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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Managers have been abusing substances for years

    Mar 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jim Reeves of ESPNDallas asked this question yesterday in the wake of Ron Washington’s cocaine revelation: This begs the question: How can Washington manage others when he can’t manage himself? The Common Man answers that question with his typical thoroughness. Your must-read of the day. I’m not condoning Washington’s behavior or anything, but if you’re…

  2. Catching up with Davey Johnson

    Mar 19, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    A profile of Davey Johnson in today’s Baltimore Sun.  Gotta love Davey, so it’s definitely worth a read. Johnson, as you probably know, is now a special assistant to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo. And unlike so many special assistant jobs out there, his isn’t about glad-handing season ticket holders and stuff — he’s actually contributing…

  3. The Astros' Sammy Gervacio sounds awesome

    Mar 19, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    I had never heard the name Sammy Gervacio until I read this article in the Houston Chronicle this morning, but now I really want to see him pitch: The glare, the high leg kick, the delivery from an arm angle somewhere below three quarters and the high black socks apparently didn’t make Sammy Gervacio stand…

  4. Pirates bus involved in a minor accident

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Someone hit one of the Pirates’ team buses while it was heading back from Ft. Myers to Bradenton on I-75 yesterday.  Not major, and Dejan Kovacevic makes a point of noting that the bus didn’t have any players on it. Good to hear everyone is OK, but really, it may have been worse that it…

  5. Great moments in bored farmers

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Click this link, then hit the “satellite” button.  You won’t be sorry. Your move, Chicago.

  6. The Twins are scouting Heath Bell

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Joe Nathan is going to try and throw this weekend and obviously everyone hopes he’ll be OK.  But let’s be honest: not many pitchers can throw with torn torn ligaments in their elbow and the chances of Nathan being the Twins’ closer this year are slim.  Minnesota needs to look at other options. And according…

  7. Beltran to return by early May

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    So much ink has been spilled on Gary Matthews Jr., Angel Pagan and Fernando Martinez in recent weeks that it’s been easy to forget that Carlos Beltran ain’t dead, he’s just recovering.  And now we have a general idea of his return: early May, according to the Daily News. Well, early-May-ish. He hasn’t started full…

  8. Quote of the Day: Some scout about B.J. Upton

    Mar 19, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    “He’s like a beautiful woman, cursed by his natural gifts. You want more and more.” – An unnamed scout talking about B.J. Upton in Ken Rosenthal’s latest article.  Scouts live a solitary existence, driving from small town to small town.  And yes, it gets lonely on the road.

  9. Adrian Gonzalez would take deferred money from San Diego

    Mar 19, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Dan Hayes of the North County Times profiles the Adrian Gonzalez contract situation and lets drop that Gonzalez “would consider taking deferred money if the club offered a ‘fair market offer.’” Howard Megdal at MLBTR suggests there’s some ambiguity there, asking “would San Diego merely have to reach this number, but some could be deferred?…

  10. The World Anti-Doping Agency can get bent

    Mar 19, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released a statement yesterday, once again taking baseball to task for its PED policies.  They do this every year, and as it always is, this year’s statement is stupid and self-serving and deceptive.  I don’t consider myself a PED apologist, but given my thoughts and writings on the subject I…

  11. Francoeur to be given the green light to steal

    Mar 19, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Mets fans OK with this? Francoeur says he never learned how to steal bases with the Braves, explaining that it wasn’t part of Atlanta’s offensive philosophy. But it is part of Manuel’s plans. So this spring he’s told Francoeur he wants him to run more, and now the Mets right fielder is trying to learn…

  12. Vin Scully hospitalized overnight

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Scully says he got up too fast, fell and bumped his head. They kept him in the hospital overnight for observation, but he’ll be released this morning and the Dodgers expect him to re-join the team in time for Sunday’s game between the Dodgers and Indians. Seems minor, but when you’re dealing with baseball royalty,…

  13. Quote of the Day: Tim Hudson on Chipper Jones

    Mar 18, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    “It was nice, man. Dad gum, he got all of it. Old man can still hit a little bit.” – Tim Hudson, commenting on Chipper Jones’ titanic blast of a home run in today’s game against the Marlins.  According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the homer landed on the roof of the…

