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Craig Calcaterra

  1. I’m struggling to see how Pujols’ big World Series changes his free agency plans

    Oct 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    File this under not-so-deep thoughts, but for the past couple of days a lot of people have been asking how much money Albert Pujols has made himself on the free agent market due to his big World Series. And I can’t help but wonder why it changes anything. As Jon Heyman writes today, there are…

  2. The lovable, anachronistic bullpen phone

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    bullpen-phone

    I was barricaded deep within my fortified compound for the weekend, cut off from most forms of media. So this now makes — I think — the third neat story that ran in the New York Times over the weekend that I had missed and that I’m now seeing. It’s about how dugouts are one…

  3. Japan goes to a standardized baseball

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    baseball

    From the Department of Stuff I Never Ever Thought About and Even Now Have Trouble Believing, the New York Times had a story over the weekend about the baseballs used by NPB teams, and how — until this year — Japanese teams have all been able to use different suppliers for baseballs. In addition to…

  4. HBT Extra: It’s probably time for C.J. Wilson to show up

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Tiffany and I talk about last night, tonight and all of those animals that escaped in Ohio last week. Well, I do anyway. Tiffany looks at me like I’m an idiot. Which is fair.

  5. Welcome to the Michael Young-hater club, Joe Posnanski!

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    I’ve gotten a lot of crap over the past week or so for daring to suggest that Michael Young may be less than Hall-of-Fame-worthy and may be less of the leader that his fan club down in the Metroplex make him out to be.  Saying you want to work someplace else every time someone asks…

  6. Dueling quotes of the day: Joe Torre and Dirk Hayhurst on replay

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    Joe Torre was asked about replay yesterday. As usual, he worried about how it might affect the pace of the game: “To me, it’s more the flow as opposed to how long it takes,” Torre said. “The game has a certain rhythm to it that you don’t really want to disrupt on a regular basis.”…

  7. Thanks, Red Sox! MLB to consider a ban on alcohol in the clubhouse

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    generic beer

    This is why we can’t have nice things: Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, told reporters before Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series that MLB is considering banning alcohol in clubhouses and that he plans to look deeper into the Sox’s drinking on the job. Allow me to say this: I don’t have…

  8. Last night’s game beat the NFL in the ratings

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    old TV

    There is much surprise and discussion among the commetariat that Game 4 of the World Series topped Sunday Night Football last night. Preliminary results have baseball drawing a 10.1 in the ratings, the Saints-Colts an 8.2.* But before we get lost in jocularity, let me just say that if the ratings didn’t matter when baseball…

  9. How might we measure how great a series is?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    JONES

    I said last night that this World Series is shaping up to be a classic. But how do I know? In my case, my gut. At some point while watching Derek Holland make the Cardinals look more foolish than he does with his mustache, it just struck me that I’ve been watching something special.  But…

  10. The most inevitable thing in the history of things

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Obvious

    I wasn’t online tweeting last night, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it that I called this headline by the fifth inning. This one is from the Daily News, but I’ll bet it was used in a good dozen papers this morning: (photo taken by Ted Berg; a man who…

  11. So who pitches Game 7?

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    Game 3 on Saturday night will always be remembered for Albert Pujols‘ ridiculous performance, but in the short term, it may be more significant for what it meant for the starting pitchers — Kyle Lohse and Matt Harrison — each of whom was terrible. It’s significant because this series has all of the hallmarks of a…

  12. There will be no word on Theo-compensation for a few days

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox and Cubs will not discuss compensation for Theo Epstein until at least after Tuesday.  That’s the day each team will hold a press conference, the Cubs to introduce Epstein and Jed Hoyer, the Red Sox to announce the promotion of Ben Cherington to the GM chair.…

  13. A reporter’s suggestion of umpire bias was way out of line

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 3 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We finally have a situation in which I feel that an umpire and Joe Torre are worthy of being defended after an on-field screwup and in which I found myself nodding my head in agreement with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. First base umpire Ron Kulpa screwed up on Saturday night. There’s no mistaking that. Rangers…

