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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bonds jurors are second-guessing their votes

    May 17, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    It’s not often that you see jurors from high-profile cases tracked down well after the case is over, but the New York Times has tracked down the jurors from the Barry Bonds case. And guess what? Several of them are following the post-trial aspects of the case quite closely.  And whaddaya know, four of the…

  2. Poor, poor Vin Mazzaro

    May 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Vin Mazzaro

    When a pitcher “wears one,” it means he takes one for the team in a blowout, helping preserve the other arms in the bullpen to fight and pitch another day.  Vin Mazzaro did that last night in the Royals’ 19-1 loss to the Indians, and he did so in epic fashion. According to Joe Posnanski, this…

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

    May 17, 2011, 6:00 AM EST

    Black Swan

    Cardinals 3, Phillies 1: I had this game on in my den with the sound off while my wife watched “Black Swan” in the other room. That made it really creepy, especially when I tweeted about it last night and people kept proposing scenes in which Cliff Lee was the Natalie Portman character and Charlie…

  4. Get this: Albert Pujols is starting at third base tonight

    May 16, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Here’s a good way to tell that Tony La Russa is back in the saddle: following a bad weekend, the Tinker-a-tron has been set to “ludicrous” and Albert Pujols is starting at third base. Now, of course Pujols came up as a third baseman for the Cardinals — and he did get one sub-in there…

  5. Report: Paul Splittorff has throat cancer; is near death

    May 16, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Paul Spitoroff

    I would very much like to never have to post about this sort of thing again, but it’s reported today that longtime Royals starter and recent broadcaster Paul Splittorff has throat cancer and melanoma and is near death.  He had been suffering from an ailment which affected his voice since early last year, but what the…

  6. Braves will give Julio Teheran another start

    May 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Julio Teheran

    Braves’ uberprospect Julio Tehrean made his major league debut against the Phillies a week ago Saturday.  It wasn’t the most impressive thing in the world — he allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and was working behind guys the whole time — but you got at least a glimpse of his promise based on…

  7. David Wright has a stress fracture of his lower back

    May 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    David Wright

    Amy K. Nelson reports that Mets’ third baseman David Wright had MRI on his back and the tentative diagnosis is that he stress fracture in his lower back.  Nelson spoke with Sandy Alderson who says that Wright is getting a second opinion. Wright has missed some time with back issues in the past week, but…

  8. The Yankees and Derek Jeter are cool over PosadaPocalypse

    May 16, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweeted a few minutes ago that the Yankees have spoken with Derek Jeter — Buster Olney says it was a conference call — and that, whatever anger was felt by the Yankees front office as a result of Jeter’s comments, things are cool now and everyone can presumably go…

  9. Who would want to kill Ron Santo?

    May 16, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Ron Santo

    This is from Friday — found via Baseball Think Factory — but apparently Ron Santo’s FBI file has been released. FBI file? For Santo?  Yep: he had some death threats in the early 70s. USA Today has the details of the threat letters and the investigation. All I can do is sit here and wonder what…

  10. The sale of the Houston Astros is a done deal

    May 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Astros logo

    All last week, as the reports of Jim Crane’s imminent purchase of the Houston Astros came in, current owner Drayton McLane kept saying that the lawyers had to dot I’s and cross T’s, and that there were “a lot of details for the lawyers to work on.”  Seems that McLane made his lawyers work over…

  11. The Reds and Cardinals are getting ugly. And it’s wonderful.

    May 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    Yeah, I’m using this picture again. It’s a great picture. I have absolutely no plans to take a side in the increasingly ugly Reds-Cardinals rivalry. I’m just thankful that it’s as intense as it is, because baseball needs a good hate-filled rivalry right now.  Giants-Dodgers still has bile but that got too damn real this…

  12. HBT Daily: Hip hip Jorge!

    May 16, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    Well, what did you think we were going to talk about?