  14. Great Moments in farkakte player valuation: Joe Mauer edition

    Mar 18, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mike Silva at NY Baseball Digest: The Twins could get a king’s ransom from the Yankees for Mauer. Think Hughes, Joba, and Montero as cornerstones of the package. If they are concerned about development timeline of Montero, then perhaps you could add Posada to the deal since he only has a year left on his…

  15. Ron Washington took greenies when he played

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Not that it’s shocking or anything, but he did say so to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez today. Washington’s cocaine use is obviously big news, but mining the man’s past like this seems of little utility. As Washington notes, “amphetamines were prevalent throughout baseball” during his tenure. More so than even cocaine. I suppose it’s one thing…

  16. Tracy Ringolsby accuses Rangers of a "cover-up"

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    A less-than-intellectually-inspired Tracy Ringlosby column today about Ron Washington and the Rangers [I've deleted Ringolsby's unnecessary paragraph breaks because I think readability is more important than faux drama]: Washington is an engaging personality. He has developed a strong bond with the Rangers players in his three years on the job. He’s even won over most…

  17. Dontrelle Willis is probably going to make the Tigers' rotation

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Amazing stuff from Tigers camp:  Armando Galarraga is optioned to Toledo. Dontrelle Willis today: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2K.  For the spring D-Train has allowed only five hits and one earned run in ten innings pitched. A month ago, Willis said he was utterly lost. He called himself “terrible” and gave…

  18. Tom Hicks is getting squeezed from every direction

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    As you all are probably getting sick of me reminding you, Tom Hicks is busy trying to figure out a way to make the Hicks Sports Group’s creditors happy so that the Rangers sale to Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan can go through. So he probably didn’t need this: The Royal Bank of Scotland —…

  19. Optimal Yankees lineup: Jeter bats 6th

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Sky Kalkman at ESPN’s TMI blog (really?) has run the numbers, and thinks this is the optimal Yankees lineup for 2010: 1. Nick Johnson2. Mark Teixeira3. Curtis Granderson4. Alex Rodriguez5. Robinson Cano6. Derek Jeter7. Nick Swisher8. Jorge Posada9. Brett Gardner My sources tell me that Mr. Kalkman has been placed in protective custody so that…

  20. Rangers: we weren't blackmailed

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the Rangers were blackmailed over the Ron Washington stuff.  The Rangers say it’s not so. As related by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning news, today Jon Daniels denied that a former Rangers employee ever tried to use knowledge of Ron Washington’s drug test as leverage to…

  21. Bradley ejected for what seems like a dumb reason

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley was ejected from the Mariners-Rangers game last night after taking a called strike three and then dropping his bat and taking off his batting gloves.  The video can be seen here.  Don Wakamatsu protested, claiming that, to him anyway, it appeared as though Bradley, while a bit miffed, simply thought the inning was…

  22. Ron Washington's statement: video version

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because it’s the only thing anyone is talking about in baseball today, here’s the full Ron Washington statement, along with some comments from Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels.  

  23. Beyond Yo La Tengo: The Padres are teaching their employees Spanish

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Lots of teams teach English to Latin players. Not too many teach Spanish to the English speakers. The Padres do, however, and it seems like a great idea: “It’s something I thought was important to make us efficient when dealing with players when we’re going to the Dominican or with our players who are just…

  24. This is why the slotting system is stupid

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Paul Hoynes of the Plain-Dealer has a story I’ve never heard before: the Indians drafted Tim Lincecum in the 42nd round of the 2005 draft.  Ok, I knew that part. He demanded $1 million to sign, which is really high.  The Indians offered $700,000, he said no, and went back to college and the rest…

  25. Andrew Bailey shut down for 5-7 days

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Bad news for Oakland: Athletics closer and rookie of the year Andrew Bailey has been shut down for five to seven days with tennis elbow. In other news, the Athletics have fired their pitching coach, Ivan Lendl.

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