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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bobby Parnell may be out as Mets closer

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Parnell_Bobby

    Question: do you really need a closer when you’re playing out the last three weeks of a lost season?  Eh, probably so. If not, who would we yell at when games go south?  If not, what would the guys who are somehow — against all odds — still paying close attention to their fantasy rosters…

  2. The Marlins shuffle their front office

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Marlins logo

    These aren’t major moves, but they’re the kind of day-to-day things that keep baseball teams up and running: the Marlins have named a new Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, a new Vice President of Scouting and a new Vice President of Player Development. They are, respectively, Jim Fleming, Stan Meek and Marty Scott.…

  3. The State of the Races

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Francisco Cervelli

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox win, the New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: All of the rain + the lack of remaining days off + the financial imperative to play all 162 games despite the fact that most of them are fairly meaningless…

  4. Was Francisco Cervelli’s home run really a home run?

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Cervelli Homer.bmp

    Another home run/fan interference replay call.Though this one wasn’t nearly as nutso.

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

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:06 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

    Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0: Just when you thought it was safe to panic, Red Sox Nation, Josh Beckett‘s ankle ends up being only sprained, Jon Lester dominates the opposition and the offense goes off for 14 runs on 20 hits. Yankees 5, Orioles 3: After a four hour rain delay, the game got…

  6. Drew Pomeranz to make his major league debut on Sunday

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Rockies prospect Drew Pomeranz — who came to Colorado in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal — will make his major league debut against the Reds on Sunday.  Not bad for a guy who had an emergency appendectomy a couple of weeks ago and was thought to be done for the year.  It takes me three weeks to…

  7. Carlos Carrasco to undergo Tommy John surgery next Wednesday

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    On Friday, Venezuelan reporter Carlos Zambrano (no, a different one) reported that Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was going to undergo Tommy John surgery.  That was hearsay — he heard it from an Indians farmhand who is friends with Carrasco — but it turns out to be right.  Carrasco will undergo the procedure next Wednesday. Carrasco will almost…

  8. Photo of the Day: They’re serious about security at AT&T Park

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

    On the one hand the intimidation level of the security forces at AT&T Park is high.  On the other hand, you know that you can really push it to the limit with these guys because if they have to fire their weapon at you, you know damn well they’re not going to hit you: Many…

  9. The Cardinals are not fans of 3:15PM starts

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    I hope you’re sitting down for this, but the Cardinals have a complaint about something. I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. This time: the 3:15PM start time for the game against Milwaukee yesterday. Seems it created shadows that made it difficult for Cardinals hitters to pick up the ball.  Albert Pujols and…

  10. Why the wait for Jim Crane’s approval?

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    First Jim Crane was a shoe-in to be approved as the Astros’ next owner. Then it was suddenly on hold. Now the current owner keeps saying that approval will come any minute while rumors swirl that Crane’s bid is deader than vaudeville. What gives? Maury Brown — who wrote the Forbes piece a while back that…

  11. Don’t count on watching Stephen Strasburg’s return tonight

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Washington Radar.bmp

    I got all excited for the Strassurrection earlier, but my words appear as though they will be for naught.  That pic is the weather radar for Washington, D.C. at around 5PM this evening. Looking more widely, it only gets wetter after that. And it’s going to continue like that for a couple of days, it…

  12. A critique of WAR

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    savingsaccountcalculator

    No, not war. WAR. As in, Wins Above Replacement level.  Hippeaux at IIATMS has a lengthy column up today looking at the stat (it’s actually multiple stats complied via different methodologies by different folks) and pointing out a potential flaw. Specifically, that one of its components — the defensive metric, Ultimate Zone Rating or UZR…

  13. A notable Giants fan has vanished

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    ATT Park

    Gwen Knapp has a troubling story in the Chronicle today. A Giants fan named Billy Chamberlain who has been a fixture outside of the team’s clubhouse for five years has vanished. Chamberlain — who was intermittently homeless but who had occasionally crashed with a stadium security guard — would talk to Giants players, Bruce Bochy and…

