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Craig Calcaterra

  1. A critique of WAR

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    No, not war. WAR. As in, Wins Above Replacement level.  Hippeaux at IIATMS has a lengthy column up today looking at the stat (it’s actually multiple stats complied via different methodologies by different folks) and pointing out a potential flaw. Specifically, that one of its components — the defensive metric, Ultimate Zone Rating or UZR…

  2. A notable Giants fan has vanished

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    ATT Park

    Gwen Knapp has a troubling story in the Chronicle today. A Giants fan named Billy Chamberlain who has been a fixture outside of the team’s clubhouse for five years has vanished. Chamberlain — who was intermittently homeless but who had occasionally crashed with a stadium security guard — would talk to Giants players, Bruce Bochy and…

  3. The Mariners are calling up an interesting young man

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Italian flag

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times alerts us to something neat: the Mariners are going to call up and presumably play the first Italian-born player in nearly 50 years. And it’s not as if he were born at Aviano Air Base and came to the states when he was still in diapers, either. He’s totally…

  4. Rafael Furcal would be interested in coming back to St. Louis

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Cardinals: I like Rafael. Cardinals’ friend: Do you like him, or do you like like him? Cardinals: I like like him. Cardinals friend: OMG! [meanwhile, at the other end of the cafeteria] Rafael Furcal:  I like the Cardinals. Rafael’s friend: Really like them? Furcal: “I love the city … I’d want to play for St. Louis.”…

  5. Josh Beckett’s ankle is not sprained. So what the heck is wrong with it?

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    I suppose this could cut either good or bad. But it is still somewhat unsettling, for we fear the unknown: The diagnosis of  the injury suffered by the pitcher in the fourth inning Monday was originally classified as a sprain, but has since been identified as something different. It isn’t clear if it is more…

  6. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Sep 6, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

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    We’re doing something different this week. And yes, that pic has something to do with it.

  7. Stephen Strasburg returns

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Tonight’s the night. Strasmas II. The Strassurection. Call it what you want, but Stephen Strasburg returns to a major league mound to face the Dodgers. His first game that counts since Tommy John surgery a year and three days ago. Everyone talks about the physical adjustments after ligament surgery. The velocity often comes back fairly…

  8. The State of the Races

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Trying something new here: a daily snapshot of the pennant races. It may be a bad time to do such a thing given that, you know, we have one little pennant race of note and it tends to get less interesting every time the Angels get close, but I think it’s OK. Sort of like…

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

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Blue Jays' Lawrie acknowledges cheering crowds after he hit a walk off home run to beat the Red Sox in the eleventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Our Labor Day has come and gone. And, far preferable to some miner’s strike, we had baseball.

  10. Joe Posnanski reminds us (again) why a pitcher’s wins are overrated

    Sep 5, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Steve Carlton

    It seems like the Cy Young award voting this year will be pretty straight forward. None of that stuff like we had last year when half of the baseball commentariat yelled at the other half that the win totals shouldn’t matter when deciding who the best pitcher is.  All of the possible Cy Young winners…

  11. Wally Backman to the Mets!

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    So many of you people were agitating last winter for Wally Backman to be in the Mets dugout this season. Well, you’ve finally gotten your wish: Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel will serve as an extra coach with the Mets beginning Friday through Sept. 18. Double-A Binghamton manager Wally Backman then joins the Mets on Sept. 20 for the…

  12. Dustin McGowan returns to the majors after a three-year absence

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    The last time Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan threw a pitch in a major league baseball game was in 2008.  In between then and now he has had multiple shoulder surgeries and a knee injury. But for the past month or so he has been throwing rehab games and they’ve been pretty good. In twelve rehab…

  13. The Mets may not even pretend to contend next year

    Sep 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    While all teams are constantly making changes and are trying to build a winner, the Mets haven’t declared a full-fledged rebuild — the kind where everyone of value is sold off and the process begins anew — for many, many years.  But according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, that’s on the table…

