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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Let’s watch Terry Collins’ post-game rant

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Earlier we talked about it. Now let’s watch it!

  2. Josh Hamilton is trying to quit the dip

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    hamilton_josh

    Josh Hamilton is trying to drop a nasty habit: Josh Hamilton made a decision early Wednesday morning before he arrived at Tropicana Field. He is trying to quit using smokeless tobacco. “Today is the first day,” Hamilton said before the Rangers’ series finale with the Rays. “The Holy Spirit … I kept waking up last…

  3. Loving Sterling and Waldman

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Sterling Waldman

    From the Wall Street Journal: How I learned to stop worrying and love John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman: … for sheer radio listening pleasure for the casual fan, I don’t think anybody beats the Sterling-Waldman duo. Their style is conversational rather than testosterone-crazed; it’s almost overheard, as if you were eavesdropping on their tête-à-tête from…

  4. The Giants produce an “It gets better” video

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    It Gets Better.bmp

    For those unaware, the “It Gets Better” Project is an Internet-based initiative designed to reach out to kids who are being bullied because they’re gay or because they’re perceived to be so. The idea: for adults to convey to kids that, no matter how bad things may be at the moment, things do get better at…

  5. A-Rod’s PED-implicated cousin is still travelling with him on road trips

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    AlexRodriguezAP

    The Daily News reports today that Yuri Sucart, Alex Rodriguez‘s cousin, who was said to be A-Rod’s drug mule back when he was taking PEDs, is travelling with him on the Yankees’ current road trip.  They report that he’s made several trips with A-Rod in the past couple of years despite the fact that he…

  6. Terry Collins blows up after Mets loss

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    I had this headline coming in August, not June, but hey, the early bird gets the rage-induced aneurysm. This is less notable for what Collins actually said than because it is, by far, the biggest Mets managerial outburst since that time last year when Jerry Manuel put down the book he was reading, readjusted his…

  7. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    hangover breakfast

    What you missed while watching the Stanley Cup Final. You were watching the Stanley Cup Final, right?

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:45 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 2, Mariners 1: I, for one, welcome our new Adam Jones overlords. Jones was the hero of the day, hitting what proved to be the game-winning home run and making an absolutely sick, sick catch. Royals 2, Angels 0: No one did bupkis until the bottom of the ninth when Jeff Francoeur reached on a…

  9. Adam Jones may have made the play of the year

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

    Adam Jones catch.bmp

    Not much else to say about it other than “watch this.” Over the shoulder. On the run. Into the wall. Wow. That pic is from right after he caught it.  It reminded me of this:  

  10. Aramis Ramirez leaves game after taking a grounder to the face

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Is it just me, or is a lot of this going around lately? Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez left today’s Cubs-Astros game after taking a grounder off the bat of Chris Johnson squarely to the face. He has a lip laceration and will be checked out for a concussion and stuff, but he seems OK.…

  11. Red Sox reliever Rich Hill leaves today’s game with forearm injury

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    rich-hill-red-sox

    Red Sox reliever Rich Hill came in to today’s White Sox-Red Sox game to face Adam Dunn, threw seven pitches and after the seventh grabbed his left arm in pain.  He was lifted from the game. As of a few minutes ago the Red Sox are referring to it as a “forearm injury.” Hill is,…

  12. Initial AL All-Star voting released. Derek Jeter and five other Yankees leading at their positions

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    jeter grimace

    As was the case yesterday with the NL All-Star voting, it’s too early to really argue about this stuff, but it’s not like that has stopped us before. And given that Derek Freaking Jeter is leading the All-Star voting at shortstop right now, at least some complaining is warranted.  Really Yankees fans? Really? Aren’t you…

  13. Get used to Bartolo Colon-style stem cell procedures, because they’re going to explode in popularity

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Dr. Damon Noto, who is one of five doctors in the United Statess who performs stem cell procedures like the one Bartolo Colon got before this season was on WFAN yesterday. When asked if we’re going to see a lot more of this kind of thing he said you can bet your bippy on it: “Absolutely.…

