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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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:…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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)

  13. Easily the worst story you’ll read today

    May 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    PNC Park

    Last month an usher from PNC Park was found dead in his car by the side of the road, having apparently died on his way home from a Pirates game. Yesterday, Pittsburgh police filled out the story a little bit, and it’s awful: Police say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of robbing a PNC Park usher and…

  14. Jose Reyes shows his stuff to the Giants

    May 4, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v New York Mets

    The Mets lost, but it wasn’t a bad night for Jose Reyes last night: he reached base six times, three on hits, three on walks. As Eric Simon of Amazin’ Avenue noted last night, that was the second time Reyes had done that in his career, and it was the tenth time a Met player had done…

  15. Terence Moore doesn’t believe that Cal Ripken is the true consecutive games played record holder

    May 4, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    I recently had the opportunity to speak with a pretty significant voice in the game about baseball records, accomplishments, history, legacy and that sort of thing. During our conversation, the idea of who “The real home run king” truly is came up. While we didn’t agree on all of the issues that went into that —…

  16. The Dodgers can’t meet May payroll

    May 4, 2011, 6:57 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers do not have enough cash to meet payroll through this month. At least not the second round of it which comes due at the end of the month. In April he got a $30 million loan from Fox to make ends meet. With Major…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 4, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Drew Butera, Francisco Liriano

    Twins 1, White Sox 0: The no-no! Francisco Liriano came into the game with a 9+ ERA and his job on the line and he didn’t allow a hit.  It wasn’t the most dominant no hitter you’ll ever see. He walked six guys, only struck out two and threw 123 pitches, but it doesn’t really…

  18. UPDATE: Frank McCourt took calls from Dodgers fans; didn’t help himself

    May 3, 2011, 8:56 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

    UPDATE: It doesn’t sound like Frank McCourt changed any minds during his radio hit today. According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts, McCourt basically said everyone is lying about him: “If the stuff that was written about me was true, I wouldn’t trust me either” Except that most of the stuff that has everyone hating…

  19. Police Report: Shin-Soo Choo blew a .201 on the breathalyser

    May 3, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Courtesy of my friend Vince Grzegorek at Cleveland Scene, here is the entire police report for Shin-Soo Choo’s arrest early yesterday morning. It has the details of the traffic stop (note: police didn’t notice his driving until he stopped to ask them for directions home).  It also has the details of his field sobriety test,…

  20. Milton Bradley suspended for one game for Saturday night argument

    May 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    On Saturday, Milton Bradley was ejected for an animated argument with umpire Todd Tichenor following what appeared to be a blown call by Tichenor involving a play at first with Miguel Olivo. After his ejection — which was based on whatever he said to Tichenor — Bradley had to be restrained by Mariners’ third base…

  21. Shin-Soo Choo was arrested for DUI yesterday

    May 3, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    We have scant details as of yet, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Shin-Shoo Choo was arrested for drunk driving early yesterday morning in suburban Sheffield Lake, Ohio, west of Cleveland. UPDATE: MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that Choo blew more than twice the legal limit.  Paul Hoynes reports that Choo stopped…

  22. Players think Shin-Soo Choo is baseball’s most underrated

    May 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    Being underrated is a tricky business. The more underrated you become, the more people note how underrated you are, and thus the more people try to emphatically make your case for being better than people think and thus the quicker it is that you become overrated.  Ask Ben Wallace how this works. Or the city…

  23. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter’s slow demise edition

    May 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    What we’re seeing with Derek Jeter is not unprecedented. But the size of that precedent is so great that it leads to even more scrutiny than there would be if this were totally new.

  24. Jim Crane is the sole bidder for the Astros

    May 3, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    Last we heard of Drayton McLane’s efforts to sell the Astros, he was speaking to three potential bidders. The only one whose identity we knew was Jim Crane, the Houston businessman who (a) at one time a couple of years ago tried to buy the Astros; and (b) last year almost landed the Rangers in…

  25. Can Brandon Belt play third base?

    May 3, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    belt pose

    Observed: The Giants have the second-to-worst offense in the National League, scoring only 3.54 runs a game. Observed: By virtue of the Pablo Sandoval injury, their starting third baseman is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .211/.245/.295. Observed: Brandon Belt, who they sent down to Fresno last week, is hitting .517 with two homers four doubles,…

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