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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The player you (irrationally) love to hate

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    I’ll admit it: my hangups about Jeff Francoeur aren’t entirely rational. OK, you probably knew that already. But I’m not alone! Fans of every team have a guy they simply can’t be rational about. The guy who sticks in their craw no matter what his case is as a ballplayer on the merits. Just ask…

  2. The Tigers were scouting James Shields last night, but will the Rays move him?

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    The New York Post reports that the Tigers had two scouts in Tampa Bay to watch James Shields‘ start against the Yankees last night. They probably weren’t the only ones, but if you believe Ken Rosenthal’s report from yesterday, the Rays — while always willing to listen! — are reluctant to trade Shields. They like…

  3. “He was just drunk enough to be stupid, and one could not reason with him”

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    1884 Providence Grays

    This is random, but I enjoyed it like crazy. Edward Achorn wrote a book about Old Hoss Radbourn last year (the corporeal one, not his ghost, which haunts Twitter). I never did get around to reading it for some reason, but I’ll remedy that soon.  In the meantime, I have greatly enjoyed his day-by-day diary…

  4. The Yankees re-sign Marcus Thames

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marcus Thames yanks

    Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.  Well, sometimes you can live life backwards too: The Yankees signed 34-year-old Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. Recently released by the Dodgers, Thames will report to Tampa and work out at the minor league complex before being assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. I’d be shocked if…

  5. HBT Daily: Answering your Twitter questions

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    I neglected to post this yesterday because, well, I’m not sure why. But it’s not like pro wrestling and bullfighting references have a shelf life, so enjoy!

  6. Johnny Damon would prefer to go into the Hall of Fame as a Royal

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon Royals

    Johnny Damon was on MLB Network yesterday and was asked about the Hall of Fame.  It’s kind of a lose-lose topic for a guy like Damon who, if he ducks or deflects questions about it, he’s not being particularly nice to his host, but if he answers it, he gets people saying stuff like “what,…

  7. Carlos Beltran doesn’t want to be a DH

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    beltran getty wide

    Trading Carlos Beltran depends a lot on Carlos Beltran, given his full no-trade clause.  And, as David Lennon of Newsday reports, Beltran may be prepared to use it if the Mets plan on trading him to certain types of teams.  Here’s Lennon: … the most coveted outfielder on the trade market has told friends that he…

  8. “No other owner has sacrificed so much of his team’s future for an immediate payoff”

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    We got no ruling in the Dodgers bankruptcy case yesterday, but there were two things of interest that popped up on the McCourt radar. First, the L.A. Times has obtained the letter Bud Selig sent Frank McCourt back in June when he rejected McCourt’s proposed TV deal with Fox. In the letter he cited McCourt’s…

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

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Padres 5, Marlins 3: Cameron Maybin sweeps the Marlins. Really, he did it all in this series, battering his old team to the tune of 9-for-14 with three RBI, five runs and five stolen bases, including a 4 for 5 day in this one. Angels 1, Rangers 0: A tough luck loss for C.J. Wilson, who…

  10. Two suspects arrested in Bryan Stow beating

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Los Angeles Times is reporting that two suspects have been arrested for the Opening Day beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.  Further, they are reporting that Giovanni Ramirez — who was a suspect and is still being held on a parole violation — has been exonerated in the attack. The Los Angeles Police…

  11. Report: Hunter Pence won’t be moved this summer

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    pence getty wide

    It’s only been a day or two since Buster Olney reported that the Astros would listen to offers for Hunter Pence, but in that time there has been more chatter about him than almost any player on the market. But he may not be on the market at all, actually: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was…

  12. Orlando Hudson slams into wall, carted off the field on a stretcher

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Hudson_Orlando

    Scary incident down in Miami, as Orlando Hudson had to be carried off the field on a stretcher during today’s Marlins-Padres game. Hudson hurt himself when he slammed against the wall down the right field line while making a diving catch. He was on the ground for about five minutes, apparently unconscious during part of that…

