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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jason Heyward has been even better than you think

    May 26, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Here’s a sobering quote for even a fanboy like me: The hype surrounding Heyward was intense, but it apparently wasn’t intense enough. We’re in the midst of watching one of the great rookie seasons of all time from a player whose peers are still working out the kinks in A-ball. That’s Dave Cameron at FanGraphs,…

  2. P.R. advice for athletes? They tryin' to put me out of a job?

    May 26, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    I stumbled across a blog written by a sports communications and PR firm.  It’s rather interesting stuff and if I were representing athletes — or, if I was an athlete and wanted to protect my endorsements and stuff — I’d probably take what they had to say very, very seriously. But I gotta tell ya,…

  3. Strasburg's debut: would you believe June 9th or 10th?

    May 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    We’ve been hearing rumors of the Nationals giving Stephen Strasburg his major league debut June 4th against the Reds. Early this morning Jon Heyman but the kibosh on that, saying that it has to be later, because the Nats have a 100 major league innings pitched ceiling on him.  OK, he knows the agent. That…

  4. Ozzie Guillen is gonna get fined

    May 26, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Ozzie expanded on his earlier comments in the postgame presser: Guillen said that West told him “to get the (bleep) off the field.” Guillen said he knew that managers, players and coaches cannot argue balk calls, but felt that West overstepped his authority. “He thinks he’s the (bleep) in the field,” said Guillen, who…

  5. Crawford, Maddon likely to get fined

    May 26, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    But neither are likely to get suspended for last night’s altercation with Bob Davidson, reports Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times.  Given that there was some bumping and stuff, you would normally expect a suspension. I’m going to take this is a sign that people at Major League Baseball realize that their ump had…

  6. The SEC is putting a clock on the field

    May 26, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    In an effort to speed up ballgames in their upcoming tournament, the Southeastern Conference is going to start timing how long it takes pitchers to deliver the ball. That’s not news, because after all, the rules of baseball provide for such a thing. The difference here is that the SEC is going to use an…

  7. Ray stung by Ray

    May 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is important. This means something: Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez experienced the painful irony of being stung by a stingray this week, the St. Petersburg Times reported on Wednesday. Rodriguez had been playing with his 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, on the beach near his Redington Beach rental condo on Monday morning and decided to wade a…

  8. Quote of the Day: Lance Berkman gets honest

    May 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    “We’re just not very good.” – Lance Berkman, saying something about the 2010 Houston Astros that you rarely hear players say about their teams before, like, late August in any given year.  It’s almost always “things just aren’t working right now” or “we’ve had terrible luck” or something like that.  The fact that he’s being…

  9. A nice Target Field review

    May 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    David Brown of Big League Stew took a road trip to Minneapolis to check out Target Field and writes up the results in a pretty darn useful ballpark review.  Quote of the piece: “nothing says Twins baseball like Rod Carew and booze.” I link this so that you may enjoy it, but also to once…

  10. Andre Ethier should return on Sunday

    May 26, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier was originally presumed to miss up to six weeks. But he took  batting practice yesterday and is wearing a special splint and says he could be back as soon as Sunday, the first day he’d be eligible to return following his, um, disabling. The Dodgers have gone 7-3 without the NL’s batting leader,…

  11. Sammy Sosa will not be prosecuted for perjury. Not that this is news.

    May 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt reports that the Congressional committee that Sammy Sosa testified before in 2005 — famously speaking in Spanish, rather than English — has decided not to charge Sammy Sosa with perjury despite the fact that he was later revealed to have tested positive for PEDs prior to his testimony.…

  12. Cleveland fans: Omar Vizquel is the best shortstop of all time

    May 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I know internet polls are unscientific and useless, and that internet polls on big newspaper sites are even worse than most, but this one still has my jaw dropping.  It’s from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the question is “who’s the best shortstop who ever played the game?.” Not the best Indians shortstop. The best…

  13. One on One with Evan Longoria

    May 26, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Our own Tiffany Simons interviewed Evan Longoria and he let spill on all manner of topics, including whether he did his own stunts in that New Era commercial, his recent modeling gig (the Men’s Journal one, that is. Get your mind out of the gutter); which Tampa Bay Ray is the greatest card shark (I…

