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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Sep 5, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    alderson at podium

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Fan Interference.bmp

    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…

  8. 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…

  9. “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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Quote of the Day: Are the playoffs a crap shoot?

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Craps

    Jon Heyman cuts to the heart of the playoffs: While the playoffs aren’t really a crap shoot, as some suggest, almost anything can and will happen. Anyone who makes it has a legitimate shot, and that includes the Diamondbacks, who may be baseball’s best story this season. As reader Michael K., who pointed this out…

  15. If you like bald guys, root for the Dbacks tonight

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Towers

    The Diamondbacks head into San Francisco tonight with a six-game lead and the ability to all but put the defending champs away for good.  But, with nine straight wins under their belts, there are even greater things at stake: Arizona general manager Kevin Towers and club president Derrick Hall offered to sacrifice their hair if…

  16. HBT Daily: Handing out this week’s awards

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    These aren’t really awards, of course. Just our shoutouts. And I’m still struggling with the proper honoring gesture.

  17. Today is “can they put Roger Clemens back on trial?” day

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    For those of you following, Roger Clemens and all of the lawyers will be back in court today to argue over whether the government should be allowed to try him again. Or if, rather, the government will be held to have lost it’s chance to do so because they intentionally sought a mistrial because their…

  18. News Flash: promises of a publicly-funded ballpark driving economic growth don’t pan out

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    gwinnet

    I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. I mean, the first several dozen instances of taxpayer-funded sports facilities failing to deliver on the politicians’ promises of economic growth may have failed miserably, but I was certain that it was gonna work this time: The team’s poor showing has implications for Gwinnett taxpayers. The…

  19. Albert Pujols’ future in St. Louis: murky at best?

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to use that “murky at best” stuff every time I link an article at Grantland.  I’m hoping the fact that I’m friendly with Rany and Jonah and all of those guys will keep them from getting too mad at me for it, but you don’t get to choose your memes…

  20. The Cubs say Carlos Zambrano will not rejoin the team this season

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    zambrano getty wide

    The Cubs have announced that Carlos Zambrano won’t rejoin the team for the rest of the season They will, however, start paying him again on September 11th, which is when his time on the restricted list is up.  His grievance remains unresolved. So that’s this year. Whether he’ll ever rejoin the team is unclear.  Given…

  21. Must-click link: Yankee Stadium as Middle Earth

    Sep 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    Most of our “Must-click links” are to longish feature stories or studies.  Not this one. It’s just to a picture.  But it’s worth your click. Genius. Pure genius.

  22. Yankees fans don’t mind watching four hour games at all, thank you very much

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    I didn’t watch the Yankees-Red Sox game for a number of reasons, but I can gather from the box score and what people are saying today that it was pretty thrilling.  And no matter what I think of the length of these affairs, I should probably just put a sock in my complaints.  Why? This tweet…

  23. Plan B for the Mets: multiple, smaller investors

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    With their $200 million cash infusion from David Einhorn scuttled, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are taking a different tack.  Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson report that they’re looking into selling smaller stakes “to people willing to invest perhaps $20 million each.” Hurm. Being a minority investor in a closely-held corporation is not great to begin…

  24. Jesus Montero makes an inauspicious debut

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    I was half-tempted to headline this “Is Jesus Montero a bust?” but even I have limits to how much I can troll people.  Fact is, though, that I bet there are people sitting in their apartments right now thinking that. Some folks get crazy when it comes to prospects. Especially Yankees prospects. But of course it…

  25. $1.2B bid for the Dodgers: “There are questions within the sports industry about whether this is a genuine offer”

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    My first reaction to yesterday’s news that Bill Burke and Chinese investors were offering Frank McCourt $1.2 billion for the Dodgers was that Major League Baseball would be jumping for joy.  It’s probably a good rule, however, to never be content to settle on your first reaction, because stuff that involves billions of dollars is…

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