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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Denny McLain arrested on a fraud beef; sun rises in east

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Denny McLain

    You may want to sit down for this — and I understand if you choose to simply not believe it — but former Tigers ace Denny McLain was arrested at the Canadian border yesterday on an outstanding warrant related to fraud charges stemming from some bit of unseemliness down in Louisiana. Yeah, I know. I…

  2. HBT Extra: Yesterday’s Twitter questions today!

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    You asked me questions on Twitter. I answered them yesterday. But we saved them until today so we could talk about the Angels yesterday. Cool?

  3. Must-click link: what’s the next baseball movie gonna be?

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I mentioned yesterday that if “Moneyball” makes a bunch of dough that Hollywood — being what it is — will likely try to go back to that well as many times as it can.  One candidate would certainly be the Tampa Bay Rays story, working off of Jonah Keri’s “The Extra 2%.”  But really, there…

  4. No one does self loathing like Boston does self loathing

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Every city has a unique vibe when it comes to bad baseball news.  A lot of cities do the panic thing with some local  flavor or another. Many others simply tune out and look to another sport like football or hockey to take their minds off things. If the Yankees are doing poorly there’s usually…

  5. The Indians are getting the band back together tonight

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    I mentioned earlier that I’m going up to the Cleveland-Minnesota game tonight.  Some people asked me why on Earth I would do that. Well (a) it’s baseball and baseball is wonderful; and (b) there’s some to-do afoot tonight regarding Jim Thome. Specifically, the Indians will honor Thome with a special ceremony, complete with a presentation…

  6. Tim Lincecum does not want a long term deal

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lincecum cap

    It seems like he’s been playing forever, but Tim Lincecum still has two more go-arounds in arbitration. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, however, that unlike most pitchers, Lincecum doesn’t want a long term deal: “It’s just easier for me mentally not to have to put that kind of pressure on yourself,” he said. “Not that…

  7. Miguel Cabrera will play third base if the Tigers make the World Series

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    And these visions .. of Mickey Stanley … still conquer my mind … Miguel Caberea hasn’t played third base since 2008 and hasn’t played it regularly since 2007, but if the Tigers make the World Series this year, that’s where he’ll be playing when Detroit travels to Atlanta, er, I mean the National League park. Why?…

  8. The AL wild card tiebreaker could be bananas

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    bananas

    Whenever there is an outrageously wild game going on — usually college basketball, but sometimes baseball too — my friend Amanda Rykoff of espnW tweets that it’s “bananas.”  I wouldn’t dare speak for her, but I think she would agree that the AL wild card tiebreaker has some serious bananas potential. If two teams are…

  9. Moneyball and Rob

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    Rob Neyer has a good post up this morning. It’s his impressions of “Moneyball.” Not a review — he doesn’t presume he can tell us what to think about a movie — but his reflections.  And they’re well worth your time. Why? Because, as Rob notes, he provided a bit of assistance to Michael Lewis…

  10. Justin Verlander IS NOT single-handedly carrying the Tigers into the playoffs

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez

    Before I say what I’m gonna say, please understand: I do not think an MVP vote for Justin Verlander is silly. It is not an outrage. This is one of those years where there are multiple defensible choices and the arguments for some candidates I wouldn’t personally support are nonetheless totally valid.  Verlander may win…

  11. Matt Kemp has a shot at the triple crown

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    At the outset, I’d like to remind people that I saw Matt Kemp play in a spring training game back in February, observed that he was in great shape and hustled his ass off even though he was with a decidedly B-squad Dodgers team that day and that he looked primed for a big season.…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:49 AM EDT

    New York Mets v St Louis Cardinals

    Mets 8, Cardinals 6:  Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, the Mets saved the Braves’ bacon, at least for another day. The Cards had a 6-1 lead after seven, but the bullpen — obviously channeling April — blew it. Or La Russa blew it with the parade of relievers and intentional walks to load the…

