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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Aroldis Chapman is heading in the wrong direction

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    chapman getty

    Reds’ flamethrower Aroldis Chapman was sent down to AAA because he couldn’t locate the strike zone.  Well, his control improved a tick once he went down to Louisville, but it came at the expense of his stuff, because he got tattooed there: nine hits and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings.  As a result, the Reds…

  2. Jim Leyritz wrote a book

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    I wouldn’t want to read a book written by Jim Leyritz even if hadn’t been involved in an accident that resulted in someone’s death, so you can be more sure of anything in the universe that I won’t be reading a book written by Jim Leyritz that focuses on that tragic accident. Someone disagrees, however, because…

  3. HBT Daily: Draft chatter for non-draft experts

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Matthew has been posting the stuff you need to read about the draft. This video is for those of us who really can’t get our brains around it.

  4. Getting to know David Einhorn — and hatching a half-crazy ownership roulette scenario

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Richard Sandomir has a story on the background of the Mets’ new minority and possible future majority owner, David Einhorn.  It’s all worth reading because it gives you a sense of what makes the guy tick, but the lede is interesting to me. Seems Einhorn — who grew up in Milwaukee — was interested in…

  5. Cubs, Red Sox to make “It Gets Better” videos

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    It gets better

    On the heels of the San Francisco Giants’ well-received “It Gets Better” video, which is part of a national anti-bullying campaign aimed at helping gay youth, two more teams are going to join in the fun as well: the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox’ announcement was inspired by a petition by a…

  6. Brad Lidge had a setback

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    lidge getty

    Brad Lidge had been pitching in extended spring training down in Clearwater, but he’s on his way back to Philly now due to a setback: elbow soreness. You’ll recall that the reason he’s on the DL in the first place is a strain of his rotator cuff in his right shoulder, so this is a…

  7. Or maybe Harper should just embrace villainy

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Piper Snuka

    Maybe I went too far in my advice to Bryce Harper this morning.  Maybe Ted Berg has a better idea about it all: a full-on heel-turn: … make ‘em teach you, Bryce. Admire your moonshots. Maintain that godawful mustache. And maybe armor up a bit. The baseball world needs bad guys, and due to your unique…

  8. It ain’t just Harper: pitchers who throw at guys need to grow up too

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    In that first Bryce Harper post this morning I wrote: Maybe he gets away with that kind of thing in A-ball. But if he doesn’t learn a bit of humility at some point on his journey to greatness, he’s going to get his ribs broken. To be clear, that was a prediction, not a prescription,…

  9. Davey Lopes misses Philly; isn’t crazy about the mess in L.A.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes liked it in when he coached in Philly but, as was suspected at the time and as he said in an interview upon his return to Philly yesterday, the Phillies just didn’t want to pay him what he thought he was worth.  Despite this, however, he has fond memories…

  10. Selig seeks slotting; international draft

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    We’ve seen this coming for a couple of years now, but on the occasion of the 2011 draft, Bud Selig once again called for the hard slotting of draft picks and the extension of the draft to cover other countries: “I believe in slotting and I believe in a worldwide draft. I think it’s important,”…

  11. The implications of moving the fences in at Citi Field

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Citi Field AP

    Everyone talks about moving the fences in at Citi Field, but no one analyzes it.  That is until today, when Adam Rubin — with the help of Greg Rybarczyk from Hittrackeronline.com — looks into how various modifications to the dimensions of Citi Field would affect the Mets in general and David Wright — the most frequently…

  12. Bryce Harper needs to grow up

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    Bryce Harper

    There has been quite a response since the post of that Bryce Harper home run trot this morning (the video is embedded below).  It has me thinking about the curious beast that is Bryce Harper and what, if anything, we can take from that little episode. First, let me be clear: I’m not trying to…

