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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bryan Stow is talking

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    As time goes on, this is far less of a baseball story, but so many of you have continued to ask and voice concern about Bryan Stow’s condition, that I feel it worthy of providing updates from time to time. The latest: Stow’s family has posted an update of his condition on their website. And…

  2. HBT Extra: Where did the Angels come from?

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the Angels’ arrival in the wild card chase

  3. Ryan Howard: elite player, or league average guy?

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    No, I’m not inviting you guys to have that debate here for the 100th time this year.  I’m merely directing you to The Hardball Times where Brad Johnson and John McCann debate the matter more formally than we are accustomed to doing. There’s numbers there and stuff. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  4. Lance Berkman, Cardinals agree to a one-year deal

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    berkman getty

    Earlier this week Lance Berkman said that it was all about the money. So the Cardinals came through with the money: they’ve agreed to a one-year deal. The terms have not been disclosed, but some people are tweeting around that it’s a $12 million deal. We’ll update if and when that number is confirmed. Which…

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

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    I’d say there were approximately 50 questions on the theme of “why do the Braves suck?”  Please forgive me for not answering them all. Q: Why do the Braves suck? Because we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.…

  6. Vlad Guerrero wants to play two or three more years

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vlad Guerrero has been hitting the ball well lately, leading the charge as the Orioles have done a damn fine job of playing spoiler in the American League wild card race.  Also, as Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun points out, he’s three hits behind Julio Franco for the record of most hits for a…

  7. The Blue Jays have a new logo too

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Blue Jays logo

    A day after everyone hated on the Marlins allegedly new logo, another logo leak has occurred. This time it’s the Blue Jays, and Paul Lukas of UniWatch has confirmed it’s legit. I like the return to the old school bird. The splash of red from the maple leaf has always bugged me whenever the Jays…

  8. Chuck Knoblauch: “a man both buoyed and wounded by the game of baseball”

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Knoblauch

    We haven’t heard much about Chuck Knoblauch in the nine years since he retired from baseball.  He was named in the Mitchell Report and had to testify in front of a grand jury about it, but otherwise, he’s been an invisible man. Today there’s a feature story on him in the Star-Tribune.  It’s not the…

  9. Lawyer says that Jim Crane is no war profiteer. Not that it really helps.

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Look, I have no idea why Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on approving Jim Crane as the next owner of the Astros. Maybe it’s that “I don’t want to move to the American League” thing. Maybe it’s because of the long and rich history between Crane’s company and the EEOC. Maybe it’s because…

  10. Tweet of the Day: Braves-Red Sox edition

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez, Derek Lowe

    In the past 12 hours I have received approximately 50 tweets from people about just how bad the Braves suck.  Thankfully, most of them have been funny. I mean, sure, this skid has been miserable and there’s a great chance that the worst is yet to come (elimination!) but you can’t help but laugh or…

  11. Hello, Halos!

    Sep 22, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Angels batter Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Gentlemen, change your narratives:  the Red Sox collapse/Rays surge story is kinda stale, what with the Rays’ surge being arrested of late.  Now you gotta figure in the Angels who are tied with Tampa Bay, a mere two and a half back of Boston. On September 2nd, Boston was nine games ahead of Tampa Bay and…

  12. Jorge Posada plays the hero

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game Two

    It’s been a crappy year for Jorge Posada. He was demoted, sulked, and mostly just sucked.  But he at least now has one nice thing to take away from what may very well be his final season in pinstripes: a little hero moment: Posada came off the bench last night to hit a two-run single, breaking…

  13. The State of the Races

    Sep 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Rage Face

    I think the photo just about sums it up.  Anyway, because I want there to be a record of all of this after my death (which should occur sometime on Monday or Tuesday at this rate), here’s where we stand: AL Wild Card: Boston is like that kindly uncle holding out a dollar bill for…

