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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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    Everyone knows that the Mets will be paying Bobby Bonilla deferred money until sometime in the middle of this century.  But what most people don’t know is that those deferred payments actually begin today! I was reminded of that by Ducky Medwick (not that Ducky Medwick) of the Deadballers website, who recalls the contract provision…

  2. HBT Daily: Lookin’ ahead to the weekend

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes in this one that we wore in yesterday’s edition. I’ll head off the rumor-mongering.it’s true: neither of us own washing machines.

  3. And now, a humble moment from Tony La Russa

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    People’s mileage tends to vary on Tony La Russa.  No one denies his success, but he does get criticized for his style. For example, he’s been accused of cultivating that whole “I am a baseball genius” thing, which grinds folks’ gears.  In fairness it isn’t anything he’s ever explicitly said, of course. It’s just an…

  4. The Angels are sued for racial discrimination

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Legal proceedings involving the Los Angeles baseball teams are the new black. Oh wait, that phrase may be misinterpreted and I may be dragged into this all now! A radio host formerly employed by the Los Angeles Angels has filed a lawsuit claiming he was dismissed for racial reasons. In a complaint filed in California…

  5. Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur has no time for the haters

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    “I’m on pace for 100 RBIs, 20 home runs and 40 doubles. I think I’ll take that. If the critics don’t like that, I don’t really care … I’ve always said if you play six months, you’re going to have one bad month …” – Jeff Francoeur, announcing that he intends to break established patterns…

  6. You can’t say “Buck Foston” in New Brunswick, New Jersey

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Varitek Arod

    Well, you can say it. You just can’t name your New York-centric sports bar that apparently: A New Brunswick businessman has filed suit in federal court, charging New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill is holding up approval of his liquor license for a new high end sports bar because he doesn’t like the bar’s proposed name…

  7. Must-click link: how team owners are allowed to lie about their financial losses

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Money Bag

    This is a basketball item in its genesis, dealing with the New Jersey Nets’ financial documents and inspired by the NBA lockout, but it is relevant for baseball and all other sports as well. Over at Deadspin, Tommy Craggs, using some older Nets docs, explains how team owners are allowed to list player salaries on…

  8. Joe Girardi considers a six-man rotation

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    I consider a lot of things. Ordering organ meats at a fancy restaurant. Growing a mustache. Driving to a natural disaster site and throwing my wallet and cell phone into some burnt or flooded-0ut rubble in order to provide sufficient cover for me to fake my death and start anew in some strange but carefree…

  9. Frank McCourt notices the depositions of Bud Selig, other MLB executives

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    One of the questions I keep getting asked by radio hosts and others is how the Dodgers’ bankruptcy differs from that of the Rangers or the Cubs.  My answer is that, unlike those bankruptcies, this is really an adversarial action more than a reorganizational kind of thing. This is the sort of reason why: Frank…

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:38 AM EST

    Giants Cubs Baseball

    Cubs 5, Giants 2: Just your standard hit-a-tying-homer-off-the-World-Champs’-closer-in-the-ninth/hit-a-three-run-walkoff-homer-in-the-13th-inning kind of game for the Cubbies. Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto did the honors on those homers, respectively. Another in a long series of wasted Matt Cain starts for the Giants. Tigers 5, Mets 2: Justin Verlander watched the Mets’ blitzkrieg from the dugout on the previous…

  11. Roger Clemens wants to call George Mitchell as a witness

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    George Mitchell

    There’s a lot about Roger Clemens’ legal strategy that I’ve never understood, so I shouldn’t be surprised when something new comes up that makes me want to scratch my head:  Former Sen. George Mitchell says Roger Clemens may call him to testify at his upcoming trial on charges he lied about drug use … Mitchell’s attorney…

  12. Nothin’ like a parade! In Phoenix! In July! At noon!

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Parade

    People keep asking me if I’m going to Phoenix for the All-Star Game.  I keep telling them no. A number of reasons, really. For one thing, I’m not really a proper reporter, so I’m not sure what I’d do there except get in everyone’s way while I did that “what the heck am I doing…

  13. The Dodgers bankruptcy case could, theoretically anyway, stretch into 2012

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    The judge in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case released a hearing schedule this afternoon, and it anticipates ten hearings between the next one on July 20th and the 10th one scheduled for  Jan. 25, 2012. Now, that doesn’t mean they’ll all be used, of course.  As has been reported, Major League Baseball is considering seizing the…

  14. Carlos Zambrano leaves game early with sore back

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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    I guess this is one of those posts where the headline is enough. But since I’m here: Carlos Zambrano left today’s game against the Giants in the second inning with lower back soreness. He had given up a run on two hits with two walks issued when he left. In other news, has it not…

  15. The Athletics trade Mark Ellis to the Rockies

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

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    The Oakland Athletics just announced that they have traded infielder Mark Ellis to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Bruce Billings and a player to be named later (the latter of whom seems to get traded A LOT!). Ellis has been a fixture at second base for the A’s since 2002, but he has fallen off…

  16. Cole Hamels leaves Sox-Phillies game early

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    Cole Hamels was cruising along quite nicely against the Red Sox this afternoon, having shut out Boston on two hits over four innings, but then he faced Adrian Gonzalez for the second time and Gonzalez hit a line drive off Hamels’ hand, which required him to leave the game. The good news: it was his…

  17. Must-click link: The collected sins of Frank and Jamie McCourt

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    We all know that Frank and Jamie McCourt have run the Dodgers into the ground. But their failure has been so massive and all-encompassing, sometimes it’s hard to remember the specific episodes of futility, incompetence and avarice. Thankfully, the Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness has put together a list of the top 50 sins…

  18. HBT Daily: Answering your questions

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    We’ve been off video for a week due to technical difficulties. But we’ve since found Tiffany and returned her to the basement, so we’re back with more HBT Daily!

  19. Kevin Youkilis to have an X-ray and a day off

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    I write the term “MRI” so much that writing “X-ray” feels like writing “ice box” or “dirigible” or something.  They still do X-rays, though I guess. Kevin Youkilis is getting one anyway. On his left foot, off of which he fouled a ball during last night’s game.  Youk — the kids in Boston call him…

  20. Red Sox designate Mike Cameron for assignment

    Jun 30, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Red Sox have designated outfielder Mike Cameron for assignment (UPDATE: those reports of an outright release have been walked back). It’s been a rough season for Cameron. He’s hitting .149/.212/.266 in 105 plate appearances. This after an injury-shortened and disappointing 2010 season in Boston as…

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    The Question

    The stuff that didn’t make the cut for HBT Daily. Which, as usual, is the best stuff.

  22. Someone sign that Cubs fan

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Cannon

    Question: does the guy who threw back Miguel Tejada’s home run ball at Wrigley Field the other day have a better arm or a worse arm than Johnny Damon? And how cool is it that Tejada got to keep his home run ball?

  23. Quote of the Day: Jayson Werth

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    Because when you think leadership, you think Jayson Werth.

  24. Video of the day: Eric Byrnes destroys Harold Reynolds

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    The best part of this — sometime after the 30 second mark — isn’t when Eric Byrnes lays Harold Reynolds out like yesterday’s laundry. It’s the Ric Flair “woo!” he offers after he does it.

  25. In case you forgot, the Athletics are still in franchise limbo

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

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    In all of our excitement over Bud Selig’s gung-ho attitude with respect to Frank McCourt — go get him, Bud!!! — let us not forget that Selig and Major League Baseball continue to sit passively as the Athletics die on the vine: Last month, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sent a letter to Bud Selig. The…

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