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Craig Calcaterra

  1. “USA! USA! USA!”

    May 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fans stand and shout during the National League MLB baseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia

    There’s a Mark Twain quote making the rounds this morning: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” I’m not sure if that’s an authentic quote or not, but even if Twain never said it, the it sounds very appropriate this morning.  It’s certainly a sentiment that matches my own.…

  2. Neftali Feliz says he’s through with starting

    May 2, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    I’ve all but worn out the “Neftali Feliz should be a starter” argument in the past few months. The response back every time I’ve made it is “the Rangers plan on keeping him as a closer now, but moving him to the rotation in 2012.” Well, it seems that Neftali Feliz himself hasn’t gotten the memo…

  3. Frank McCourt is sorry that you misunderstand him, Dodgers fans

    May 2, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

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

    I missed two interesting Frank McCourt stories over the weekend, both via Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, and neither of which makes McCourt look very good. First, there is the report that one of the reasons Commissioner Selig has not approved the Fox contract McCourt is so hot for is that Jamie McCourt has…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 2, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Foley's baseballs

    Things you missed while spending the weekend in New York and visiting the coolest baseball bar ever, not once, but twice. And, while there, taking pictures of interesting things in the men’s room. Yes, I realize it’s not 100% cool to whip out the camera in the bathroom. But in my defense, there aren’t many…

  5. Questionable report: Andy Pettitte may want to pitch in 2012

    May 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I’m hesitant to even be that precise about it in the headline because, like so many other reports, it’s source is “Andy Pettitte’s friends.”  And every bogus Andy Pettitte rumor we’ve heard since the end of last season has been attributed to a “friend” of Pettitte’s. Indeed, looking back on all of them one could…

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

    May 2, 2011, 5:31 AM EDT

    Obama announcement.bmp

    Freedom, liberty, decency and peace: 1, Osama Bin Laden: 0: I never thought any death could make me happy, but I guess I was wrong.  Here’s hoping that this development helps us turn the page on ten long, dark years and move forward into a better future. I spent the weekend in New York and…

  7. The Braves place Roger McDowell on administrative leave

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves have placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave pending the outcome of their investigation into the anti-gay slurs and otherwise poor behavior he allegedly displayed toward a fan at AT&T Park last Sunday. In the meantime, Dave Wallace — the Braves’ minor league pitching coordinator…

  8. The Dodgers’ woes are a form of “cosmic comeuppance?”

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Walter O'Malley

    Call me crazy, but I think the Dodgers’ current woes are the result of Major League Baseball allowing an overly-leveraged dilettante into the ownership club and then watching as that dilettante did even worse things to the franchise’s business than anyone could have imagined. George Vecsey of the New York Times has another theory, however: he…

  9. Derek Lowe arrested for DUI

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:57 AM EDT

    Lowe_Derek

    The Braves had the night off last night and Derek Lowe decided to use his time idiotically: he went out drinking and then decided to drive around. And he was arrested for his trouble. He was pulled over at 10PM and took — and apparently failed — a field sobriety test. He refused the breathalyser.  He…

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

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:55 AM EDT

    Flight Delays

    Yankees 12, White Sox 3:  Well, I was supposed to be at this one.  Instead, my 9:30 AM flight to New York turned into a 12:08 PM flight which then turned into a 3:30 PM flight through Philly, which then turned into a 5:17 PM flight through Philly that was highly unlikely to allow me…

  11. One of the worst calls you’ll see this year

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Chip Hale, Jose Reye, Marvin Hudson

    Jose Reyes hit a triple in the eighth inning of last night’s Mets-Nationals game. And then he was called out for allegedly taking his hand off the bag. Watch the replay — the second, super slow motion one — and note just how not off the bag he came. Luckily the Mets went on to win…

  12. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Frank McCourt on “transparency”

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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

    While taking in Frank McCourt’s rants against Major League Baseball last night, I neglected one particular passage that is worthy of greater scrutiny: “There are core values in this country, and fairness is one of them. Transparency is another, and private property is another. Thankfully, it’s not appropriate for one person’s property to be seized…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Colon follows through on a pitch to Chicago White Sox during their MLB baseball game in New York

    In which I ask the time-travelling Bartolo Colon to send me a message in the past and in which we have the latest mid-20th-century Charlie Manuel sighting.

