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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: Rangers-Angels and the meaninglessness of hitting streaks

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    There aren’t many decent pennant races this year. If the Angels flop at home against Texas, there will be one fewer.

  2. The pros and cons of moving the Astros to the AL

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    The realignment talk of a couple of months ago has largely died down and it isn’t likely to be part of the new collective bargaining agreement this winter, but Zach Levine reports that it’s still being discussed, with the Astros the most likely candidate for shuffling. Of particular interest is Levine’s breakdown of the pros…

  3. Quote of the Day: Adam Jones on unsigned draftees

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Today, if you did not know it, is signing day for those fellows taken in this summer’s amateur draft. If they don’t sign, back into the hopper or to college or to wherever they go. Most sign, though. At least the top-of-the-draft guys we non-draft experts tend to hear about and care about.  And as…

  4. Anyone want an expensive, no-defense, washed-up slugger?

    Aug 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    I usually stay away from the “so-and-so was put on waivers” and “so-and-so cleared waivers” stories because they’re pretty dog-bites-man.  Shocker: really expensive guys on non-contenders are placed on and clear waivers all the time. But sometimes it’s worth looking at the examples of some to remind us of this.  Like today, when within a…

  5. Did you know that Ralph Branca was Jewish? Until recently, neither did he

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Ralph Branca

    This is only about baseball insofar as it involves a baseball player, but it’s a pretty interesting story anyway. The New York Times’ Joshua Prager has a story about retired Dodgers’ pitcher Ralph Branca’s family. Seems that even though Branca was baptized and raised Catholic to Catholic parents and remains Catholic to this day, his…

  6. Photo of the Day: The Memphis Redbirds channel Slim Goodbody

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Wait, you don’t remember Slim Goodbody?  Eh, the 70s were a different time. Anyway, the Memphis Redbirds had cool jerseys on Saturday night. They hosted Organ Donor Night, sparking awareness of the goodness of organ donation and encouraging fans to do the same.  And to help out, they donned the following jerseys. Kinda cool, no?…

  7. Baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Randy Moss

    Chris Jaffe has a fun article up over at The Hardball Times today. Of course, almost everything Chris Jaffe writes is fun, so this should be no surprise, but this one is more fun than most: it’s baseball’s Randy Moss All-Stars. What’s a Randy Moss All-Star?  According to Chris, it’s a guy who had a…

  8. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    John Kruk, Darren Daulton

    I’m gonna level with you: thanks to the vacation, I have no freakin’ idea what happened last week. Oh, I quickly glanced at scores most mornings, but I didn’t think hard about it or process any of it. I have a very weak grasp on who’s hot and who’s not. And, even if I can…

  9. If you like hugs, go to Friday’s Mets game

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Hugs

    If you like hugs and if you like Nick Cannon, you probably need to go Citi Field this Friday for the Mets-Brewers game: The New York Mets today announced they are teaming up with Nick Cannon, host of 92.3 NOW’s Morning Show, to “Hug It Out” and help Cannon break the Guinness World Record for…

  10. Jason Marquis has a broken leg, is lost for the season

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    If you missed it yesterday, Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis broke his fibula on a comebacker during the Dbacks-Mets game. He’s done for the year. Crazy thing: he broke it on an Angel Pagan line drive in the third inning. But he stayed in the game, finished the inning and then pitched to two batters —…

  11. Ryan Howard: the Phillies’ seventh-best player

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    I felt bad that the Phillies game got rained out, thus depriving you guys of obsessing over them in the ATH comments, so I’ll just throw this little link out there for you. It’s an article by Sean Forman — the boss of Baseball-Reference.com — from yesterday’s New York Times. In it he offers the totally…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Lake Michigan

