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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 2

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    I made my way down to the field as the Pirates came out to do their morning workouts, batting practice and the like.  Weirdest thing:  the team does all their stretching in a big circle with a couple of players leading the drills in the middle. Maybe other teams do this on some back field…

  2. USA Today's panel: the game needs to stay ahead of the drug curve

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    USA Today runs their fifth and final part of their panel-of-experts series this morning.  Today they cover a few of my favorite subjects: World Baseball Classic: The experts think they should change the scheduling of the WBC or pull the major leaguers out of the tournament altogether. Injuries are a big factor here, but I…

  3. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 1

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    My original plan didn’t have me going down to Bradenton to visit Pirates’ camp, but when the Yankees decided not to offer me media credentials some time freed up, allowing me to catch the Pirates-Rays game yesterday afternoon.  I would like to thank the Yankees for their decision, because it meant that I got to…

  4. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen

    Mar 12, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    “Sometimes I think you have to be careful what you say” – Ozzie Guillen, responding to Torii Hunter’s comments about black Latino baseball players being “imposters.”  I repeat: Ozzie Guillen is advising someone to be careful what they say. This is like Lindsay Lohan telling someone that they need to stop drinking so much or…

  5. Wanna buy a World Series ring?

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It’s a 1984 Detroit Tigers model, so I would be interested.  Whose is it? Lance Parrish? Larry Herndon? [swoons, bats eyes] Alan Trammell? How much would you pay for a piece of the Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship? Would you pay $5,000? That’s the asking price on eBay for the World Series ring of former…

  6. More Lego ballparks

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As I wrote this morning, I was impressed with that Lego ballpark.  I probably should have Googled the subject, because there are many, many more of them. I’m still building a Tiger Stadium, though. Gonna smell like pee and cigars too, just like the real one. Just you watch.

  7. Accusing Nomar of steroid use

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    You apparently get one day to savor your retirement before someone accuses you of taking steroids. Yahoo!’s Steve Henson, everyone: Eight years with the Red Sox made Garciaparra a master at deflecting tough questions in a genial manner. Performance-enhancing drugs weren’t a topic he’d discuss, and if steroids had helped him bulk up in Boston…

  8. Brian Giles retires

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Former Pirate, Indian, Padre and — for this spring at least, Dodger — Brian Giles announced his retirement today, Dylan Hernandez reports. Giles finishes his career with 287 home runs and a line of .292/.400/.502.  He was a two-time All-Star and filled the role of “best player on terrible Pirates teams” in between Al Martin…

  9. The Rockies extend Todd Helton for two years

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Todd Helton was already locked up for $16.6 million this year and $19.1 million next year with an insane $23 million option for 2012, but the Rockies felt it necessary to extend his contract all the same.  He’s now locked up for 2012 and given a contract for 2013. Financial details were not released, but…

  10. Great Moments in Cuban League History

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    This ceases to be interesting after the first few seconds, but those first few seconds are a lot of fun. Just one question: where’s the help from the shortstop and the second baseman? Dude comin’ after the pitcher with a bat and the waters just part. I’ve heard of pitchers who don’t trust their middle…

  11. Kelvim Escobar might retire

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar waxes philosophical: The injured Mets reliever Kelvim Escobar said he was very confident he can come back from shoulder soreness to play this season, and hopefully very soon. But in the event he cannot, Escobar can live with it. “I’m a very proud man,” he said. “I’ve had a decent career. Whatever happens,…

  12. The Nats release Eddie Guardado

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Back in January, Jim Riggleman said he might use Eddie Guardado or Sean Burnett to close things out against strong left-handed lineups because “all I want is to make sure we get the outs.” As of this morning it’s just gonna be Burnett. Everyday Eddie was released after two innings of spring training work. Don’t…

  13. So how's that 5th starter competition going?

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Um, yeah.  Something tells me that Hughes has the inside track.  And even if he doesn’t, Girardi may go with Dave LaPoint or Andy Hawkins or someone.

