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Craig Calcaterra

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

    May 20, 2011, 5:56 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 7, Phillies 1: In yesterday morning’s recaps I slammed Jason Giambi and declared him dead. Last night he hit three homers and drove in seven.  I see my little foray into reverse psychology worked. Don’t thank me now, Jason. Just let me know where to send my bill. Mets 1, Nationals 0: Sucks to…

  2. Jorge Posada starts at first base tonight

    May 19, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Jorge Posada

    Jorge Posada has played 28 games at first base in his career, starting 15 of those.  He gets number 16 tonight, as Joe Girardi has put him in the lineup in place of Mark Teixeira, who will move over to DH for the evening.  Posada is batting seventh in case you care about such things,…

  3. Tyson Ross leaves A’s-Twins game after throwing just seven pitches

    May 19, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    Ross_Tyson

    Dallas Braden had season-ending surgery and Tyson Ross was called on to replace him in the Athletics’ rotation.  He got the start today against the Twins … annnnd Ross has left the game after throwing just seven pitches. Buster Olney says it’s an oblique injury.  And so the season of obliques continues apace. Worth looking at…

  4. Brian Roberts may be DL’d due to headaches

    May 19, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Brian Roberts, Adam Jones

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Brian Roberts will likely be placed on the disabled list due to headaches he’s been suffering since he slid head first into first base (why?!) during Monday’s game.  The Orioles are still evaluating him, but given that he suffered a concussion last season, one would think that caution is…

  5. The most memorable home runs in each team’s history

    May 19, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Gibson homer

    UPDATE:  I obviously missed a bunch, so here’s a post updating this list. As I mentioned this morning, one of my Twitter correspondents asked me last night to name each franchise’s most memorable home run.  With the caveat that (a) this can be subjective; and (b) in some cases, there are many great choices and…

  6. HBT Daily: Taking Twitter questions

    May 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    In which I make a “Watchmen”/La Russa analogy and talk about the women of “Mad Men.”

  7. Factoid of the day: last night’s pitchers were really good

    May 19, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Denny McLain

    I made a crack in the recaps this morning about this being 1968 all over again.  This factoid just passed along by Major League Baseball explains why last night gave off that impression: Of 30 starting pitchers last night, 13 went at least 7 innings and gave up no more than one earned run. There…

  8. Could Jamie McCourt replace Frank in charge of the Dodgers?

    May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    We noted this morning that Jamie McCourt is asking the court to order an immediate sale of the team. As is the case with most legal requests, however, she has an alternative demand: if the court doesn’t order a quick sale, she wants to be placed in charge of the Dodgers instead of Frank. We’re entering…

  9. Mark DeRosa re-injures his wrist, likely out “for a while”

    May 19, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mark DeRosa left last night’s Giants-Dodgers game after tweaking his wrist while waiting for a pitch from Clayton Kershaw. He didn’t even swing at it, actually, just was digging in and cocking the bat in anticipation. He looked to be in some pretty obvious pain.  While the initial word was that he would be day-to-day,…

  10. Report: If Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone

    May 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Posada

    That’s the implication from Andrew Marchand’s story over at ESPN New York today, which says that the Yankees “will reconsider Jorge Posada‘s future with the team if his numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break.” I’m not sure how else you can read that other than to say that he’d be released if he’s not hitting…

  11. People asked me questions on Twitter, so I shall answer them

    May 19, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    The Question

    It’s Thursday, and that means I’m lazy! So here’s the latest defacto mailbag, courtesy of Twitter, because who sends mail anymore?

