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Craig Calcaterra

  1. In addition to bursitis, Kevin Youkilis has a hernia too

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    In addition to Kevin Youkilis‘ hip bursitis, it turns out that the Red Sox’ third baseman also has a hernia. That according to Pete Abraham and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The hernia will require surgery, but Youkilis is going to wait until the offseason for that. It’s probably not doing wonderful things for…

  2. The Phillies continue to destroy potential playoff opponents

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    I’ve said that making playoff predictions is a sucker’s game. Anything can happen and anyone who says that the best team from the regular season is a lock to win the World Series is ignorant of recent history. That said, I’m having a hard time seeing who is going to pose a serious challenge to the…

  3. Kimbrel Unit malfunctions, Cards beat Braves in 10

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Someone had better perform a level 2 diagnostic on the Kimbrel Unit’s positronic net, because the results it achieved last night were well outside normal operating parameters. The Braves were up 3-1 on the Cards heading into the bottom of the ninth last night when Craig Kimbrel, perhaps the most automatic thing in baseball this…

  4. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    It’s gonna be really interesting if the Rays sweep the Red Sox and make a genuine wild card race in the American League. And by “interesting” I mean “totally hilarious for everyone who isn’t a Red Sox fan.”  And no one — but no one — will feel more uncomfortable about it than Carl Crawford.…

  5. UPDATE: Kevin Youkilis has bursitis

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:17 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: After last night’s game, Terry Francona said that Youkilis has bursitis and received a cortisone shot. It has not been determined if Youkilis will rejoin the team Saturday or wait in Boston for the start of a homestand that begins Tuesday. Friday, 4:40 PM: Kevin Youkilis has reportedly left the Red Sox in order to…

  6. Jim Crane tells his side of the story

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane, the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros is fed up. He’s fed up with waiting for MLB approval and he’s really fed up with the talk about why that approval is being held up.  You would too if it reminded people of past allegations of war profiteering, discrimination claims and details about a custody…

  7. Comment of the Day: some journalism deep-think

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Press

    Gleeman and I were chatting a while ago about why the news is so damn slow lately. We basically think it’s all about the lack of pennant races. If there were more races, more attention would be paid and national outlets would be sending their guys to big important series that, this year, aren’t happening.…

  8. Must-Click Link: Vin Scully talks about his greatest calls

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    I don’t subscribe to GQ — I live the lifestyle baby — but there’s a good article in the October issue, also available here online.  It’s a conversation with Vin Scully and in it he details the circumstances surrounding some of his biggest calls in the game. I’m sure most if not all of these…

  9. Some more arguing about what an MVP really is

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    jose bautista points getty

    At the outset I’ll state that I disagree with a lot — and awful lot — of what Ken Rosenthal says in his latest column.  The biggest disagreement is Rosenthal’s stance that an MVP should play for a contender. I’ve been over that territory many times before, so I won’t regurgitate it here. But despite…

  10. Pat Burrell may be forced to retire

    Sep 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    burrell getty bat

    Sure, his performance is going to make it difficult for Pat Burrell to get any more major league work, but underlying that performance is that chronic foot injury from which he’s been suffering all summer.  I wasn’t really clear on the nature of it until I read Hank Schulman’s piece in the Chronicle this morning:…

  11. Nyjer Morgan is now “Tony Hush”

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    morgan ap

    Nyjer Morgan‘s alter ego — Tony Plush — got him in some trouble on Twitter the other night. So now he’s going with a new moniker: Also, for those interested in the blowback from the Nyjer Morgan-Cardinals dust-up from last night, there isn’t a whole lot to report. He referred to himself in the clubhouse earlier…

  12. Frank McCourt’s lawyer: the $1.2B bid for the Dodgers is “a publicity stunt”

    Sep 9, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    dodgers logo

    As soon as that from-out-of-nowhere $1.2 billion offer for the Dodgers was reported, folks were skeptical about the motive and veracity of the bid. Add Frank McCourt to the skeptics. As Bill Shaikin reports, a recent court filing has his lawyers referring to the offer as a “publicity stunt,” saying that it was unsolicited and…

