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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Yankees add Kevin Whelan to the bullpen

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    Yesterday Matthew ran down the immediate possibilities for the now-depleted Yankees bullpen. One of them he mentioned was Kevin Whelan, who has a 30/6 K/BB ratio and a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s closer this season.  That possibility is now a reality as the Yankees have called him up. One would hope, if one…

  2. Must-click link: Tim Marchman on Bill Veeck

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Bill Veeck

    Over at Baseball Prospectus today, Tim Marchman writes a piece about Bill Veeck that isn’t like any piece you’ve read about Bill Veeck. It’s partially about Chicago (where Marchman lives and Veeck lived) but mostly about Veeck’s forays into way ahead-of-its-time baseball television. One of the things he did was a pilot for a show…

  3. Tony La Russa to overmanage his 5000th game tonight

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Ah, I kid La Russa, because he’s a kidder.  Wait, no he’s not. He’s one of the more humorless managers in recent history. Hmmm, how about I kid Tony La Russa because I’m just not that big a fan. But even if I’m not a fan I do admire and respect his accomplishments, which will…

  4. Nats’ draftee Zach Houchins is in Twitter trouble

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    Nationals logo

    The Nats’ 15th round pick was a shortstop named Zach Houchins, who played for  Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.  Mr. Houchins used to have a Twitter account, but he deleted it after people noticed that he had a bunch of inflammatory stuff on there.  A lesson Mr. Houchins was apparently not taught: deleting your Twitter account doesn’t really…

  5. Why are reporters in locker rooms anyway?

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Press

    Over at the Wall Street Journal today Craig Wolff writes about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time: what purpose, exactly, does it serve to have reporters in the locker room before and after games? Read the thinking-it-through parts of it all, which are good, but here’s the central question I think: In…

  6. HBT Daily: The at-bat walkup song draft

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    wutang

    We’re doing something a little different today. This time, with voting. Note. Tiffany says “I’m going getto. All the time.” And watch for the pic of Darth Vader.

  7. There’s a (sadly non-binding) fan poll for the Home Run Derby

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton Home Run Derby

    I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently there is a fan poll in which people can vote for who they’d like to see in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.  You can vote here. Major League Baseball just announced who was leading the voting thus far: In the NL it’s Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and…

  8. Firing Bob Geren is not gonna solve the A’s problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Lew Wolff

    If you believe what we’ve been hearing about the Atheltics’ clubhouse issues — and I tend to believe it — Bob Geren had to go. He had lost his team, assuming he ever had ‘em, and it was time for a change. The second pass at all of that — that it wasn’t Bob Geren…

  9. How not to solve the Astros’ problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Biggio Bagwell

    Richard Justice has a story today in which he asks Lance Berkman about how the Astros should go about rebuilding when the new ownership group comes on board. I can’t say I disagree with most of what Berkman says. Sure, he’s a little too kind to the Astros’ current rotation, but it’s not like he’s…

  10. Is draft nepotism really a big deal?

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    I hate nepotism. I’d probably still hate nepotism even if I ever had a relative who could do me a favor, which I didn’t (damn). I’d probably still hate nepotism even if my first job in the law hadn’t been working for a guy who hired his son a couple of years later and treated him…

  11. David Ortiz and Josh Beckett blame the media for plunkings

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    David Ortiz

    Here was David Ortiz after last night’s game, in which he was plunked: “I just want to thank [the media]. Not all of you, but some of you, for the stat today about be not being hit. I finally got hit. I hope you [expletive] are happy.” Then Josh Beckett: “I’m still trying to figure…

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

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EST

    Geovany Sot

    Sorry it’s coming a bit late this morning. Your author was under the weather last night and decided that rather than stay up watching baseball and reading box scores that an early bedtime was in order. Anyway: Cubs 4, Phillies 3: Ryan Madson had been gold in save situations, but came up pyrite last night: Geovany…

