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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: Looking at the hitters available at the trade deadline

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I look at the market for Carlos Beltran and the lesser offensive lights available at the trade deadline

  2. Minor league announcer quits while he’s on the air

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Lake County logo

    Remember the silliness with the Lake County Fielders last week?  How the manager and a giant chunk of the team quit right before a game because they weren’t getting paid, leading to a game in which Jose Canseco pitched for the opposition? Yeah, well apparently that was just one part of a gigantic cluster going…

  3. Frank McCourt calls MLB financing “a deal with the devil”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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

    One thing you learn pretty quick as a litigator is that, just because you can say something, doesn’t mean you should.  At least in court filings, where sometimes one’s rhetorical flourishes can go too damn far. Where one’s zealousness to make a sharp point leads one to say something in writing that they would never…

  4. Defending Springsteen’s use of “speedball” in “Glory Days”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    DicksonBaseball

    In the comments to the Springsteen post earlier, there were several of you who took issue with Springsteen’s use of the word “speedball” in the lyrics to “Glory Days.”  As in “he could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool,” for those unfamiliar. This bothered me for many years, and I’m…

  5. HBT readers are smart

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Mark Runsvold.bmp

    Mark Runsvold has been reading and commenting on HBT since its inception and before that was reading my old blog, Shysterball.  I always knew he was rather bright based on his comments, but I had no idea that he was going to do something like win $48K in one day on Jeopardy! But that’s what…

  6. That guy who could throw that speedball by you? His name is Joe DePugh

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Glory Days

    This was apparently in the New York Times last week, but I missed it. Reader Bill S. emailed me to let me know that it’s running again over at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The story: the real life identity of that pitcher Bruce Springsteen knew back in high school who could through that speedball by ya…

  7. Nolan Ryan hospitalized with chest pains

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Ryan Ventura

    This photo is a representation of what I assume Nolan Ryan is going to evetually do to any cardiac issues that dare mess with him. In the meantime, hold a good thought for Ryan, who was hospitalized in Houston today after experiencing chest pains at his home. Ryan has a history of heart trouble, having undergone…

  8. We are in for years of dominance by Congressional Democrats

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    donkey_elephant

    No, not politically. But from a baseball perspective, most definitely: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) smoked the GOP in this year’s congressional baseball game:  The former college player pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out 13, in leading Democrats to a 8-2 victory. A full story of last Thursday’s Roll Call game can be read here. Photos…

  9. Great Moments in Self-Promotion: I talked a lot about baseball over at Splice Today

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    narcissus

    I’ve been talking baseball with Russ Smith over at Splice Today on and off for several years now.  From time to time we do an email interview.  We did one over the weekend, the results of which are just posted over at Splice Today. Among the topics: The “Moneyball” movie, the next baseball commissioner (assuming…

  10. Adam Dunn has totally cratered

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    We talked over the weekend about how low Jayson Werth could get.  One possible answer: not as low as Adam Dunn, right?  To see just how ugly* Dunn’s season has been, check out Brett Ballantini’s breakdown of it over at CSN Chicago.  It’s pretty mind-blowing.  There’s a Rob Deer comparison in there. And I think…

  11. The Pirates are scouting Hunter Pence

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Hunter Pence

    The bizarro theme of “Pittsburgh Pirates: trade deadline buyers” continues.  Building on their alleged contacts with the Oakland A’s regarding Josh Willingham, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports today that they’re aiming higher than that:  they’re scouring the Astros’ Hunter Pence. It strikes me as unlikely that anything could come of that.  Not too…

  12. Turn around, bright eyes. No, seriously, turn around. The ball dropped in behind you.

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    Residents

    An interesting story in the New York times leads with Mark Kotsay losing a fly ball in the sun to explain something most of us probably hadn’t thought to much about: As one of the roughly 16 percent of Americans with light-colored eyes (Kotsay’s are a soft blue), he is more affected by glare, experts…

  13. The boo birds come out for Jason Bay

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    It seemed like Jason Bay was pulling himself out of his funk before the All-Star break. He had good series against the Tigers, Yankees and the Dodgers, putting a little hitting streak together for a while, showing some pop and generally not looking moribund. But the last series before the break against the Giants had…

