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Craig Calcaterra

  1. NBC SportsTalk: When can a pitcher win the MVP

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    One more of these because, hey, why not?  In this one I talk about when I think it’s appropriate to consider a pitcher for the MVP award:

  2. Comment of the Day: How many people really watch MLB games?

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    In an earlier post I wondered about how many people actually watch MLB games overall, not just on the national broadcasts.  Reader tjwilliams did some calculations: Okay, so I just did some quick back-of-the-napkin math and came up with 1.65 billion viewers for NFL (live and TV) and 1.01 billion viewers for MLB (live and…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It’s that time again. Your almost 100% non-baseball questions.  But that’s OK. We need to do this to get all of the Star Wars talk out of our system lest we drive our wives and girlfriends crazy.  Assuming anyone who is obsessed with Star Wars has a wife or a girlfriend.  I should probably think…

  4. Buster Posey’s rehab is ahead of schedule

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    posey wider

    Obviously the season was a wash the moment he broke his ankle, but Buster Posey‘s rehab is continuing apace, with the Giants’ catcher to begin hitting off a tee next week. Actually, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner says that Posey is ahead of schedule and that his rehab is “pretty accelerated” at the moment. Of course, doing…

  5. The Reds aren’t exactly thrilled with their 2012 schedule

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    GABP

    At least not the opening of it. The Reds had traditionally played the first game of the season in honor of their status as the oldest major league team.  That tradition has broken down in recent years, with prime time games taking over as the real opener and even some other teams having their first…

  6. NBC SportsTalk: handicapping the NL Cy Young race

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    As I mentioned, last night I made my debut as a talking head on NBC SportsTalk, our new studio show on Versus (which, as of the first year, will be known as the NBC Sports Network).  I didn’t barf, drop any F-bombs or ruin any equipment, so I assume that they’ll have me back on…

  7. Mariano Rivera: center fielder

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    I want to say I heard someone talking about this once before, but in the New York Times today there’s a story about how Mariano Rivera thinks he’d be a pretty nifty center fielder.  And about how he’d love a chance to get in at least one game in center before he’s done. Joe Girardi…

  8. Fox sports honcho: baseball is a regional game

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    old TV

    Every time someone talks smack about baseball by bringing up the relatively low ratings for national games of the week, the All-Star Game or the playoffs, I go off on some rant about how that person is ignorant of how baseball works on television.  About how baseball is a local game and how you can’t…

  9. Matt Moore makes an inauspicious debut

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Rays pitching prospect Matt Moore made his major-league debut in last night’s 6-2 loss to the O’s.  It wasn’t fantastic: he allowed two runs on three hits in one and a third in relief. It was a weird first appearance too.  He and the bullpen coaches thought he was supposed to start the seventh inning,…

  10. Programming Note: Announcing the Story Explorer

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Power House

    Sometime later today you’re going to notice a minor change to HBT and the other NBC SportsTalk blogs.  At the bottom of each story there will be a little navigation bar we call the Story Explorer. The idea is that once you’ve finished reading a post you will be able to browse and then —…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Tigers 6, White Sox 5: Detroit continues to be ridiculous. Alex Avila was a hero, tying it up at five with a big fly. Carlos Guillen won it with an RBI single in extras. I know there are people who want to pretend that Justin Verlander is single-handedly carrying the Tigers into the playoffs, but…

  12. The Red Sox lose again

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    The Red Sox are intent on making this interesting, aren’t they? Boston had a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning when all hell broke loose. Daniel Bard came in to start things off and walked the first two batters. Then he threw the ball away on a sacrifice attempt, loading the bases. Then Edwin Encarnacion…

  13. The Phillies clinch a playoff spot

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    And now for the most inevitable thing since Newton’s Laws: the Phillies have clinched a playoff spot. Philadelphia beat the Astros 1-0 today behind Roy Halladay‘s first shutout of the season. Indeed, it was the first shutout for any Phillies pitcher this season not named Cliff Lee. Lee has six.  Halladay scattered six hits and…

  14. Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo suspended for 100 games for PEDs

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

    Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo has received a 100-game suspension after a second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.  The suspension takes effect immediately.  His first suspension came back in 2008 when he was with the Giants. Alfonso played 25 games for the Rockies this year and notched a .267/.304/.320 line in 79 plate appearances.…

  15. A.J. Pierzynski is baseball’s meanest player

    Sep 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Pierzynski_A.J.

