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Craig Calcaterra

  1. AEG on a downtown L.A. ballpark: “under no circumstances are we interested in building a baseball stadium”

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    Last week there was a report that AEG — the company who owns the Staples Center and is trying to build an NFL stadium in downtown L.A. — was contacted by Major League Baseball regarding the possibility of building a downtown ballpark for the Dodgers.  The idea: even if Frank McCourt loses the Dodgers, he’d…

  2. Pirates, Athletics considering a Josh Willingham trade

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    willingham getty

    The contending Pirates could use a bat, and one bat that always seems to be available at trade deadline time is Josh Willingham.  According to  Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Athletics and Pirates are talking about him. In such a deal, Willingham and Craig Breslow would come to Pittsburgh, with Garrett Jones going to Oakland.…

  3. The Mets are “100 percent certain” that they won’t trade Jose Reyes

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Buster Olney tweeted the following a few minutes ago: The Mets are now 100 percent certain they will not trade Jose Reyes before the deadline, according to sources. He changed their minds. This isn’t terribly surprising given how well he has played this year, the realization that great shortstops don’t grow on trees these days…

  4. Two simple changes to the Hall of Fame ballot

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    cooperstown

    We usually reserve all of our Hall of Fame arguing for late December and early January when we can devote sufficient time to the obnoxiousness that requires, but any time is a good time really. Today Jim Caple has a suggestion to improve the process:  (1) eliminate the 15-years-on-the-ballot rule; and (2) eliminate the if-you-don’t-get-five-percent-of-the-vote-you’re-dropped…

  5. Cal Ripken’s kid is a pretty good ballplayer too

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Cal Ripken

    There’s a decent chance that the Ripkens are going to join the Bells and the Boones as a three-generation major league family one day.  Meet Ryan Ripken: Ryan Ripken has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will be held next month at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Over the first three years of the…

  6. “Derek Jeter 3K” to air July 28th

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    jeter presser getty

    Remember that documentary HBO is doing about Derek Jeter‘s pursuit of his 3000th hit, “Derek Jeter 3K?”  It’s a go. It’s airing on July 28th at 9PM on HBO.  Smart scheduling, in that the Yankees are off that night. Sure, there are 12 other baseball games that hardcore fans would probably be better off watching,…

  7. The Dodgers and MLB are in court today

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As I type this, a big hearing is going down in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case. It’s the one in which — or after which — it will be decided who gets to bankroll the Dodgers’ operations during the pendency of the case.  Frank McCourt and the $150 million loan he has obtained or Major League…

  8. Pray for Jayson Werth to continue to slump, Washington drinkers

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you need something stronger, go for the beer. Preferably at Duffy’s Irish Pub in Washington, D.C. this Sunday, and preferably after Jayson Werth goes 0 for his next 16 or so: Duffy’s Irish Pub has found a way to make that first-half bust pay off now. During the…

  9. The Reds are interested in James Shields

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    Buster Olney tweeted this morning that the Reds are interested in James Shields.  The Rays may be receptive too, given that Tampa Bay scouts have been evaluating Reds minor leaguers this week. It would be a pretty good time for the Rays to trade Shields.  He’s been fantastic this year, logging seven complete games so far,…

  10. So it seems that Derek Jeter was not rejuvenated by his 3000th hit

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Derek Jeter

    On the day Derek Jeter hit his 3000th — and went 5 for 5 overall — there were people who rushed to play the “See! Jeter isn’t done yet!” card.  Others, myself included, were skeptical, figuring that anyone with Jeter’s latent skills was capable of having a great day, but it’s not like one great…

  11. “I do think Lenny was deceptively smart in a lot of ways”

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Lenny Dykstra

    We’ve covered the tabloidy aspects of Lenny Dykstra’s plummet from grace pretty thoroughly. Now, then, it seems like a good time to link to a story that covers that fall in a more thorough fashion.  It’s by Harvey Araton in The New York Times and it’s pretty good. The quote from the headline comes from…

  12. U2 continues to wreck ballparks across the country

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    U2 stage

    We’ve talked about how the current U2 tour — which was supposed to happen last summer, but got bumped to this summer because Bono had to go heal the sick someplace or something — has been disrupting the baseball schedule. See, their stage setup is gigantic and it takes several days on either side of…

