implications of yesterday's Marlins-MLB-MLBPA deal

    Jan 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    For those who missed it due to all of the McGwire hoopla, the Marlins were taken to the woodshed yesterday over pocketing revenue sharing money instead of using it for its intended purpose. The upshot: the Union had the Marlins dead to rights on violating Article XXIV(B)(5)(a)of the Basic Agreement, which commits teams to spending…

  3. And now for something completely awesome: Rare Deadball Era footage

    Jan 13, 2010, 6:20 AM EDT

    Prepare yourself for the best ten minutes you’ll have today. Highlights from (roughly) 1909-1920.  Oh, and ask yourself at the 1:32 mark of the video: how much deader would the Deadball Era have been if they, you know, actually had a pitcher’s mound?

  4. How the Reds snagged Aroldis Chapman

    Jan 12, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon has a story on the Reds’ efforts to get Aroldis Chapman, dating back to his appearances in the World Baseball Classic.  They scouted him pretty heavily, stayed out of the hot stove reports, had a private workout for him no one reported, made an offer, went back and forth with the Hendricks…

  5. Stage managing McGwire's confession

    Jan 12, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    The New York Time’s Richard Sandomir has the backstory on how Mark McGwire’s confession came to be. In blog years this is very old — it came out last night for cryin’ out loud — but it’s definitely worth a read: The one-day plan — coordinated over the past month by Ari Fleischer, a former…

  6. Ramon Castro signs with the White Sox

    Jan 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ramon Castro, who first was a Blue Jay and then wasn’t a Blue Jay is now a White Sox. It’s a one year, $1 million deal. He hit .219/.292/.406 in 171 plate appearances on the season, catching about 400 innings. That means that he is yet another catcher who is demonstrably superior to Jason Kendall, yet…

  7. The Marlins are on double secret probation over their payroll

    Jan 12, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    We know that Scott Boras has complained about teams like the Marlins pocketing revenue sharing money instead of using it on players. We know that John Henry has complained too.  Now, with the release of separate statements from the league, the Marlins and the Players’ Association, that the Marlins are on double secret probation. Her’s…

  8. The party hasn't started until Canseco shows up

    Jan 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I’m surprised it took him a day to find a microphone.  Anyway, you’ve been right more than you’ve been wrong about this Jose, so you’re probably entitled to a few minutes of the floor: “I’ve got no problems with a few of the things he’s saying, but again, it’s ironic and strange that Mark McGwire…

  9. Molina gets cheaper; Mets ready to buy?

    Jan 12, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that Bengie Molina as lowered his asking price and that, as a result, he may be a step closer to joining the Mets. The holdup all along has been years, not money, so it’s unclear whether the Molina is now willing to deal with a single year and an option…

  10. Quote of the Day: Tom Haudricourt

    Jan 12, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    I haven’t voted for him because he wouldn’t come forward and say anything, but now that he did and admitted he cheated, I probably still won’t vote for him. – The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt, approaching the sublime.

  11. Congress is not going to get involved in the McGwire business

    Jan 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    I only mention this because, just like the will-Bonds-be-the-next-to-apologize thing, tons of people are asking me if I think Congress will get back into the steroids thing in light of Mark McGwire’s admission. No and no. The first no is based on the legalities involved. The only reason they’d have to haul McGwire back or…

  12. Delgado "not moving well"

    Jan 12, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price tweets that the Mets have scouted Carlos Delgado a handful of times as he plays in Puerto Rico this winter, and that he’s “not moving well.”  One would think that this would preclude his return as a first baseman. Price suggests that the Blue Jays have scouted him as well. If Price’s…

  13. Aroldis Chapman's contract has a wrinkle to it

    Jan 12, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan reports that Aroldis Chapman’s six year contract has an incentive clause in it that could make it a very different deal than it’s currently constructed: If he’s in the Majors by mid-May, it turns into a three-year, $25.25 million deal with three years of arbitration to follow. I can only assume that…

