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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Who’s next to 600 homers?

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Whenever someone wins their 300th game, we get a bunch of “no one will ever win 300 games again” columns. They’re fun until the next guy wins 300, which someone always has. I haven’t seen any “no one will hit 600 homers again” pieces, but I imagine someone is toying with one as we speak.…

  2. Carlos Zambrano’s apology tour is unlikely to be successful

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:53 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Carlos Zambrano may be going on an apology tour, but according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, it’s going to be unsuccessful. Wittenmyer takes the pulse of the Cubs’ front office and clubhouse and believes strongly that Zambrano has thrown his last pitch as a Cub. He calls Zambrano’s interview with CSNChicago.com part of…

  3. Jason Isringhausen notches his 300th save

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Jason Isringhausen

    Jason Isringhausen saved the Mets victory over the Padres last night. It was save number 300 for his career. No, it’s not quite as impressive as Jim Thome hitting his 600th homer, but a round number is a round number, right? Like so many top closers, Isringhausen began his major league life as a starter.…

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

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:59 AM EST

    Twins' Thome watches his home-run hit against the Tigers, giving him 600 career home-runs, during their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit

    Twins 9, Tigers 6: Congratulations Jim Thome on home run number 599 and, the very next at bat, home run number 600.  For the record, his first one came against Steve Farr on October 4, 1991. I was a freshman in college and had a lush head of hair at the time. George H.W. Bush…

  5. Carlos Zambrano to file his grievance today

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    This is not terribly unexpected, but Jon Paul Morosi reports that the union expected to file a grievance on behalf of Carlos Zambrano by the end of the day today in response to the Cubs placing him on the restricted list. We all have our opinion about Zambrano — and I bet that most of us…

  6. The worst plate appearance in the history of baseball

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    I’m guessing it’s possible there have been worse ones, but Jeff Sullivan makes a pretty darn good case for one put together by Santiago Casilla (batting) and Jose Ceda (pitching) yesterday. This is why the replacement player gambit never worked back in the 1994-95 strike, by the way.  When you pit scrub football players against…

  7. Rookie hazing is slowly fading away

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Rookie hazing

    Can I tell you my least favorite “story” — and I use that term very loosely — of the baseball season?  The late September story about how the rookies on some team were forced to dress up like Devo or Sailor Moon or strippers or something on a road trip. The rookie hazing, you know.…

  8. Not so fast: Jim Crane’s approval as Astros owner put on hold

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane was supposed to be approved as the new owner of the Astros at this week’s owners meetings.  Now Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal is reporting that the vote has been put on hold.  It’s possible that the delay is based on concerns over Crane’s business background. These concerns are not new — Maury…

  9. Rick Vaughn goes to the DL with elbow problems

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

    Beringer Sheen

    I was unaware that they’re filming another “Major League” movie, but nothing really surprises me when it comes to the entertainment business anymore. Seems the flick has hit a snag, though, inasmuch as Charlie Sheen has ruptured his ulnar nerve while filming.  Whether this is a minor disruption of a gratuitous cameo scene or a…

  10. HBT Daily: Rangers-Angels and the meaninglessness of hitting streaks

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    There aren’t many decent pennant races this year. If the Angels flop at home against Texas, there will be one fewer.

  11. The pros and cons of moving the Astros to the AL

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Astros logo

    The realignment talk of a couple of months ago has largely died down and it isn’t likely to be part of the new collective bargaining agreement this winter, but Zach Levine reports that it’s still being discussed, with the Astros the most likely candidate for shuffling. Of particular interest is Levine’s breakdown of the pros…

  12. Quote of the Day: Adam Jones on unsigned draftees

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Today, if you did not know it, is signing day for those fellows taken in this summer’s amateur draft. If they don’t sign, back into the hopper or to college or to wherever they go. Most sign, though. At least the top-of-the-draft guys we non-draft experts tend to hear about and care about.  And as…

  13. Anyone want an expensive, no-defense, washed-up slugger?

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    I usually stay away from the “so-and-so was put on waivers” and “so-and-so cleared waivers” stories because they’re pretty dog-bites-man.  Shocker: really expensive guys on non-contenders are placed on and clear waivers all the time. But sometimes it’s worth looking at the examples of some to remind us of this.  Like today, when within a…

