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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Yankees have to return some World Series money

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    CNBC’s Darren Rovell: Sources told CNBC that Yankees players recently received a letter from the Major League Baseball Players Association that informed them that there was mistake in the calculation of the World Series championship share . . . the letter told those who had full shares that three people (two trainers and a player)…

  2. Roger Clemens speaks

    Mar 2, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens doesn’t give too many interviews these days, but he spoke with Jon Pessah of True/Slant recently, and the results are here. You may or may not be shocked to learn that the Rocket has sympathy for Mark McGwire and Tiger Woods. You probably will be a bit surprised to hear that Clemens’ flushed,…

  3. Adam LaRoche said the Giants never offered him two years and $17.5 million

    Mar 2, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Remember how we all called Adam LaRoche dumb for turning down that two-year, $17.5 million offer from the Giants?  Well, he says it wasn’t that simple: “It actually wasn’t a two-year deal. It was two years with three- or four-year options. It wasn’t a two-year, $17 or $18 (million). It came across that that’s what…

  4. Tim Wakefield: Knuckle Knuckle King

    Mar 2, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    My friend Ethan is insanely busy. He runs a company, he consults, he skis, he climbs mountains, he’s got a new wife he’s trying to keep happy, he’s trying to buy a house, he has to deal with Bay Area traffic every day and he generally doesn’t get a ton of down time. But one…

  5. The Yankees go out to play

    Mar 2, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Brian Hoch from MLB.com: The Yankees believed chemistry was one of their strengths as they pursued a 27th World Series championship last year, and along the way, many pointed back to a March off-campus billiards tournament as one of their building blocks. What?! That’s like saying that the Mongols won the Battle of Liegnitz because…

  6. Carlos Beltran spoke with the feds last week

    Mar 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes and Alex Rodriguez aren’t the only ones on the feds’ list.  Turns out that Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran spoke with federal investigators last week about Dr. Galea, the Canadian doctor accused of selling unapproved drugs, having his assistant try to smuggle HGH over the border and related nastiness. According to the Associated…

  7. Why Chris Woodward didn't make the Red Sox' postseason roster

    Mar 2, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Last fall, when postseason rosters were being finalized, the only real discussion in Boston was about a utility guy, with Nick Green, Jed Lowrie and Chris Woodward all in the mix.  Green was hurt, and Terry Francona said that they needed to limit Lowrie as well.  So you figured Chris Woodward — who was away…

  8. Brothers love San Diego

    Mar 2, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    In an article about Padre teammates Jerry and Scott Hairston, Jerry Crasnick notes that baseball brothers tend to unite in San Diego: Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. were teammates in the late 1980s, and Tony and Chris Gwynn played together for the Padres’ NL West title team in 1996. In recent years, Trevor and Glenn…

  9. Lance Berkman has a bruised knee

    Mar 2, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Bad news for Houston, as Lance Berkman was held out of today’s workout because of what the team is calling a “bruised” knee.  He didn’t bang it, but there is swelling and discomfort, which Berkman thinks he might have done while running the bases. The team isn’t concerned, but Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll — not…

  10. As if on cue, a writer flies off the handle over the A-Rod/Galea thing

    Mar 2, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Reading the papers this morning I was surprised to see that neither Lupica nor any of the Post guys really brought the crazy in regards to this Alex Rodriguez/Dr. Galea thing. Oh, Lupica tried to muster some outrage, but his heart just wasn’t in it. I was almost prepared to give up and write a…

  11. 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…

  12. "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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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:

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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 MLB.com 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,…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. "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…

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