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Thanks again, HBT readers!

Aug 2, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

With the trade deadline in our rear view mirror, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the HBT Multiverse* for clicking in and reading us as the rumors went wild and the news nuggets flew these past couple of weeks.

Traffic was through the roof in July. That’s nice, but even nicer is that there has been a nice steady climb in readership of the blog each month since the day we started it last year.  That means that you’re not only showing up for the big news and transactions, but that you’re sticking around for the highs and lows of the baseball season too. We’re glad you’ve come and we’re glad you’ve stayed.

I know the redesign was rocky and at times annoying and I know that no one needs to see my pasty mug on video six times a week, but through all that adversity, you folks have remained loyal and — more importantly — haven’t stopped giving us the business in the comments when we’ve needed it.  We view this blog as a conversation, and we’re happy you’re talking back.

We’re pumped as hell for the pennant races to start sizzling this month and next, and from the playoffs through the winter meetings and on into next spring we’re going to keep it rockin’ like Dokken for you.

In the meantime, never hesitate to click the little “tip/feedback” button to the left to tell us what you’re hearing, what you like, what you hate and anything and everything else you can think of short of requests to help you “liberate certain funds that are on deposit with the Central Bank of Nigeria.” Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. Fool us three, four and five times, well, that was Gleeman’s fault. He thought we were due.

I lost my train of thought.  So let me just explain — wait, that would take too long, so let me sum up — by saying, once again, thanks!

*Take that Yankees and Red Sox. You can have your puny universes and nations.

  1. APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    You’re welcome, and thanks to you guys for being so entertaining. Here’s a tip: we could be persuaded to look at Tiffany’s mug, et al, six times a week. Or more.

  2. BC - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Keep up the great work! It keeps my days going.

  3. SouthofHeaven - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    We’ll happily continue to be your dream warriors, Craig!

  4. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    You’re welcome, Craig. It was an act of faith on both of our parts.

  5. Kobbybahn - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I’ve read a lot of sports websites over the years and this is bar none the best. Not only do you guys know your stuff, you are great writers too, and in the sports world it seems us readers our lucky if someone either knows their stuff OR knows how to write. So for that, thank you. Very much. Long time reader, first time commenter (I registered just so I could say thanks!)

  6. ben s - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Keep it up guys, this is my main source of baseball news. By the way Craig, that was the best line you’ve had in a while with the Gleeman Nigerian scam thing.

  7. Jonny5 - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    We wouldn’t come back if you sucked at your job. So congratulations on not sucking! Thanks for the great baseball blog, oh yeah, and for not sucking.

  8. YankeesfanLen - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    We need more Supreme-A-Verse posts. That trumps multiverse!

  9. Ditto65 - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    I was really hoping you would tell Craig what he is full of, Old Gator. :-)

  10. Kiwicricket - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Outstanding site- I have been following through several different countries of residence now. Please replace yourself with stick figure sketch while on video though. Distraction from Tiffany is not appreciated.

  11. Simon DelMonte - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    The problem with being in the multiverse is that now I’m sure that guy with the goatee on The Daily Show is Jon Stewart’s evil self.

  12. Professor Longnose - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    My scouting report on blogger Calcaterra:
    Low-to-mid 90s fastball with excellent movement and good command, but an inconsistent curve and a lollipop changeup that he goes to way too often.

  13. adam - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Now figure out how to bring tags back!

  14. Reflex - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    This blog basically eliminated my daily read of, which makes me happy because as much as I like Rosenthal’s stuff, I can’t stand putting a dime in Fox’s pocket.
    Anyways, great work Craig. I look forward to checking at least three times a day. After all, thats what work hours are for, right?

  15. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Bourbon, last I heard.

  16. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    How about a mandelbrot set ?

  17. Kiwicricket - Aug 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    I am sure Benoit would be thrilled to be in such great company.

  18. RichardInBigD - Aug 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Work would be really boring without you guys. AND, I’d have to use my own personal time to keep up with the one true passion in my life. Thank you for making my pitiful workday both more productive and enjoyable. I also have some really good news about growing your readership: In the past, I have always emailed links from stories of yours to my son when the topic was one I thought he’d have a special interest in (or when I wanted to use your wisdom to help make him a better person and ballplayer). Much to my delight, I walked in on him Saturday, and he was checking out trade movement on your blog (rather than the usual filthy porn that makes up the main diet staple of his eyes – J/K)! He says he visits 3 or 4 times a week, which may not sound like much, but for a 16 year old with a crazy busy schedule, that’s really pretty good! You’ve got us all addicted, so you’ve got customers for life!

  19. Kiwicricket - Aug 2, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Glad you mention it, even more glad you didn’t explain it. This amuses me…
    ” and applying the iteration repeatedly, the absolute value of zn never exceeds a certain number (that number depends on c) however large n gets”
    Was he a Yankee’s follower?

  20. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    And on Craig Calcaterra Day, all the Bravos would wear a mandelbrot set patch on their arms. Benoit would be more than thrilled. We’d have to find him a place to sleep somewhere in the clubhouse, though. You know how he works.

  21. Kiwicricket - Aug 3, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    I am more interested in Julia’s set

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