Craig Calcaterra

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

A’s strength coach spied on players with a hidden camera in the weight room


This is . . . a new one.

Tim Brown of Yahoo reports that Oakland Athletics strength and conditioning coach, Michael Henriques, has been suspended after it was revealed that he had placed a hidden camera in the Oakland Coliseum weight room to spy on players. The idea, it seems, was to determine who was and who wasn’t using the weight room to rehab while the A’s were away on a recent road trip. The camera was discovered and the A’s, along with MLB’s department of investigations and the MLBPA and an outside law firm, are investigating the matter.

Brown says team president Billy Beane — who was one of the guys who used the weight room while the team was traveling — was “furious” about it. Yet Beane is quoted in the story saying “[w]hile the employee’s intentions were good his judgment was very poor.” I’m struggling to think of the good intentions involved in spying on players with a hidden camera while working out, but I suppose we’ll leave that to the A’s, the union and the league.

Henriques hasn’t been fired and there is a chance he still keeps his job. But boy howdy this is not the sort of thing you want an employee doing. At all.

Teixeira: “I gave you everything I had. It wasn’t always enough but I tried my best”

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An emotional Mark Teixeira announced his retirement at Yankee Stadium a few minutes ago.

He was misty from the outset of his presser, noting that “Teixerias are criers.” And he had clearly thought about what he wanted to say as he announced the beginning of the end of his career:

“After 14 years, it’s time for me to do something else . . . I got to live out my dream and had more success than I could ever imagine . . . I gave you everything I had. It wasn’t always enough but I tried my best. I’m proud to have a World Series ring with the Yankees.”

Teixeira, who now makes his home in Westchester County, New York, said he’d “be a Yankees fan forever.” He said “I’ll miss hitting a home run,” and “from seven to ten o’clock, I’ll miss that time.”

The Yankees have 54 games left. After that, Mark Teixeira’s career is over. If you enjoy him — and it’s pretty hard not to — enjoy those remaining games.

Nate Schierholtz suspended 80 games for PEDs


Life on the fringes?

Major League Baseball just announced that Nate Schierholtz has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Ibutamoren, which is a growth hormone.

Schierholtz, best known for his time with the Giants between 2007 and 2012, isn’t part of any organization right now. He last was in the bigs in 2014 with Cubs and Nationals. He played in Japan last year but didn’t do so great. He played 31 games for Toledo, the Tigers Triple-A team this year, but again wasn’t very effective. The Tigers released him at the end of May.

His suspension will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization, though at this point what are the odds of that happening?