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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Hey, how about that earthquake?

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Earthquake

    Fun thing about being on Twitter all day is that when something happens you get hundreds of people rushing to make all of the jokes and the profound observations as soon as humanly possible. And so it was with that earthquake that just hit the east coast.  Within five minutes we had: 1,245 “hey, did…

  2. Brian Schneider is why the Phillies win so much? Um, OK.

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    Look, I know it’s a long season and that you have to come up with new stuff to write about all of the time, but does anyone besides me have problems with a story which suggests that the backup catcher is the key to everything? In this case, Brian Schneider of the Phillies: With expectations set…

  3. The honeymoon is over between San Francisco and the Giants

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    News flash: A team that won a world championship realized a large uptick in fan interest and feel-good euphoria; News flash: That fan interest gradually became smugness and entitlement; News flash: That team, which was rather flawed to begin with but caught lighting in a bottle for a couple of months, is not doing as…

  4. The Yankees aren’t afraid to go after Yu Darvish

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Joel Sherman notes today that the Yankees are likely to be involved in the bidding on Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who is expected to come to the United States next season.  As Sherman notes, this is somewhat interesting given how the Yankees have been burned in the high-priced Japanese pitching market before. See, Irabu, Hideki…

  5. Major League Baseball to celebrate its 200,000th regular season game on September 24th

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    200000

    Determining the number of major league games which have occurred in history is something of an inexact science. Record keeping was a bit spotty once upon a time. There’s the political question of whether you count the random upstart leagues that merged into or at least greatly influenced the National and then the American Leagues.…

  6. Several attendance records set this weekend

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Comerica Park

    Maury Brown, who keeps good track of this stuff, notes that while attendance remains flat overall compared to last year, this past weekend several marks were set. The Saturday game between the Phillies and Nationals drew 44,685, which was the largest crowd at Nationals Park history; The Cardinals Cubs game on Saturday drew 42,374 which was…

  7. The Dodgers are learning how expensive it can be to be bankrupt

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    briefcase

    Bill Shaikin has a rundown of all of the Dodgers’ legal expenses in the five weeks or so they’ve been in bankruptcy. It’s fairly mind-boggling. Just one of the firms handing the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — Dewey and LeBoeuf — has thrown 29 lawyers, seven paralegals and ten support staffers at the matter and, in five weeks, have…

  8. Brian Cashman: “I don’t want a guy walking off the mound singing ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’”

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman is not going to put his life on the line for A.J. Burnett. As the New York Post reports this morning, Burnett only has one more guaranteed start, and that’s this Friday against the Orioles. The next time he starts after that the rosters will be expanded and the Yankees, who have a…

  9. Video: Minor leaguer uses his head to start a triple play

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    No, not his brain. His head.  Viva baseball:  

  10. The Roger Maris discussion heats up

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roger Maris

    George Vecsey wrote a column on Sunday — and follows up with a blog post today — about Roger Maris, his legacy and his Hall of Fame chances.  In both places Vecsey says that he would not vote for Maris for the Hall of Fame if he had the franchise (he doesn’t, because the New…

  11. Angel Pagan almost misses an at bat while on the john

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Pagan_Angel

    Gentlemen: start your references to this being a microcosm for the Mets’ season … now! Angel Pagan was due up in the fifth inning of last night’s Mets-Phillies game and … was nowhere to be found.  Seems that nature called. I like the way Andy Martino put it in the Daily News: “Turns out, the center…

  12. The Astros have already been eliminated

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Colorado Rockies

    All but eight teams get eliminated eventually, but it’s probably worth noting that the Astros were the first. They’re 34 games back of the Brewers, who only have 32 games left to play.  Seems pretty early for elimination, but that’s the 2011 Astros for you. Next up on the elimination list is Baltimore, who —…

  13. Ben Revere made a pretty spectacular catch last night

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Ben Revere catch.bmp

    Two outs in the seventh, Vlad Guerrero up, hits a drive to deeeeeep left center, Ben Revere on his horse, and … he makes a fantastic catch. Of course since Guerrero was running he probably could have missed it and still thrown him out for an 8-3 putout, but let’s not dwell on that part…

