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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Carlos Marmol blows another one

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Houston Astros

    If there’s a safe save situation in baseball, it’s the three-run lead over the Houston Astros to start the ninth inning.  Just don’t tell that to Carlos Marmol, because he blew that exact situation in spectacular fashion last night. After getting the first out, he gave up a single to J.B. Shuck and then uncorked…

  2. Mets owners lose a key battle in the Madoff mess

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    A federal appeals court yesterday gave some bad news to Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz: the bankruptcy trustee’s calculation of how much Madoff money they have to return was upheld — and Wilpon and Katz’s much lower calculation denied — meaning that they have to fork over $300 million. To be clear: this…

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

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 2: Roy Halladay struck out 14 and pitched a complete game but lost all the same. Guess he just doesn’t know how to win, huh?  Lyle Overbay knocked in all three of the Snakes’ runs, including a two-run double which ended up winning it in the ninth. Astros 6, Cubs 5: Where…

  4. Video of the Day: Batting Stance Guy impersonates the baseball talking heads

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    I saw references to this video floating around the web earlier today and didn’t think much of it. I like Batting Stance Guy, but I didn’t figure it could be that great. But it is that great. I think Tim Kurkjian is the best — I don’t literally laugh out loud very often, but this…

  5. Cole Hamels has shoulder inflammation, will miss a start

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    To my thinking, the only thing that can stop the juggernaut that is the Philadelphia Phillies are injuries.  And on that score there is some not-awful-but-not-good news coming out of the Phillies clubhouse this afternoon: Cole Hamels, who has been suffering from dead arm, had a “precautionary” MRI yesterday, and the results, according to Matt…

  6. Tough luck: James Shields takes a complete game loss

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    James Shields has thrown a lot of complete games this year and today he tossed his ninth.  A three-hitter too!  Except he lost. The Sox beat the Rays 3-1. That’s what happens when (a) the other team’s pitchers only give up three hits as well; and (b) unlike you, they don’t bunch them altogether at…

  7. The Nationals will honor the Navy SEALs tonight

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    Because they’re in Washington, the Nationals have come to be baseball’s designated, well, National team when it comes to ceremonies, honors and things like that. Which I kind of like. Tonight they will be doing some of that honoring. Adam Kilgore reports: On Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, the Nationals will wear cap emblazoned with the Navy SEALs…

  8. Frank Sinatra’s family would like to get in on the Dodgers’ bankruptcy

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Sinatra

    A group of Dodgers season ticket holders is trying to get a place at the stakeholders’ table in the bankruptcy case.  They’re not owed money or anything so I’m not sure, legally speaking, they have a right to be there, but you don’t get anything if you don’t ask for it, so good luck to…

  9. Is televising the Little League World Series really necessary?

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Little League WS

    Jelisa Castrodale — who has the good sense to both (a) write for NBC; and (b) come from the same hometown as me — has a column up today about the Little League World Series. Specifically, about it being televised. And she wonders whether it’s too much: I know that ESPN is increasing the production values…

  10. The reactions to Jim Thome’s 600th are just as interesting as the feat itself

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    I offered to my congratulations to Jim Thome on his 600th home run in the recaps this morning. In response, my Twitter friend Ross offered the following: You say congrats to Thome but with your way [i.e. my not liking the DH]  he would have never got 600. This is why I like the DH,…

  11. Tom Hicks sued, accused of looting the Rangers to buy parking lots

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    A baseball owner is being accused of looting his team for tens of millions of dollars in order to buy parking lots.  Yeah, you know who I’m talking about. Oh, no. Actually it isn’t Frank McCourt.  It’s the Rangers’ former owner, Tom Hicks: Former Rangers owner Tom Hicks was sued Monday by the team’s post-bankruptcy…

  12. Quote of the Day: Drayton McLane on the held-up sale of the Astros

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Drayton McLane

    Yesterday we learned that baseball is taking a longer look at the background of would-be Astros owner Jim Crane.  Today the current owner of the Astros, Drayton McLane, is quoted about that: “I have great respect for the commissioner, but he doesn’t do anything until he’s finished. He’s the most meticulous man I’ve ever met.”…