  14. Why doesn’t Major League Baseball commemorate Labor Day?

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Labor

    Will McDonald of Royals Review has an excellent post today. In it he wonders why Major League Baseball can see fit to honor Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Earth Day and cancer awareness with special hats or some other on-the-field shoutout, but not see fit to give Labor Day similar due. He admits that special…

  15. The Yankees are going to stick with six starters for a while

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    The Yankees six starters thing is kind of interesting to me simply because it’s not common, it’s less common on good teams than it is on bad teams and it’s really not that often that such arrangements last longer than a couple of weeks or so.  But the Yankees are still going with it for…

  16. Chipper Jones on the Phillies: “we’re not scared of them”

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones has no illusions that the Braves are going to catch the Phillies in the NL East — he rules that possibility out — but he thinks the Braves stack up pretty well with them overall and is hoping the teams meet in the playoffs: “The only team that can really put any pressure…

  17. Photo of the Day: The Milwaukee Cowboys

    Sep 5, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Yesterday we saw Nyjer Morgan as “Tony Tombstone.”  But he wasn’t the only Milwaukee Brewer who dressed up like a cowboy. They all did. Click here for full size. I gotta say, Prince Fielder looks fairly awesome. The belt buckle clearly sets him apart.  I also love the sombrero in the back row at the…

  18. The Cardinals would like to bring Rafael Furcal back next year

    Sep 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are very interested in retaining Rafael Furcal after the season ends. Furcal, a free agent-to-be, hasn’t hit for average since coming over from the Dodgers, but he has played slick defense and has flashed nice power in his short time in St. Louis.  Given…

  19. Joe West’s maverick replay review: a wrong that was ultimately right

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

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    By now you’ve probably heard about the big Joe West/replay/fan interference call that took place in the sixth inning of the Phillies-Marlins game yesterday. This was a wonderful set of occurrences because it marries at least three of my personal hobby horses: Joe West bashing, instant replay and Phillies fans. If steroids were involved somehow I…

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

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Diamondbacks 4, Giants 1: Bye-bye Giants? They drop two of three to the Dbacks and now find themselves down by seven with 22 to play. Sure, Arizona could collapse — anyone can — but the dirty little secret about history’s big collapses is that they were always accompanied by another team surging. Is there anything…

  21. “Greatness of Jeter yet to be fully appreciated”

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    That’s the actual headline of Terrence Moore’s latest column over at MLB.com.  And it’s so timely too, because I was just telling some people how underrated and underappreciated Derek Jeter really is.  It’s high time someone pointed out that: He’s good at a lot of different things; He’s good in October; He’s a consummate professional…

  22. The Braves release Julio Lugo

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Julio Lugo

    This is the end. Beautiful friend. This is the end. My only friend, the end. Of Julio Lugo‘s elaborate plans, the end …. we’ll never look into his eyes again … At least I seriously doubt we will.  The Braves’ signing of Julio Lugo was weird and pointless enough and his performance during his time…

  23. Fine, the Red Sox and Yankees play long games. But who plays the shortest?

    Sep 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Stop-watch

    Everyone knows the Yankees and Red Sox play marathon games, but over at Market Watch, Sam Mamudi figures out who plays the shortest: Among clubs that have played each other at least six times this season, the shortest average for a nine-inning game is from meetings between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants, calculated…

  24. Clemens will stand trial again

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Updating this morning’s item, the judge in the Roger Clemens case has denied Clemens’ motion to have the case thrown out on double jeopardy grounds.  Not surprisingly, he accepted the prosecution’s argument that it did not intend to derail the case when it introduced evidence that had been previously barred from the trial. New trial…

  25. Report: Carlos Carrasco slated for Tommy John surgery

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    Indians starter Carlos Carrasco hasn’t pitched since August 3 due to elbow inflammation. But Nick Collias of MLBTR just passed along a report from Venezuelan newspaper Líder de Deportes which suggests that it’s worse than that. It’s kind of hearsay, but a friend of Carrasco’s tells reporter Carlos Alberto Zambrano that TJ surgery is in the…

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