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Craig Calcaterra

  1. President Bush: would-be ball hawk

    May 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Bush Pierzynski.bmp

    Hey, not all ball hawks are successful, but former President Bush made a valiant effort at an Adrian Beltre foul ball at the White Sox-Rangers game last night.  If the woman in the red suit hadn’t gotten in front of him, I think W. has a chance at it. Or Laura does. I hear she…

  2. Bud Black: “there’s room to talk” about moving the fences in at Petco Park

    May 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Petco Park

    I’m hesitant to say that Padres manager Bud Black would like the fences to be moved in, because it seems from the article that the subject was brought up by reporters — and has been so brought up multiple times recently — and that Black was trying to be a bit coy with respect to…

  3. Albert Pujols ends his homer drought

    May 24, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?  Why, nothing that a nice night can’t fix. Pujols went yard last night in the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Padres. His homer broke a one month, 106 plate appearance homerless streak, the longest of his career. In that month, Pujols has actually seen his OBP rise from .309 to…

  4. Athletics’ closer Brian Fuentes rips manager Bob Geren

    May 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Bob Gerer, Brian Fuentes, Daric Barton

    Brian Fuentes has been inserted late into tie games a lot recently. While one possible takeaway from that is that the manager trusts you to get the team out of tight spots, that strategy has led to Fuentes (a) not being entirely sure what his role is; and (b) taking a bunch of losses. He’s…

  5. Wilpon: The Mets are “bleeding cash”

    May 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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

    There was a time, not too long ago, when if one were to suggest in a post on this blog that the Mets financial situation was dire, as opposed to merely being a troublesome, short-term cash flow annoyance, and that the Wilpons’ hold on the team was in serious jeopardy, as opposed to merely being…

  6. The Jose Bautista smear campaign continues

    May 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run last night, helping power the Blue Jays past the Yankees. The game and its aftermath is making me want to take a walk down memory lane. For instance, remember back in 2009 when speculating that an unusual spike in a player’s performance could be steroids-related would get you…

  7. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 24, 2011, 5:48 AM EST

    Chris Perez

    Two stirring come-from-behind wins (and one not-so-stirring one), a seven-RBI night for a guy most people thought was dead and the Major League debut for a southpaw named Furbush. Monday night had a bit of everything.

  8. The Braves sign Julio Lugo for some reason

    May 23, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Julio Lugo, Adam Jones

    It’s a pretty bad day when both your team and its division rival both sign guys to minor league deals, the rival’s signing is Scott Podsednik, and they’re move is far, far better than your team’s. But alas it was, as the Braves signed Julio Lugo for some reason. Lugo tore up baseball to the…

  9. HBT Daily: What was Fred Wilpon thinking?

    May 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Matt and I discuss the Fred Wilpon thing. The answer to that question, though: he wasn’t thinking.

  10. The Reds send Edinson Volquez down to AAA

    May 23, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Volquez_Edinson

    Aaron wrote this morning how Edinson Volquez‘s arm and his mouth are doing the Reds no favors.  Well, the Reds just did something to take care of that:  they sent Volquez down to Louisville. Not exactly the fate one would expect for the Opening Day starter of the defending NL Central champs, but he is…

  11. An ambidextrous pitcher is turning some heads

    May 23, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    left right

    There’s a story over at ESPN Chicago today about Ryan Perez, a pitching prospect who happens to pitch both right-handed and left-handed. At least one scout is saying he’s the real deal: “He can really pitch. He’s a crafty, crafty guy. It’s not like he’s just hitting 82. I’ve seen him in a tryout camp…

  12. Boras: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know”

    May 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    David Wright took the high road in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments in The New Yorker. Now Carlos Beltran‘s agent — the inimitable Scott Boras — offers a somewhat more pointed, but still far from angry response: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know … If you’re a member of a…

  13. A far more interesting Power Rankings than HBT’s

    May 23, 2011, 1:43 PM EST

    Pierzynski_A.J.

