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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Padres season ticket sales staff is the best

    May 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Customer Service Representative

    Because I’ve never lived in the same town as a major league baseball team — blast! — I’ve never been in a position to buy season tickets.  I have heard tell of others’ adventures in the land of season tickets before, however, and I usually either hear about how (a) the team’s ticket sales staff…

  2. Breaking: celebrities get special treatment by police

    May 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    steinbrenner in car

    We often ridicule celebrities who pull the “don’t you know who I am?” card whenever they have run-ins with the police, but you can’t fault them for trying. Because, at least in New York, the police knowing who you are can be really, really helpful! Star-struck cops have fixed tickets for big-time celebs, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and former…

  3. Paul Splittorff loses his battle with cancer

    May 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Paul Spitoroff

    Given the news we heard last week, this was inevitable, but no less sad: Royals pitcher Paul Splittorff died this morning, losing his battle with melanoma and oral cancer. Splittorff was the quintessential crafty lefty, never overpowering hitters but always finding a way.  His durability and effectiveness led him to become the all-time leader in victories…

  4. Fans, players, had to take cover in Texas last night

    May 25, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Texas Rangers

    As I mentioned in the recaps, tornado warnings, rain and hail in Dallas caused an extended delay of the White Sox-Rangers game last night, with fans being evacuated from the upper decks and then into tunnels in the ballpark for shelter. A story about the evacuation can be read here.  Over at Buzzfeed this morning…

  5. Fred Wilpon apologizes to the Mets, but it’s not good enough for some

    May 25, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    Fred Wilpon was going to fly to Chicago to apologize to the Mets in person, but after talking to Terry Collins and other team officials about what made the most sense, he chose to avoid a possible media scrum and apologize via speaker phone to Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and the Mets, who took the…

  6. The knives are out for Bob Geren

    May 25, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Bob Geren

    I don’t think anyone disagrees that Brian Fuentes was wrong to spout off about Bob Geren to the media the other night. Even Fuentes agrees, saying in his apology yesterday that he still believed everything he said about Geren’s lack of communication skills, but that he merely shouldn’t have shared it publicly like he did.…

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

    May 25, 2011, 5:56 AM EST

    Adam Jones

    Orioles 5, Royals 3: Adam Jones with the walkoff two-run homer as Baltimore smacks Joakim Soria around. At least one doctor voiced concern about Soria after the game. Now, the doctor is a dermatoligst, not an orthopedist, and he was hundreds of miles away at the time and has never once examined Soria, but since…

  8. Jorge De La Rosa pulled with a sore elbow

    May 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Jorge De La Rosa has pitched well this year, posting a 5-2 record and a 3.34 ERA and helping pick up the slack from a worse-than-expected Ubaldo Jimenez.  But it’s not all beer and Skittles in De La Rosa land, as he was pulled in the third inning of today’s start against the Dbacks with…

  9. There are a lot of legacies in this year’s draft

    May 24, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Steve Garvey

    I’m not really a draftnik. Amateur baseball players are a far flung lot and it’s not easy to keep track of them unless you’re Keith Law or someone and it’s your job to keep track of them.  With the exception of the Bryce Harpers and Stephen Strasburgs of the world, I usually begin to get…

  10. Jury: airplane manufacturer not responsible in Cory Lidle’s death

    May 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Cory Lidle

    It was just less than a month ago that the Cory Lidle wrongful death trial began. The claim, brought by Lidle’s family: that the manufacturer of the airplane Lidle was flying malfunctioned and was responsible for his death.  Today the jury came back with a verdict. They did not agree.  The FAA’s determination of the…

  11. Awful humanity ruins Bernie Brewer promotion

    May 24, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Bernie Brewer

    Sometimes I hate people. People and their grubby-ape fascination with baubles, tchotchkes, gewgaws, trinkets and kitsch, replacing the old ape instincts of hording fruit stores or whatever the hell else we did when we weren’t beating each other senseless with animal bones in front of monoliths: The Milwaukee Brewers were hoping for an enthusiastic response to their…

  12. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Phillies with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury

    May 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Watch me: I talk about the Phillies for nearly seven minutes, and not once do I take a cheap shot! Gotta be a new record for me.

