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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Adrian Gonzalez to the Braves? No thanks!

    Apr 24, 2010, 6:56 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez is going to be the biggest story of the trade deadline this year. Everyone assumes that the Red Sox will be the front runners for him. And if they continue to stink, they may push even harder for him than they otherwise would. But they’re not the only team in baseball who could…

  2. Zobrist's extension: $18 million; potentially $30 million

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Here are the details on the Ben Zobrist extension we mentioned this morning. The deal guarantees him $18 million through 2013, partially in salary, partially in buyouts if the team options aren’t exercised. Those options are valued at $7 million for 2014 and $7.5 million for 2015. Given that Evan Longoria is making — six…

  3. Manny Ramirez causes Larry Bowa to lose sleep

    Apr 23, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Sticking with Manny Ramirez, here’s some fun from Larry Bowa, Dodgers third base coach, who appeared on Sirius/XM’s Ripken Show today to talk about what it’s like to coach Manny Ramirez: Larry Bowa: Believe me, when Manny’s up I hope for two things.  I hope he hits a home run or he’s on third with…

  4. Watch baseball games on your PlayStation

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    SportsBusiness Daily reports that Major League Baseball Advanced Media and Sony have struck a deal in which the package will be available on PlayStation 3 consoles. I have for the first time this year. After some initial hiccups borne of what I suspect was just a lot of first-week-of-the-season traffic, I have come…

  5. A-Rod, Dallas Braden and baseball etiquette

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    We talked about this one a bit already, but let’s go deeper.  Here’s Dallas Braden after l’affaire A-Rod-walky-over-the-moundy: “The long and short of it is it’s pretty much baseball etiquette. He should probably take a note from his captain over there, because you don’t run across the pitcher’s mound in between an inning or during…

  6. Jose Reyes to finally bat third

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel has been wanting to do it for a while, and despite Reyes’ own initial protests and the lobbying of Jeff Francoeur to have the issue tabled, it’s going to happen during this weekends’ series against the Braves, as Manuel says he wants to jump start the lineup (note to self: never hire Jeff…

  7. It's kinda nice to root for a loser

    Apr 23, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    I disagree with Charles Krauthammer on almost everything, but he and I are hand in hand about the pleasure of rooting for a losing team. He’s a Nats’ fan, you see, and though he’d like to see some winning baseball, he’s just fine if it takes its sweet time arriving: I go for relief. For…

  8. Is K-Rod old school, or is he being abused?

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    I have a lot of friends in academia. When they talk about the things they love about that world, they talk about the free exchange of opposing viewpoints. The ability to lay one’s intellectual cards upon the table and engage with those who subscribe to competing philosophical creeds in pitched, but respectful battle. What they…

  9. Carlos Guillen heading to the DL

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Tigers’ DH Carlos Guillen has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, suffered when he fell between third base and home in the fifth inning. Or maybe he fell because he got hurt. One of them chicken-egg things, ya know. The Tigers have promoted Brennan Boesch, meaning that he will now…

  10. Is Bryce Harper a jerk? And does it matter?

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    The more we hash over the physical and mental tools of a 17 year-old kid the more creepy it feels, but he’s put himself out there and it’s gonna happen anyway, so there’s no sense in ignoring it. The latest: Bryce Harper is apparently a jerk. Really. That’s the story according to Kevin Goldstein of…

  11. The latest on HGH testing: Bud embarks on another "study"

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Bud Selig says baseball’s new science adviser — Dr. Gary Green — is examining the human growth hormone blood test that the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) is peddling but he isn’t sure when the study will be completed. This is classic Bud: when he doesn’t want to deal with something he commissions another “study.”  I’m…

  12. The Tampa Bay Rays, Ben Zobrist agree to a five-year contract extension

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have agreed to a contract extension with 2B/RF Ben Zobrist that could amount to a five-year deal.  Three years — which would be his arbitration years — are guaranteed. The next two years — covering 2014 and 2015, which would be his first two…

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

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Brewers 20, Pirates 0: I think the most remarkable thing about this game is that the Brewers were set down 1-2-3 in the first inning. Phillies 8, Braves 3: This series began with the Phillies bullpen breaking down, but that ended up being a fluke. The real story of the series was that the Phillies…

