Author: Craig Calcaterra

Adam Wainwright

Mike Matheny says Adam Wainwright’s elbow is “perfectly fine”


There was concern yesterday that Adam Wainwright may not be able to go for Game 1 of the NLCS. Those concerns seem to have gone by the wayside today:

That assessment came after Wainwright threw a bullpen session at Busch Stadium today and seemed good to go. He’ll be the NLCS Game 1 starter Saturday against the Giants. Lance Lynn will start Game 2, John Lackey will start Game 3, and Shelby Miller will start Game 4.

A.J. Burnett likely to pitch next year

A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett just suffered through an awful season during which he dropped many comments suggesting that he’ll retire. But it appears now, however, that he’s having a change of heart: Jon Heyman reports that “people close to” A.J. Burnett believe he’ll pitch in 2015.

It’s not like he doesn’t have a guaranteed paycheck. He has a player option worth $12.75 million with the Phillies, so not pitching would be giving money away, really. And while it was not a good season — he posted a 4.59 ERA and a 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 and two-thirds innings — he’s still a durable innings eater.



The League Championship Series umpires are announced

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Hi, everyone. I’m Major League Umpire, Joe West.
source: AP

And I gotta tell ya, I’m thrilled as heck that I get to be the Crew Chief for this year’s ALCS. Joining me on my crew will be Brian Gorman, Marvin Hudson, Dan Iassogna, Ron Kulpa, Tim Timmons and Mark Wegner.

Over in the National League, my good friend Gerry Davis gets the nod as Chief. He’ll have Mark Carlson, Phil Cuzzi, Paul Emmel, Greg Gibson, Bill Miller and Bill Welke on his crew. Umpire Todd Tichenor will assist the designated Replay Officials at the MLB Replay Operations Center in the unlikely event we miss a call!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Hey Joe, why do you get be a crew chief at the LCS every year? Aren’t you . . . controversial?” Well yes, there have been some incidents over the years in which some disgruntled players and managers embarrassed themselves by questioning my authority. But for the most part those guys are sitting home or retired, so there’s no danger of them upstaging me as I bathe in the spotlight this fall. Just put your mind at ease about that.

As for the behind the scenes stuff, just put know that the umpire business is a meritocracy, probably, and that I was chosen because I was the best. Let’s see here in this press release . . . I’m sure it says something about how I’ve consistently graded out as one of the top umpires in all of baseball!

West, who leads all active umpires in years of service . . .

[crumples up paper, chews it and swallows it directly in front of you]

See! Country Joe is the best in the business!


The Rockies wanted to give Dan O’Dowd a contract extension before he resigned

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If you had it in your head that Dan O’Dowd stepping down as Rockies GM was somehow evidence that the team has finally realized that doing the same thing over and over for the past 15 years was maybe not the way to proceed, think again:

Dan O’Dowd knew it was time to move on.

Every job as a life expectancy. His tenure as the general manager of the Colorado Rockies had reached the end.

So when he was offered a multiyear contract extension last week, he told owner Dick Monfort thanks but no thanks. O’Dowd chose to resign. It wasn’t easy. But it was more than money. Things were no longer moving forward, and his value system is such that he wasn’t going to keep a job just to have a job.

So even O’Dowd agreed that things needed to change with the Rockies, but ownership did not. One hopes that O’Dowd’s resignation wakes up ownership and that they don’t just tell Jeff Bridich to “be more like Dan.”