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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Chipper Jones to miss tonight’s game

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Atlanta Braves

    His belief that the Baseball Gods have forsaken the Braves and his losing a grounder in the lights on Monday notwithstanding, Chipper Jones has been really damn useful lately. In September he’s hitting .309/.372/.529 and has been one of the few bright spots for a skidding Braves team. This kid may make something of himself in…

  2. What “Moneyball” really means

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Moneyball

    We’ve talked the “Moneyball” movie up to death. It’s a movie. It will bear some tangential resemblance to real events, but it’s there to entertain. Or not. It means very little to baseball other than for gossip purposes. But we still talk about the concept of “Moneyball” all the time.  And the thing is, most…

  3. HBT Extra: The NL Wild Card and the Baseball Gods

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    We probably skip too many days to really call it HBT Daily. So let’s call it extra today. Anyway, Tiffany and I talk NL Wild Card

  4. The Columbus Clippers won the triple-A championship last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    ABQ stadium

    We set it up here yesterday. The game went down last night. Columbus beat Omaha 8-3 for the triple-A championship. Joe Martinez was the MVP after pitching seven strong innings. He’s 28 and has 49.2 major league innings under his belt. He has 820 in the minors while playing in three organizations, mostly the Giants.…

  5. So those great 1990s Braves teams were doctoring baseballs? Awesome!

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    Maybe this is fun, b.s. banter. Maybe there’s truth to it. Maybe everyone did it. Maybe only the Braves did.  But former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone was on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio with Evan Cohen and former Mets GM Steve Phillips today, and he seemed t admit that the Braves — or at least John…

  6. Tonight will be Michael Pineda’s last start

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    It’s been several months since people outside of the Pacific Northwest stopped paying attention to the really super rookie year Michael Pineda is having, but know that it has continued just fine.  And after tonight it ends. But it ends with an easy mark: the punchless Minnesota Twins. It’s been a great year for Pineda.…

  7. Everything you ever wanted to know about ballplayer statues

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kirby Puckett statue

    Statues of baseball players: they’re not just the place where you meet your buddy who has the extra ticket or a convenient location for the pigeons to poop. They’re actually becoming an increasingly popular fixture in ballparks, and the New York Times is on it.  (They’re always ON IT, actually). For reasons that I can’t quite explain,…

  8. Great Moments in self-promotion: I’ll be on NBC SportsTalk again tonight

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    Because NBC SportsTalk isn’t going to unseat SportsCenter as the most-watched evening sports studio show (weeknight division) by itself, I feel like I need to note when I’m on.  No, not because I think you’ll all flock to it. To the contrary, I consider it more of a warning. After all, if my pasty, lisping…

  9. The Mets hint that they’ll change the fences at Citi Field

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    The issue of the fences at Citi Field gets thrown out for public consumption a few times a year. It was ruled out a year ago. There was some chatter about it in April.  Then Jeff Francoeur weighed in because, hey, why not?  Adam Rubin and Greg Rybarczyk of Hittrackeronline analyzed what it would all mean…

  10. Javy Vazquez may retire after this year

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez has had a fantastic second half for the Marlins. So fantastic that I’ve used the “who is going to get suckered into signing him to a big contract” joke at least twice in the past two weeks. Three if you count that one.  But Vazquez himself may very well have different ideas.  According…

  11. Must-click link: catchers framing pitches have a huge impact on ball/strike calls

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jose Molina

    This is something that we’ve always suspected intuitively, but Mike Fast has a major piece up over at Baseball Prospectus today exploring (a) how much of an influence a catcher has on ball/strike calls for borderline pitches; (b) the techniques they use to do this; and (c) who, among active catchers is the best at…

  12. Jinx Alert! MLB to premiere its Braves-based “Legends are born in October” commercial tonight

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    I’m not a superstitious man, but at some point Fate just doesn’t like to be tempted. This, it seems to me, is not just tempting fate, but taunting it: The Braves won last night, but they’re by no means a lock to win this thing. Especially considering their final six games come against a Nats…

