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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: What can be done about catcher collisions?

    May 27, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Yeah, we’ve probably talked this to death already, but I swear, when we taped this yesterday it was still fresh.

  2. Introducing Carlos Beltran: “RBI whore”

    May 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    beltran bats

    Joel Sherman’s latest column is about the fury and backlash among Mets fans in the wake of Fred Wilpon’s comments about the team and its best players.  And he has some decent observations about how, if you’re a Mets player, you’re not likely to be all that motivated at the moment. But there was one…

  3. A good review of the new Derek Jeter book

    May 27, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    jeter grimace

    Ben Kabak of River Avenue Blues has a good review of the new Ian O’Connor book about Derek Jeter.  Which I haven’t read and I don’t really plan to, on the basis that no really good biography can be written about someone whose story is not complete. Which is basically where Ben comes down too.…

  4. David Cone: Stathead

    May 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    David Cone

    Maybe that’s putting it too strongly, but David Cone is big into advanced metrics, citing Fangraphs as his favorite site. Not bad!  What say you about sabermetics, David? You know, it’s something I got into more when I stopped playing. I’m a little jealous that I didn’t have this sort of data when I was…

  5. Baseball team needs help? Call Wall Street

    May 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    In light of hedge fund manager David Einhorn buying into the Mets, The Wall Street Journal makes an observation this morning: Einhorn is poised to join a growing number of sports team stakeholders who have come to this highly eccentric vocation bearing one basic skill: the ability to manage enormous sums of money. Over the past…

  6. Harmon Killebrew’s memorial service, featuring Mudcat Grant on “What a Wonderful World”

    May 27, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Harmon Killebrew

    Commissioner Selig, Hank Aaron, scads of current and former Twins players and thousands of fans turned out at Target Field yesterday for a memorial service for Harmon Killebrew.   The details of the service can be read here. And at the risk of creating isolated dust storms in the vicinity of your computer, I embed…

  7. Ray Fosse doesn’t think you can change the rules regarding catcher collisions

    May 27, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Rose Fosse

    If there is one person whose opinion of the Buster Posey injury is worth hearing it’s Ray Fosse. Who, if you’re unaware, suffered a pretty bad injury that seriously impacted his career when, as a 23-year-old, he was bowled over at home plate by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game. It’s worth noting, though,…

  8. Buster Posey schadenfreude? No, that’s taking it too far

    May 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    posey catching

    I said in the recaps this morning that I think the tone of mourning that has surrounded Buster Posey‘s injury is a bit much. But in my mind it’s preferable to this, from the AZ Snakepit blog: But, let’s be brutally honest. While on one level, it’s a terrible thing, there’s a dark corner of…

  9. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 27, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    hangover breakfast

    A lot of people are getting tired of the old pic of the breakfast wrap. Here’s something that may be more up your alley

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

    May 27, 2011, 5:42 AM EST

    Wes Helms

    Marlins 1, Giants 0: Anibal Sanchez with the shutout and Ryan Vogelsong took a tough loss.  And at the risk of being a big jerk here, am I crazy for thinking that the articles about the Giants that have taken on a tone of mourning over the Posey injury are a bit much? It sucks.…

  11. Scott Cousins feels bad about Buster Posey’s injury

    May 26, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Cousins_Scott

    Scott Cousins — the man who flattened Buster — spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier today. The upshot: he does not regret the play, which he thought was a clean, albeit hard-nosed play.  He does, however, regret that Posey was hurt and, of course, never intended to hurt him: I committed to it. I…

  12. MLB, MLBPA donate money to tornado victims

    May 26, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Joplin, Missouri Reels After F5 Tornado Devastates Town, Kills 125

    Just got a press release announcing that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are joining together to contribute $200,000 toward relief efforts for tornado victims in the Midwest and the Southeast. The funds from MLB and the MLBPA are being donated to Heart to Heart International, a Kansas City-based organization that has been helping with disaster…

