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Craig Calcaterra

  1. A wonderfully sensible realignment/schedule optimization plan

    May 20, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Light Bulb

    In response to the realignment post earlier this afternoon, I got an email from reader Ron in Chicago, in which he exhaustively sets forth a realignment/schedule optimization scheme that pretty much accomplishes what everyone seems to want and does so in the least obtrusive manner possible. It expands the playoffs, as seems inevitable. It makes travel better.…

  2. The Phillies call up Domonic Brown

    May 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Brown_Domonic

    On Wednesday, Ruben Amaro said this when asked when Domonic Brown would be called up to the Phillies: “We have to bring him at the right time for us … And we have to make sure it’s the right time, so when he comes to the big leagues it’s not a situation where we’re questioning…

  3. Interleague time brings the usual realignment talk

    May 20, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Image (1) us%20map.gif for post 4243

    Every year, just as interleague play gets going, someone decides that it’s time for baseball to undergo some sort of divisional realignment. They just go together as topics I guess. Probably because they both involve messing with the natural order of things. I have no idea. Just read one by Tom Van Riper in Forbes.…

  4. To long toss or not to long toss, that is the question

    May 20, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Long toss

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! has an interesting story up today about long-tossing for pitchers. The upshot: two of the top prospects in this year’s draft are warning teams that ban their pitchers from long-toss drills against selecting them, because they’re all about long-tossing.  Included in the anti-long toss crowd: the Royals and Pirates and, according…

  5. Diamondbacks owner calls for a ban on smokeless tobacco

    May 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nellie Fox

    We’ve heard from outside advocacy groups, politicians and basement bloggers on the matter of smokeless tobacco in baseball — and Bud Selig has said he would propose a ban in the upcoming labor negotiations — but this USA Today editorial by Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick may be the first time someone who actually has a seat…

  6. Great moments in taunting: Kansas City vs. St. Louis edition

    May 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Don Denkinger call

    OK, there’s one more fun interleague rivalry: Cardinals vs. Royals. And actually, it’s less fun for the baseball than it is for the wonderful St. Louis-baiting done by Sam Mellinger today in the pages of the Kansas City Star. Makes my Philly-baiting look like child’s play: Crime •Kansas City: Was a well-known mafia hub and…

  7. Say what you want about interleague play, but the Cubs vs. the Red Sox is pretty cool

    May 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    1918 Cubs

    I’ve said enough about the blahness of interleague play. Let’s be done with that. Because, as Tiffany noted at the end of the video, there are some redeeming matchups that generate some actual organic fan interest, and the top of that list this season is the Red Sox vs. the Cubs. These two storied franchises…

  8. Madoff trustee throws some new stuff at Wilpon and Katz

    May 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Both the New York Times and the Post today run with the latest filing in the Bernie Madoff/Wilpon/Mets case. The allegation: in 2001 Wilpon and Katz went shopping for “fraud insurance,” and that by doing so it shows that they had reason to believe that Madoff was, in fact, a fraud, it says. For those…

  9. HBT Daily: Three “mehs” for interleague play

    May 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’m not going to join the “let’s see how much we can overstate how bad interleague play is” contest, but I’m not all that excited about it either.

  10. Asdrubal Cabrera makes an insane flip to start a double play

    May 20, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera DP.bmp

    One of the big reasons the Indians have been winning this year is their defense. One of the reasons their defense has been good is because Asdrubal Cabrera plays some sharp shortstop.  And here’s a great play he made last night that most guys aren’t gonna make. It helps if you whistle “Sweet Georgia Brown”…

  11. The memorable homers I missed

    May 20, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz home run

    As I suspected, I missed the most memorable home runs by a number of teams yesterday.  Here, based on reader feedback, are the most egregious oversights and a few other random observations: Yankees There wasn’t strong dissent here, probably because there was so much to choose from, but there were some interesting alternative suggestions. One…

  12. Mike Rizzo is in trouble for going after an ump

    May 20, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    This play, in the ninth inning of yesterday’s Nationals-Mets game, is a blown call.  The throw from Justin Turner clearly pulled Daniel Murphy off the bag and Jayson Werth should have been safe at first. Given that it was a 1-0 game, that was pretty important. Given that the call was so obviously blown, you…

