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Craig Calcaterra

  1. News Flash: team performs worse against good teams than bad ones

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    I noticed this kicking around the Twitterverse last night and this morning, but the meme developed fully this afternoon: Oh noes! The Yankees don’t play well against good teams! That’s the refrain from the New York Times today, which notes: The Yankees’ struggles against better teams have received little attention, and it is no wonder…

  2. Not all baseball movies are "Bull Durham"

    Jun 18, 2010, 3:16 PM EST

    Baseball movies are difficult beasts because baseball, by its very nature, doesn’t lend itself well to the Hollywood forumla. Rarely is there “one big game” and no amount of training montages can really convincingly turn someone into a champ. The drama of the game is just a bit too nuanced for the rah-rah, ya know?…

  3. The Yankees sign first round pick Cito Culver

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EST

    The Yankees agreed to terms with their first round pick and would-be-shortstop-of-the-future Cito Culver. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $940,000, which is reportedly the Bud Selig-recommended slot. Why are the Yankees suddenly paying slot?  A couple of reasons. The main one is that the 17-year-old Culver wasn’t projected as a first-round pick by many…

  4. Quote of the Day: Angry Bob Smizik is angry

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:27 PM EST

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore.

  5. Bad idea jeans: The Marlins are handing out vuvuzelas tomorrow

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

    I’m not following the World Cup closely enough to be able to say anything all that insightful. I know that England gave us that goal we got in the first game. I know we got boned this morning in the Slovenia game. I know that everyone hates the vuvuzelas too. In fact, these plastic horns…

  6. It's reunion time in the Arizona-Detroit series

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:13 PM EST

    The Dbacks-Tigers series features something that is technically meaningless yet which I find interesting all the same: Dontrelle Willis will start against the Tigers — his former team — tonight.  Edwin Jackson will start against the Tigers — his former team — tomorrow. Max Scherzer will start against the Diamondbacks — his former team —…

  7. Yep, Chase Utley does have an injury

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EST

    Yesterday Buster Olney talked to some anonymous scouts who thought that Chase Utley was battling an injury of some kind.  Seems they were right. Phillies’ first base coach Davey Lopes spoke with Baseball Prospectus today and reveals that Ultey is fighting through “a little bit of a knee injury.” That explains his struggles way more…

  8. Lew Wolff wants baseball to speed up its decision on the A's

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:14 AM EST

    There’s no reason in the world why it takes 15 months to figure out that (a) the Athletics aren’t viable in Oakland Coliseum; and (b) they probably need to move to San Jose, but baseball has been studying the matter that long and there is still no indication that it’s going to issue a report…

  9. Stephen Strasburg is faking the umps out

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:53 AM EST

    Interesting story over at the Wall Street Journal:  it seems Stephen Strasburg’s pitches have so much movement on them that they’re frequently deking umpires into calling pitches balls that really are strikes. There are lots of neat quotes from the umps and examples of previous pitchers who had this problem such as a young Dwight…

  10. The Cubs are trying to peddle Fukudome to the Red Sox

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    Missed this when it came around, but Sean McAdam reported late Wednesday night that the Cubs recently approached the Red Sox to “gauge their interest” in Kosuke Fukudome.  The Red Sox have some holes in the outfield and Fukudome is versatile, but they passed all the same. Which makes sense given that Fukudome is owed…

  11. The Rangers have asked about Cliff Lee and, oh yeah, Roy Oswalt

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Well, whaddaya know? The Rangers have been inquiring about big name pitchers after all.

  12. Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Hernandez to be reunited next week

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EST

    That must’ve been one magic loogie.

  13. Why don't teams give physicals to the players for whom they trade?

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:06 AM EST

    You’d have a mechanic look at a used car, so why wouldn’t you have your doctors look at a used player?

  14. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:00 AM EST

    How does a first baseman get a putout when he never touched the ball? What’s the secret to handcuffing the Yankees? Can I shoehorn in a cocaine joke for no apparent reason? Click through to find out!

  15. Manny will be DHing in Boston

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    It’s been a Mannyful day around here, so why not one more? If fans are going to boo Manny as he plays in Boston this weekend, they’re going to have to do it when he bats because Joe Torre said that Ramirez will be DHing for the entire series with the Red Sox.  He’ll be…

  16. Report: Manny Ramirez, Dodgers discussed ways to get Manny back on PEDs last year

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

    Michael S. Schmidt has a report in the New York Times today that last year — after Manny Ramirez came back from his drug suspension — he explored seeking an exemption from Major League Baseball in order to allow him to take drugs that would boost testosterone levels.  Which, by the way, is what the…

  17. Bronson Arroyo pitches, hits the Reds to victory

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    Ubaldwho?  OK, that’s dumb, but the word stuck in my head as soon as I saw Bronson Arroyo’s game, so I figured I had to write it.  And no, Arroyo didn’t pitch quite as well as Jimenez did today — he gave up one run on six hits in seven innings while walking a half-dozen…

  18. No strife in Pittsburgh: John Russell, Neal Huntington got contract extensions

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    On the heels of this morning’s business concerning John Russell and the Pirates comes a statement from team president Frank Coonelly that General Manager Neal Huntington and Russell each got contract extensions over the winter and thus all of this speculation about Russell being in trouble needs to stop: As you know, we have respectfully…

  19. Nick Markakis is frustrated with the O's approach

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun listened to an obviously frustrated Nick Markakis hold forth on the miserable season the Orioles are having at the plate. Mostly it’s a matter of approach: “Sometimes, guys are going up there and it looks like they have no idea what they’re doing . . . you need guys…

  20. Simmons, Deadspin are wrong to hate on Kansas City

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    As you know by now, Kansas City has been selected as the site of the 2012 All-Star game.  In the past 24 hours this decision has been subjected to derision by two of the most influential voices in online sports media: Bill Simmons and Deadspin. I have much love for both The Sports Guy and…

  21. Jerry Blevins should probably lighten up

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:12 PM EST

    Yesterday Carlos Zambrano said that Athletics’ pitcher Jerry Blevins “got lucky” that Z didn’t hit a home run when he was sitting fastball and got one during a pinch-hitting appearance.  I wasn’t there, but I can’t really feature Zambrano meaning that comment as a serious dig at Blevins. But Blevins thought it was: “I did…

  22. Great Moments in Hyperbole: Ken Burns

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    I’m having a hard time getting on board with Burns comparing Joe Torre to . . . Abraham Lincoln

  23. John Russell on the hot seat? Hell, he may have gotten a contract extension!

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

    I still stand by all the stuff I said yesterday about Ken Rosenthal’s Pirates report and the art of rumor-mongering in general, but this business with John Russell and the Pirates seems to quickly be turning into a bad example of an otherwise sound theory. To review:  Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday night that John…

  24. The Rays got hosed on a call at the plate last night

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    I missed the Braves-Rays game last night so I didn’t see this go down, but the Rays got boned in the sixth inning.  You can see the play here. For those who can’t watch the video, Hank Blalock was at third base when Brian McCann missed one that went to the screen. It took a…

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