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Craig Calcaterra

  1. NBC blogger looks to pick fight with millions, proposes “putting ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ out to pasture”

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    American Flag

    Not me! I swear! Even though I pretty much agree with everything Off The Bench’s Rick Chandler says in his post today about getting rid of “The Star Spangled Banner” as our national anthem:* Now, no one loves America more than me, except perhaps Apollo Creed. But I say it may be time to put The…

  2. Jim Leyland doesn’t think Justin Verlander should be the MVP

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    The “Justin Verlander should be given MVP consideration” train has been gaining steam this past week. Buster Oleny is shoveling the most coal, but I suppose he’ll be joined by others soon. I don’t deny that he should be given consideration. The rules of the MVP award are clear in stating that pitchers should be…

  3. The Orioles will wear a Mike Flanagan patch the rest of the season

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Mike Flanagan

    The Orioles have announced several things they’ll be doing in remembrance of Mike Flanagan, who took his own life on Wednesday.  Among them: Players and coaches will wear a black patch on their sleeves with the word “FLANNY” written on it; A black banner will be displayed with the number 46 on it below the…

  4. What is a “closer’s mentality” anyway?

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Dash Treyhorn of The Fightins has a long post up today countering the belief among some in Phillies Nation* that Ryan Madson simply doesn’t have a “closer’s mentality.” We get plenty of Phillies navel-gazing in these parts lately so I don’t post it for that (bring back Steve Bedrosian; I really don’t care who closes…

  5. Oh noes! Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly are breaking up!

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jeter walks with girlfriend Kelly at Yankee Stadium after final game

    Derek Jeter has been on a tear in recent weeks. He’s hitting like it’s 2006 all over again.  Clearly it has everything to do with him eliminating the distractions in his life: After dating for three years, Minka Kelly and Derek Jeter have broken up, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.  “They care about each other…

  6. Johan Santana won’t pitch this year

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    johan santana getty

    The New York Post reports that it’s “unlikely” Johan Santana will return this season. The team is looking at winter ball or perhaps the instructional league to get him some work, but Sandy Alderson says that he’s going to need rest too. Color me not surprised. When the initial time tables came out over the winter having…

  7. If the Cubs want Billy Beane, Lew Wolff won’t stand in the way

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Billy Beane

    As Aaron noted, yesterday Susan Slusser wrote that A’s owner Lew Wolff would probably allow Billy Beane to interview with the Cubs if they come calling about their vacant GM guy, despite the fact that Beane is under contract through 2014.  Today John Shea reports, after an interview with Wolff, that there is no probably…

  8. Andy Pettitte continues to not un-retire

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    At some point people will not feel obligated to ask Andy Pettitte if he’s going to come back whenever they see him.  We’re not to that point yet, however. Yesterday ESPN’s Wallace Matthews ran into Pettitte when he was in town for a photo shoot and the subject came up again. Pettitte’s answer: “Right now,…

  9. Blue Jays manager John Farrell has pneumonia

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell left last night’s game against the Royals with chest pains and discomfort. The good news is that he didn’t have a heart attack or anything. The bad news:  pneumonia: He was later diagnosed with pneumonia. Farrell has been released from hospital and is expected to return to the team Friday.…

  10. The judge in the Bonds case still mulling whether to set aside his conviction

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    It’s been over four months since Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice and over two months since Bonds filed a motion to have that conviction set aside. Yesterday Bonds’ lawyers and the government had oral arguments in front of Judge Susan Illston about it all, but she’s still thinking about it, no decision…

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

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Yankees 22, Athletics 9:  Heavens to Betsy, this was bad. The grand slams were notable to be sure, but the 13 Oakland walks — 12 by the pen — simply beat this game with an ugly stick. The game was four and a half hours and started an hour and a half late due to…

  12. Take a cruise with baseball greats

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Vida Blue

    Some cruise company is offering cruises with various baseball greats this fall. Or in some cases near-greats, but they’re all better than you. They all take place between November and March. Here are the offerings: A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise Ferguson Jenkins, Glenn Beckert, Frank Howard and Bill Russell; A 10-night Western Caribbean cruise with Tommy…

  13. Frank McCourt is paying someone to read this

    Aug 25, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    As Bill Shaikin reported yesterday — and as Steve Dilbeck reveled in today — part of the some $2.34 million in legal bills thus far submitted to the bankruptcy court considering the Dodgers case is a half hour entry by an attorney for “reviewing press reports” relating to Dodgers’ $150 million loan from MLB.  It…

  14. Herb, Youk and the Biz

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Biz

    I’m not sure who debases themselves more in this commercial: the car dealer guy, Kevin Youkilis or the Diabolical Biz Markie. I’m going with the auto dealer, actually.

  15. Hurricane Irene is totally messing with this weekend’s games

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Hurricane Irene

    Yesterday the Marlins and the Reds played a double header in order to get out ahead of Hurricane Irene’s impact.  As of a few minutes ago we have our first official rejiggering of the schedule for this weekend: the Phillies have moved Sunday’s game to Saturday, making it part of a day-night doubleheader with the…

  16. The Cubs are giving away a strange cap

    Aug 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Cubs Cap

    The first 10,000 people at Wrigley Field for today’s Cubs-Braves game are getting this cap.  Hurm. The Cubs have never worn a cap like that as far as I can tell.  In 1931 and 1932 they wore an all-red cap at times.  From the mid-90s until 2008 or so they wore a blue cap with…

  17. HBT Daily: New York needs another team

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Your Twitter questions — including where I’d relocate a team if I had the power to do so — answered

  18. Mike Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

    Aug 25, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Mike Flanagan

    It was reported last night that suicide was suspected in the death of Mike Flanagan. Now it is confirmed: Chick Hernandez of CSNWashington.com reports that Baltimore police are saying that Flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More details here. What a tragic waste.

  19. Wait, the Tigers complained about an opponent hustling?

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    The play that ended the Tigers-Rays game last night was weird.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a would-be putout at second with two down fail, thus allowing the guy from from third to score. Neat. But more interesting to me were Joe Maddon’s comments after the game in which he praised Sean Rodriguez —…

  20. The crafty lefty hall of fame

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Tommy John

    Joe Posnanski writes a lot of great, deep things. But it’s often his simplest observations that are the best.  Like this one: And so, in Mike Flanagan’s honor, I’ve come up with the Crafty Lefty Hall of Fame. To find my first Crafty Lefty class, I came up with what I consider the quintessential Crafty…

  21. What’s the point of the waiver trade deadline?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    We post on random waiver deals and waiver deal rumors, but our hearts aren’t really in it because it’s all rather silly.  Yes, it matters when a trade is made, but if I had to bet the lives of my children on anything in this world it would be that the “Player X claimed by…

  22. Davey Johnson could very well be the Nats manager in 2012

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When Davey Johnson was hired following the resignation of Jim Riggleman, it was thought to be a temporary gig.  With comparisons to Jack McKeon, the story was that Johnson, already on the payroll, would be the 2011 caretaker and that this fall and winter Mike Rizzo would find the guy to lead the Nationals into…

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

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    Time for the weekly Twitterbag. Which, when I put out the call for questions last night, I did so thusly: Twitter questions for HBT. This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it. Go! So, predictably, among my first few “questions” were “One…

  24. “No one made me laugh like Mike Flanagan. Tonight, he made me cry”

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Mike Flanagan

    As a ballplayer, Mike Flanagan was more of a fuzzy memory to me than a lot of guys of his era and stature. I should have more vivid memories of him pitching for the early 80s Orioles, back when I used to watch Tigers games all the time, but I don’t. I remember Jim Palmer…

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