  13. The Posada flap is not done yet: the Yankees’ front office is mad at Derek Jeter

    May 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    UPDATE: Peace in our time. 11:32 AM: In the wake of the Jorge Posada Sit-down-a-palooza, Derek Jeter had this to say: “My reaction was that I didn’t think it was that big a deal,” Jeter said about the Posada incident. “If you need a day, you need a day. It’s over. It’s done. It’s not the…

  14. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    I gotta tell ya, no one feels like a number one team right now. Cleveland and Philly have the best records in baseball, but both are flawed teams who played some unexciting baseball last week.  Then you have Florida, but Philly beat them two out of three last week, so how can I put them…

  15. The ugliest ballcaps you’ll see today

    May 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    ugly red sox cap

    I’m not some stiff-necked purist. Sure, I’d prefer that people wear actual game-replica caps or throwback caps that were once actually worn in pitched battle on the diamond, but if you want to wear a black Dodgers cap or even a Red Yankees cap or something I’m not going to go crazy, even if I…

  16. Egad, there have been a lot of rainouts

    May 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Rockies Phillies Baseball Weather

    Praise be to Rob McKenna, La Nina or the deity of your choice, but there have been a lot of rainouts this year.  Three yesterday, which brings the total to 25, which is a pretty incredible number. As Maury notes, there were only eight through this point last season. 2007 was the record year for the past…

  17. The Aroldis Chapman horror show continues

    May 16, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

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    I was going to say “lost in the Reds’ win yesterday …” but I don’t think this was really lost on anyone: Aroldis Chapman came into the game with a seven-run lead in the ninth inning yesterday, faced five batters, walked four of them and all of them came around to score. He threw only…

  18. Chipper Jones has a torn meniscus

    May 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    They’re characterizing Chipper Jones’ knee injury as a “slight” meniscus tear, but is there anything “slight” when you’re 39-years-old and are already pretty brittle to begin with? The plan now: cortisone shot and some rest, but if that doesn’t work surgery is likely, which will put Jones out for a few weeks. Remember that stuff I…

  19. The Posada affair: only here, only now

    May 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Jorge Posada

    I’m rather glad that the Jorge Posada drama erupted on a weekend when I was takings kids to soccer games and stuff, because it’s a drama that, for all of the interest and focus on it, you really can’t say a ton about. Yes, Posada is owed criticism, but he also has built up so…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Posada

    I didn’t do nothin’ this weekend except age with grace, humility and in full awareness of my limitations. Jorge.

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

    May 16, 2011, 5:40 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista watches his homerun off Minnesota Twins' Hoey during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Blue Jays 11, Twins 3:  Jose Bautista is not a man. He’s a machine. A Terminator. A Cyberdyne Systems Model 101. Not a robot. A cyborg. A cybernetic organism (3 for 5 3 HR, 4 RBI). Braves 3, Phillies 2: The second straight complete game loss for Roy Halladay.  How the Braves manage to take…

  22. HBT Daily: A weekend of great matchups

    May 13, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about all of the great matchups with first place implications. And that battle of also-rans, the Red Sox and Yankees.

  23. Admit it: you’d hug Big Papi

    May 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    I’m not gonna lie.  I’d hug Big Papi if he walked up to me on the street. I’m not made of stone, man.

  24. Roger McDowell returns to the Braves

    May 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Just in time for Baseball’s Civil Rights Weekend celebrations in Atlanta, Roger McDowell, the Braves’ gay-slurring pitching coach, returns from his suspension today: An emotional Roger McDowell has returned from his two-week suspension and is vowing he won’t repeat the inappropriate comments and crude gestures he made to fans that led to his punishment by…

  25. The last replacement player is released

    May 13, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    The Diamondbacks have released reliever Ron Mahay after ten pretty awful outings in the minors.  Not a notable move in and of itself. But, on the assumption that Mahay does not catch on anywhere else, this will mark the end of the career of the last replacement player from the 1994-95 strike. At least I…

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