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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Anonymous GM: players can’t handle a 162 game season

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    coffee pot

    Jayson Stark spoke with a major league general manager — we don’t know which one — who had a couple of interesting things to say about the length of the season and player stamina and all of that.  The upshot: the GM thinks the season is too long, players can’t handle it, and it needs…

  2. HBT Daily: What to make of the Dbacks and Mariners

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    What east coast bias? Tiffany and I discuss a couple of surprise teams out west.

  3. Joe Torre is going to have a talk with Brian Sabean

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! hears from a source that MLB’s discipline czar Joe Torre is going to call Brian Sabean to talk about his comments regarding Scott Cousins. I would presume that there will be something of a “hey Brian, MLB frowns on senior management issuing or perpetuating defacto bounties on marginal rookies” flavor to…

  4. Brandon Inge has mono

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    The Tigers just announced that they have placed Brandon Inge on the 15-day DL with mononucleosis. They’ve recalled Omir Santos from Toledo to take his place on the roster. This marks the third time I can recall a player having mono in the HBT era.*  Bronson Arroyo had it in spring training. Jed Lowrie a…

  5. The second fire at Dodger Stadium explained

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Remember last week that there was a fire at Dodger Stadium? And that, the next day, the same part of Dodger Stadium caught on fire again?  Well, the fire department explained it today. It seems that the flammable material that was supposed to be removed from the room was not removed. Also, quoting an LAFD spokeman, “Someone…

  6. Darwin Barney is not the Cubs’ savior

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Shorter version of Gordon Wittenmyer’s article on Cubs’ second baseman Darwin Barney today: “Look! A weighted random number generator just produced a new batch of numbers! Let’s use them to build narratives!*” But as the Cubs open their toughest stretch of the season tonight in St. Louis, with temptation growing daily to wrap Albert Pujols…

  7. Must-Click Link: Larry Granillo on Brian Sabean’s idiotic comments about Scott Cousins

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Brian Sabean phone

    Anyone can sit back and say how much of a classless, low-rent jerk Brian Sabean was in his comments about Scott Cousins last night.  I mean, when a high level executive of a major league baseball team fans the flames of a situation in which the player in question is already getting death threats —…

  8. Quote of the Day: Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg on the drivers of Tampa Bay

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Frankland Bridge

    Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg was part of a panel discussion about sports in Tampa last night, and he was asked what he has learned about Tampa Bay since he bought the Rays. His answer made me laugh: “Water is a big divide …  You know, we’ve learned really lots about what — I would say…

  9. Scouts would take Derek Jeter over Jose Reyes right now? Really?

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    derek jeter yankees yawning

    Sabermetricians are often told to get their heads out of their spreadsheets and to watch some baseball.  The people who say that sort of thing often defer to their own eyes or the eyes of scouts when it comes to analysis. Then you read stuff like this story from Andrew Marchand at ESPN New York…

  10. If David Wright gets traded, he can be a free agent after 2012

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    Wright_David

    I said yesterday that I don’t think the Mets should trade David Wright. But in the event that the Mets disagree with that assessment, understand that their job is going to be a bit harder than you might imagine. Why? Because as Andy Martino notes, Wright’s contract is better for the Mets than it would…

  11. An in-depth look at team defense throughout baseball history

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    Evaluating defense in baseball continues to be a work in progress. We’re way better off than we were even a few short years ago, but it remains a tricky and often subjective undertaking, with most people not being able to say much more about the topic apart from “that guy plays good defense” and “that…

  12. The Rays were totally grunge the other night. Well, not really.

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    flannel

    As we’ve mentioned before, Joe Maddon has taken to having the Rays play dress up when they travel. Sometimes they wear suits, sometimes they wear camo, sometimes they wear 70s disco stuff.  You get the idea.  Hey, gotta do something to arrest the boredom of travel. I mean, you can only read SkyMall so many…

