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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Sep 9, 2011, 5:18 AM EDT

    Ronny Paulino, Chipper Jones

    Braves 6, Mets 5; Braves 5, Mets 1: A makeup doubleheader. Chipper Jones made like it was 1999 and that dismantling the Mets was still his primary purpose on the Earth. Those were the days. He hit a homer doubled and scored twice in game 1 He drove in two more in the nightcap. Something…

  2. Wait: is Albert Pujols a big jerk or something? Since when?

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    I’ve had an interesting conversation with some Brewers fans on Twitter in the past few minutes.  It started when a guy named @brewfangrb called me and a couple others out for being critical of Nyjer Morgan in the wake of last night’s dustup with the Cardinals. The point wasn’t to defend Morgan — the guy and…

  3. Tony La Russa: Smooth

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Following up on Joe Morgan doing the chicken dance, we have Tony La Russa playing maracas for Carlos Santana. The guitar player, not the catcher. Dave Brown has the story — and a photo of La Russa shakin’ ’em — over at Big League Stew. No word on whether or not La Russa protested Santana’s…

  4. Joe Morgan is keeping busy

    Sep 8, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    You have a Hall of Fame Second Baseman leading your Chicken Dance. Your argument is invalid: Reds great and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will lead the annual World’s Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest next Saturday … “Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has long been regarded as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in North America and the second largest in…

  5. Old Style will continue to flow in Wrigley Field

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Old Style

    Did you know that there was a chance that Old Style Beer — a fixture for over 60 years — would not be sold in Wrigley Field after this year?  Seems that the brewer and the Cubs have ironed out their differences, however, and have extended their pouring rights agreement through 2013. Sorry Cubs fans.…

  6. Charlie Morton is out of the Pirates rotation

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    At least for now. He’s bring moved aside in favor of lefty Jeff Locke. I realize that this of little interest to non-Pirates fans and non-fantasy players (uber deep league fantasy players if guys like Morton and Locke are implicated), but a story like this interest me because they shows us just how damn long…

  7. What would MLB do if a team plane crashed?

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Old airliner

    In light of yesterday’s tragic crash of the plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, Al Yellon of SB Nation details the plans in place — which Major League Baseball is understandably loathe to talk much about — in the event that tragedy were to strike a major league team in which more than five of its players…

  8. Reggie Jackson has regrets?

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    Marc Carig has a good piece over at Baseball Prospectus today. He talks with Reggie Jackson about Mr. October’s all-time strikeout record and how, in hindsight, Reggie wishes he had cut down on his mighty hack.  Marc adds some analysis of his own comparing the guy who was once thought of as an insane whiffer…

  9. The Brewers are not happy with Nyjer Morgan

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    morgan ap

    Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin was on WTMJ radio today and was asked about the Nyjer Morgan/Albert Pujols business from last night.  Summary here, actual broadcast here. Upshot: He’s not happy.  He said that manager Ron Roenicke is going to deal with Morgan “internally,” and likely not by giving him a firm handshake and an “‘attaboy.” He…

  10. Why baseball is better than football

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    baseball

    ESPN’s Jim Caple writes one of these every year, so he’s kind of running out of original ideas, but it’s always good to be reminded of any reasons — even the weaker ones — why baseball beats the crap out of football, so I link it with approval. To be honest, though, whenever I’m presented…

  11. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    The Question

    I made a decision this week to steer away from Aquaman questions. But we have Batman, Dr. Manhattan, some gratuitous death penalty politics and we get to watch an HBT writer — not me — basically commit career suicide!