  12. Kyle Kendrick’s World Series ring found in a swamp

    May 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    You may recall that some people broke into Kyle Kendrick‘s Washington home during spring training and that, among other things, the jerks stole his World Series ring.  Well, the cops found it: it was hidden in a swamp, and they were led to it by someone who apparently (a) was not part of the robbery;…

  13. Will Jim Crane have trouble with Major League Baseball over old discrimination complaints?

    May 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has a story this morning about the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros, Jim Crane, and a history of discrimination complaints with the EEOC against Crane’s company, Eagle Global Logistics: Eagle, run by a former college pitcher named Jim Crane, had failed to promote blacks, Hispanics and women into…

  14. The Pittsburgh Pirates lack a sense of humor; oppose cheap beer

    May 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    generic beer

    Great moments in public relations. There’s a bar in Pittsburgh called The Stroll Inn, and the other day they launched a promotion that said “If the Pirates lose, you win” and offered a discount of a nickel on a pitcher of beer after every Pirates loss. Funny! But not to the Pirates. Apparently a couple of Pirates…

  15. Cancer and the Kansas City Royals

    May 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Cancer cells

    Bob Tufts is a longtime reader of this blog (and my old blog), as well as an email and Twitter correspondent and fellow Primate over at Baseball Think Factory. He also happens to be a former major leaguer who played for the Kansas City Royals. He also has been undergoing cancer treatment for a long…

  16. Jamie McCourt is going to demand that the Dodgers be sold

    May 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Jamie McCourt

    Major League Baseball hasn’t been all that crazy about Jamie McCourt these past couple of years, but I bet they love her now. Why? Because she’s going to demand that the court overseeing the McCourt divorce order the immediate sale of the Dodgers.  If the court agrees it could save Major League Baseball from having…

  17. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Breakfast Wrap

    Stuff you missed last night while arguing on the Internet about how it wasn’t a good idea to bring the best closer in baseball history into the game in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 19, 2011, 6:03 AM EST

    Jake Peavy

    I went to the optometrist’s office yesterday for an eye exam. They gave me the eye drops. And they were worse than usual. In addition to causing my pupils to dilate and my vision to blur, they somehow caused me to be transported back in time to 1968 when no one could score any damn…

  19. PETA ranks the veg-friendly food at major league ballparks. And I tell a story.

    May 18, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

    Steak

    The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released their annual list of the top-10 vegetarian friendly ballparks.  I was surprised to read that last year’s winner was Philadelphia which, as Old Gator likes to remind us, is known for cheesesteak sandwiches. But they’re number two now. The winner: San Francisco, which is much…

  20. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Yankees with Jay Jaffe

    May 18, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Easily the best mustache we’ve had on HBT Daily. By far.

  21. Bonds hearing delayed

    May 18, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    There was supposed to be a hearing in the Barry Bonds case on Friday during which the defense would make post-trial motions and the prosecutors would announce whether they were going to re-try Bonds.  The sides have agreed to postpone the hearing until June 17th, however, citing the need for more preparation, thought, contemplation and…

  22. Are clubs jumping the gun on rainouts?

    May 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Mets Braves Baseball

    Yesterday I observed that the Washington-Pittsburgh rainout seemed a bit hasty. You know, what with there being no rain in Washington yesterday and everything. Same went for the Mets-Marlins game last night which, it seems anyway, could have been played. I’m not the only one noticing. The USA Today notes that  “preemptive postponements” seem to be…

  23. The Phillies schedule isn’t helping them at the moment

    May 18, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    A factoid from Buster Olney’s column this morning: The Phillies had one of the easiest schedules in the majors in their first 30 games, playing only seven games against teams that had records over .500 — and they did a great job taking advantage, starting 21-9. Since their schedule got more difficult, they have struggled,…

  24. Albert Pujols: 22 games without a home run

    May 18, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Something I had not realized was going on until I read Derrick Goold’s column this morning: Albert Pujols has now gone 22 games without a home run. I’m not going to panic about it because of any current slumping star, I figure Pujols is the most likely to rebound and the most likely to do…

  25. Do not mess with Carlos Santana’s arm

    May 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Santana_Carlos

    In the event you think that Indians catcher Carlos Santana is all bat, feast your eyes on what he does to napping runners hanging out down in no-man’s land at second base. There is just something, I dunno, dominating about a catcher throwing out a base runner like that. Not on steals — that’s a…

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