Skip to content

Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Tigers’ next outfield option: Clete Thomas

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Photo Day

    I’m not going to say that outfield depth is an issue for the Tigers, because the move they made earlier this afternoon pretty much sums it up: they’ve sent Clete Thomas to the instructional league to get the rust off in the event they need to activate him as a result of another outfielder injury.…

  2. Baseball: it’s better than killing Osama bin Laden

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Bin Laden

    The problem with the playoffs is that there’s only, like, one or two games a night and after you talk about them you sort of have to wait around all day for more games. If you’re like me, you kill that time by reading a bunch of articles in which people who never ever write…

  3. Great Moments in Cognitive Dissonance: big market/small market edition

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Here’s Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg on September 28th, talking about the “Moneyball” movie: Bottom line is small market teams can’t win consistently, no matter how many numbers they crunch. The deck is stacked against them by the most important numbers in baseball — the size of a team’s payroll. Here’s Associated Press columnist Tim…

  4. Quote of the Day: Jim Leyland

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland looks on during a practice in preparation for the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington, Texas

    Several writers covering the Tigers-Rangers series just tweeted this gem from Jim Leyland, who was asked about yesterday’s no-rain rain postponement:  “If somebody buys an umbrella down here, then they cancel school.” Dude, that rain delay just gave Max Scherzer an extra day of rest after his little bullpen stint against the Yankees on Thursday.…

  5. Photo of the Day: The Philadelphia Daily News

    Oct 10, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    I’ll give Philly, its fans and its media this much: for as insufferable as they can be when they’re cruising, they offset it rather appropriately with anger, recriminations and negativity when things go poorly. You won’t hear a lot of “we got robbed” from those guys.  You won’t hear a lot of “oh well, see…

  6. In the future, more players will be in the best shape of their lives

    Oct 10, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlas

    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story about how the Pirates are going to emphasize offseason conditioning for their players this year.  In linking it, Buster Olney makes a good point that, while probably obvious, isn’t something we hear too much about over the winter: You’ll be hearing this kind of thing more…

  7. For Derek Holland’s love of the game

    Oct 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    For The Love of the Game

    I’m sure Rangers fans have heard about this a bunch of times but the rest of the nation was introduced to Derek Holland‘s pre-game routine in the New York Times this morning.  Seems that before every start he watches the 15 minute segment of the Kevin Costner movie “For Love of the Game” in which…

  8. OK, here’s an even better “Moneyball” parody

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    The “Moneyball” parody about the Yankees was pretty funny. But this one from “Saturday Night Live” is even better. It’s funny because it’s true ….

  9. Maddux, Glavine and the wide strike zone of the 1990s

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Maddux Glavine Smoltz

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has a story about the evolution of the strike zone over the past 30 or 40 years and how monitoring of it by Major League Baseball via first the QuesTec system and then Pitch f/x has changed things and made it more uniform. The overall story is good…

  10. Hideki Irabu’s sad final years

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Ken Belson of the New York Times had an excellent albeit sad story in yesterday’s New York Times about the final years of Hideki Irabu, who committed suicide in late July. In some ways it’s a familiar story of an athlete who doesn’t know what to do with himself after his playing days are over.…

  11. If you missed our Phillies postmortem over the weekend

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    I know some of you don’t read the site much over the weekend. That’s cool. We’d love to have a more meaningful relationship with you, but we can handle being your workplace fling if that’s all you want of us. Anyway, given how much real estate has been devoted to the Phillies on this blog…

  12. The rain-free rain postponement

    Oct 10, 2011, 5:57 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers players sit in the dugout during the game's second rain delay in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs against the Texas Rangers in Arlington

    I woke up this morning and had an email from a reader who lives fairly close to the Rangers’ ballpark and tells me that it never rained last night. At least not before the Tigers-Rangers game that was postponed due to the threat of rain would have been over. Oh well, that’s life. And weather.…

  13. Hate monger says baseball’s post-9/11 use of “God Bless America” saved us from terrorist attacks

    Oct 8, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Bryan Fischer

    I’m not a big fan of the singing of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch at baseball games.  Yes, I know why it started and it was a sweet and even beautiful thing for a short time after 9/11. But it soon ran its course and became yet another exercise in empty patriotism.…

