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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The rat that changed baseball coverage on TV

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Fisk Homer

    I want to say I knew this once. Or maybe posted on it once. But when you post several thousand things a year they all kind of blend together. Oh well. Anyway, there’s a great story over at Sporting News which tells the tale of the famous shot of Carlton Fisk’s homer in Game 6…

  2. Theo Epstein wasn’t invited to Fenway’s 100th

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    I’m not sure when the Fenway Park centennial celebration became an awards show after party, but apparently the guest list is pretty darn important. First there was the no/yes status of Terry Francona. Now it’s Theo Epstein’s absence that is making headlines. Here’s Sean McAdam, reporting that Theo wasn’t even invited: The news came as a…

  3. Prince Fielder stole a base last night and it was glorious

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder has stolen a few bases before. Almost all players have. Sometimes they just give one to you and the official scorer doesn’t call it defensive indifference. But last night in Kansas City Fielder took a lead, took off and beat the throw from Humberto Quintero and it was pretty darn cool to see.…

  4. The Yankees sign Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Viva organizational depth: The Yankees have signed Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal. Figueroa was in the Blue Jays system to start the season, but hasn’t made any major or minor league appearances in 2012.  Last year he posted a 8.69 ERA in 29 innings for the Astros before being cut loose, signed by the Pirates…

  5. The Nationals, Orioles are having a dispute about local TV revenue

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    old TV

    As we’ve seen recently, local TV revenue is the sweetest plum for ballclubs these days. If you’re up for a new TV deal right now, you’re rolling in dough. But what if you’re not? What if, like the Nationals and Orioles, you’re sharing one?  Then you run into the sort of thing Ken Rosenthal is…

  6. J.P. Arencibia is really mature

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is having a pretty awful start to his season: .063/.118/.156 in 35 plate appearances.  That’s pretty rough, especially because when you’re a major leaguer, people notice that sort of thing. Eric Mirlis of the New York Sports Exchange radio show noticed, and he tweeted about it, saying that Arencibia’s stat…

  7. Will the BBWAA keep Pudge Rodriguez out of the Hall of Fame? Only God knows.

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Any elite player’s retirement brings forth the question: will he make the Hall of Fame?  Pudge Rodriguez’s retirement is no different.  Of course, the answer to that question is more complicated. On the merits he’s a no-brainer: He has the most games caught of any catcher, totaled nearly 3,000 hits, won an MVP award, a…

  8. Bartolo Colon threw 38 straight strikes at one point last night

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We noted in ATH that Bartolo Colon flummoxed the Angels last night.  But it wasn’t with slight of hand and trickery. Nope: he just pounded the strike zone to within an inch of its life. Here, in video form, is Bartolo Colon throwing 38 straight strikes. Overall he threw 108 pitches, 82 of them for…

  9. Tommy Hunter threw a “horsesh*t pitch”

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Orioles’ pitcher Tommy Hunter didn’t have a great outing last night.  But unlike some guys, he was not content to either hide from the media or to hide behind cliches about “not making my pitches.” Nope, he had a pretty specific opinion of one of the pitches he left out over the plate for A.J.…

  10. Opera boxes and Wrigley-style rooftops at Fenway? Coulda happened!

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    Fenway Park Getty

    The Fenway Park that will celebrate its 100th anniversary tomorrow is a radically different place than it was in 1912. Heck, it’s a substantially different place than it was in 2002 when the new owners took over and made the masterful renovations that make the park a gem today. But for every good idea there…

  11. HBT Extra: Answering your Twitter questions

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    K Street, Commish for a Day, would I have a one night stand with Derek Jeter and whether baseball needs a hologram Babe Ruth, all answered on today’s HBT Extra!

