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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Acrimony! A family seating dispute erupts between the Cards and Brewers

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    There is a good bit of acrimony between the Cardinals and the Brewers. Brewers fans think Albert Pujols and that whole operation in St. Louis is lousy, two-faced and low-rent (adjectives which actually filled my inbox from Brewers fans in recent weeks).  The Cardinals think much the same about the Brewers. Or at least Nyjer…

  2. Great moments in media synergy: Red Sox fat photos

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    The Boston Globe certainly made the biggest news yesterday with all of that chicken and beer stuff — it was ludicrous, really — so it’s no surprise that they’re gonna stay on that story until its greasy, tasty end. To that end: a photo slide show in which you can compare spring training pics of…

  3. Mark Kotsay in center field: that was an interesting choice

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mark Kotsay is unable to reach an RBI double by St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    When the lineups came out yesterday and Mark Kotsay was listed as the Brewers’ starting center fielder, well, let’s just say that the Internet did not approve. Yes, Nyjer Morgan was struggling and yes Kotsay has had some success against Chris Carpenter in a tiny sample size. But really? The same Mark Kotsay who played ten…

  4. All kinds of ugly: Miguel Cabrera getting thrown out at home last night

    Oct 13, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers baserunner Cabrera is out at home plate as Texas Rangers catcher Napoli makes the tag in the eighth inning in Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Can we just pretend the bottom of the eighth inning in last night’s Tigers-Rangers game didn’t happen? For those of you who missed it, with one out, Miguel Cabrera came up to bat.  For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Ron Washington had, to that point, been pitching to Cabrera with men on base, getting burned…

  5. UPDATE: ALCS Game 4 finally underway

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    UPDATE: It’s damp in Detroit, but Game 4 of the ALCS is officially underway. 5:54 PM:  We not have a start time of 6:30.  It has stopped raining, so this may actually be a go. 4:50 PM: Now it’s set for 5:45.  And by “set” I mean “that’s as good a guess as they got…

  6. Tweet of the Day: The Red Sox must have been doing it wrong

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Fried chicken

    It’s been a pretty neat day in baseball. Well, that is if you can call all of this post-facto recrimination stuff going on in Boston “neat.” I sure can, but then again, I sort of love chaos. Anyway, this tweet from FanGraph’s Matt Klaassen pretty much sums up my thoughts on the whole matter: Amen.

  7. MLB goes to court over last year’s leaked team financial documents thing

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    Remember back in August 2010 when Deadspin posted a bunch of leaked financial documents from the Pirates, Rays, Marlins, Angels and other teams? And how it showed that no matter whether we think of a team as “rich” or “poor,” they all make gobs of money and employ all manner of fun accounting tricks to…

  8. That “Yankees lack killer instinct” stuff? Eh, not so much.

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Killer whale

    That Bob Klapisch “the Yankees lack killer instinct” article from this morning? The one which he cited the Yankees’ abysmal record in 2011 when trailing after seven or eight innings as evidence for said lack of killer instinct? Yeah, IIATMS pretty much debunks that. Quick: does anyone know if the Yankees ate chicken and biscuits in…

  9. “Written in the stars ….”

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    I was getting tired of the those “Legends are born in October” ads, but MLB finally came out with one that really speaks to me.

  10. It’s gonna be a wet night in St. Louis

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    It seems like every time we have a good pitching matchup Mother Nature decides that we’re not worthy of it, throws some rain down and forces us to endure Middle Reliever And Fifth Starter Theater. Looks like that’s on tap for tonight in St. Louis as the Gallardo-Carpenter duel will almost certainly be interrupted by…

  11. Curt Schilling has a good point about that big Red Sox story

    Oct 12, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Schilling

    There has been a lot of talk in the blogosphere and Twitterverse today about that Boston Globe story in which anonymous Red Sox sources basically tear Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and multiple Sox players a new one. Whether its use of anonymous sources was the right thing to do. Whether it had actual value or…

  12. Ryan Howard had surgery today

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    ryan howard ap

    Matt Gelb reports that Ryan Howard had surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon this morning. The recovery time is unknown, though lots of people have been suggesting that it’s a solid six months.  I certainly wouldn’t bet the farm on him being in the Opening Day lineup right now but I suppose stranger…

  13. Jim Crane to be approved in mid-November

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    We’ve heard so much back-and-forth on whether or not Jim Crane is going to be approved as the owner of the Astros and when that it’s hard to know what to believe anymore. But when Peter Gammons says it all matter-of-factly like this, it rings true: Houston ownership change expected to go through in mid-November,…