  14. We have a classic on our hands

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

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

    When do you know that a classic World Series is afoot? We certainly know it when it’s over. But at what point as it’s happening can one safely say that, yes, we’re seeing something special? The kind of series that only comes along once or twice a decade? Something memorable? I’m prepared to say that…

  15. Beer in the clubhouse and the dugout? In Yankee Stadium? Yes!

    Oct 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    generic beer

    The beer drinkers in Boston? Amateurs. Pikers. For real beer drinking, you gotta read this New York Daily News story about the Yankees, based on reports from “insiders”: According to one of the insiders, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens would routinely drink beer on the dugout bench when they played for the Yankees, passing back and forth what Giambi called…

  16. The saga of the Lake County Fielders

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Lake County logo

    Remember back in July how we wrote about the Lake County Fielders? That independent team that had the announcer quite on the air after ripping the organization a new one? And had a player boycott when the team didn’t pay them, leading to crazy stuff like Jose Canseco pitching? Well, today Don Babwin of the…

  17. UPDATE: Theo, Hoyer to the Cubs is ALMOST a done deal

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    UPDATE:  OK, not everything is done. Edes just updated his tweet: To clarify: Hoyer as Cubs GM, Byrnes as Padres GM is done. Epstein to Chi not yet resolved per compensation. Review of medicals remains So, yeah, not quite yet the big news we expect. 3:25 PM: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston just tweeted that the…

  18. HBT Extra: Looking back at Game 1

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers second baseman Esteban German flips his bat after his second strike with two on and two outs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 7th inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Tiffany and I take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Game 1 of the World Series

  19. Thhhheeee Yankees win!

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Yankees_logo-thumb-125x139-1687

    Sorry, I’m going to let the real world intrude on our baseball world here for a minute.  From a report of Muammar Qaddafi’s capture/death today: A fighter in Sirte has told the BBC his account of the reported capture. Mohammed, a young fighter in his 20s, wearing a blue T-shirt and a New York Yankees…

  20. Great Moments in Tortured Metaphors: The Red Sox were unsinkable!

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    TITANIC 11/26/97 HO

    Rob Bradford of WEEI apparently didn’t read Pete Abraham’s column from yesterday in which Pete made a great case for chilling out about the Red Sox’ recent troubles.  About how this stuff happens on lots of teams and that, because of that, it makes little sense to make this into some sort of high and…

  21. A Cubs/Theo Epstein deal could be done as soon as today

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that “significant progress has been made” in negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox over compensation to be paid in exchange for the Sox letting Theo Epstein out of his contract to join the Cubs.  Kaplan says that a deal could be done as soon as today and that, pending…

  22. Jim Crane wants $50 million to switch the Astros to the American League

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    How much is a league-switch worth?  According to this story in the New York Post, Jim Crane thinks it’s worth $50 million: Potential Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is looking to cut $50 million from the purchase price of the team in exchange for the Astros switching leagues, The Post has learned … Sources told The Post that…

  23. Is Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman Anaheim-bound?

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    I’m angry at DRays Bay. Oh, they’re a fine blog and in this case they have a neat little news/gossip item that could be pretty significant, so that’s all good. No, I’m mad that they took the “my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this girl who’s going out…

  24. Crown the Cardinals!

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols slaps hands with relief pitcher Jason Motte after defeating the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    We like to say that anything can happen in a short series, but at some point you have to acknowledge that some things happening are pretty unlikely, at least from a statistical/historical point of view. Example: the team losing Game 1 of the World Series going on to win it.  In fact, as noted in…

  25. C.J. Wilson achieves a rare and dubious feat

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    I presume it’s rare. I couldn’t think of anyone else who has done it, and I’m not exactly sure how to research it without sifting through 100 box scores I don’t feel like sifting through right now. But C.J. Wilson‘s loss last night means that in 2011 he lost (a) the All-Star Game; (b) a…

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