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Craig Calcaterra

  1. NBC SportsTalk World Series breakdown

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    I was on the TV last night. I got a little animated at the outset when Russ baited me into defending the Midwest. But it’s all good.

  2. Yu Darvish to formally ask to be posted

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    yu darvish in nippon uniform

    It’s been long suspected that Japan’s best pitcher — Yu Darvish — would be posted by his NPB team this winter, thereby allowing Major League teams to bid on him.  Kyodo News in Japan has now confirmed through several sources that, yes, Darvish will formally ask for this after the postseason. There will obviously be…

  3. Video: “My name is Tony La Russa”

    Oct 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    I saw this once a few years ago, but man, it doesn’t get old. Via my friend Levi Stahl, who himself caught it this morning over at Viva El Birdos, below is the best game show segment ever. My guess is that the real Tony La Russa told the other two how to fool the…

  4. Comment of the Day: Stop worrying and learn to love corporate sponsorship of baseball

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT


    A pretty interesting conversation is developing in the thread about the Occupy St. Louis folks showing the World Series without commercials.  One of the earliest comments — from johnfrancis50 — makes me happy in my pragmatic place: I’m not for or against the Occupy movement, but the statement “there isn’t a need for corporate sponsors…

  5. The history of the World Series program

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT


    Last winter I wrote a guest piece for Baseball Prospectus about a concept I call “metafandom.” In the intro, I described one of my most prized possessions: a poster I’ve had since I was a kid — and which is framed and hanging on the wall 10 feet from where I sit as a write…

  6. The Game 1 forecast looks to be … blah

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Tarp Cardinals

    Looks like it’s gonna be rather ugly in St. Louis for Game 1 of the World Series. The forecast: temperatures in the upper 40s with a chance of rain and wind. The wind chill will drop things into the 30s. Things look dry for Game 2 tomorrow. A tiny bit warmer, but still windy.  Friday, which…

  7. Occupy St. Louis to show a commercial-free World Series

    Oct 19, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Wall Street Protesters Stage March And Join Union Protest In Manhattan

    The protests have been one thing, but moving on to the rebroadcast and redistribution of the pictures, accounts and descriptions of these games without the express written consent of Major League Baseball shows that the Occupy Wall Street is about nothing but anarchy! Occupy St. Louis invited baseball fans on Tuesday to watch the World Series for…

  8. Fox: we have no complaints about the World Series ratings

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    old TV

    Folks are going to complain about the World Series ratings as soon as they start trickling in.  They’re really going to complain when the Rams-Cowboys game on Sunday doubles the ratings of the Cardinals-Rangers game just around the corner later that evening.  We know that by now. But as Variety’s (and Dodgers Thoughts’) Jon Weisman…

  9. From the “makes no freakin’ sense” department: Jed Hoyer to Chicago?

    Oct 18, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Jed Hoyer

    UPDATE: Well, now this makes more sense. This makes absolutely no sense in the world but Jon Heyman tweeted this a little while ago: Padres gm jed hoyer is being considered for hire by the cubs/epstein. Why on Earth anyone would go from a general manager’s chair to an assistant general manager’s chair without first, you…

  10. Lew Wolff is buying land in San Jose

    Oct 18, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    oakland athletics small logo

    Major League Baseball has not approved the Athletics’ desired move to San Jose yet, and the voters of San Jose have not approved of whatever small portions of a stadium project that would be required, but A’s owner Lew Wolff is on the verge of buying $24 million worth of real estate in San Jose…

  11. Senators urge World Series tobacco ban

    Oct 18, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    Four U.S. Senators and the city health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas sent letters to union head Michael Weiner, urging players to not use smokeless tobacco during the World Series. Well, that ain’t happening, but it’s worth noting insofar as this is just the latest instance of public pressure on Major League Baseball over…

  12. Must-Click Link: The most comprehensive article about catchers blocking pitches in the dirt you’ve ever seen

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Block pitch

    That may be the most comprehensive headline I’ve ever written too, but really there’s no other way to go with this. Bojan Koprivica of The Hardball Times has a huge article up today in which he attacked the issue of catchers blocking pitchers in the dirt, explaining how to go at the problem, how to…

