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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Ken Rosenthal: “the Mets damn sure should keep Jose Reyes and David Wright”

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    MLB:  AUG 09 Braves v Mets

    Should the Mets let Jose Reyes walk? Should they trade him at the deadline? Or should they just go in the other direction and keep Reyes and try to unload David Wright? Such a hard set of decisions! Or maybe not, because after reading Ken Rosenthal’s latest, I’m having a hard time disagreeing with him:…

  2. Everything you ever wanted to know about the weather at Petco Park but were afraid to ask

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Petco Park

    I’m not a weather geek, buy my old man worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years, so I can speak their language.  And I’ve only been to San Diego a couple of times, but my brother lives there, so I can speak that language a little bit too.  So, of course, when there…

  3. HBT Daily: Answering some Twitter questions

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    And now those questions that did make the cut, including one led me to answer with a bleeped profanity for the first time ever!

  4. Major League Baseball to end its investigation into Dodgers finances one week after next payroll comes due

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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

    Why is it that I have this feeling that MLB would have ended its investigation into Dodgers finances this week had Frank McCourt not managed to make payroll on May 31st? Anyway, here’s Shaikin: The commissioner’s office hopes to conclude its investigation into the Dodgers’ finances by June 22, a person familiar with the matter said…

  5. Will the Mariners cap Michael Pineda’s innings?

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Buster Olney raises that question this morning, noting that Mariners’ rookie Michael Pineda has thrown 70 innings so far this year and that, before this year, his high was 139.1.  The question he asks is whether the Mariners might cap his innings at some transitional step up — like, say, 170 innings — so as…

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

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    The video version is coming later — you’ll want to watch it because I drop some Mormon theology on you, brotha — but for now, here are the ones that didn’t make the video cut: Q: Bruins or Canucks? Charlestown Chiefs. I’m pretty big into the Federal League. Q: On the hipster scale, how much more…

  7. Let’s watch Terry Collins’ post-game rant

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Earlier we talked about it. Now let’s watch it!

  8. Josh Hamilton is trying to quit the dip

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton is trying to drop a nasty habit: Josh Hamilton made a decision early Wednesday morning before he arrived at Tropicana Field. He is trying to quit using smokeless tobacco. “Today is the first day,” Hamilton said before the Rangers’ series finale with the Rays. “The Holy Spirit … I kept waking up last…

  9. Loving Sterling and Waldman

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Sterling Waldman

    From the Wall Street Journal: How I learned to stop worrying and love John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman: … for sheer radio listening pleasure for the casual fan, I don’t think anybody beats the Sterling-Waldman duo. Their style is conversational rather than testosterone-crazed; it’s almost overheard, as if you were eavesdropping on their tête-à-tête from…

  10. The Giants produce an “It gets better” video

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    It Gets Better.bmp

    For those unaware, the “It Gets Better” Project is an Internet-based initiative designed to reach out to kids who are being bullied because they’re gay or because they’re perceived to be so. The idea: for adults to convey to kids that, no matter how bad things may be at the moment, things do get better at…

  11. A-Rod’s PED-implicated cousin is still travelling with him on road trips

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    AlexRodriguezAP

    The Daily News reports today that Yuri Sucart, Alex Rodriguez‘s cousin, who was said to be A-Rod’s drug mule back when he was taking PEDs, is travelling with him on the Yankees’ current road trip.  They report that he’s made several trips with A-Rod in the past couple of years despite the fact that he…

  12. Terry Collins blows up after Mets loss

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    I had this headline coming in August, not June, but hey, the early bird gets the rage-induced aneurysm. This is less notable for what Collins actually said than because it is, by far, the biggest Mets managerial outburst since that time last year when Jerry Manuel put down the book he was reading, readjusted his…

  13. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    hangover breakfast

    What you missed while watching the Stanley Cup Final. You were watching the Stanley Cup Final, right?

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

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:45 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 2, Mariners 1: I, for one, welcome our new Adam Jones overlords. Jones was the hero of the day, hitting what proved to be the game-winning home run and making an absolutely sick, sick catch. Royals 2, Angels 0: No one did bupkis until the bottom of the ninth when Jeff Francoeur reached on a…

  15. Adam Jones may have made the play of the year

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Adam Jones catch.bmp

    Not much else to say about it other than “watch this.” Over the shoulder. On the run. Into the wall. Wow. That pic is from right after he caught it.  It reminded me of this:  

  16. Aramis Ramirez leaves game after taking a grounder to the face

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Is it just me, or is a lot of this going around lately? Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez left today’s Cubs-Astros game after taking a grounder off the bat of Chris Johnson squarely to the face. He has a lip laceration and will be checked out for a concussion and stuff, but he seems OK.…

  17. Red Sox reliever Rich Hill leaves today’s game with forearm injury

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    rich-hill-red-sox

    Red Sox reliever Rich Hill came in to today’s White Sox-Red Sox game to face Adam Dunn, threw seven pitches and after the seventh grabbed his left arm in pain.  He was lifted from the game. As of a few minutes ago the Red Sox are referring to it as a “forearm injury.” Hill is,…

  18. Initial AL All-Star voting released. Derek Jeter and five other Yankees leading at their positions

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    jeter grimace

    As was the case yesterday with the NL All-Star voting, it’s too early to really argue about this stuff, but it’s not like that has stopped us before. And given that Derek Freaking Jeter is leading the All-Star voting at shortstop right now, at least some complaining is warranted.  Really Yankees fans? Really? Aren’t you…

  19. Get used to Bartolo Colon-style stem cell procedures, because they’re going to explode in popularity

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Dr. Damon Noto, who is one of five doctors in the United Statess who performs stem cell procedures like the one Bartolo Colon got before this season was on WFAN yesterday. When asked if we’re going to see a lot more of this kind of thing he said you can bet your bippy on it: “Absolutely.…

  20. Quote of the Day: a fabulous explanation of the interplay between stats and baseball’s human element

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Over at the Angels blog Halos Heaven, they’re interviewing their own writers so that readers can get to know them.  The man who goes by the name of Suboptimal was asked about his thoughts on the “stats vs. chemistry” debate. Or, as I took his answer to mean, the interplay between statistical analysis of baseball…

  21. HBT Daily: What we talk about when we talk about someone being overrated

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I — and my new glasses, which are kind of weird, I’ll admit — discuss Sports Illustrated’s “most overrated” list

  22. “Moneyball” starring MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Moneyball

    I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other when it comes to either (a) MLB.com’s Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel; or (b) press box etiquette. But I do really like this story for some reason: Moneyball comes out 09/23. When filming in press box at OAK last year one KC reporter refused to move…

  23. Folks are doubting Bartolo Colon

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Bob Klapisch writes about Bartolo Colon and the stem cell procedure he received.  He doesn’t go as far as John Harper did with Jose Bautista in terms of veiled accusations of PED use, but if you could find any evidence in his story that he believes Colon and his doctor when they say that Colon…

  24. The Mets’ attendance isn’t so rosy either

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Empty Citi Field

    We noted the Dodgers’ attendance problems a little while ago, but let’s not let the Mets off the hook either.  Nate Silver has a story about that in the New York Times with graphs and everything.  The key takeaway: you can’t simply blame the poor performance, because even if you control for that and other…

  25. The World Baseball Classic gets bigger

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Globe

    HBT is not exactly your go-to source for World Baseball Classic information.  I just did a search of the archives, and apart from random mentions of international players who may have once played in the WBC, the last two posts we had about the thing was (a) Joe Torre saying that managing in the WBC…

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