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

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    New York Mets v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 6, Mets 5: And now St. Louis is a mere one and a half back. With games against the Mets, Cubs and Astros left. And when guys like David Freese drive in five runs, you’re entering team of destiny territory. Marlins 4, Braves 0: Javy Vazquez is going to retire, he implies. If so,…

  15. Debunking the “blame Theo” movement

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    I suppose that if the Rays keep losing and the Red Sox right the ship that everyone will quickly forget that we were all supposed to blame Theo Epstein for the Red Sox’ woes.  Hard to forget such a blitzkrieg of a meme, however, with so many people hitting on it all at once.  No,…

  16. The Yankees beat the Rays, clinch a playoff spot

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game One

    For the Yankees, it’s 16 playoff appearances in 17 years. For the Rays: missed opportunities. For the Red Sox: some breathing room, at least for a bit.  The Yankees beat the Rays 4-2 in the front end of a double header today. The game was decided in the eighth when James Shields allowed a homer…

  17. Chipper Jones to miss tonight’s game

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Atlanta Braves

    His belief that the Baseball Gods have forsaken the Braves and his losing a grounder in the lights on Monday notwithstanding, Chipper Jones has been really damn useful lately. In September he’s hitting .309/.372/.529 and has been one of the few bright spots for a skidding Braves team. This kid may make something of himself in…

  18. What “Moneyball” really means

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Moneyball

    We’ve talked the “Moneyball” movie up to death. It’s a movie. It will bear some tangential resemblance to real events, but it’s there to entertain. Or not. It means very little to baseball other than for gossip purposes. But we still talk about the concept of “Moneyball” all the time.  And the thing is, most…

  19. HBT Extra: The NL Wild Card and the Baseball Gods

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    We probably skip too many days to really call it HBT Daily. So let’s call it extra today. Anyway, Tiffany and I talk NL Wild Card

  20. The Columbus Clippers won the triple-A championship last night

    Sep 21, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    ABQ stadium

    We set it up here yesterday. The game went down last night. Columbus beat Omaha 8-3 for the triple-A championship. Joe Martinez was the MVP after pitching seven strong innings. He’s 28 and has 49.2 major league innings under his belt. He has 820 in the minors while playing in three organizations, mostly the Giants.…

  21. So those great 1990s Braves teams were doctoring baseballs? Awesome!

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    Maybe this is fun, b.s. banter. Maybe there’s truth to it. Maybe everyone did it. Maybe only the Braves did.  But former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone was on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio with Evan Cohen and former Mets GM Steve Phillips today, and he seemed t admit that the Braves — or at least John…

  22. Tonight will be Michael Pineda’s last start

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    It’s been several months since people outside of the Pacific Northwest stopped paying attention to the really super rookie year Michael Pineda is having, but know that it has continued just fine.  And after tonight it ends. But it ends with an easy mark: the punchless Minnesota Twins. It’s been a great year for Pineda.…

  23. Everything you ever wanted to know about ballplayer statues

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kirby Puckett statue

    Statues of baseball players: they’re not just the place where you meet your buddy who has the extra ticket or a convenient location for the pigeons to poop. They’re actually becoming an increasingly popular fixture in ballparks, and the New York Times is on it.  (They’re always ON IT, actually). For reasons that I can’t quite explain,…

  24. Great Moments in self-promotion: I’ll be on NBC SportsTalk again tonight

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    Because NBC SportsTalk isn’t going to unseat SportsCenter as the most-watched evening sports studio show (weeknight division) by itself, I feel like I need to note when I’m on.  No, not because I think you’ll all flock to it. To the contrary, I consider it more of a warning. After all, if my pasty, lisping…

  25. The Mets hint that they’ll change the fences at Citi Field

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    The issue of the fences at Citi Field gets thrown out for public consumption a few times a year. It was ruled out a year ago. There was some chatter about it in April.  Then Jeff Francoeur weighed in because, hey, why not?  Adam Rubin and Greg Rybarczyk of Hittrackeronline analyzed what it would all mean…

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