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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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 —…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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:

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Barry Bonds to confront a Bonds hater on some TV show

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    I really don’t watch much TV these days. When I do watch TV it’s usually an entire series at a time on Netflix or something like “Battlestar Galactica,” or “Pushing Daisies” or something. The only shows I actually watch as they’re being broadcast anymore are “Breaking Bad” and “Archer,” and those are on so rarely…

  18. Joe Girardi probably should have protested that game the other day

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Still thinking about that Billy Butler homer in the Yankees-Royals game the other night.  Joe Torre has admitted that the umpires misapplied the rules.  And now Joe Girardi admits he should have protested it.  He says he simply took the umps’ word for it that they were properly applying the rules: “I assumed the rules…

  19. Great moments in optimism, Angels edition

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Sam Miller writes about the Angels for the OC Register. So he certainly got to see the Halos woof three of four to the Rangers this week and has watched their playoff hopes fall off a cliff since there were only a game and a half back last week. But he is not one to…

  20. The five best and five worst owners

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    Ken Davidoff of Newsday just got back from the owners meetings and he decided to go all listy: the five best owners in baseball and, of course, the five worst owners in baseball. I don’t have any disagreements with the best-of list. The results pretty much speak for themselves at the top, and I agree…

  21. What celebrities wish for on their birthday

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Ed Norton

    I’m a pretty big Ed Norton fan. Great actor. I’ve heard some stories, though, that he’s hard to deal with on the set. Likes to take control over the script and the direction and stuff and is generally a pain in the rear.  It happens. Marlon Brando was the same way and, unlike Norton, Brando…

  22. Jim Hendry fired as Cubs GM

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    hendry getty

    So much for that vote of confidence last week, huh? Jim Hendry has been fired as the Cubs general manager, reports David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com.  The termination is effective immediately. Kaplan reports that Hendry is currently meeting with the Cubs in the clubhouse, presumably being thanked by the players for all of those ridiculous contracts…

  23. HBT Daily: A few words about the Indians-Tigers series

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I discuss what is more or less the only real playoff race going on right now

  24. Adrian Gonzalez says his neck is not to blame for his power outage

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Earlier this week Terry Francona said that Adrian Gonzalez‘s recent struggles were due to his bad neck.  Gonzalez dismissed that after another bad night last night: “I’m not hitting because my swing isn’t good right now, not because of my neck” Not that this absolves his neck. He says that the swing is messed up…

  25. An MLB.com columnist pens a love letter to baseball commissioners

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I long ago abandoned the notion that MLB.com was Pravda or something, which is what I first thought it would be when it started up. The reporting there is very good, and sometimes great. Many of the MLB.com beat writers are much better than the newspaper guys who cover the same beat. Many of the…

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