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Friday, June 27, 2008

KC Star: Royals utility player [Alberto Callaspo] arrested for DUI

Domestic violence issues were SO last season for Callaspo, so he’s moved on to something different…

Royals infielder Alberto Callaspo spent more than seven hours in jail Friday after he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Campus police for UMKC stopped Callaspo, 25, about 3 a.m. after he allegedly ran a red light near East 48th and Oak streets, just north of the campus. The officer booked Callaspo into the jail at Kansas City police headquarters downtown about 4:30 a.m.

Callaspo was not on the field during batting practice, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Callaspo would be in uniform and available to play in Friday night’s game against the Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium.

“It’s certainly a regrettable situation,” Moore said. “I know Alberto is very remorseful. He’s embarrassed. He’s scared. Again, he’s very remorseful, and we are very supportive of him getting through tough times.”

NTNgod Posted: June 27, 2008 at 10:05 PM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: June 27, 2008 at 10:39 PM (#2834993)
He's building up a Wally Backman résumé.
   2. UCCF Posted: June 27, 2008 at 10:49 PM (#2834998)
He's really going to have to cut that out if he hopes to reach 540 HRs by 2022.
   3. jwb Posted: June 28, 2008 at 02:33 AM (#2835333)
Those 27 HR for 2008 don't look any more likely than last year's 17.
   4. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: June 28, 2008 at 03:25 AM (#2835424)
Interesting that he ended being Rogers Hornsby in your OOTP sim. Then again, Taylor Tankersley was once a 42-0 pitcher for me in 47 starts (I rode him kinda hard). I would take him out after 5 if the game was outta hand....My team had a great bullpen led by the 110+ innings of my closer John Leverette and a 1250 run offense lead by league MVP Harold Evan who hit 79 HR's and drove in 198. Ah...good times.
   5. 1k5v3L Posted: June 28, 2008 at 04:31 AM (#2835468)
So there IS a universe where Callaspo is better than Pedroia!
   6. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: June 28, 2008 at 04:36 AM (#2835470)
Why's he "scared"? Does he think some entitled a$$hole is going to have too much to drink and vehicularly kill his loved ones? 'Cause no one is that stupid.
   7. MM1f Posted: June 28, 2008 at 05:03 AM (#2835484)
#2 and #4,
Did you edit your players at all or did they just get retarded legendarily good on their own?

I love OOTP but it always drives me crazy with how some wacky things like that happen in the game, esp when it comes to how players develop and some of the moves other teams make.
I just want an uber realistic GM sim someday
   8. MM1f Posted: June 28, 2008 at 05:08 AM (#2835486)
#2 and #4,
Did you guys edit your players or did they just get retarded, legendarily good on their own.
I love OOTP but it drives me nuts with how unrealistic and wacky player development, and some of the AI GMing, can be sometimes.
Someday I just want to play an uber-realistic GM sim
   9. 1k5v3L Posted: June 28, 2008 at 05:09 AM (#2835488)
Did you edit your players at all or did they just get retarded legendarily good on their own?
Judging by Callaspo's actions, he got retarded on his own
   10. jwb Posted: June 28, 2008 at 05:26 AM (#2835490)
Why's he "scared"?
Maybe he thinks if he returns to Venezuela in the off-season to see his family, Homeland Security won't let him back into the US. Like Katsuhiku Maekawa, who had a hit and run in Japan.
   11. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: June 28, 2008 at 06:03 AM (#2835497)
#2 and #4,
Did you edit your players at all or did they just get retarded legendarily good on their own?

I love OOTP but it always drives me crazy with how some wacky things like that happen in the game, esp when it comes to how players develop and some of the moves other teams make.
I just want an uber realistic GM sim someday


That's from the RLPA, the OOTP league that originally began off of BTF. Callaspo happened to get talent boosts fairly frequently. His performance in our most recent season (2022) was probably the most surprising, as his ratings plummeted but he continued raking.
   12. Hurdle's Heroes (SuperBaes) Posted: June 28, 2008 at 07:31 AM (#2835503)
Why was he on a college campus? No details on that in the article? Please tell me he was drinking with freshman girls.
   13. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 28, 2008 at 08:07 AM (#2835510)
He was driving around the UMKC campus. But UMKC isn't really like most colleges. It's basically a bunch of buildings near Brush Creek.

The address of what the red light was near is north of Brush Creek, and probably off campus. So perhaps Callaspo was driving suspiciously before then.

There's also no light at 48th/Oak
   14. Halofan Posted: June 28, 2008 at 09:01 AM (#2835517)
Better Jason Bulger in the AAA than Callaspo in the drunk tank...
   15. bunyon Posted: June 28, 2008 at 11:09 AM (#2835519)
Well, just as long as the Royals don't sign that morally depraved Bonds.
   16. The District Attorney Posted: June 28, 2008 at 10:12 PM (#2835815)
15-day DL, presumably going to rehab:
When questioned again, Hillman did say he felt Callaspo, who hit .290 in 100 at-bats with four RBIs, would return.

"Yeah, I think he'll be back at some point. He's got a good attitude right now. You can't have somebody do what he's going to do without having a good attitude.
Oh, and Billy Butler up.
   17. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 28, 2008 at 10:52 PM (#2835848)
"Alberto is going on the disabled list for evaluation and treatment of an undisclosed medical condition, which makes him appear to be driving drunk"
   18. UCCF Posted: June 29, 2008 at 12:30 AM (#2836097)
#2 and #4,
Did you edit your players at all or did they just get retarded legendarily good on their own?


He imported into the league as a pretty good prospect (I believe 3.5* out of 5*, back in 2004), but got a couple of big boosts just after making the majors in 2007.