  13. Emily Greinke was not happy with her NLCS seats in Busch Stadium

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Remember the dustup about where the Brewers’ players’ families would sit in Busch Stadium during the NLCS? About how it was all a misunderstanding and that everyone would be in suites and stuff? Yeah, someone forgot to get Emily Greinke the right ticket because she ended up sitting down in the left field corner and wasn’t…

  14. Your Official HardballTalk World Series Preview

    Oct 18, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Ron Washington

    Boston beats Philly in six games. Mark it down. Oh, wait.  The accepted narrative was upset weeks ago. None of the 45 ESPN experts — and to be honest, none of us here — picked the Rangers to face the Cardinals back in the spring. It made some amount of sense to pick against the…

  15. Dave Duncan has a lot on his mind

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    We’ve touched on this before, but in case you were unaware, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan missed a lot of time late in the season to be with his wife who underwent brain surgery for a tumor. Dave has been back for the playoffs, largely because his wife Jeanine’s insistence that he do so. Today Mike Lopresti…

  16. Michael Young = Derek Jeter

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:09 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    In the wake of my Michael Young post from yesterday, I was drawn into a little Twitter skirmish with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, who called the post “boneheaded,” and said I didn’t understand or appreciate Michael Young. What Evan missed, I think, was that I wasn’t criticizing Young as much as I…

  17. Sox source: Jon Lester’s comments today “only told part of the story”

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Jon Lester reacts at end of second inning after he gave up six runs to New York Yankees in their MLB game in New York

    Earlier today self-proclaimed “grown-ass man” Jon Lester spoke with the Globe’s Pete Abraham about L’affaire Fried Chicken and the ouster of Terry Francona.  For the most part Lester has been given props for being frank and open and, well, grown-ass about it.  But two sources tell Mike Giardi of that Lester’s downplaying of it…

  18. Baseball is a regional sport: Take 47

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Empty New York

    Just to continue a theme we’ve been beating into the ground for several weeks now. This time inspired by the observations of Rich Coutinho of CBS New York, found over at BTF: You know we all say the New York baseball fan is smarter and more perceptive than any other fans in the country, but…

  19. Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to attend the World Series opener

    Oct 17, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michele Obama

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans. It’s part of MLB’s Welcome Back Veterans program and Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative, which seeks to support veterans and their families. There’s not much else to this little news item, which came as a…

  20. Do home runs make baseball boring?

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Are home runs anticlimactic and boring, or are they everything that is awesome about baseball?  That’s the question posed by Linda Holmes at NPR: Arguments in favor: a towering home run is an awfully impressive achievement, it sounds great and looks awesome (if you’ve never heard a really big hit in person, it’s weird how…

  21. Bad news for a great guy

    Oct 17, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Mac Thomason

    I lost contact with baseball for many years in the mid-to-late 90s. I followed it, generally, but I didn’t obsess. I rooted for my team, but it was fairly shallow. It happens to a lot of people in their 20s, even if they were hardcore fans when they were kids. Some of us find our…

  22. And now a Korean Taiwanese video explanation of the Red Sox implosion

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I’m told the video is from Taiwan. Apologies. Doesn’t change the fact that it’s hilarious. I found this via, well, everyone on the planet re-tweeting it because it’s so nicely random and silly.  But in case you have been away for a couple of weeks, here’s a quick summary of how the Red Sox’…

  23. The ten weirdest career-ending performances of all time

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times is at it again. Last time out he listed the ten worst career-ending performances. This time he trains his historical eye at the ten weirdest performances to end a career. The first one he lists — John Kruk’s — is the best.  I don’t think I ever knew this,…

  24. Jon Lester opens up on beer/chicken-gate, Terry Francona

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Fried chicken

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe spoke with Jon Lester, who is — as far as I can tell — the first of the Red Sox Fried Chicken Posse to answer the allegations about all of that beer and chicken and those video games and stuff.  Lester was contrite to some degree, but added a…

  25. Let’s keep a tally of the Michael Young tongue-baths for the next 48 hours

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT


    Look, I don’t have anything against Michael Young. Fine player. For all I know he’s a nice guy.  But the level of adoration he gets from the baseball press has always vexed me. It’s been some time since he was the best player on his team, yet he is treated as though he is.  He…

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