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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Reds and Cardinals are getting ugly. And it’s wonderful.

    May 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    Yeah, I’m using this picture again. It’s a great picture. I have absolutely no plans to take a side in the increasingly ugly Reds-Cardinals rivalry. I’m just thankful that it’s as intense as it is, because baseball needs a good hate-filled rivalry right now.  Giants-Dodgers still has bile but that got too damn real this…

  2. HBT Daily: Hip hip Jorge!

    May 16, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Well, what did you think we were going to talk about?

  3. The Posada flap is not done yet: the Yankees’ front office is mad at Derek Jeter

    May 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    UPDATE: Peace in our time. 11:32 AM: In the wake of the Jorge Posada Sit-down-a-palooza, Derek Jeter had this to say: “My reaction was that I didn’t think it was that big a deal,” Jeter said about the Posada incident. “If you need a day, you need a day. It’s over. It’s done. It’s not the…

  4. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    I gotta tell ya, no one feels like a number one team right now. Cleveland and Philly have the best records in baseball, but both are flawed teams who played some unexciting baseball last week.  Then you have Florida, but Philly beat them two out of three last week, so how can I put them…

  5. The ugliest ballcaps you’ll see today

    May 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    ugly red sox cap

    I’m not some stiff-necked purist. Sure, I’d prefer that people wear actual game-replica caps or throwback caps that were once actually worn in pitched battle on the diamond, but if you want to wear a black Dodgers cap or even a Red Yankees cap or something I’m not going to go crazy, even if I…

  6. Egad, there have been a lot of rainouts

    May 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rockies Phillies Baseball Weather

    Praise be to Rob McKenna, La Nina or the deity of your choice, but there have been a lot of rainouts this year.  Three yesterday, which brings the total to 25, which is a pretty incredible number. As Maury notes, there were only eight through this point last season. 2007 was the record year for the past…

  7. The Aroldis Chapman horror show continues

    May 16, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

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    I was going to say “lost in the Reds’ win yesterday …” but I don’t think this was really lost on anyone: Aroldis Chapman came into the game with a seven-run lead in the ninth inning yesterday, faced five batters, walked four of them and all of them came around to score. He threw only…

  8. Chipper Jones has a torn meniscus

    May 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    They’re characterizing Chipper Jones’ knee injury as a “slight” meniscus tear, but is there anything “slight” when you’re 39-years-old and are already pretty brittle to begin with? The plan now: cortisone shot and some rest, but if that doesn’t work surgery is likely, which will put Jones out for a few weeks. Remember that stuff I…

  9. The Posada affair: only here, only now

    May 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    I’m rather glad that the Jorge Posada drama erupted on a weekend when I was takings kids to soccer games and stuff, because it’s a drama that, for all of the interest and focus on it, you really can’t say a ton about. Yes, Posada is owed criticism, but he also has built up so…

  10. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Posada

    I didn’t do nothin’ this weekend except age with grace, humility and in full awareness of my limitations. Jorge.

  11. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 16, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista watches his homerun off Minnesota Twins' Hoey during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Blue Jays 11, Twins 3:  Jose Bautista is not a man. He’s a machine. A Terminator. A Cyberdyne Systems Model 101. Not a robot. A cyborg. A cybernetic organism (3 for 5 3 HR, 4 RBI). Braves 3, Phillies 2: The second straight complete game loss for Roy Halladay.  How the Braves manage to take…

  12. HBT Daily: A weekend of great matchups

    May 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about all of the great matchups with first place implications. And that battle of also-rans, the Red Sox and Yankees.

  13. Admit it: you’d hug Big Papi

    May 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    I’m not gonna lie.  I’d hug Big Papi if he walked up to me on the street. I’m not made of stone, man.