  14. The Cubs are looking at Ben Sheets

    Jan 12, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    The Cubs are reportedly interested in Ben Sheets who, in turn, is interested in playing for the Cubs. I love it when true love blooms. The problem: Sheets reportedly has been asking for a two-year deal averaging around $10 million to $12 million per year.  The Cubs would be right to balk at such an…

  15. The best outrage so far

    Jan 12, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    I think the best bit of McGwire spleen I’ve seen so far comes from the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan. Unlike a lot of the cutesy people who are trying to explain why, exactly, McGwire’s apology doesn’t cut the mustard and parsing words and all of that, Kernan just lets fly about the evils of…

  16. Bud Selig's steroids 180

    Jan 12, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    Jason at IIATMS has an excellent post exposing just how differently Bud Selig, and by extension Major League Baseball, are treating the Mark McGwire business than they treated the Alex Rodriguez business. My take: Rodriguez and his agent and his contract bug Selig on some primal level, so it’s easy for him to slip into…

  17. How bad a ballplayer was Charlie Brown?

    Jan 12, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Let’s cleanse the palate a bit, shall we? lar from Wezen-Ball is a friggin’ genius. Using his collection of the “Complete Peanuts”, volumes 1 through 12, he went through and counted all of the wins, losses, and other various stats put up (and against) Charlie Brown’s baseball team between 1951 and 1970.  Here’s the introduction. …

  18. Why do we care if McGwire doesn't think steroids helped him hit?

    Jan 12, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    In both his statement yesterday and during his interview with Bob Costas last night, McGwire repeatedly said that he took steroids to recover from injuries. When asked if he thought steroids helped him, you know, hit the living crap out of the baseball, he said no. He called them performance “equalizers,” not performance “enhancers,” and…

  19. Aaron and the Maris family forgive McGwire

    Jan 12, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Hank Aaron on Mark McGwire’s mea culpa: “I think that it’s wonderful that he did this. It takes a big man to admit this and I want to commend him for that. A lot of people make mistakes, and for him to stand up and admit what he has done in the past, I think…

  20. Source: Former Rangers bidder in on the Astros bid

    Jan 12, 2010, 7:45 AM EDT

    CORRECTION: While one of the parties to the bid was, indeed, unsuccessful in the first round of the bidding, I was mistaken in assuming that it had to be either Crane of Gilbert. The first round of bidding was actually a letter-bid submission round from last September, which included as many as six interested parties. …

  21. No, Bonds, Sosa and Clemens aren't going to apologize

    Jan 12, 2010, 7:26 AM EDT

    I have head-full of other Mark McGwire thoughts driving me insane this morning, but those will come later. At the moment let’s address a sentiment I’ve heard over and over since yesterday afternoon, and that’s that now McGwire has offered up his mea culpa, it’s time for Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens to…

  22. The Cubs give Greg Maddux a job

    Jan 11, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Though he’s probably a better option than some of the guys the Royals and Mets will trot out to the mound this season, Greg Maddux has apparently decided that his retirement is going to stick.  Instead, he’s going to go work for the Cubs as a special assistant to Jim Hendry. Maddux has long been…

  23. A Sox prospect didn't know what a force out was

    Jan 11, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya and Theo Epstein spoke at a round table discussion over the weekend and the subject of Latin American player development came up.  This was fun: While many big-name players have emerged from the Dominican Republic, the highly touted athletes often are kept out of baseball games and kept in training facilities, thus explaining…

  24. The international draft is unnecessary

    Jan 11, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Keith Law is dead-on with his take about what the Aroldis Chapman means for the allegedly necessary international draft: Returning to Chapman, this deal puts yet another lie to the claim pushed by MLB, among others, that making the draft a worldwide one is about maintaining competitive balance. The Reds, playing in one of MLB’s…

  25. The Twins haven't started talking to Joe Mauer yet, but it's cool

    Jan 11, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that the Twins have not started talking to Joe Mauer yet, though they probably will soon. Heyman says that the “word is that Mauer plans to be reasonable for a superstar” in his demands, which Heyman says is seven years and north of $20 million, but not near $30 million. I’d be…

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