  14. Roger McDowell apologizes for his actions; Major League Baseball and the Braves respond

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Roger McDowell has apologized for his behavior at AT&T Park on Sunday. His statement: “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions. “ A Braves representative has added: “We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a…

  15. It’s getting ugly between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As mentioned this morning, Frank McCourt flew to New York today to meet with MLB officials — Bud Selig not included — to plead his case for control of the team. A few minutes ago he held a press conference about it, in which he said that his “hard-earned money and my family’s blood, sweat and…

  16. Allegation: Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell made “shocking gay slurs” to fans at AT&T Park

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    So, the major league coach who celebrity attorney Gloria Allred was going to accuse of making homophobic slurs at a fan?  It’s Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell. From TMZ: The coach in question is Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell — who allegedly targeted a group of male fans at San Francisco’s AT&T park last weekend … asking them,…

  17. The Braves have a rally song that is older than most of the Braves

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Eddie Money.bmp

    Look, it’s not always easy being a Braves fan. Part of it is because the hard core among us have to constantly answer for the largely indifferent Atlanta fan base, their playoff-no-shows and the Tomahawk Chop.  Part of it is that whole Buffalo Bills-esque five-pennants-but-only-one-title thing (though I’d take that over what anyone besides the…

  18. Livan Hernandez is the target of a money laundering probe

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    This is … unexpected. According to this Spanish language report — with English summary here — Livan Hernandez is the target of a federal probe related to money laundering on behalf of convicted Puerto Rican drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez, known to his criminal friends as “El Buster.”  (El Buster?). Even if you don’t speak…

  19. Vicente Padilla: Dodgers’ closer

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Padilla_Vicente

    Ned Colletti said it was closer-by-committee. Johnathon Broxton told the media that Don Mattingly said that he was his number one guy.  We didn’t get a test of that yesterday because the Dodgers lost, but we got it today and the answer is that the committee — or maybe just Vicente Padilla — is the…

  20. UPDATE: Roy Oswalt has left the Phillies due to tornadoes near his home in Mississippi. Again.

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Oswalt_Roy

    3:03 PM:  The Phillies have just announced that Oswalt left the team due to concern regarding his family back home due to tornadoes in the area over the past several days.  There was some confusion on this earlier because it was almost exactly a year ago that Oswalt had to leave the Astros following the…

  21. Book cover of the day: baseball stars cooking

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Contrary to numerous reports, the title of the book is not “To Serve Man[ny]“

  22. Andre Ethier extends his hitting streak to 24 games

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Maybe we should wait until 28 — halfway to DiMaggio — before giving daily updates about Andre Ethier‘s hitting streak, but I’m in a good mood today so let’s start early: Andre Ethier hit in his 24th straight game a few minutes ago with a single back up the middle in the fourth inning of…

  23. Birtherism and baseball: a classic combination

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Gwynn-Jr._Tony

    As you may have seen, today President Obama released his long form birth certificate in an effort to shut up the loony fringe who decided to use the citizenship issue to attack him as Some Horrible Other, seeing as though open racism and xenophobia is off the table in polite society these days.  There are…

  24. The Athletics now play in the Overstock.com Coliseum

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    The Contra Costa Times reports that the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum — home of the A’s and the Raiders — will be renamed Overstock.com Coliseum. The deal will earn the county $1.2 million a year for the next six years.  I have two issues with this: 1. Anyone really betting that the Coliseum is going to…

  25. HBT Daily: The White Sox and the Phillies’ funks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The White Sox are turning it around against the Yankees, but the Phillies’ troubles are mounting. Tiffany and I chat about it.

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