  13. Nine of 30 teams in violation of MLB’s debt rules

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    On the one hand, this sounds alarming: Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that nine of baseball’s 30 teams are in violation baseball’s debt service rules. The teams: Dodgers and Mets — duh — as well as the Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals. On the other hand, it’s hard to say what…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:49 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    What a dead night for baseball. Only six games plus the day tilt in New York. All night my Twitter feed was filled with people talking about the NBA (15%) and the damn spelling bee (85%).  And between the two of those things I don’t think there’s any more human misery possible to unleash on…

  15. Players of the month announced

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Not a ton going on this afternoon, so hey, let’s pass along press-released news! MLB has announced its players, pitchers and rookies of the month. In the NL it’s Jay Bruce, Jair Jurrjens and Justin Turner, respectively.  In the AL it’s Jose Bautista, Jeremy Hellickson and … Jeremy Hellickson. They also announced a reliever of the…

  16. The Pirates choke away a 7-0 lead, lose to the Mets 9-8

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    There has been some ugly baseball played in this Pirates-Mets series, and today may have been the ugliest. The Pirates had a 7-0 lead after three innings. The Mets’ comeback began conventionally enough with a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran. Then things got smaller and slightly unconventional in the sixth, with New York scoring runs…

  17. The “A-Rod’s cousin-gate” scandal is over

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Rodriguez_Alex

    This morning the Daily News reported that Major League Baseball was looking into the fact that Alex Rodriguez‘s PED-connected cousin, Yuri Sucart, was travelling with A-Rod and staying at the team hotel.  Everything is fine with that, however, says MLB’s Executive Vice-President Rob Manfred, who spoke with ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson: “Our position is, we…

  18. Rich Hill will need season-ending surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    rich-hill-red-sox

    Yesterday we saw Rich Hill leave the White Sox-Red Sox game after grabbing his left arm. Today the worst fears have been confirmed: Pete Abraham reports that Hill will need season-ending surgery.  The exact diagnosis is unknown, but the MRI he received yesterday confirmed that the injury was serious. Probably a ligament/Tommy John thing. Hill was…

  19. Ken Rosenthal: “the Mets damn sure should keep Jose Reyes and David Wright”

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    MLB:  AUG 09 Braves v Mets

    Should the Mets let Jose Reyes walk? Should they trade him at the deadline? Or should they just go in the other direction and keep Reyes and try to unload David Wright? Such a hard set of decisions! Or maybe not, because after reading Ken Rosenthal’s latest, I’m having a hard time disagreeing with him:…

  20. Everything you ever wanted to know about the weather at Petco Park but were afraid to ask

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Petco Park

    I’m not a weather geek, buy my old man worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years, so I can speak their language.  And I’ve only been to San Diego a couple of times, but my brother lives there, so I can speak that language a little bit too.  So, of course, when there…

  21. HBT Daily: Answering some Twitter questions

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    And now those questions that did make the cut, including one led me to answer with a bleeped profanity for the first time ever!

  22. Major League Baseball to end its investigation into Dodgers finances one week after next payroll comes due

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:33 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

    Why is it that I have this feeling that MLB would have ended its investigation into Dodgers finances this week had Frank McCourt not managed to make payroll on May 31st? Anyway, here’s Shaikin: The commissioner’s office hopes to conclude its investigation into the Dodgers’ finances by June 22, a person familiar with the matter said…

  23. Will the Mariners cap Michael Pineda’s innings?

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Michael Pineda

    Buster Olney raises that question this morning, noting that Mariners’ rookie Michael Pineda has thrown 70 innings so far this year and that, before this year, his high was 139.1.  The question he asks is whether the Mariners might cap his innings at some transitional step up — like, say, 170 innings — so as…

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

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    The Question

    The video version is coming later — you’ll want to watch it because I drop some Mormon theology on you, brotha — but for now, here are the ones that didn’t make the video cut: Q: Bruins or Canucks? Charlestown Chiefs. I’m pretty big into the Federal League. Q: On the hipster scale, how much more…

  25. Let’s watch Terry Collins’ post-game rant

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Earlier we talked about it. Now let’s watch it!

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