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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Why baseball is better than football

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jim Caple writes one of these every year, so he’s kind of running out of original ideas, but it’s always good to be reminded of any reasons — even the weaker ones — why baseball beats the crap out of football, so I link it with approval. To be honest, though, whenever I’m presented…

  2. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    The Question

    I made a decision this week to steer away from Aquaman questions. But we have Batman, Dr. Manhattan, some gratuitous death penalty politics and we get to watch an HBT writer — not me — basically commit career suicide!

  3. Tired of rain, Yankees and Orioles fans? Tough!

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Storm cloud

    In an earlier post I jokingly said that today’s makeup game between the Orioles and the Yankees would probably have rain, thereby extending those teams’ sogginess streak to approximately 800.  I probably should have checked the forecast, however, because, wouldn’t you know it, rain is expected today in Baltimore. There’s a slight chance of rain…

  4. Chase Utley has a mild concussion

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Chase Utley was hit in the head with an Eric O’Flaherty pitch in last night’s game. He stayed in, but was later pulled for a pinch hitter after complaining of a headache. Ruben Amaro said afterward that he has a “mild concussion.” Utley was held back from joining the team on its flight to Milwaukee and will…

  5. Oh good: Jeff Loria wants to make more baseball decisions

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

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    Yesterday, in the wake of the Marlins shuffling around their front office, I observed that part of the Marlins success over the years has been that, despite the financial constraints and despite the fact that their owner is basically a disaster area, the Marlins have always let good baseball people make good baseball decisions and…

  6. Jeff Francoeur threw a batter out at first from right field

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    I’ve offered several kudos to Jeff Francoeur for having a better-than-expected season this year. But given that I’ve still offered approximately 598 more slams than kudos in his career, I still have some work to do.  So it’s definitely appropriate for me to note that Francoeur shot a dude down cold from right field yesterday…

  7. Tim Wakefield is never going to win his 200th game

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    On the one hand I think round numbers for the sake of round numbers are kind of silly. On the other hand, I like knuckleballers and I really like Tim Wakefield, so it makes me kind of sad to see him get start after start in the pursuit of 200 wins only to fall short…

  8. The State of the Races

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox lose. New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: The Yankees, who just hosted Baltimore, now go down to Baltimore today for a makeup game. I’m sure everyone is thrilled to see these two play yet another game. All they…

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

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:01 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 7, Royals 0:  Guillermo Moscoso took a no-hitter into the eighth inning . He allowed only two hits in all in eight and two-thirds and, between his last start against the Mariners and this one against the Royals, retired 30 batters in a row. Heck, if a hitting streak can stretch between two seasons, I’d…

  10. The Yankees lineup is … interesting

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Do not disturb

    Pop quiz, hotshot! You played a game until 2:15 this morning and you have a 1PM start this afternoon.  What do you do? What do you do!!? Well, if you’re Joe Girardi, you trot out this lineup: 1. Eduardo Nunez SS 2. Russell Martin C 3. Nick Swisher RF 4. Alex Rodriguez 3B 5. Andruw…

  11. Phillies assistant GM Chuck LaMar resigns

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phillies Logo

    Clearly this is a move borne of his personal disgrace over helping to assemble such a horrible te — oh, wait. It’s the Phillies. I still automatically think “Devil Rays” when I hear his name.  But boy, this one is strange.  “Shocking” according to Bob Brookover of the Inquirer: LaMar did not return phone calls…

  12. Everyone complains about the weather, but …

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Actually, I could understand it better if it was the weather that was being complained about.  In Mike Vaccaro’s column, however, there is this vague sense that all of the rain on the east coast — or at least the inconvenience it caused — was somehow Major League Baseball’s fault.  That’s underscored by the headline…

  13. Rethinking the rotation: Four-and-swing?

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan is always good for a big idea column or two each month, and his latest is one that I’ve long been arguing half-drunkenly to anyone who will listen (i.e. no one):  chucking the straight five-man rotation and going to a modified four-man thing. The idea would be to keep your four best…

  14. Bobby Parnell may be out as Mets closer

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Parnell_Bobby

    Question: do you really need a closer when you’re playing out the last three weeks of a lost season?  Eh, probably so. If not, who would we yell at when games go south?  If not, what would the guys who are somehow — against all odds — still paying close attention to their fantasy rosters…

  15. The Marlins shuffle their front office

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Marlins logo

    These aren’t major moves, but they’re the kind of day-to-day things that keep baseball teams up and running: the Marlins have named a new Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, a new Vice President of Scouting and a new Vice President of Player Development. They are, respectively, Jim Fleming, Stan Meek and Marty Scott.…

  16. The State of the Races

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox win, the New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: All of the rain + the lack of remaining days off + the financial imperative to play all 162 games despite the fact that most of them are fairly meaningless…

  17. Was Francisco Cervelli’s home run really a home run?

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Another home run/fan interference replay call.Though this one wasn’t nearly as nutso.

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:06 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

    Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0: Just when you thought it was safe to panic, Red Sox Nation, Josh Beckett‘s ankle ends up being only sprained, Jon Lester dominates the opposition and the offense goes off for 14 runs on 20 hits. Yankees 5, Orioles 3: After a four hour rain delay, the game got…

  19. Drew Pomeranz to make his major league debut on Sunday

    Sep 6, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Rockies prospect Drew Pomeranz — who came to Colorado in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal — will make his major league debut against the Reds on Sunday.  Not bad for a guy who had an emergency appendectomy a couple of weeks ago and was thought to be done for the year.  It takes me three weeks to…

  20. Carlos Carrasco to undergo Tommy John surgery next Wednesday

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    On Friday, Venezuelan reporter Carlos Zambrano (no, a different one) reported that Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was going to undergo Tommy John surgery.  That was hearsay — he heard it from an Indians farmhand who is friends with Carrasco — but it turns out to be right.  Carrasco will undergo the procedure next Wednesday. Carrasco will almost…

  21. Photo of the Day: They’re serious about security at AT&T Park

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    On the one hand the intimidation level of the security forces at AT&T Park is high.  On the other hand, you know that you can really push it to the limit with these guys because if they have to fire their weapon at you, you know damn well they’re not going to hit you: Many…

  22. The Cardinals are not fans of 3:15PM starts

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    I hope you’re sitting down for this, but the Cardinals have a complaint about something. I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. This time: the 3:15PM start time for the game against Milwaukee yesterday. Seems it created shadows that made it difficult for Cardinals hitters to pick up the ball.  Albert Pujols and…

  23. Why the wait for Jim Crane’s approval?

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    First Jim Crane was a shoe-in to be approved as the Astros’ next owner. Then it was suddenly on hold. Now the current owner keeps saying that approval will come any minute while rumors swirl that Crane’s bid is deader than vaudeville. What gives? Maury Brown — who wrote the Forbes piece a while back that…

  24. Don’t count on watching Stephen Strasburg’s return tonight

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Washington Radar.bmp

    I got all excited for the Strassurrection earlier, but my words appear as though they will be for naught.  That pic is the weather radar for Washington, D.C. at around 5PM this evening. Looking more widely, it only gets wetter after that. And it’s going to continue like that for a couple of days, it…

  25. 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…

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