  13. Oh my stars and garters, Andre Ethier flipped a photographer the bird

    May 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Andre Ethier flipped the bird: During batting practice before Monday’s game against the Brewers, Ethier was snapped givin’ the finger to a photographer. And actually, the AP story uses the phrase “flipping  his middle fingers at a photographer,” so it may have been the rare but always impressive double-barrel salute. I like that kind of moxy.…

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

    May 20, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 7, Phillies 1: In yesterday morning’s recaps I slammed Jason Giambi and declared him dead. Last night he hit three homers and drove in seven.  I see my little foray into reverse psychology worked. Don’t thank me now, Jason. Just let me know where to send my bill. Mets 1, Nationals 0: Sucks to…

  15. Jorge Posada starts at first base tonight

    May 19, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Jorge Posada has played 28 games at first base in his career, starting 15 of those.  He gets number 16 tonight, as Joe Girardi has put him in the lineup in place of Mark Teixeira, who will move over to DH for the evening.  Posada is batting seventh in case you care about such things,…

  16. Tyson Ross leaves A’s-Twins game after throwing just seven pitches

    May 19, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Ross_Tyson

    Dallas Braden had season-ending surgery and Tyson Ross was called on to replace him in the Athletics’ rotation.  He got the start today against the Twins … annnnd Ross has left the game after throwing just seven pitches. Buster Olney says it’s an oblique injury.  And so the season of obliques continues apace. Worth looking at…

  17. Brian Roberts may be DL’d due to headaches

    May 19, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Adam Jones

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Brian Roberts will likely be placed on the disabled list due to headaches he’s been suffering since he slid head first into first base (why?!) during Monday’s game.  The Orioles are still evaluating him, but given that he suffered a concussion last season, one would think that caution is…

  18. The most memorable home runs in each team’s history

    May 19, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Gibson homer

    UPDATE:  I obviously missed a bunch, so here’s a post updating this list. As I mentioned this morning, one of my Twitter correspondents asked me last night to name each franchise’s most memorable home run.  With the caveat that (a) this can be subjective; and (b) in some cases, there are many great choices and…

  19. HBT Daily: Taking Twitter questions

    May 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    In which I make a “Watchmen”/La Russa analogy and talk about the women of “Mad Men.”

  20. Factoid of the day: last night’s pitchers were really good

    May 19, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Denny McLain

    I made a crack in the recaps this morning about this being 1968 all over again.  This factoid just passed along by Major League Baseball explains why last night gave off that impression: Of 30 starting pitchers last night, 13 went at least 7 innings and gave up no more than one earned run. There…

  21. Could Jamie McCourt replace Frank in charge of the Dodgers?

    May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    We noted this morning that Jamie McCourt is asking the court to order an immediate sale of the team. As is the case with most legal requests, however, she has an alternative demand: if the court doesn’t order a quick sale, she wants to be placed in charge of the Dodgers instead of Frank. We’re entering…

  22. Mark DeRosa re-injures his wrist, likely out “for a while”

    May 19, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mark DeRosa left last night’s Giants-Dodgers game after tweaking his wrist while waiting for a pitch from Clayton Kershaw. He didn’t even swing at it, actually, just was digging in and cocking the bat in anticipation. He looked to be in some pretty obvious pain.  While the initial word was that he would be day-to-day,…

  23. Report: If Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone

    May 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Posada

    That’s the implication from Andrew Marchand’s story over at ESPN New York today, which says that the Yankees “will reconsider Jorge Posada‘s future with the team if his numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break.” I’m not sure how else you can read that other than to say that he’d be released if he’s not hitting…

  24. People asked me questions on Twitter, so I shall answer them

    May 19, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    The Question

    It’s Thursday, and that means I’m lazy! So here’s the latest defacto mailbag, courtesy of Twitter, because who sends mail anymore?

  25. Kyle Kendrick’s World Series ring found in a swamp

    May 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    You may recall that some people broke into Kyle Kendrick‘s Washington home during spring training and that, among other things, the jerks stole his World Series ring.  Well, the cops found it: it was hidden in a swamp, and they were led to it by someone who apparently (a) was not part of the robbery;…

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