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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The State of the Races

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    AL EAST The spread: The Yankees had a less-than-fabulous weekend in Anaheim yet they extend their lead over Boston to three and a half. Which tells you everything you need to known about Boston’s weekend in St. Petersburg.  The Red Sox now lead the Rays by a mere three and a half in the wild…

  2. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    The NFL started over the weekend, so that means that no one is paying attention to baseball anymore apart from us obsessives. Here’s the stuff the obsessives obsessed about: Jeremy Affeldt made $4.5 million this year and yet he can’t buy fresh beef? And really, Pete Orr should stay away from sausage. John Lackey is…

  3. The Cardinals give Chris Carpenter a two-year extension

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    carpenter_chris

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with starter Chris Carpenter.  The amount: $21 million.  There are still some details to be worked out, but the money and other important parts of the deal are in place.  It should be formally announced later this week. This…

  4. Is it 1978 all over again for the Red Sox?

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    No, what’s happening now is nowhere near as catastrophic as the Red Sox’ 1978 collapse. And since there are still 16 baseball games to be played, it may not even be a collapse at all. But that can’t make anyone in Red Sox Nation feel all that good this morning. The impulse to panic seems…

  5. Major League Baseball allowed Virginia Tech tribute hats in 2007

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    I’m still shocked at Major League Baseball’s refusal to allow the Mets to wear NYPD and FDNY caps in last night’s game against the Cubs.  I’m still curious to hear some rationale from Joe Torre apart from some regurgitation of baseball’s rule against allowing teams to wear unofficial caps.  And there needs to be another…

  6. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 12, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rays 9, Red Sox 1: Attention Red Sox Nation: set sphincters to Defcon 1.  The Rays sweep and they are now three and a half out in the wild card. And these two play each other four more times. B.J. Upton was 4 for 4 with a grand slam. Cardinals 6, Braves 3: Attention Braves,…

  7. Major League Baseball denies the Mets the right to wear 9/11 tribute caps

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Reyes cap

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Exhibit A, Major League Baseball. The Mets — the team which in many ways served as the focal point of baseball’s return after 9/11 — had petitioned to allow players to wear NYPD and NYFD tribute caps in honor of the 10th anniversary. Just as they…

  8. Barry Zito to be activated for some reason

    Sep 10, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    With the Giants losing again last night — and the Dbacks winning again — San Francisco is now eight and a half back and the season is effectively over. So there’s no harm, it would seem, in letting Barry Zito pitch a little. Which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is exactly what is going…

  9. Tigers broadcaster Rod Allen apologizes to the little people

    Sep 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Rod Allen

    I don’t get the sense that Tigers’ broadcaster Rod Allen is a bad guy. I think he’s a lot like someone’s father or grandfather who just really isn’t all that plugged in with the sensibilities of modern public discourse. Which, because he’s a broadcaster and not, like someone’s grandfather, simply some guy who talks with…

  10. The Wilpons believe that they can attract investors

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    The Mets had a conference call with their lenders on Thursday and during the call they said that they were optimistic that they can sell multiple $20 million-$30 million stakes in the team between now and the end of the year. Stakes they have to sell, you’ll recall, because their deal to sell one big…

  11. Jeff Francoeur continues to play dazzling defense

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Francoeur catch.bmp

    I checked with my parole officer and it seems that I still have several hours of Jeff Francoeur-related restitution and community service before I’m off the hook, so here goes: Francoeur made two astounding plays in last night’s Mariners-Royals game. Both plays came off the bat of Dustin Ackley too, which makes me think that…

  12. In addition to bursitis, Kevin Youkilis has a hernia too

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    In addition to Kevin Youkilis‘ hip bursitis, it turns out that the Red Sox’ third baseman also has a hernia. That according to Pete Abraham and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The hernia will require surgery, but Youkilis is going to wait until the offseason for that. It’s probably not doing wonderful things for…

  13. The Phillies continue to destroy potential playoff opponents

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    I’ve said that making playoff predictions is a sucker’s game. Anything can happen and anyone who says that the best team from the regular season is a lock to win the World Series is ignorant of recent history. That said, I’m having a hard time seeing who is going to pose a serious challenge to the…

