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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. Greinke’s arm, bat power the Brewers past the Nats

    May 25, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Did you like that headline? Sounded just like a real newspaper article, huh? Never had one day of J-school! Anyway, Zack Greinke, some may recall, was a pretty good prospect as a position player back in high school. He swung a nice bat and, indeed, many think he could have gone pretty far a hitter.…

  12. Rafael Soriano to be sidelined 6-8 weeks

    May 25, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    rafael-soriano-yankees

    Rafael Soriano‘s MRI came back and it revealed an inflamed ligament. Which is not torn which means no appointment with Dr. James Andrews’ Tommy-John-6000 machine.  At least not yet. Andrews recommends rest and then a throwing program for Soriano, together which will have him out for six to eight weeks.  Which is cool, I guess,…

  13. Lenny Dykstra tried to break Doc Gooden out of “Celebrity Rehab”

    May 25, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    When a story involves Doc Gooden on Drew Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab,” and neither Gooden nor Pinsky is the biggest freakshow in the story, that can only mean one thing: Dykstra. That’s the story from Gooden who, while on WFAN yesterday, told Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton that Dykstra tried to break him out of rehab during the…

  14. Jo-Jo Reyes ties a record: 28 starts without a win

    May 25, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes throws against the Houston Astros in Toronto.

    The Yankees are beating up on the Blue Jays right now, thanks in large part to two Andruw Jones home runs. Enjoy them while you can, Yankees fans. Because if history holds, the Jays will sign Jim Leyritz before the next inning and he’ll totally shift the momentum. Anyway, the more historically notable part of…

  15. Josh Hamilton intends to continue sliding head first

    May 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Josh Hamilton lost a month and a half of the season thanks to an ugly head first slide into home plate. So, logic dictates, he’s going cut that sort of thing out, right? Nah. I didn’t see it, but someone in the comments told me that he slid head first twice last night.  And here…

  16. Comment of the Day: The remainder of the Athletics’ 2011 season in a nutshell

    May 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Billy Beane

    This morning, in the the Bob Geren-Brian Fuentes Affair post, resident Athletics expert APBA Guy gave us a thumbnail sketch of what we can expect in Oakland for the next few months, from the front office, to the fans to the San Francisco Chronicle and everyone in between. It’s scary because it sounds so very…

  17. HBT Daily: We only talk about the A’s when there’s trouble

    May 25, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    I’m not proud of that, and it’s certainly not a conscious decision. But really, it’s true.

  18. The Rays make a fan remove his “Yankees Suck” t-shirt

    May 25, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Yankees Suck

    We’ve heard the “Yankees suck!” chant for years. Indeed, we’ve heard it so much that it has basically lost all effectiveness as taunting, becoming noticeable only when it’s used in pathetic fashion, like say, at a New England Revolution-New York Red Bulls soccer game. But it’s apparently a problem for the virgin eyes and ears down in…

  19. Man injured in fall at Coors Field

    May 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Coors Field

    A 27-year-old man was seriously injured at Coors Field yesterday after falling 20 feet from a stairway leading to the center field seats and onto a concrete floor. There’s no information about the man’s identity or the circumstances of his fall, but there is the rather gruesome detail in the AP story that there was…

  20. Some serious anti-Daisuke Matsuzaka vitriol. But why do the Red Sox get a free pass?

    May 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan has a column up today covering the life and times of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who may have thrown his last pitch for the Boston Red Sox.  Passan does not exactly sugarcoat things. He says that, in Matsuzaka, the Red Sox expected an ace, but rather, “got an ACE: Another Chubby Easterner, Hideki Irabu…

  21. The Padres season ticket sales staff is the best

    May 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Customer Service Representative

    Because I’ve never lived in the same town as a major league baseball team — blast! — I’ve never been in a position to buy season tickets.  I have heard tell of others’ adventures in the land of season tickets before, however, and I usually either hear about how (a) the team’s ticket sales staff…

  22. Breaking: celebrities get special treatment by police

    May 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    steinbrenner in car

    We often ridicule celebrities who pull the “don’t you know who I am?” card whenever they have run-ins with the police, but you can’t fault them for trying. Because, at least in New York, the police knowing who you are can be really, really helpful! Star-struck cops have fixed tickets for big-time celebs, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and former…

  23. Paul Splittorff loses his battle with cancer

    May 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Paul Spitoroff

    Given the news we heard last week, this was inevitable, but no less sad: Royals pitcher Paul Splittorff died this morning, losing his battle with melanoma and oral cancer. Splittorff was the quintessential crafty lefty, never overpowering hitters but always finding a way.  His durability and effectiveness led him to become the all-time leader in victories…

  24. Fans, players, had to take cover in Texas last night

    May 25, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Texas Rangers

    As I mentioned in the recaps, tornado warnings, rain and hail in Dallas caused an extended delay of the White Sox-Rangers game last night, with fans being evacuated from the upper decks and then into tunnels in the ballpark for shelter. A story about the evacuation can be read here.  Over at Buzzfeed this morning…

  25. Fred Wilpon apologizes to the Mets, but it’s not good enough for some

    May 25, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    Fred Wilpon was going to fly to Chicago to apologize to the Mets in person, but after talking to Terry Collins and other team officials about what made the most sense, he chose to avoid a possible media scrum and apologize via speaker phone to Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and the Mets, who took the…

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