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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: Taking your questions

    May 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    This time, rather than read them to myself, Tiffany reads them. This is much better.

  2. Matt Stairs notches career pinch hit number 100

    May 5, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    I was paying attention to Matt Stairs more closely to see when he’d get his first hit at all this season. Little did I know — until I read Adam Kilgore’s story in this morning’s Washington Post anyway — that the hit he had in last night’s game was his 100th career pinch hit. Strange…

  3. Josh Thole taught his dog sign language

    May 5, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    josh-thole-mets

    I guess a catcher would be good at signs. Thole, considered a cornerstone to the Amazin’s rebuilding, has taught a deaf pooch named Picca – owned by he and his wife, Kathryn – to understand sign language. The 24-year-old backstop said his Maltese-poodle mix caught on pretty fast. My cat doesn’t come when you call him.…

  4. Be sure to forget to watch Jack Morris and John Smoltz talking Game Seven on MLB Network this Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Lonnie Smith

    I sure know that I’ll forget to watch it! MLB Network’s MLB’s 20 Greatest Games continues on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET when Jack Morris and John Smoltz join series hosts Bob Costas and Tom Verducci to discuss Game Seven of the 1991 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, which is ranked second in the series. In a showdown featuring two teams that…

  5. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    May 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    Later today, HBT Daily will feature me answering reader questions submitted via Twitter. Now: the questions that didn’t make the cut for video.

  6. Shocking: Brandon Lyon may have shoulder problems

    May 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    brandon-lyon-astros

    Here’s a question: if you’re a pitcher who is struggling, do you actually prefer it if you realize that it may be because of injury? Is the alternative — you just don’t have it anymore — even scarier? I’ll almost certainly forget that question between now and the next time I’m talking to a real…

  7. Josh Willingham, Curtis Granderson are bringing the charitable noise

    May 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Willingham_Josh

    After a day of dealing with Luke Scott and John Rocker it’s something of a palate-cleanser to talk about this stuff: Alabama native and resident Josh Willingham has been pitching in big-time to help the victims of last week’s tornadoes. His wife is back home on the ground helping out. Meanwhile, he has been collecting donations…

  8. Controversy in Tampa Bay: Joe West strikes again

    May 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, there was some serious controversy brewing in last night’s Jays-Rays game. And wouldn’t you know it, Joe West and his crew were at the middle of it. Watch the play that sparked it here.  The original call on the field was that Adam Lind — who was pulled…

  9. Major League Baseball to Frank McCourt: Don’t blame us, pal!

    May 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s talking point lately is that his financial problems — which threaten the Dodgers’ ability to meet May payroll — are Major League Baseball’s doing inasmuch as MLB won’t approve his TV deal with FOX. That line is nonsensical enough on its face and divorced from widely-reported facts, so it’s understandable that no one…

  10. Red Sox, Angels take over seven hours to get through last night’s game

    May 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    The time of play was “only” five hours. Tack on a two and a half hour rain delay, however, and it pushed the end of this game to 2:45 AM.  By the end of it all there was hardly anyone in the stands,* the Angels announcers were wearing wrestling masks and Daisuke Matsuzaka was taking the loss…

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

    May 5, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves 8, Brewers 3; Braves 8, Brewers 0: A day the Brewers would like to forget. The Braves scoring eight runs is rare enough, but doing it — in the first game at least — with no homers is even more rare for this station-to-station team. Tim Hudson threw a 102-pitch one-hitter in the nightcap,…

  12. Tom Schieffer’s to-do list for the Dodgers

    May 4, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Josh Fisher of Dodger Divorce has a guest column up over at ESPN today in which he outlines what the new Dodgers’ Lord Protector Tom Schieffer needs to do in order to restore order at Chavez Ravine. It’s a pretty exhaustive list. But , for the purposes of the outside observer who is more interested…

  13. Baseball to seek increased discipline for off-the-field incidents

    May 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    In the wake of baseball’s sixth DUI arrest this year, a spokesman for Major League Baseball said today that the league will attempt to seek the option to discipline players involved in off-the-field cases — like DUI — when labor contract talks begin after this season. “Right now what we do with the union is…

