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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Quote of the Day: a fabulous explanation of the interplay between stats and baseball’s human element

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    Over at the Angels blog Halos Heaven, they’re interviewing their own writers so that readers can get to know them.  The man who goes by the name of Suboptimal was asked about his thoughts on the “stats vs. chemistry” debate. Or, as I took his answer to mean, the interplay between statistical analysis of baseball…

  2. HBT Daily: What we talk about when we talk about someone being overrated

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I — and my new glasses, which are kind of weird, I’ll admit — discuss Sports Illustrated’s “most overrated” list

  3. “Moneyball” starring MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Moneyball

    I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other when it comes to either (a) MLB.com’s Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel; or (b) press box etiquette. But I do really like this story for some reason: Moneyball comes out 09/23. When filming in press box at OAK last year one KC reporter refused to move…

  4. Folks are doubting Bartolo Colon

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Bob Klapisch writes about Bartolo Colon and the stem cell procedure he received.  He doesn’t go as far as John Harper did with Jose Bautista in terms of veiled accusations of PED use, but if you could find any evidence in his story that he believes Colon and his doctor when they say that Colon…

  5. The Mets’ attendance isn’t so rosy either

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

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    We noted the Dodgers’ attendance problems a little while ago, but let’s not let the Mets off the hook either.  Nate Silver has a story about that in the New York Times with graphs and everything.  The key takeaway: you can’t simply blame the poor performance, because even if you control for that and other…

  6. The World Baseball Classic gets bigger

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    HBT is not exactly your go-to source for World Baseball Classic information.  I just did a search of the archives, and apart from random mentions of international players who may have once played in the WBC, the last two posts we had about the thing was (a) Joe Torre saying that managing in the WBC…

  7. Stat of the day: Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is really the Dodgers’ attendance problem

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    A pretty stunning stat from Steve Dilbeck at the L.A. Times: Through Monday attendance in Major League Baseball is down 237,983 through the same number of games in 2010.  207,612 of that decline — a whopping 87% — is accounted for by the Los Angeles Dodgers alone. Wow. I said it in the last McCourt…

  8. Changing course: Matt Holliday may very well go on the disabled list

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Matt Holliday sat out for most of six games, getting some pinch-hit duty only, with a bad quad. The Cardinals said he didn’t need a trip to the DL, and they started him on Sunday. Then was scratched again last night. Now he’s heading for an MRI and, probably, a trip to the disabled list,…

  9. The Athletics tell Kurt Suzuki to avoid collisions

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    Buster Olney reports that Oakland Athletics’ GM Billy Beane has told catcher Kurt Suzuki that he should avoid collisions at home plate, telling Suzuki:  “I don’t subscribe to the theory you should be a crash-test dummy … I don’t want to lose you for six months.” Seems smart, because if you just leave it up…

  10. Frank McCourt robs Peter to pay Paul in making May payroll

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s debt addiction got him and the Dodgers into their current dire straits, so it makes total sense that, as May payroll loomed yesterday, he continued to borrow in order to avoid a takeover by Major League Baseball.  It’s just what he does. That according to ESPN’s Molly Knight, who reports that McCourt met…

  11. Is it really time to retire Gary Carter’s number?

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

    Gary Carter Mets

    Today the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro calls for Gary Carter’s number to be retired by the Mets. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules about when it’s appropriate to retire someone’s number — there clearly aren’t, as every team approaches it differently — but I do find myself approaching this with…

  12. Carlos Marmol asploded last night

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s due it’s own post: Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol was absolutely hammered last night, blowing the game against the Astros in epic-style.  Taking the ball with a 3-1 lead at the beginning of the ninth inning, it went like this: Single Double Double Sacrifice — hey, an out!…

  13. Brandon Belt, Brett Lawrie get good news on their wrists

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

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    Top prospects for two teams — the Giants’ Brandon Belt and the Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie — each had scares yesterday as they were each hit by pitches on the left wrist.  Each of them also received good news: in both cases no bones were broken and the diagnosis was a mere bruise. Lawrie’s little…

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

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:45 AM EST

    Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

    The last NBA Finals I paid really close attention to was 1993. So no, I don’t give a diddly durn about the Heat and the Mavs. Baseball, people. It’s the only sport worth a damn.

