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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Are the Rays really going to trade for Milton Bradley?

    Oct 9, 2009, 11:11 AM EDT

    There are no actual named sources tied to this article, so I have to assume it’s wishful thinking more than anything else, but the Chicago Sun-Times’ Chris De Luca is chattering about a potential Milton Bradley for Pat Burrell trade: Sources say the Cubs have been pushing the Tampa Bay Rays for a quick deal…

  2. Derek Jeter: the face of playoff baseball

    Oct 9, 2009, 10:27 AM EDT

    Your Yankee mileage may vary, but there’s no escaping the financial realities of it all: Of the seven billboards around Atlanta promoting the start of the playoffs, Jeter, the All-Star shortstop who has been with the Yankees since 1995, is on five of them. Around the country, TBS has similar billboards featuring St. Louis Cardinals…

  3. Game 3 of the Rockies-Phillies Series ought to be fun

    Oct 9, 2009, 9:59 AM EDT

    Back when John Elway still roamed the Earth and the Broncos still got a lot of prime time games, the best night each year was that inevitable mid-to-late October Monday Night game in Denver. You know the one: where the snow fell down, the crowd went nuts and you sat on your couch and enjoyed the…

  4. Adam Wainwright should probably stop his whining

    Oct 9, 2009, 9:32 AM EDT

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s and Cardinals’ pitcher Adam Wainwright’s reaction to the Holliday drop: The Dodgers stretched the inning improbably after left fielder Matt Holliday lost first baseman James Loney’s line drive in the glare of late-afternoon lights and a backdrop of towel-waving fans. The ball caught Holliday in the stomach, knocking the wind out of…

  5. Managing Jorge Posada's ego

    Oct 9, 2009, 8:56 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi, trying to manage Jorge Posada’s feelings over getting benched in favor of Jose Molina: Yankees manager Joe Girardi had the conversation with Jorge Posada on Sunday, a talk similar to one he had with Joe Torre when Posada was about to cut into Girardi’s time behind the plate. Girardi didn’t like it, and…

  6. Leave Matt Holliday alone (and other supplemental observations)

    Oct 9, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    Matthew and Bob did an excellent job of recapping yesterday’s games, but I have a couple of random observations knocking around my head: – Look, I know all you Cardinals fans want to kill Matt Holliday right now, but (a) your guys may not have made the postseason without him; (b) he did hit a…

  7. CSI: Buster Olney

    Oct 8, 2009, 11:16 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera has apologized to his teammates and the Tigers have been eliminated, so the whole issue of him getting his drink on and getting violent is now less a public matter than it is a matter between Cabrera, his wife, his team, his health and the law, but I’d be remiss in not pointing out…

  8. Torii Hunter calls out Vlad Guerrero

    Oct 8, 2009, 10:46 AM EDT

    Well, not intentionally, but compare this comment from Torii Hunter . . . It doesn’t matter what you do in the regular season. It’s all about who wants it more. You see guys who hit 30, 40 homers, drive in 100 runs, and they don’t do a thing in postseason. You’ve got pitchers who dominate…

  9. The Phillies get sued by a 12 year-old girl

    Oct 8, 2009, 9:57 AM EDT

    A 12 year-old girl caught Ryan Howard’s 200th home run ball back in July. Afterwards, she was escorted to the Phillies clubhouse and exchanged it for an autographed ball.  This being America, she sued (or, I should say, her parents sued) in order to get the ball back.  Two days after the suit was filed,…

  10. Cole Hamels doesn't like day games. For good reason.

    Oct 8, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT

    Yesterday Cole Hamels was quoted as saying that it was unfair that the Phillies had the early games in the division series: “In being the defending world champs, I think it’s kind of a little weird that we kind of get both games at 2 o’clock. I don’t think it’s fair. I definitely don’t think…

  11. The contradiction that is Kevin Youkilis

    Oct 8, 2009, 8:56 AM EDT

    Usually when a guy is described as a gritty, intense gamer, you can count on him being (a) universally loved by his teammates; and (b) not that good a player, actually (see, Eckstein, David). Kevin Youkilis, on the other hand, is the rarest of things: a gritty, MVP-quality player who, surprising to me at least, has some teammates…

  12. A-Rod takes care of business

    Oct 8, 2009, 8:15 AM EDT

    Coming in to this season, Alex Rodriguez had two demons with which he needed to wrestle: (1) his public relations issues; and (2) his reputation as a playoffs choker. Based on how things are going, he’s beating the demons handily. On the P.R. front, A-Rod has bounced back nicely since the low point of his…

