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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The nerdiest baseball article you’ll ever see. Ever. Really.

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Sisko baseball

    Because I often drop references to Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, comics and other similar fare, I get accused of being a nerd from time to time.  It’s OK. I own it. Not gonna run away from that because I am who I am and I’m OK with that. But if you ever thought…

  2. The Marlins’ new ballpark is green

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    A fan holds a placard during an MLB National League baseball game between the Marlins and the Nationals in Miami

    No, not the color green. Green as in environmentally friendly green. Or at least as environmentally friendly a ballpark in a neighborhood not accessible by useful mass transit can possibly be! The kitchen hosts energy efficient appliances and the hood is self cleaning, which means no chemicals are needed. The paint in the stadium emits less toxic fumes, Estevez…

  3. Matty Alou: 1938-2011

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Matty Alou

    Sad news: Matty Alou has died. He was 72. No cause of death was given. An overdose of being a really awesome and underrated contact hitter is being investigated. Alou, as most folks know, was part of what — with a nod to the DiMaggios — was arguably the most successful trio of brothers in…

  4. Ron Santo is back on the Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ron Santo

    After getting totally boned by the Hall of Fame for decades, Ron Santo will once again be up for consideration as part of the new-look Veterans Committee process. At this year’s Winter Meetings Santo — and 10 other former players — will be up for votes as part of the “Golden Era” slate of candidates…

  5. Let’s watch someone convince himself that Wilson Valdez isn’t a falloff from Jimmy Rollins

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Wilson Valdez

    I don’t know if Jimmy Rollins is going to stay in Philly. I kind of think he will because it’s a great match and I have a hard time envisioning a world in which he isn’t wearing red pinstripes. But I do know this much: if he leaves the Phillies, the team would be way worse…

  6. Bryan Stow writes his name

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    This ceased to be a baseball story a long damn time ago. And maybe it’s no longer properly in HBT’s jurisdiction. But I kinda don’t care. Sometimes you just have to highlight the fact that there’s some hope in this mean old world and, for whatever reason, Bryan Stow’s progress represents hope to me right…

  7. Mike Maddux, Dale Sveum Cubs managerial candidates

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mike Maddux

    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times hears from his sources that the Cubs may move relatively quickly on the replacement of Mike Quade, and that two candidates are thought to be at the top of the list: Mike Maddux and Dale Sveum. Sveum, the Brewers hitting coach,  interviewed with the Red Sox yesterday. Maddux, the…

  8. Roy Oswalt wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    Roy Oswalt’s agent told Jon Paul Morosi that Oswalt wants to sign a “long-term” contract. This winter.  Hurm.  Depends what he considers “long-term” I suppose. Oswalt is still effective when he pitches — he had a 3.69 ERA and a 93/33 K/BB ratio in 139 innings in 2011 — but he’s got back problems and…

  9. The Dodgers sign Juan Rivera for one year, $4.5 million

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi tweets that the Dodgers have signed outfielder Juan Rivera to one-year, $4.5 million contract. The deal is, as always, pending a physical. The $4.5 million is a pay cut from the $5.25 million he made in 2011. Rivera split time between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers last year, coming to L.A.…

  10. Must-click link: Bing Russell and Lou Gehrig’s bat

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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    There is a fantastic story over at The Postgame by Steve Henson that went live late Monday night. Thanks to Old Gator I read it this morning. The topic: Bing Russell, Lou Gehrig’s last home run bat and a whole lot more. Bing Russell is the father of actor Kurt Russell and the grandfather of…

  11. Steve Garvey and a billion others line up to bid on the Dodgers

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:28 AM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that former Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey is preparing to put in a bid for the team in the upcoming bankruptcy auction which will finally wrest control of the team from the clutches of Frank McCourt. Garvey went on record last February with his interest in buying the team.  Of…

  12. Barry Bonds makes a PSA for Bryan Stow

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    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

    Barry Bonds quietly reached out to Bryan Stow’s family following the Opening Day attack, pledging to help put Stow’s kids through college.  Now he has a PSA with the Stow family in which he promotes the fund he’s created for that purpose.  Some background here.  Here’s the video: I suppose it’s still possible to think…