  13. Logan Morrison is not happy with the Marlins’ firing of hitting coach John Mallee

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    mallee pose

    Yesterday the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee.  Today Logan Morrison made it clear that he — and possibly others on the team — were not at all happy with the move. “They felt Mallee had to go. I don’t feel that way. He’s there from day one. He got me to the big leagues.…

  14. Albert Pujols is playing third base again

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    There will come a time when Albert Pujols getting the start at third base will no longer be newsworthy. To be honest, it probably came the last time he started at third base. But hey, it’s almost 5, I’ve been up since 4AM, I’m getting punchy and posting about this seems better than trying to…

  15. Nyjer Morgan was quite pleased following last night’s game

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan got the game-winning hit last night. Methinks he was somewhat happy about it.

  16. Doug Glanville’s survival guide for first round picks

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Crash and Nuke

    ESPN’s Doug Glanville was a first round pick with the Cubs in 1991, so he knows all about how fresh bonus baby meat learns the ropes.  Today he has a great column up about all of the little things the first round picks are going to have to get to know about their new lives…

  17. Is changing managers in the middle of the season a good idea?

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

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    In honor of the firing of Bob Geren, The Common Man updates and re-presents his study from a year ago in which he examined whether changing managerial horses in midstream actually helps teams.  The short version: eh, not really, at least from a won-loss perspective.  But it’s entirely possible — and in the case of…

  18. Dylan Bundy would hit Bryce Harper four times if he blew a kiss at him

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Dylan Bundy was the Orioles’ top draft pick.  I can’t say that I like interleague play, but based on what he said about the Bryce Harper argle-bargle while appearing on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore yesterday, I’d like to see the Nats and Orioles play 50 times a year starting in 2013: Host Steve Davis: “So…

  19. HBT Daily: Thursday Twitter questions

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Come for the question about Francisco Rodriguez. Stay for the revelation of the movie Tiffany has not seen!

  20. The Athletics fire Bob Geren, hire Bob Melvin

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:22 PM EST

    Bob Geren

    Wow: ten minutes after I do an extended “Logan’s Run” riff on Bob Geren, speculating that he’ll be gone come this September when he turns 50, the A’s go and fire him.  Geren is out: Bob Melvin takes over. The A’s have lost nine in a row and absolutely nothing has gone right for them.…

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

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    The Question

    If it’s Thursday, it’s Twitter question day. Here are the ones that didn’t make the video, which will be posted in a few minutes: Q: Was Billy Beane smart enough to put in some kind of escape clause with Bob Geren? Yep. Geren turns 50 this September. Few people know this, but his contract requires that…

  22. Ozzie wasn’t tweeting mad about where his son was drafted

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Yesterday we wrote about Ozzie Guillen’s grumpy tweets from Tuesday night which I and many others took to be in response to where his son Ozney was taken in the draft. We got that wrong because as Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports, Ozzie was on about something else: In truth, Guillen was writing about…

  23. So, who did the best in the draft?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    I was asked to be on a radio show last night to talk about the baseball draft. This despite telling the host up front that I know next to nothin’ about the draft. When I pressed the guy for an answer on which way he wanted to go with it, he said that he wanted…

  24. Ernie Harwell’s memorabilia collection is at risk

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Ernie Harwell

    A sad story from the Detroit News: Ernie Harwell’s personal baseball memorabilia collection — which is reputed to be worth millions and contain stuff collectors and fans would love to see — is being mismanaged by the Detroit Public Library, to whom Harwell entrusted it: He entrusted it to the library and dreamed that one…

  25. For this Rays’ road trip: pajamas

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Pajamas

    Joe Maddon and the Rays have continued to do the dress-up thing as they leave for road trips. Last time’s grunge was … poor. This week’s pajamas works much, much better. Especially David Price, laying down in the blue and brown argyle.  Lookin’ good. James Shields in the tie-dye is … a bit much.

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