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Craig Calcaterra

  1. David Ortiz and Josh Beckett blame the media for plunkings

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Here was David Ortiz after last night’s game, in which he was plunked: “I just want to thank [the media]. Not all of you, but some of you, for the stat today about be not being hit. I finally got hit. I hope you [expletive] are happy.” Then Josh Beckett: “I’m still trying to figure…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EDT

    Geovany Sot

    Sorry it’s coming a bit late this morning. Your author was under the weather last night and decided that rather than stay up watching baseball and reading box scores that an early bedtime was in order. Anyway: Cubs 4, Phillies 3: Ryan Madson had been gold in save situations, but came up pyrite last night: Geovany…

  3. Logan Morrison is not happy with the Marlins’ firing of hitting coach John Mallee

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    mallee pose

    Yesterday the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee.  Today Logan Morrison made it clear that he — and possibly others on the team — were not at all happy with the move. “They felt Mallee had to go. I don’t feel that way. He’s there from day one. He got me to the big leagues.…

  4. Albert Pujols is playing third base again

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    There will come a time when Albert Pujols getting the start at third base will no longer be newsworthy. To be honest, it probably came the last time he started at third base. But hey, it’s almost 5, I’ve been up since 4AM, I’m getting punchy and posting about this seems better than trying to…

  5. Nyjer Morgan was quite pleased following last night’s game

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan got the game-winning hit last night. Methinks he was somewhat happy about it.

  6. Doug Glanville’s survival guide for first round picks

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Crash and Nuke

    ESPN’s Doug Glanville was a first round pick with the Cubs in 1991, so he knows all about how fresh bonus baby meat learns the ropes.  Today he has a great column up about all of the little things the first round picks are going to have to get to know about their new lives…

  7. Is changing managers in the middle of the season a good idea?

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Image (1) Bob%20Melvin.jpeg for post 5337

    In honor of the firing of Bob Geren, The Common Man updates and re-presents his study from a year ago in which he examined whether changing managerial horses in midstream actually helps teams.  The short version: eh, not really, at least from a won-loss perspective.  But it’s entirely possible — and in the case of…

  8. Dylan Bundy would hit Bryce Harper four times if he blew a kiss at him

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Dylan Bundy was the Orioles’ top draft pick.  I can’t say that I like interleague play, but based on what he said about the Bryce Harper argle-bargle while appearing on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore yesterday, I’d like to see the Nats and Orioles play 50 times a year starting in 2013: Host Steve Davis: “So…

  9. HBT Daily: Thursday Twitter questions

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Come for the question about Francisco Rodriguez. Stay for the revelation of the movie Tiffany has not seen!

  10. The Athletics fire Bob Geren, hire Bob Melvin

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Bob Geren

    Wow: ten minutes after I do an extended “Logan’s Run” riff on Bob Geren, speculating that he’ll be gone come this September when he turns 50, the A’s go and fire him.  Geren is out: Bob Melvin takes over. The A’s have lost nine in a row and absolutely nothing has gone right for them.…

  11. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    The Question

    If it’s Thursday, it’s Twitter question day. Here are the ones that didn’t make the video, which will be posted in a few minutes: Q: Was Billy Beane smart enough to put in some kind of escape clause with Bob Geren? Yep. Geren turns 50 this September. Few people know this, but his contract requires that…

  12. Ozzie wasn’t tweeting mad about where his son was drafted

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Yesterday we wrote about Ozzie Guillen’s grumpy tweets from Tuesday night which I and many others took to be in response to where his son Ozney was taken in the draft. We got that wrong because as Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports, Ozzie was on about something else: In truth, Guillen was writing about…

  13. So, who did the best in the draft?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    I was asked to be on a radio show last night to talk about the baseball draft. This despite telling the host up front that I know next to nothin’ about the draft. When I pressed the guy for an answer on which way he wanted to go with it, he said that he wanted…