If you think his numbers are sick, you should see Jeff Fiorentino. Barring injury, he'll likely retire as a 750-750 HR/SB guy. He may not even be a 750 AB guy in real life.
   19. MM1f Posted: June 29, 2008 at 01:54 AM (#2836268)
Ha ha. A 50-50 guy with 150 walks too. See I have no problem with a 3-star guy (or even a 1 star) going on to be a HOF quality player every now and then but OOTP drives me crazy because the great players in OOTP are just too damn great. Better than inner circle HOFers. And there are always several players like that active in the league any given year.. it is just way overboard. I wish the game could tone down OMFG AMAZING! players to every now and then, like in real life, and even as great as they are make them a little bit mortal instead of guys with unGodly careers.

And how the crap did Fiorentino change teams so much despite so great?
   20. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: June 29, 2008 at 02:06 AM (#2836283)
I enhance some players slightly, but I made sure to modify one guy after he produced these numbers in one year

.388/.551/1.128, 41 HRs in 289 AB. Somehow he ended up with 112 hits and 110 extra base hits (47 doubles, 22 triples). Due to injuries, he missed huge chunks of the year.

Splits, since i'm bored
April: 13 HR, 95 AB, 27 games
May: 12 HRs, 86 AB, 27 games
June: 6 HR, 54 AB, 19 games
July: 7 HR, 23 AB, 8 games
August: 0 HR, 1 AB, 1 game
September: 3 HR, 30 AB, 11 games

I also had Baseball Mogul, and my rotation of Kazmir and Ryan Hannaman was awesome, while Royce Ring ran up like 300 saves.
   21. UCCF Posted: June 29, 2008 at 02:55 AM (#2836358)
And how the crap did Fiorentino change teams so much despite so great?

We've got some pretty strict financial rules that can force teams into trading players. Matt Cain once won 20 games before the end of July, then got traded at the deadline.

Fiorentino came about after we had tweaked the draft modifiers because our first few drafts were so awful. There was a whole class of guys in the drafts from 2007 to about 2010 with some crazy good talents (at least on the hitting side). Fiorentino was already going to be a monster, then got a big contact boost just as he hit the major leagues and turned into Babe Ruth with speed.

Really, aside from Fiorentino and Callaspo, we haven't had ridiculously great players. Though Rick Porcello is starting to look crazy - he's got 705 Ks in his first 2 seasons, and probably 2 CYAs by age 22.
   22. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: June 29, 2008 at 03:08 AM (#2836362)
Matt Cain once won 20 games before the end of July, then got traded at the deadline.

That was me! But it had nothing to do with finances and everything to do with a firesale.

(PS: He still won the AL Cy Young for his production even though he got traded to the NL!)
   23. Dr Stankus and the Semicolons Posted: June 29, 2008 at 04:43 AM (#2836390)
Plus, the original trade was for quite a lot for a team that had not much going for it. Really helped rebuild the franchise.

And we trade like rabbits, besides. No one is safe.
   24. Dr Stankus and the Semicolons Posted: June 30, 2008 at 02:04 AM (#2837157)
Ha ha. A 50-50 guy with 150 walks too. See I have no problem with a 3-star guy (or even a 1 star) going on to be a HOF quality player every now and then but OOTP drives me crazy because the great players in OOTP are just too damn great. Better than inner circle HOFers. And there are always several players like that active in the league any given year.. it is just way overboard. I wish the game could tone down OMFG AMAZING! players to every now and then, like in real life, and even as great as they are make them a little bit mortal instead of guys with unGodly careers.


OOTP requires a lot of tweaking with the ratings.

I think this is due to the fact that they have two sliding scales that you have to line up. You've got the ratings themselves, and you have the league totals.

I don't know why they did that. It means that a 70 rating, for instance, might mean something very different from league to league, even with exactly the same league totals. There's no need for this, IMO.

It would be a lot better if a 70 always meant the same, relative to the league totals. By holding this steady, it becomes a lot easier to get what you are looking for, and also makes regulating development rates a lot easier. With the two scales, assessing your league dev speed is much harder, like we saw in the RLPA until we hit on a combo that seems to work for us.
   25. UCCF Posted: June 30, 2008 at 04:52 AM (#2837221)
And really, the league has been around for 20 seasons now. You'd expect that we would come up with 1 or 2 inner circle Hall of Famers in that time. There probably wasn't a time in MLB where there weren't at least a couple of the inner-circle types active at the same time.
   26. MM1f Posted: June 30, 2008 at 06:39 AM (#2837232)
Hm, thanks for the advice #24. I'll start tweaking some stuff in my league soon
   27. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: June 30, 2008 at 06:46 AM (#2837233)
He should have his car taken away.
   28. PreservedFish Posted: June 30, 2008 at 08:41 AM (#2837242)
Speaking of "inner circle," what level of nerdy Hall of Fame do you reach when you can spend 20 minutes looking at the stats from a stranger's fictional baseball simulations?
   29. UCCF Posted: July 01, 2008 at 01:22 PM (#2838707)
Well, now that we mention it:

The RLPA is looking for a new owner. The league is in it's 20th season, and this will be the first time in a decade (2 years real time) that we've needed to bring someone new in. In other words, it's a stable bunch. Follow the link above in post 2 if you'd like to see our Catobase almanac, or go here to see the league website.

We play OOTP 6.5, though we're currently contemplating a move to OOTP9 in the maybe not-too-distant future (we don't do anything quickly). It's a great bunch of guys, lots of fun.

If you're interested, e-mail me at optionj at gmail dot com. Thanks.
   30. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: July 01, 2008 at 05:59 PM (#2839003)
It's a great bunch of guys

And me!

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