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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Hank Aaron on McGwire: "He's done everything he can do"

    Feb 22, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Hank Aaron spoke about PEDs, apologies and Mark McGwire today: “I think baseball is cleaning up its act a little bit, I really do. I’ve said this and I’ll say it again, over and over again, this is the most forgiving country in the world. If you come through and tell the truth, then you’re…

  2. Carlos Beltran and the Mets: no hard feelings

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    One of the Mets’ offseason dramas involved Carlos Beltran, the front office and a disputed surgery clearance.  Beltran, who was angry with the Mets’ front office at the time, is willing to let bygones be bygones: “You know, it took me a while because I’m a human being, of course, and I’m a person who…

  3. Why the Astros' farm system is in the dumper

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    There was a story about the state of the Astros’ farm system in Saturday’s Houston Chronicle, painting a bleak yet accurate picture of what happens when you spend a decade signing free agents, skimping on international signings, drafting poorly and failing to come appreciate when it’s time to add talent and when it’s time to…

  4. UPDATE: 2 + 2 once again equals four in Johnny Damon land

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  After the whopper below, Damon said later that the Tigers were his first choice after it was clear he would not resign with the Yankees.  Which makes more sense. We can now return to Boras/Damon B.S. Defcon 4, during with normal, increased scrutiny of statements and the heightening of anti-baloney security measures is appropriate.…

  5. Chipper Jones on the NL East

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Asked this morning about all of the young talent in Atlanta, Florida and Miami, Chipper Jones said that “in the next few years you’re gonna see this division invert.“ Given that the Braves have finished in third place for three of the last four seasons, this is a rather pessimistic take on his own ballclub,…

  6. Old people (like me) and sabermetrics

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    My friend Russ Smith, late of the Mugger column in the New York Press and currently the proprietor of Splice Today, is a big baseball fan. A fairly traditional one, however, as he doesn’t get too hung up on stats and sabermetrics and stuff. His teenage son, however and it has led to some communications…

  7. Rafael Soriano does not care about the bats of the AL East

    Feb 22, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times catches up with new Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano, who is as cool as a cucumber: Jeter and A-Rod, you say. And he does not quiver. Ortiz and Youkilis, you say. And he does not flinch. Teixeira and Hill, you are about to say. And he does not wait…

  8. Our first Manny bein' Manny moment of 2010

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez caught up with Manny Ramirez this morning. In the space of five sentences Manny (a) predicted the future; (b) said that predicting the future is meaningless and that he’d prefer to take things one day at a time; (c) said the game was “still fun to play”; and (d) said…

  9. Khalil Greene continues to suffer from anxiety issues

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    The Rangers signed Khalil Greene to a one-year, $500,000 deal this winter, hoping he could replace Omar Vizquel as their utility guy.  Ken Rosenthal reports some bad news, however: Infielder Khalil Greene is again suffering from anxiety issues, leaving the Texas Rangers short an infielder as they begin spring training. Greene, 30, will not report…

  10. You can get into the Reds' team photo

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Neat promotion from the Cincinnati Reds: they’re auctioning off the chance to be in this year’s team photo. The proceeds from the auction will go to charity.  The opening bid is $500, but I can only assume it will go much higher. Indeed, reliever Mike Lincoln probably views the auction as a much better bet…

  11. Quote of the Day II: Jason Heyward

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Braves’ outfield prospect/personal Man-Crush Supreme Jason Heyward showed up to spring training this morning looking absolutely huge. His teammates compared him to Jevon Kearse.  Asked if he had some kind of special workout or diet this winter he said: “Just growing up. Hopefully growing into my grown-man strength.” Dude had a .963 OPS across three…

  12. Kevin Appier is awesome

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    A kid sent a baseball card to Kevin Appier 15 years ago hoping for an autograph. He never heard back.  Last week the card was sent back to his parents house with Appier’s autograph on it. My first impulse was that, not unlike Ringo Starr and Marge Simpson,* Appier simply had mountains and mountains of…

  13. Jayson Werth is ready for spring

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Either that or he’s ready to be the bass player for Grand Funk Railroad. Could go either way.