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

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:53 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates 1, Reds 0: Pittsburgh keeps rolling, as four pitchers combine to shut out the Redlegs for the second night in a row. This is all pretty trippy, but I’m curious to see what happens to the Buccos when they start a ten-game stretch against St. Louis, Atlanta and Philly beginning this Friday. Rangers 7,…

  14. Ryan Theriot suspended for two games

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Major League Baseball has announced that Cardinals infielder Ryan Theriot has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for coming into contact with umpire Mike Muchlinski during the bottom of the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Reds. Theriot was disputing a “pulled-off-the-bag” call.  The runner eventually came around to score thanks…

  15. Now the Red Sox are asking about Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    1985 Corvette

    For those of you who don’t watch the HBT Daily videos, I made an analogy in this morning’s edition that I think explains the Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors pretty well. My dad had a 1985 Corvette once upon a time.  He really dug that car. Low mileage. No problems with it.  Once in a while,…

  16. A dearth of black ballplayers, a dearth of black fans

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    I missed this story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the weekend, but a bunch of blogs are picking it up today. It’s about the relative dearth of black ballplayers compared to years past, what is driving it and the effect it has on the fewer black ballplayers who are in the game today. We’ve…

  17. Ike Davis tells summer campers he’s probably done for the season

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Last official word we heard about Mets first baseman Ike Davis, he was getting a cortisone shot, getting an MRI and waiting for some improvement on his ankle.  If it didn’t improve:  season-ending surgery. Well, this is far from official word, but apparently Davis is pessimistic: he told a bunch of summer campers that his…

  18. Which GMs are on the hot seat?

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

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    Ken Rosenthal complies a list of the general managers who may be on the move after this season, be it by their own volition or via defenestration (figuratively speaking, with the possible exception of Jim Hendry, who could literally be defenestrated). I can’t disagree with most of his list. I think Hendry has to go because…

  19. The Rangers are going to raise the rails in front of all seating areas

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    Rangers Ballpark

    According to Evidence Rule 407, subsequent remedial measures are not admissible in order to prove liability for an accident.  But they sure are interesting outside of the context of litigation: The Texas Rangers have taken the first steps toward making their ballpark safer following the death of a fan during a recent game. The club announced…

  20. The Blue Jays will retire Roberto Alomar’s number

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Roberto Alomar Jays

    I was kind of surprised when I read that the Blue Jays had not retired anyone’s number apart from the league-wide 42 for Jackie Robinson. Then I thought about it and realized that there really hasn’t been any strong candidate for the honor. Dave Stieb, maybe?  Hey, we all love the guy, but he doesn’t…

  21. The Phillies have inquired about Leo Nunez

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Nunez_Leo

    If you’ve been reading all the best websites, you know that the Phillies want both a reliever and a bat.  As far as the reliever goes, Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies have spoken with the Marlins about Leo Nunez. He of the 1.19 WHIP and 27 saves in 30 opportunities. Crasnick says that the Marlins…

  22. Will the Sox try to keep Jonathan Papelbon?

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Jonathan Papelbon

    It’s all just talk, not news, but over at the Providence Journal Brian MacPherson speculates that the Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon may very well be together beyond 2011. His thinking: there are a lot of relief pitchers who will be available this winter, which could depress Papelbon’s asking price on the open market. At…

  23. Who in their right mind would offer Carlos Beltran arbitration?

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    beltran getty wide

    Look, I’m not going to pretend that I’m anywhere near the most knowledgeable dude on the planet when it comes to transactions, but I don’t get something that Buster Olney has been going on about for the past couple of days.  Short version: his belief that Carlos Beltan’s contract clause that prevents teams from offering…

  24. Sunday is Hall of Fame Induction Day

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    blyleven

    Hall of Fame Induction Day always sneaks up on me. I rarely read or hear about it until the week leading up to it.  Which, in today’s media environment is kind of strange when you think about it. But it has done it again: Hall of Fame Induction Day is this Sunday. For those who…

  25. Why Twitter rocks for sports coverage

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Twitter logo

    Twitter went a little haywire last night, just as there were nine or ten ballgames in progress.  The fact that it absolutely drove me and a bunch of other people nuts was kind of surprising to me.  I’ve been on Twitter less than two years. Surely I can enjoy an evening of baseball without hearing…

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