  14. The Yankees’ problem? Lack of “killer instinct”

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Killer

    That’s Bob Klapisch’s view in his column this morning anyway. A-Rod and the Yankees couldn’t get a key hit against Joaquin Benoit or Max Scherzer last Thursday because, well, they just couldn’t will it to be so: The past-era Yankees had a ferocious trait that couldn’t be quantified. It was an intangible expectation of victory…

  15. As the leaves turn, the “let’s contract the Rays” talk begins anew

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    I feel like I spent half of last offseason debunking the notion of Major League Baseball contracting a team, be it the A’s or the Rays or whoever. It’s an easy notion to debunk when you actually think about what contraction of a franchise would entail. Just off the top of my head it would…

  16. Theo Epstein in Chicago: Can he break a second curse?

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    The first thing most people thought when the rumors of Theo Epstein possibly joining the Chicago Cubs began to circulate was “can he do it again?”  Can the man credited with ending baseball’s most famous world championship drought end baseball’s longest?  Now that Epstein and the Cubs have a deal, it’s worth taking a look…

  17. The Phillies want Domonic Brown to play another year of Triple-A ball

    Oct 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Phillies Brown drops his bat and helmet at the plate after striking out in their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    From hope-for-the-future to organizational guy?  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday that he’d like outfielder Domonic Brown to spend another full season at Triple-A. Brown certainly hasn’t busted out in his 280 major league plate appearances, but man, he’s 24 now and he has never truly been given the chance to have a big…

  18. Report: Theo Epstein agrees to a five-year deal with the Cubs

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    John Dennis of WEEI just reported that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has agreed with the Cubs on a five-year deal worth more than $15 million. This is a huge moment for the Cubs.  Franchise-altering. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. The Cubs and Red Sox still have…

  19. Victor Martinez expects to play today

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Tigers’ DH Victor Martinez tweaked his oblique when he hit that home run in the fourth inning of last night’s game.  But he told the Detroit Free Press last night that he expects to play in Game 4 this afternoon.  Well, most likely anyway: Q: Are you positive you’ll play tomorrow (this afternoon’s Game 4)? A:…

  20. The 2011 Red Sox: “a story of disunity, disloyalty, and dysfunction like few others in franchise history”

    Oct 12, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    There’s a long and rich history of the folks in the Red Sox organization casting blame, settling scores and throwing people under the bus after things have gone sideways on the field.  It’s been a subdued dynamic for the past several years as success and a new professionalism has asserted itself, but with Terry Francona…

  21. Stepping up: the Tigers’ big guns give them new life

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    It’s an overused cliche — I know, because I’ve overused it — to say that a team has to have someone “step up” when things go poorly.  I guess what makes it most objectionable is the notion implied in the term itself that a player can simply choose to perform better. To “take a step”…

  22. TBS’ Ernie Johnson is attending to more importmant matters

    Oct 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ernie Johnson

    Ernie Johnson is TBS’ first-team baseball guy, but he’s been absent from this postseason due to his son’s illness.  Today’s USA Today has a story detailing what Johnson and his family are dealing with.  It’s heart-aching stuff. Keep a thought in your heart for Johnson and his family.

  23. Great Moments in Denial: Shaun Marcum edition

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum bobbles a bunt from St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 2 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    If you hadn’t watched last night’s game, and instead, simply read the quotes from manager Ron Roenicke and last night’s starter Shaun Marcum in this Tom Haudricourt blog post, you’d think that Marcum and the Brewers lost a 4-3 game in the late innings or something: “He left the ball up to Pujols in the…

  24. “The sausages don’t talk. It’s one of the basic rules of racing meat.”

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Sausage races

    We all know and love the sausage races at Miller Park, but I’m guessing there are a lot of New York Times readers who have made quite the point of structuring their lives in such a way as to have the races’ existence and nuances elude them for the past 20 years or so.  So…

  25. Selig: expanded playoffs coming, but maybe not next year

    Oct 11, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Commissioner of Baseball Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the opening pitch before the start of Game 5 of the MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoff in Milwaukee

    When Bud Selig talks to reporters he usually runs thought three or four things and then walks on. He did that last night in Milwaukee. Here are the things: Labor negotiations are moving along just swell. There is no timetable or deadlines for implementing a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expires…

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