  14. The Tropicana Field catwalk strikes again

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Tropicana Field

    And now your semi-annual reminder that Tropicana Field is really not fit for the playing of professional baseball games: The Tampa Bay Rays’ second baseman hit a ball in the eighth inning of Sunday night’s game against Boston that broke a light on an overhanging catwalk down the third-base line. Parts of the light dropped to the…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Nick Johnson

    In addition to that trip to Kings Island I mentioned in the recaps, the weekend also included a trip to the Columbus Clippers-Indianapolis Indians game Saturday night.  I’m totally the father of the year.  I didn’t even beat my children when they got tired out in the bottom of the fifth inning, causing us to…

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

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:33 AM EST

    Brady Kings Island

    Reds 3, Cardinals 1:  I spent my Sunday near Cincinnati. Not in Cincinnati, but just north of it, at the Kings Island theme park (i.e. the one the Bradys went to where Greg lost Mike’s plans or whatever it was; it has improved a bit since 1974).  I took Mookie and Carlo and my old…

  17. K-Rod waives his giant option; will be a free agent after the season

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers have made a deal:  K-Rod is waving his $17.5 million option in exchange for additional compensation now. He’ll become a free agent when the season is over. This makes sense for everyone.  For the Brewers, they can now use Rodriguez in any capacity they wish,…

  18. You know your trend has peaked when you see it at the ballpark

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:07 PM EST

    Food Truck

    With the exception of racial integration, baseball has always been a bit behind the times. From facial hair to anti-disco sentiment to pro-Macarena sentiment and everything in between, you can bet that if a trend is hitting big someplace in this nation, you’ll see it in a ballpark … eventually. Which is what makes me…

  19. The G.M. is “willing to listen” to offers for Player X? So what?

    Jul 15, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

    Cell Phone

    Crazy season is upon us. The semi-annual rumor-fest, in which people hear this and that and run wild with speculation.  Occasionally — very occasionally — there is actually some hard news in all of this nonsense. But as Jeff Sullivan of Baseball Nation notes in an on-point column today, the least valuable of all of…

  20. The Orioles are prepared to give J.J. Hardy a three-year extension

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    There has been chatter that the Orioles could make shortstop J.J. Hardy available at the trading deadline. There has been louder chatter, however, that they like Hardy and would try to lock him up.  Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that, to that end, the Orioles are willing to go to three years on an extension.…

  21. Frank McCourt wants Jamie’s spousal support reduced

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Josh Fisher of Dodger Divorce reports that Frank McCourt filed a motion in his divorce case today — or will shortly — asking that the $600,000-a-month spousal support he pays to Jamie be reduced.  Frank says “I simply can’t afford to support Jamie’s lifestyle anymore.” Don’t tell anyone I said this, but word on the street…

  22. Yes, Terry Leach will be included in the 1991 Minnesota Twins anniversary bobblehead set

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Terry Leach

    This story is less interesting because of the baseball and bobblehead angle than it is for something else, but first the background: The Twins are selling a set of bobblehead dolls commemorating the 1991 World Series championship team. And it has every player plus manager Tom Kelly! At least now it does. At first it…

  23. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the second half

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Matt and I talk about Cleveland, Pittsburgh, the AL MVP race and other second-half matters.

  24. Mike Quade: “I was glad I didn’t end up in Tent City with Sheriff Arpaio”

    Jul 15, 2011, 12:31 PM EST

    Mike Quade

    Baseball people! They’re just like us! Cubs manager Mike Quade had to fly home commercial after the All-Star Game in Phoenix on Tuesday night and encountered a traveler’s nightmare while dealing with Sky Harbor Airport’s security. Quade said Thursday the TSA detained him for about 40 minutes and patted him down twice while going through airport security. He finally was…

  25. Jeff Francoeur wants to be part of the Royals’ future

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Bob Dunn has a story in the Kansas City Star about Jeff Francoeur‘s place in the world at the trading deadline. Short version: he would prefer not to go: “People keep asking me about it,” he said. “And what I say is I’m sure if a team came to the Royals and overwhelmed them (with…

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