  13. Cutter Dykstra: My dad did not steal my signing bonus

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    It has been reported several times over the past year or so — most recently in that story I linked from yesterday’s New York Times — that Lenny Dykstra took his son Cutter Dykstra’s $700,000 signing bonus, “invested it” and subsequently lost it. We’ve passed along that allegation a few times ourselves, as it had…

  14. The Mariners have lost 12 in a row

    Jul 21, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Blue Jays batter Rajai Davis watches his two run double during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    On June 19th, the Mariners were a half game out of first place. As late as June 27th they were only two games out.  Now: they’ve lost twelve games in a row — this one 7-5 to the Blue Jays — and stand 13 games out of first place. Their season is in ruins and,…

  15. Westbrook, Pujols lead the Cards past the Mets

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    I don’t write too many straight game recaps outside of And That Happened, but this one — a 6-2 win by the Cards over the Mets — struck me for a couple of reasons. First, because it may very well have been Carlos Beltran‘s last game as a Met in Citi Field. The Mets go…

  16. Autographed baseballs bringing out the worst in people, Part II

    Jul 21, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ray Durham

    Following up on that post about the autographed Derek Jeter baseballs is a link to another story about how memorabilia is pretty much awful. The story involves a deceased father’s extensive autographed baseball collection and the fight to inherit it by his two adult-yet-totally-childish sons, each of whom claims ownership. The dead father, by the way,…

  17. The Cardinals finally stole a base

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Daniel Descalso

    Just yesterday, Matthew noted that the Cardinals had the longest streak of stolen-base-free games since 1977. A total of 32 at the time, which stretched to 33 in last night’s game against the Mets. I guess he jinxed it, because the Cardinals just stole a base in the top of the ninth in today’s game.…

  18. Happy Pumpsie Green Day!

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Pumpsie Green

    We all know to celebrate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s major league debut, but there were 15 other teams that existed during baseball’s segregated days which later came to see the light. Eventually anyway.  The Red Sox were the last, fielding their first black player on this day in 1959. His name was Pumpsie Green.…

  19. Quote of the Day: “great piece of hitting”

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui hits a opposite field double in the second inning off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver during their America League MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    I think this every time I hear it from a broadcaster or a journalist, but I absolutely love that Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch put it in words on his Twitter feed this afternoon: My definition of a great at-bat: One pitch, one swing, damage … The “great at-bat” and “great piece of hitting”…

  20. Grady Sizemore had hernia surgery this morning; out 4-to-6 weeks

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    We knew Grady Sizemore’s knee was a potential problem, but we didn’t know this until just now:  he had a sports hernia too.  And as a result, Sizemore underwent abdominal surgery today. According to the team, he faces a 4-to-6 week recovery time. Best estimates are that Sizemore would have had to miss four weeks for…

  21. Great Moments in Chutzpah: “Derek Jeter 3000 balls”

    Jul 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The New York Daily News reports that a company in New Jersey is about to get the pants sued off of it by Major League Baseball.  And based on the description of the company’s behavior, I don’t have much a of a problem with it. Indeed, I wouldn’t have a problem with law enforcement getting…

  22. The Giants may be falling out of the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    That stuff I said in my last Beltran post? About the Mets wanting prospects, not money, for Carlos Beltran?  Yeah, that’s causing a bit of a problem for the Giants it seem.  Adam Rubin reports: According to a person with knowledge of the Giants’ thinking, San Francisco’s current position is that it is willing to…

  23. And now, your useless trade rumor of the day

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    When it comes to trade rumor season I hate the game, not the player, but really, this one from Buster Olney gets me a bit miffed: If the Brewers can scrape together package/prospects to get Carlos Beltran-like searching for nickels under couch cushions– they’ll do it. The Mets are on record saying that they will…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    As has become weekly custom, your Twitter questions. It’s like a mailbag, but shorter. And without postage.

  25. Ozzie Guillen: “$%&*@!!#?(*&%%#”

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    I said in the recaps that Ozzie Guillen probably blew a gasket after losing to the Royals on a wild pitch. Yup! Another classic Ozzie Guillen rant was captured by the CSNChicago.com folks, and can be viewed in all of its bleeped glory here.  If you can’t watch the video, here’s a taste: “There’s nothing…

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