  14. Ernie Harwell’s memorabilia collection is at risk

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Ernie Harwell

    A sad story from the Detroit News: Ernie Harwell’s personal baseball memorabilia collection — which is reputed to be worth millions and contain stuff collectors and fans would love to see — is being mismanaged by the Detroit Public Library, to whom Harwell entrusted it: He entrusted it to the library and dreamed that one…

  15. For this Rays’ road trip: pajamas

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Pajamas

    Joe Maddon and the Rays have continued to do the dress-up thing as they leave for road trips. Last time’s grunge was … poor. This week’s pajamas works much, much better. Especially David Price, laying down in the blue and brown argyle.  Lookin’ good. James Shields in the tie-dye is … a bit much.

  16. Jim Northrup: 1939-2011

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Jim Northrup

    My folks weren’t really baseball fans, but they both grew up in Detroit, and the bandwagony, city-coming-together effect of the World Series champion Tigers of 1968 rubbed off on them enough to where players on that team were well-known names to me even before I really got my brain around baseball as a kid.  As…

  17. David Ortiz, A.J. Burnett eschew cliche following last night’s game

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    ANSWER: “We gotta play ‘em one day at a time. I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ballclub. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.” QUESTION: “What are ‘things A.J. Burnett and David Ortiz could have chosen to say after last night’s…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:57 AM EDT

    Red Sox's Ortiz celebrates his two run home run against the New York Yankees with teammate Youkilis during the first inning of American League MLB baseball action at Yankee Stadium

    Red Sox 11, Yankees 6: The Bosox once again jump all over the Yankees, this time giving A.J. Burnett his worst night of the year. Notably, no Red Sox players were plunked in this one — And David Ortiz hit another homer — so I’m sure the tabloids that were calling for retribution for the…

  19. Report: Frank McCourt will meet the June 15th payroll

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    It’s been morbid fun watching Frank McCourt press to meet the Dodgers payroll, thereby holding off a takeover from Major League Baseball.  Last month we saw him mortgage his future a little bit.  The expectation this month was that he’d be sunk, given that Manny Ramirez is owed a big chunk of money in deferred…

  20. Joba Chamberlain to the disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Before the season started, the Yankees were touted as having the best bullpen in the bigs. Then they lost Pedro Feliciano before he could even get going and then Rafael Soriano (a) pitched poorly; and (b) would up hurt.  And things keep getting worse in that department:  Joba Chamberlain has been sent to the disabled list…

  21. Was Bryce Harper just … kissing back?

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Here to Eternity

    The plot — which was already kind of thin to begin with, even if it was fun — has thickened. CSN Washington reports that it’s possible that when Bryce Harper blew that kiss at the pitcher the other day, he was merely returning the favor from an earlier incident. As reported first by the Hagerstown…

  22. Happy Strasburg-a-versary

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Strasburg walks off

    Lots of promising young guys make their major league debut every year, but there aren’t many like Stephen Strasburg‘s, both in anticipation and in actual payoff.  It was a year ago tonight that Strasburg made his, and I’m still in awe over it. He struck out 14 Pirates batters without issuing a walk.  His last…

  23. Jayson Werth to miss his second straight game

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    Jayson Werth hurt his ankle Monday night and missed yesterday’s game because of it.  He was set to play in this afternoon’s game, but was a late scratch because the ankle is still bugging him. The more interesting part of this to me is how he hurt his ankle: tripping over the bullpen mounds down…

  24. The Indians call up Cord Phelps, start him at second base today

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians  Photo Day

    Prospect hounds and Indians fans will find this interesting: Cleveland called up infield prospect Cord Phelps today, and started him at second base in the game going on right now against the Twins. He grounded out to second in his first at bat. Phelps was a third round pick in the 2008 draft. So far…

  25. HBT Daily: On showboating, bat-flipping and other such nonsense

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I try to figure out exactly why Bryce Harper’s kisses get us angry but David Ortiz’s bat flips don’t.

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