  14. As expected, the creditors are objecting to the Rangers bankruptcy plan

    May 26, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The first hearing was held in the Texas Rangers bankruptcy yesterday.  As I presumed might happen, the creditors to Hicks Sports Group spoke up and objected to the Greenberg-Ryan sale, insisting that baseball “fast-tracked” the team’s sale to a lower bidder and that “there’s a better bid out there.” There will be a lot happening…

  15. The Dodgers sue Jon Lovitz

    May 26, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Yeah, that’s the ticket!  Oh wait, it’s actually not the ticket, and that’s the problem: Comic Jon Lovitz and others are being sued by the Los Angeles Dodgers over claims they failed to pay nearly $100,000 for season tickets for the 2010 baseball season. Delaware-based Dodger Tickets LLC filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit Monday in Los…

  16. Omar Vizquel will probably retire after this year

    May 26, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    On Monday night Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio for second all-time in hits by a shortstop.  Last night Vizquel said that could very well be the last milestone he hits and that he may very well retire after the season. He’s not yet committing one way or the other, but he did say that “this…

  17. The Astros aren't shopping Oswalt, but did the Dodgers inquire anyway?

    May 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    ESPN Los Angeles’ Tony Jackson reports that “a source with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity” said that the Astros aren’t looking to trade Roy Oswalt right now. Of course we always hear this about big trade chits. Remember last year how J.P. Ricciardi was saying that he wasn’t really trying hard…

  18. The independent leagues are tough, brother

    May 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    The independent leagues are a tough business, and I’m not just talking about the low pay and poor working conditions. Former Tigers/Reds/Nats awesomefielder Dmitri Young is now a consultant and hitting instructor with the Oakland County Cruisers of the Frontier League.  He was just on Sirius/XM and said that the team’s driver stole the team…

  19. Rays-Sox home plate ump was out of control

    May 26, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford and Joe Maddon were ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning in last night’s Rays-Red Sox game after arguing balls and strikes. That’s fine as far as it goes because they know the rule: you can’t argue balls and strikes. Except in this case the far greater wrong was umpire Bob Davidson’s…

  20. Vlad Guerrero doubles on an impossible pitch

    May 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    How do you know Vlad Guerrero is back?  He’s back to hitting ridiculously horrible pitches with authority. Check out the video of his RBI double in the seventh inning from last night’s game against the Royals.  It was a sinker inside — way inside — that he just turned on and sent down the leftfield…

  21. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 26, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Mets 8, Phillies 0: In light the Phillies’ struggles against Tim Wakefied and R.A. Dickey (6 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 7K), the Mets are rumored to have offered contracts to Charlie Hough and Steve Sparks, the Braves are trying to persuade Phil Niekro to come out of retirement , the Nationals have been in…

  22. Poor Phillies: two games, two knuckleballers

    May 25, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Something I hadn’t noticed until Major League Baseball’s tweeting logo told me about it: tonight, for the second straight game, the Phillies will be facing a knuckleballer. Sunday it was the Knuckle Knuckle King, tonight it will be R.A. Dickey. Wakefield obviously disrupted the Phillies’ offensive flow on Sunday, but (a) Dickey doesn’t have the…

  23. Go check out Rugby Sevens Talk

    May 25, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    We have lots of “Talks” around here now. ProFootball, Hardball, ProBasketball, ProHockey and CollegeFootball.  That’s not enough, though, so we’ve added one more: Rugby Sevens Talk. Rugby Sevens is a variant on rugby that involves (duh) seven guys instead of the usual 15. And there are far fewer Hakas.  Well, maybe not. I have no…

  24. Your National League All-Star vote leaders

    May 25, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    We did this yesterday for the American League, so now it’s the senior circuit’s turn.  Your NL All-Star ballot leaders to date: C: Yadier Molina1B: Albert Pujols2B: Chase Utley3B: Placido PolancoSS: Jimmy RollinsOF: Ryan Braun, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino Yeah, Phillies fans are stuffing the ballot box. Whatever. This is what happens when you leave…

  25. An animated Tim Lincecum driving a VW bus? Sure, why not?

    May 25, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    What, you mean you don’t want to see the first episode of an animated series that chronicles the adventures of Tim Lincecum and his anthropomorphic VW Microbus? With the first episode co-starring Barry Zito as he searches for his lost unicorn? Then by all means, do not, whatever you do, click on this link. Just…

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