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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jason Bay is coming to life

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    Jason Bay

    It’s hard to remember a free agent signing that led to so much buyer’s remorse so soon as Jason Bay‘s has. But maybe, just maybe, Bay will be able to change some minds. He’s off to a good start with that, hitting two homers and driving in four last night in Los Angeles. Overall he…

  2. In which Roger Clemens is compared to Casey Anthony

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Roger Clemens

    I don’t think that I have to provide regular readers my steroid-prosecution-skeptic bonafides. You know where I stand: questionable use of government resources and a highly questionable way for us to assess what happened in baseball over the past 20-25 years too.  A fun spectacle on some level, but ultimately signifying nothing positive or particularly…

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

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:58 AM EST

    Westley

    Cardinals 8, Reds 1: Albert Pujols was activated, but did not play. Makes me think this was a whole “Westley bluffing his way to victory over Humperdink even though he was still partly paralyzed from the ‘mostly dead’ thing” from “The Princess Bride.”  His mere presence and threat carried the day, at least psychologically speaking.…

  4. Fan seeing every major league park via bicycle

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Bicycle

    You hear about guys who do the “road trip to see every ballpark” thing every year — and you secretly believe that you could do it in higher style than those jokers could — but I can’t recall ever hearing it via bicycle: Since the former food co-op employee from Bellingham, Wash., committed to ride…

  5. Martin Prado to begin a rehab assignment

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    prado batting

    For as much fun as it has been to see the Braves continue to win baseball games with a lineup that shouldn’t, by all that is right and fair in the world, be able to hit its way out of a paper bag, getting Martin Prado back has to be high on Fredi Gonzalez’s list…

  6. Kevin Youkilis scratched a day after getting plunked

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:15 PM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    It’s probably no big deal, but Kevin Youkilis has been scratched from tonight’s lineup a day after leaving the game early following a plunking to the shoulder. Gordon Edes says that Youk should be back in action tomorrow. Of course, if he were half the man Albert Pujols is, his body would have healed the contusion…

  7. Frank McCourt goes on the offensive

    Jul 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt and the Dodgers filed a motion in the bankruptcy case in which they accuse Major League Baseball of singling out the Dodgers for rough treatment while treating other teams with financial problems “with a velvet glove,” thereby pushing the Dodgers to the financial brink. They also accuse the league of holding out on…

  8. Interleague attendance is spectacular, announces MLB PR apparatus

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    interleague play logo

    It’s been a very press-releasy day at MLB. Just got another one touting interlague play: Major League Baseball drew 8,468,620 fans during Interleague games this season for an average of 33,606 per game. The 2011 Interleague average is 18.2 percent higher than this season’s current intraleague average of 28,421 per game. Since its inception in 1997, Interleague…

  9. HBT Daily: Two All-Star Game haters talk about the All-Star Game

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Gleeman and I try to get excited about an All-Star Game that has become increasingly un-exciting over the years.

  10. World’s longest-ever documentary to be produced

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    I didn’t wake up this morning with the intent of taking cheap shots at Derek Jeter, but sometimes the fates just set you up for that kind of thing. Straight from the MLB PR department: HBO and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up for a new documentary chronicling New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s…

  11. Pettitte, Knoblauch testimony likely to be tossed from Clemens case

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    It’s unclear if Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch will be completely eliminated from the Roger Clemens trial, but the judge ruled this morning that they will not be permitted to testify about Brian McNamee providing them performance enhancing drugs as a means of establishing that, yes, it may be likely that Clemens got some too.…

  12. Rosenthal reports on the state of the Astros

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Astros logo

    Ken Rosenthal has a good piece up this morning about the state-of-the-Astros. Specifically, where they stand on the ownership transfer. The short version: Jim Crane is on track for approval, but it may not come before the trade deadline at the end of the month. Which leads to an interesting discussion of how much say an…

  13. John Farrell had his jaw knocked out of place by Jon Rauch

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    Remember that ugly bit of ugliness involving  Jon Rauch over the weekend? In which his manager, John Farrell, had to come out and hold him back from killing home plate umpire  Alfonso Marquez, ripping Rauch’s jersey off in the process?  Yeah, well, Farrell got the worst of it: When asked Monday how he didn’t pull…