  14. Kimbrel Unit malfunctions, Cards beat Braves in 10

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Someone had better perform a level 2 diagnostic on the Kimbrel Unit’s positronic net, because the results it achieved last night were well outside normal operating parameters. The Braves were up 3-1 on the Cards heading into the bottom of the ninth last night when Craig Kimbrel, perhaps the most automatic thing in baseball this…

  15. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    It’s gonna be really interesting if the Rays sweep the Red Sox and make a genuine wild card race in the American League. And by “interesting” I mean “totally hilarious for everyone who isn’t a Red Sox fan.”  And no one — but no one — will feel more uncomfortable about it than Carl Crawford.…

  16. UPDATE: Kevin Youkilis has bursitis

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:17 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: After last night’s game, Terry Francona said that Youkilis has bursitis and received a cortisone shot. It has not been determined if Youkilis will rejoin the team Saturday or wait in Boston for the start of a homestand that begins Tuesday. Friday, 4:40 PM: Kevin Youkilis has reportedly left the Red Sox in order to…

  17. Jim Crane tells his side of the story

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane, the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros is fed up. He’s fed up with waiting for MLB approval and he’s really fed up with the talk about why that approval is being held up.  You would too if it reminded people of past allegations of war profiteering, discrimination claims and details about a custody…

  18. Comment of the Day: some journalism deep-think

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Press

    Gleeman and I were chatting a while ago about why the news is so damn slow lately. We basically think it’s all about the lack of pennant races. If there were more races, more attention would be paid and national outlets would be sending their guys to big important series that, this year, aren’t happening.…

  19. Must-Click Link: Vin Scully talks about his greatest calls

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    I don’t subscribe to GQ — I live the lifestyle baby — but there’s a good article in the October issue, also available here online.  It’s a conversation with Vin Scully and in it he details the circumstances surrounding some of his biggest calls in the game. I’m sure most if not all of these…

  20. Some more arguing about what an MVP really is

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    jose bautista points getty

    At the outset I’ll state that I disagree with a lot — and awful lot — of what Ken Rosenthal says in his latest column.  The biggest disagreement is Rosenthal’s stance that an MVP should play for a contender. I’ve been over that territory many times before, so I won’t regurgitate it here. But despite…

  21. Pat Burrell may be forced to retire

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    burrell getty bat

    Sure, his performance is going to make it difficult for Pat Burrell to get any more major league work, but underlying that performance is that chronic foot injury from which he’s been suffering all summer.  I wasn’t really clear on the nature of it until I read Hank Schulman’s piece in the Chronicle this morning:…

  22. Nyjer Morgan is now “Tony Hush”

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    morgan ap

    Nyjer Morgan‘s alter ego — Tony Plush — got him in some trouble on Twitter the other night. So now he’s going with a new moniker: Also, for those interested in the blowback from the Nyjer Morgan-Cardinals dust-up from last night, there isn’t a whole lot to report. He referred to himself in the clubhouse earlier…

  23. Frank McCourt’s lawyer: the $1.2B bid for the Dodgers is “a publicity stunt”

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    dodgers logo

    As soon as that from-out-of-nowhere $1.2 billion offer for the Dodgers was reported, folks were skeptical about the motive and veracity of the bid. Add Frank McCourt to the skeptics. As Bill Shaikin reports, a recent court filing has his lawyers referring to the offer as a “publicity stunt,” saying that it was unsolicited and…

  24. Jose Rijo is not having a great retirement

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Rijo

    Remember Jose Rijo? His nasty, nasty stuff? Those great years with the Reds?  Yeah, that was a long time ago. In recent years we’ve heard about him mostly in infamy. He was neck-deep in the international prospect shenanigans that brought down Jim Bowden in Washington. And now we have this: The Justice Ministry’s Anti-laundering Unit…

  25. The “Moneyball” movie may be good

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    I’ve been a bit skeptical of the “Moneyball” movie for a long time. I worry that it will be too impenetrable for mainstream audiences and too simplified and Hollywood-ized for baseball freaks, thus leaving everyone disappointed. I’d like to be pleasantly surprised, but I’m not holding out super strong hope. Our own Aaron Gleeman is…

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