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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Mike Matheny really doesn’t like instant replay

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    matheny ap

    After a game in which not one but two calls were blown to his team’s detriment, you would think that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny would be a fan of replay. Nope: “The thought of the game being completely computer-run, that to me takes away from it,” he said Wednesday. “I just don’t know where it…

  2. Everyone in San Diego likes the idea of moving the new fences in. But should it wait?

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    Yesterday we heard that the Padres are thinking of moving the fences in at Petco Park.  Today the reviews are in, and they’re uniformly positive among Padres people: The idea of bringing in at least some of the fences at Petco Park received the unexpected backing of Padres manager Bud Black Wednesday. “I’d be in…

  3. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on Michael Pineda

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Buster brings some serious truth to the Michael Pineda injury: The explosion of social media has fueled the desire to identify incompetence, to illuminate failure, to expose the cheaters. Within seconds that news broke that Michael Pineda will miss the rest of the year with a labrum tear, Twitter was flooded with theories — that the New…

  4. Give that ball you snagged to the kid, people!

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kid ball

    Scene in Arlington, Texas last night:  foul ball tossed into the stands, young kid almost gets it, but another dude grabs it and preens with it with his lady friend while kid reaches out for it and cries. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. The kid got a ball given to him…

  5. Must-click link: What Chief Wahoo really means

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Wahoo Cover

    You’ve heard me go on and on about Chief Wahoo before. If you think I’m just being an alarmist liberal pansy about it, however, I’d ask that you educate yourself a bit and understand what Wahoo is really all about. You can do that by reading my friend Peter Pattakos’ excellent article about it in…

  6. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    The Question

    Q: What would you do if you joined the BBWAA for 10 years? Vote for Jay Bell and Bill Mueller for the Hall of Fame? Act petulantly and intellectually dishonest while appealing to authority if and when I was called out for my irrationality?  Anything I wanted to, really. Q: Should sports reporters/analysts be able to…

  7. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Grady Sizemore is making progress

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    I am hesitant to even mention this because every time I say something positive about Grady Sizemore he falls off a cliff, gets hit by a bus or spontaneously combusts, but I’ll say it anyway: he’s making progress in his back/knee rehab and the Indians sound guardedly optimistic. As Paul Hoynes reports, Sizemore was at…

  8. Adam Dunn has a 22-game … strikeout streak

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Adam Dunn takes a swing during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Records that I never thought about once until someone told me this morning: the strikeout streak. As in, consecutive games in which a hitter struck out.  But, yes, it is a thing — Jarrod Saltalamacchia set it at 28 games in 2009 — and Adam Dunn is challenging it. Dunn struck out twice last night, running…

  9. Aubrey Huff likely to rejoin the Giants Friday or Saturday

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Aubrey Huff‘s anxiety-inspired trip to the disabled list was a somewhat surprising, but it appears he won’t be away from the team for an extended period: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Huff is expected to join the team back in San Francisco on either Friday or Saturday. Baggarly also sheds a little light on…

  10. Albert Pujols: still struggling

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    This can’t last. Of that much I’m certain. But dudes: Albert Pujols just went hitless in his fifth straight game. He’s 0 for 19 in that stretch. I’m thinking of moving to Defcon 4 here. He at least walked last night — viva reaching base! — but he struck out twice, and he finds himself…

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

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Royals celebration

    Royals 8, Indians 2: I keep hitting refresh on the scoreboard but nothing changes so, apparently, this is correct and the Royals actually won a game.  Billy Butler hit two homers as Kansas City beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez. Mets 5, Marlins 1: David Wright hit a two-run homer, giving him 735 RBI in his…

  12. Adam Jones: “I would slap Jim Palmer around”

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    File this under “good-natured jab,” not “trash talk,” but it’s still fun: What would happen if Adam Jones faced Jim Palmer in his prime?  Jones answered that and many more questions in a live online Q&A with MASNSports.com‘s Amber Theoharis on Wednesday afternoon. “I would slap Jim Palmer around,” Jones quickly responded.  ”I told Palmer…

  13. Aubrey Huff placed on the DL with anxiety disorder

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Aubrey Huff has missed the past few Giants games with what was originally referred to as a “family emergency.”  It may be more complicated than that, however, as the Giants have placed him on the 15-day disabled list with anxiety disorder. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Huff is “getting treatment,” though it has not…