  14. Roger McDowell returns to the Braves

    May 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Just in time for Baseball’s Civil Rights Weekend celebrations in Atlanta, Roger McDowell, the Braves’ gay-slurring pitching coach, returns from his suspension today: An emotional Roger McDowell has returned from his two-week suspension and is vowing he won’t repeat the inappropriate comments and crude gestures he made to fans that led to his punishment by…

  15. The last replacement player is released

    May 13, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    The Diamondbacks have released reliever Ron Mahay after ten pretty awful outings in the minors.  Not a notable move in and of itself. But, on the assumption that Mahay does not catch on anywhere else, this will mark the end of the career of the last replacement player from the 1994-95 strike. At least I…

  16. Orioles fan Professional ball hawk catches three foul balls in one game

    May 13, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Foul ball screencap.bmp

    UPDATE: I’m alerted to the fact that, no, this guy is not an Orioles’ fan. It’s professional ball snagger Zack Hemple. Which is still kind of pathetic, but for different reasons than I assumed earlier. OK, pathetic is kind of a strong word, as he does do some charity stuff as a part of his…

  17. A day at the nail salon with Russell Martin

    May 13, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Martin_Russell

    ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson has a profile of Russell Martin.  The stuff about him regaining his health and confidence and baseball prowess in New York is the point of the story, but you’ll be forgiven if your attention is drawn to some stuff in the middle portion: “It’s not a good feeling when you’re putting…

  18. Justice: The Astros’ new owners are probably going to clean house

    May 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    Ed Wade, call your real estate agent. That’s the message Richard Justice delivers in his post today about how the Astros organization is likely to change once Jim Crane and his just announced right-hand man George Postolos take over following the imminent sale by Drayton McLane.  The idea: Postolos — who happens to be the…

  19. Dodgers attendance is down over 7,000 per game

    May 13, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Attendance is down across baseball this year. On average it’s down on the order of a few hundred a game. In Los Angeles, however, things are way worse: 7,268 fans a game off the 2010 pace for the Dodgers.  And, as Steve Dilbeck reminds us, that’s just in official attendance, not actual turnstile numbers, which Major League…

  20. Luke Gregerson has a cool car

    May 13, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Better off dead

    There’s not a lot going on yet today, so we have a few moments to contemplate Padres’ reliever Luke Gregerson‘s car, a picture of which you can see here.  Yeah, it’s a black ’67 Camaro, which makes Gregerson my new favorite relief pitcher not named Jonny Venters. I’ve been in love with that car ever…

  21. When it comes to rookies and long term deals, there is risk in taking one too

    May 13, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Buster Olney weighed in on Scott Boras’ comments from yesterday, om which Boras seemed to downplay the likelihood of a long term deal for Eric Hosmer. Here’s Buster: Scott Boras will advise against Eric Hosmer working out a longterm deal right now. Because, after all, what person in their early 20s would ever want to guarantee themselves tens of millions…

  22. Bondy: The New Era ads are “far too provocative”

    May 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alec Baldwin

    I liked that new New Era cap ad featuring Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski yesterday. I think the ads in that series are pretty funny.  Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News disagrees: The real heat between the Yanks and Red Sox burns off the field, in television commercials. Some of the spots are…

  23. What’s the big deal about Bartolo Colon’s stem cell injections?

    May 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    There was some moderate-to-serious hand-wringing the other day when it was revealed that Bartolo Colon received an injection of his own stem cells to help repair ligaments.  As David Epstein notes in a very informative article over at SI, however, the hand-wringing is unwarranted.  Colon’s procedure is fairly commonplace and, in its general effect, is…

  24. Tom Schieffer on the Dodgers: “The complexity of the situation is daunting”

    May 13, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Schieffer

    Tom Schieffer, the Dodgers’ trustee, sat for an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, and he described a situation that makes it seem impossible that Major League Baseball will truly have any sort of resolution of its investigation of Dodgers finances before their payroll comes due at the end of the month. Indeed, he has…

  25. Citizens Bank Park to host the 2012 Winter Classic

    May 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    CBP

    The NHL — and, to be honest, my employer — seem to have struck gold by playing hockey games outdoors on New Year’s Day, so they shall continue the tradition on 2012.  Well, except in 2012 it won’t be on New Year’s Day, it will be on January 2nd because the NFL likes to ruin…

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