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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jim Hendry gets the dreaded vote of confidence

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Hey Tom Rickketts! What do you think of the general manager who put together this abomination of a Cubs roster? Ricketts said he has “100 percent confidence” in Jim Hendry, though he didn’t quite guarantee that the general manager will finish out the final year of his contract through the 2012 season. “We’ll see what the…

  2. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    The Question

    Warning: this week’s entry is extra long and embarrassingly geeky.

  3. Chris Snyder and wife victims of a road rage incident

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    snyder_chris

    This is kinda freaky: Pirates catcher Chris Snyder, his wife and his kids were in the car yesterday. Snyder just had back surgery last week and his wife was driving. She apparently cut off a guy on a scooter — or at least the guy on the scooter thought so — so he followed them…

  4. Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers goes beyond finances

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin reports today that, while Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers was initially intended to focus on team finances, it has expanded into matters pertaining to security at Dodger Stadium and interviews of former team executives. The security angle interests me the most in light of the lawsuit brought by the family of…

  5. Play of the day: by a fan with a hat

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning of last night’s Cubs-Brewers game.  It was a nice homer. Should have gone out on Waveland Avenue. But this fan and his hat had other ideas. That’s serious hat-savvy. Especially considering that, based on where the fan was sitting, he was probably a good three…

  6. Jorge Posada could very well catch

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    The talk going in to the season was that Jorge Posada‘s days as a catcher were over. The Yankees have stayed true to that plan too, as he has not donned the tools of ignorance since spring training. But before yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi conceded that, yes, Posada is the team’s “emergency catcher.” Which normally…

  7. What in the hell are “OPSBIs”?

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    bowden

    Fact: two Major League Baseball teams gave Jim Bowden the keys to the entirety of their baseball operations.  Just thought you should remember that when you read one of the ways in which he likes to evaluate players: I get asked all the time which two or three common statistics I would pick to evaluate…

  8. The Mariners finally call up Dustin Ackley

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    ackley_dustin

    May 17th: Mariners could soon give Dustin Ackley a shot; June 14th: Mariners on the verge of calling up Dustin Ackley; Today: he’s up, called up from Tacoma. Ackley was hitting .300 and getting on base at a .418 clip through 326 plate appearances, and adding some power (.487 SLG) to boot.  His not being promoted before…

  9. Must-click link: “We are alive and we get to enjoy Jose Reyes playing baseball”

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    It’s so easy, when you read and write a lot about baseball as opposed to merely watch it from time to time,  to get caught up in the business of baseball. The trade and free agency dynamics. The artificial or semi-artificial storylines that are created about what happens on and off the field. To think…

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Mal Reynolds

    I’m gonna be honest here: I didn’t want any games last night. Instead I watched “Serenity,” which seemed necessary after finishing up the entire 14-episode run of “Firefly” on the treadmill over the past couple of weeks.  The verdict: not bad, but I liked the series better. As “Star Trek: The Next Generation” showed, when…

  11. Vote for your favorite moment in All-Star Game history

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    All Star Game

    Fact: if you put anything in NCAA Tournament-style brackets, it’s instantly fun.  Don’t tell me differently. I voted on stuff like “cats vs. dogs” on some blog my wife likes recently, all because they used brackets, so I know of what I speak. The fact that MLB.com is doing that with a baseball-related topic is…

  12. Frank McCourt has supporters in the Hispanic community too

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Remember that odd report last week about the African-American churches sending a letter to Bud Selig supporting Frank McCourt as owner of the Dodgers?  Well, according to Tim Brown at Yahoo! he’s getting support from the Los Angeles Hispanic community too. At least part of it. The basis for that support? Not totally clear. McCourt…

  13. Barry Bonds files a motion to have his conviction set aside

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    We knew this was coming, and the legal beagles out there will enjoy reading it, so here it is.  Barry Bonds moves to have his conviction set aside on four grounds. The first: that truthful statements can’t constitute obstruction of justice, referring to that “I was the child of a celebrity” digression which formed the basis of…

