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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Alexi Casilla got a Rolex

    Mar 2, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    As John Shipley at the Pioneer Press notes, it’s been a bad few months for Alexi Casilla.  I believe that the technical term for his performance at the plate in 2009 is “butt.”  Then the Twins signed Jim Thome, who took his uniform number. Then they signed Orlando Hudson who took his job. But at…

  2. "Steroids made me superhuman"

    Mar 2, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    USA Today collects some comments from five of the ten still-active Mitchell Report All-Stars.  The most interesting quote comes from Matt Herges, who is clearly not part of the “steroids just help me stay in the lineup” camp: “I know what steroids did for me. It made me superhuman,” Herges said. “It made me an…

  3. Selig on the Galea investigation: nothin' to worry about

    Mar 2, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Bud Selig was just on the Mike & Mike show, and covered a couple of topics: Greenberg asked him if he had any advice for Roger Goodell and the NFL as they wade into labor hell. Selig dodged the question with some talk about how all leagues and businesses have to deal with this stuff…

  4. Little Sarge wants to hit leadoff

    Mar 2, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Gary Matthews, Jr. hit leadoff in an intrasquad game yesterday, and he liked it: “Just the ability to switch hit, I’m comfortable taking pitches and obviously I’ve done it and had success in Texas. Hitting leadoff is where I’ve had my most success, so it’s where I’m most comfortable.” Given his struggles in recent years…

  5. Yoshida meets Wakefield

    Mar 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Japanese female knuckleballer Eri Yoshida met her idol, Tim Wakefield. I’m guessing yesterday, but since I can’t read the website on which the picture appears I have no way of knowing.  Nice pic, though. I’m guessing Wakefield is married, but if not, we should get those two together.  They would have the craftiest children. (link…

  6. So, does K-Rod still have pinkeye?

    Mar 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    How to tell when a team’s PR department sends out an email to the beat reporters:

  7. Barry Bonds: hitting coach

    Mar 2, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly wonders if and when Barry Bonds will return to the Giants’ fold and impart some of his hitting knowledge: Like McGwire, Bonds’ public image as a steroid cheat probably is beyond rehabilitation. But many players past and present continue to hold Bonds’ hitting intelligence, vision and discipline in the highest esteem. They marvel…

  8. Announcing ProHockeyTalk

    Mar 2, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The world is a funny place. After years of thinking you know someone, you wake up one day to find out that they actually like hockey. That’s what happened over the weekend, as all sorts of people I once considered to be respectable were asking me whether I was watching the USA-Canada game, telling me…

  9. John Smoltz is not running for Congress

    Mar 1, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Weird story over the weekend as someone in the Republican party was telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s political reporter that the GOP intended to approach John Smoltz about filling the soon-to-be vacant Congressional seat currently held by John Linder.  Smoltz immediately shot down the idea saying that he had no interest in elective office. It’s a…

  10. Sandy Koufax: Double agent?

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Last week Sandy Koufax checked into Mets camp, helping out Oliver Perez. This week he’s in Arizona with the Dodgers: Torre said Koufax is in Arizona to visit family, but he’s expected to soon appear at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, as he did last year, and no doubt will watch Kershaw at work, as he did two…

  11. Barry Zito: "I want to be a top-of-the-rotation guy again"

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Many people have chalked up Barry Zito’s post-gajillion dollar contract struggles to complacency, comfort, wealth or poor character.  If you believe what he told recently, however, his competitive fire still burn: Barry Zito used to be the main man on the Giants’ starting staff. Despite four years remaining on his seven-year, $126 million contract,…

  12. Which "Wire" character is Omar Minaya?

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    You can get straight-up baseball analysis anywhere, but only a handful of websites ask the things I really want to know. Questions like, “if Omar Minaya were a character from ‘The Wire,’ who would he be?” You know who I think it is, it’s Pryzbylewski. Prezbo is clearly a guy, like Omar as a GM,…

  13. A-Rod gets sucked into the Dr. Galea investigation

    Mar 1, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez is being pulled into the Tony Galea-HGH mini-scandal that ensnared Jose Reyes last week. Rodriguez acknowledged a few minutes ago that the feds want to talk to him and that he intends to cooperate with their investigation. While this suggests that A-Rod went up to Canada to have his blood spun Reyes-style last…

