Craig Calcaterra

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The Rays might be interested in a reunion with Carl Crawford

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times passes along word that the Rays are considering bringing Carl Crawford back.

Crawford was just released by the Dodgers, who are on the hook for the $35 million he’s still owed. He’d cost Tampa Bay, or anyone else interested in him, the major league minimum. Tampa Bay’s interest wouldn’t be mere Devil Rays nostalgia, however. They currently have three outfielders — Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza and Brandon Guyer— on the disabled list and could use someone. Crawford is someone, even if that someone is a shell of his former self. He hit a mediocre .278/.320/.400 with declining defense and waning speed in his four injury-riddled years with the Dodgers. In 2016 he’s only played 30 games, hitting .185/.230/.235.

Oh, and if you click through to that article, check out the stuff at the top Topkin writes about what players the Rays could’ve had if they had drafted better or if they hadn’t let players who used to be in their system go. Such things are not unique to the Rays, of course, as nearly every team could come up with a championship caliber club based on such might-have-beens, but it’s always a fun exercise to look back and wonder.

The Nationals keep a French press in their dugout

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As a fan of another National League East team I’m not supposed to like the Nationals, but I have to tip my cap to their taste in coffee.

In this story from Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post we learn why a French press-style coffee pot was recently seen in the Nats’ dugout during a game. Turns out that it’s Chris Heisey and Stephen Drew‘s doing. Heisey got hooked on French Press coffee and then Drew did too and now it’s a thing with the Nats.

The key takeaway here, though, is not so much that French press coffee is the best. It’s good, but you can brew good coffee without one too if you make an effort. No, the key here is that Heisey and Drew had the good sense to say no to k-cups, which are objectively awful, and to drink their coffee black like adults with good taste:

He and Drew are the unofficial supervisors of the French press production. Drew got involved when he tired of running back and forth to the single-cup coffee maker in the clubhouse. When Heisey’s press was not providing enough coffee for all those consuming it, Drew bought a bigger one.

“We don’t put anything in it. It’s just straight black,” Drew said. “Everybody started getting it. It really is a taste. Once you get used to it, you don’t want anything else.”

I’ll tolerate you using a little cream if you have a sensitive stomach or something, but black is better. And if you put sugar in your coffee I simply cannot agree with your lifestyle and would ask that you not flaunt such sickness like that in front of me and my family.

Anyway, I predict that if the entire Nats team starts drinking black, French press coffee, they will win the NL East. Unless the Mets go for broke and hire someone to do a pour-over thing for them in their clubhouse. That could be a game changer.

President Obama to Derek Jeter: “for a baseball player, you were old, man”

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Derek Jeter recently interviewed President Obama because, I dunno, he can. He’s Derek Jeter. He’s retired and everyone needs a hobby.

The full interview is going to be at The Player’s Tribune on Wednesday, but today they released a teaser of it. It’s worth seeing because it features Obama providing more critical commentary of the latter part of Jeter’s career than almost anyone in the media ever provided:

“I mean, for a baseball player, you were old, man. Let’s face it. I mean come on man, we saw you trying to run those bases.”

So disrespectful of The Captain. Didn’t even do the obligatory shoutout to his class and leadership. Sad.