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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Nice press box you have there, Yankees

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    I was a little bummed because the Yankees have been the only team thus far to deny my press credentials for spring training.  I didn’t take it personally — there are about 1,380 reporters who want to cover the Yankees, and at some point it’s a numbers game — but I wasn’t pleased either.  Bright…

  2. A-Rod may be in hot water with the Yankees

    Mar 9, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    When the news hit last week that the feds wanted to talk to Alex Rodriguez about Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH investigation, A-Rod said “this was about someone else.”  The impression which was created, whether A-Rod intended to create it with those words or not, was that he never…

  3. So what do the Twins do now?

    Mar 9, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    With the news that Nathan is staring Tommy John surgery in the face, what happens to the Twins?  Gardenhire suggested that they’d look in house.  Maybe, but of course he was standing three feet from a dejected Joe Nathan when he said that, so it’s not like it was the right setting to say “we’re…

  4. BREAKING: Joe Nathan has a torn UCL

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Just got out of the Twins clubhouse, where Joe Nathan, Ron Gardenhire and team trainers revealed that Nathan has a torn UCL.  Your UCL, of course, is your ulnar collateral ligament, which is the ligament that made Tommy John famous and makes everyone else cringe. They’re not certain if it’s a full tear or a…

  5. The Rangers sale hits a snag. Again.

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    I reported way back in December that Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan’s purchase of the Rangers was no done deal, that there were serious concerns that their offer was cash-light and debt-heavy, and too many people were owed too much by Tom Hicks to simply let the deal go through on the power of wishes,…

  6. Greetings from Fort Myers

    Mar 9, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Pro tip: when the GPS in your car tells you to take a boring interstate and the map in your hand shows you a nice, winding rural route, follow the map every time. Interstates are death. The trip across the state to Fort Myers was a lot of fun. No traffic, nice weather, a big…

  7. Meeting Old Gator

    Mar 8, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Anyone who spends any time in the comments around here knows Old Gator.  He of the “Feesh,” “Macondo,” and the “horse meat and Velveeta sandwiches.”  I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but as commenters go I love him. He’s smart. He stirs up trouble. He throws bombs once in a while.  All kinds…

  8. It's tough out there for a Rule 5'er

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    There were two great stories about Rule 5 draft pics over the weekend.  First comes Tyler Kepner’s profile of Zach Kroenke, a Yankees’ pick from 2005 who has played the Rule 5 game two years running, first being picked by the Marlins last year and now trying to latch on to the Diamondbacks after being…

  9. Scenes from Spring Training: Meet The Mets Part 4

    Mar 8, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Ever been to a gang bang? I hadn’t until yesterday.  What is it? It’s what beat writers call it when five or six of them gather around a single interview subject, usually in the locker room and just fire the questions.  My first gang bang was with Jim Riggleman after the game.  A most peculiar…

  10. Scenes from Spring Training: Meet The Mets Part 3

    Mar 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez said that he overheard another reporter in the press box of the Dodgers’ game say “I hate this job. I want to go work in a factory.”  I suppose it’s possible to get tired of anything, but I’m not sure how you can get tired of…

  11. Our long national K-Rod-pinkeye nightmare is over

    Mar 8, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Apparently Franscico Rodriguez is back in the Mets’ clubhouse today, out of quarantine and shaking hands with people.  That either means (a) the pink eye has cleared up; or (b) the Mets’  doctors have just decided “the hell with it; our reputations are already shot, so who cares if everyone gets the damn pinkeye?”

