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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Catricala retires from baseball to pursue law enforcement

In 2011, Vinnie Catricala was the best player in the Mariners minor league system, 16 months later the Sacramento, California native is retiring from baseball.

“I am just moving on (with my life) and actually one month into the Sacramento Police Academy,” said Catricala on Monday night. “I am really excited about the police department and my future.”

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, crime, general, mariners, milwaukee, retirements, seattle, seattle mariners

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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: January 29, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4648047)
Eye issues?

His decline was pretty spectacular.
   2. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4648083)
Following in the footsteps of Kevin Romine.
   3. Lars6788 Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4648094)
Maybe he knew he was going to popped for something and decided to pursue another career rather than be tainted for how long his pro baseball career would have lasted.
   4. morineko Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4648101)
I was thinking he put off his official retirement in case he didn't make it through the first 30 days at the police academy. But this also now explains why the Brewers signed about 6 zillion infielders for Nashville in the last month.
   5. bookbook Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4648120)
It's too bad, but maybe he was truly the marginal prospect he'd always been assumed to be, not the emerging star he looked like for a year in AA.
   6. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:45 PM (#4648121)
Am I the only one who read the headline as "Calcaterra retires...?"
   7. villageidiom Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:48 PM (#4648123)
Am I the only one who read the headline as "Calcaterra retires...?"
No.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:51 PM (#4648129)
Am I the only one who read the headline as "Calcaterra retires...?"


The difference is Craig gave up the law for baseball.
   9. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4648139)
The difference is Craig gave up the law for baseball.


That's what made the headline so compelling!
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 29, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4648144)
I was thinking he put off his official retirement in case he didn't make it through the first 30 days at the police academy


Probably a good idea. Some pretty wacky hijinks can go on during your first 30 days at the police academy. But it helps if you can make all kinds of funny noises with your mouth.
   11. AROM Posted: January 29, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4648156)
Am I the only one who read the headline as "Calcaterra retires...?"


I did that too.
   12. JJ1986 Posted: January 29, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4648205)
In 2011, Vinnie Catricala was the best player in the Mariners minor league system, 16 months later the Sacramento, California native is retiring from baseball.


That doesn't add up.
   13. Ron J2 Posted: January 29, 2014 at 04:27 PM (#4648219)
Add me to the list of people misreading the headline.
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: January 29, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4648227)
Following in the footsteps of Kevin Romine.


Morgan Magic!
   15. Craig Calcaterra Posted: January 29, 2014 at 04:42 PM (#4648235)
Am I the only one who read the headline as "Calcaterra retires...?


Me too. I was as shocked as anyone.
   16. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: January 29, 2014 at 05:45 PM (#4648272)

Am I the only one who read the headline as "Calcaterra retires...?"


No !
   17. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 29, 2014 at 05:57 PM (#4648280)
Some day, Calcaterra will know the correct number of months between his peak and his retirement.
   18. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4648282)
Some day, Calcaterra will know the correct number of months between his peak and his retirement.


Craig's peak is basically between his shoulder blades at this point.
   19. Lassus Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4648295)
I guess I'm the one of the few who could read and thought "Catricala? Who the hell is that?"
   20. God Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4648299)
In Soviet Russia, law enforcement pursue you!
   21. puck Posted: January 29, 2014 at 07:38 PM (#4648332)
I don't remember this, but I guess this is as good a time as any: A’s minor leaguer Vinnie Catricala strikes out on one pitch
   22. RollingWave Posted: January 30, 2014 at 03:39 AM (#4648473)
Following in the footsteps of Kevin Romine.

or Don Eppes
   23. Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Posted: January 30, 2014 at 09:27 AM (#4648514)
In 2011, Vinnie Catricala was the best player in the Mariners minor league system, 16 months later the Sacramento, California native is retiring from baseball.

