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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Angels voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Angels logo

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted a few minutes ago that according to an ESPN poll (which he didn’t link but which I don’t think we’re missing), the Anaheim Angels have been voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball and the fourth best in all of professional sports. Lots of unknowns here,…

  2. Baseball has apparently done some stuff to combat the dangerous shattering bats thing

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Colvin getting impaled

    This article has a lot in it about woodworking and “slope of grain” and stress resistance and stuff and I really stop being sharp at around this time of the afternoon so I can’t really parse it too well.  But this seems like the upshot to me: MLB employs TECO, a certification and testing agency for wood…

  3. Deep Thoughts: Prince Fielder free agency edition

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Over at ESPN Chicago there’s a big story up titled “Report: Prince Fielder Open to Cubs?” Setting aside the notion that a question — “Prince Fielder Open to the Cubs?” — is not a “report,” is it not the case that Prince Fielder not ruling out a potential team in his upcoming free agency is…

  4. Trevor Cahill is on a serious skid

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Trevor Cahill

    The White Rabbit — fabbo nickname by the way, if it is indeed his nickname and not just his warm up music — is struggling. Big time. As Paul Gutierrez reports at CSN Bay Area, Cahill has gone 0-5 with a 5.67 ERA in his last seven starts. Last night’s game was one of his worst.…

  5. Holy crap, Adam Lind killed a baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    lind_adam

    I mentioned Adam Lind‘s walkoff, 11th inning homer from last night’s Jays-Orioles game in the recaps. But I just now saw the highlight. Mercy me, did he destroy that ball. He and Koji Uehara just seemed to silently tell one another. “Yep.” Matt Wieters hit one a mile too, but I think Lind’s went farther.…

  6. Must-click link: Explaining Jose Bautista

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jose Bautista

    We’ve seen several lazy passes at explaining the phenomenon that is the late-blooming Jose Bautista. Most of them — empty “gee-whiz” musings at best, veiled PED accusations at worst — start from the proposition that Bautista came from out of nowhere and started hitting home runs like some kind of freak. But Jose Bautista is…

  7. The Cubs are having a street fair outside Wrigley Field. Sort of.

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Wrigley Field

    The Cubs had intended to shut down Sheffield Avenue outside the ballpark for nine days — nine days! — to have a big street fair with bands and food and all kinds of hubub, beginning this weekend to coincide with the Yankees coming to town.  Due to local displeasure at the disruption of traffic and…

  8. Scott Kazmir got rocked by minor leaguers. Again.

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Kazmir_Scott

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Or the time before that. Or the time before that.  But yeah, it happened again: Scott Kazmir gave up six runs on five hits in an inning and two-thirds, while walking three and hitting a batter. The competition: a Sacramento team which can’t have much of an…

  9. Ned Colletti: players use disabled list as “a couple weeks’ vacation”

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    Ned Colletti was on KABC radio in Los Angeles yesterday, and seemed to question the legitimacy of some Dodgers’ players recent trips to the disabled list: “Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a…

  10. Cole Hamels left last night’s game due to back tightness

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Things you don’t really see when you just read the box score (and when you’re not following Twitter because you’re planning your weekend getaway): Cole Hamels may have pitched brilliantly last night, but he also was taken out of the game in the eighth inning due to back tightness. A big deal? Probably not. Hamels…

  11. The Braves slicked down the infield to mess with Jose Reyes

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Well, we don’t know for sure that they did that, but it seemed kind of obvious that the infield dirt was overly moist and muddy last night as the Mets-Braves game got underway. The reasonable inference: that they did it to slow down Jose Reyes, who said that he had never seen infield dirt that…

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

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:21 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers

    Look, you can get your game recaps lots of places, but if you want them with both (a) juvenile sexual innuendo; and (b) F. Scott Fitzgerald references, you got no choice but to stick with your Uncle Craigy, see?