  12. Scenes from Spring Training: Meet The Mets Part 2

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    After walking the grounds I went to the media work room. Same setup as the Winter Meetings, writ-small: tables with outlets and internet connections, a lot of handouts with lineups and player facts written on them, and a bunch of working reporters who looked at me like I was from Mars. I knew most of…

  13. Yeah, Kelvim Escobar is hurt

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I took no joy in being the first guy to report a few weeks ago that Kelvim Escobar had more wrong with him than a mere “tired shoulder,” and I take even less joy in having that essentially confirmed by Adam Rubin this morning: Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) halted throwing even on flat ground. “When I…

  14. Scenes from Spring Training: Meet The Mets Part 1

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Sunday was spent at Tradition Field for the Mets-Nationals game. There’s so much more going on than just a game, however, so why don’t we run it down.  Lots of bite-sized observations, so this will be in multiple parts throughout the day. I arrived at the ballpark early, hoping to get my bearings before it…

  15. Morgan Ensberg has a blog and it's pretty good

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The former Astros’ third baseman has a blog and some pretty interesting insights about Barry Zito plunking Prince Fielder — Ensberg lists his own rules for hitting a guy — as well as the strike zone.  Here’s Ensberg after noting that Bud Selig is against automating the calling of balls and strikes because he likes…

  16. "Everybody else gets screwed" except the Yankees and Red Sox

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Bud Selig has his little committee to talk about speed of the game, the postseason schedule and other rules changes.  The USA Today put their own committee together — including guys like Dusty Baker, Torii Hunter, Scott Boras and former umpire Steve Palermo — to talk about many of the same things, and unlike Bud’s…

  17. Greetings from Spring Training

    Mar 8, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    My plane landed in Miami on Saturday morning and after lunch and some sightseeing with a mystery person I’ll tell you about later, I booked it up I-95 to Port St. Lucie, or as it may be more aptly called, Long Island South. Yes, there are a few Mets fans here. Tradition Field and the…

  18. Jim Riggleman can probably kick your butt

    Mar 7, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    One more random picture before I actually go and watch a game. There was talk that the Nats would replace Riggleman after last season. I can only assume he won the permanent job in an arm wrestling contest.  Dude looks like he could play right now.

  19. Jeff Francoeur is learning

    Mar 7, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    I’m at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie. And for all of the garbage I’ve spewed at that team in the past, everyone has been super duper nice to me so far. Almost makes me want to rethink how I write about them.  Almost. Anyway, I’ll be checking in with real posts and stuff tomorrow,…

  20. Catching up with Bryce Harper

    Mar 5, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Phenom Bryce Harper has been on a parental-imposed media blackout for much of the winter. He emerges a bit today with a profile in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  It’s a good read if for no other reason than it reminds you that Harper is painfully, painfully young to be going through what he’s been going…

  21. Quote of the Day II: Jon Heyman

    Mar 5, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    bengie molina homers. regardless, what were Mets thinking? this guy can play. – Jon Heyman tweeting after Bengie Molina hit a home run in the second game of spring training. Heyman is seemingly overlooking the fact that Molina is a career .276/.308/.418 hitter — coming off a worse year than that — and is on…

  22. The fruits of monopoly: Topps needs Photoshop lessons

    Mar 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Take some time to look at this new Cliff Lee card from Topps and tell me if you see anything wrong with it:And no, it’s not just the fact that he has never pitched a game for the Mariners. You figured they’d Photoshop that. It’s the poor job they did that irks. I mean, why…

  23. Why the Yankees won't repeat

    Mar 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    The Yankees look good, but they can be beat this year. Easy? No. Only a precise hit will set up a chain reaction and the shaft is ray-shielded, so you’ll have to use proton torpedoes, but FOX’s Dayn Perry says it can be done: So the Yankees are bound to repeat, right? No, actually they’re…

  24. Why Prince Fielder may sign early with the Brewers

    Mar 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The fact that Boras — a dude who hardly ever has elite clients sign early — would talk to the Brewers about Prince Fielder two years before free agency was something of a head scratcher when we learned about it yesterday. But then I read Heyman’s column today (don’t think I enjoy it; I have…

  25. Brandon Webb may start the season on the DL

    Mar 5, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    This is why you shouldn’t pay much attention to those February “Player X is throwing free and easy” articles: The Diamondbacks acknowledged on Friday morning that Brandon Webb might not be ready to start the season on time and could begin the year on the disabled list. “It’s a long season,” General Manager Josh Byrnes…

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