  13. UPDATE: Buster Posey is out for the year with a fractured bone “in his lower left leg”

    May 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    UPDATE: Posey has officially been diagnosed with a fractured left fibula and “severely strained” ligaments in his left ankle. It may be a longshot, but he could return later this season. UPDATE: Now the Giants are terming it a fractured bone “in his lower left leg.”  Depending on your definition of leg, that could include…

  14. Quote of the Day: Ken Rosenthal on the steroid speculators

    May 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    syringe

    Ken Rosenthal knocks it out of the park in his column about Jose Bautista and steroid speculation. It’s a must read and conforms with my thinking on the subject exactly.  Money quote: If Bautista tests positive, it’s a story. If Bautista is linked to PEDs through a government investigation, it’s a story. But if Bautista…

  15. Fan who fell at Coors Field dies

    May 26, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Coors Field

    Ugh.  The fan who fell from a stairway at Coors Field on Tuesday has died, reports the Denver Post.  His name was Robert Seamans of Pueblo, Colorado. He was 27. Sadly, it seems like his death was totally preventable: Seamans was attempting to slide down the railing when he lost his balance.  The picture accompanying the…

  16. HBT Daily: Taking Twitter Questions

    May 26, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Earlier you saw the rejects. Here are the ones that made the video cut.

  17. Pray for your local beat writer for they have to endure some horrible, horrible cliches

    May 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Image (1) Bull-Durham-baseball_l.jpg for post 4053

    I thank my lucky stars that my job description does not include “talking to baseball players after the game to get their insight.”  Because, if they actually have some insight, it’s buried under mountains and mountains of cliche. You think you know this already because of that scene in “Bull Durham,” but the problem is…

  18. You asked me questions on Twitter, so I shall answer them

    May 26, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    The Question

    Today: a quick jaunt through political theory.

  19. The Mets 2012 payroll is a matter of debate

    May 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    In that Sports Illustrated article we mentioned the other day, Fred Wilpon suggested that the team’s payroll is going to be slashed pretty dramatically next year, perhaps down to $100 million. Sandy Alderson spoke with the media yesterday, however, and he suggested that things may not be cut that low. More like down to $120…

  20. Frank McCourt says he’s gonna make payroll

    May 26, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    All of the whispers have had Frank McCourt not making payroll at the end of the month. And of course, if that happens, he probably loses the Dodgers.  It’s kind of like the plot of the Blues Brothers but, you know, totally not fun. But apparently McCourt played a big house show last night, collected…

  21. Report: The Mets finally have a minority owner. And Fred Wilpon’s days could be numbered

    May 26, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Multiple outlets are reporting this morning that the Mets have an agreement to sell 49% of the team to one David Einhorn of the hedge fund Greenlight Capital, Inc. for $200 million. The sale would not include a stake in SNY, it’s being reported. No word on what kind of managerial control, if any, Einhorn…

  22. Should catchers be banned from blocking home plate?

    May 26, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Posey injury 2.bmp

    Buster Posey’s awful injury last night has set off the calls for some reform — or some something — regarding how catchers handle the play at the plate.  This morning another Buster — Olney — tweeted the following: In the big-picture question of risk/reward, the play of blocking home plate, to save one run, is…

  23. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 26, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Breakfast Wrap

    It was a very eventful evening and night around baseball. If you only waste time on the Internet at the office (good choice!), here’s what you missed.

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

    May 26, 2011, 5:53 AM EST

    Brooks Conrad

    Yesterday’s games: where the most interesting and/or notable things technically happened today. See, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

  25. We know McCourt and Wilpon are awful, but where does your team’s owner rank?

    May 25, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Ted Turner manager

    Over at ESPN.com, Jim Caple decided to rank Major League Baseball’s owners from 1-30 with a little explanatory blurb.  You won’t be shocked to find Frank McCourt at the bottom and Fred Wilpon in the 29th position. But what about the others? And for that matter, what makes an owner good anyway?  Is it just…

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