    Sports Illustrated polls major leaguers about a number of things throughout the year. Or else it polls them once and then releases the results in drips and drabs throughout the year.  Today’s drip/drab:  “Baseball’s Meanest Players.” Problem: it doesn’t really list a criteria.  Which matters here, because “meanest” could be the most personally unpleasant. It…

  16. The Pirates clinch their 19th straight losing season

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Charlie Morton

    There was a time this summer — maybe for about two weeks — when everyone was high on the Pirates. It was damn nigh magical. Some considered them a contender. I wasn’t quite that optimistic, but I did wonder whether they could at least break .500 and thus break their string of uninterrupted losing seasons…

  17. I’ll be on NBC SportsTalk tonight at 6

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    old TV

    Because you guys simply don’t have enough access to my opinions, I feel obligated to let you know that tonight I will be making my debut on NBC SportsTalk, our new studio show on the Versus Network.  The show comes on at 6PM Eastern. I’ll be the bald gent with the horn-rimmed glasses offering my…

  18. Charlie Manuel chewed out the Phillies last night

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    It probably doesn’t matter. Late season road trip against the worst team in baseball.  Nothing to truly play for at the moment other than good health. The Phillies can be forgiven for dropping a couple of games against the Astros.  Charlie Manuel isn’t all that willing to let it slide, however. Here’s Jim Salisbury of…

  19. MLB releases the 2012 schedule

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Schedule

    Major League Baseball has announced the 2012 schedule this morning. The season begins on Wednesday, April 4.  It ends on Wednesday, October 3. In between: lots of baseball games. There will be a single game at the Marlins new stadium — make that the Miami Marlins new stadium —  on the 4th, with the Cardinals…

  20. Keith Law did NOT like “Moneyball”

    Sep 14, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    Aaron had his review of “Moneyball” yesterday, and if you didn’t read it, you should. Today I link a counterpoint review: Keith Law’s.  It’s on his own site, not ESPN, so it’s free. I won’t give it away, but Law didn’t like it. At all.  And it’s not just some insider baseball geek takedown. He reviews…

  21. Matt Holliday could be gone for the season

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    We noted last night that Matt Holliday left the Cardinals-Pirates game with an injury to his right hand.  At the time it was unclear how serious the injury was, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that  Holliday “could be out most, if not all, the final two weeks of the season. Holliday…

  22. Photo of the Day: TK-421, why aren’t you at your post? TK-421, do you copy?

    Sep 14, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Ever notice in the “Star Wars” movies that the Stormtroopers never can actually hit anything? Really, they fire and fire, but they rarely if ever actually hit the target. No reason.

  23. Johnny Damon steals his 400th base

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Wakefield, Rivera, Damon … anyone on the Orioles or Jays hit a round number? Any other milestones to report in the AL East? Johnny Damon stole his 400th base in last night’s O’s-Rays game. That, combined with his 229 career homers, made him the ninth player in Major League history to reach the 200/400 club.  He…

  24. Mariano Rivera gets his 600th save

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    On the same night Tim Wakefield got his 200th win, Mariano Rivera got his 600th save.  As Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe observed last night, I guess that’s evidence that having a second pitch is overrated. It was a usual night’s work for Rivera. A one run lead, an overmatched offense, and — while…

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

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 4, Rays 2; Red Sox 18, Blue Jays 6:  Tampa Bay, you’re not adhering to the narrative. We all decided that you’d put the pressure on the Red Sox until Boston was literally burning and being looted with panic.  And you, Boston: you’re supposed to lose these games to Toronto due to trotting out…

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