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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Must-click link: “We are alive and we get to enjoy Jose Reyes playing baseball”

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Jose Reyes

    It’s so easy, when you read and write a lot about baseball as opposed to merely watch it from time to time,  to get caught up in the business of baseball. The trade and free agency dynamics. The artificial or semi-artificial storylines that are created about what happens on and off the field. To think…

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

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:54 AM EST

    Mal Reynolds

    I’m gonna be honest here: I didn’t want any games last night. Instead I watched “Serenity,” which seemed necessary after finishing up the entire 14-episode run of “Firefly” on the treadmill over the past couple of weeks.  The verdict: not bad, but I liked the series better. As “Star Trek: The Next Generation” showed, when…

  3. Vote for your favorite moment in All-Star Game history

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    All Star Game

    Fact: if you put anything in NCAA Tournament-style brackets, it’s instantly fun.  Don’t tell me differently. I voted on stuff like “cats vs. dogs” on some blog my wife likes recently, all because they used brackets, so I know of what I speak. The fact that MLB.com is doing that with a baseball-related topic is…

  4. Frank McCourt has supporters in the Hispanic community too

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:07 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Remember that odd report last week about the African-American churches sending a letter to Bud Selig supporting Frank McCourt as owner of the Dodgers?  Well, according to Tim Brown at Yahoo! he’s getting support from the Los Angeles Hispanic community too. At least part of it. The basis for that support? Not totally clear. McCourt…

  5. Barry Bonds files a motion to have his conviction set aside

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    We knew this was coming, and the legal beagles out there will enjoy reading it, so here it is.  Barry Bonds moves to have his conviction set aside on four grounds. The first: that truthful statements can’t constitute obstruction of justice, referring to that “I was the child of a celebrity” digression which formed the basis of…

  6. The Braves activate Jason Heyward

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    heyward getty wide

    The Braves just announced that Jason Heyward has been activated and will, in all likelihood, be in the lineup against the Mets tonight. Heyward’s bat is much needed. His ugly batting line — .214/.317/.407 — represents a lot of play when he was injured but when, for some reason or another, no one took him out…

  7. Comment of the Day: No, the Braves grounds crew wasn’t messing with Jose Reyes

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Reader Tim’s Neighbor is someone I’ve corresponded with a bit, as he worked for the Braves until recently. No, he wasn’t executive vice president of baseball operations or anything, but when it comes to the issue of Jose Reyes and the curiously wet Turner Field infield, he has some special insight and expertise. Here’s what…

  8. Fay Vincent wouldn’t want any Mark Cubans if he were commissioner

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    Sometimes it’s tempting to look back at former Commissioner Fay Vincent and think about what things would be like if there still were a fully independent Commissioner as opposed to one who came up through ownership like Selig did and one who truly sees the best interests of the game as his highest duty as…

  9. Angels voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Angels logo

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted a few minutes ago that according to an ESPN poll (which he didn’t link but which I don’t think we’re missing), the Anaheim Angels have been voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball and the fourth best in all of professional sports. Lots of unknowns here,…

  10. Baseball has apparently done some stuff to combat the dangerous shattering bats thing

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Colvin getting impaled

    This article has a lot in it about woodworking and “slope of grain” and stress resistance and stuff and I really stop being sharp at around this time of the afternoon so I can’t really parse it too well.  But this seems like the upshot to me: MLB employs TECO, a certification and testing agency for wood…

  11. Deep Thoughts: Prince Fielder free agency edition

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Over at ESPN Chicago there’s a big story up titled “Report: Prince Fielder Open to Cubs?” Setting aside the notion that a question — “Prince Fielder Open to the Cubs?” — is not a “report,” is it not the case that Prince Fielder not ruling out a potential team in his upcoming free agency is…

  12. Trevor Cahill is on a serious skid

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Trevor Cahill

    The White Rabbit — fabbo nickname by the way, if it is indeed his nickname and not just his warm up music — is struggling. Big time. As Paul Gutierrez reports at CSN Bay Area, Cahill has gone 0-5 with a 5.67 ERA in his last seven starts. Last night’s game was one of his worst.…

