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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: Talking offense and fraternization with Joe Sheehan

    May 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Joe Sheehan stays up all hours of the night watching sports and writing his daily newsletter. And I asked him to call in at 9AM to talk to me about the stark decrease in offense in recent years. And he did it! Sucker.

  2. To the players, the rivalries aren’t that big of a deal for their own sake

    May 10, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Image (1) red%20sox%20yankees%20fight.jpg for post 5030

    Following up on that stuff about fraternization from yesterday: I wasn’t aware of it until a reader told me yesterday, but there is a rule against players making nice before games. It’s Rule 3.09: Players in uniform shall not address or mingle with spectators, nor sit in the stands before, during, or after a game.…

  3. Jim Bowden has some ideas about DUIs in baseball

    May 10, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Drunk Driving sign

    When I saw Jim Bowden’s post over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot about how to deal with baseball’s DUI epidemic, my first thought was to tackle it on the merits. But then I saw this tweet from Will Leitch: Jim Bowden is writing about how to curb DUI arrests in baseball on ESPN. Somehow, he didn’t…

  4. More stuff on the future of beat writing, featuring Marc Carig and Baseball Prospectus

    May 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Press

    Marc Carig, who covers the Yankees for the Newark Star-Ledger, is one of my favorite beat writers in the business. In addition to covering the beat bases as he should, he’s intellectually curious, inquisitive and analytical, which allows him to pull off the tough trick of appealing to both the common fan and to the…

  5. Lenny Dykstra claims he has been tortured, abused and otherwise done wrong

    May 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    *Nov 24 - 00:05*

    The New York Post, abdicating most of whatever residual claim it had to being a news outlet as opposed to an entertainment outlet, decided to give recently-indicted sad sack Lenny Dykstra a column today.  You will not be at all surprised to learn that it contains all of the usual cliches one hears from recently-indicted…

  6. Tony La Russa won’t manage the Cardinals tonight

    May 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As Matthew mentioned, Tony La Russa went to have doctors check out the condition that has left his right eye swollen and painful and has left him fatigued.  The verdict: shingles, which are proving to be antibiotic resistant and which are making La Russa miserable. As a result of it, La Russa is taking tonight’s game…

  7. Frank McCourt could file for bankruptcy

    May 10, 2011, 9:33 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

    Because the Dodgers situation isn’t complicated enough, it’s probably time to throw bankruptcy into the mix: Major League Baseball is preparing for the possibility that Frank McCourt might take the Dodgers into bankruptcy court before the league could strip him of the team … The league is “looking hard” at that option, said a personal familiar with the matter…

  8. Katie bar the door: It’s Roy Halladay vs. Josh Johnson tonight

    May 10, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Johnson Halladay

    I know that at 9:00 in the morning most of you are still looking back at last night’s action instead of ahead to tonight’s, but sorry, I can’t wait.  I’m rather excited about Roy Halladay and the Phillies facing Josh Johnson and the Marlins. It was a little less than a year ago when these…

  9. Some more details on the Steinbrenner stuff

    May 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    George Steinbrenner AP

    Yesterday there were two reports spinning out of FOIA requests related to George Steinbrenner. One dealing with his criminal conviction for campaign finance law violations and one related to his pardon request, which was supported by multiple instances of Steinbrenner assisting the FBI. Today the New York Times has more details about those things, including…

  10. A stadium plan in Las Vegas?

    May 10, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Welcome to Las Vegas sign

    I’ve long been skeptical of the idea of Major League Baseball moving to Las Vegas. Mostly because I don’t see the economics working out. The economy is in the toilet. Those who do have jobs and homes that aren’t in foreclosure work a disproportionate number of nights. While there are a lot of moneyed tourists…

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

    May 10, 2011, 5:46 AM EST

    Betancourt double play.bmp

    Brewers 4, Padres 3: Holy moley, this Yuniesky Betancourt-to-Rickie Weeks double play is the defensive play of the year so far. It’s enough to make you contemplate the nature of Yuniesky Betancourt. How someone can just do that without thinking — because he had no time to think — yet is unable to make basic plays a…

  12. Earl Weaver is auctioning off a ton of memorabilia

    May 9, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Earl Weaver, Juan Samuel

