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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Red Sox are “all over” Erik Bedard

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Man, they should really get off of him. He gets hurt so damn easily! Of course, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi may be speaking figuratively here, suggesting that the Sox are eager to make a deal for the Mariners’ lefty. The Mariners are certainly preparing for such a thing, as Rosenthal and Morosi report that…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    The Question

    My video setup downstairs has been borked all week thanks to a basement flood. I think we’re all fixed now, but there are some little problems with it, so HBT Daily continues to be on hiatus. But never fear! Even though I started the Twitter questions thing for the HBT Daily segments, I have way…

  3. Now that Beltran is gone, everyone wants … Ryan Ludwick?

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Ludwick_Ryan

    We figured that everyone looking for a bat at the deadline would wait until after Carlos Beltran got moved to swoop in for the second tier.  That seems to be happening at least with Ryan Ludwick, as Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies, Braves, Reds and Indians are all interested. Maybe the Indians is old information…

  4. David Einhorn’s buy-in to the Mets is almost done

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    The likelihood of David Einhorn completing his deal for a minority share of the Mets has been ebbing and flowing, but it appears to have finally flowed. Or, er, maybe it’s ebbed.  The good one, I mean, whichever that one is.  Screw it, here’s Richard Sandomir in the New York Times: The Mets’ deal to sell…

  5. The Red Sox are “very concerned” about Clay Buchholz

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

    buchholz getty wide

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are “very concerned” that Clay Buchholz is dealing with a structural issue in his back — perhaps a broken bone as opposed to the muscle strain currently listed as what’s ailing him —  and may not be back any time soon. This is trouble, and may…

  6. Carlos Beltran “the symbol of failed expectations”

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    You’d think that after he was actually traded that New York columnists would stop blaming Carlos Beltran for everything that’s wrong with the Mets.  But I suppose until he plays his first game with the Giants there’s still time to slam him as he walks out the door and pretend that he took more from…

  7. The Yankees like Hiroki Kuroda, but he likes L.A.

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Joel Sherman reports that the Yankees have been in “regular contact” with the Dodgers about starter Hiroki Kuroda.  Kuroda, however, told MLB.com last night that “My honest feeling is that I can’t fathom wearing another uniform than the Dodgers uniform right now.” And given that he has a full no-trade clause, he doesn’t have to wear…

  8. Get used to the “Roger Maris for the Hall of Fame” arguments

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Roger Maris

    At the Winter Meetings this December the Veteran’s Committee will be looking at players from the so-called “Golden Era” of 1947-72 for induction into the Hall of Fame.  One of the candidates for whom I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of agitating is Roger Maris. Via a link at Baseball Think Factory we are…

  9. Of course Colby Rasmus’ dad ripped Tony La Russa yesterday

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Colby Rasmus

    Here’s something you coulda set your watch to yesterday: as soon as Colby Rasmus was clear of the Cardinals, his father, Tony Rasmus, slammed Tony La Russa.  He claimed that, contrary to what La Russa says, he wasn’t working with Colby on his hitting. He thinks that La Russa is simply a control freak who…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 5:53 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

    Angels 3, Indians 1: The no hitter for Ervin Santana.  We told the story as it happened yesterday, broke out some analysis of it a bit thereafter and threw on some perspective a bit after that.  Most notable: man, I had no idea that the game started at noon, so it was the sixth inning…

  11. End of the road? The Nationals DFA Matt Stairs

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    The Washington Nationals have designated Matt Stairs for assignment in order to make room for Jonny Gomes. This saddens me.  Oh, it was inevitable — Stairs is 43 and is hitting .154/.257/.169 with no homers — but it strikes me that this may very well be it for the formerly-bemulleted one. Depending on how you count…

  12. Joe Torre, Major League Baseball tell us all to embrace “the human element”

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Meals blown call

    Major League Baseball just released its official statement on the blown call in last night’s Pirates-Braves game.  It’s from Joe Torre — Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations — and it’s reproduced in its entirety below.  Here’s the short version, though: “Blahblahblah we don’t care at all if games are blown because of crappy umpiring and we’re…

  13. The streak is over! Mariners beat the Yankees to stop the madness at seventeen

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    It has been a pretty trippy 14 or 15 hours in baseball.  We had the Jerry Meals thing in Atlanta, then the Rasmus trade, the Beltran (almost) trade and the Ervin Santana no-hitter.  More wild stuff has gone down since 2AM than usually happens in a month. Add a Mariners victory to it all, because…