  14. Cardinals-Dodgers game delayed by a moth flying into Matt Holliday’s ear

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday, Barry Weinberg

    This is one of those deals where you don’t need much more than the headline. But let no man say we don’t cover it all here at HBT: The game took an odd twist with two outs in the eighth when Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday walked off the field holding his right ear. A moth had…

  15. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies 10, Mets 0: Actual conversation that took place between a Mets fan I randomly met and I yesterday: the two of us trying to pinpoint exactly when the season ended for New York. Think hard about it: there are so many possible instances you can point to and say “There! Right there! That’s when…

  16. Quote of the Day: Davey Johnson on Phillies’ fans

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Baiting Philly fans is, like, 40% of my job description, but I could jaw at ’em for a month and not do it quite as elegantly as Davey Johnson did after yesterday’s Nats-Phillies game: “You gotta sit back down,” chuckling Nats Manager Davey Johnson said of all those invading fans who had to flop back…

  17. Umps screw up the whole warn-the-benches thing in the Indians-Tigers game

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Porcello Cabrera.bmp

    Yesterday in the Indians-Tigers game Asdrubal Cabrera hit a long foul ball that could have gone out. He watched it as it flew. Which, given that it was either a foul ball or a home run shouldn’t have been too big a deal. I mean, it’s not like it was a moon shot to straightaway…

  18. Jack McKeon rips his team

    Aug 22, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Most of the time when a manager rips his team I get the sense that he’s doing it as much to help himself as he is genuinely upset. “Man, my job is on the line here; I had better show some fire …”  It’s human. Jack McKeon is in a different situation, though. He knows…

  19. Cubs owner says Zambrano’s days as a Cub likely over

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    zambrano getty wide

    Well, Tom Ricketts strongly implied it in a passive way anyway, saying when asked if he was open to Carlos Zambano pitching for the Cubs again, “I have a hard time imagining that.” Of course, given that this is the guy who has final signoff on whether the Cubs release Zambrano, one would figure that…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    midnightcowboy

    I think half the time I write that as “Weekend Wrapup” and half the time I write it as “Weekend Wrap.”  Eh, consistency is overrated. That A.J. Burnett-Joe Girardi business from Saturday night.  True Fact: I landed in New York at about 9:30 AM yesterday morning. My cab driver, however, already had detailed inside information…

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

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Luis Perez

    This edition of And That Happened is being written in a New York City hotel room, so if it takes on a tone of fright and confusion at the horrifying, dystopian cacophony that is New York, well, that’s why: Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0: Luis Perez makes his first big league start and holds the…

  22. Breaking down the Brewers’ triple play in scientific terms

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    I can’t say I watch much SportsCenter, so I didn’t see this little Sports Science segment breaking down the exact timing of the Brewers’ triple play against the Dodgers earlier this week when it aired. But thanks to Bob Wolfley over at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, it was brought to my attention. Neat:

  23. The Clemens prosecutors make their case to try him again

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Despite the calls from lawmakers — many lawmakers, actually — to give up on a second go at prosecuting Roger Clemens, the prosecutors today made their case for a do-over: Prosecutors in the Roger Clemens perjury case say they made an honest mistake in showing jurors inadmissible evidence and the baseball star should face another…

  24. Wanna buy Joe DiMaggio’s shotgun?

    Aug 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    When Joe DiMaggio hit in his 42nd straight game in 1941 — breaking the old record of 41 — he was presented with a shotgun. Neat!  Now that shotgun is up for auction.  Double neat!  The details of it are set forth in the “Gun Nut” column over at Field & Stream. Which I’m pretty…

  25. Baseball’s playoff slogan: “Legends are born in October”

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Legends October

    I can’t wait until the playoffs start. Excitement! High stakes!  Commercials that get run into the ground! I doubt we’ll ever see anything as glorious as “her father is the district attorney!” again, but in recent years we have certainly gotten our fair share of MLB-produced promos that seek to brand the playoffs.  This years…

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