  14. Destiny denied: The Phillies learn that pitching isn’t enough

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:54 PM EDT

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Someone tell me when I can breathe. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the Cardinals’ 1-0 win over the Phillies was the best pitching matchup I’ve witnessed since Morris vs. Smoltz.  Not when you figure in the stakes involved. Not when you appreciate just how brilliant Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter each were.…

  15. Eric Chavez is “leaning heavily” toward retirement

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post just tweeted that, while there’s nothing official yet, he’s hearing that Yankees utilityman Eric Chavez is “leaning heavily” toward retirement. Chavez had more plate appearances this year than he had had since 2007 — a whole 175 of them — but the magic is long gone.  He hit…

  16. The Yankees continue to ensure that their fans will be unhappy most years

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner AP

    George Steinbrenner started and perpetuated the notion that a New York Yankees season is a failure if it doesn’t end with a World Series title.  Not that winning a championship is the goal — it’s obviously every team’s goal — but that in addition to it being the goal, it is the only acceptable outcome.…

  17. Pray that no home runs are hit in the new Marlins ballpark

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    unseen

    This is not exactly news — it was announced a couple of years ago and I recall mocking it then — but today Grant Brisbee reminds us of one of the signature features of the Marlins’ new ballpark:  a plug-ugly and gigantic … thing which will light up and go crazy every time there’s a…

  18. Headline of the Day about which I don’t care one single bit

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’m going to dig down deep … deep … deep to find some sympathy for everyone as the result of this story in the L.A. Times and — er, no, can’t find any. Sorry. Fans of the teams that make the LCS and World Series will watch and enjoy.  The networks which bid on the…

  19. HBT Extra: Turning to the NLDS Game 5s

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I break down the Snakes vs. the Brew Crew and the Cards vs. the Phills

  20. It’s a beautiful day in Milwaukee, so naturally the roof at Miller Park is closed

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miller Park

    As we speak, it is in the upper 70s in Milwaukee.  At game time this afternoon it will be around 76 degrees. The skies are as clear as a bell. It should remain gorgeous throughout the evening.  Indeed, the Milwaukee weather is expected to be spectacular though at least next Wednesday. So naturally baseball has…

  21. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: team owner to get divorce, finds himself in sea of financial troubles

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    stack of money

    A team owner with nine houses and three-dozen other properties scattered around the world? Crazy spending on cars and baubles? An acrimonious divorce that could impact the course of the franchise? Nah, not Los Angeles.  Seattle. Geoff Baker has the story of Mariners’ minority owner Chris Larson. A man who, it has long been thought, would…

  22. Roy Halladay on five days’ rest? Yeah, the Phillies gotta be favored

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    I want the record to reflect that I have not trolled Philly fans all day. As a 1990s Braves fan I learned the hard way that awesome rotations aren’t always enough and that six months of brilliance can be erased pretty damn quickly once your depth advantage is reduced due to the nature of playoff…

  23. Delmon Young’s status uncertain for ALCS

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    The fact that Delmon Young‘s health will have an impact on who will represent the American League in the World Series this year is one of those things that didn’t seem all that plausible back in July.  Just one of the many reasons to love baseball.  But it will have an impact, and given that…

  24. John Henry: Theo won’t be the Red Sox GM forever

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    As I’ve mentioned a couple of times this morning, Red Sox owner John Henry and team CEO Lary Lucchino sat down for an interview on WEEI this morning and offered up all manner of postmortem on the Red Sox’ 2011 season and some glimpses into the future as well.  Here is audio of the entire…

  25. Bryce Harper tweets — then deletes — some pro-Yankees rah-rah

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Every time I read a story about Bryce Harper I have to remind myself that he’s still only 18-years-old and that, on the whole, 18-year-olds are pretty much awful in every respect.  Or at least honest in a “I don’t know nor do I care what other people think” kind of way. Which is usually…

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. J. Hamilton (3916)
  2. D. Wright (3224)
  3. J. Cueto (3182)
  4. A. Garcia (3036)
  5. J. Lucroy (3016)
  1. Y. Puig (2992)
  2. R. Castillo (2977)
  3. M. Adams (2735)
  4. A. Pujols (2535)
  5. T. d'Arnaud (2520)