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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: Who is the King of Los Angeles?

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I discuss that, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, the Twins and the Braves

  2. Justin Verlander made an interesting pitch on Saturday night

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Verlander quick pitch.bmp

    I’ve gone on record recently saying that I really don’t know what a balk is anymore. But after my brain processed it for a minute, yeah, I think what Justin Verlander did on Saturday night against the A’s was a balk.  Verlander explained the play afterwards: “I went to go pick one and I didn’t…

  3. Joe Torre wants umpires to feel “part of the game.” What does that even mean?

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    bob-davidson-umpire

    Joe Torre is now MLB’s umpire czar, and he told Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times that he wants to change their relationship to the game: The former Dodgers manager who now serves as Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations said he wanted umpires to feel as much a part of the game…

  4. Baseball players and bad music go together

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Guthrie_Jeremy

    Two items caught my eye this morning that make me realize how bad things have gotten with ballplayers and their love of bad music. First is a post by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, detailing the walkup (and walkout) music of the Cleveland Indians. The takeaway: the vast majority of Indians like very bad music.  There are…

  5. Ryan Franklin has probably lost his job as Cardinals’ closer

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    franklin_ryan

    The Cardinals have a day off today so Tony La Russa has some extra time to think about it, but it seems pretty clear that Ryan Franklin‘s time as the Cardinals’ closer is over. Or hell, maybe it ended yesterday and we just didn’t notice it. I mean, in a 1-0 game in the ninth…

  6. The difference between the Bonds and Clemens trials

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The New York Times has an article up this morning in which various legal experts talk about the differences between the Barry Bonds trial and the upcoming Roger Clemens trial. Both are for perjury and both are about steroids, but the folks the Times spoke with believe that the fact that Clemens is accused of…

  7. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Still lots of random shifting around given that the first batch of rankings were based on early season weirdness. I figure that from here on out we’ll see things start to stabilize a bit more. Well, except for maybe the Royals/Indians thing, because that can’t hold. Um, can it?  As usual, last week’s rankings in parenthesis.…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    It seemed like all that happened this past weekend were injuries. And in one case a friggin’ death. How depressing.

  9. Photo of the Day: ESPN really misses football

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    I caught this during last night’s Rangers-Yankees game.  No word if Washington said that he was going to make some adjustments at halftime and recommit to the ground game or whatever the hell it is that “head coaches” say to sidelines reporters.

  10. Frank McCourt takes a $30 million loan from FOX in order to meet payroll

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    FOX used to own the Dodgers. At this rate, they’re going to own them again someday soon: Frank McCourt took a $30-million loan this week from Fox to meet the Dodgers’ payroll obligations, according to three people briefed on the arrangement. The arrangement is expected to cover the Dodgers’ expenses into next month … The loan marks…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Does anyone doubt that Matt Kemp is back?

  12. A link to a FAN-tastic Rickey Henderson story

    Apr 15, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Rickey Henderson #24

    It’s Friday, I’m out of gas, and the world of baseball news seemed to stop the moment Phil Hughes got sent to the DL.  It happens.  So before I seek out fermented beverages and switch between and among 15 baseball games this evening, I leave you with a link to a great story about Rickey…

  13. Lenny Dykstra arrested for bankruptcy fraud

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    I for one am shocked.  If by “shocked” you mean “totally not shocked at all, not even in the slightest”: U.S. prosecutors Friday charged famed baseball outfielder Lenny Dykstra with bankruptcy fraud. According to a statement by prosecutors, Dykstra was taken into custody at his Encino home Thursday night. The charge relates to fraud Dykstra allegedly…

  14. Looking ahead to the Mets vs. Braves

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    I went on Ted Berg’s Baseball Show over at SNY.TV this afternoon to help Ted scout the Braves in advance of  the Mets-Braves series. I used the phrases “atrocious,” “terrible” and “sink hole” to describe the Braves’ play of late, so that was fun.  I also made two pretty bad errors: 1. I called Fredi…

  15. An MLB task force is in L.A. to assess Dodger Stadium security

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Earlier today I wondered what the Dodgers would do once the security theater on display at Dodger Stadium would run its course. Bill Shaikin reports that MLB is wondering too, and has sent a security task force to assess the situation. It’s a six-man crew led by MLB exec John McHale, Jr.  They’ll be on-site all…

  16. Legal experts weigh in on Barry Bonds’ post-trial strategy

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    A lot of people have been asking in the comments recently about whether the somewhat inexplicable jury verdict against Barry Bonds will be overturned, vacated, appealed, whatever. I’m not a criminal procedure expert so the specific mechanics relating to a trial judge’s ability to set aside a jury verdict are a little amorphous to me,…

  17. Brian Giles wins the lawsuit in which there were nothing but losers

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Brian Giles

    We mentioned the ugly civil suit between Brian Giles and his ex-girlfriend the other day. The one in which the girlfriend sought millions in a breach of contract claim from Giles, claiming that he promised to take care of her financially following their breakup. There were also competing claims of domestic violence, fraud and all…

  18. Justin Duchscherer’s depression is pretty damn serious

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    duchscherer poses

    Those of us who haven’t had mental illness touch our lives can’t really relate to it too well.  I understand, intellectually, what clinical depression is, but I don’t understand it practically. And so when I hear things like “Justin Duchscherer suffers from clinical depression” — as I did in late 2009 — I didn’t really…

  19. And now another edition of “Pete Rose wasn’t as bad as steroids users” theater

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Rose horizontal

    You knew this was coming, because it’s trotted out by someone whenever a big steroid user is in the news for something. This time it’s Paul Daugherty of SI regurgitating the semi-annual “Why should Pete Rose be punished more than steroids users” column. Which is fine as far as subject matter goes, because I think…

  20. Fredi Gonzalez continues to bat Jason Heyward sixth

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    I told myself that I wasn’t going to get too upset about the Braves batting order because batting order doesn’t matter a great deal, but I’m only human, my biggest fanboy crush of a baseball player continues to be left on the basepaths because no one behind him can drive him in and, dammit, I’m…

  21. Happy Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jackie Robinson

    April 15th is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut.  Tons of players will wear #42 in his honor today (which I don’t much care for, but that’s another rant).  That dude down at that university in Georgia or Florida or wherever will issue his annual report about minority participation in baseball (which I…

  22. Don’t get too excited about replay yet

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Cuzzi Mauer-thumb-250x165-2271

    Yesterday word got around that Major League Baseball was going to expand replay.  We should probably just say that they’re maybe leaning that way. Here’s the official word from MLB: To clarify, the Special Committee for On-Field Matters discusses many issues, but no decisions have been made regarding instant replay. Which makes sense. The Special…

  23. HBT Daily: Now with more Ozzie Guillen rants!

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I look at the weekend ahead, including the Rangers-Yankees, Indians-Orioles and Ozzie Guillen at the end of his rope.

  24. Photo of the Day: Coco Crisp kicks it old school

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Oscar Gamble nods approvingly. Says “now grow it bigger.”

  25. Man who won’t make Hall of Fame says what hat he wants to wear on his plaque

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    I like Johnny Damon as a player. He’s had a nice career. He’s the archetypal Hall of Very Good guy.  The HoVG’s Mt. Rushmore* could easily have him, Mark Grace, Jack Morris and, I dunno, Vada Pinson on it.  But a Hall of Famer?  Eh: It stinks that [3,000 hits] might be my only chance [at the…

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