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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Mark Reynolds thinks he was beaned on purpose

    Sep 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles

    Mark Reynolds hit a home run against the Angels on Saturday night. The next time he came to the plate, Ervin Santana hit him in the head, forcing him out of the game and keeping him from playing yesterday.  Reynolds believes it was intentional. Here’s Reynolds: “I think he hit me on purpose. I don’t…

  2. Who cares who catches Mariano Rivera’s 602nd save?

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera‘s next save will break the all-time saves record he currently shares with Trevor Hoffman. Against that backdrop, there has been some general chatter about whether Joe Girardi will let Jorge Posada, Rivera’s longtime batterymate, catch save number 602.  According to Marc Carig of the Star Ledger, Girardi isn’t inclined to do that. May…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Phillies'l Martinez and Halladay spray champagne on Pence as they celebrate winning Eastern Division in their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    It was a useful weekend for me. With Ohio State losing in spectacular awful style, my Saturdays are now officially freed up for the remainder of the fall!  In other news: Big Papi says Manny is “a good dude.” Whatever. I liked both of them much better when they did this kind of thing. The…

  4. Carl Crawford: “I’m sorry for the year I had”

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

    I’m assuming that when Carl Crawford agreed to do a season-long diary for ESPN.com that he figured he’d, you know, not totally suck all year.  I’m also guessing that ESPN’s agreement with him is not so lucrative or so iron-clad that he couldn’t have just quit doing it when the season turned hellish for him,…

  5. The State of the Races

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    The division races are secondary right now. Let’s go with the wild cards first: AL Wild Card: Unless you’ve been living under a rock or (worse) watched football all weekend, you know that Boston leads Tampa Bay by a mere two games now after dropping three of four to the Rays.  What you can be…

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

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:20 AM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Rays 8, Red Sox 5: Tim Wakefield got a lot of love for his 200th win last week. But it didn’t change the fact that Tim Wakefield doesn’t have a whole hell of a lot left. Now only two games separate these two in the wild card race. And the Rays-love has gotten so crazy…

  7. Nothing yet decided in the NL Cy Young race

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    On Wednesday afternoon I talked about how the NL Cy Young race was a three-headed monster between Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw.  Since then, all three of them have pitched. Here were their lines: Halladay: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB Kershaw: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5…

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

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:57 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Rays 9, Red Sox 2: And things get closer. Three RBI a piece for B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria and Casey Kotchman. Bad starting pitching, bad middle relief, slumbering bats swung by aching men. In other words, par for the course for Boston. Phillies 3, Marlins 1; Phillies 2, Marlins 1: Kyle Kendrick and five relievers limited…

  9. City of Detroit says no to people who want to do cool thing for kids

    Sep 15, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    tiger stadium

    Manipulative headline? Involving something to which I have an emotional connection? Moi?  Why, I never.  But decide for yourself: Chevrolet employees have volunteered to maintain the old Tiger Stadium playing field for use by youth baseball teams, but the offer was spurned by the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., where officials want to keep the property open for a future big-box…

  10. Johnny Cueto is done for the year

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    A player being “out for the rest of the year” is not too terribly important anymore given that there are less than two weeks left in the season. Still, let’s pretend like we give a crap, OK? Today’s player is Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds. He strained his right lat muscle during last night’s game…

  11. Bill Neukom out as Giants CEO; new guy says payroll, priorities staying the same

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom speaks to the fans at a rally after his team's World Series victory parade in San Francisco

    As was reported last night, Bill Neukom was forced out as the Giants CEO and he was replaced today by Larry Baer.  There was a press conference about all of this earlier this afternoon and Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com was there to cover it.  The highlights: Although the original reports of the ownership group’s displeasure…

  12. Must-click link: Prince Fielder as Andy Warhol muse

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Click Here large

    This is just a link to a picture, but it’s a pretty fantastic picture.  A graphic artist for Metronews.ca created a graphic for an article about Prince Fielder‘s potential destinations.  Sure, we’ve seen the “player in another team’s uniform” Photoshop job before, but this one is truly well done. In the future, Prince Fielder will…

