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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Sheriff Joe Arpaio to use the All-Star Game to draw attention to himself

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Joe Arpaio

    For those of you who are unaware, Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  He’s famous for being a shameless self-promoter, having branded himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” doing things like putting prisoners in tents, demagoging the illegal immigration issue and all manner of other stuff. This stuff isn’t mere harmless grandstanding, however, inasmuch as…

  2. Anti-Frank McCourt letters removed from Dodgers bankruptcy case file

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    I saw this the other day but didn’t comment on it because I figured it would be reversed, but apparently the clerk of the bankruptcy court considering the Dodgers’ case had accepted a handful of fan letters into the official case file. They were anti-Frank McCourt letters, essentially saying “we want our team back, please…

  3. Comment of the Day: Remembering Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Sunset

    We got a comment a few minutes ago from a friend of Shannon Stone, the man who died at the Rangers game last night: I am an old friend and classmate of Shannon.  I have known the man for 35 years, ever since we were in Kindergarten and elementary school together, running in the same…

  4. The Dayton Dragons are about to sell out their 815th straight game

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    Dayton Dragons

    Hey Red Sox Nation: your sellout streak is nice. In a quaint, small-scale kind of way. One day, if you’re truly committed, you can show devotion like the fans of the Dayton Dragons have done for the past 11 years. Eleven years in which they have sold out every single home game. That’s 815 games…

  5. HBT Daily: Tiffany and I talk about announcers

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    We all have stuff we love and stuff we hate when it comes to baseball announcers. But I’m not sure any of us really agree on what’s good and what’s not.

  6. Are the Royals are too cheap to buy replica Negro Leagues uniforms?

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    Paige

    Joe Posnanski once wrote about how, roughly ten years ago, the Royals decided not to buy Negro Leagues replica uniforms for their Negro Leagues tribute day — like every other team that runs such a promotion — because they didn’t want to pay the $20K or whatever it would cost to do it. Lately that…

  7. Why wouldn’t the Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie?

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    It seems like Orioles’ starter Jeremy Guthrie has been a named candidate for a midseason trade since sometime during the Nixon administration. And he fits the bill: a good starter but no ace, playing for a team that isn’t going anywhere and not yet expensive.  Heck, a lot of teams would like to have someone…

  8. And now a few words about comments at HBT

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    megaphone

    A bit of housekeeping. This time about comments. One thing I take a bit of pride in is that, for a large website, our comments are pretty good. Oh, sure, there’s some jackassery going on below the fold in every post — and if you simply don’t like comments on blogs on general principle, the…

  9. Shocker: The Angels call up Mike Trout

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Mike Trout doesn’t turn 20 for another month.* But as of today, he’s a major leaguer. We certainly weren’t expecting that so soon. But with Peter Bourjos suffering from a hamstring injury and the surging Angels merely a game back of the Rangers in a surprisingly competitive AL West, the front office in Anaheim apparently…

  10. More details on the death of Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    General view shows area where fan was seriously injured after falling over railing in outfield bleachers while trying to catch ball in Arlington

    More details are available this morning on the death that occurred at the Ballpark at Arlington last night. The man’s name was Shannon Stone. He was a 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood, Texas and, sadly, as preliminary reports noted, he was at the game with his young son, who watched the accident happen. According to this Associated Press…

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

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:03 AM EST

    Travis Hafner

    Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Carlos Villanueva threw six shutout innings. Too bad he couldn’t stay in to throw more, because the Indians rallied like crazy in the ninth with an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and then the big shot: the Travis Hafner walkoff grand slam. That’s some serious dramatics right there, babies. Almost enough…

  12. Mariano Rivera won’t play in the All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:48 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees

    In perhaps the least surprising All-Star Game-related news you’ll hear all week, Mariano Rivera has bowed out of the All-Star Game due to his wonky triceps. Tricep. No, triceps. Man that looks weird. Anyway, given that he hasn’t pitched for a few days and given that, no matter what the folks at MLB will have you…

