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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Albert Pujols: 22 games without a home run

    May 18, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Something I had not realized was going on until I read Derrick Goold’s column this morning: Albert Pujols has now gone 22 games without a home run. I’m not going to panic about it because of any current slumping star, I figure Pujols is the most likely to rebound and the most likely to do…

  2. Do not mess with Carlos Santana’s arm

    May 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Santana_Carlos

    In the event you think that Indians catcher Carlos Santana is all bat, feast your eyes on what he does to napping runners hanging out down in no-man’s land at second base. There is just something, I dunno, dominating about a catcher throwing out a base runner like that. Not on steals — that’s a…

  3. Dodgers increase reward in the Bryan Stow case

    May 18, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    There has been a $100,000+ reward for information leading to the capture of the men who beat Bryan Stow outside of Dodger Stadium opening weekend. It has bore no fruit thus far, so the Dodgers have raised it by another $100,000. It’s highly frustrating that no one has been arrested yet, but the fact of…

  4. Jim Leyland blasts interleague play

    May 18, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    jim leyland

    Jim Leyland’s Tigers begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday, and he’s not at all happy about it or interleague play in general: The appeal of interleague play, Leyland said, “has worn off for me. It was a brilliant idea to start with, but it has run its course.” He knows that higher-ups, such as…

  5. Armando Galarraga designated for assignment in somewhat amusing fashion

    May 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    This actually happened. Well, the first line and the third line are paraphrasing, but the line attributed to Galarraga is what he actually said on Monday. Reporter: Hey Armando Galarraga, about that next possible start … Armando Galarraga: “What are you talking about? What are talking about my next start, huh? What are you saying…

  6. Jorge Posada’s rift with Joe Girardi goes back years

    May 18, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Girardi Posada

    That’s the report from Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, who says that there has been a significant rift between Jorge Posada and Joe Girardi going back to Girardi’s stint as a Yankees bench coach in 2005. Back then, Feinsand’s sources tell him, Posada and Girardi clashed when Posada ignored Girardi’s scouting reports of other…

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

    May 18, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Yankees 6, Rays 2: Wait, I thought the Yankees’ season was over and everything was doomed, so how does this happen? Two homers for A-Rod, and a two-for-three night for Jorge Posada, who will probably now stick in the seventh spot in the order for a while because, hey, no drama. But since apocalypses apparently…

  8. Quote of the Day: Charles Barkley on gay professional athletes

    May 17, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

    Charles Barkley

    This isn’t baseball-specific, but since we’ve talked about this stuff before, I think the quote is fair game.  Here’s Charles Barkley talking in this morning’s Washington Post about how professional athletes would — or at the very least should — receive a gay athlete on their team: “First of all, every player has played with…

  9. Brian McCann ties it, wins it with home runs

    May 17, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Atlanta Braves

    What a day for Brian McCann. On an afternoon when neither the Braves nor the Astros seemed too enthused about scoring runs, McCann took the game into his own hands, hitting a solo shot with two out in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings and then, a few minutes ago,…

  10. An unnecessary rainout in Washington today

    May 17, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Sunny Skies

    The Pirates and Nationals were supposed to play the second game of their two-game series this afternoon with a 1pm start.  Except someone looked at the forecast, saw a chance for thunderstorms — a good chance, to be fair — and cancelled the game.  Cancelled early, too, as the postponement came down before 10AM. And,…

  11. A boy meets Harmon Killebrew

    May 17, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Harmon Killebrew

    Today there are a lot of Harmon Killebrew stories floating around.  Most of them involve an interview with the guy or meeting him in spring training sometime in the past few years.  Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly has one that goes a little further back. To age 9, when he got an autograph outside the…

  12. Coaches and staffs announced for the All-Star Game

    May 17, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chase Field

    There has been word buzzing around about this already, but Major League Baseball just officially announced the coaching staffs for the All-Star Game. Ron Washington  has picked Indians manager Manny Acta and Blue Jays manager John Farrell to serve as the American League coaches. Bochy picked the Diamondbacks’ Kirk Gibson and the Nats’ Jim Riggleman…

  13. Alfredo Simon is going to trial

    May 17, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Simon_Alfredo

    Orioles’ pitcher Alfredo Simon had been released from prison and allowed to come to the United States to pitch, but he’s not out of the woods in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michael Castillo. To the contrary: he’s going to trial. That was the determination at a preliminary hearing today.  No…