  13. Derek Jeter goes on DL with calf strain

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    jeter grimace

    6:00 p.m. EDT: After failing to talk his way out of the assignment, Jeter was placed on the disabled list by the Yankees, putting the chase for 3,000 hits on hold for at least 15 days.  Eduardo Nunez will take over as the team’s shortstop.  Ramiro Pena was called up to serve as a utilityman.…

  14. Derek Jeter is trying to talk his way out of going to the disabled list

    Jun 14, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Usually this stuff is done before 4PM on a game day, but as of 5PM, the decision on whether or not Derek Jeter is going on the DL has still not been made. The hitch: Jeter is apparently trying to talk his way out of going, because, well, he’s Derek Jeter and Derek Jeter can’t…

  15. Is the realignment issue really a gambit to make the DH universal?

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    I’ve read several articles in which writers are at least somewhat positive and accepting of the recent realignment idea that has been floated. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote the first meaty counterargument today, and it’s a pretty comprehensive one. I’m not sold on every argument of course — I really don’t care…

  16. Greg Anderson asked to stop coaching youth baseball

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Remember a few weeks ago when we learned that convicted drug distributor and reluctant Barry Bonds witness Greg Anderson was coaching a youth baseball team? Yeah, not anymore: A Northern California youth baseball league has barred Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer from coaching his son’s team. The president of the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association says Greg…

  17. Scouting night owls is the new market inefficiency. Well, not for the Cubs.

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Alarm Clock

    File this under one of those things that should have been obvious but wasn’t. Or at least wasn’t because I never thought about it: researchers did a study of baseball players and found that players who classify themselves as morning people do better in day games and night owls do better in night games. There’s more subtlety…

  18. Moneyball is dead. Long live Moneyball.

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Moneyball

    Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than when something bad happens with the A’s and some clever wag — often a print sports journalist who still bases his Cy Young vote on wins — makes some crack about “well, I guess “Moneyball” isn’t helping anymore, huh?” This is usually followed by chuckling, snorting and…

  19. The dirt on Jim Crane

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Jim Crane

    Over at Forbes, our friend Maury Brown lays out the Jim Crane dossier, as he Mr. Crane prepares to take over the Astros. It’s a good read, containing many of the things we’ve talked about before. For example, the old deal with Drayton McLane that fell through. His dalliance with the Rangers last year. The…

  20. Astros fire their pitching coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:29 PM EST

    Astros logo

    The Astros have announced that they have fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg. He is being replaced by an interim: Doug Brocail, who if you put a gun to my head I probably would have guessed was still pitching mopup duty for someone out west because I tend not to track guys like Doug Brocail very well.…

  21. HBT Daily: Now let’s declare some NL teams dead

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Yes, one of the dead ones was my NL Central Pick. We’re just gonna have to deal with that.

  22. Great Moments in Perspective and Priorities: Nationals COO Andy Feffer

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Nationals Park

    Nationals COO Andy Feffer on a new element to Nationals Park: “I’ve been to stadiums and ballparks all over the country, and without a doubt I’ve never seen anything like this. I think it will become the iconic, defining element of Nationals Park, the thing people leave and say, ‘Did you see that?’” If the…

  23. The Marlins tell Logan Morrison to put a lid on it

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is famously outspoken, both in interviews and on his Twitter feed. To date the Marlins have been wary but generally OK with it, but that changed last week after Morrison went on about how the team was upset after hitting coach John Mallee was fired: Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison has…

  24. Meet Mrs. Met

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Mr. Met Love

    I didn’t know there was a Mrs. Met.  I also didn’t know that she married Mr. Met.  And despite learning all of this just now, I find myself sad that they ended up getting a divorce. If two baseball-headed mascots can’t make love work, what hope do the rest of us poor schmucks have? (note:…

  25. The Diamondbacks do not want to move to the American League

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    I missed this yesterday, but apparently there had been a report that the Arizona Diamondbacks could be an alternate candidate to move to the American League in that whole move-the-Astros-to-the-AL realignment gambit.  Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, however, that the Dbacks wouldn’t be terribly interested in that.  And, for that matter, Diamondbacks CEO…

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