Craig Calcaterra

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The Rakuten Golden Eagles had an interesting Twitter introduction for Zelous Wheeler

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Back in November the Yankees sold the contractual rights of infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Rakuten Golden Eagles of NPB. Today he was introduced by Rakuten in a press conference. This is how the official Twitter tweeted it out:

Well? Which one is he?

(Thanks to Ron for the heads up)

The Wrigley Field renovation has sent a whole bunch of rats scurrying into the neighborhood

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Eventually the Cubs’ ballpark is gonna be nice and new and updated and awesome. For now, though, its renovation has caused a lot of displacement, noise, traffic problems and . . . rats:

“The rats have been running rampant. I’m not kidding you,” Kata said. “There are people in the alley and there are still rats running around and it’s daylight . . . We’ve never experienced anything like what we’ve seen the last 12 months,” Findlay said. “We’ve had rats almost on a daily basis walking all around the neighborhood. In the streets, on the sidewalks, on people’s porches.”

Rats. Ratso. Ratso Rizzo. Anthony Rizzo. It all fits!

Quote of the Day: Rob Manfred and Jerry Reinsdorf’s “f*****g cigars”

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ESPN’s T.J. Quinn:

Quinn offered this after reading Ken Rosenthal’s interview with Manfred in which it was revealed that Manfred’s management style is different than Selig’s inasmuch as Manfred does not do, to use Quinn’s phrase, “one-on-one politicking.”

Given how prickly, petty and arrogant a lot of baseball owners happen to be — and given that Manfred does not have the in that Selig had with them as a former owner himself — one wonders if he’s going to have trouble building consensus like Selig did without smoking their “f*****g cigars.”

Pete Carroll and Scott Boras are best buddies? Who knew?

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Les Carpenter of The Guardian knows, and he has an interesting story today about how the seemingly carefree coach of the Seattle Seahawks and the super agent who would sooner die than to let something happen without reading into it, analyzing it and trying to figure out which way it plays for him are longtime friends:

They must have seemed the most random of friends when they first met all those years ago at the University of the Pacific: Carroll destined to become football’s happiest coach and Boras one of baseball’s most hated men. But in the early 1970s they were a couple of kids living in the same college dormitory, chasing athletic dreams against a clock that was running down on both of them.

I wonder if Boras has a binder in which he ranks his friends and compares them to the greatest friends history has ever known.

Jayson Werth to serve five days in jail for reckless driving

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Back in early July Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was charged with reckless driving for going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone. In early December he was sentenced to 10 days in jail. There was some appealing and things, but today Werth went into court and pleaded guilty to the charge. He will spend five days in jail over it.

My guess is that Werth can’t pick which days he spends in jail, but if I were him I’d totally try to make it for the middle of spring training when all the veterans start to get tired of the grind. I mean, how much worse would a Fairfax, County jail cell be than Viera, Florida?