Craig Calcaterra

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John McDonald is retiring

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I’m assuming he held the news a day so’s not to steal the thunder of the Hall of Famers, but journeyman infielder John McDonald has announced his retirement.

McDonald played for eight teams over a 16-year major league career [checks Baseball-Reference.com. Totally does a double take, realizing that, yes, McDonald was a 16-year big leaguer]. He lasted that long because, for most of his career, he was a downright spiffy defensive shortstop who could handle second, third and even play some outfield. There are a lot of guys who profile as utilitymen. Not many stick around as long as McDonald did. Keeping him from starting was a pretty poor bat, but nobody’s perfect.

So, so long, former Indian, Blue Jay, Diamondback, Pirate, Phillie, Red Sock, Angel and Tiger! Enjoy retirement.

Three teams are reportedly interested in Ichiro

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We’ve heard that the Orioles have poked around and that the Marlins have kicked the tires, but Bob Nightengale reports that a third team — the Jays — are now possibly interested in Ichiro Suzuki’s services.

Ichiro, 41, has made $6.5 million each of the past two seasons. But after four seasons with an aggregate line of .275/.308/.353 with 104 stolen bases, he’s going to have to take a big paycut and most likely serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder.

Photo of the Day: Randy Johnson could maybe use a smaller jersey

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I like that the Hall of Fame gives inductees Hall of Fame jerseys for their press conferences. I wish someone at the Hall of Fame, however, had anticipated Randy Johnson’s election, however, and maybe considered getting him one that fit him:

I suppose it’s possible that was intended to be Roger Clemens’ jersey. He’s packed on quite a few pounds since he retired. Oh well. At least Johnson now has a tent to take with him on his next vacation.

Quote of the Day: Pedro Martinez says Mets fans “settle for what they have”

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Pedro Martinez was talking to the press a few moments ago. He said this:

Ouch.

In other news, Pedro Martinez needs to do more TV.

Here’s the letter Major League Baseball sent prosecutors vouching for Anthony Bosch

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It’s long been known that Major League Baseball agreed, in exchange for his cooperation in the Biogenesis investigation, to vouch for Anthony Bosch with prosecutors if and when they went after him for, you know, being a drug dealer. Today the Miami New Times — which broke the whole story — shares the letter actually sent to prosecutors by Major League Baseball’s attorneys, outlining Bosch’s cooperation. You can read it embedded below.

It’s a ten page letter and it goes into great detail in an effort to help Bosch’s cause out with prosecutors. And — for the first time — it is revealed that Senator George Mitchell met with the prosecutor on Major League Baseball’s and Bosch’s behalf. Between that and the length and tone of the letter, it may set a record for “putting in a good word.” I’ve seen cooperation letters before. Never have I seen one like this.

Bosch pleaded guilty to multiple counts related to his drug dealing. And, notwithstanding MLB’s comments about how Bosch’s help assisted in “sending an important message to young athletes who emulate their heroes,” those counts include charges related to his dealing drugs to teenage athletes. He faces sentencing next month. It will likely be far lighter than he’d otherwise face if MLB had not put in a good word.