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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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!…

  3. Brandon Belt, Brett Lawrie get good news on their wrists

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Top prospects for two teams — the Giants’ Brandon Belt and the Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie — each had scares yesterday as they were each hit by pitches on the left wrist.  Each of them also received good news: in both cases no bones were broken and the diagnosis was a mere bruise. Lawrie’s little…

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

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:45 AM EST

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    The last NBA Finals I paid really close attention to was 1993. So no, I don’t give a diddly durn about the Heat and the Mavs. Baseball, people. It’s the only sport worth a damn.

  5. Vin Scully, a haunted nightclub and a new Dodger curse

    May 31, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

    Vin Scully

    This one is too craz-, er, I mean complicated for me to understand, so you had best just go read Rick Chandler’s post about it over at Off the Bench. Upshot: Vin Scully’s Hollywood walk-of-fame star has been covered up by a red carpet in front of a local nightclub. And the nightclub is haunted. Which, now…

  6. Player Poll: A-Rod the most overrated in baseball

    May 31, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    The whole overrated/underrated game is always dicey because no one ever agrees on a rating baseline to begin with.  Really, the underrated list tends to represent the most under-publicized and the overrated list tends to highlight the most overpaid. Still, Sports Illustrated polls players on this stuff from time to time and, following up on…

  7. Is Clint Hurdle OK?

    May 31, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Clint Hurdle red face.bmp

    I’m not mocking here, I’m serious.  That pic is a screen capture from the Cubs-Pirates game the other day.  I went and found it in this highlight after people started tweeting around another image of it this afternoon, claiming that it wasn’t doctored. I found it hard to believe, but it apparently isn’t doctored. Is…

  8. Quote of the Day: Marlins’ President David Samson on Logan Morrison’s Twitter habit

    May 31, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

    Morrison_Logan

    As we’ve mentioned before, Logan Morrison has a pretty heavy Twitter habit.  He also has a pretty big following due to his quite colorful Twitter persona. So it’s no surprise that, if something Marlins-related is both cool and popular, the Marlins themselves don’t like it. Here’s team President David Samson: “I’m not a dinosaur. But…

  9. Albert Pujols leads in the initial NL All-Star voting

    May 31, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    Major League Baseball just released the leaders of the early All-Star voting in the National League.  It’s too damn early to actually argue about this stuff, so let’s just list the results with the vote totals in parenthesis: C: Buster Posey (785,314) 1B: Albert Pujols (988,784) 2B: Brandon Phillips (837,778) 3B: Placido Polanco (724,724) SS:…

  10. Hank Aaron receives an honorary degree from Princeton

    May 31, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Hank Aaron AP

    One of the more overlooked Bob Dylan songs of all time is “Day of the Locusts,” which recounts his mixed feelings on the day on which he received an honorary degree from Princeton University.  I love Bob Dylan more than any artist in the history of music, but like a lot of his songs, it…

  11. “Aw jeez, Joey Bats!”

    May 31, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    This is easily my favorite video from the MLB Fan Cave so far.

  12. Yesterday was a banner day for 7-3 scores

    May 31, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    2 53

    Last night I tweeted — and this morning in the recaps, I regurgitated — my surprise that there were four games yesterday which ended with a score of 7-3.  In response, Dianagram of the Value Over Replacement Grit blog researched the matter to see if, indeed, yesterday was a remarkable day for 7-3 scores.  Her…

  13. What’s wrong with Ubaldo Jimenez? Speed, or the lack thereof

    May 31, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez is having a hell of a bad year. He’s winless while posting a 5.86 ERA in nine starts.  The problem, as Dave Krieger notes in the Denver Post, is velocity: In separate conversations with Jimenez and Apodaca over the weekend, they agreed on one thing: Ubaldo’s velocity is not what it was a year ago.…

  14. Elijah Dukes got arrested again

    May 31, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    March: Elijah Dukes arrested; April: Elijah Dukes arrested; Wow, last day of May, but Dukes just made it under the wire to keep his streak alive! Former Major League Baseball outfielder Elijah Dukes spent part of his Memorial Day in jail, charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s…

  15. Great moments in Dads dropping their daughters to catch foul balls

    May 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Via SI’s Jimmy Traina and the It’s Always Sunny in Detroit blog comes video of Los Angeles’ nominee for Father of the Year:  

  16. The business of baseball and the business of movies: not all that different

    May 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Shia LaBoeuf

    I don’t know enough about the movie industry in order to know when the baseball GM/movie producer analogy in this story breaks down, but it’s an interesting read anyway: In baseball, as in the movie business, everyone wants to develop younger, cheaper talent. GMs do it either by trading established players for young prospects or…

  17. The Nationals are dangling Pudge Rodriguez; may be delusional about his value

    May 31, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez

    People have been speculating about this since Buster Posey got hurt last week, but Buster Olney reports that the Nationals have “reached out” to the Giants to gauge their interest in Ivan Rodriguez. Based on what Mike Rizzo had to say in today’s Washington Post, however, the Giants will actually have to give something up to…

  18. A world in which the 2008 Phillies went 79-83

    May 31, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    APBA Baseball

    The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., Michael G. Kovacevich, Prop. Michael G. Kovacevich has figured out a way to play an entire baseball season without a rainout, assuming he avoids spilling a diet pop on his infield. The 58-year-old historian and extreme baseball fan is near completion of the 2008 Major League Baseball season, playing every game…

  19. Oh good: Miguel Cabrera gets his driver’s license back

    May 31, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Miguel Cabrera‘s Maserati goes one-eighty-five. Got back his license, now he can drive. Life’s been good to him so far: Florida officials have returned Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera’s driver’s license, but he still faces DUI charges. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department determined Friday there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Cabrera had been…

  20. Do luxury boxes cause ballpark violence?

    May 31, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    luxury suite

    No, I didn’t formulate that question. Political blogger Mickey Kaus did in his “assignment desk” feature over at the Daily Caller. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Kaus uses the feature to play editor, coming up with a question that interests him, outlines the parameters and then “assigns” it to a reporter he thinks would…

  21. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 31, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    grilling

    Your office was probably closed over the long weekend, but HBT was open for business. Here are the highlights.

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

    May 31, 2011, 5:42 AM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Yankees 5, Athletics 0: Bartolo Colon with the four-hit shutout in which, in hindsight, the outcome was determined the moment Mark Teixeira hit his first inning homer.  A full house showed up at the Coliseum for this one. Gonna go out on a limb here and say that most of the fans weren’t there to…

  23. Russell Martin scratched with a sore toe

    May 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin fouled a ball off his foot in Saturday’s game against the Mariners. I hear that Steve Kelley thought it was a fantastic play.  The bad part of it is that it caused Joe Girardi to have to scratch Martin from today’s game with the Athletics.  Martin was originally in the lineup today but…

  24. Jose Reyes placed on the bereavement list

    May 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes will miss the next 3 to 7 days after the Mets placed him on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother in the Dominican Republic, Adam Rubin reports.  The Mets have not yet added anyone to the 25 man roster to take his place during that time. The Mets start off a…

  25. John Danks says Jose Bautista was “acting like a clown”

    May 30, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    John Danks

    Jose Bautista hit an infield popup in the fourth inning of yesterday’s White Sox-Blue Jays game and got mad at himself over it. The man pitching at the time was John Danks and he didn’t like the way Bautista handled himself.  They jawed at one another after Bautista slammed his bat down while running out…

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