  13. Shocker: it’s alleged that McCourt’s law firm charged him too much

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The federal bankruptcy trustee assigned to the Dodgers case told the judge today that the law firms representing the Dodgers — who have billed Frank McCourt some $1.66 million thus far — have overcharged, billing for services that were neither necessary nor required.  He is requesting that the bill be reduced by 21%. You know,…

  14. Logan Morrison files a grievance against the Marlins

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    We knew this was coming because there had been rumbles about it back when Logan Morrison was sent down to AAA back on August 13th, but now it’s official: Morrison has filed a grievance against the Marlins. The basis, as reported by Amy K. Nelson of ESPN: that the demotion was a form of discipline without just…

  15. OK, it is possible to overhype Mariano Rivera

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    OK, I lied. It is possible to overstate the Mariano Rivera love. Here’s Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, filling out his Top Five Yankees of All Time ballot.  Note that he’s also filling out his column inches by needlessly including nicknames and descriptors of the most famous baseball players in history as if…

  16. NBC SportsTalk: When can a pitcher win the MVP

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    One more of these because, hey, why not?  In this one I talk about when I think it’s appropriate to consider a pitcher for the MVP award:

  17. Comment of the Day: How many people really watch MLB games?

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    In an earlier post I wondered about how many people actually watch MLB games overall, not just on the national broadcasts.  Reader tjwilliams did some calculations: Okay, so I just did some quick back-of-the-napkin math and came up with 1.65 billion viewers for NFL (live and TV) and 1.01 billion viewers for MLB (live and…

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

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It’s that time again. Your almost 100% non-baseball questions.  But that’s OK. We need to do this to get all of the Star Wars talk out of our system lest we drive our wives and girlfriends crazy.  Assuming anyone who is obsessed with Star Wars has a wife or a girlfriend.  I should probably think…

  19. Buster Posey’s rehab is ahead of schedule

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    posey wider

    Obviously the season was a wash the moment he broke his ankle, but Buster Posey‘s rehab is continuing apace, with the Giants’ catcher to begin hitting off a tee next week. Actually, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner says that Posey is ahead of schedule and that his rehab is “pretty accelerated” at the moment. Of course, doing…

  20. The Reds aren’t exactly thrilled with their 2012 schedule

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    GABP

    At least not the opening of it. The Reds had traditionally played the first game of the season in honor of their status as the oldest major league team.  That tradition has broken down in recent years, with prime time games taking over as the real opener and even some other teams having their first…

  21. NBC SportsTalk: handicapping the NL Cy Young race

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    As I mentioned, last night I made my debut as a talking head on NBC SportsTalk, our new studio show on Versus (which, as of the first year, will be known as the NBC Sports Network).  I didn’t barf, drop any F-bombs or ruin any equipment, so I assume that they’ll have me back on…

  22. Mariano Rivera: center fielder

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    I want to say I heard someone talking about this once before, but in the New York Times today there’s a story about how Mariano Rivera thinks he’d be a pretty nifty center fielder.  And about how he’d love a chance to get in at least one game in center before he’s done. Joe Girardi…

  23. Fox sports honcho: baseball is a regional game

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    old TV

    Every time someone talks smack about baseball by bringing up the relatively low ratings for national games of the week, the All-Star Game or the playoffs, I go off on some rant about how that person is ignorant of how baseball works on television.  About how baseball is a local game and how you can’t…

  24. Matt Moore makes an inauspicious debut

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Rays pitching prospect Matt Moore made his major-league debut in last night’s 6-2 loss to the O’s.  It wasn’t fantastic: he allowed two runs on three hits in one and a third in relief. It was a weird first appearance too.  He and the bullpen coaches thought he was supposed to start the seventh inning,…

  25. Programming Note: Announcing the Story Explorer

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Power House

    Sometime later today you’re going to notice a minor change to HBT and the other NBC SportsTalk blogs.  At the bottom of each story there will be a little navigation bar we call the Story Explorer. The idea is that once you’ve finished reading a post you will be able to browse and then —…

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