  14. Johnny Damon ejected for arguing balls and strikes; bad haircut

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon was ejected from last night’s Tigers-Angels game, ostensibly for arguing balls and strikes.  Word on the street, however, is that home plate umpire Dale Scott was less angry about his judgment being questioned than he was about his judgment being questioned by a 36 year-old man with this haircut: If I was the…

  15. The Yankees turn a triple play

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    The Yankees are playing the A’s as we speak.  A few moments ago they turned a 5-4-3 triple play (A-Rod, Cano, Teixeira).  Daric Barton was on second and Ryan Sweeney was on first. Kurt Suzuki was at the plate. I don’t care who you are. That was cool.

  16. Brian Jordan says that Chipper Jones doesn't work out enough

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Former Braves outfielder Brian Jordan was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern today, and the subject of Chipper Jones’ health came up.  Stern asked Jordan if Chipper’s recent oblique injury suggested that he is “done.”  Jordan’s answer was interesting: Jordan: “Well, I mean, he leaves you scratching your head because, you know, it’s…

  17. 20-0: The Pirates get keel-hauled by the Brewers

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    In this morning’s And That Happened recaps I said about the Pirates: “when they lose, they don’t mess around. They go out there and lose with gusto.”  They just took things to a whole new level, getting beat by the Brewers (gulp) 20-0 this afternoon, setting the mark for the worst shutout ever. The Brewers…

  18. Classless and ignorant Mets fans boo David Wright

    Apr 22, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Don’t look at me, Craig Carton: even a guy with a journalism background is saying it this time: Wright was struck on the wrist by a pitch in the first inning. He flubbed a tough backhand grounder for an error in the third. He ended his soggy day 1-for-2 at the plate, with an RBI…

  19. Are the Red Sox showcasing Mike Lowell or giving him a job?

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell was 2 for 4 with a solo homer, a walk and an RBI single in place of the slumping David Ortiz last night.  And he’s going to get the start again tonight. Yesterday I mentioned the Red Sox killing three birds with one stone.  Lowell’s hot bat and presence in the lineup against…

  20. Baseball should ignore calls for "competitive balance"

    Apr 22, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    A must-read article by Joe Sheehan at Sports Illustrated, um, illustrating why arguments comparing the NFL’s competitive balance to baseball’s competitive balance are simply wrongheaded. The hypothetical which kicks off the article — where baseball’s playoff races would stand right now if, like the NFL, the whole season was 16 games long — perfectly illustrates…

  21. The Mets' Ryota Igarashi hits the D.L.

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Just a week after Jerry Manuel declared Ryota Igarashi his setup man, his setup man has hit the disabled list with a hamstring tear suffered in Tuesday night’s game. Igarashi has a serious fastball and has been successful so far this season, even if he hasn’t been exactly dominant (3Ks and 4 BBs in 6…

  22. So I'm in the World Series

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    I mentioned a long time ago that I was participating in a simulation league for media guys. The game: Rob Neyer Baseball. It’s a historical league based on the Diamond Mind platform, and I am owner/general manager/manager of the Matewan Massacre. Other owners include Neyer himself, Jonah Keri, ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, Baseball Prospectus’ Rany…

  23. Ryan Zimmerman tweaks his hammy

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    It’s never a good time to strain your hamstring, but Ryan Zimmerman is 9 for his last 20 with three doubles and a home run, so the fact that he did it last night made for particularly bad timing. The injury occurred when he thought about stretching a double into a triple, but he pulled…

  24. The Rangers sale is getting uglier

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    The basic dynamic of the sale of the Texas Rangers has been (1) Tom Hicks trying to settle his issues with his creditors; (2) Chuck Greenberg and Major League Baseball getting increasingly annoyed at Hicks for not doing so; and (3) everyone speaking optimistically all the same. According to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram, Tom…

  25. Chris Carpenter ignites a ruckus in the Cardinals-Diamondbacks game

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    It wasn’t really a fracas, and it was far short of a brawl, so ruckus is the best I can do. It started when Edwin Jackson hit Chris Carpenter with a pitch in the second inning. Actually, it may have started when Jackson hit Ryan Ludwick in the first, but hitting Carpenter is what set…

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