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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Rape charges dropped against Garrett Wittels

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    You’ll recall that  Florida International University baseball star Garrett Wittels and two friends had rape charges filed against them in the Bahamas last year.  Well, that’s over: they’ve been dropped:  Authorities decided the evidence didn’t support prosecution. The three young men, represented in the Bahamas by Thomas Evans and present in court Monday, were accused…

  2. The Reds have a decision to make on Aroldis Chapman

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    As John Fay reports, Arolids Chapman’s rehab time is up on Tuesday, and at that point the Reds have to decide if they’re going to call him back to Cincy or option him to the minors. It had been shaping up to be an easy decision until Saturday — keep the man down — but…

  3. Report: Major League Baseball rejects the Dodgers-Fox deal

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    UPDATE: Now it’s official, with Shaikin and everyone else reporting that Major League Baseball has, in fact, rejected the Dodgers-Fox deal and that Frank McCourt has, in fact, been notified of it. So now it’s go-time. 1:06 PM: Um, OK, Bill Shaikin reports that MLB has not notified McCourt of any decision on Fox deal. Shaikin…

  4. Here’s an idea: Barry Zito for Alfonso Soriano

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    No, this isnt’ a rumor or even a rumbling. It’s the wholesale invention — and a creative one — by Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News: the Giants and the Cubs trade Barry Zito for Alfonso Soriano. The rationale: the Cubs pitching stinks and the Giants offense needs help, and since both guys are…

  5. Jack McKeon accepts the Marlins’ job. So: how old is Jack McKeon?

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    It’s official: Jack McKeon has accepted the job as Marlins’ interim manager. As I said this morning, the McKeon-is-old jokes will grow tired soon. I think the “let’s put Jack McKeon’s age in perspective thing” has some legs, however. Not mocking his age, mind you, just noting his experience in the game and how having…

  6. MLB is taking a second look at Jim Crane

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    This probably won’t complicate the sale of the Astros, but Phil Rogers reports that, in the wake of Maury Brown’s Forbes report about the skeletons in Jim Crane’s closet, the league is taking a closer look at his background. Rogers says that Crane had already been vetted — which makes sense, given how long he’s…

  7. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez watches his triple against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I sort of don’t feel like doing little state-of-the-team factoids this week. They are who we thought they were for the most part. There’s an argument for making the Marlins last, but I almost feel sorry for them. There’s an argument to make the Twins even higher, but I’m not sure who to drop below…

  8. Suspect in Bryan Stow beating faces a hearing today

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Giovanni Ramirez, a suspect in the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium, still has not been charged in that case. And today he faces a hearing in which he could go free if it’s not found that he has violated his parole. If that happens he could be re-arrested again with specific connection to the…

  9. Alex Rodriguez has a messed up shoulder

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Wallace Mathews of ESPN New York reports that Alex Rodriguez has a shoulder strain that has been hampering his power for a couple of weeks. Joe Girardi and Rodriguez are downplaying it, but his shoulder has been wrapped heavily before and after games, Matthews reports. It hasn’t hampered his timing or anything — he had…

  10. Olney: Jack McKeon to manage the Marlins

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Jack McKeon

    It was only rumored yesterday, but last night Buster Olney reported that, yep, 80-year-old Jack McKeon is going to take over the Marlins as interim manager. It’s fun to put McKeon’s age and experience into perspective with little factoids such as “McKeon’s first game as a Major League manager happened over three months before I…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Edwin Rodriguez, Jeffrey Loria

    I think I need the weekend wrap more than you guys do at this point.

  12. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:38 AM EST

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    I’m not going to lie to you: there’s a lot more information about bourbon in today’s recap than there is about baseball. So, you know, be warned.

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:48 AM EST

    Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2: Justin Upton with the walkoff homer, served up by Santiago Casilla in the 10th. It was Upton’s first game-ending homer ever. He also had a single and a double on the day, but remember, don’t you dare say that he was a triple short of the cycle, because that’s just dumb,…

  14. Saturday’s Brewers-Red Sox game is now a night game

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    If you have tickets or plan on vegging in front of the Brewers-Red Sox game on Saturday, beware: the original 1:10 PM start time has been moved to 7 PM due to the Boston Bruins victory parade. This has probably long been in the contingency plans for city planners, but they had to translate the original…

  15. Quote of the Day: Adam Dunn on interleague play

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn — a DH – is not a fan of playing interleague games in NL parks: “It does suck, yes. But that’s another reason why I’m anti-interleague. It’s not fun … The interleague thing is just awful. It just ruins everything. Especially if you look at Boston. People like Ortiz. He’s having a great…

  16. Brandon Phillips: Twitter God

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

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    On a day when a congressman resigned because he misused Twitter, Amy K. Nelson reminds us in a nice story over at ESPN.com that Twitter is just a medium. It’s the nature of the person who uses it that matters.  Specifically when that person is Brandon Phillips: Yet it seems as though @DatDudeBP just might…

  17. Baseball is being ruined by the “cult of individualism,” says some guy

    Jun 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    The thinker

    I get accused — not wrongly — of over thinking things from time to time. Well I got nothin’ on David Sirota, who writes in Salon today about how our society’s veneration of the individual over the collective is ruining baseball. The basis of his argument: a study which shows that teams who spend big…

  18. Jeremy Guthrie leaves game with a back strain

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Orioles starter was having a nice day against the Blue Jays. He had five shutout innings under his belt with five strikeouts, but then he had to leave the game with a strained back. Updates will come later. You never want to see a starter hurt, but given that the Orioles are probably thinking about putting…

  19. Lesbian couple files discrimination complaint against Target Field security

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

    Look, if I have to see fat hairy Bob and his wife Betty up on the jumbotron when they do the kiss cam thing, I had better not hear that ballpark security is out on the concourses trying to keep a couple of nice ladies who are in love from kissing one another.  Wait, what?…

  20. HBT Daily: Answering your Twitter questions

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Earlier today we handled all the geeky ones. This time, the non-geeky. Mostly.

  21. Jim Hendry gets the dreaded vote of confidence

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    Hey Tom Rickketts! What do you think of the general manager who put together this abomination of a Cubs roster? Ricketts said he has “100 percent confidence” in Jim Hendry, though he didn’t quite guarantee that the general manager will finish out the final year of his contract through the 2012 season. “We’ll see what the…

  22. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    The Question

    Warning: this week’s entry is extra long and embarrassingly geeky.

  23. Chris Snyder and wife victims of a road rage incident

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    This is kinda freaky: Pirates catcher Chris Snyder, his wife and his kids were in the car yesterday. Snyder just had back surgery last week and his wife was driving. She apparently cut off a guy on a scooter — or at least the guy on the scooter thought so — so he followed them…

  24. Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers goes beyond finances

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin reports today that, while Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers was initially intended to focus on team finances, it has expanded into matters pertaining to security at Dodger Stadium and interviews of former team executives. The security angle interests me the most in light of the lawsuit brought by the family of…

  25. Play of the day: by a fan with a hat

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning of last night’s Cubs-Brewers game.  It was a nice homer. Should have gone out on Waveland Avenue. But this fan and his hat had other ideas. That’s serious hat-savvy. Especially considering that, based on where the fan was sitting, he was probably a good three…

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