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Craig Calcaterra

  1. If you like bald guys, root for the Dbacks tonight

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Towers

    The Diamondbacks head into San Francisco tonight with a six-game lead and the ability to all but put the defending champs away for good.  But, with nine straight wins under their belts, there are even greater things at stake: Arizona general manager Kevin Towers and club president Derrick Hall offered to sacrifice their hair if…

  2. HBT Daily: Handing out this week’s awards

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    These aren’t really awards, of course. Just our shoutouts. And I’m still struggling with the proper honoring gesture.

  3. Today is “can they put Roger Clemens back on trial?” day

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    For those of you following, Roger Clemens and all of the lawyers will be back in court today to argue over whether the government should be allowed to try him again. Or if, rather, the government will be held to have lost it’s chance to do so because they intentionally sought a mistrial because their…

  4. News Flash: promises of a publicly-funded ballpark driving economic growth don’t pan out

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    gwinnet

    I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. I mean, the first several dozen instances of taxpayer-funded sports facilities failing to deliver on the politicians’ promises of economic growth may have failed miserably, but I was certain that it was gonna work this time: The team’s poor showing has implications for Gwinnett taxpayers. The…

  5. Albert Pujols’ future in St. Louis: murky at best?

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to use that “murky at best” stuff every time I link an article at Grantland.  I’m hoping the fact that I’m friendly with Rany and Jonah and all of those guys will keep them from getting too mad at me for it, but you don’t get to choose your memes…

  6. The Cubs say Carlos Zambrano will not rejoin the team this season

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    zambrano getty wide

    The Cubs have announced that Carlos Zambrano won’t rejoin the team for the rest of the season They will, however, start paying him again on September 11th, which is when his time on the restricted list is up.  His grievance remains unresolved. So that’s this year. Whether he’ll ever rejoin the team is unclear.  Given…

  7. Must-click link: Yankee Stadium as Middle Earth

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    Most of our “Must-click links” are to longish feature stories or studies.  Not this one. It’s just to a picture.  But it’s worth your click. Genius. Pure genius.

  8. Yankees fans don’t mind watching four hour games at all, thank you very much

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    I didn’t watch the Yankees-Red Sox game for a number of reasons, but I can gather from the box score and what people are saying today that it was pretty thrilling.  And no matter what I think of the length of these affairs, I should probably just put a sock in my complaints.  Why? This tweet…

  9. Plan B for the Mets: multiple, smaller investors

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    With their $200 million cash infusion from David Einhorn scuttled, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are taking a different tack.  Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson report that they’re looking into selling smaller stakes “to people willing to invest perhaps $20 million each.” Hurm. Being a minority investor in a closely-held corporation is not great to begin…

  10. Jesus Montero makes an inauspicious debut

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    I was half-tempted to headline this “Is Jesus Montero a bust?” but even I have limits to how much I can troll people.  Fact is, though, that I bet there are people sitting in their apartments right now thinking that. Some folks get crazy when it comes to prospects. Especially Yankees prospects. But of course it…

  11. $1.2B bid for the Dodgers: “There are questions within the sports industry about whether this is a genuine offer”

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    My first reaction to yesterday’s news that Bill Burke and Chinese investors were offering Frank McCourt $1.2 billion for the Dodgers was that Major League Baseball would be jumping for joy.  It’s probably a good rule, however, to never be content to settle on your first reaction, because stuff that involves billions of dollars is…

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

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:46 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Cardinals 8, Brewers 4: Albert Pujols came up big — two homers including a grand slam — and the Cards swept the division-leading Brewers. Yes, that’s cool, but some perspective: Even if the Brewers go .500 in their remaining games the Cardinals would have to go 20-5 to tie them. Ten-game deficits are a lulu. Dodgers…

  13. Great Moments in Labor Relations: Keith Hernandez crosses picket line; gets taunted

    Sep 1, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Keith Hernandez

    In the places I grew up the unions were strong but the strikes, when they happened, were somewhat out of sight of our day-to-day lives. I mean, regular folks don’t have to worry about crossing a picket line at a Chevy truck plant or a coal mine when they’re just trying to go about their…