  12. Tired of rain, Yankees and Orioles fans? Tough!

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Storm cloud

    In an earlier post I jokingly said that today’s makeup game between the Orioles and the Yankees would probably have rain, thereby extending those teams’ sogginess streak to approximately 800.  I probably should have checked the forecast, however, because, wouldn’t you know it, rain is expected today in Baltimore. There’s a slight chance of rain…

  13. Chase Utley has a mild concussion

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Chase Utley was hit in the head with an Eric O’Flaherty pitch in last night’s game. He stayed in, but was later pulled for a pinch hitter after complaining of a headache. Ruben Amaro said afterward that he has a “mild concussion.” Utley was held back from joining the team on its flight to Milwaukee and will…

  14. Oh good: Jeff Loria wants to make more baseball decisions

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Image (1) Loria.jpg for post 4206

    Yesterday, in the wake of the Marlins shuffling around their front office, I observed that part of the Marlins success over the years has been that, despite the financial constraints and despite the fact that their owner is basically a disaster area, the Marlins have always let good baseball people make good baseball decisions and…

  15. Jeff Francoeur threw a batter out at first from right field

    Sep 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    I’ve offered several kudos to Jeff Francoeur for having a better-than-expected season this year. But given that I’ve still offered approximately 598 more slams than kudos in his career, I still have some work to do.  So it’s definitely appropriate for me to note that Francoeur shot a dude down cold from right field yesterday…

  16. Tim Wakefield is never going to win his 200th game

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    On the one hand I think round numbers for the sake of round numbers are kind of silly. On the other hand, I like knuckleballers and I really like Tim Wakefield, so it makes me kind of sad to see him get start after start in the pursuit of 200 wins only to fall short…

  17. The State of the Races

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox lose. New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: The Yankees, who just hosted Baltimore, now go down to Baltimore today for a makeup game. I’m sure everyone is thrilled to see these two play yet another game. All they…

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

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:01 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 7, Royals 0:  Guillermo Moscoso took a no-hitter into the eighth inning . He allowed only two hits in all in eight and two-thirds and, between his last start against the Mariners and this one against the Royals, retired 30 batters in a row. Heck, if a hitting streak can stretch between two seasons, I’d…

  19. The Yankees lineup is … interesting

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Do not disturb

    Pop quiz, hotshot! You played a game until 2:15 this morning and you have a 1PM start this afternoon.  What do you do? What do you do!!? Well, if you’re Joe Girardi, you trot out this lineup: 1. Eduardo Nunez SS 2. Russell Martin C 3. Nick Swisher RF 4. Alex Rodriguez 3B 5. Andruw…

  20. Phillies assistant GM Chuck LaMar resigns

    Sep 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phillies Logo

    Clearly this is a move borne of his personal disgrace over helping to assemble such a horrible te — oh, wait. It’s the Phillies. I still automatically think “Devil Rays” when I hear his name.  But boy, this one is strange.  “Shocking” according to Bob Brookover of the Inquirer: LaMar did not return phone calls…

  21. Everyone complains about the weather, but …

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    Actually, I could understand it better if it was the weather that was being complained about.  In Mike Vaccaro’s column, however, there is this vague sense that all of the rain on the east coast — or at least the inconvenience it caused — was somehow Major League Baseball’s fault.  That’s underscored by the headline…

  22. Rethinking the rotation: Four-and-swing?

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan is always good for a big idea column or two each month, and his latest is one that I’ve long been arguing half-drunkenly to anyone who will listen (i.e. no one):  chucking the straight five-man rotation and going to a modified four-man thing. The idea would be to keep your four best…

  23. Bobby Parnell may be out as Mets closer

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Parnell_Bobby

    Question: do you really need a closer when you’re playing out the last three weeks of a lost season?  Eh, probably so. If not, who would we yell at when games go south?  If not, what would the guys who are somehow — against all odds — still paying close attention to their fantasy rosters…

  24. The Marlins shuffle their front office

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Marlins logo

    These aren’t major moves, but they’re the kind of day-to-day things that keep baseball teams up and running: the Marlins have named a new Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations, a new Vice President of Scouting and a new Vice President of Player Development. They are, respectively, Jim Fleming, Stan Meek and Marty Scott.…

  25. The State of the Races

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    AL EAST The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox win, the New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half. The skinny: All of the rain + the lack of remaining days off + the financial imperative to play all 162 games despite the fact that most of them are fairly meaningless…

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