  13. Alec Baldwin sells baseball caps by peeing on John Krasinski’s floor

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    I’m not sure how Alec Baldwin peeing on your living room floor is supposed to sell baseball caps, but then again, I never really have understood advertising. Maybe this is genius. Ah, screw it. I’d watch Alec Baldwin in just about anything, so here you go. And don’t get offended at this: it’s purely fiction. I…

  14. What should one do with ignoramuses like Jason Whitlock?

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jason Whitlock

    If you want to read a dumb, reactionary column about how statistics have ruined sports and that people who use statistics should “STFU,” by all means, go read Jason Whitlock’s latest thing over at Fox.  Just know ahead of time that it  is aggressively stupid, profoundly lazy and provides no insight whatsoever.  Even if you hate…

  15. Leo Mazzone retracts the John Smoltz pine tar allegation

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    Yesterday Leo Mazzone kinda sounded like he admitted that John Smoltz used to put pine tar on baseballs.  Today he kinda sorta retracted it. His comments on WNNX radio in Atlanta today: “We were trying to have some fun on the air and in trying to have some fun somebody took a story and ran…

  16. The Dodgers can still spend freely this winter

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    Well, “freely” may be a relative term — they may not want to spend much money — but nor are they likely to be prohibited from doing do by the bankruptcy court: The Dodgers’ status as a bankrupt company should not prevent owner Frank McCourt from offering big contracts this winter, according to parties involved…

  17. The Marlins place Leo Nunez on the restricted list

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez

    UPDATE: Word now is that this is not a disciplinary matter. Rather, Nunez is returning to the Dominican Republic to attend to a personal matter of some kind.  Either way, it seems his season is over.  Here’s hoping the personal matter isn’t too ugly. 2: 59 PM: There are no details yet, but the Marlins…

  18. Bryan Stow is talking

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    As time goes on, this is far less of a baseball story, but so many of you have continued to ask and voice concern about Bryan Stow’s condition, that I feel it worthy of providing updates from time to time. The latest: Stow’s family has posted an update of his condition on their website. And…

  19. HBT Extra: Where did the Angels come from?

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the Angels’ arrival in the wild card chase

  20. Ryan Howard: elite player, or league average guy?

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    No, I’m not inviting you guys to have that debate here for the 100th time this year.  I’m merely directing you to The Hardball Times where Brad Johnson and John McCann debate the matter more formally than we are accustomed to doing. There’s numbers there and stuff. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  21. Lance Berkman, Cardinals agree to a one-year deal

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    Earlier this week Lance Berkman said that it was all about the money. So the Cardinals came through with the money: they’ve agreed to a one-year deal. The terms have not been disclosed, but some people are tweeting around that it’s a $12 million deal. We’ll update if and when that number is confirmed. Which…

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

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    I’d say there were approximately 50 questions on the theme of “why do the Braves suck?”  Please forgive me for not answering them all. Q: Why do the Braves suck? Because we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.…

  23. Vlad Guerrero wants to play two or three more years

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vlad Guerrero has been hitting the ball well lately, leading the charge as the Orioles have done a damn fine job of playing spoiler in the American League wild card race.  Also, as Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun points out, he’s three hits behind Julio Franco for the record of most hits for a…

  24. The Blue Jays have a new logo too

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Blue Jays logo

    A day after everyone hated on the Marlins allegedly new logo, another logo leak has occurred. This time it’s the Blue Jays, and Paul Lukas of UniWatch has confirmed it’s legit. I like the return to the old school bird. The splash of red from the maple leaf has always bugged me whenever the Jays…

  25. Chuck Knoblauch: “a man both buoyed and wounded by the game of baseball”

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Knoblauch

    We haven’t heard much about Chuck Knoblauch in the nine years since he retired from baseball.  He was named in the Mitchell Report and had to testify in front of a grand jury about it, but otherwise, he’s been an invisible man. Today there’s a feature story on him in the Star-Tribune.  It’s not the…

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