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Craig Calcaterra

  1. When the Astrodome was swingin'

    Jan 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    If you wait long enough, even the lamest stuff becomes cool again.  Tell me Astros fans, wouldn’t you give up the comforts of Minute Maid Park if you could hang out in a place like this during a ballgame, drinking brandy Alexanders and Gibson Martinis and stuff?

  2. Let's not worry about the weather at Target Field

    Jan 7, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Everyone’s favorite complaint heading into the 2010 season will be about how cold and rainy and icky it’s going to be in Target Field and why oh why they didn’t put a roof on the joint. Baseball Daily Digest’s Joe Hamrahi throws cold water on that talk, however, noting that of all of the cold…

  3. Comment of the Day: How to rationalize Dawson's enshrinement

    Jan 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Commenter ralphdibny was a young Cubs fan in the late 80s and supports Dawson’s enshrinement even if he agrees that maybe he falls a smidge short, objectively speaking. He may be on to something with this: Perhaps there should be a line on his plaque that reads “While his statistics aren’t quite Hall of Fame…

  4. Kevin Towers is shacking up with the Yankees

    Jan 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Any of you ever had to pay alimony?  And watched your ex move in with some rich flame? But they don’t get married, and even though you’re making minimum wage and he/she is eating steaks every night you still have to cut the check?  Yeah, that’s the Padres and Kevin Towers: While former San Diego…

  5. Maybe the most admirable thing about Andre Dawson

    Jan 7, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Like I said yesterday, Andre Dawson is not necessarily my definition of a Hall of Famer on a statistical basis, but I’m fine with his induction because he was, by all accounts, a great guy, he did a lot of unmeasurable stuff that made baseball come alive in Montreal, if only for a while, and…

  6. Mark McGwire: Cardinals pinch hitter

    Jan 7, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Mark McGwire may not change anyone’s mind about his Hall of Fame case simply by talking, but what if he hits a pinch hit home run to win the 2010 NLCS?  Tony La Russa: “If we’re in contention, we’ll put him on the roster Aug. 31. It’s a nice little dream.  Is it likely? Probably…

  7. Quote of the Day: Murray Chass

    Jan 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Murray Chass is one of those guys who will write something one moment that will make you want to pull your hair out, and then the next moment will make a razor-sharp observation, the sort of which that makes so much sense that you’ll wonder why you’ve never heard anyone say it before. He did…

  8. So which cap does Dawson wear on his plaque?

    Jan 7, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Still read the discussion below because it applies to other players too, but for the record, a few minutes ago’s Hal Bodley walked into the Waldorf Astoria ballroom where they’ll have Andre Dawson’s press conference later today and noticed that they have a big portrait of him in an Expos uniform set up. …

  9. The Marlins have "conceded defeat" in the Aroldis Chapman bidding

    Jan 7, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    So tweets Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer. As was reported yesterday, Florida wasn’t really able and/or interested in matching the money Chapman is being offered from the Angels and the Blue Jays. Instead, they were hoping that the home-away-from-home culture of Miami would help lure the young Cuban to south Florida, making up for the…

  10. Rick Morrissey knows a non-roider when he sees one

    Jan 7, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Stellar Hall of Fame reasoning from Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times: Dawson, who played 11 years with Montreal and six with the Cubs, was wiry strong his entire career. He looks very much the same today–the same ridiculously skinny waist holding up the same solid upper body. He had one season that popped out–49 home…

  11. The Cardinals will be paying Matt Holliday until 2029

    Jan 7, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    When the first reports of Matt Holliday’s deal came out they said that the contract was not backloaded. I suppose that’s technically accurate in that he’ll receive the same amount of money for all seven years of the active part of the deal, but that doesn’t exactly tell the whole story: The St. Louis Cardinals…

  12. Global Series being discussed between U.S., Japan

    Jan 7, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    This is pretty interesting: The champions of U.S. Major League Baseball could face the champions of Japanese professional baseball in a regular Global World Series under a plan being discussed by the two countries. In meetings with Japanese commissioner Ryozo Kato in Milwaukee, MLB commissioner Bud Selig proposed that the Japanese and U.S. champions play…

  13. What they're saying about the Hall of Fame results

    Jan 6, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Let’s see what the blogosphere is saying about Andre Dawson’s selection — and everyone else’s exclusion — from the Hall of Fame: Jonah Keri: “Yes, it’s ridiculous that worthy inductees like Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Bert Blyleven, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammell, Mark McGwire and of course Tim Raines didn’t get in. But still: Expo #2,…

