Author: Craig Calcaterra

Jeter presser

A Ring Pop fit for a king. Or a captain.


Moichandising! Moichandising! Where the real money from the farewell tour is made!

Derek Jeter: the T-shirt, Derek Jeter: the Coloring Book, Derek Jeter: the Lunchbox, Derek Jeter: the Breakfast Cereal! Derek Jeter: the Flame Thrower!!


The kids love this one.

I get a lot of publicist emails, but this one may be one of the sillier ones ever:

As you know, The Captain will be saying farewell.  Because Bazooka Candy Brands wanted to celebrate his illustrious career and sparkling record with something just as illustrious and sparkling, they have created a Swarovski-encrusted Ring Pop fit for the king of baseball.

As you will see below, the ring is set with blue and clear Swarovski crystals in a pinstripe pattern, reflecting his pinstripe uniform, around a candy blue center.  The Derek Jeter Swarovski-encrusted Ring Pop is a very limited edition, not available at retail, and not meant for consumption.  The Ring Pop will be gifted to Jeter—a sweet send off for one of the sweetest players in baseball.

This is it:


I am sure Derek Jeter is honored. Either that or he’s getting a restraining order.

What do you think, Derek?


Us too.

Sandy Alderson is getting a three-year deal with the Mets

Sandy Alderson

The Mets will be keeping their GM for some time:

Alderson has done the best job one can imagine given his circumstances. Specifically, working for the Wilpons who do not particularly feel like spending a lot of money on their baseball team. Or selling it. Or maybe they are as broke as they say. I don’t know. Point is, Alderson has turned a joke of a franchise into a respectable one, at least on the baseball operations side. There is a lot of pitching talent. They still need bats, but so do a lot of teams.

I like this move.

If Bobby Cox has anything to say about it, Fredi Gonzalez will manage the Braves for a long time

Fredi Gonzalez, new Atlanta Braves manager, speaks with guests before the start of play against the Florida Marlins  in their MLB spring training baseball game in Jupiter

The Braves held a press conference to announce the firing of Frank Wren. Looks like Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t have to worry about his job. At least if Bobby Cox has anything to say about it:

It’s possible Cox has the ulterior motive of boosting his own legacy as Braves manager by ensuring that an underwhelming successor stays in place for a long time. It worked for Casey Stengel. It’s also possible that Cox has been brainwashed, Manchurian Candidate-style, by the Nationals. Because all I know is that the Nats fans in my Twitter feed were thrilled to hear this.

Major League Baseball creates a pace of game committee

Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley

The comedian Fred Allen once said that a committee was “a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.” Is that the future of this committee?

Major League Baseball announced that Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig has conducted a conference call with a new committee that will study the issue of pace of game.  The goals of the committee will focus on decreasing time of game and improving the overall pace of play in the 2015 regular season and beyond.

The committee will be chaired by Braves president John Schuerholz. Who, it should be noted, chaired the committee which came up with the replay rules. The most notable aspect of which was the creation of the manager challenge which no one thought was a good idea before the committee started meeting. So I think it’s safe to beware of Major League Baseball’s penchant for gimmicks to slip into this process too.

As long as gimmicks can be avoided, however, this should be a good exercise. As we’ve noted on several occasions, there are multiple ways in which the pace of play could be increased without creating unnecessary new rules or fundamentally changing the game. As long as the mandate of the committee is to start small and go slowly, this can be a good thing.