  14. The Twins aren't going to trade Joe Mauer for a closer

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Nature abhors a vacuum and apparently baseball writers abhor a lack of news: Mauer still has more leverage than Pat Williams on a teeter-totter, but as negotiations have lagged, Mauer’s hesitancy to accept a record-setting contract offer from his hometown team has made his signing less than a sure thing and raised this previously unthinkable…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: Red Sox Nation South Part 3

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Back up to the press box, I got my lunch on.  Much more elaborate spread than the Mets or the Twins put out. Lasagna, hot dogs, cold cuts, chicken salad, fresh fruit, cake and all kinds of other stuff. And though I didn’t hang around that long, there was a sign saying that they did…

  16. The Daily News is trying to link Reyes' thyroid problem to HGH

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Daily News and its “I-Team” are usually the first ones to hurl PED accusations at ballplayers. The latest: suggesting a link between Jose Reyes’ thyroid condition and his treatment by Dr. Anthony Galea: Anti-doping experts have long wondered whether abnormal levels of thyroid hormones can indicate doping. At least one clinical study has linked…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training: Red Sox Nation South Part 2

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    As I walked down to the field I realized that the fates kept placing me at the park where the biggest news of the day was going down: Nathan’s UCL on Tuesday and Nomar’s retirement on Wednesday.  Upon realizing this I thought that I should charge the other writers $500 a head to hear where…

  18. Rangers, creditors at an impasse

    Mar 11, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    The latest on the Rangers sale that everyone wants to pretend is inevitable: Talks between the MLB Rangers and the team’s creditors are at an impasse, sources said, all but ending any chance of the sale of the team closing by Opening Day . . . “They have been at an impasse for weeks if not longer,”…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: Red Sox Nation South Part 1

    Mar 11, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    I haven’t been to Steinbrenner Field yet so this may be a bit premature, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that a Red Sox spring training game is about as close to a major league experience as you’re going to get in the Grapefruit League. For better and for worse.…

  20. Torii Hunter's Statement

    Mar 10, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter has released a statement on his website. I won’t reproduce the whole thing here — it’s long and you should read it in its entirety in its context — but this is the part that I consider to be most significant: We all come from different places and backgrounds. Coming from Pine Bluff,…

  21. Anti-stats rant: This is either the worst column or the best satire ever written

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Jerry Thornton of WEEI starts his latest column off good enough, waxing optimistic about the Red Sox, and imagining that they’ll be popping champagne corks in November. But then he gets in a time machine and heads back to 2002 or so: And as I do, there’s only one thing I see spoiling the party.…

  22. Torii Hunter is angry

    Mar 10, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Times caught up with Torii Hunter today and got his comments about his outrageous comments in this morning’s USA Today.  Short version: Hunter is pissed off: Hunter, who directs much of his charitable efforts to the development of inner-city baseball, claimed his comments “were distorted and taken out of context.” “I’m not apologizing…

  23. Theo: "For a long time, the Red Sox were Nomar Garciaparra"

    Mar 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I know it’s his big day down here in Ft. Myers and everything, but I’m gonna call b.s. on this quote by Theo Epstein: “For a long time, the Red Sox were Nomar Garciaparra” Nomar was really good in Boston, and often great, but I don’t know that it’s accurate to really say that the…

  24. David Price hit with broken bat; leaves game

    Mar 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Scary moment here in Ft. Myers. In the bottom of the second, Adrian Beltre’s bat shattered and the barrel shot out to the mound, striking David Price on the right (non-pitching) hand. It was hard to see where it hit as it happened, but he left the game with his hand wrapped in a towel.…

  25. Milton Bradley continues to not forget Chicago

    Mar 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    For a guy wanting to put Chicago in his rear view mirror, Milton Bradley keeps looking back.  In an interview with ESPN, Bradley says that his time in the Windy City “was pretty bad,” and that he “would have rather tore my knee up and gone through rehab all over again then have to deal…

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