  14. Willie Mays: serial cheater

    Mar 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Joe Posnanski got off the phone with the Royals’ ticket office and banged out a hell of an essay this morning on Willie Mays, greenies and cheating that flows quite nicely with what some of us were discussing in the Hall of Fame thread this morning: Baseball in Willie Mays time, like baseball in every…

  15. "Opening day is a month away, and the Mets are already falling apart"

    Mar 1, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Signs. Portents. An irresistible opportunity for me to get in my recommended daily allowance of Mets bashing: Opening day is a month away, and the Mets are already falling apart. A giant piece of the marquee Citi Field sign came crashing down on Jan. 25 — more evidence for beleaguered Met fans that the sky…

  16. Would you rather have Matt Cain over Tim Lincecum for the next six years?

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski starts out his latest column — a transcript of the ramblings of some scout he knows — by saying “Call him Scout X. Big league lifer. One of the best in the business. Has forgotten more about baseball than you and I will ever know.”  Of course, Wojciechowski’s writing suggests he doesn’t…

  17. Here's something you don't see every day

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Having Adam Dunn practice bunting is like having a navy captain practice scuttling a ship. I mean, sure, it’s probably useful that he knows how to do it, but if you ever see him actually using the skill, you’re pretty much screwed anyway.

  18. Great Moments in Strategy: Jim Tracy

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy is sneaky: Fifth starter Jason Hammel will pitch in the team’s Cactus League opener Thursday, facing the Diamondbacks. Opening-day starter Ubaldo Jimenez will make his first start Friday against the Angels rather than pitch against the Giants that same day. “That is by design,” Tracy said, not wanting to give San…

  19. Chan Ho Park: "Philadelphia was the No. 1 choice"

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Almost immediately after it was announced that the Yankees had signed Chan Ho Park for $1.2 million, Phillies fans went crazy, wondering why one of the only truly effective relievers they had last year was able to get away so cheaply and easily. Park says it was all on the Phillies: “I had a wish…

  20. Looking at the early season schedule

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down the early season schedules for the AL East today, trying to figure out who may get out to a fast start, who may falter early and all of that.  Interesting enough, but his premise doesn’t do much for me: Last year, you could look at the early-season schedules and make a…

  21. Your latest Kansas City Royals Fail

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Joe Posnanski’s latest tweet: I have been hold on for 10 minutes minutes while trying to BUY KC Royals’ season tickets. Seriously, how pathetic is my life? I’m not sayin’ that Joe Posnanski should get special treatment just because he’s a big famous Kansas City-based sportswriter, but that’s not the kind of publicity the Royals…

  22. The Jose Reyes-HGH doc thing actually reflects pretty well on the Mets' medical staff

    Mar 1, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    As was reported over the weekend, Jose Reyes was questioned by the FBI about his association with a Canadian doctor who is under investigation for drug violations, including conspiring to smuggle human growth hormone into the United States from Canada. Unless Reyes was dumb enough to lie to the FBI he’s probably not in any…

  23. Tony Bernazard screwed up Mets hitters

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Remember that guy who left your office last year, and when they went and cleaned out his office they found all those files he’d been screwing up for the past couple of years without anyone really knowing it?  Yeah, the Mets had one of those dudes: Sources say [Tony] Bernazard, who oversaw minor-league development, was…

  24. How come there aren't any youngins in the Hall of Fame?

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    The Merc’s Tim Kawakami thinks he sees something: Once Jeff Bagwell and Roberto Alomar (both born in 1968) get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next January, there will be a strange generation gap in Cooperstown . . . For multiple reasons, the players born from 1961-1967 will be markedly unrepresented in Cooperstown for at least…

  25. Ed Wade over-hypes Pedro Feliz

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Another rite of spring: puffing up the value of some new acquisition. Here’s Astros’ GM Ed Wade on what new third baseman Pedro Feliz brings to the table: Feliz started at third base in the past two World Series with Philadelphia, and also appeared in the 2002 Series with San Francisco. He’s played in 10…

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