    After a week off I have no idea what in the hell is going on. Some dude tried to convince me on Twitter last night that Texas A&M has petitioned to join the AL Central and I’m inclined to believe him.  That’s what happens when you get in the car with the kids, drive 450…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:31 AM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Miss me? No? Ah, well. Baseball stops for no one man. Back to the grind then: Brewers 2, Pirates 1: The walkoff sac fly for Nyjer Morgan. Of course all guys who hit sac flies walk off the field, so whatever. Charlie Morton‘s scoreless innings streak was snapped at 24. In other news, Charlie Morton…

  14. Talking about the Braves with Ted Berg

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    In the runup to the Braves-Mets series this weekend, Ted Berg of SNY.TV had me on The Baseball Show today to talk about the Braves. It’s about 70% gloom, 30% bright future talk if you’re a Braves fan. If you’re a Mets fan, reverse those ratios.  I’m probably too pessimistic about Braves hitting prospects, actually.…

  15. MLB warns against performance-enhancing ground up deer antlers

    Aug 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The fact that ballplayers are using a spray made from ground up deer antlers as some sort of performance enhancer a la HGH is not news. We wrote about it back in January. What’s new, per Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated, is that Major League Baseball sent a warning to players last week that they…

  16. Must-click link: Stop Subsidies to Sports Stadiums

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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    Neil deMause of Baseball Prospectus and Field of Schemes has written an article for The Nation making it clear to anyone who didn’t already know it that using public dollars for ballparks, stadiums and arenas is bad business and bad government.  Here’s a quote which I’ve heard before but it’s always worth repeating: “If you want…

  17. David Ortiz does NOT like to have RBIs taken away

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    ortiz head

    There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is in “RBI” and “Ortiz.” As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports, David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had.  There’s heavily-bleeped video of the…

  18. HBT Daily: Sox-Yankees! Phillies-Giants! Rangers-Indians!

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    So. whaddaya watchin’ this weekend?

  19. Some wonderfully random Matt Stairs facts

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Matt Stairs’ most notable moment was almost certainly his homer in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS. But the guy played for so long and for so many different teams that he pretty much saw and did it all in his major league career. Over at The Hardball Times today, Chris Jaffe collects some of…

  20. The Diamondbacks are trying to nip a Twitter problem in the bud

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Social media is scary!  Anyone can say anything at any time!  Personal expression can flourish with no supervision!  This is something with which sports teams don’t typically do very well. So, there are a couple of ways you can go if you run a sports team and are concerned about players saying inappropriate or otherwise…

  21. Better call Shields and Price

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The MLB Fan Cave has a funny. I just wish Rich Harden was in it so that they could start it out with the classic “are you injured?” Oh, and I kind of have a thing for that Alice McGinity person who shows up near the end of the video.  She has a Kelly Macdonald…

  22. Memorabilia dealer arrested for selling phony jerseys

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dragnet

    Shocking: a guy selling allegedly game-worn jerseys turns out to have been passing out fakes.  Doubly shocking: the word “Authentics” appeared in the name of his business. You just can’t trust anyone these days! Steven Jensen, co-chief executive officer of Vintage Sports Authentics, was accused in Manhattan federal court of mail fraud and wire fraud.…

  23. David Freese takes one to the head; diagnosed with a mild concussion

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    David Freese

    Cardinals third baseman David Freese was hit on the side of the head by a pitch from Clay Hensley during last night’s game. It clearly wasn’t intentional, as the HBP came with the bases loaded and drove in the go-ahead run for the Cardinals, but someone should probably ask Tony La Russa what he thought…

  24. Cliff Lee shuts down the Giants

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    It seems like a year ago that the Giants took two of three from the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park, but it was only about a week.  For that matter it seems like ten years ago that the Giants beat the Phillies in the NLCS, but it was less than ten months.  But one thing…

  25. Trying to squeeze something out of the A-Rod poker story

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    It’s been funny watching the New York media trying to make something out of this A-Rod poker story.  They staked him out during his rehab workouts down in Tampa yesterday. They were told beforehand by Yankees officials that A-Rod wouldn’t answer questions about poker, and that if they asked, he’d leave.  They asked, he left.…

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