  13. The draft is happening

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    In case you missed our coverage, be it known that the first round of the amateur draft went down last night. Matthew Pouliot’s wrapup can be read here.  As-it-went-down reactions can be read here: Pick number one; Picks 2-5; Picks 6-10; Picks 11-15; Picks 16-20; Picks 21-25; and Picks 26-33 Personally, I’m no draft expert.…

  14. Carlos Zambrano apologizes to Carlos Marmol, but no one else; stands by his words

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Zambrano_Carlos

    A funny thing happened yesterday: Carlos Zambrano‘s Sunday rant about the Cubs being “embarrassing” went over really well with Cubs fans. Seemed Zambrano said something that they needed someone else besides themselves to say. That this outfit is playing poorly and needs to get better. As such, Zambrano didn’t apologize generally for his comments. He…

  15. Bryce Harper is going to get himself hurt

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

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    Check out the home run that Nats’ prospect Bryce Harper hit last night. Specifically, check out the way he stopped to admire it and the kiss he blew to the pitcher when he crossed home plate: Yes, he’s young. But there’s no excuse for that kind of thing.  Even someone who cares as little about…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:33 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies

    Seven-game losing streaks are the new black.

  17. Dodgers call up Dee Gordon

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The last we heard from Dodgers’ shortstop prospect Dee Gordon, he was scoring from first base on a bunt.  That was pretty special. Also special: the Dodgers called him up this afternoon. Gordon, the son of Tom “Flash” Gordon and the Dodgers’ top prospect by most experts’ reckoning,  is as fast as they come. He…

  18. NL All-Star voting update: McCann passes Posey

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Brian McCann

    Major League Baseball just released its latest results in the NL All-Star voting.  The most notable change: the injured Buster Posey is no longer leading at catcher, having been passed by Brian McCann.  Word on the street is that McCann tried to call Posey to apologize, but that Brian Sabean has taken out a contract…

  19. UPDATE: New charges against Lenny Dykstra detailed

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    UPDATE: The details are in: Dykstra is alleged to have fraudulently leased three high-end cars from a Southern California auto dealership. Then, when he was arrested for the car theft, police found cocaine, ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone in his home. In other news, Lenny Dykstra had a home as recently as April. 1:03…

  20. Brian Sabean called Scott Cousins and apologized

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    We had statement after statement after statement about the Scott Cousins Buster Posey thing late last week and over the weekend, but maybe, just maybe, we’re reaching the end of the soap opera portion of this story: Giants manager Brian Sabean and Scott Cousins apparently made peace over the weekend. The Chronicle has learned that Sabean and…

  21. Happy Draft Day! Here’s a depressing draft story for you!

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    When I look back at old drafts, be it baseball, football, basketball, whatever, I am struck by the sheer number of names I have never heard before. Because, of course, professional sports is about attrition and so many of the guys who get selected never go on to anything big. I always wonder if any…

  22. Orel Hershiser is interested in joining Steve Garvey’s hypothetical bid for the Dodgers

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Orel Hershiser

    We heard a few months ago that Steve Garvey was interested in owning the Dodgers if (read: when) they are eventually put up for sale.  I sort of laughed that off because, well, it’s Steve Garvey. When he played it was said that he wanted to be the governor of California one day. And then…

  23. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Ozzie Smith

    Not a lot separates most teams due to this season’s frustrating parity. So this week I do something a bit different.

  24. Jake Peavy is heading to the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy missed the second half of last season and the first several weeks of this one following shoulder surgery. Since rejoining the White Sox’s rotation, however, he had been pitching pretty darn well, and helping the Sox slowly dig out of the big hole they found themselves in.  Now, however, that’s on hold, as…

  25. The Mets would prefer that you not tell them what to do with Jose Reyes

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Mets fans are starting to work up a pretty healthy “Keep Jose Reyes” lather lately. And why not? He’s playing well. He’s not easily replaced. Letting him go will be downright depressing. The security at Citi Field isn’t too crazy about it when you advertise the idea very much, however. That according to The7Line blog, who…

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