  12. Tweet of the Day: Brandon McCarthy takes on the kiss cam

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Kiss Cam

    I’ve spent a lot of virtual ink talking about the “kiss cam” at ballparks and arenas and the like. I hate it for two reasons: first, it’s kind of stupid. Second — and way more importantly to me — it’s so often employed as a means of spreading casual homophobia. The operator thinks it’s cute to…

  13. Cliff Lee shuts out the Giants for ten innings, Phillies lose

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Blast living in the eastern time zone. For, because I went to bed at a reasonable hour, I missed an unreasonably good pitching matchup: Cliff Lee vs. Matt Cain, each of whom shut the other side out for nine innings. Those nine innings took only one hour and fifty-minutes, by the way. The difference: Cliff…

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

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Twins 6, Yankees 5: Justin Morneau hit two homers. That’s four homers in six games, which hopefully means that Morneau is back to his mashing ways. Jason Marquis, who missed most of spring training when his daughter was seriously injured in a bicycle accident, made his first ever start in Yankee Stadium and got the…

  15. D.C. public officials fight over Nats suite

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Nationals cap logo

    Things that happen when publicly-funded stadiums are built: elected officials fight over the freebies: In what’s become a spring tradition, some D.C. Council members are suspicious of how council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) has been distributing the free tickets that the Washington Nationals hand out to local elected officials for each home game. Seems…

  16. Terry Francona will be at the Fenway 100th Anniversary celebration after all

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Old conventional wisdom: Thank goodness Terry Francona won’t be at the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary celebration because it would be too much of a distraction. New conventional wisdom: Thank goodness Terry Francona will be at the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary celebration because, man, with the way things are going, we need a distraction! Former Boston Red Sox manager…

  17. Baseball = America

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    American Flag

    Tim Stanley is a writer for the Telegraph in London. He went to his first baseball game the other day. Even though he referred to home plate as “fourth base,” he shows a far greater understanding of what baseball is all about than that dude who slammed it in his football blog yesterday. And not…

  18. Mark Melancon demoted to Pawtucket

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mark Melancon

    I’m so psyched! Pawtucket is coming to Columbus for a series a week from Friday and I may get a chance to see a real major league closer! Mark Melnacon has been sent to pawtucket. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) April 18, 2012 Matthew called this last night, of course. And as he noted, Clayton Mortensen and Junichi…

  19. Must-click link: Dave Cameron is whupping leukemia

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Last summer we learned that FanGraphs/U.S.S. Mariner’s Dave Cameron was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. That sucked.  Better news: he’s in remission, and he’s not stopping. Doug Miller of has Dave’s story. Not just about his cancer and the road to what we all hope is its ultimate cure, but about his life too.  And…

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

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    The Question

    Another round of Twitter questions, some of which I held back for the next edition of HBT Extra. These, however, did not make the video cut. Which is cool, because as we all know, the non-video ones are usually more fun. Anyway: Q: So…what would you say, ya do here? Well look, I already told you!…

  21. Jose Canseco wants to “slap a hater and complete you”

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    jose canseco twitter

    Just gotta check in with Jose Canseco on Twitter once in a while to make sure he’s still OK: Yup, everything is pretty normal today. Nothing to see here.

  22. The Angels, Erick Aybar close to an extension

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    aybar getty

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels and Erick Aybar are close to an agreement on a multi-year extension that could be announced as soon as tomorrow. We don’t know the terms, but earlier this week it was reported that he was looking for five years and $50 million.  While that seems high, ask yourself how many…

  23. My heavens! Massachusetts Senator takes political donation from Yankees president

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    United States Senator Scott Brown prepares to throw out the first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston.

    There are a lot more important things to get outraged about in politics, but if you’re gonna do things like wear the local team’s gear and stand in front of their ballpark in campaign ads in order to try to co-opt some goodwill, you had better not do this: U.S. Sen. Scott Brown may be rooting for…

  24. Doug Smith does not like bikini-clad women at the ballpark

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins

    I’m not a big fan of big, garish entertainment at baseball games that distract from the action on the field. Give me the diamond, the sounds of the game, the smell of beer and grilling meat and maybe a little organ music and I’m good to go. In light of that, why do I read…

  25. You might want to steer clear of these two pitching prospects

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT


    Well, I’m not actually sure that they’re prospects. They’re just a couple of high school pitchers who have committed to major baseball programs in Louisiana. But if they are prospects, I’m guessing Keith Law’s head asploded after reading this: LSU signee Mitch Sewald started for Rummel; Emerson Gibbs, a Tulane signee, for Jesuit. Of those…

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