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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,”…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. Bud's committee considered radical realignment

    Mar 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal took a stab at a radical realignment scheme a few weeks ago, and most people who think about the game have come up with their own plan from time to time, but this story from Tom Verducci is the first I’ve heard of someone with even quasi-authority mulling it over. The quasi-authority is…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 4

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Seeing as though I spent some time in the Twins’ clubhouse that morning, I figured I’d spend the postgame with St. Louis.  Helping me make this decision was the fact that MLB.com’s Matthew Leach and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold are two of my favorite writers going, and I wanted to tag along and…

  18. Nomar: "My tank is empty"

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Nomar is speaking right now.  He’s pretty emotional, but upbeat.  He said that he knew he was ready to retire when he was working out this offseason and realized that he had nothing left.  He recalled something one of his old teammates said when he retired: “I know my tank is empty.” I took this…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 3

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    The game itself was your standard spring training affair (I decided to go with a more inspiring pic).  Shaky pitching, shaky defense and a lot of guys you’ve never heard of in the late innings. Unlike the Mets-Nats game on Sunday, there weren’t a ton of exciting prospects on either team to look forward to,…

  20. The history of the batting helmet

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    lar at Wezen-Ball has it, and it’s more interesting than you might imagine. Call me crazy, but I think the polo helmets Connie Mack experimented with following Mickey Cochrane’s career-ending beaning look pretty spiffy. The big joke last year was about David Wright and that giant new helmet he wore a few times towards the…

  21. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 2

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    “I’m tellin’ ya, Mac. If you simply do what I did and say boring things all the time, those pesky reporters would leave ya alone. Now, what say you and me go beat up Gardenhire so I can get my team back?” I may have gotten that quote wrong. Can’t find my notes. A pity,…

  22. Nomar Garciaparra is retiring

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    I’m at the Red Sox camp today, and for the second straight day my timing is good.  As I got into the press box this morning they were setting up for a press conference. It won’t go down until later today, but the buzz in here is that the Red Sox are signing Nomar Garciaparra…

  23. Yankee executive arrested for DUI

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Mark Newman, the Yankees’ senior vice president of baseball operations was arrested for DUI on Monday night.  No blood alcohol level was available because Newman refused to blow the breathalyzer. Which is a pretty interesting area of the law if anyone cares about such things, but I’ll leave that for another day. You’ll recall —…

  24. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 1

    Mar 10, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    I woke up bright and early, had the worst cup of coffee you’ll ever get in the lobby of a major chain hotel, stopped at a 7-11 to get a better cup of coffee and then headed to the ballpark. Why a 7-11? Because the entire State of Florida appears to consist of densely-landscaped eight…

  25. Torii Hunter: black Dominican players are "imposters"

    Mar 10, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    USA Today continues its five-part round table on improving the game, and today they take on a monster: race.  Torii Hunter throws a big freakin’ bomb:   Fans look down from their seats onto the baseball field, see dark-colored skin and might assume they are African-American players. But increasingly, the players instead hail from the…

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