  13. Erik Bedard may have been rattled last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard, Terry Francona

    Ever been served with legal papers? It’s not fun. Kind of throws you off your game for a while. Erik Bedard didn’t have a great game last night against the Orioles.  I wonder if this had anything to do with it: Hours before taking the mound for the reeling Red Sox against the Orioles Tuesday…

  14. Clayton Kershaw simply owns the Giants

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Clayton Kershaw has 20 wins this year. Five of them have come against the arch-rival Giants. Four of them have come when Tim Lincecum was going for San Francisco. In short, he has crushed his enemies, has seen them driven before him, and has heard the lamentation of their women. Last night was no different.…

  15. The Marlins’ new logo is leaked. We think.

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Maury Brown found this on a message board yesterday. It purports to be the new Marlins logo, though some have suggested it’s a fake. Others have suggested that it’s a temporary thing just being floated for public feedback, and if it’s mocked it will be disowned by the team. Either way, I assume someone will…

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

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 5: Guess that visit from Ric Flair didn’t pay off, eh?  It’s possible, I suppose, that the visit wasn’t from the man in his awesome Nature Boy persona, but rather, was the real life Ric Flair, who is pretty damn pathetic. Anyway, sure, Tampa Bay lost too and if these teams…

  17. Eric Hinske is not helping

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    As the Braves continue to gag their way out of the wild card race, there are constant stories from the clubhouse about how no one is stressed, it’s all light, and the mood remains good.  Maybe that’s true. It’s also possible that they’re just all laughing at Eric Hinske‘s new haircut, as captured by Mark…

  18. It’s official: the Red Sox will win the wild card

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Ric Flair

    Two reasons why I think the Red Sox have locked up the wild card. First: because Curt Schilling said today that he didn’t think they’d do it, and he’s wrong about everything. Second, because Gordon Edes just tweeted the following from the Red Sox clubhouse: Wrestler Ric Flair visited Sox clubhouse posed for pictures with…

  19. Blame Theo Watch: Jon Morosi piles on

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Once was interesting. Twice was eyebrow raising. But the third “Blame Theo” article in a little over 24 hours means we have a full-fledged phenomenon on our hands.  The lastest: Jon Paul Morosi from Fox, who says “Epstein, for all his skills as a general manager, failed to accumulate the pitching depth required to win…

  20. Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has cancer

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    Well this is a perfectly sucky bit of news. Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to the news release it was caught in early stages and everyone is waxing optimistic. There really aren’t many things one can say about this sort of thing apart from best wishes to Hall for…

  21. Red Sox fans have to root for the Yankees, right?

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Red Sox fans

    We’ve talked about the strange rooting interests that crop up late in the season. The unbalanced schedule means that the odds are great that fans of one team will have to root for fans of a division rival. But not everyone feels that way. This AP report set out to find some Boston fans and…

  22. Joe Maddon on the weight of a late-season collapse

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon was on the Dan Patrick show yesterday and he said something that just reinforces my belief that he’s one of the brighter bulbs in the game. Not in a “Maddon is a baseball genius” way, but just in terms of a guy who is able to move beyond the tired cliches and actually…

  23. The triple-A national championship game is tonight

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    ABQ stadium

    You’re likely not aware of this because hardly anyone pays attention to triple-A baseball beyond what it means for the prospects of the big league teams, but tonight is the triple-A national championship game. Squaring off: my hometown Columbus Clippers — the defending triple-A champs — against the Omaha Storm Chasers.  Yeah, they really stuck…

  24. The “blame Theo” train gains steam

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    David Pinto flagged this Jim Donaldson post over at the Projo Sox blog. After detailing the failings of John Lackey, he lets this point rip, building on a comment Buck Showalter made last spring about the Red Sox’ payroll advantages: Showalter had a very good point — it would, indeed, be interesting to see how…

  25. Hey ladies, come see “Moneyball” because of that dreamy Brad Pitt!

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    Fact: there are a lot of women who would actually want to see “Moneyball” because of the story and couldn’t give a damn about Brad Pitt.  Fact: there are a lot of men who would actually want to see “Moneyball” because they think Brad Pitt is a hunk and, you know, screw baseball. Someone marketing…

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