  14. Were ballplayers of the 1950s … sissies?

    May 17, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Old Hoss Radbourn

    While doing what I do quite often — killing time over at Baseball Think Factory — I came across this Sports Illustrated article from 1954.  The headline: “Are Today’s Baseball Players Sissies Compared To The Old-timers?” Seriously! Predictably, there was the usual assortment of “baseball is going to Hell” voices, two of which actually name-checked…

  15. The Selling of Joe DiMaggio

    May 17, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    Bill Hicks once did a bit about ad and marketing guys that, while a bit on the harsh side, did tell some essential truths. the biggest one: ad and marketing guys can basically talk themselves into selling anything regardless of the facts on the ground. I’m reminded of this as I read about an ad agency…

  16. T.J. Simers pays to go to a Dodgers game, just like a fan

    May 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    I’ve had my issues with T.J. Simers in the past, but sometimes his curmudgeon act — though it may not be an act — is pretty damn funny. Like today’s column in which he eschewed the press pass and bought tickets to go see the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game the other night.  The point, I think, was…

  17. Tyler Colvin sent down to AAA

    May 17, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Tyler Colvin

    “Is this heaven?” “No, Tyler. It’s Iowa.” Cubs’ outfielder/first baseman Tyler Colvin has been sent down to AAA. This despite a rookie campaign that showed some promise. Indeed, it may have been too good to be true: 20 homers and 56 RBIs  in 358 at-bats despite not doing a ton in the minors to suggest that…

  18. HBT Daily: In which I talk to Matt Cain

    May 17, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    The most notable takeaway apart from my total lack of interviewing skillz: Matt Cain would not admit that Buster Posey was out on that steal attempt in the NLDS last year. So I guess we both have our problems.

  19. Bernie Williams was once demoted to ninth in the order. How did he handle it?

    May 17, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    bernie-williams-yankees

    I gotta admit: the Jorge Posada stuff has been a hoot for me. Helps that I’m not a Yankees fan, of course, but I’m not gonna lie: great fun in the way that all off-field drama is great fun for someone tasked with blogging about baseball for living. Which makes me a bit sad that,…

  20. Are the new Astros owners the latest in a long line of debt-riddled ownership groups?

    May 17, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane met the media as the owner-in-waiting for the Houston Astros yesterday, and that led to a couple of glowing reviews of his business acumen and his plans for the future of the organization. It also led to a report in Forbes that says $300 million of the $680 million sales price of the team…

  21. Bonds jurors are second-guessing their votes

    May 17, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    It’s not often that you see jurors from high-profile cases tracked down well after the case is over, but the New York Times has tracked down the jurors from the Barry Bonds case. And guess what? Several of them are following the post-trial aspects of the case quite closely.  And whaddaya know, four of the…

  22. Poor, poor Vin Mazzaro

    May 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Vin Mazzaro

    When a pitcher “wears one,” it means he takes one for the team in a blowout, helping preserve the other arms in the bullpen to fight and pitch another day.  Vin Mazzaro did that last night in the Royals’ 19-1 loss to the Indians, and he did so in epic fashion. According to Joe Posnanski, this…

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

    May 17, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Black Swan

    Cardinals 3, Phillies 1: I had this game on in my den with the sound off while my wife watched “Black Swan” in the other room. That made it really creepy, especially when I tweeted about it last night and people kept proposing scenes in which Cliff Lee was the Natalie Portman character and Charlie…

  24. Get this: Albert Pujols is starting at third base tonight

    May 16, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Here’s a good way to tell that Tony La Russa is back in the saddle: following a bad weekend, the Tinker-a-tron has been set to “ludicrous” and Albert Pujols is starting at third base. Now, of course Pujols came up as a third baseman for the Cardinals — and he did get one sub-in there…

  25. Report: Paul Splittorff has throat cancer; is near death

    May 16, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Paul Spitoroff

    I would very much like to never have to post about this sort of thing again, but it’s reported today that longtime Royals starter and recent broadcaster Paul Splittorff has throat cancer and melanoma and is near death.  He had been suffering from an ailment which affected his voice since early last year, but what the…

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