  13. Jose Rijo is not having a great retirement

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Rijo

    Remember Jose Rijo? His nasty, nasty stuff? Those great years with the Reds?  Yeah, that was a long time ago. In recent years we’ve heard about him mostly in infamy. He was neck-deep in the international prospect shenanigans that brought down Jim Bowden in Washington. And now we have this: The Justice Ministry’s Anti-laundering Unit…

  14. The “Moneyball” movie may be good

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    I’ve been a bit skeptical of the “Moneyball” movie for a long time. I worry that it will be too impenetrable for mainstream audiences and too simplified and Hollywood-ized for baseball freaks, thus leaving everyone disappointed. I’d like to be pleasantly surprised, but I’m not holding out super strong hope. Our own Aaron Gleeman is…

  15. Your latest “Baseball is dying” column

    Sep 9, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    baseball

    The first professional baseball team was established in 1869.  Two weeks later someone probably wrote a column about how baseball was dying, on its way out and utterly utterly doomed. From then until the present day, scribes have proclaimed baseball to be a dead sport walking. Here’s the latest, from the pages of the Kansas…

  16. Report: Chuck LaMar quit because he questioned the Phillies’ commitment to player development

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Phillies Logo

    Bill Conlin prefaces all of this by saying that it’s just what he’s hearing, not necessarily the God’s Honest Truth, but he tells a story in the Philadelphia Daily News today about why Chuck LaMar resigned as the Phillies’ assistant general manager. A story — with “quotes” that appear to be paraphrasing, not things actually said…

  17. The State of the Races

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

    AL EAST The spread: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but both the Yankees and Red Sox lose. New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: It’s gonna be funny when the prognosticators look at the stumbling finish each of these teams seems to be embarking upon and uses it to…

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

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:18 AM EDT

    Ronny Paulino, Chipper Jones

    Braves 6, Mets 5; Braves 5, Mets 1: A makeup doubleheader. Chipper Jones made like it was 1999 and that dismantling the Mets was still his primary purpose on the Earth. Those were the days. He hit a homer doubled and scored twice in game 1 He drove in two more in the nightcap. Something…

  19. Wait: is Albert Pujols a big jerk or something? Since when?

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    I’ve had an interesting conversation with some Brewers fans on Twitter in the past few minutes.  It started when a guy named @brewfangrb called me and a couple others out for being critical of Nyjer Morgan in the wake of last night’s dustup with the Cardinals. The point wasn’t to defend Morgan — the guy and…

  20. Tony La Russa: Smooth

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Following up on Joe Morgan doing the chicken dance, we have Tony La Russa playing maracas for Carlos Santana. The guitar player, not the catcher. Dave Brown has the story — and a photo of La Russa shakin’ ’em — over at Big League Stew. No word on whether or not La Russa protested Santana’s…

  21. Joe Morgan is keeping busy

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    You have a Hall of Fame Second Baseman leading your Chicken Dance. Your argument is invalid: Reds great and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will lead the annual World’s Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest next Saturday … “Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has long been regarded as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in North America and the second largest in…

  22. Old Style will continue to flow in Wrigley Field

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Old Style

    Did you know that there was a chance that Old Style Beer — a fixture for over 60 years — would not be sold in Wrigley Field after this year?  Seems that the brewer and the Cubs have ironed out their differences, however, and have extended their pouring rights agreement through 2013. Sorry Cubs fans.…

  23. Charlie Morton is out of the Pirates rotation

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    At least for now. He’s bring moved aside in favor of lefty Jeff Locke. I realize that this of little interest to non-Pirates fans and non-fantasy players (uber deep league fantasy players if guys like Morton and Locke are implicated), but a story like this interest me because they shows us just how damn long…

  24. What would MLB do if a team plane crashed?

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Old airliner

    In light of yesterday’s tragic crash of the plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, Al Yellon of SB Nation details the plans in place — which Major League Baseball is understandably loathe to talk much about — in the event that tragedy were to strike a major league team in which more than five of its players…

  25. Reggie Jackson has regrets?

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    Marc Carig has a good piece over at Baseball Prospectus today. He talks with Reggie Jackson about Mr. October’s all-time strikeout record and how, in hindsight, Reggie wishes he had cut down on his mighty hack.  Marc adds some analysis of his own comparing the guy who was once thought of as an insane whiffer…

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