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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Into the offseason we go

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Autumn

    As is always the case at this time of year, I’m at a bit of a loss. My brain and body still think it’s baseball season. The hot stove stuff doesn’t seem very real yet. And, even though we’ll totally get into it like crazy now, it does feel like a step down from where…

  2. HBT Extra: Game 7? I’m still catching my breath from Game 6!

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Tiffany and I talk about the sights and sounds from the amazing Game 6 and look ahead to baseball’s last game of the season.

  3. The Orioles are going back to the cartoon bird

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orioles cap

    News you can use: Roch Kubatko of MASN tweeted that the Baltimore Orioles are going to change their caps next year, returning the cartoon bird of the 70s and 80s. No word yet if it will be like the one shown here or if it will have the white field like it did in the…

  4. Reggie Jackson accuses Billy Martin of being a racist and anti-semite

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Billy Martin

    Reggie Jackson spoke with Bob Costas for a documentary that will air on the MLB Network on Monday and during that conversation he spoke of his former manager Billy Martin. He didn’t speak well of him: “I did not accept the way he managed me. I did not accept the way he managed Ken Holtzman.…

  5. Report: Jerry Dipoto to be named Angels GM

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that, according to his sources, the Angels are going to name Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager. Dipoto is currently Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development. He previously served as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM. While filling that role he traded Dan Haren to the Angels, so part of…

  6. The Rockies are going to try to get Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros again

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros

    The Rockies claimed Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez on waivers (off waivers? Hurm) in August and tried hard to make a deal for him but it fell though. Now Troy Renck of the Denver Post says they’ll make a second run at Rodriguez this winter. Rodriguez makes a goodly bit of money — $36 million over…

  7. Both teams were preparing for a Rangers win late last night

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    champagne pic

    I’m sure this stuff happens in every close elimination game, but it’s still the kind of thing that causes your brain to bend a bit and to reflect at just how unpredictable a crazy baseball game can be. From the Post-Dispatch: La Russa at one point phoned the bullpen to remind his relievers they were…

  8. Can the Rangers bounce back after last night’s game?

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    Exhausting. Thrilling. Harrowing. Spectacular. One of the reasons I’m having such a hard time writing about Game 6 today is because the adjectives we’ve developed over the thousands of years of human speech are rather insufficient. I’m still reeling myself. But one question some people have asked me today is how on Earth, after coming…

  9. God told Josh Hamilton he was going to hit a home run

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:36 AM EDT

    God

    Josh Hamilton hit a huge homer to put the Rangers up by two in the 10th inning of last night’s thriller.  After the game, he said this: “I would tell y’all something, but y’all wouldn’t believe me … The Lord told me it was going to happen before it happened. You hadn’t hit a home run…

  10. Stop bashing the Dodgers for “blaming” Bryan Stow for his injuries

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    There has been a minor uproar today since it was reported that the Dodgers, in the context of the civil suit arising out of the Bryan Stow beating, will ask the jury to assign percentages of the blame to the assailants, the Dodgers … and to Bryan Stow himself.  The tenor of the uproar:  “Oh…

  11. McCourt, MLB talking settlement, sale of team

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Yesterday we learned that the Dodgers trial set for Monday has been postponed for a month. Today Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports why that is: The Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial has been postponed for one month so Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball can explore a possible settlement under which McCourt would agree to sell the team,…

  12. Did an MLB agent use a porn star to recruit clients?

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Bibi Jones

    And you thought Scott Boras was the only agent who played hardball.  Business Insider has a story that makes his client-luring techniques seem like tiddly winks.  Fasten your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride: Porn star Bibi Jones says an MLB agent would bring her out to recruit potential clients after Arizona Diamondbacks games in 2010. Starting in…

  13. Scott Boras wants the Yankees to redo Robinson Cano’s contract. Good luck with that.

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Scott Boras attempted to contact Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about redoing Robinson Cano‘s contract. A contract that currently calls for $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013, both club options.  Boras told the Post that Cashman hasn’t returned his call. And…