  14. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Some reporters asked Dustin Pedroia if the Red Sox have transformed from a team built to score runs into a team built to prevent runs. I’ve never been a big Pedroia fan, but his response has shot my man-crush for him to dangerously high levels: “I don’t even buy into that stuff. We have great…

  15. Random thoughts on the Johnny Damon signing

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    As you no doubt heard, Johnny Damon signed with the Tigers over the weekend. One year, $8 million.  Some random observations: I don’t buy for a second that Detroit really had a two-year, $14 million offer out there, but their one-year, $7 million offer was widely reported. That was dangling when the White Sox dropped…

  16. David Wright is in the best shape of his . . . OH MY GOD look at the guns on him!

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Based on how much iron David Wright apparently pumped this offseason, it would seem that he doesn’t want to depend on lower fences at Citi Field to help restore his power. Mercy. In other news, the article goes on and on about how Jeff Francoeur is helping Wright take a better mental approach to the…

  17. The Dodgers expect you to pay twice the price for half the product

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin reports that a document setting forth the Dodgers’ financial plans was leaked in connection with the McCourt divorce. The document, which was created by the Dodgers in order to solicit Chinese investors in the team and/or a soccer club Frank McCourt wants to buy, sets out the following: The Dodgers…

  18. The Yankees sign Chan Ho Park

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Thomas Harding of reports that the Yankees have signed reliever Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $1.2 million deal with incentives that could reach $300,000.  The deal is pending a physical. And, presumably, the shaving of his Chan Ho Beard. Park put up a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings out of the pen last…

  19. Jose Reyes batting third? Does it matter?

    Feb 19, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Earlier Matthew asked whether Jerry Manuel’s idea to bat Jose Reyes third is a good idea.  Here’s a second question: Would it make a difference?  It probably won’t. There have been multiple studies of lineup optimization over the years. For the most part they conclude that the particular lineup doesn’t make a whole hell of…

  20. UPDATE: The White Sox pull their offer to Damon; Boras pleads with the Tigers

    Feb 19, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    Update: Wait! Maybe the White Sox aren’t out of it, at least according to what Kenny Williams told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “If circumstances change in the next 24 hours I certainly will be willing to revisit it,” Williams said. “Jermaine Dye cashed in big time for something like this, taking less money…

  21. More on the McCourts

    Feb 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Earlier today we learned about Jamie McCourt’s request for more money.  Our friend Josh Fisher at Dodger Divorce points out something particularly delicious from her filing: [P]erquisites paid directly by the McCourt business constituted a very significant element of the marital lifestyle, averaging an additional approximately $800,000 per month. As Josh notes, the “McCourt business” is…

  22. No guns in the clubhouse; bats still OK

    Feb 19, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    It’s a sad, sad day when law abiding ballplayers can’t bring their sidearms into the clubhouse: Major League Baseball has a new message for players and employees this spring training: Keep guns, long knives and explosives out of the clubhouse. Signs have been placed in spring training locker rooms stating “individuals are prohibited from possessing…

  23. Your early early early draft preview

    Feb 19, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    In response to Keith Law’s outrageously early draft preview Mel Kiper has decided to chuck the 2010 NFL draft entirely and start handicapping 2011. True story. Anyway, there’s a top 50 list there, and some overall analysis: In general, the quality of talent this year is below where it was the last two years, and…

  24. The Indians ink Branyan

    Feb 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Buster Olney reports that Cleveland has signed Russell Branyan to a one year deal with an option for 2011.  This year it’s a $2 million base salary with up to $1 million in incentives.  The option is of the mutual variety for $5 million. The seal is a juuuuuuust a bit below the $20-$30 million…

  25. Jeff Mathis wins his arbitration case

    Feb 19, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The players strike back. Angels’ catcher Jeff Mathis beat the club, winning a raise from $450,000 to $1.3 million. The Angels were arguing for $700,000. Owners lead the players 4-3 this offseason with one arbitration — Ryan Theriot — left to go. If Theriot wins they go to penalty kicks.

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