  14. Quote of the Day: a fabulous explanation of the interplay between stats and baseball’s human element

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    Over at the Angels blog Halos Heaven, they’re interviewing their own writers so that readers can get to know them.  The man who goes by the name of Suboptimal was asked about his thoughts on the “stats vs. chemistry” debate. Or, as I took his answer to mean, the interplay between statistical analysis of baseball…

  15. HBT Daily: What we talk about when we talk about someone being overrated

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I — and my new glasses, which are kind of weird, I’ll admit — discuss Sports Illustrated’s “most overrated” list

  16. “Moneyball” starring MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Moneyball

    I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other when it comes to either (a) MLB.com’s Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel; or (b) press box etiquette. But I do really like this story for some reason: Moneyball comes out 09/23. When filming in press box at OAK last year one KC reporter refused to move…

  17. Folks are doubting Bartolo Colon

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Bob Klapisch writes about Bartolo Colon and the stem cell procedure he received.  He doesn’t go as far as John Harper did with Jose Bautista in terms of veiled accusations of PED use, but if you could find any evidence in his story that he believes Colon and his doctor when they say that Colon…

  18. The Mets’ attendance isn’t so rosy either

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Empty Citi Field

    We noted the Dodgers’ attendance problems a little while ago, but let’s not let the Mets off the hook either.  Nate Silver has a story about that in the New York Times with graphs and everything.  The key takeaway: you can’t simply blame the poor performance, because even if you control for that and other…

  19. The World Baseball Classic gets bigger

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Globe

    HBT is not exactly your go-to source for World Baseball Classic information.  I just did a search of the archives, and apart from random mentions of international players who may have once played in the WBC, the last two posts we had about the thing was (a) Joe Torre saying that managing in the WBC…

  20. Stat of the day: Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is really the Dodgers’ attendance problem

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    A pretty stunning stat from Steve Dilbeck at the L.A. Times: Through Monday attendance in Major League Baseball is down 237,983 through the same number of games in 2010.  207,612 of that decline — a whopping 87% — is accounted for by the Los Angeles Dodgers alone. Wow. I said it in the last McCourt…

  21. Changing course: Matt Holliday may very well go on the disabled list

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    holliday batting

    Matt Holliday sat out for most of six games, getting some pinch-hit duty only, with a bad quad. The Cardinals said he didn’t need a trip to the DL, and they started him on Sunday. Then was scratched again last night. Now he’s heading for an MRI and, probably, a trip to the disabled list,…

  22. The Athletics tell Kurt Suzuki to avoid collisions

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Suzuki_Kurt

    Buster Olney reports that Oakland Athletics’ GM Billy Beane has told catcher Kurt Suzuki that he should avoid collisions at home plate, telling Suzuki:  “I don’t subscribe to the theory you should be a crash-test dummy … I don’t want to lose you for six months.” Seems smart, because if you just leave it up…

  23. Frank McCourt robs Peter to pay Paul in making May payroll

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s debt addiction got him and the Dodgers into their current dire straits, so it makes total sense that, as May payroll loomed yesterday, he continued to borrow in order to avoid a takeover by Major League Baseball.  It’s just what he does. That according to ESPN’s Molly Knight, who reports that McCourt met…

  24. Is it really time to retire Gary Carter’s number?

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

    Gary Carter Mets

    Today the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro calls for Gary Carter’s number to be retired by the Mets. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules about when it’s appropriate to retire someone’s number — there clearly aren’t, as every team approaches it differently — but I do find myself approaching this with…

  25. Carlos Marmol asploded last night

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s due it’s own post: Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol was absolutely hammered last night, blowing the game against the Astros in epic-style.  Taking the ball with a 3-1 lead at the beginning of the ninth inning, it went like this: Single Double Double Sacrifice — hey, an out!…

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