Craig Calcaterra

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

Rays owner loves that Tampa is putting money in the Yankees spring training complex


Ever hear about some good news happening to someone else and experience mixed feelings? That “wow, I am truly happy for them,” sentiment mingling with “Gah, why don’t good things happen to me?!” No? Just me and other shallow people? Well, be happy then. It happens to a lot of us, even if we’re trying to be bigger, better people.

It even happens to baseball teams. Like the Rays, who are hellbent on getting someone in the Tampa Bay area to build them a new ballpark in a few years. Here is their owner’s reaction to Hillsborough County, Florida plunking $40 million into the Yankees spring training facility:

“Any money going toward baseball in Florida is fine by me,” he said. “It’s about the sport. It’s good for the spot. It shows that Hillsborough is committed to and sees the value of baseball in their midst.”

He was then asked if that money could have been used toward a new stadium for the Rays and he was diplomatic about it. But he sure sounded like people sound when that person they sort of know and respect professionally gets that job they were up for themselves. They are so very, very happy and it is a good thing in general . . . but . . . nothing. No, it’s OK. I’m really, really happy for you.

Twins promote Alex Meyer, send Byron Buxton down


Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Twins are promoting Alex Meyer.

Meyer used to be a starter than got switched to a relief role and now is starting again. Control has always been an issue for him but he throws hard. He pitched in two big league games last year and got clobbered. This year in Triple-A so far he’s pitched in three games, starting two, and has struck out 19 guys and only walked four in seventeen and a third innings. Perhaps he’s finally put it all together.

UPDATE: It wasn’t just a big name coming up. It was a big name going down: the Twins optioned Byron Buxton and Max Kepler to Triple-A Rochester as part of the Meyer recall. Buxton, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, has struggled mightily in the early going, with only seven hits in 45 at bats in 49 plate appearances this year. With his time up last year he’s hitting .195/.239/.316 in 187 major league plate appearances. That won’t cut it. He needs more time.

Wanna buy Chase Utley’s house?


You may be aware that Chase Utley used to play for the Phillies. And that he doesn’t anymore. And that, because he doesn’t anymore, he doesn’t need a house in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Well, to be honest, no one needs a house in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, but when you’re a rich athlete you’re likely to have one there.

Now Utley wants to sell his and, if you happen to need a house in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, you can have Utley’s. At least if you have $3.495 million. Plus closing costs, I’m guessing. If Utley will break a dude’s leg to break up a double play, he sure as hell isn’t gonna meet you halfway on closing costs. I wouldn’t even ask, really.

The house itself looks pretty good. A story about it and a slideshow for it is here. The outside looks like a stockbroker might own it and that’s kind of boring, but inside it has a lot of clean lines and skews modern as opposed to all of that ornate and gross Mediterranean crap you often see in ballplayers’ houses. God, I hate that.

Bonus: Allen Iverson used to own it before Utley did. It’d be cool if, say, Ron Jaworski, Wilt Chamberlain and, I dunno, Ed Delahanty used to own it too, but it doesn’t look that old.

(h/t to Bernie for the heads up)