  13. Want World Series Tickets? Just hate on Manny

    Oct 7, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Times’ columnist Steve Lopez will have two sweet tickets on the third base line of Dodger Stadium if the boys in blue make it to the World Series. He can’t bear to use them, however, because he really, really hates Manny Ramirez. If you want them for free they’re yours.  At least if…

  14. Major League Baseball (finally) approves the Cubs' sale

    Oct 7, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    I’m pretty sure that Ron Santo was the starting third baseman when the Ricketts-buying-the-Cubs negotiations started. With the exception of a bankruptcy court’s rubber stamp, however, the process is finally over: Major League Baseball owners welcomed the Ricketts family to an exclusive fraternity Tuesday, unanimously approving its proposal via conference call to become the owner of  the…

  15. The Yankees-Twins game ought to be fun

    Oct 7, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Not because of the baseball, but because of the weather: Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Breezy, with a west wind between 20 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Breezy, with a west wind between 11 and 20 mph, with gusts…

  16. Are the playoffs fair?

    Oct 7, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    I’ve been going on for years about how the playoffs are a total crap shoot and how they rarely if ever guarantee that the best team makes it to the World Series, let alone wins it. Of course, I’m also a Braves fan, so it’s fair for you to ask whether or not my complaints are…

  17. It's going to be a looooong postseason on TBS

    Oct 7, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    I have preferred the TBS playoff coverage to the FOX coverage over the past couple of years for two reasons: (1) Unlike FOX, TBS’s producers don’t appear to have ADHD and can keep to a single camera shot for more than a half second, resisting the urge to cut from closeup to closeup to closeup…

  18. Billingsley relegated to Game 4; Hudson to the bench for Dodgers-Cardinals series

    Oct 7, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    In my NLDS preview the other day I blithely assumed that Chad Billingsley would pitch Game 3 for the Dodgers, but that’s apparently not the case. Vicente Padilla gets the nod. Joe Torre said that Billingsley’s simulated game “went fine” but if that were the case you’d think that the guy would be the Game…

  19. Quote of the Day: Denard Span

    Oct 6, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    “I don’t want to say they’ve choked, but, yeah, they have choked. They’ve choked a little bit.” – Twins’ outfielder Denard Span on the Tigers bad weekend.  You tend not to see too much bulletin board material in baseball, and when you do it’s usually fairly weak and equivocal like this.  But we’ll take what we…

  20. About that Cardinals Dodgers preview . . .

    Oct 6, 2009, 10:22 AM EDT

    Absent Albert Pujols and Chris Carpenter carrying out a murder-suicide pact before tomorrow’s game, I won’t change my prediction that the Cardinals will beat the Dodgers in four games. I say this for two reasons: (1) my gut just likes St. Louis in this thing; and (2) backtracking on a prediction is weak sauce. If you’re going to predict something…

  21. Albert Belle takes himself out of the running for the Indians' job

    Oct 6, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Never mind that he’d probably be violating 16 different restraining orders simply by showing up in Ohio again: So what else could be missing from this fine Indians season that ends today? What about a phone call from former Tribe slugger Albert Belle to tie all the loose ends together? For the third time in…

  22. The Braves would probably take Fredi Gonzalez off Florida's hands

    Oct 6, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s story that the Marlins are talking to Bobby Valentine and, regardless of what Bobby V. does, are thinking about firing Fredi Gonzalez, elicited a reaction from Bobby Cox: “I can’t believe that. He’s done a remarkably great job over there. Fredi can do a little bit of everything. He’s knowledgeable, great communicator, disciplines well…

  23. Shawn Chacon has been tracked down

    Oct 6, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Last week Aaron noted that former Astros and Pirates pitcher Shawn Chacon was a fugitive. The authorities must have done a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in the area, because they got him: Authorities say they have arrested former major league pitcher Shawn Chacon at a Colorado…

  24. Cabrera had a previous run-in with the law

    Oct 6, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    File this under stuff no one ever would have known or cared about if Miguel Cabrera hadn’t screwed up on Saturday: During an altercation at a Birmingham bar in August, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera allegedly mocked a teenager about his weight and challenged a man to a fight in an incident that resulted in…

  25. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Dodgers

    Oct 5, 2009, 11:19 AM EDT

    The Dodgers and the Cardinals have 35 National League pennants and sixteen World Championships between them. That said, there isn’t a ton of historical late season drama between these two teams. When the Gashouse Gang Cardinals were flying high, the Dodgers were bums. When those Jackie Robinson/Duke Snider Dodgers teams were manufacturing nostalgia, the Cardinals were…

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