    Whenever I hear about a baseball figure auctioning off stuff I worry that they’re broke or something, but in this day and age it’s more likely that they’re merely trying to simplify their estate plan.  That seems to be the case with longtime Orioles’ manager Earl Weaver, who is auctioning off all kinds of things:…

  13. Joe Torre wants baseball players to cut down on the fraternization. Why?

    May 9, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Torre and Randolph

    From Buster Olney’s column yesterday. This seems like something from 1971 not 2011: Before every game, position players on both teams will gather on the foul lines and do their last sprints before the first pitch, and often this leads to greetings in the outfield behind second base — hearty handshakes and hugs. If Joe…

  14. George Steinbrenner: from criminal to FBI informant

    May 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    It’s been a great day for George Steinbrenner Freedom of Information Act requests. Earlier today was the release of documents in which The Boss suggested that his lawyers forced him to blatantly campaign finance laws.  Now comes word that, in the runup to getting a pardon from President Reagan, Big Stein assisted the FBI ……

  15. Want to see a guy score from first on a bunt?

    May 9, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Dee Gordon of the Albuquerque Isotopes did, admittedly, get some help with an error. But still, there is no way this dude should have scored from first on a bunt, right?  I mean, that’s impossible.  Highlight starts at 1:23. Thanks to Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness for the head’s up.

  16. Luke Scott has a torn labrum

    May 9, 2011, 2:27 PM EST

    Scott_Luke

    Luke Scott has had a sore shoulder for a while. He hurt it in spring training, actually, and it has come to bother him a lot more in recent weeks.  The Orioles sent him for an MRI, and the results are back:  he has a partial tear of his labrum. The thinking at this point is that…

  17. George Steinbrenner blamed his criminal conviction on his lawyers

    May 9, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    1970s Steinbrenner

    I’m not a religious man, and even if I were, I would like to think that my conception of the Hereafter would allow for non-violent criminals to enter through the gates. Life is more interesting with scoundrels around and I presume death would be too. That said, there would have to be some sort of…

  18. HBT Daily: Were the Royals right to call up Eric Hosmer?

    May 9, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk prospects and callups in general, Eric Hosmer in particular

  19. Roy Oswalt not likely to be ready by Friday

    May 9, 2011, 12:09 PM EST

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but he’s unlikely to be ready to pitch then, reports the Philly Inquirer. The Phillies will be in Atlanta next weekend, and that could mean that Kyle Kendrick gets another start against the Braves. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all for Philly,…

  20. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 9, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera

    We gave the Power Rankings a miss last week, so everyone should be fresh. I’m taking a fresh look at the relative strength of teams, you’re offering up fresh takes about how full of it my rankings are.

  21. The nerdiest correction in the history of the New York Times

    May 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    Remember last week when R.A. Dickey as revealed to have named his bats after swords in “The Hobbit” and “Beowulf?” Yeah, well the hardcore fans were reading that article and they let the New York Times know that Dickey doesn’t know his mythical weaponry very well.  The New York Times’ correction: An item in the…

  22. Performance-enhancing pink

    May 9, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I would sooner bet my 401K on a game of three-card monty than take this as a serious statistical exercise, but stats can be just for fun too, and this one is no exception: the Old Time Family Baseball blog looked at the performance of all of the players who used pink bats yesterday in…

  23. B.J. Upton had a whale of a series in Baltimore

    May 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s worth noting again: B.J. Upton owned Camden Yards this weekend. Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with four RBI overall he was 7-for-14 with four extra-base hits and eight RBI against the O’s.  For his career he’s at .297/.370/.535 in 173 plate appearances in Baltimore. That’s easily the best he’s…

  24. Six lies about the Marlins’ new ballpark

    May 9, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Marlins ballpark

    We’re going to be hearing a lot of glowing reviews of the Marlins’ new ballpark as the finishing touches are put on it over the course of the next 9-10 months or so.  And for good reason. From what we’ve been able to see of it in artists’ renderings and in the photos of it…

  25. Frank McCourt could lose the Dodgers but remain their landlord

    May 9, 2011, 8:46 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

    Remember how Frank McCourt, upon buying the Dodgers, split the team’s assets up into multiple different businesses and holding companies and things?  Yeah, that couldn’t even lead to a depressing outcome. Bill Shaikin: When McCourt bought the Dodgers in 2004, the purchase included the team, Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. He has since…

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