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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. Jim Northrup: 1939-2011

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Jim Northrup

    My folks weren’t really baseball fans, but they both grew up in Detroit, and the bandwagony, city-coming-together effect of the World Series champion Tigers of 1968 rubbed off on them enough to where players on that team were well-known names to me even before I really got my brain around baseball as a kid.  As…

  5. David Ortiz, A.J. Burnett eschew cliche following last night’s game

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    ANSWER: “We gotta play ‘em one day at a time. I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ballclub. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.” QUESTION: “What are ‘things A.J. Burnett and David Ortiz could have chosen to say after last night’s…

  6. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:57 AM EST

    Red Sox's Ortiz celebrates his two run home run against the New York Yankees with teammate Youkilis during the first inning of American League MLB baseball action at Yankee Stadium

    Red Sox 11, Yankees 6: The Bosox once again jump all over the Yankees, this time giving A.J. Burnett his worst night of the year. Notably, no Red Sox players were plunked in this one — And David Ortiz hit another homer — so I’m sure the tabloids that were calling for retribution for the…

  7. Report: Frank McCourt will meet the June 15th payroll

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    It’s been morbid fun watching Frank McCourt press to meet the Dodgers payroll, thereby holding off a takeover from Major League Baseball.  Last month we saw him mortgage his future a little bit.  The expectation this month was that he’d be sunk, given that Manny Ramirez is owed a big chunk of money in deferred…

  8. Joba Chamberlain to the disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Before the season started, the Yankees were touted as having the best bullpen in the bigs. Then they lost Pedro Feliciano before he could even get going and then Rafael Soriano (a) pitched poorly; and (b) would up hurt.  And things keep getting worse in that department:  Joba Chamberlain has been sent to the disabled list…

  9. Was Bryce Harper just … kissing back?

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Here to Eternity

    The plot — which was already kind of thin to begin with, even if it was fun — has thickened. CSN Washington reports that it’s possible that when Bryce Harper blew that kiss at the pitcher the other day, he was merely returning the favor from an earlier incident. As reported first by the Hagerstown…

  10. Happy Strasburg-a-versary

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Strasburg walks off

    Lots of promising young guys make their major league debut every year, but there aren’t many like Stephen Strasburg‘s, both in anticipation and in actual payoff.  It was a year ago tonight that Strasburg made his, and I’m still in awe over it. He struck out 14 Pirates batters without issuing a walk.  His last…

  11. Jayson Werth to miss his second straight game

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    Jayson Werth hurt his ankle Monday night and missed yesterday’s game because of it.  He was set to play in this afternoon’s game, but was a late scratch because the ankle is still bugging him. The more interesting part of this to me is how he hurt his ankle: tripping over the bullpen mounds down…

  12. The Indians call up Cord Phelps, start him at second base today

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians  Photo Day

    Prospect hounds and Indians fans will find this interesting: Cleveland called up infield prospect Cord Phelps today, and started him at second base in the game going on right now against the Twins. He grounded out to second in his first at bat. Phelps was a third round pick in the 2008 draft. So far…

  13. HBT Daily: On showboating, bat-flipping and other such nonsense

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I try to figure out exactly why Bryce Harper’s kisses get us angry but David Ortiz’s bat flips don’t.

  14. Great moments in defense: Kansas City Royals edition

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    It’s shaping up to be a pretty slow day, so let’s just keep watching videos, OK? Watch this one from the first run scored in the Royals-Jays game last night. It’s basically a replay of every single game I played in from the age of 7 through the end of my baseball career at the…

  15. Would you like to watch the Derek Lowe arrest video? Of course you would.

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    derek lowe mugshot

    I’m mostly shocked that Lowe wasn’t charged for having that shirt tucked into khaki shorts.

  16. Chipper Jones says Jason Heyward needs to get back on the field

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    I’m hesitant to say that this is an instance of Chipper Jones “calling out” Jason Heyward, but that’s only because the Braves have such little history of anyone calling anyone out for anything, I’m not certain that I can recognize a true Braves “calling out” when I see it. But yeah, Chipper is pretty much calling Jason…

  17. Pablo Sandoval’s rehab is going well

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    sandoval cap

    Pablo Sandoval began a minor league rehab stint last week following his surgery at the beginning of May.  It’s going well: last night he homered and drove in four runs for Fresno. Assuming no other physical setbacks, Sandoval could be activated by the weekend. And the Giants could use him. When he went down he was…

  18. More rumblings that Jorge Posada will be released by the All-Star break

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Posada

    We heard this last month, but we’re hearing it again: If Jorge Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone.  Here’s how Ian O’Connor put it in his column at ESPN New York this morning: Posada doesn’t have two more seasons beyond this one on his contract, with a player option for a third.…

  19. Carlos Gomez made a great catch

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Carlos Gomez catch.bmp

    The Mets won, but it wouldn’t have been as close if it weren’t for Carlos Gomez. Check out his catch for the third out in the top of the seventh inning, robbing Carlos Beltran of a homer. No, I got nothin’ to add to it.  Sometimes you just gotta watch a great catch.

  20. The Guillen family is not pleased with the draft thus far

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Ozzie Guillen

    I missed this the other night, but Oney Guillen — son of Ozzie, enemy of Kenny Williams and former White Sox employee — wasn’t a big fan of the White Sox’ first pick the draft, Keenyn Walker.  Here he is on Twitter: Shocker white sox pick another good athlete black kid. How about picking a good…

  21. Ortiz’s bat flip inflames tabloids more than the Yankees

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    David Ortiz

    As Matthew mentioned last night, David Ortiz flipped his bat in a somewhat flamboyant style after hitting his two-run homer off Hector Noesi in the top of the fifth (video here).  After the game, Joe Girardi said “I didn’t really care for it,” inasmuch as it was kind of showing up Noesi. After that, however,…

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

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:28 AM EST

    Rubby De La Rosa

    Dodgers 6, Phillies 2: It was the first career start for Rubby De La Rosa. I saw him in spring training and man does he have great stuff. His control wasn’t anything to write home about here but he was effective enough over five innings to pick up the win. Also making his first start…

  23. A.L. All-Star balloting update: Teixeira and Gonzalez are neck and neck

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    Major League Baseball has announced the latest in the A.L. All-Star balloting and the most interesting voting race is at first base, where  Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez are neck and neck. Teixeira has 1,333,445 votes. Gonzalez has 1,268,706. Otherwise it’s all the same as it was last week, with Yankees holding just about every position. Josh…

  24. Aroldis Chapman is heading in the wrong direction

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    chapman getty

    Reds’ flamethrower Aroldis Chapman was sent down to AAA because he couldn’t locate the strike zone.  Well, his control improved a tick once he went down to Louisville, but it came at the expense of his stuff, because he got tattooed there: nine hits and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings.  As a result, the Reds…

  25. Jim Leyritz wrote a book

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    I wouldn’t want to read a book written by Jim Leyritz even if hadn’t been involved in an accident that resulted in someone’s death, so you can be more sure of anything in the universe that I won’t be reading a book written by Jim Leyritz that focuses on that tragic accident. Someone disagrees, however, because…

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