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Craig Calcaterra

  1. That one guy was right! It was Theo Epstein at the Starbucks!

    Oct 25, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Theo Epstein was just introduced as the new President of the Chicago Cubs. There’s a press conference going on right now and Epstein is saying all manner of press conferency things. I’m sure we’ll have more about that later, but we felt the need to break away to report on the bombshell that was dropped.…

  2. Chris Carpenter seems to have forgotten one of those unwritten rules he cares so much about

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Last night, after giving up a homer to Adrian Beltre, Chris Carpenter retired Mike Napoli on a long fly out to end the sixth inning.  After the fly ball, Carpenter appeared to yell multiple expletives at Napoli. Expletives that begin with the letter F and which seem to say “Good sir, you may have thought…

  3. A treasure trove of Philadelphia A’s records has been uncovered

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Image (3) 408px-Connie_Mack3.jpg for post 5422

    Old Gator alerted me to this fascinating development. It seems that some old records — including accounting ledgers, business records and 15 canisters containing 16 mm films — belonging to the Philadelphia A’s and dating from 1915-1954 have been uncovered. They were retrieved out of a dumpster years ago, then sat in a garage and…

  4. MLB: Frank McCourt looted the Dodgers of $189 million

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    The implication from Major League Baseball has always been that Frank McCourt extracted many millions from the Dodgers, but they’ve never truly called it “looting” and they’ve never given an exact dollar figure.  Until now anyway. Bill Shaikin: For the first time, Major League Baseball put a specific number on the amount it alleges Dodgers owner Frank McCourt took out of…

  5. Tony La Russa explains last night’s bullpen insanity

    Oct 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    I don’t know what really happened with Tony La Russa and the Cardinals’ bullpen last night. I suspect that La Russa made some mistakes or was slow to get to the phone or something because the explanation of a miscommunication on the bullpen phone is just really hard to understand. I’m not saying La Russa…

  6. What we talk about when we talk about Michael Young

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Barring him hitting the World Series-winning home run or something, this is the last thing I’m writing about Michael Young for a while. And really, I’m not even writing anything about Young himself here. I’m mostly just quoting Gregg Doyel, because even though I believe that he and I are on different sides of the…

  7. Farewell, Red Sox Nation

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Theo Epstein will be introduced as the new President of the Chicago Cubs later today.  This morning he wrote an op-ed goodbye to Red Sox Nation in today’s Boston Globe. The whole thing is here, and it’s nothing short of fantastic. Epstein talks about his love of the Sox from his youth, the joy of…

  8. Tony La Russa cost his team Game 5

    Oct 25, 2011, 6:50 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa pulls relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski after he gave up a two RBI double to Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli in the eighth inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    When it comes to the managerial matchup in this World Series I was right and wrong. First the wrong part, which I wrote last Wednesday when comparing Tony La Russa and Ron Washington: A managerial mismatch? No way. At least not one that will determine the course of this World Series. Inasmuch as Game 5…

  9. We’ll be live-chatting Game 5 tonight

    Oct 24, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    chat

    We’re experiencing the best World Series in a good nine years, so let’s make sure we all experience it together.  Tonight we’ll be doing the live chat thing, starting around game time. Your master of ceremonies will be D.J. Short, who, truth be told, is better at this live chat business than the rest of…

  10. I’m struggling to see how Pujols’ big World Series changes his free agency plans

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    File this under not-so-deep thoughts, but for the past couple of days a lot of people have been asking how much money Albert Pujols has made himself on the free agent market due to his big World Series. And I can’t help but wonder why it changes anything. As Jon Heyman writes today, there are…

  11. The lovable, anachronistic bullpen phone

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    bullpen-phone

    I was barricaded deep within my fortified compound for the weekend, cut off from most forms of media. So this now makes — I think — the third neat story that ran in the New York Times over the weekend that I had missed and that I’m now seeing. It’s about how dugouts are one…

  12. Japan goes to a standardized baseball

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    baseball

    From the Department of Stuff I Never Ever Thought About and Even Now Have Trouble Believing, the New York Times had a story over the weekend about the baseballs used by NPB teams, and how — until this year — Japanese teams have all been able to use different suppliers for baseballs. In addition to…

  13. HBT Extra: It’s probably time for C.J. Wilson to show up

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Tiffany and I talk about last night, tonight and all of those animals that escaped in Ohio last week. Well, I do anyway. Tiffany looks at me like I’m an idiot. Which is fair.

