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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Mariano Rivera gets his 600th save

    Sep 14, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    On the same night Tim Wakefield got his 200th win, Mariano Rivera got his 600th save.  As Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe observed last night, I guess that’s evidence that having a second pitch is overrated. It was a usual night’s work for Rivera. A one run lead, an overmatched offense, and — while…

  2. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 14, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 4, Rays 2; Red Sox 18, Blue Jays 6:  Tampa Bay, you’re not adhering to the narrative. We all decided that you’d put the pressure on the Red Sox until Boston was literally burning and being looted with panic.  And you, Boston: you’re supposed to lose these games to Toronto due to trotting out…

  3. So when will all of the European baseball players arrive?

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    European Flag

    This is essentially a must-click link, though I offer it with the caveat that it is an ESPN Insider piece, so many of you won’t be able to click it.  My antipathy toward paywalls aside — and notwithstanding the fact that ESPN’s fortunes do not benefit me whatsoever — I believe that Insider subscription is…

  4. The Pirates pull out of Venezuela

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Venezuela flag

    I wonder if this is something that extends beyond the Pirates and will have implications for other teams as well: The Pirates have notified their Venezuelan academy that the organization will be terminating its lease and no longer participating in the six-team Venezuelan Summer League. Though the Pirates have not commented publicly on the situation, the…

  5. Baseball announces Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”  Tim Wakefield won it last year.  The 2011 nominees — one per team — were just announced. They are as follows: Arizona Diamondbacks – Joe Saunders Atlanta Braves – Tim Hudson…

  6. Phillies fans care more than fans of any other team

    Sep 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    As a Braves fan, I often have the lack of enthusiasm of Braves fans thrown back in my face by Philly fans. “Why don’t they sell out their ballpark, even for playoff games?” I’m asked. “We may be overly enthusiastic,” they say, “but it’s just because we’re passionate.” And I can’t argue those points. Really,…

  7. Stephen Strasburg drops some wisdom

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Stephen Strasburg recently, and Strasburg said something that — though no one has really mentioned it — seems super obvious the minute Strasburg says it: I just need to keep working to get into a routine to where it’s just auto-pilot. Answer the bell every fifth day.…

  8. A Negro Leagues database? Yes please!

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Bingo DeMoss

    This is cool:  Seamheads.com has launched an effort to create the first comprehensive statistical encyclopedia of Negro Leagues baseball statistics.  It’s called the Negro Leagues Database, and it has just launched with the first three Negro Leagues seasons (1920-23) and some assorted Cuban winter league results of that era.  The site has biographical information as…

  9. Great Moments in Fan Fiction

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Misery

    Those of you who hang out in the comments are aware of poster FC and his recent foray into fan fiction. Basically, he imagines me in an underground lair, wearing a Braves bathrobe, smoking a bubble pipe, sitting before large TV monitors and basically treating baseball like a Bond villain treats the world. He has…

  10. The ball that Juan Francisco hit last night: R.I.P.

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    You never know when it’s gonna be your time. You just hope that you’ve made the most of your life that you could and that you left your family well provided-for.  As this ball came sailing in to Juan Francisco, I just hope it didn’t have any regrets. That it lived its last day on…

  11. Tony La Russa with expanded rosters: “like handing him a blank check and the run of Home Depot”

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I didn’t watch the Cardinals-Pirates game last night, but my Twitter feed was full of references to Tony La Russa overmanaging the game. Which the Cardinals eventually lost.  Shocker, I know. I nearly dropped my bubble pipe I was so gobsmacked. Anyway, David Schoenfield has a great breakdown of the game over at ESPN’s Sweet…

  12. Francisco Cervelli has a concussion

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cervelli_Francisco

    We’ve known that Yankees backup catcher Francisco Cervelli has had some concussion-like symptoms since he was leveled at home plate by Nick Markakis in last Thursday’s game against the Orioles. But yesterday it was confirmed: dude has a concussion and he’s on the shelf indefinitely.  Given that he has suffered at least two and possibly…

  13. So were the Mets threatened with fines over the first responder hats or not?

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Reyes cap

    There’s not much left to say about MLB’s strange and regrettable decision to prevent the Mets from wearing FDNY and NYPD hats on Sunday night. It’s over and likely will be until next 9/11, depending on what the marketers and money men decide. But there is an open question, highlighted in the New York Daily…