  14. Yankees, Mets not in on Chapman

    Jan 6, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    We read this morning that the Blue Jays and Angels are the front runners for Aroldis Chapman.  Still, when it comes to big name free agents and the New York teams, you have to go by slasher-flick rules: they’re not dead until they’re really, really, really definitely dead. Buster Olney says that as far as…

  15. How Mark McGwire gets into the Hall of Fame

    Jan 6, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    I was being facetious when I said earlier this afternoon that Mark McGwire simply needs to talk about the past in order to get into the Hall of Fame.  Bob Ryan is serious: If he ever holds a press conference in his new gig as batting coach of the Cardinals, and if he answers the…

  16. Phillies talking to agents for Ben Sheets and Chien-Ming Wang

    Jan 6, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Sometimes the headlines say it all, and that’s all we really have courtesy of a tweet from David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. It’s all about health with those guys, of course.  I have no idea if Sheets will be able to bounce back from his surgery, but he’s one of the few bargain…

  17. Digging into the Hall votes

    Jan 6, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Still reeling from the exclusion of Roberto Alomar.  In the meantime, let’s look down the ballot a bit, shall we? Bert Blyleven: He received 400 votes. 405 votes were required this year. Five voters submitted blank ballots. I’m hoping they out themselves soon so they can be pilloried all right and proper.  My pique in…

  18. Andre Dawson inducted to the Hall of Fame: Beyond that? Epic Failure

    Jan 6, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    The votes have been counted and Andre Dawson is the only candidate to get elected to the Hall of Fame. This is an epic fail on the part of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Bert Blyleven received 74.2 percent. Barry Larkin 51.6. Alomar 73.7.  All three of them deserved entrance.  Larkin and Alomar no…

  19. The Rangers have lots of options at DH

    Jan 6, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    It’s much better to be a DH buyer than a DH peddling your wares.  Just ask the Rangers who, according to’s T.R. Sullivan, have any number of options available to them this winter.  Among the candidates: Vlad Guerrero, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome, Gary Sheffield and Xavier Nady. I agree with Sullivan that Nady, due…

  20. Sergio Mitre and the Yankees agree to a deal

    Jan 6, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    One of the misfit toys the Yankees used in the rotation last year — Sergio Mitre — was eligible for salary arbitration.  He and the team have avoided that, as Jerry Crasnick reports that he and the Yankees have reached a deal for 2010 at $850,000. Mitre had a $1.25 million club option that the…

  21. Randy Johnson is a bit more complex than Pearlman makes him out to be

    Jan 6, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Following up on the Pearlman thing, here’s a link to a lengthy story from 2002 by the legendary Pat Jordan in the New York Times. It’s a profile of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling during their Diamondback heyday. It’s a nice compare and contrast.  Jordan doesn’t sugarcoat Johnson’s surly demeanor. He’s definitely a hard man…

  22. Boras is "in the process" of turning his attention to Johnny Damon

    Jan 6, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    I’ve openly questioned how Scott Boras can truly claim to represent Johnny Damon’s interests when he has a much more important free agent client — Matt Holliday — who plays the same position and would likely be in the running to land with the same teams. Today Boras was on Jim Bowden’s show over at…

  23. Is it time to think about bringing in the fences at Citi Field?

    Jan 6, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    After noting that the Mets, if healthy, will have a lot of guys with some power, Bob Klapisch offers a suggestion: The Mets don’t appear to be close to any significant upgrades in their starting rotation, so if they want to improve their run-differential why not maximize their HR quotient by reconfiguring the ballpark?  Doing…

  24. The Cardinals are "intrigued" by Miguel Tejada

    Jan 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    With Matt Holliday in the fold for a gabillion dollars and an extension to Pujols in the offing, it’s not like they have a ton of room to work, but given that their current front runner for the third base job appears to have some issues taking care of himself, it’s not crazy for St.…

  25. Jay Mariotti wants to get kicked out of the BBWAA. Hey BBWAA: please do it

    Jan 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jay Mariotti didn’t vote for anyone for the Hall of Fame. Not a single person. He gave his rationale on his ESPN podcast (transcript via Baseball Ink): I didn’t vote for anybody in the baseball hall of fame this year. Ya know why?  To me…the first ballot is sacred. I think Roberto Alomar is an…

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