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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Apparently, instant replay is really expensive

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Video camera

    Jeff Passan has a column up today chronicling the recent run-ins between players and umpires and talking about how replay would solve so much of it.  In the course of his argument, he drops this as a means of explaining one of the reasons Bud Selig is against replay: There’s the financial factor, too. A…

  2. Carlos Beltran returns to Citi Field

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    The Cardinals head to Queens for a weekend series with the Mets, and we know what that means: lots of people focusing on the guy for something that happened nearly six years ago: The Mets are planning a video tribute for Beltran whether he plays or not, similar to the one they staged for Jose Reyes‘…

  3. Don’t tell Ozzie Guillen that Mark Buehrle is not an ace

    Jun 1, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Ozzie Guillen had a good rant yesterday when someone suggested to him that Mark Buehrle is not an “ace.”  Joe Capozzi has it all, but here are a couple of highlights: “Whoever said he is not the ace, I hope he doesn’t mind me taking his job because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about…

  4. The Padres are calling up Yasmani Grandal

    Jun 1, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Yasmani Grandal

    The Padres did a couple of things in the offseason that didn’t necessarily go together: (1) traded for Yasmani Grandal from the Reds (among others); and (2) signed Nick Hundley to a contract extension. Given Grandal’s obvious promise, this seemed to create a bit of a problem. Grandal himself certainly saw that he may be blocked…

  5. The Marlins are probably gonna get sued after girl falls from a rock climbing wall at the ballpark

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Last Saturday the Marlins had a carnival of some kind at the ballpark, and one of the features at the carnival was a rock climbing wall. You’ve seen these before: kids climb them with harnesses and stuff.  Well, when the harness doesn’t work, it’s bad news: Emily Davis was testing her climbing skills during Saturday’s…

  6. Carlos Gonzalez is on fire

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    On Wednesday, Carlos Gonzalez pulled a Reggie and hit homers in three straight at bats. OK, I guess they needed to be on three pitches to be a true Reggie, but he was pretty awesome all the same. He kept it up last night. Gonzalez hit a homer in his first at bat of the…

  7. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT


    There were only three freakin’ games last night. Three!  How is this fair? Bah! Bah, I say.  So, to make up for the lack of games to talk about, I go into some random Bob Dylan stuff below the scores. My feature. Do what I wanna do. Tigers 7, Red Sox 3: Max Scherzer continues…

  8. Video of the Day: Chan Ho Park rocks the mic like a, um, I dunno

    May 31, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    CVhan Ho Park

    Via Deadspin, we get to see Chan Ho Park in what is apparently a commercial for insurance from South Korea: Whatever he’s selling, I’ll buy two.

  9. Adam Lind outrighted to Las Vegas

    May 31, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Adam Lind

    Adam Lind has been in triple-A Las Vegas, but he had remained on the 40-man roster, having merely been optioned. Not anymore, though: The Blue Jays announced today that they outrighted him, removing him from the 40-man.  There had been some dispute about that. Lind is currently killing the ball in Las Vegas, but he was doing…

  10. UPDATE: The news on Doug Fister was not as bad as anticipated

    May 31, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    doug fister getty

    UPDATE: Well, it seems the news wasn’t as bad as it could have been: No new injury for Doug Fister, just same costochondral strain. Trainer Kevin Rand said he’s “not anticipating” another month-long absence. — Jason Beck (@beckjason) May 31, 2012   5:00 PM: Doug Fister is back on the DL after having aggravated his…

  11. The Dbacks are willing to give a job to Brian Banks

    May 31, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Brian Banks, Leomia Myers, Jonathan Banks

    Brian Banks was a football player. He may be again if things break just right. But there’s also a chance his athletic career ended before it could even begin because he spent several years in prison serving time on a rape charge he didn’t commit. If the multiple invitations for tryouts with NFL teams he…

  12. Phil Garner, former Clemens teammates are testifying for the defense

    May 31, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    clemens ap

    As the Roger Clemens case drags on, the defense is trying to dazzle the jury with star power!  Well, Phil Garner, Charlie O’Brien and other Clemens teammates anyway: Roger Clemens lost something off his fastball in his 40s but still succeeded by pitching smarter, his former manager testified today. “He continued to have great success,…

