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Craig Calcaterra

  1. How can we even think about what the Bill Conlin story means for the Hall of Fame?

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Bill Conlin

    I’ve tried really hard to not think too deeply about what the Bill Conlin allegations might mean for the Hall of Fame. For a couple of reasons, really. For one thing, the Spink Award, which makes Conlin “a Hall of Famer,” isn’t really an induction into the Hall of Fame. It’s really just the inclusion…

  2. So did anyone come close to the Rangers’ bid for Darvish, or not?

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    Yesterday we heard that the Toronto Blue Jays came really close to the Rangers’ $51.7 million bid for Yu Darvish.  As the day wore on into night, however, multiple reports surfaced suggesting that, no, the Jays didn’t bid that high and that in fact no team came anywhere close to what the Rangers’ bid. I’ll…

  3. The Indians are interested in Carlos Beltran too

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Yesterday it was said that five teams were on Carlos Beltan’s short list. Four were named. Which means … Mystery Team. Sadly, Buster Olney put his Jessica Fletcher pearls on and solved that mystery: the Cleveland Indians. Ken Rosenthal confirms and argues that Beltran may be a good fit in Cleveland. Not sure I’m buying…

  4. Nightmare fuel: Seasons Greetings from the Atlanta Braves

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Moylan.bmp

    In the past few days I’ve come to grips with the fact that the Braves aren’t gonna get a shortstop. And I learned that they’re getting into a dumb copyright fight with Disney. These are the usual sort of things that make one roll one’s eyes at the team they love, but it’s survivable. Not…

  5. PSA: Joe Buck is on Twitter

    Dec 21, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Joe Buck

    Hey guys, you can quit talking smack about Joe Buck in our comment threads. If you have any smack to talk about Joe Buck, tell the man himself at his new Twitter account: @Buck. So far it appears to be him and not some assistant doing PR tweets. Which is always a plus.  And he…

  6. The Cubs are on track for “a complete and total rebuild”

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Still thinking the Cubs are going to get in on Prince Fielder? Think again. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking to completely blow things up and that Fielder is not in the offing: “After speaking with several baseball sources over the past few days I am hearing that a…

  7. The BBWAA makes a second attempt at an official statement

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Winner of J.G. .Taylor Spink Award Sportswriter Bill Conlin speaks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

    Yesterday’s official statement by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Bill Conlin was a dud. So they’ve tried again. This time an actual writer — BBWAA president Bill Shaikin — puts his name to it: “We were shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations involving Bill Conlin and we extend our sympathies to…

  8. The Mets are dropping a minor league team

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    mets logo

    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets are dropping one of their minor league teams: “For 2012, we will be conducting our three Rookie League teams in Kingsport, TN and out of our facility in the Dominican Republic and will not operate a team in the Gulf Coast League,” read a statement sent…

  9. The top ten HBT posts of 2011

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz

    Gleeman and I spend a lot of time chatting during the day, and one of the few recurring topics of conversation that doesn’t involve Coen Brothers movies is the correlation between meaningful stories and stories that get a lot of traffic. While we don’t set out to write about things that will make people click…

  10. The hit and run play: is it worth it?

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Third Base Coach

    The hit and run play: when it works and the batter pokes a single through the right side of the infield resulting in runners on the corners and nobody out, boy, it’s a thing of friggin’ beauty.  When it doesn’t and results in a strike-em-out/throw-em-out double play it’s the most maddening thing on the planet.…

  11. BBWAA members don’t seem terribly pleased by the BBWAA’s statement on Bill Conlin

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Bill Conlin

    As Matthew noted last night, the BBWAA issued a statement in the wake of the Bill Conlin ugliness.  It was strange to see it and, in my mind, pretty ill-advised. Why say anything now? Given the gravity of the allegations, who gives a damn about what it all means for the Spink Award?  While I…

  12. Carlos Beltran expected to sign this week

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Carlos Beltran is expected to sign this week.  He apparently has multiple offers of between two and three years. Among the teams in play: the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rays, Cardinals and one other NL team. Guess that one other team isn’t the Braves. Because that…