  14. One of the better “how to fix the All-Star Game” stories you’ll read

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks - All Star Game 2011 - Logo

    “How to fix the All-Star Game” stories run pretty thick this time of year. Everyone looks at the rosters and, more significantly, looks at all of the fill-ins and beg-outs after the rosters are announced and realizes that there has to be a better way to run a railroad. I’m sort of blah about it…

  15. Jon Garland’s season is probably over

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    We heard a week or two ago that Jon Garland is worried about his career in light of his shoulder problems.  That may have just been some understandable fretting. It’s hard to say.  But people are now saying that, at the very least, Garland’s 2011 season could be history. Specifically, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, who was…

  16. Major League Baseball is very optimistic about Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    As we witnessed home run records being demolished starting in the late 90s, we also witnessed ugly scrums in the outfield seats as fans fought — literally fought — one another to snag a baseball that could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction. Realizing the lengths to which people would go to…

  17. Mariano Rivera has a sore triceps

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Who will bridge the gap to Mo?

    A sore triceps muscle is normally not all that newsworthy because, really, simply opening a stubborn pickle jar and give a guy a sore triceps muscle. But when that guy is someone as bulletproof and essential as Mariano Rivera, it is at least worthy of mention. A sore triceps kept Rivera out of yesterday’s game…

  18. Dontrelle Willis is in the best shape of his life

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    Boy, it’s a rare treat to get a BSOHL story in July, but we have one! It’s Dontrelle Willis, who was scratched from his start down at AAA Louisville yesterday. The speculation was that he was going to get called up to Cincinnati to fill in for Bronson Arroyo, who was complaining of dizziness, but…

  19. Roger Clemens goes on trial this week

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    Roger Clemens

    The opening statements and all of the pomp and circumstance will begin Wednesday, but the Roger Clemens perjury trial started Tuesday with evidentiary motions and the like.  Clemens is supposed to be at the courthouse in Washington, D.C. as well, so we’ll get our de riguer look at him wearing some bad suit, flanked by…

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

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:38 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    Nats 5, Cubs 4: Jayson Werth was getting booed like crazy — especially when he struck out with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh — but then he unexpectedly steals third base in the 10th inning and subsequently scores on a wild pitch, winning the ballgame, and the cheers rained down. His postgame…

  21. The Mets sign Miguel Batista

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Miguel Batista

    He’s close to free, and given that he’s a big fancy author, he may add some color to the clubhouse, but given that Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks and 15.43 base runners per nine innings when the Cardinals let him go, I’m not going to get too excited about the Mets signing the veteran to a minor…

  22. Get this: Albert Pujols could come back as early as tomorrow night

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Because he’s apparently some kind of super hero, the injury that was supposed to keep him out of action for a minimum of six weeks doesn’t seem to be bothering Albert Pujols all that much anymore, to the point where he may come back early.  We knew that already. But if he had his druthers,…

  23. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Roy Halladay, Carlos Ruiz

    The Phillies tightened their grip on the top spot by taking two of three from the Red Sox. What else that could have shifted the fundamental balance of power in the baseball universe went down in the last week? As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis. Thought about going with those fancy-looking bracket things once…

  24. Who has bigger forearms? Jose Canseco or Steve Garvey?

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Gun Show

    Probably the most pathetic headline I’ve ever written at HBT, but I don’t care. I really want to know the answer to this. Last night, following the Dodgers-Angels game, there was a charity old timers home run derby thing, the purpose of which was to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research.  Good cause! I…

  25. Josh Holden: from prospect to soldier

    Jul 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Josh Holden

    Good story in the New York Times this morning about Josh Holden, a West Point graduate-turned Cincinnati Reds farmhand.  His baseball race was run as of 2008, so he went back to fulfill his five-year commitment to Uncle Sam. As is often the case with stories about servicemen, one is struck by the subject’s positive attitude…

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