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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Players think Shin-Soo Choo is baseball’s most underrated

    May 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    Being underrated is a tricky business. The more underrated you become, the more people note how underrated you are, and thus the more people try to emphatically make your case for being better than people think and thus the quicker it is that you become overrated.  Ask Ben Wallace how this works. Or the city…

  2. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter’s slow demise edition

    May 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    What we’re seeing with Derek Jeter is not unprecedented. But the size of that precedent is so great that it leads to even more scrutiny than there would be if this were totally new.

  3. Jim Crane is the sole bidder for the Astros

    May 3, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    Last we heard of Drayton McLane’s efforts to sell the Astros, he was speaking to three potential bidders. The only one whose identity we knew was Jim Crane, the Houston businessman who (a) at one time a couple of years ago tried to buy the Astros; and (b) last year almost landed the Rangers in…

  4. Can Brandon Belt play third base?

    May 3, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    belt pose

    Observed: The Giants have the second-to-worst offense in the National League, scoring only 3.54 runs a game. Observed: By virtue of the Pablo Sandoval injury, their starting third baseman is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .211/.245/.295. Observed: Brandon Belt, who they sent down to Fresno last week, is hitting .517 with two homers four doubles,…

  5. How the Mets’ 4th pick in the 1967 draft turned into David Wright

    May 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Wright_David

    More fun morning linkage: over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man has the second installment of what is shaping up as a regular feature: tracing baseball transaction family trees. The idea is simple: player A is traded for player B who leaves via free agency with the compensation pick turning into Player C and…

  6. Baseball’s one-game-wonders

    May 3, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Moonlight Graham

    Not much happening this morning, so gentlemen: lets broaden our minds. Specifically, let’s take some time and check out this fun link over at Baseball Past and Present: a review and remembrance of some guys who played but a single game in the major leagues. You know Eddie Gaedel and Moonlight Graham. But do you know…

  7. Dodgers to give away free tickets to members of the military all month long

    May 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s some one-upsmanship going on at baseball ticket offices. First the Nationals — in a prearranged promotion — gave away tickets to military members. Then the Mets joined in on the spur of the moment for tonight’s game.  Now the Dodgers are doing it too, but they’re going a step futher: The day after U.S. Navy…

  8. The Orioles are considering an offer to Kevin Millwood

    May 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    millwood face

    Kevin Millwood just opted out of his minor league deal with the Yankees because it seemed obvious that wouldn’t be called up to the big club. Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com now reports that the O’s are considering bringing him back.  At least if he’d like to try the minor league deal thing again. Millwood, of…

  9. Video: Do not mess with Fenway Park security

    May 3, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    Tasers? We don’t need no stinkin’ tasers. I have no idea when this was taken — from the low number of views of the video on YouTube, I’m guessing recently — but watch this idiot fan get utterly destroyed: (via BuzzFeed)

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

    May 3, 2011, 6:13 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Rangers 4: The promise of the Athletics’ offseason: adding a bit of offense to cover the holes from last year and bolstering the bullpen to solve the team’s other big weakness. Job well done as far as this game goes, as Hideki Matsui hit a walkoff homer in the 10th after the Athletics’…

  11. Curt Schilling and Mariano Rivera each opine on bin Laden. Guess which one was sensible.

    May 2, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Schilling

    Ultimately what baseball players think about the major issues of the day that aren’t baseball-related is rather unimportant, but I found this distinction to be 100% unsurprising. Here’s Mariano Rivera when asked about the death of Osama bin Laden by Ben Shpigel:  “You do something like that, somewhere along the way you’re going to pay.…

  12. HBT Daily: The good, the bad and the ugly of April

    May 2, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I wonder if the Twins and White Sox have dug too deep a hole. Er, two holes.

  13. It’s Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park

    May 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Nats Park

    This is a coincidence — the event was already planned — but the tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park.  For the occasion, military personnel, be they active or retired, with a valid military ID can receive up to four free tickets to the game. All you need to do is to go to…

  14. Pablo Sandoval to have surgery tomorrow

    May 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    sandoval_pablo

    I love Twitter. Before it was invented, you’d have to be friends with a baseball player in order to have him tell you that he’s having surgery tomorrow. As was reported over the weekend, Sandoval likely faces 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time. If that schedule holds, it means he’ll be back the first or…

  15. Roger McDowell was lucky to just get a suspension

    May 2, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    mcdowell head

    I missed this yesterday — which was apparently written before baseball suspended Roger McDowell for two weeks — but Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on Roger McDowell’s behavior in San Francisco last week from another perspective: that of the fan who didn’t hire Gloria Allred to reenact McDowell’s behavior at a press…

  16. Must-click link: Will Leitch on Bud Selig

    May 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Great column over at New York Magazine from Will Leitch today, in which Will assesses Bud Selig: the most effective commissioner in professional sports. I can’t help but agree.  His failures have been exceedingly high-profile and photo-worthy, but as Will notes, Selig has learned from them and hasn’t made the same mistake twice. Meanwhile, his…

  17. R.A. Dickey to slay Grendel’s mother

    May 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    And he looks like he could do it too, no? As if there aren’t enough reasons to love R.A. Dickey, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times gives us another: Dickey names his bats after weapons from epic poems and fantasy fiction: One bat is called Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver and the other is Hrunting.…

  18. “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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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