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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Major League Baseball tried to get tobacco taken out of “Moneyball”

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    moneyball poster

    Major League Baseball has made no secret of the fact that it wants players to stop using smokeless tobacco while at the ballpark.  It’s a push they’re likely going to take to the MLBPA during collective bargaining this fall. That may be problematic and may meet resistance, but as I’ve written many times, it’s something worth…

  2. Justin Upton left yesterday’s game due to nausea and dizziness

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Everyone is so focused on the chokes-in-progress back east that we didn’t take notice of the nausea out west. Justin Upton‘s nausea, which could be of some concern for Arizona. Upton was hit in the head by a Tim Lincecum pitch yesterday.  He stayed in the game, but he experienced nausea while running the bases…

  3. The ten worst career-ending performances

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Eddie Murray Dodgers

    Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times makes the best lists. No, they may not get the kind of traffic that lists like “the 101 hottest wives and girlfriends of relief pitchers” get, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worthy. Today’s list: the ten worst career-ending performances of all time. Specifically, the worst final games of…

  4. Jacoby Ellsbury for the MVP?

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    To be clear: I do not buy into the premise that a guy who “carried his team to the playoffs” deserves the MVP. Mostly because I don’t believe that one player can truly do that.  Baseball is not basketball. It takes an entire team to win anything, and even if some guy gets hot at…

  5. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    It’s the last Power Rankings of the season. In some ways it’s rather pointless, what with the season being effectively over for the majority of teams. To what end power, if there is no manner in which to exert it?  An interesting ettickal question. Indeed, I was just gonna not do a Power Rankings. But…

  6. Stephen Strasburg to be on an innings limit in 2012

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    strasburg wide getty

    A couple of weeks ago Stephen Strasburg said that he just wanted to be normal. One of the guys. To take his starts out from under the microscope and have them just sort of blend into the flow of the season.  I presume he’ll get there one day, but for 2012, it seems, he’s still…

  7. State of the Races

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Photo finish

    This is pretty much all you need to know: Boston:  89-70 Tampa Bay: 88-71 Atlanta: 89-70 St. Louis: 88-71 Such wonderful symmetry, both in record and in dynamic. A faltering would-be giant above the guys everyone wrote off in August. A three-game sprint to Wednesday evening or — if things break just right — one-game…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    brad pitt moneyball getty

    The last weekend of the regular season brought us all kinds of interestingness: Walt Jocketty got a new deal from the Reds. Denard Span‘s fine in the kangaroo court may be five or six figures. You just don’t do that to a teammate, dude. Baseball wants the Dodgers sold. And if McCourt doesn’t do it,…

  9. John Lackey rips media in clubhouse after the game over a text message involving “personal stuff”

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Lacky phone.bmp

    You might have figured that John Lackey, having actually pitched deep into a ballgame last night — a game the Sox ended up winning — would have been happy about it.  But happy he wasn’t, as was clear from the bizarre scene at his locker. After being asked about his rocky first inning — which…

  10. Quote of the Day: Tommy Lasorda Edition

    Sep 23, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Aaron mentioned this the other day, but last night — in honor of his 84th birthday — Tommy Lasorda was an honorary coach for the Dodgers game against the Giants.  In uniform, hanging on the dugout railing and everything. There was all kinds of good-natured ribbing going on between Lasorda and Dodgers players. Matt Kemp…

  11. Denny McLain arrested on a fraud beef; sun rises in east

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Denny McLain

    You may want to sit down for this — and I understand if you choose to simply not believe it — but former Tigers ace Denny McLain was arrested at the Canadian border yesterday on an outstanding warrant related to fraud charges stemming from some bit of unseemliness down in Louisiana. Yeah, I know. I…

  12. HBT Extra: Yesterday’s Twitter questions today!

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    You asked me questions on Twitter. I answered them yesterday. But we saved them until today so we could talk about the Angels yesterday. Cool?