    I think I do at least a serviceable job with the Power Rankings each week, but mine really pale compared to what Grant Bisbee has been doing over at SB Nation. This week: he ranks the teams based on the most annoying player on their roster.  At number one, the White Sox, who employ the…

  14. The Phillies signed Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal

    May 23, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    podsednik reuters

    Not the biggest thing in the world, but if the release of Scott Podsednik is big enough for us to comment on, I suppose his signing — by a contender no less — is big enough too. This move is clearly about insurance for the Phillies, as Shane Victorino is hurt and Charlie Manuel has…

  15. David Wright takes the high road in response to the Wilpon comments

    May 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Wright_David

    The Mets are off today, so there doesn’t necessarily have to be a meet-the-press moment for the main players in Fred Wilpon-a-palooza until another day of the news cycle has passed. But at least one of the players called out by Fred Wilpon in the New Yorker profile — David Wright — has responded. And…

  16. Moose Skowron has lung cancer

    May 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    moose_skowron

    Bad news about former (mostly) Yankees first baseman Bill “Moose” Skowron: “He collapsed into my arms,” said oldest son Greg, a trucking executive in the Phoenix area. “We were leaving a spring game around the fifth inning, which was unusual for him. Then he turned down an autograph request, which I’d never seen him do…

  17. Baseball parks and the sound of silence

    May 23, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Old Fenway

    Nick Carfado writes in the Globe about how the Red Sox turned off the sound system for a couple of innings during their throwback game with the Cubs, killing the music and the PA and the big flashing video board.  Carfado likes it. And to be honest, I think I’d like it too. But he also…

  18. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 23, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera, Orlando Cabrera

    Ohio reigns supreme at the top of the Power Rankings for the third consecutive week.

  19. What should we make of Fred Wilpon’s comments to the New Yorker?

    May 23, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    I’ll admit that when I read that Wilpon story in the New Yorker this morning my primary focus was what it all meant for his ownership situation and the Madoff mess, but based on the initial response today, it’s clear that the immediate fallout is going to be all about Wilpon’s comments regarding the Mets…

  20. Everyone wants to be like Bartolo Colon

    May 23, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Stem cell injections are the new black: One of the doctors who assisted in a stem cell procedure last year on Yankees starter Bartolo Colon says that 10 other pitchers have expressed interest in undergoing the treatment that is being scrutinized by Major League Baseball. He doesn’t say who they are, but if the list doesn’t include…

  21. An in-depth profile of Fred Wilpon, with bonus Reyes, Beltran and Wright-ripping

    May 23, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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

    If you have the time — and if you don’t, I suggest you make the time — go read this profile of Fred Wilpon in The New Yorker. It’s easily the most in-depth thing I’ve ever read about him, his life, his ownership of the Mets and — of course — his dealings with Bernie Madoff.…

  22. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Marlon Byrd after beaning

    What you missed while watching dancing girls drinking bootleg alcohol. Seriously!

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

    May 23, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Indians 12, Reds 4: Asdrubal Cabrera hit two homers and went 5 for 5 with 5 RBI, but he wasn’t alone as the Indians complete the sweep of the Reds. This series is called “The Ohio Cup,” by the way. Little known fact: loser of the Ohio Cup has to stay in Ohio. Rays 4,…

  24. Selig: the Dodgers’ financial woes are “historic”

    May 20, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Bud Selig gave a commencement speech in Wisconsin today. Before he went on, he referred to the Dodgers’ financial problems as “historic” and, according to the AP, dodged (ha!) speculation that Major League Baseball would assist the Dodgers in any way short of just taking them over when they fail to make payroll later this…

  25. Orlando Cabrera becomes a U.S. citizen

    May 20, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Cabrera_Orlando

    If you were wondering why Orlando Cabrera wasn’t the one taking that sweet throw from Asdrubal Cabrera in the highlight from last night, it’s because he left the Indians yesterday to go to South Carolina where he is being naturalized as a U.S. citizen. Which is cool, though I’m not sure why it has to happen…

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