Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Rougned Odor rejected a contract extension from the Rangers


Jon Heyman reports that Rougned Odor rejected an extension from the Rangers that was worth about $35 million over six years with two options years.

Seems pretty wise rejection, as Odor’s stock has risen in his three seasons and will only become more valuable as he works through arbitration. Still, it was worth a shot, as Heyman notes, because that was roughly the same deal that Gregory Polanco signed with the Pirates in April and Polanco has the same agent. Heyman says, though, that Polanco and Odor have distinctly different tolerances for risk.

No rush for the Rangers though, either, as Odor is under control through 2020. It was worth an offer. It was understandable that the offer was rejected.

They’re doing an active shooter drill at Wrigley Field today


Ah, 2016. Such a magical year. An election presenting us with a choice between two noted and respected statespeople, peace and harmony abounding and at least a couple of our beloved entertainers and artists not yet dying. Really, can’t ask for a better year.

Into that mix comes this wonderful sign of the times: seven hours worth of “active shooter drills” at Wrigley Field today, complete with “simulated ammunition and flash bangs.” From the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago police say the drill was planned months ago to coincide with Major League Baseball’s All-Star break this week. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says the team is happy to partner with law enforcement on the exercise to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Someone will probably say that this is necessary in today’s world, and I suppose there’s nothing wrong with being prepared. It does make me wonder why we spend so much time and effort training for our responses to disaster rather than doing more to prevent them in the first place, but that’s a different topic altogether.

Anyway, enjoy your freedoms and safety, citizens. Just remember: every single thing you enjoy could turn into a horrific tragedy at any moment! Play ball!


All-Star Game draws record-low ratings


Baseball is dying, you guys.

The All-Star Game drew a record-low television rating for the second straight year. The rating: a 5.4 rating. That is good for a 10 share — 10% of people watching TV on Tuesday night were watching the Midsummer Classic — and 8.7 million viewers. That “bests” last year’s 6.6 for the game in Cincinnati.

As we always note when it comes to national baseball TV ratings, it’s all relative. Baseball’s All-Star Game gets better ratings than the other major sports’ All-Star Games. And, according to Fox, Tuesday night’s game was its highest-rated telecast of any kind of the summer season.

People have a lot of stuff to watch. And they like watching their own team more than an exhibition. Not terribly shocking.