  14. Fifteen potential Red Sox managers

    Oct 27, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel

    I know this much: we won’t know who the next manager of the Red Sox is until the Red Sox hire someone. I know that probably blew your mind a little bit when I told you that, but it’s true. Still, it’s fun to speculate and handicap the candidates, and today Gordon Edes does that,…

  15. The Marlins have not asked Hanley Ramirez to switch positions

    Oct 27, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ozzie Guillen’s suggestions of a Hanley Ramirez position-switch to the contrary, a representative for Ramirez told the Palm Beach Post yesterday that no one with the team has said a thing to his client about it: Ramirez was surprised about reports last week that suggested Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had not ruled out the idea…

  16. Joe Maddon: banning beer in the clubhouse is “asinine”

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon was on WEEI and brought some righteous noise with respect to the whole beer in the clubhouse thing. He correctly noted — as we noted before — that baseball’s interest in potentially banning alcohol in clubhouses is a knee-jerk, P.R.-driven thing, not an idea that anyone thought of beforehand, nor would they.  He…

  17. Great moments in bullpen phone miscommunication

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    bullpen-phone

    This story from Bob Elliott is fun. Game cancelled because of rain, so old guys tell stories about stuff in the press box and around the ballpark.  The topic: other bullpen phone failures in baseball history. Some technical, some just miscommunications and weirdness. My favorite: the time in 1983 when Braves manager Joe Torre called…

  18. Potential candidates to replace Bud Selig

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    The other day I noted that there was no clear successor to Bud Selig when he steps down at the end of 2012.  From my lips to Maury Brown’s keyboard, for today he runs down some of the possibilities over at The Biz of Baseball. None of the candidates Maury mentions are bad. Sandy Alderson…

  19. Joe Torre: “Do you want to play in the rain?”

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Can’t help but think that Joe Torre and the powers that be made the easy — and the correct — call in postponing Game 6. Why risk having delays knock out Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia? Why risk the annoyance? Why risk the broadcast going on until 1AM?  Especially when Thursday and Friday look to…

  20. Still no word on whether Game 6 will be postponed

    Oct 26, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Rain Busch

    UPDATE II:  It’s postponed. Here’s our updated post. UPDATE: Well, we’re an hour past the time the Cardinals and Major League Baseball were supposed to meet to determine if tonight’s game will be postponed and there’s still no word.  Some people looking at the radar — amateurs, natch — think the rain will swing south…

  21. HBT Extra: Looking ahead to Game 6

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    2011 World Series - Workout Day

    Tiffany and I preview the game which may or may not go down tonight

  22. The Frank McCourt trial pushed back a month

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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

    We were supposed to see Bud Selig and Frank McCourt take the stand in the final showdown in bankruptcy court next week, but the judge just kicked the whole thing a month.  The trial is now scheduled for November 29 through December 2. No reason was given. No interesting reason has to exist. Litigation just…

  23. La Russa’s Game 5: Age? Medication? Exhaustion? Or does stuff just happen?

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a provocative column today, trying to drill down into why, exactly, things got out of Tony La Russa’s control in Game 5.  It goes in a direction that I’ve not seen anyone take — and I predict that Bernie will catch some serious hell from some quarters…

  24. Wait, Theo Epstein had a stalker?

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    I’ve said it before, but one of the best things about Peter Gammons is how he’ll be writing about topic A and then, in the course of it, he’ll drop some background factoid that completely blows your mind. The best thing is that he doesn’t do it in a way that screams “check out this…

  25. Milton Bradley says his wife’s charges are bogus

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    We report when Milton Bradley gets arrested and gets restraining orders filed against him and stuff, so it only seems fair to give the man time for his own side.  Not saying I believe him or that he’s a good guy, but the fact is that stuff starts flying in domestic situations and, while you…

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