  13. Edinson Volquez gets sent down to AAA. Again.

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    volquez getty

    I wonder what the record is for an Opening Day starter getting sent down to the minors in a single season.  It’s happened to Reds’ Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez twice now, so he’s probably in the running for that dubious mark. Volquez has had a bear of a year. He’s sporting a 5.93 ERA…

  14. Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams: 1929-2011

    Jul 7, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Dick Williams

    Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who led the Oakland A’s to two of their three 1970s World Series championships and led the 1967 Red Sox and 1984 Padres to pennants, died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Las Vegas today. He was 82. In 21 years of managing, Williams won 1571 games…

  15. Report: The Yankees have a “strong interest” in Sean Burnett

    Jul 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    burnett_sean

    I’m not gonna say that the trade market is going to be a bit dry this month, but when the Sean Burnett is being coveted by a contender, well, that kinda tells ya something. Whether he really is being coveted is debatable, of course. You know how these thing go at this time of year.…

  16. Columnist bashes Carlos Zambrano for flying to Guatemala to adopt a baby boy

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    One could reasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for various things he’s done while suffering from a bad back. Gotta be careful and everything, because his health is important. One could also unreasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for the way he handles himself while he’s recovering from his injuries.  This bit, from…

  17. HBT Daily: In which I go off on Aquaman. Like, seriously go off on Aquaman

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

    And watch as a totally perplexed Tiffany wonders who she did wrong in a past life to be stuck talking to a nerd like me every day.

  18. Jose Reyes: out three weeks

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    We knew he is likely going on the disabled list today, but — via Jorge Arungure’s tweet — Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that team doctors have told Jose Reyes that his bum hamstring will cause him to be out three weeks. Reyes has been out since straining the hammy on Saturday against the Yankees.…

  19. Baseball could be back in the Olympics by 2020

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    Olympic Flag

    As I’ve written before, international baseball competitions like the WBC don’t really hold my interest. But I may have a professional interest in this: the International Olympic Committee announced that baseball, among a few other sports, is being put under evaluation for a return to the Olympics effective for the 2020 games. This could be…

  20. Bankruptcy judge sides with MLB over McCourt

    Jul 7, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    There will be lots of rulings in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case, but the first major one came today: the judge said that Major League Baseball does not have to turn over the metric-butt-ton of documents Frank McCourt sought in his motion the other day. The document issue itself is kind of boring, but the overall…

  21. Curt Schilling: “There isn’t a team in the last 20 years that has won clean”

    Jul 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

    Schilling

    You may be shocked to hear this, but someone put a microphone in front of Curt Schilling yesterday and he decided to say some stuff that made him sound all authoritative and above it all. Crazy, I know! Anybody who ever says performance-enhancing drugs didn’t help players produce offensive numbers is full of crap.” And with…

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

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    The Question

    Yesterday President Obama had a Twitter town hall thing. Big deal. I do that every Wednesday night. I get way better questions and, if I may say so, give way better answers.

  23. A-Rod may sit out the All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez was voted in as the starting third baseman for the All-Star Game, but he may sit it out in order to rest his ailing knee. I expect to hear a number of injury-themed bag-jobs on the All-Star Game in the coming days. It always happens and people rarely raise an eyebrow about it.…

  24. Your Roger Clemens chuckle of the morning

    Jul 7, 2011, 10:22 AM EST

    Roger Clemens departs with his wife Debbie Clemens after the first day of his perjury trial, at the federal courthouse in Washington

    I find this funny for some reason. Under the headline “Clemens not getting a lot of love from jury pool” comes a report that, really, it has not been all that hard to find people who don’t know the first thing about The Rocket: So far the pitcher hasn’t gotten a lot of love from…

  25. The new Madoff-Wilpon judge makes the Mets’ prospects look a whole lot brighter

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    I missed this in all of the McCourt crap last week — I really do only have so much brain space for legal/financial baseball news — but the case against the Wilpons and Saul Katz was moved from bankruptcy court into regular old court court, which was what Wilpon and Katz had wanted. And better…

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