  14. Did you know that Ralph Branca was Jewish? Until recently, neither did he

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Ralph Branca

    This is only about baseball insofar as it involves a baseball player, but it’s a pretty interesting story anyway. The New York Times’ Joshua Prager has a story about retired Dodgers’ pitcher Ralph Branca’s family. Seems that even though Branca was baptized and raised Catholic to Catholic parents and remains Catholic to this day, his…

  15. Photo of the Day: The Memphis Redbirds channel Slim Goodbody

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Wait, you don’t remember Slim Goodbody?  Eh, the 70s were a different time. Anyway, the Memphis Redbirds had cool jerseys on Saturday night. They hosted Organ Donor Night, sparking awareness of the goodness of organ donation and encouraging fans to do the same.  And to help out, they donned the following jerseys. Kinda cool, no?…

  16. Baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Randy Moss

    Chris Jaffe has a fun article up over at The Hardball Times today. Of course, almost everything Chris Jaffe writes is fun, so this should be no surprise, but this one is more fun than most: it’s baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars. What’s a Randy Moss All-Star?  According to Chris, it’s a guy who had a…

  17. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    John Kruk, Darren Daulton

    I’m gonna level with you: thanks to the vacation, I have no freakin’ idea what happened last week. Oh, I quickly glanced at scores most mornings, but I didn’t think hard about it or process any of it. I have a very weak grasp on who’s hot and who’s not. And, even if I can…

  18. If you like hugs, go to Friday’s Mets game

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Hugs

    If you like hugs and if you like Nick Cannon, you probably need to go Citi Field this Friday for the Mets-Brewers game: The New York Mets today announced they are teaming up with Nick Cannon, host of 92.3 NOW’s Morning Show, to “Hug It Out” and help Cannon break the Guinness World Record for…

  19. Jason Marquis has a broken leg, is lost for the season

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Jason Marquis

    If you missed it yesterday, Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis broke his fibula on a comebacker during the Dbacks-Mets game. He’s done for the year. Crazy thing: he broke it on an Angel Pagan line drive in the third inning. But he stayed in the game, finished the inning and then pitched to two batters —…

  20. Ryan Howard: the Phillies’ seventh-best player

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    I felt bad that the Phillies game got rained out, thus depriving you guys of obsessing over them in the ATH comments, so I’ll just throw this little link out there for you. It’s an article by Sean Forman — the boss of Baseball-Reference.com — from yesterday’s New York Times. In it he offers the totally…

  21. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Lake Michigan

    After a week off I have no idea what in the hell is going on. Some dude tried to convince me on Twitter last night that Texas A&M has petitioned to join the AL Central and I’m inclined to believe him.  That’s what happens when you get in the car with the kids, drive 450…

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

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:31 AM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    Miss me? No? Ah, well. Baseball stops for no one man. Back to the grind then: Brewers 2, Pirates 1: The walkoff sac fly for Nyjer Morgan. Of course all guys who hit sac flies walk off the field, so whatever. Charlie Morton‘s scoreless innings streak was snapped at 24. In other news, Charlie Morton…

  23. Talking about the Braves with Ted Berg

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    In the runup to the Braves-Mets series this weekend, Ted Berg of SNY.TV had me on The Baseball Show today to talk about the Braves. It’s about 70% gloom, 30% bright future talk if you’re a Braves fan. If you’re a Mets fan, reverse those ratios.  I’m probably too pessimistic about Braves hitting prospects, actually.…

  24. MLB warns against performance-enhancing ground up deer antlers

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Antlers.bmp

    The fact that ballplayers are using a spray made from ground up deer antlers as some sort of performance enhancer a la HGH is not news. We wrote about it back in January. What’s new, per Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated, is that Major League Baseball sent a warning to players last week that they…

  25. Must-click link: Stop Subsidies to Sports Stadiums

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

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    Neil deMause of Baseball Prospectus and Field of Schemes has written an article for The Nation making it clear to anyone who didn’t already know it that using public dollars for ballparks, stadiums and arenas is bad business and bad government.  Here’s a quote which I’ve heard before but it’s always worth repeating: “If you want…

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