  14. The Braves activate Jason Heyward

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    heyward getty wide

    The Braves just announced that Jason Heyward has been activated and will, in all likelihood, be in the lineup against the Mets tonight. Heyward’s bat is much needed. His ugly batting line — .214/.317/.407 — represents a lot of play when he was injured but when, for some reason or another, no one took him out…

  15. Comment of the Day: No, the Braves grounds crew wasn’t messing with Jose Reyes

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Reader Tim’s Neighbor is someone I’ve corresponded with a bit, as he worked for the Braves until recently. No, he wasn’t executive vice president of baseball operations or anything, but when it comes to the issue of Jose Reyes and the curiously wet Turner Field infield, he has some special insight and expertise. Here’s what…

  16. Fay Vincent wouldn’t want any Mark Cubans if he were commissioner

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    Sometimes it’s tempting to look back at former Commissioner Fay Vincent and think about what things would be like if there still were a fully independent Commissioner as opposed to one who came up through ownership like Selig did and one who truly sees the best interests of the game as his highest duty as…

  17. Angels voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Angels logo

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted a few minutes ago that according to an ESPN poll (which he didn’t link but which I don’t think we’re missing), the Anaheim Angels have been voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball and the fourth best in all of professional sports. Lots of unknowns here,…

  18. Baseball has apparently done some stuff to combat the dangerous shattering bats thing

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Colvin getting impaled

    This article has a lot in it about woodworking and “slope of grain” and stress resistance and stuff and I really stop being sharp at around this time of the afternoon so I can’t really parse it too well.  But this seems like the upshot to me: MLB employs TECO, a certification and testing agency for wood…

  19. Deep Thoughts: Prince Fielder free agency edition

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Over at ESPN Chicago there’s a big story up titled “Report: Prince Fielder Open to Cubs?” Setting aside the notion that a question — “Prince Fielder Open to the Cubs?” — is not a “report,” is it not the case that Prince Fielder not ruling out a potential team in his upcoming free agency is…

  20. Trevor Cahill is on a serious skid

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    The White Rabbit — fabbo nickname by the way, if it is indeed his nickname and not just his warm up music — is struggling. Big time. As Paul Gutierrez reports at CSN Bay Area, Cahill has gone 0-5 with a 5.67 ERA in his last seven starts. Last night’s game was one of his worst.…

  21. Holy crap, Adam Lind killed a baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    lind_adam

    I mentioned Adam Lind‘s walkoff, 11th inning homer from last night’s Jays-Orioles game in the recaps. But I just now saw the highlight. Mercy me, did he destroy that ball. He and Koji Uehara just seemed to silently tell one another. “Yep.” Matt Wieters hit one a mile too, but I think Lind’s went farther.…

  22. Must-click link: Explaining Jose Bautista

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    We’ve seen several lazy passes at explaining the phenomenon that is the late-blooming Jose Bautista. Most of them — empty “gee-whiz” musings at best, veiled PED accusations at worst — start from the proposition that Bautista came from out of nowhere and started hitting home runs like some kind of freak. But Jose Bautista is…

  23. The Cubs are having a street fair outside Wrigley Field. Sort of.

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    The Cubs had intended to shut down Sheffield Avenue outside the ballpark for nine days — nine days! — to have a big street fair with bands and food and all kinds of hubub, beginning this weekend to coincide with the Yankees coming to town.  Due to local displeasure at the disruption of traffic and…

  24. Scott Kazmir got rocked by minor leaguers. Again.

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Kazmir_Scott

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Or the time before that. Or the time before that.  But yeah, it happened again: Scott Kazmir gave up six runs on five hits in an inning and two-thirds, while walking three and hitting a batter. The competition: a Sacramento team which can’t have much of an…

  25. Ned Colletti: players use disabled list as “a couple weeks’ vacation”

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    Ned Colletti was on KABC radio in Los Angeles yesterday, and seemed to question the legitimacy of some Dodgers’ players recent trips to the disabled list: “Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a…

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