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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. The save stat and perverse incentives

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Ted Berg flagged something pretty darn illuminating this morning.  The quotes of the principles in yesterday’s Yankees game, happy that they failed on offense so that Mariano Rivera could get his 602nd save: “I couldn’t believe they were cheering me for hitting into a double play,” Swisher said. “I said: ‘Whoa, what’s this? And then…

  6. Thwarted Mets investor now a Yankees limited partner

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ray Bartoszek

    Someone once said that there is nothing more limited than being a limited partner to George Steinbrenner. I’m assuming that’s still the case with Hal Steinbrenner too. But with better cash flow and less likelihood of a capital call, I’m assuming that being a Yankees minority shareholder is a better deal than being a minority…

  7. Lance Berkman: “No matter what people say, it’s always about the money”

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Gee, he ought to start a website with that name. Oops! Too late! The Cardinals are obviously trying to settle as much family business as they can before the season ends and all efforts will have to be put into the Albert Pujols negotiations.  One bit of family business they’d like settled is the matter…

  8. Brad Mills is safe, no matter what the rumors sites say

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    UPDATE: ESPN has apparently taken down the post.  I’m assuming this means that Brad Mills is no longer on the hot seat. Thanks for the quick edit, guys. Everyone screws up sometimes. A quick fix is the way to go.  Except for you commenters. You still get no edit function. 8:49 AM: I was rather…

  9. Filip Bondy zeroes in on the important part of Mariano Rivera’s big day

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

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    I noted the whole “Jorge Posada should catch Mariano Rivera‘s 602nd save” phenomenon yesterday, but I can’t say I expected it to be put so starkly and stupidly by someone who gets paid to write about sports.  Of course no one has ever gone broke underestimating the level of discourse from Filip Bondy of the…

  10. The wheels are falling off the Braves Express

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Actually, I think the wheels fell off about ten days ago.  They’ve been carving up pavement with the rotors since then, but now the rotors are about to go too.  At this rate, this time next week they’ll be up on the back of a flatbed, off to the junkyard, wondering what the hell happened.…

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

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Omar Infante

    Marlins 6, Braves 5: It’s all so fitting, isn’t it? Omar Infante — Braves All-Star representative in 2010 and the chit that went Florida’s way in the big trade that was supposed to improve the team — killing ‘em with a walkoff homer? The Braves single greatest weapon this year, Craig Kimbrel, blowing the lead?  If…

  12. HBT Daily: How screwed are the Red Sox?

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I taped this before today’s loss, but on some level, I think we knew it was going to be a loss before it happened.

  13. The Red Sox lose again

    Sep 19, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Terry Francona: What’s our record, DeMarlo? DeMarlo Hale: Eighty-seven and sixty-six. Terry Francona: Eighty-seven … and sixty-six. How’d we ever win eighty-seven? DeMarlo Hale: It’s a miracle. Terry Francona: It’s a miracle. Yep, the Sox dropped the front end of a double header against the O’s this afternoon. The score as 6-5. All six were…

  14. Does Prince Fielder want to join the teams who want him most?

    Sep 19, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Jon Heyman’s latest column ranks the potential Prince Fielder post-free agency destinations. In order: the Orioles, Cubs, Rangers, Nationals, Dodgers, Brewers Mariners Cardinals and Marlins. Question: would Prince Fielder really want to go to most of these teams?  The O’s, Cubs, Mariners and Marlins are in the competitive wilderness right now. The Dodgers are broke. The…

  15. R.A. Dickey finds your lack of faith disturbing

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    It’s kind of a commercial for the Star Wars Blu-Ray release, but it’s worth watching this video just to see Christopher Walken’s head superimposed on Han Solo’s body and R.A. Dickey, dressed as Darth Vader, force-choking Mike from the FanCave.

  16. Is Theo Epstein to blame for the Red Sox’ skid?

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    The Red Sox’ late season implosion is the talk of the morning, and the focal point of that talk is Jeff Passan’s column over at Yahoo! in which he assigns blame for Boston’s post season collapse. It’s a failure — or potential failure, depending on how the next ten days go — that has many…

  17. Ryan Theriot’s ego is quite healthy

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    There’s a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today about Ryan Theriot, his changing role on the Cardinals since the Rafael Furcal trade and the fact that he got a rare start at shortstop yesterday. This quote from Theriot sticks out more than a little bit: The Cardinals led the division until July 27, four…

  18. Yankees baseball in the Girardi Era: “an amiable slog”

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    Will Leitch wrote a pretty great article in New York Magazine the other day, pretty much perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of Yankees baseball in the early 21st century.  The upshot: this year, as in just about every other year in recent history, the Yankees’ regular season has been something of a formality, though not one…

  19. Mark Reynolds thinks he was beaned on purpose

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles

    Mark Reynolds hit a home run against the Angels on Saturday night. The next time he came to the plate, Ervin Santana hit him in the head, forcing him out of the game and keeping him from playing yesterday.  Reynolds believes it was intentional. Here’s Reynolds: “I think he hit me on purpose. I don’t…

  20. Who cares who catches Mariano Rivera’s 602nd save?

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera‘s next save will break the all-time saves record he currently shares with Trevor Hoffman. Against that backdrop, there has been some general chatter about whether Joe Girardi will let Jorge Posada, Rivera’s longtime batterymate, catch save number 602.  According to Marc Carig of the Star Ledger, Girardi isn’t inclined to do that. May…

  21. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Phillies'l Martinez and Halladay spray champagne on Pence as they celebrate winning Eastern Division in their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    It was a useful weekend for me. With Ohio State losing in spectacular awful style, my Saturdays are now officially freed up for the remainder of the fall!  In other news: Big Papi says Manny is “a good dude.” Whatever. I liked both of them much better when they did this kind of thing. The…

  22. Carl Crawford: “I’m sorry for the year I had”

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

    I’m assuming that when Carl Crawford agreed to do a season-long diary for ESPN.com that he figured he’d, you know, not totally suck all year.  I’m also guessing that ESPN’s agreement with him is not so lucrative or so iron-clad that he couldn’t have just quit doing it when the season turned hellish for him,…

  23. The State of the Races

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    The division races are secondary right now. Let’s go with the wild cards first: AL Wild Card: Unless you’ve been living under a rock or (worse) watched football all weekend, you know that Boston leads Tampa Bay by a mere two games now after dropping three of four to the Rays.  What you can be…

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

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:20 AM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Rays 8, Red Sox 5: Tim Wakefield got a lot of love for his 200th win last week. But it didn’t change the fact that Tim Wakefield doesn’t have a whole hell of a lot left. Now only two games separate these two in the wild card race. And the Rays-love has gotten so crazy…

  25. Nothing yet decided in the NL Cy Young race

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    On Wednesday afternoon I talked about how the NL Cy Young race was a three-headed monster between Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw.  Since then, all three of them have pitched. Here were their lines: Halladay: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB Kershaw: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5…

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