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Craig Calcaterra

  1. As if there was any doubt that the Astros were going to trade Brett Myers

    Jun 4, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Brett Myers

    It was pretty clever of Jeff Luhnow to turn Brett Myers into a closer this year, so as to up his trade value at the deadline (everyone wants bullpen help).  But to do that, he had to rework Myers’ vesting option language in his contract from one appropriate for a starter to one appropriate for…

  2. The fan who rushed the field after Santana’s no-hitter missed his son’s first birthday party

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT


    D.J. wrote on Saturday morning about the jersey-wearing Mets fan who rushed the field after Johan Santana‘s no-hitter and joined in the on-field celebration until security figured out that it was not, in fact, the ghost of Cary Carter, wearing jorts, coming back to revel in the historic accomplishment. As that went to press, we…

  3. Bill Hall outrighted to Triple-A

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Last week when the Orioles designated Bill Hall for assignment, I suggested that it may be the end of the road for him. Didn’t really occur to me that he’d both clear waivers and accept an assignment to the minors, but … Well I cleared AGAIN lol. Will be joining the Tides tomorrow in Rochester.…

  4. The Giants are unhappy with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning, dedication

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    And now the latest development in what has been a more than three-year back and forth between Pablo Sandoval and the Giants over his conditioning: Bochy met with Pablo on Saturday. Left clear impression club is very unhappy with his general condition, dedication. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 4, 2012 Baggarly later tweeted that Bochy…

  5. The Yankees weren’t happy with the Comerica Park security yesterday

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    CORRECTION Yankees Tigers Baseball

    Late in yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers game at Comerica Park, a fan got on the field and began to run around. And run around. And run around some more. Indeed, he was on the field for a long time as far as these things go — giving Nick Swisher a fist bump and then going up to…

  6. The Reds release Jeff Francis

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jeff Francis was a spring NRI for the Reds, and has been toiling in Louisville all year.  Toiling fairly successfully, however, at least if you avoid the W-L record:  3-6 with a 3.72 ERA and 65 strikeouts to 18 walks in 77 innings.  He threw a shutout yesterday.  But now he’s just out, as the Reds…

  7. Daniel Bard’s days as a starter may soon be over

    Jun 4, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    The bad performance yesterday — and most of the season — may be enough to doom Daniel Bard‘s future as a starting pitcher, but if there was any doubt about it, read this from WEEI: According to a major league source, as we sit here right now, the Sox’ priority when it comes to bolstering…

  8. Video of the Day. Make that the Year: Color footage of the 1939 World Series

    Jun 4, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    1939 World Series

    Found via Buzzfeed, the intro explains the context. But wowzers, the video speaks for itself. It’s simply … beautiful:

  9. The incremental marginalization of Chief Wahoo continues

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Indians Block C

    Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I sorta think I’m not.  Check out the graphic from’s draft page. Pay specific attention to the Indians’ avatar: Block C. When Wahoo is, as far as I know, still the team’s primary logo (The MLB Store calls Wahoo the “primary logo” anyway). None of the…

  10. Must-click link: Awesome Emma interviews Cole Hamels

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I dare not say much more than that.  Just read the story and watch the video. Beyond that, all I know is that there are a bunch of beat writers in Philly who are probably worried about their job security now. And for good reason. Oh, and I probably need to stop slamming Hamels over…

  11. Edwin Encarnacion is day to day with a bruised hand

    Jun 4, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion was plunked by the wild Daniel Bard yesterday and had to leave the game.  Good news, though: x-rays came back negative and it seems he just has some bruising. He’s day-to-day. The Jays are off today too, so he has a little extra time. Encarnacion is having a career year,…

  12. It’s Draft Day

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    Mark Appel

    The Rule 4 draft is today.  That’s the fancy way of saying “the regular old draft.” It used to go on until teams got tired of picking, maybe reaching a hundred rounds. Then it was cut to 50. It’s now a crisp 40 rounds. I fully expect you have your team’s 40 picks all mapped…

  13. Happy Anniversary, Ten Cent Beer Night!

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Ten Cent Beer Night

    On June 4, 1974 the Cleveland Indians did what every right-thinking organization in need of an attendance boost would do: they offered fans ten cent beer with no purchase limits (in today’s dollars it would be 47 cent beer night).  What could possibly go wrong? Everything, of course: Meanwhile, throughout the contest, the crowd in…

