Author: Craig Calcaterra


Mat Latos hates the new pace-of-play rules, properly-cooked hamburgers


This raises more questions than it does answers:

As everyone knows, the proper way to cook a burger is over super high and direct heat and to cook that sucker as fast as possible. You want to rush that burger, Mat! And my God, you do not want it “completely done.” I don’t care if you win 25 games this year: if I show up at your house for a cookout and you give me a well-done burger, I’m gonna withhold my Cy Young vote for you on general principle.

Oh, who am I kidding. I don’t have a Cy Young vote. :-(


The Angels’ negotiations for a new lease are going nowhere

Angels Stadium

The Angels’ current lease allows them to opt-out at any time between 2016 and 2019. If they don’t opt-out, the lease gets extended until 2029. So now is the time for the Angels to either (a) negotiate the terms of a new lease with Anaheim; or (b) prepare to opt-out and move.

Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register reports, however, that negotiations for a new lease are “going nowhere.” And Angels’ owner Arte Moreno said that the team was “looking at opportunities” with respect to new stadiums. Which could be bluster, of course. You may recall last year there was some talk of the Angels moving to Tustin, California. It all seemed like a bluff at the time and probably was.

But hey, maybe they can join in with the Raiders and Chargers in Carson? The more the merrier, right?  Unless that’s a big bluff too, in which case it’d be the more the bluffier.

Umpire Tim McClelland is retiring

Tim McClelland

Major League Baseball has announced that umpire Tim McClelland is retiring.

McClelland was an umpire for 32-plus years and more than 4,200 games, including 94 Postseason games.  After Joe West, he was the second-longest-tenured umpire.  He worked four World Series, nine League Championship Series, five Division Series and three All-Star Games.  Most famously, he was the home plate umpire for the “Pine Tar Game” between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 24, 1983.

McClelland did not work last year due to a back injury. One presumes that it either did not improve enough for him to return or that, after having a year off, he decided he liked it and it was time to retire. Or a combination of both. Either way, the guy has earned the right to some summers off and more time at home with his family.

Major League Baseball also announced that three new umpires – Tripp Gibson, Will Little and Mark Ripperger – have been named to the full-time Major League Umpiring staff. One of which is, more or less, a replacement for McClelland, the other two because the staff of big league umps has expanded by two, to a total of 76. Current umpires Jerry Meals and Larry Vanover have been promoted to Crew Chief, one taking McClelland’s spot, the other replacing Gary Darling on a full time basis, following Darling’s retirement last season.