  14. The Cubs tried to deal Carlos Zambrano to the Yankees

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Hey, if you don’t ask for something, no one is going to give you anything.  But sometimes it’s possible to ask too much. That seems to be the case with the Cubs who, with an admirable amount of bravery, asked the Yankees to take Carlos Zambrano off their hands recently. They were reportedly offering to…

  15. Lance Berkman is going to have an MRI on that shoulder

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman, who has been sidelined with a strain to his rotator cuff,  is going to have an MRI today. Berkman injured the shoulder on a swing Sunday and had to leave the game last night due to more trouble with it. The Cardinals and Berkman still think it’s nothing serious and are looking at…

  16. Ervin Santana no-hits the Indians

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:27 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

    UPDATE:  He did it!  Ervin Santana throws a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians! The one run allowed aside — unearned, of course — Santana was highly effective, striking out ten, flashing some electric stuff.  It was his 11th career start against the Indians — the team against whom he made his debut — and it…

  17. Report: Carlos Beltran going to the Giants

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    UPDATE III: The AP reports that the deal has been agreed to, pending Beltran signing off on it.  Assuming that Beltran gives his approval, it will become offical Thursday afternoon.  The Mets will send Beltran and $4 million to help cover his salary to the Giants in return for Wheeler. UPDATE II:  Now it’s being…

  18. Quote of the Day: Sergio Romo likes Obama

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Obama First Pitch

    Segio Romo met the President the other day.  He was impressed: “He’s a cool cat. He was more human than I thought he would be. I was definitely surprised how normal the president of the United States is. He wasn’t as tall as I thought he’d be, as a basketball-fanatic type of guy. But he’s…

  19. The Rangers think that Carlos Beltran is going to the National League

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Everyone has their ideas — or some excuses — about Carlos Beltran.  As we heard earlier, the Indians think that Scott Boras is controlling the process. We now learn that the Rangers think that Beltran has no intention of coming to the AL, and are thus downplaying their position in the sweepstakes. Elsewhere, Ken Rosenthal reports…

  20. Is Scott Boras “controlling the process” in Carlos Beltran trade talks?

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Boras thinking

    Strange tweet from Buster Olney a little while ago.  He says that the Cleveland Indians have walked away from talks with the Mets over Carlos Beltran because they are convinced that Beltan’s agent — Scott Boras — is “controlling the process.” Hmm.  On the one hand, if there is an agent who would try to…

  21. White Sox, Jays are “in serious talks” about an Edwin Jackson trade

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox are in “serious talks” about a deal that would send Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and a prospect. Why the Jays would want to go after a starter like Jackson is an open question given that they’re not in contention, but…

  22. The Pirates lodge an official — but impermissible — protest over the Jerry Meals call

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Meals blown call

    The Pirates filed an official protest with Major League Baseball over Jerry Meals’ call at the plate.  That’s nice and everything, but it should be and will be dismissed out of hand by Major League Baseball, because it is an impermissible protest under the rules. Here’s Rule 4.19 of the Official Rules: PROTESTING GAMES. Each…

  23. Seventeen straight losses and counting for the Seattle Mariners

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Losing streak

    We’ve gotten to the point where, yes, we will highlight every Mariners loss until they win a game.  And yes, when they win a game we’ll not that too. But for now, the ineptitude continues unabated.  Granted the schedule has been rocky lately, what with trips through Boston and New York, but they look like…

  24. Wait, Jerry Meals may have been right?

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Atlanta Braves

    I love Rob Neyer. I’ve written thousands of words about my man-crush on him over the years. And there’s no one in this business whose intellect and judgment I trust more. Really, if the Martians flew here to annihilate civilization but offered us one chance to save ourselves, and that chance involved the analysis of…

  25. Chase Utley hit an inside-the-park homer

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Utley inside the parker.bmp

    Inside the park homers aren’t exceedingly rare. They happen.  But, as I’ve said before, they’re often kind of anti-climactic.  A fielder misplays the ball, falls down or, worse, gets hurt, the ball rolls around forever and the batter makes it home standing up. A lot of inside the park homers would be called four-base errors…

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