  14. Albert Pujols tells the Brewers: “no champagne for you just yet”

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    A ten game lead is a big freakin’ lead this time of the year. Even if the Cardinals were to sweep the Brewers in the present series and do so again when they meet in St. Louis next week, Milwaukee would still have a pretty good lead in the division. But ya gotta start somewhere,…

  15. Hey, look at the relief pitcher with the girly backpack!

    Sep 1, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    My Little Pony

    The New York Times has a story today about the trend of making the low-man on the bullpen totem pole carry the bullpen supplies in some children’s backpack.  Usually a girl’s backpack with My Little Pony or something on it.  It’s a hazing thing, of course.  Two observations: First, I hate that the alpha and…

  16. Frank McCourt offered $1.2 billion to sell the Dodgers

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Image (1) dodgers%20logo.jpg for post 3955

    Well, we weren’t expecting this. From out of the blue comes an offer — all cash — to Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers. It’s for $1.2 billion, and it comes from a man named Bill Burke. Burke, who is the founder of the Los Angeles Marathon, is backed by “certain state-owned investment institutions of…

  17. The McCourts sold one of their many, many homes

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    You know you’re in for some good McCourt extravagance porn when a sentence like “The smaller of the two homes — at 8,385 square feet -…” is involved.  That’s all followed by a ton of details about how the McCourts spend more money on housing and lawyers than your city spends on public schools in…

  18. Comment of the Day: Why are there so many Phillies fans around here?

    Sep 1, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Obviously the Phillies content around here has been nuts lately. It’s been driven, of course, by the fact that so many Phillies fans have migrated here in the past few months.  They’re active. They shoot me links or give me ideas for posts in their comments. And of course, knowing who’s reading, I’m more likely…

  19. Jays-Orioles crowd inconvenienced by car racing-related hubbub

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Camden Yards

    This is kind of a mess. Apparently the Baltimore Grand Prix is being run this weekend and this afternoon they’re closing streets and creating havoc to prepare for it.  Only problem: the Blue Jays-Orioles game that just got underway.  Someone I know is at the game and she tweeted about the sparse crowd. I’m guessing…

  20. HBT Daily: In which someone shows a little leg

    Sep 1, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    No. I’m not kidding. You wanna see this one, kiddos

  21. You asked me questions on Twitter. And I shall answer them.

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Question

    Today’s tweetbag is teed up and ready to go. Wait, I just used a golf term. I hate golf. And now I hate myself.

  22. Gary Carter was taken to the emergency room with blood clots

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Gary Carter

    While we don’t normally post a ton about the health of ex-players, there is a lot of Gary Carter goodwill out there and, because Carter’s family has been so forthcoming on their website and with reporters, there is a lot of information.  Feels weird to post about it all the time, but My feeling is…

  23. Theo Epstein says the only possible thing he can say about those Cubs rumors

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    If you’re Theo Epstein, there is absolutely no winning when it comes to answering questions about his job right now. Sure, the Cubs would love to have him. Anyone would.  But Epstein is running the Red Sox right now so if he even hints that he’s interested in the job, it’s going to be a…

  24. The Mets-David Einhorn deal is dead

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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

    We don’t have the details or the back story yet, but Richard Sandomir of the New York Times just tweeted that the deal in which David Einhorn was to purchase a minority share in the Mets is dead. This could cut a couple of different ways, really, but one distinct possibility is that Fred Wilpon…

  25. Ruh-roh: Jair Jurrjens is turning into a problem

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Jair Jurrjens was fantastic for the Braves in the first half, but since the All-Star break he has posted a 5.86 ERA in seven starts. His latest: getting knocked around by the Nats on Tuesday night. Mark Bowman of MLB.com takes a long look at Jurrjens in this article and observes that his velocity is…

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