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Craig Calcaterra

  1. An in-depth look at team defense throughout baseball history

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Evaluating defense in baseball continues to be a work in progress. We’re way better off than we were even a few short years ago, but it remains a tricky and often subjective undertaking, with most people not being able to say much more about the topic apart from “that guy plays good defense” and “that…

  2. The Rays were totally grunge the other night. Well, not really.

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    flannel

    As we’ve mentioned before, Joe Maddon has taken to having the Rays play dress up when they travel. Sometimes they wear suits, sometimes they wear camo, sometimes they wear 70s disco stuff.  You get the idea.  Hey, gotta do something to arrest the boredom of travel. I mean, you can only read SkyMall so many…

  3. Nine of 30 teams in violation of MLB’s debt rules

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    On the one hand, this sounds alarming: Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that nine of baseball’s 30 teams are in violation baseball’s debt service rules. The teams: Dodgers and Mets — duh — as well as the Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals. On the other hand, it’s hard to say what…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:49 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    What a dead night for baseball. Only six games plus the day tilt in New York. All night my Twitter feed was filled with people talking about the NBA (15%) and the damn spelling bee (85%).  And between the two of those things I don’t think there’s any more human misery possible to unleash on…

  5. Players of the month announced

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Not a ton going on this afternoon, so hey, let’s pass along press-released news! MLB has announced its players, pitchers and rookies of the month. In the NL it’s Jay Bruce, Jair Jurrjens and Justin Turner, respectively.  In the AL it’s Jose Bautista, Jeremy Hellickson and … Jeremy Hellickson. They also announced a reliever of the…

  6. The Pirates choke away a 7-0 lead, lose to the Mets 9-8

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    There has been some ugly baseball played in this Pirates-Mets series, and today may have been the ugliest. The Pirates had a 7-0 lead after three innings. The Mets’ comeback began conventionally enough with a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran. Then things got smaller and slightly unconventional in the sixth, with New York scoring runs…

  7. The “A-Rod’s cousin-gate” scandal is over

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Rodriguez_Alex

    This morning the Daily News reported that Major League Baseball was looking into the fact that Alex Rodriguez‘s PED-connected cousin, Yuri Sucart, was travelling with A-Rod and staying at the team hotel.  Everything is fine with that, however, says MLB’s Executive Vice-President Rob Manfred, who spoke with ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson: “Our position is, we…

  8. Rich Hill will need season-ending surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    rich-hill-red-sox

    Yesterday we saw Rich Hill leave the White Sox-Red Sox game after grabbing his left arm. Today the worst fears have been confirmed: Pete Abraham reports that Hill will need season-ending surgery.  The exact diagnosis is unknown, but the MRI he received yesterday confirmed that the injury was serious. Probably a ligament/Tommy John thing. Hill was…

  9. 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:…

  10. 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…

  11. 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!

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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!

  16. Josh Hamilton is trying to quit the dip

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    hamilton_josh

    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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?

  22. 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…

  23. 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:  

  24. 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.…

  25. 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,…

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