  13. The Red Sox and “several other teams” have expressed interest in Andruw Jones

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Mark Feinsand says that, despite the fact that everyone assumed Andruw Jones would be back with the Yankees in 2012, talks have sort of been going nowhere and now other teams — including the Boston Red Sox — are calling on Jones. And why not? Jones hit .247/.356/.495 with 13 homers and 33 RBI in 222…

  14. NBC SportsTalk: Is Yu Darvish worth the price?

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    darvish getty square

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking about Yu Darvish.  Feel free to watch the clip for my analysis of his prospects in the major leagues. Of course, if you read HBT you’ve read as much, so don’t assume I’m breaking new ground. No, the real reason you should watch it is because I…

  15. What will your $20 million get you if you buy into the Mets?

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Rich and Famous

    As we know, the Wilpons are selling off minority stakes in the New York Mets. They want multiple investors to give them $20 million a pop for a non-controlling interest. Now, anyone familiar with close corporations knows that having that kind of stake in such a business — especially a family business — is an…

  16. That Philly sex-for-World-Series-tickets lady had her conviction overturned

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Finkelstein

    Remember Susan Finkelstein? Of course you do. She was the woman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania who was busted trying to trade sex for 2009 World Series tickets. She was acquitted on prostitution charges in the spring of 2010 but was convicted of attempted prostitution. But now her conviction has been overturned and her name has been cleared! Basically!…

  17. Roy Oswalt will take a one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Two weeks ago it was reported that Roy Oswalt wanted a three-year deal. Crickets.  Now Jerry Crasnick says that Oswalt is seeking a one-year deal.  And as many as six teams are interested, he says. No surprise there. Teams are probably concerned about a long term commitment to a guy who had back trouble last…

  18. How to fix Hall of Fame voting

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    For a long time we’ve been talking about the inevitable logjam on the Hall of Fame ballot due to PED-implicated players getting some but insufficient support for the next 20 years or so.  We’ve also been talking about how the Hall of Fame is on the fast track to irrelevancy if something isn’t done about…

  19. Don Mattingly is the manager of Confiturembourg

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For reasons of personal and family history I’ve probably seen The Nutcracker a billion times, give or take. And now my daughter Mookie is a ballet dancer and she’s been in The Nutcracker for a couple of years in a row. It’s never gonna end. I could probably give a go to half of the…

  20. Must-click Link: Of course Batman draws a bases-loaded walk

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Batman Baseball

    Reason number 1,346 why Batman is the best. After going 5-for-5 in an all-star game against a team of super villains, he comes up to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth and … works the count for a walk.  You can’t pitch to the dude. You can’t pitch around him.…

  21. Cody Ross lowers his asking price

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cody Ross

    The market is the market, and with Jason Kubel signing a two-year deal with the Dbacks yesterday, Cody Ross has apparently determined that asking for three years is unreasonable. According to David O’Brien, Cody Ross is now seeking a two-year deal. There is some interest. The Reds and Giants are in the mix. The fact that O’Brien…

  22. The Rays have inquired about Anthony Rizzo

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Now that the Padres have Yonder Alonso in the fold, they have one-too-many first base prospects about whose future I’m dubious.  Probably need to trade one.  There have been some alleged talks with the Cubs — alleged because Jed Hoyer has shot them down as fiction — but now we have a report that the…

  23. Great Moments in Chutzpah: the Braves challenge Disney over the word “brave”

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Image (1) Braves%20logo.gif for post 4936

    This is good: the Atlanta Braves have made a formal objection to a trademark application filed by Disney for their new animated movie “Brave.”  Guess that explains what they’ve been doing all offseason while not doing anything to make the team better. But as a Braves fan I’m totally, totally on board with this. I…

  24. Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame: a simple question

    Dec 20, 2011, 6:42 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    John Harper of the Daily News is, in my view, wrong when it comes to Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame, but in approaching the matter, I think he frames the question just perfectly: But in saying here that I won’t vote for Bonds when he becomes Hall-eligible next year, let me respond to…

  25. Jimmy Rollins’ deal is finalized: $38 million guaranteed

    Dec 19, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    We had this all yesterday, but I heard Tim Tebow was doing stuff so as Americans we were all obligated to pay attention and thus you may have missed it. But now it’s final and has been officially announced by the team. It breaks down as $33 million over the next three seasons, and an $11…

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