  14. Pirates converting a pitching prospect to an everyday player

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    pirates logo1

    The Pirates’ 2010 second round draft pick is a guy named Stetson Allie.  He’s a pitcher with 100 m.p.h. gas who has a bit of a control problem. And by “a bit” I mean “a massive, horrible control problem.” So the Pirates are trying something: The Pirates are converting high-priced prospect Stetson Allie from pitcher to…

  15. Jon Niese’s rapid heart beat problems return

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Jon Niese was dominating the Cardinals when he left last night’s game.  But the reason he left was not because he had no more worlds left to conquer, but because of the return of a problem he faced last year: a rapid heartbeat or, as the doctors call it,  tachycardia. This happened to him late last June…

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

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

    Yankees 5, Tigers 1: If I were to tell you that one of this game’s starting pitchers — Justin Verlander or Phil Hughes — was going to toss a complete game, I’m guessing none of you would have guessed it would be Hughes.  But that he did, allowing one run on four hits. Verlander loses…

  17. Clemens’ lawyers wants a Congressman to take the stand

    Jun 3, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Congressman Darrell Issa is now the chairman of the committee before which Roger Clemens appeared and allegedly perjured himself and which referred his testimony to prosecutors. Issa wasn’t the chairman at the time, however.  And at the time, he was highly critical of both the hearing itself and the referral for prosecution. Indeed, he was…

  18. Felix Hernandez questionable for his next start

    Jun 3, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Felix Hernandez suffered injured his back during his Friday start.  It was thought at the time that it was no big deal, but he’s still hurting: Wedge says Felix Hernandez “still feeling it” with sore back and tomorrow will be big in determining if he can make next start Wednesday. — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) June…

  19. Chase Utley to go to Florida for extended spring training

    Jun 3, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    There is still no timetable for his return, but there is progress of sorts on the Chase Utley rehab front: he’s heading to Clearwater for extended spring training. Hitting first, but then eventually some fielding. The fielding is the problem, as his knee problems hurt his lateral movement.  So I suppose it’s not yet time…

  20. Print media flame war: the St. Louis Post-Dispatch vs. the New York Daily News

    Jun 3, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT


    After nearly a decade of hearing about the lack of civility in modern online media, allow me to be the first to chant “one of us … one of us … we accept you” at the folks behind the fun dustup between the New York Daily News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch over Johan Santana‘s…

  21. Edwin Encarnacion leaves game after being plunked on the hand by imploding Daniel Bard

    Jun 3, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT


    One gets the sense that Red Sox starter Daniel Bard doesn’t really know where the ball’s going these days. Coming in to today’s action he has walked 31 batters to only 32 strikeouts. And today he walked six more in an inning and two thirds, allowing five runs on only a single hit. And he…

  22. Albert Pujols will see some time at third base in NL ballparks

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    When Albert Pujols played a couple of games at third base last year it was rather unusual and unexpected.  But the fact that he did OK there and didn’t hurt anything will make it easier for Mike Scioscia to make out his lineup card for interleague play in NL parks with greater peace of mind:…

  23. You’re not gonna believe this, but Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were MLB Rookies of the Month

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    Get used to this. From a bevy of MLB press releases that just filled my inbox: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for May … Bryce Harper has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for May. Trout hit .324 (35-for-108) with six doubles, two triples,…

  24. Hawk Harrelson apologized to umpire Mark Wegner

    Jun 3, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

    hawk harrelson

    Last Wednesday: Hawk Harrelson said umpire Mark Wegner didn’t know a thing about baseball in this league and words to that effect.  He’s sorry about that now: White Sox TV broadcaster Ken Harrelson called umpireMark Wegner on Saturday to apologize for his on-air criticism during the game Wednesday between the Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. ‘‘No one told…

  25. The NHL’s replay system can be a model for baseball

    Jun 3, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    I still sort of like the idea of replay officials on-site at every game, but I’d be totally cool with a centralized system, the likes of which baseball is reportedly considering implementing next year. Today Wendy Thurm of Baseball Nation looks at the closest analog — the NHL’s system — and talks about how it…

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