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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Milton Bradley arrested again

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    This is not a repeat from the last time. Or the time before that. It’s just Milton Bradley being Milton Bradley.  Allegedly! Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was arrested for the second time in less than a year, this time for an alleged battery in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles police said…

  2. It was Jose Reyes’ decision to take himself out

    Sep 28, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v New York Mets

    There was a lot of chatter during the Mets-Reds game wondering if Jose Reyes‘ early, batting title-preserving exit from the game was Jose Reyes taking himself out or if it was a team thing. Or some mixture of the two, perhaps with Terry Collins doing Reyes a solid or something like that. Seems it was…

  3. Baseball to open the season in Japan again

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Japan Flag

    Major League Baseball just announced that it will open the 2012 regular season in Japan. It will be a two-game set between the Mariners and the Athletics, scheduled for March 28 and 29 in the Tokyo Dome. Baseball has opened in Japan four times, but not since 2008.  You’ll no doubt remember that it was the…

  4. HBT Extra: Game-162 madness

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is easily the most messed-up, schizophrenic video segment ever. As you can see, these past few days have sent me over the edge.

  5. Don Cooper saves Adam Dunn from infamy

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn is not in the lineup for the White Sox’ last game today. Nor was he in yesterday’s starting lineup. That — and many other offsdays recently — means that he will not get to 503 502* plate appearances. Which is key, because that’s what you need to qualify for the batting title, and if…

  6. Ian Kinsler: 30-30 man

    Sep 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler celebrates after scoring on a throwing error by Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and a stolen base last night. The steal put him in the 30-30 club. Four guys have made it into the 30-30 club this season: Kinsler, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Jacoby Ellsbury.  While Kinsler is having the “worst” season out of those four —…

  7. Jimmy Rollins wants a five-year deal

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    rollins fielding ap

    Jimmy Rollins talked to Jon Heyman about what the future holds for him in free agency and, if he has his way, it holds a five-year contract: “Five would be great. Five would be the number,” said Rollins. “I don’t think I want six or seven. You start thinking about 39 (years old). Do I want…

  8. The Red Sox must win. Joe Biden’s life may depend on it.

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Biden Stimulus

    Setting politics and plagiarism and hair plugs aside, Joe Biden is pretty awesome. He’s about the only person in high elected office who says stuff that sounds like it comes from a real human being’s mind rather than some calculation factory to which only politicians have access. He swears. He makes dumb jokes. You get the sense…

  9. Fox puts the squeeze on Frank McCourt

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball is trying to force a sale of the Dodgers and has even threatened to drum them out of the league. But I don’t think either of those things present as serious a threat to Frank McCourt as this does: Fox Sports filed suit against the Dodgers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Tuesday,…

  10. Marlins to announce Ozzie Guillen as their new manager this afternoon

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    That was fast. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are going to announce Ozzie Guillen as their new manager today at 1PM.  I presume that he may have something colorful to say during the press conference. Just a hunch. I imagine no one cares, but it would have been nice for…

  11. The Red Sox may pitch Clay Buchholz tonight

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    buchholz ap

    Jon Lester is the Red Sox’ starter tonight, but given that this is basically a must-win game, it could be one of those games where the starter has a short (read: non-existent) leash.  If Lester doesn’t have his mojo, where does Terry Francona turn?  How about to Clay Buchholz? That’s the possibility raised by WEEI.com,…

  12. Justin Upton is having a bad last week

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Upton head.bmp

    I don’t mean that he’s having a bad week statistically speaking — though he kind of is — I mean that bad stuff is happening to him. The other day he had to leave a game early when he was hit in the head with a pitch and subsequently suffered nausea. Last night he had…

  13. The Diamondbacks pull off a crazy win over the Dodgers

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    The Diamondbacks are still playing for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. And if they get it, they can thank whatever deity gave them their miracle win over the Dodgers last night. It was tied 1-1 after nine innings. When you see a game like that, you figure that it will…

  14. Tim Hudson against Philly in a must-win game 162? Been there, done that

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    First, the quote of the day from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution: “Tim Hudson in the 162nd game. A team could do worse. For example: Derek Lowe in the 161st game …” Yup.  And we know this is true for reasons beyond the fact that Lowe, on general principles, sucks.  We know that because…

  15. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    We haven’t done one of these in a while, but given how much stuff happened after you logged off your machine at work last night — don’t pretend that that’s not where you read most of your bloggy content — and given how few of you people seem to scroll back past the morning recaps,…

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    down to the wire

    161 games and nothing — nothing — has been decided in the two wild card races. This is pretty awesome, no?

  17. Judge tosses all but two of the bankruptcy trustee’s claims against the Wilpons

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The judge has issued a ruling in the bankruptcy case involving the Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and the Bernie Madoff fraud.  Full reports aren’t out yet, but it sounds like a bit of a mixed-bag, but generally good news for Wilpon and the Mets: Good news for Wilpon and the Mets: all but two counts…

  18. Bryan Stow continues to improve

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The latest Bryan Stow update: Relatives of the San Francisco Giants fan nearly beaten to death outside Dodger Stadium says he went outside for the first time in nearly six months as he shows more signs of improvement. He’s reportedly making jokes and talking about friends and family and stuff too. Any time you’re looking for an update,…

  19. Is Terry Francona to blame for this mess?

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    The “blame Theo” chorus kind of died down this week as the shock of the Red Sox actual collapse seemed to overtake the rancor of the collapse-in-progress.  But Curt Schilling was asked about it again today and he said that, if you have to blame someone here, it’s better to blame Theo Epstein than Terry…

  20. Sorry Philly! Last night’s win probably screwed you

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Fun with statistics with Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly: Of the 20 teams to win 100 games since 1995, only two have won the World Series: the 2009 Yankees (103-59, beat the Phillies in six games) and the 1998 Yankees (114-48, swept the Padres). So, yeah, you probably should have let yourself get swept by the…

  21. Comment of the Day: Red Sox Fail-Porn

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    There has been an electricity and excitement in the baseball world these past few days. But for as much as everyone wants to analyze it and talk about the drama of the moment and everything, I can’t help but think this little expression of id — from the reader ny82jy in the Ellbury thread cuts…

  22. Doc Gooden thinks Albert Pujols will go to the Marlins

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    dwight-gooden

    Doc Gooden has a Twitter account. I don’t read it much.  Maybe I’ll start, though, because he seems to be breaking into the Heyman/Buster/Rosenthal world of transaction scoops.  Here he was a few minutes ago: Look for Albert Pujols to follow Ozzie Guillen to Florida if the cardinals don’t. #insidescoop I would have ignored it totally…

  23. The Dodgers-McCourt case may implicate the Marlins

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Good story over at the Los Angeles Times today illustrating just how gnarly things can get when litigation ensues, even if you think you have the clear high ground going in. The upshot: Major League Baseball has been very sharp in its legal briefs thus far saying what we all know: Frank McCourt is undercapitalized…

  24. An additional wild card team would not screw up all the drama

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dilution

    As the frantic battle for the wild card concludes in both leagues, the one thing you can get everyone to agree on is how much of a bummer it would be if there were five playoff teams in each league instead of four. If that were the case –as is being proposed for the future…

  25. Jacoby Ellsbury: one play does not an MVP make. Or lose.

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Ellsbury play.bmp

    In last night’s Orioles-Red Sox game Robert Andino hit an inside the park homer. Big play. Probably the biggest of the game.  It was a ball that looked like Jacoby Ellsbury was going to catch, but he didn’t.  Here’s the play. It was a great job getting to it, but yeah, you want to see…

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