  14. Michael Pineda has a torn labrum; shoulder surgery scheduled

    Apr 25, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

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    Some pretty bad news for the Yankees’ young starter, who had an MRI yesterday: Pineda has a tear in his labrum. Arthroscopic surgery scheduled for next Tuesday — Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) April 25, 2012 Jon Heyman just tweeted that the tear is “pretty severe.” The labrum — which is in the shoulder — is not…

  15. James McDonald allows one hit over seven innings, gets the no-decision, Pirates lose

    Apr 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game One

    Quite the dispiriting opening to today’s Pirates-Rockies doubleheader. At least if you’re the Pirates or one of their fans. Bucs’ starter James McDonald allowed only one hit in seven innings — the first hit coming in the seventh — and struck out eight and ended up allowing only one run.  Despite this, the Pirates lost…

  16. Go Dbacks!

    Apr 25, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    Simple pleasures on a Wednesday afternoon:  word has gotten around that if you tweet something with the hash tag ” #GoDbacks,” that it automatically goes up on the scoreboard at Chase Field where the Dbacks and Phillies are getting ready to play in less than an hour. Not sure if it’s true or if it’s just…

  17. Replay and its unintended consequences

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Angel Hernandez

    Over at The Classical, Eric Nusbaum looks at a new instant replay system that has been instituted in pro cricket, and notes how it has changed the way the game is actually being played: Technology changed the way umpires approached their jobs, which in turn has changed the way players approach theirs. The comparison doesn’t…

  18. Wrigley Field scoreboard has opponents a bit miffed

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    A new park effect in a 98 year-old park: The new LED scoreboard under the right-field patio at Wrigley Field has been a financial breakthrough for the Cubs organization, which so far has refrained from cluttering the bleachers with ads. But now opposing teams are complaining the LED board can get so bright during night games it makes it difficult…

  19. Phil Coke testifies before an anti-bullying panel

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Coke_Phil

    Phil Coke: stand up guy: Coke was among the panelists who testified Monday at a hearing for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence in Detroit, held at Wayne State University. The task force is part of the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, which aims to prevent and reduce…

  20. Jose Reyes got booed

    Apr 25, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    I didn’t tune in to the Mets-Marlins game because, really, I didn’t care a lot about the Mets-Marlins game.  But Bob Klapisch was there and he heard the boo-birds for returning star, Jose Reyes.  And he wasn’t happy about it: Let’s not quibble over what percentage of the Citi Field crowd booed Jose Reyes in…

  21. The Padres are thinking about altering the dimensions of Petco Park

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Petco Park

    Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the Padres are thinking about the place they call home: Padres interim CEO Tom Garfinkel said the club plans to study what effects reducing Petco Park’s spacious outfield might have on the team’s offense. The Padres could submit plans to Major League Baseball after the season…

  22. Dylan Bundy extends hitless innings streak to 13

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    Orioles’ prospect Dylan Bundy had been given three, three-inning starts to begin the season in low-A Delmarva, and he hadn’t allowed a hit. So last night they gave him four innings. And he still hasn’t allowed a hit.  Not a bad way to begin a professional career. He struck out six, needing only 44 pitches to…

  23. The Giants are not pleased at the Reds for throwing at Buster Posey

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Buster Posey, Tim Flannery

    Last night Joey Votto was plunked by Dan Otero in the seventh inning of the Giants-Reds game. If Otero was actually trying to hit Votto it was pretty remarkable, because that would have been the only spot he hit in what was an otherwise hellish night for the Giants’ reliever.  Way more likely: ball actually…

  24. Marvin Miller: CEO Pay is way worse than ballplayer pay, Commissioner Landis was in the KKK

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    Marvin Miller — and a bunch of other heavy hitters such as Michael Weiner and Don Fehr — appeared at an NYU law school forum last night.  Miller, at 95, still throws fastballs. And some serious chin music at the long-dead Kennesaw Mountain Landis. Noting that the public still seems to get bent out of…

  25. Pedro Gomez embodies the intellectual dishonesty of the anti-PEDs bloc of the Hall of Fame electorate

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    ESPN’s Pedro Gomez had some back and forth on Twitter last night about the Hall of Fame. Pete Rose came up, but so too did PED users — or rumored users — like Jeff Bagwell. Here’s Gomez’s tweet in response to someone who thinks it is unfair for Gomez and his “500 friends,” as Gomez…

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