  13. The Dodgers hit into a triple play last night

    Aug 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers

    There are some of you who don’t read “And That Happened” in the morning.  The stats tell me so. Which is fine. I mean, if you want to go through life with one hand tied behind your back, hey, your loss.  Like smoking and riding a motorcycle without a helmet, it’s totally your right to…

  14. Who’s next to 600 homers?

    Aug 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Whenever someone wins their 300th game, we get a bunch of “no one will ever win 300 games again” columns. They’re fun until the next guy wins 300, which someone always has. I haven’t seen any “no one will hit 600 homers again” pieces, but I imagine someone is toying with one as we speak.…

  15. Carlos Zambrano’s apology tour is unlikely to be successful

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Carlos Zambrano may be going on an apology tour, but according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, it’s going to be unsuccessful. Wittenmyer takes the pulse of the Cubs’ front office and clubhouse and believes strongly that Zambrano has thrown his last pitch as a Cub. He calls Zambrano’s interview with CSNChicago.com part of…

  16. Jason Isringhausen notches his 300th save

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen

    Jason Isringhausen saved the Mets victory over the Padres last night. It was save number 300 for his career. No, it’s not quite as impressive as Jim Thome hitting his 600th homer, but a round number is a round number, right? Like so many top closers, Isringhausen began his major league life as a starter.…

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

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Twins' Thome watches his home-run hit against the Tigers, giving him 600 career home-runs, during their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit

    Twins 9, Tigers 6: Congratulations Jim Thome on home run number 599 and, the very next at bat, home run number 600.  For the record, his first one came against Steve Farr on October 4, 1991. I was a freshman in college and had a lush head of hair at the time. George H.W. Bush…

  18. Carlos Zambrano to file his grievance today

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    This is not terribly unexpected, but Jon Paul Morosi reports that the union expected to file a grievance on behalf of Carlos Zambrano by the end of the day today in response to the Cubs placing him on the restricted list. We all have our opinion about Zambrano — and I bet that most of us…

  19. The worst plate appearance in the history of baseball

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    I’m guessing it’s possible there have been worse ones, but Jeff Sullivan makes a pretty darn good case for one put together by Santiago Casilla (batting) and Jose Ceda (pitching) yesterday. This is why the replacement player gambit never worked back in the 1994-95 strike, by the way.  When you pit scrub football players against…

  20. Rookie hazing is slowly fading away

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Rookie hazing

    Can I tell you my least favorite “story” — and I use that term very loosely — of the baseball season?  The late September story about how the rookies on some team were forced to dress up like Devo or Sailor Moon or strippers or something on a road trip. The rookie hazing, you know.…

  21. Not so fast: Jim Crane’s approval as Astros owner put on hold

    Aug 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane was supposed to be approved as the new owner of the Astros at this week’s owners meetings.  Now Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal is reporting that the vote has been put on hold.  It’s possible that the delay is based on concerns over Crane’s business background. These concerns are not new — Maury…

  22. Rick Vaughn goes to the DL with elbow problems

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Beringer Sheen

    I was unaware that they’re filming another “Major League” movie, but nothing really surprises me when it comes to the entertainment business anymore. Seems the flick has hit a snag, though, inasmuch as Charlie Sheen has ruptured his ulnar nerve while filming.  Whether this is a minor disruption of a gratuitous cameo scene or a…

  23. HBT Daily: Rangers-Angels and the meaninglessness of hitting streaks

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    There aren’t many decent pennant races this year. If the Angels flop at home against Texas, there will be one fewer.

  24. The pros and cons of moving the Astros to the AL

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Astros logo

    The realignment talk of a couple of months ago has largely died down and it isn’t likely to be part of the new collective bargaining agreement this winter, but Zach Levine reports that it’s still being discussed, with the Astros the most likely candidate for shuffling. Of particular interest is Levine’s breakdown of the pros…

  25. Quote of the Day: Adam Jones on unsigned draftees

    Aug 15, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Today, if you did not know it, is signing day for those fellows taken in this summer’s amateur draft. If they don’t sign, back into the hopper or to college or to wherever they go. Most sign, though. At least the top-of-the-draft guys we non-draft experts tend to hear about and care about.  And as…

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