This is such a blatant run-on sentence that I don't want to read the rest of the post.
   24. Rants Mulliniks Posted: January 30, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4648523)
The quality of writing is declining so fast its hard to believe, but when I think about it, that's probably been a constant for 150 years at least. Although up until the last 10 years or so its been more of a decline in vocabulary and proper grammar, as opposed to the nonsensical sentence structure and spelling mistakes we see now. I've seen "dominate" in place of "dominant" twice already this week in published articles.

My biggest peeve lately, though, is the usage of "ask" as a noun (when "request" should be used).
   25. PreservedFish Posted: January 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM (#4648538)
The quality of writing is declining so fast its hard to believe...

Although up until the last 10 years or so its been more of a decline in vocabulary and proper grammar


Sad trombone.
   26. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: January 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4648576)
I've seen "dominate" in place of "dominant" twice already this week in published articles.


That's definitely one that makes my head hurt.

My biggest peeve lately, though, is the usage of "ask" as a noun (when "request" should be used).


I'm not sure I've seen that. Thank god.
   27. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4648590)
The quality of writing is declining so fast its hard to believe, but when I think about it, that's probably been a constant for 150 years at least.

The quality of writing in newspapers and magazines. Certainly not the quality of writing by the average joe schmoe.
   28. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4648609)
The quality of writing in newspapers and magazines. Certainly not the quality of writing by the average joe schmoe.

I was going to make that point. The problem is that joe schmoe now has a wider audience.

Count me in the group who clicked on the thread cause I thought it was about Craig.
   29. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4648610)
The quality of writing is declining so fast its hard to believe


Leaving the grammar-snarking to the pickled herring, this complaint is as old as writing itself. It's like players from the 1800's telling us that the kids of teh 1900's weren't playing the game the right way.

I've seen "dominate" in place of "dominant" twice already this week in published articles.


I have a lot of difficulty with that one as well. I thought it was snark from the Fire Joe Morgan crowd, but then it seems to have caught on as an acceptable use of the (wrong) term.

My biggest peeve lately, though, is the usage of "ask" as a noun (when "request" should be used).


That's straight out of corporate lingo of the 1990s. "What's the ask?" has been around forever. "What are they asking for to get this deal done?"
   30. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM (#4648617)
That's straight out of corporate lingo of the 1990s. "What's the ask?" has been around forever. "What are they asking for to get this deal done?"


If I encountered that abomination during my brief tenure as a business writer in Little Rock back in 2001 (&/or later, while free-lancing for the Philadelphia Business Journal), I was so traumatized that I've blocked it from memory.
   31. PreservedFish Posted: January 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4648648)
"That's a big ask." Definitely heard this one.

I have a feeling that if you really examined "ask" as a noun, you'd find that it actually has its own little niche definition, or a nuance. It may sound silly but I don't think it's just a lazy replacement for "request." I don't think it's as bad as, say, "irregardless."
   32. Swedish Chef Posted: January 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4648700)
According to the dictionary, ask used to be a noun meaning "wish" but it fell out of fashion by the 13th century.
   33. flournoy Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4648730)
PreservedFish is right. "Ask," as used as a noun, only applies to negotiations. If I put in a request for a particular conference room, or request time off from work, that's not an "ask."

Either way, it's stupid.

One of those that annoys me is "invite." I will not send you a meeting invite, but I might send you a meeting invitation.
   34. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4648735)
"That's a big ask." Definitely heard this one.


Yep; I have a corporate gig and I hear that all the time. "What's the ask?" is probably the most common usage I hear. These things just end up as corporate buzzwords; somebody uses it to sound clever or different, and the stupid thing sticks.

"Cadence" is one I've been hearing a lot for the past year or so. "We're going to need to send daily updates; that's the cadence the client is looking for."
   35. sardonic Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4648782)
Even more specifically, "ask" comes from stock trading. On the trading floor, one looking to sell a stock lists their "ask," or the amount they're willing to sell for (the "bid" is what one looking to buy is willing to pay).

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