  13. Holy crap, Adam Lind killed a baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    lind_adam

    I mentioned Adam Lind‘s walkoff, 11th inning homer from last night’s Jays-Orioles game in the recaps. But I just now saw the highlight. Mercy me, did he destroy that ball. He and Koji Uehara just seemed to silently tell one another. “Yep.” Matt Wieters hit one a mile too, but I think Lind’s went farther.…

  14. Must-click link: Explaining Jose Bautista

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jose Bautista

    We’ve seen several lazy passes at explaining the phenomenon that is the late-blooming Jose Bautista. Most of them — empty “gee-whiz” musings at best, veiled PED accusations at worst — start from the proposition that Bautista came from out of nowhere and started hitting home runs like some kind of freak. But Jose Bautista is…

  15. The Cubs are having a street fair outside Wrigley Field. Sort of.

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Wrigley Field

    The Cubs had intended to shut down Sheffield Avenue outside the ballpark for nine days — nine days! — to have a big street fair with bands and food and all kinds of hubub, beginning this weekend to coincide with the Yankees coming to town.  Due to local displeasure at the disruption of traffic and…

  16. Scott Kazmir got rocked by minor leaguers. Again.

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Kazmir_Scott

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Or the time before that. Or the time before that.  But yeah, it happened again: Scott Kazmir gave up six runs on five hits in an inning and two-thirds, while walking three and hitting a batter. The competition: a Sacramento team which can’t have much of an…

  17. Ned Colletti: players use disabled list as “a couple weeks’ vacation”

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    Ned Colletti was on KABC radio in Los Angeles yesterday, and seemed to question the legitimacy of some Dodgers’ players recent trips to the disabled list: “Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a…

  18. Cole Hamels left last night’s game due to back tightness

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Things you don’t really see when you just read the box score (and when you’re not following Twitter because you’re planning your weekend getaway): Cole Hamels may have pitched brilliantly last night, but he also was taken out of the game in the eighth inning due to back tightness. A big deal? Probably not. Hamels…

  19. The Braves slicked down the infield to mess with Jose Reyes

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Well, we don’t know for sure that they did that, but it seemed kind of obvious that the infield dirt was overly moist and muddy last night as the Mets-Braves game got underway. The reasonable inference: that they did it to slow down Jose Reyes, who said that he had never seen infield dirt that…

  20. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:21 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers

    Look, you can get your game recaps lots of places, but if you want them with both (a) juvenile sexual innuendo; and (b) F. Scott Fitzgerald references, you got no choice but to stick with your Uncle Craigy, see?

  21. Derek Jeter goes on DL with calf strain

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    jeter grimace

    6:00 p.m. EDT: After failing to talk his way out of the assignment, Jeter was placed on the disabled list by the Yankees, putting the chase for 3,000 hits on hold for at least 15 days.  Eduardo Nunez will take over as the team’s shortstop.  Ramiro Pena was called up to serve as a utilityman.…

  22. Derek Jeter is trying to talk his way out of going to the disabled list

    Jun 14, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Usually this stuff is done before 4PM on a game day, but as of 5PM, the decision on whether or not Derek Jeter is going on the DL has still not been made. The hitch: Jeter is apparently trying to talk his way out of going, because, well, he’s Derek Jeter and Derek Jeter can’t…

  23. Is the realignment issue really a gambit to make the DH universal?

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    I’ve read several articles in which writers are at least somewhat positive and accepting of the recent realignment idea that has been floated. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote the first meaty counterargument today, and it’s a pretty comprehensive one. I’m not sold on every argument of course — I really don’t care…

  24. Greg Anderson asked to stop coaching youth baseball

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Remember a few weeks ago when we learned that convicted drug distributor and reluctant Barry Bonds witness Greg Anderson was coaching a youth baseball team? Yeah, not anymore: A Northern California youth baseball league has barred Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer from coaching his son’s team. The president of the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association says Greg…

  25. Scouting night owls is the new market inefficiency. Well, not for the Cubs.

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Alarm Clock

    File this under one of those things that should have been obvious but wasn’t. Or at least wasn’t because I never thought about it: researchers did a study of baseball players and found that players who classify themselves as morning people do better in day games and night owls do better in night games. There’s more subtlety…

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