  14. After today’s debacle, Brandon Lyon is probably gonna lose his job

    May 4, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    brandon-lyon-astros

    Brandon Lyon had already blown three saves in seven tries entering today’s game against the Reds. After his work today, however, it would not be shocking to see him not get another chance for a long time. The Astros led the Reds 2-0 entering the bottom of the ninth. Astros pitchers — led by Aneury…

  15. Ozzie Guillen: “we suck”

    May 4, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen was Ozzie Guillen in his pregame availability a few minutes ago.  And, as is always the case, there was a refreshing lack of polish in his comments about the tail-spinning White Sox. Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports: “I’m not making any excuses: We suck … Maybe our players don’t feel the same way,…

  16. Did you see Brandon Phillips’ through-the-legs play last night?

    May 4, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Phillips_Brandon

    I usually look for neat video from the previous night’s games in the morning but I neglected to today. Just got to it and found this gem from Brandon Phillips against the Astros last night. All of the announcers say it was “behind the back” but it was more through the legs, really. Either way,…

  17. How Yogi Berra saved Jerry Springer

    May 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Berra watches players during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    Well, a Yogi Berra jersey anyway. Whatever. This is just weird: Jerry Springer’s mom used to dress him up as an English schoolboy, complete with the shorts. And there as a good reason for that: the family had just emigrated from England and they figured that’s what everyone did in New York in 1950. Unfortunately they didn’t,…

  18. Hensley Meulens is going to be an astronaut. Kinda.

    May 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Just heard this one:  A disc jockey, a pilot, a baseball player and a supermodel all get shot into outer space. The disc jockey says to the supermodel, “hey, come here often?” and then she says … Oh. Wait. It’s not a joke, Here’s MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, reporting on Hensley Meulens’ wild ride: He went…

  19. HBT Daily: Gleeman and I talk about Liriano and the Twinkies

    May 4, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Keeping the discussion in-house today, as Aaron and I talk about last night’s no-hitter and the Twins’ chances in a heretofore lost 2011 season.

  20. John Rocker is going to publish a memoir

    May 4, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    John Rocker

    Between Luke Scott and this wacko, I have the crazy beat covered today, no? Anyway, Jeff Shultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that John Rocker, seemingly unable to persuade any of the big publishing houses to give him a deal, is self-publishing a memoir this summer. That should be illuminating reading. Attention anyone who has…

  21. Luke Scott on Obama’s birth certificate: “Anybody can produce a document”

    May 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Scott_Luke

    That sound you hear is Luke Scott‘s agent and most of the Orioles’ front office simultaneously slapping their hands to their foreheads in exasperation as they read Sam Mellinger’s column in today’s Kansas City Star. You know, the one in which Luke Scott continues to be a birther despite the release of Obama’s birth certificate:…

  22. Photo of the Day: Philly welcomes back Jayson Werth

    May 4, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    All accounts I’ve heard of the Nats-Phillies game last night had Jayson Werth being quite warmly received by the Philadelphia crowd in his return to Citizens Bank Park.  Some initial boos based on intertia and habit, I presume, but those melted away when Werth tipped his hat to the crowd. Or it’s possible that those…

  23. Sunny days favor the pitchers

    May 4, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    If it truly is always sunny in Philadelphia the Phils are going to have a better year than we thought, because that stuff favors the pitchers: It turns out that batting averages go up when the sun ducks behind a cloud, according to a new study that looked at thousands of major league baseball games…

  24. His name was Brandon Kalantzis. His name was Brandon Kalantzis.

    May 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Drunk idiot.bmp

    No, not Robert Paulson. Brandon Kalantzis, the dude who got totally destroyed after running on to the field at the Red Sox game on Monday night.  And now he tells his tale. And yes, he’s almost exactly what you’d suspect him to be like. Go Sox, indeed. (h/t to Buzzfeed)

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