  13. Bryan Stow’s family to sue the Dodgers

    May 24, 2011, 2:35 PM 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

    UPDATE: A copy of the lawsuit can be seen here. 2:35 PM: From the “It Was Only a Matter of Time Department” comes the latest news in a sad saga: The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow is expected to file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers today in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to…

  14. Dennis Eckersley rips Brian Fuentes

    May 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Dennis Eckersley

    A guy who knows a thing or two about closing in Oakland — Dennis Eckersley — took to the airwaves today to tear Brian Fuentes a new one over his post-game comments last night.  And not just any radio station, but the A’s flagship station, Sports Radio 95.7 in Oakland.  John Shea of the Chronicle…

  15. Alcohol-fueled incidents at the ballpark: is it any worse than it has always been?

    May 24, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Budweiser sign

    There’s an AP story today about alcohol at ballparks leading to increased violence, drunkenness, drunk driving and otherwise boorish behavior, pegged to a study by the University of Minnesota. The results are, um, sobering: Alcohol laws and guidelines at stadiums are poorly enforced, with research subjects pretending to be drunk being served 74 percent of…

  16. John Harper of the Daily News: Only a sometimes steroids skeptic

    May 24, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    In the wake of this morning’s Daily News column by John Harper, The Common Man takes a look at Harper’s past commentary about players and steroids and finds that, when it comes to New York players, current and former, Harper isn’t nearly so hung up on the issue of whether they were clean or not as…

  17. The Mets may have found a minority investor

    May 24, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    The last time we heard that the Mets were close to landing their sought-after minority investor — Steve Cohen — the deal went sideways.  So it was try, try again and, according to the New York Post, they’re getting close once again: Team ownership has chosen a preferred bidder — the group led by former…

  18. Jim Crane is not going to have any trouble with getting Bud Selig’s approval

    May 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    Last week the New York Times ran a story about discrimination claims lodged against Jim Crane’s company several years ago and wondered if the existence of such claims could complicate his approval as the new owner of the Houston Astros.  I was highly skeptical that would be an obstacle because if Bud Selig had any…

  19. The Giants are worried about Buster Posey

    May 24, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    buster-posey-nlcs-game-4

    They’re not worried about his bat or his glove or his chi or anything like that. Just his health, as he has taken a lot of foul tips to the cabeza lately: “He’s taken more than I’ve ever seen,” said manager Bruce Bochy, a catcher himself during his playing days with the Astros, Mets and…

  20. President Bush: would-be ball hawk

    May 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Bush Pierzynski.bmp

    Hey, not all ball hawks are successful, but former President Bush made a valiant effort at an Adrian Beltre foul ball at the White Sox-Rangers game last night.  If the woman in the red suit hadn’t gotten in front of him, I think W. has a chance at it. Or Laura does. I hear she…

  21. Bud Black: “there’s room to talk” about moving the fences in at Petco Park

    May 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Petco Park

    I’m hesitant to say that Padres manager Bud Black would like the fences to be moved in, because it seems from the article that the subject was brought up by reporters — and has been so brought up multiple times recently — and that Black was trying to be a bit coy with respect to…

  22. Albert Pujols ends his homer drought

    May 24, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?  Why, nothing that a nice night can’t fix. Pujols went yard last night in the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Padres. His homer broke a one month, 106 plate appearance homerless streak, the longest of his career. In that month, Pujols has actually seen his OBP rise from .309 to…

  23. Athletics’ closer Brian Fuentes rips manager Bob Geren

    May 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Bob Gerer, Brian Fuentes, Daric Barton

    Brian Fuentes has been inserted late into tie games a lot recently. While one possible takeaway from that is that the manager trusts you to get the team out of tight spots, that strategy has led to Fuentes (a) not being entirely sure what his role is; and (b) taking a bunch of losses. He’s…

  24. Wilpon: The Mets are “bleeding cash”

    May 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    There was a time, not too long ago, when if one were to suggest in a post on this blog that the Mets financial situation was dire, as opposed to merely being a troublesome, short-term cash flow annoyance, and that the Wilpons’ hold on the team was in serious jeopardy, as opposed to merely being…

  25. The Jose Bautista smear campaign continues

    May 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run last night, helping power the Blue Jays past the Yankees. The game and its aftermath is making me want to take a walk down memory lane. For instance, remember back in 2009 when speculating that an unusual spike in a player’s performance could be steroids-related would get you…

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