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Craig Calcaterra

  1. MLB to announce tomorrow that the Mets are getting the 2013 All-Star Game

    May 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The worst-kept secret in baseball each year is where the following year’s All-Star Game will be held. People start reporting on it the year before that, for cryin’ out loud, and they’re always right. This year’s poorly-kept secret: that the 2013 All-Star Game will be at Citi Field. The official announcement comes tomorrow. It will…

  2. Because you need to read a short story about baseball in the year 2044

    May 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    In the year 2000

    What will baseball be like in the year 2044?  If you said “umpires will use jet-packs, there will be minor league teams in Siberia, third basemen will be left-handed, female spectators will wear witches hats, and ‘The Detroit Bengals’ will be the most powerful team in baseball,” then get out of Jim Moore’s head, because…

  3. Great Moments in Prognosticating

    May 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    crystal ball

    Tweet from’s Bill Ladson, just before the Padres-Nationals game got underway: I have a feeling this is the day Stephen Strasburg will pitch a no-hitter. #Nats #Padres — William Ladson (@washingnats) May 15, 2012 Tweet from’s Bill Ladson, just after the top half of the first ended: #Nats RHP Stephen Strasburg threw 39…

  4. Manny Ramirez will be back soon. Gentlemen: start your narratives

    May 15, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Remember the first time Manny Ramirez got a drug suspension and then got all kinds of crap because he was allowed to go on a triple-A rehab assignment before the 50 games was up?  Yeah, it seems like a long time ago that people cared that much about what Manny did. He’s doing it again.…

  5. Adam Dunn hits a homer off a lefty

    May 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Not normally a big deal to note lefty-on-lefty violence, but it is notable in Adam Dunn‘s case. His first inning homer off Drew Smyly was his first homer off a lefty since August 2010.  For his career he has 96 homers off lefties and an OPS of .782 compared to 281 homers and a .922…

  6. Josh Hamilton’s triple crown chances: pretty darn good, all things considered

    May 15, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    It’s ESPN Insider, but Dan Szymborski has a column up today assessing Josh Hamilton’s triple crown chances. While normally that’s pie in the sky stuff, as Dan notes, Hamilton winning the triple crown is more like pie on a moderately high shelf territory. He ran 100,000 simulations of the remainder of the season, taking Hamilton’s historic norms…

  7. The Giants may talk to Melky Cabrera about an extension this summer

    May 15, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Melky Cabrera‘s breakout 2011 seemed like a fluke, but so far he’s maintaining his mojo in 2012, hitting .338/.386/.490 for the Giants. The biggest difference seems to be that the home runs he hit are turning into a lot of doubles in AT&T Park, but that’s still fine production. Fine enough to where, according to…

  8. T.J. Simers’ interview with the Dodgers owners went about as well as expected

    May 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    New Los Angeles Dodgers owners Patton, Jr., Kasten,Walter, Johnson, Guber and Boehly pose after a news conference to announce the new ownership of the Major League Baseball team at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Yesterday I slammed T.J. Simers for apparently prejudging the Dodgers owners in advance of his conference call with them yesterday morning. He seemed to be doing his Simers thing: looking to pick a fight and put his subject on the defensive, then turn around and say “god, what a bunch of clowns” rather than actually…

  9. The Brewers gave away chorizo lawn ornaments at 5AM

    May 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT


    Remember last year when the Brewers gave away Bernie Brewer statues by hiding them in city parks? And how grubby hoarders hoarded them grubbily? God, that made me hate people more than I usually do. Well, this morning the Brewers tried again, this time giving away Chorizo (from the sausage race) statues.  Instead of scattering…

  10. Davey Johnson’s Daily “Henry Rodriguez is still our closer” update

    May 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals

    After Henry Rodriguez gave up that walkoff grand slam to Joey Votto on Sunday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it clear that Rodriguez is still the closer.  He had to do it again last night: “I still have utmost confidence in Henry,” Johnson said after the game. “That was his third day in a row going…

  11. Troy Tulowitzki left last night’s game after being nailed in the leg with a foul ball

    May 15, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki is listed as day-to-day after getting smacked in the leg with a Dexter Fowler foul ball as he stood on the top step of the dugout last night: “I had no chance,” said Tulowitzki, who briefly tried to remain the game before being replaced for a pinch runner after reaching base on a…

  12. An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind

    May 15, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    BBN Diamondbacks Dodgers Baseball