  13. Blowout clearance sale at Crazy Theo’s! Everything must go!!!

    May 31, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Cubs logo

    Bob Nightengale reports that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have basically put a price tag on everything except Jeff Samardzija and is accepting offers. Yes, even for Starlin Castro: The Cubs are letting teams know that nearly everyone but starter Jeff Samardzija is available, two high-ranking team officials told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because of…

  14. Hawk Harrelson took 16 Advil after his rant yesterday

    May 31, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    hawk harrelson

    Still loving Hawk Harrelson’s freakout following Jose Quintana’s ejection in yesterday’s White Sox-Rays game.  But maybe we should be less amused and have more sympathy, because as he told the hosts on 670 The Score this morning, his ravings left him in dire need of medication: How he feels about the rant now that it…

  15. Your complete 2012 throwback uniform guide

    May 31, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Over at UniWatch, Paul Lukas runs down all of the throwback uniform days from all of the teams this season. And I have to agree that it has been a stellar year for that. And a note: tomorrow the Astros are going with the old rainbow nightmare uniforms.  Don’t let anyone you know get too…

  16. Oh, Henry! Nats reliever suffers a door injury

    May 31, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    This isn’t ironing a shirt while wearing it bad, but it is pretty random. Henry Rodriguez got an owie: After the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday, Manager Davey Johnson revealed Henry Rodriguez had slammed a bathroom door shut on his right index finger. Rodriguez played catch wearing a protective rubber covering over…

  17. Former Mets GM Jim Duquette is donating a kidney to his daughter

    May 31, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jim Duquette

    Jim Duquette once gave Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano. But now he’s giving up something even more valuable, and this time not one damn person is going to criticize him for it: Former Mets GM Jim Duquette, who now contributes part time to Mets radio broadcasts, will donate a kidney to his daughter Lindsey in…

  18. Police question the woman found tied-up in Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room

    May 31, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    chapman getty

    The plot thickens in the weird Aroldis Chapman hotel robbery case. The woman who was found tied up in his room was questioned by police yesterday. And then she was released to her husband. Which is all well and good except: Mr. Chapman, a 24-year-old left-handed pitcher, told police that he and Ms. Manrique recently started…

  19. Joe Maddon: people throw at us intentionally; we never do it

    May 31, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon Getty

    A commenter said yesterday that Joe Maddon often accuses other teams of throwing at his players but that he has never even once hinted that the Rays do the same. Here he was on a radio show yesterday talking about the Red Sox doing just that — and the Red Sox doing nothing — over…

  20. Self-Promotion Theater: I was on a podcast last night

    May 31, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT


    Because you don’t get enough of my opinions, last night I was on a podcast over at Diamondhoggers.  We went on for around 45 minutes or so about how HBT works, the nature of blogging, obsessively checking the page view stats and why I don’t cut Fredi Gonzalez any slack. Good times. At least if…

  21. Troy Tulowitzki likely headed for the DL

    May 31, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Troy Tulowitzki left last night’s game against the Astros after suffering a strained left groin in the sixth inning. He apparently did it while running to first on a ground ball. The lesson here, kids: never run out ground balls. It’s totally bad for you. Tulo seemed destined for the 15-day disabled list. Not anything…

  22. HBT Extra: Are the Phillies or the Angels more screwed by their missing ace?

    May 31, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Tiffany and I discuss the absences of Messers Halladay and Weaver.

  23. Great Moments in Statistics: Hisashi Iwakuma gets a save in a 21-8 game

    May 31, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    The outcome of last night’s Mariners-Rangers game was never in doubt. After posting 16 runs between the send and third innings, it was all over put the paperwork. Yet, because a pitcher finished the game with three full innings, we get this in the box score: Yep, Hisashi Iwakuma gets the save. In a game in…

  24. Umpire tells Russell Martin he has to “earn the privilege” to throw new balls back to the pitcher

    May 31, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs Baltimore Orioles

    Weirdness in Anaheim. Last night Russell Martin and home plate umpire Laz Diaz got into it over balls and strikes early in the game, but no one lost their head and Martin was not ejected. Later, however, Martin said Diaz began to mess with him: Martin says Diaz wouldn’t allow him to throw new baseballs…

  25. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

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