  14. The State of the Races

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Jason Jaramillo, Corey Patterson

    AL EAST The spread: The Yankees beat Seattle, Boston is idle. It’s a four game lead for New York.  The Rays, meanwhile, won again, so they are only three back in the wild card. The skinny: The Red Sox now have Joey Gathright. So they totally got this, right? AL CENTRAL The spread: The Tigers…

  15. The Marlins release Mike Cameron

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    Mike Cameron was designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier this summer and subsequently traded to the Marlins for a player to be named later.  It was not a bad gamble on the Marlins’ part given that, until quite recently, Cameron was still a productive player with two tools — speed and defense —…

  16. Police report: Manny Ramirez slapped his wife, causing her to hit her head and fear for her safety

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:28 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez mugshot

    According to the arrest report arising from Manny Ramirez’s arrest for domestic violence last night, Ramirez and his wife were arguing. Ramirez slapped her face, causing her to hit her head on their bed’s headboard. Ramirez’s wife was afraid that the violence would escalate so she called police. She declined medical treatment but did have marks…

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

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Pedro Ciriaco

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 5:  Pedro Ciriaco — not Pedro Ceranno — hit an RBI double as part of a late rally to lift Pittsburgh over St. Louis. The late-inning losses for the Cardinals this year have been legion. This one coming on a night when the Braves lost was particularly ill-timed. Marlins 5, Braves 4: Atlanta continues…

  18. Bryan Stow’s lawyers estimate his damages to be $50 million

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    You always have to take a damage claim in a lawsuit with a grain of salt. Either they’re small because the plaintiff is simply alleging enough to meet a jurisdictional threshold for the particular court they’re in — claiming, say, “no less than $15,000″ to make it clear the suit doesn’t belong in small claims court…

  19. Jonathan Broxton is done for the season

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    broxton getty

    Dodgers’ reliever Jonathan Broxton hasn’t pitched since early May due to a bum elbow, but until now there had always been some lingering hope that he’d be back this season.  Hope to what end I have no idea because there hasn’t been a truly meaningful Dodgers game for months, but trainers don’t really concern themselves…

  20. The Braves aren’t panicking

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    I don’t really link this article for the standard-issue “team that is skidding is not panicking” quotes. They themselves aren’t interesting. If the Braves hold on, they’ll be forgotten. If they get passed up by the Cardinals and are home for the playoffs they’ll be humiliating and remembered with pain by anyone who cares.  In…

  21. The Mets want to wear special caps next 9/11 and every 9/11 after that

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    FDNY Hat

    Absolutely no one is happy with Major League Baseball’s decision to disallow the Mets’ first responder caps on yesterday’s 10th anniversary of 9/11. And the Mets are chief among those who are displeased. But they’re not just sitting and stewing. They’re pushing Major League Baseball on the issue. But the last sentence makes me feel…

  22. Time to panic is over, Red Sox Nation: Joey Gathright is on the way

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Joey Gathright

    I guess that’s a cheap shot at Gathright. Didn’t really mean it that way. I’m really just trying to mess with that slice of Red Sox fans who won’t calm down unless or until zombie Ted Williams is signed to play left field and, just to be safe, the Rays decide to forfeit the rest…

  23. When the rooting interests get nutty

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Go team

    This happens every year when the playoff races tighten, but it’s been fun to think about this today: Braves fans probably have to root pretty hard for the Phillies as they play the Cardinals this weekend. Red Sox fans probably have to root pretty hard for the Yankees, as they play the Rays seven times…

  24. Another Yankees pitcher shoots for history

    Sep 12, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    burnett getty wide

    Mariano Rivera‘s saves record is a forgone conclusion. A.J. Burnett probably won’t break a record this year, but he will come pretty close: Burnett already has 23 wild pitches this year, which puts him on a historic pace. Since 1901, only five pitchers have finished a season with more than 23 wild pitches, led by…

  25. Roy Oswalt is probably not endearing himself to his old fans in Houston

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Brian McTaggart — who has a story up today about Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence‘s return to Houston for this weeks’ Phillies-Astros series —  just tweeted a quote from Roy Oswalt, apparently said in response to a question about how he’ll be received by his former hometown fans: “… probably be just as many Phillies…

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