    I think Yogi Berra said that. No time to check. Anyway, we had guys throwing at each other last night in Los Angeles. No one hit anyone, however. And nothing was really settled either, because someone apparently lost count of who hit who when and apparently some slights and vendettas never die. Clayton Kershaw threw…

  13. Jeff Niemann is out at least 4-6 weeks a broken right leg

    May 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT


    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, an Adam Lind comebacker hit Rays starter Jeff Niemann‘s right leg last night, knocking him out of the game in the first inning.  And now, we learn from the Tampa Bay Times, it has knocked him out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks, as it gave him a small…

  14. The Angels are on a record pace for being shutout in a season

    May 15, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    For those who are keeping track, last night’s loss to the Athletics marked the eighth time the Angels have been shut out this season. Five other times they have scored only one or two runs. I’m gonna assume this pace isn’t going to last.  But if it did, it would put them at 36 shutouts this…

  15. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper, Nick Hundley, Larry Vanover

    Nationals 8, Padres 5: Bryce Harper golfed one more than 400 feet to straightaway center for his first ever major league homer. He also struck out on four pitches to Joe Thatcher and launched a really loud f-bomb. I love him for both reasons, frankly. And I love how the back end of the Nats…

  16. You’ll be shocked to learn that Josh Hamilton was the AL Player of the Week

    May 14, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    They just announced the AL and NL Players of the Week. Shocker: Josh Hamilton won it in the AL. Hamilton could have won it if he only played in Tuesday’s four-homer game. But he laid waste to the AL the rest of the week too, going 14-for-30 (.467) with nine homers, two doubles, 18 RBI and 10…

  17. Brian McNamee on Roger Clemens: “I was pretty much in charge of his body”

    May 14, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Brian McNamee

    Today, the prosecution in the Roger Clemens case finally, after four weeks of trial, put on their star witness: Brian McNamee. He’s still testifying as this post goes live. The beef of it all: McNamee testified that he injected Roger Clemens with steroids about eight to 10 times when they both were with the Toronto Blue…

  18. HBT Extra: The Nats, Matt Kemp and the Rangers bats

    May 14, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Tiffany and I take a look at a couple of things that spun out of a busy baseball weekend.

  19. Major League Baseball fires arbitrator Shyam Das

    May 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Shyam Das

    Shayam Das, the neutral third arbitrator who handles PED and other appeals, and who served at the pleasure of both Major League Baseball and the MLBPA, has been fired: A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that baseball management has fired Shyam Das, the arbitrator who overturned Ryan Braun‘s drug suspension in…

  20. Because it is an insanely slow news day …

    May 14, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT


    … I link funny old-timey pictures of funny-looking old-timey baseball players posing for the camera. Fun time-killer: try to mentally delete the facial hair and see if any of these guys look like any current major leaguers. I think one of the “cool-guy poses” guys looks like John Smoltz. That’s the best I can do.…

  21. Cole Hamels wants a seven-year deal

    May 14, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s being reported that Cole Hamels‘ agent is demanding a seven-year deal from the Phillies. As The 700 Level discusses, that’s a big, long contract, though in Hamels’ case it may be the kind of commitment the Phillies need to make. And it’s certainly the case that  young, top-shelf lefties don’t come onto the market that…

  22. Magic Johnson: hands-on owner

    May 14, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Given his struggles in May, it seems like Matt Kemp‘s hamstring is bugging him. Which makes his bravado from yesterday in which he said there’s no way he’s hitting the disabled list a bit troubling.  With the team doing well, now would be a great time for him to take a break, get healthy and…

  23. Andy Pettitte will get his full $2.5 million as of Thursday

    May 14, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Thursday is a big day for Andy Pettitte. He vests fully: Andy Pettitte will be guaranteed his full $2.5 million from the New York Yankees come Thursday … His contract calls for a $2 million base salary, and since he missed the first 39 days of the season the prorated share of his base pay…

  24. Great Moments in T.J. Simers

    May 14, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

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    T.J. Simers will have a conference call with the Dodgers new owners today. Simers reminds us that he makes a quick assessment of new Dodgers officials, having pegged McCourt for a loser as soon as he took over. He was equally quick to judge Paul DePodesta and a host of other new Dodgers folks over…

  25. Great Moments in Chicago politics

    May 14, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Wrigley Rooftop

    You wanna know how to keep your lucrative rooftop seating? They put up a billboard, you put risers under your seats. They try to push through major renovations, you give nearly $200,000 to an Alderman. That’s the Chicago way! A week before Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) declared his opposition to new advertising signs the Cubs want…

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