  14. Welcome to the Michael Young-hater club, Joe Posnanski!

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    I’ve gotten a lot of crap over the past week or so for daring to suggest that Michael Young may be less than Hall-of-Fame-worthy and may be less of the leader that his fan club down in the Metroplex make him out to be.  Saying you want to work someplace else every time someone asks…

  15. Dueling quotes of the day: Joe Torre and Dirk Hayhurst on replay

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    Joe Torre was asked about replay yesterday. As usual, he worried about how it might affect the pace of the game: “To me, it’s more the flow as opposed to how long it takes,” Torre said. “The game has a certain rhythm to it that you don’t really want to disrupt on a regular basis.”…

  16. Thanks, Red Sox! MLB to consider a ban on alcohol in the clubhouse

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    generic beer

    This is why we can’t have nice things: Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, told reporters before Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series that MLB is considering banning alcohol in clubhouses and that he plans to look deeper into the Sox’s drinking on the job. Allow me to say this: I don’t have…

  17. Last night’s game beat the NFL in the ratings

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    old TV

    There is much surprise and discussion among the commetariat that Game 4 of the World Series topped Sunday Night Football last night. Preliminary results have baseball drawing a 10.1 in the ratings, the Saints-Colts an 8.2.* But before we get lost in jocularity, let me just say that if the ratings didn’t matter when baseball…

  18. How might we measure how great a series is?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    JONES

    I said last night that this World Series is shaping up to be a classic. But how do I know? In my case, my gut. At some point while watching Derek Holland make the Cardinals look more foolish than he does with his mustache, it just struck me that I’ve been watching something special.  But…

  19. The most inevitable thing in the history of things

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Obvious

    I wasn’t online tweeting last night, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it that I called this headline by the fifth inning. This one is from the Daily News, but I’ll bet it was used in a good dozen papers this morning: (photo taken by Ted Berg; a man who…

  20. So who pitches Game 7?

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    Game 3 on Saturday night will always be remembered for Albert Pujols‘ ridiculous performance, but in the short term, it may be more significant for what it meant for the starting pitchers — Kyle Lohse and Matt Harrison — each of whom was terrible. It’s significant because this series has all of the hallmarks of a…

  21. There will be no word on Theo-compensation for a few days

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox and Cubs will not discuss compensation for Theo Epstein until at least after Tuesday.  That’s the day each team will hold a press conference, the Cubs to introduce Epstein and Jed Hoyer, the Red Sox to announce the promotion of Ben Cherington to the GM chair.…

  22. A reporter’s suggestion of umpire bias was way out of line

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 3 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We finally have a situation in which I feel that an umpire and Joe Torre are worthy of being defended after an on-field screwup and in which I found myself nodding my head in agreement with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. First base umpire Ron Kulpa screwed up on Saturday night. There’s no mistaking that. Rangers…

  23. We have a classic on our hands

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    When do you know that a classic World Series is afoot? We certainly know it when it’s over. But at what point as it’s happening can one safely say that, yes, we’re seeing something special? The kind of series that only comes along once or twice a decade? Something memorable? I’m prepared to say that…

  24. Beer in the clubhouse and the dugout? In Yankee Stadium? Yes!

    Oct 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    generic beer

    The beer drinkers in Boston? Amateurs. Pikers. For real beer drinking, you gotta read this New York Daily News story about the Yankees, based on reports from “insiders”: According to one of the insiders, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens would routinely drink beer on the dugout bench when they played for the Yankees, passing back and forth what Giambi called…

  25. The saga of the Lake County Fielders

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Lake County logo

    Remember back in July how we wrote about the Lake County Fielders? That independent team that had the announcer quite on the air after ripping the organization a new one? And had a player boycott when the team didn’t pay them, leading to crazy stuff like Jose Canseco pitching? Well, today Don Babwin of the…

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