  13. Same as the old boss: Fox may bid for the Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    Michele Steele of Bloomberg Television reports that, according to some people in the company, Fox is interested in bidding on the Dodgers when they’re auctioned off in bankruptcy. As Steele later tweeted, this would simply be about the costs of programming, not about actually, you know, wanting to buy a baseball team.  She notes that…

  14. Len Dykstra to fight Jose Canseco? Um, OK.

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    I wasn’t even aware that they let Len Dykstra out of jail, but apparently he’s free on bail because according to this farkakte press release that readers Jonny 5 and Bicepts each brought to my attention, he’s free enough to where he’s going to fight Jose Canseco in one of those ghastly celebrity boxing match…

  15. Bryce Harper is destroying the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    harper futures getty

    We mock his immaturity, but we must marvel at his abilities: Bryce Harper is playing in the Arizona Fall League, and he’s basically toying with it:  He was was 2-4 with a homer and two RBI yesterday and, in the last eight games, he’s hit five homers and 17 RBI. There are several players with…

  16. The Cubs and Nats are interested in Mark Buehrle

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Actually, a ton of teams will likely be interested in Mark Buehrle because he’s reliable as all get out and may be the best free agent pitching option on the market this year. But at the moment we’re at least getting reports of two clubs with more concrete interest: the Cubs and the Nationals. According…

  17. Former-Astro Hunter Pence named Astros MVP

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    This is fun. The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America votes on the Astros MVP every year. And then, later this winter, there’s a banquet held in his honor which also serves as a fundraiser for team charities and as an unofficial kickoff to the 2012 season.  And the winner of the…

  18. The Marlins are gonna spend some money this winter

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    There are very few franchises out there whose decisions have been influences by payroll constraints and, in some cases, unadulterated parsimony than the Florida Marlins.  Every year the story is the same: incremental improvements, hope the kids get better and then, at some point, the departure of someone who has the audacity to make more…

  19. Aaron Cook will talk to the Padres and Reds in free agency

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook is a free agent now that the Rockies have declined their $11 million option on him for 2012.  And like a lot of recently-injured or ineffective starting pitchers, he said that he’d talk to the San Diego Padres.  You know the pattern by now: it’s a big, pitcher-friendly park and it’s a great…

  20. With La Russa retired, who manages the NL in next year’s All-Star Game?

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The guy whose team wins the pennant always manages that league’s All-Star team the following summer.  Tony La Russa is that guy in the NL, but he’ll be playing shuffleboard or something next July. So who gets the gig? Rick Hummel writes about that over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today. Could be La Russa. That’s…

  21. ESPN’s PR people gave away the Gold Glove winners in advance

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Gold Glove

    The Gold Glove is a joke of an award these days. The process determining the winners is hopelessly flawed in conception (are other players and managers the best judge of this stuff?) and almost but not quite always results in the wrong people winning (No Peter Bourjos? Really?). But hey, an award is an award and…

  22. The Cubs expect to make a decision on Mike “dead man walking” Quade within a week

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mike Quade

    Theo Epstein met with manager Mike Quade on Friday to discuss Quade’s future [cough!] lack thereof [cough!] with the Cubs. No word since then, but this afternoon Epstein was asked and he said that they had “a productive conversation” and that they hope to have a decision on Quade within a week. I’ve mentioned before…

  23. Rob Dibble would like you to know how much he hates the Nationals organization

    Nov 1, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    dibble1

    Let’s review Rob Dibble’s past couple of years: 1. Slamming the Washington Nationals organization’s top prospect for being soft for coming out of a game when, in fact, he had a torn ligament; 2. Getting fired for it; 3. Slamming the Washington Nationals organization itself for allegedly rushing back the top prospect in order to…

  24. The Yankees cut ties with Andrew Brackman

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Andrew Brackman

    Andrew Brackman was the Yankees’ first round pick in 2007. He’s tall. He had some serious promise. But he’s never put it together at all, and today the Yankees declined his 2012 option — he had a major league deal — and Brackman is now a free agent. Brackman had Tommy John surgery after he…

  25. Edwin Encarnacion to try left field

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that Edwin Encarnacion is playing left field in winter ball. What’s more, he’s expected to continue to play left when Blue Jays spring training gets underway. Encarnacion has been an increasing adventure at his natural position, third base. As such, the Jays have used him as DH more often than…

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