  14. The Mariners are calling up an interesting young man

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Italian flag

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times alerts us to something neat: the Mariners are going to call up and presumably play the first Italian-born player in nearly 50 years. And it’s not as if he were born at Aviano Air Base and came to the states when he was still in diapers, either. He’s totally…

  15. Rafael Furcal would be interested in coming back to St. Louis

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Rafael Furcal

    Cardinals: I like Rafael. Cardinals’ friend: Do you like him, or do you like like him? Cardinals: I like like him. Cardinals friend: OMG! [meanwhile, at the other end of the cafeteria] Rafael Furcal:  I like the Cardinals. Rafael’s friend: Really like them? Furcal: “I love the city … I’d want to play for St. Louis.”…

  16. Josh Beckett’s ankle is not sprained. So what the heck is wrong with it?

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Josh Beckett

    I suppose this could cut either good or bad. But it is still somewhat unsettling, for we fear the unknown: The diagnosis of  the injury suffered by the pitcher in the fourth inning Monday was originally classified as a sprain, but has since been identified as something different. It isn’t clear if it is more…

  17. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Sep 6, 2011, 9:19 AM EST

    Batman logo

    We’re doing something different this week. And yes, that pic has something to do with it.

  18. Stephen Strasburg returns

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    strasburg poses getty

    Tonight’s the night. Strasmas II. The Strassurection. Call it what you want, but Stephen Strasburg returns to a major league mound to face the Dodgers. His first game that counts since Tommy John surgery a year and three days ago. Everyone talks about the physical adjustments after ligament surgery. The velocity often comes back fairly…

  19. The State of the Races

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Trying something new here: a daily snapshot of the pennant races. It may be a bad time to do such a thing given that, you know, we have one little pennant race of note and it tends to get less interesting every time the Angels get close, but I think it’s OK. Sort of like…

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

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:42 AM EST

    Blue Jays' Lawrie acknowledges cheering crowds after he hit a walk off home run to beat the Red Sox in the eleventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Our Labor Day has come and gone. And, far preferable to some miner’s strike, we had baseball.

  21. Joe Posnanski reminds us (again) why a pitcher’s wins are overrated

    Sep 5, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Steve Carlton

    It seems like the Cy Young award voting this year will be pretty straight forward. None of that stuff like we had last year when half of the baseball commentariat yelled at the other half that the win totals shouldn’t matter when deciding who the best pitcher is.  All of the possible Cy Young winners…

  22. Wally Backman to the Mets!

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    Wally Backman

    So many of you people were agitating last winter for Wally Backman to be in the Mets dugout this season. Well, you’ve finally gotten your wish: Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel will serve as an extra coach with the Mets beginning Friday through Sept. 18. Double-A Binghamton manager Wally Backman then joins the Mets on Sept. 20 for the…

  23. Dustin McGowan returns to the majors after a three-year absence

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    mcgowan_dustin

    The last time Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan threw a pitch in a major league baseball game was in 2008.  In between then and now he has had multiple shoulder surgeries and a knee injury. But for the past month or so he has been throwing rehab games and they’ve been pretty good. In twelve rehab…

  24. The Mets may not even pretend to contend next year

    Sep 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    alderson at podium

    While all teams are constantly making changes and are trying to build a winner, the Mets haven’t declared a full-fledged rebuild — the kind where everyone of value is sold off and the process begins anew — for many, many years.  But according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, that’s on the table…

  25. Why doesn’t Major League Baseball commemorate Labor Day?

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Labor

    Will McDonald of Royals Review has an excellent post today. In it he wonders why Major League Baseball can see fit to honor Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Earth Day and cancer awareness with special hats or some other on-the-field shoutout, but not see fit to give Labor Day similar due. He admits that special…

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