  13. Must-click link: what’s the next baseball movie gonna be?

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    I mentioned yesterday that if “Moneyball” makes a bunch of dough that Hollywood — being what it is — will likely try to go back to that well as many times as it can.  One candidate would certainly be the Tampa Bay Rays story, working off of Jonah Keri’s “The Extra 2%.”  But really, there…

  14. No one does self loathing like Boston does self loathing

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Every city has a unique vibe when it comes to bad baseball news.  A lot of cities do the panic thing with some local  flavor or another. Many others simply tune out and look to another sport like football or hockey to take their minds off things. If the Yankees are doing poorly there’s usually…

  15. The Indians are getting the band back together tonight

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    I mentioned earlier that I’m going up to the Cleveland-Minnesota game tonight.  Some people asked me why on Earth I would do that. Well (a) it’s baseball and baseball is wonderful; and (b) there’s some to-do afoot tonight regarding Jim Thome. Specifically, the Indians will honor Thome with a special ceremony, complete with a presentation…

  16. Tim Lincecum does not want a long term deal

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lincecum cap

    It seems like he’s been playing forever, but Tim Lincecum still has two more go-arounds in arbitration. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, however, that unlike most pitchers, Lincecum doesn’t want a long term deal: “It’s just easier for me mentally not to have to put that kind of pressure on yourself,” he said. “Not that…

  17. Miguel Cabrera will play third base if the Tigers make the World Series

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    And these visions .. of Mickey Stanley … still conquer my mind … Miguel Caberea hasn’t played third base since 2008 and hasn’t played it regularly since 2007, but if the Tigers make the World Series this year, that’s where he’ll be playing when Detroit travels to Atlanta, er, I mean the National League park. Why?…

  18. The AL wild card tiebreaker could be bananas

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    bananas

    Whenever there is an outrageously wild game going on — usually college basketball, but sometimes baseball too — my friend Amanda Rykoff of espnW tweets that it’s “bananas.”  I wouldn’t dare speak for her, but I think she would agree that the AL wild card tiebreaker has some serious bananas potential. If two teams are…

  19. Moneyball and Rob

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    Rob Neyer has a good post up this morning. It’s his impressions of “Moneyball.” Not a review — he doesn’t presume he can tell us what to think about a movie — but his reflections.  And they’re well worth your time. Why? Because, as Rob notes, he provided a bit of assistance to Michael Lewis…

  20. Justin Verlander IS NOT single-handedly carrying the Tigers into the playoffs

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez

    Before I say what I’m gonna say, please understand: I do not think an MVP vote for Justin Verlander is silly. It is not an outrage. This is one of those years where there are multiple defensible choices and the arguments for some candidates I wouldn’t personally support are nonetheless totally valid.  Verlander may win…

  21. Matt Kemp has a shot at the triple crown

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    At the outset, I’d like to remind people that I saw Matt Kemp play in a spring training game back in February, observed that he was in great shape and hustled his ass off even though he was with a decidedly B-squad Dodgers team that day and that he looked primed for a big season.…

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

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:49 AM EDT

    New York Mets v St Louis Cardinals

    Mets 8, Cardinals 6:  Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, the Mets saved the Braves’ bacon, at least for another day. The Cards had a 6-1 lead after seven, but the bullpen — obviously channeling April — blew it. Or La Russa blew it with the parade of relievers and intentional walks to load the…

  23. Alec Baldwin sells baseball caps by peeing on John Krasinski’s floor

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    I’m not sure how Alec Baldwin peeing on your living room floor is supposed to sell baseball caps, but then again, I never really have understood advertising. Maybe this is genius. Ah, screw it. I’d watch Alec Baldwin in just about anything, so here you go. And don’t get offended at this: it’s purely fiction. I…

  24. What should one do with ignoramuses like Jason Whitlock?

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jason Whitlock

    If you want to read a dumb, reactionary column about how statistics have ruined sports and that people who use statistics should “STFU,” by all means, go read Jason Whitlock’s latest thing over at Fox.  Just know ahead of time that it  is aggressively stupid, profoundly lazy and provides no insight whatsoever.  Even if you hate…

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