  15. Vin Scully, a haunted nightclub and a new Dodger curse

    May 31, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

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    This one is too craz-, er, I mean complicated for me to understand, so you had best just go read Rick Chandler’s post about it over at Off the Bench. Upshot: Vin Scully’s Hollywood walk-of-fame star has been covered up by a red carpet in front of a local nightclub. And the nightclub is haunted. Which, now…

  16. Player Poll: A-Rod the most overrated in baseball

    May 31, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

    The whole overrated/underrated game is always dicey because no one ever agrees on a rating baseline to begin with.  Really, the underrated list tends to represent the most under-publicized and the overrated list tends to highlight the most overpaid. Still, Sports Illustrated polls players on this stuff from time to time and, following up on…

  17. Is Clint Hurdle OK?

    May 31, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    I’m not mocking here, I’m serious.  That pic is a screen capture from the Cubs-Pirates game the other day.  I went and found it in this highlight after people started tweeting around another image of it this afternoon, claiming that it wasn’t doctored. I found it hard to believe, but it apparently isn’t doctored. Is…

  18. Quote of the Day: Marlins’ President David Samson on Logan Morrison’s Twitter habit

    May 31, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

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    As we’ve mentioned before, Logan Morrison has a pretty heavy Twitter habit.  He also has a pretty big following due to his quite colorful Twitter persona. So it’s no surprise that, if something Marlins-related is both cool and popular, the Marlins themselves don’t like it. Here’s team President David Samson: “I’m not a dinosaur. But…

  19. Albert Pujols leads in the initial NL All-Star voting

    May 31, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

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    Major League Baseball just released the leaders of the early All-Star voting in the National League.  It’s too damn early to actually argue about this stuff, so let’s just list the results with the vote totals in parenthesis: C: Buster Posey (785,314) 1B: Albert Pujols (988,784) 2B: Brandon Phillips (837,778) 3B: Placido Polanco (724,724) SS:…

  20. Hank Aaron receives an honorary degree from Princeton

    May 31, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

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    One of the more overlooked Bob Dylan songs of all time is “Day of the Locusts,” which recounts his mixed feelings on the day on which he received an honorary degree from Princeton University.  I love Bob Dylan more than any artist in the history of music, but like a lot of his songs, it…

  21. “Aw jeez, Joey Bats!”

    May 31, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    This is easily my favorite video from the MLB Fan Cave so far.

  22. Yesterday was a banner day for 7-3 scores

    May 31, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

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    Last night I tweeted — and this morning in the recaps, I regurgitated — my surprise that there were four games yesterday which ended with a score of 7-3.  In response, Dianagram of the Value Over Replacement Grit blog researched the matter to see if, indeed, yesterday was a remarkable day for 7-3 scores.  Her…

  23. What’s wrong with Ubaldo Jimenez? Speed, or the lack thereof

    May 31, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez is having a hell of a bad year. He’s winless while posting a 5.86 ERA in nine starts.  The problem, as Dave Krieger notes in the Denver Post, is velocity: In separate conversations with Jimenez and Apodaca over the weekend, they agreed on one thing: Ubaldo’s velocity is not what it was a year ago.…

  24. Elijah Dukes got arrested again

    May 31, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    March: Elijah Dukes arrested; April: Elijah Dukes arrested; Wow, last day of May, but Dukes just made it under the wire to keep his streak alive! Former Major League Baseball outfielder Elijah Dukes spent part of his Memorial Day in jail, charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s…

  25. Great moments in Dads dropping their daughters to catch foul balls

    May 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Via SI’s Jimmy Traina and the It’s Always Sunny in Detroit blog comes video of Los Angeles’ nominee for Father of the Year:  

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