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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Orioles fan Professional ball hawk catches three foul balls in one game

    May 13, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Foul ball screencap.bmp

    UPDATE: I’m alerted to the fact that, no, this guy is not an Orioles’ fan. It’s professional ball snagger Zack Hemple. Which is still kind of pathetic, but for different reasons than I assumed earlier. OK, pathetic is kind of a strong word, as he does do some charity stuff as a part of his…

  2. A day at the nail salon with Russell Martin

    May 13, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    Martin_Russell

    ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson has a profile of Russell Martin.  The stuff about him regaining his health and confidence and baseball prowess in New York is the point of the story, but you’ll be forgiven if your attention is drawn to some stuff in the middle portion: “It’s not a good feeling when you’re putting…

  3. Justice: The Astros’ new owners are probably going to clean house

    May 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Astros logo

    Ed Wade, call your real estate agent. That’s the message Richard Justice delivers in his post today about how the Astros organization is likely to change once Jim Crane and his just announced right-hand man George Postolos take over following the imminent sale by Drayton McLane.  The idea: Postolos — who happens to be the…

  4. Dodgers attendance is down over 7,000 per game

    May 13, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Attendance is down across baseball this year. On average it’s down on the order of a few hundred a game. In Los Angeles, however, things are way worse: 7,268 fans a game off the 2010 pace for the Dodgers.  And, as Steve Dilbeck reminds us, that’s just in official attendance, not actual turnstile numbers, which Major League…

  5. Luke Gregerson has a cool car

    May 13, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Better off dead

    There’s not a lot going on yet today, so we have a few moments to contemplate Padres’ reliever Luke Gregerson‘s car, a picture of which you can see here.  Yeah, it’s a black ’67 Camaro, which makes Gregerson my new favorite relief pitcher not named Jonny Venters. I’ve been in love with that car ever…

  6. When it comes to rookies and long term deals, there is risk in taking one too

    May 13, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    Boras thinking

    Buster Olney weighed in on Scott Boras’ comments from yesterday, om which Boras seemed to downplay the likelihood of a long term deal for Eric Hosmer. Here’s Buster: Scott Boras will advise against Eric Hosmer working out a longterm deal right now. Because, after all, what person in their early 20s would ever want to guarantee themselves tens of millions…

  7. Bondy: The New Era ads are “far too provocative”

    May 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Alec Baldwin

    I liked that new New Era cap ad featuring Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski yesterday. I think the ads in that series are pretty funny.  Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News disagrees: The real heat between the Yanks and Red Sox burns off the field, in television commercials. Some of the spots are…

  8. What’s the big deal about Bartolo Colon’s stem cell injections?

    May 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    There was some moderate-to-serious hand-wringing the other day when it was revealed that Bartolo Colon received an injection of his own stem cells to help repair ligaments.  As David Epstein notes in a very informative article over at SI, however, the hand-wringing is unwarranted.  Colon’s procedure is fairly commonplace and, in its general effect, is…

  9. Tom Schieffer on the Dodgers: “The complexity of the situation is daunting”

    May 13, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Schieffer

    Tom Schieffer, the Dodgers’ trustee, sat for an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, and he described a situation that makes it seem impossible that Major League Baseball will truly have any sort of resolution of its investigation of Dodgers finances before their payroll comes due at the end of the month. Indeed, he has…

  10. Citizens Bank Park to host the 2012 Winter Classic

    May 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    CBP

    The NHL — and, to be honest, my employer — seem to have struck gold by playing hockey games outdoors on New Year’s Day, so they shall continue the tradition on 2012.  Well, except in 2012 it won’t be on New Year’s Day, it will be on January 2nd because the NFL likes to ruin…

  11. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Breakfast Wrap

    And if you don’t like the wrap, we can serve up your breakfast scattered, smothered, covered and chunked. What? Oh, I see you’re too good for Waffle House, your majesty.

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

    May 13, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Len Barker

    Indians 3, Blue Jays 0: Amazing! A perfect game for Len Barker! It was cold and damp at Municipal Stadium last night, so it must have been hard to hit anyway, but regardless, Barker’s stuff was incredible.  He never even reached ball three against any Blue Jay hitter.  This Barker looks so fantastic that I’d…

  13. The latest New Era ad is probably better than the last one

    May 12, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Yes, I know it’s a commercial and I know that I’m giving New Era free advertising here, but I kinda don’t care. These ads with Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski are just wonderfully entertaining, and since they barely even attempt to pitch a product, I don’t feel too dirty about it. We all have caps…

  14. The Rays, James Shields stay hot, tame the Tribe

    May 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist

    Tampa Bay beat the Indians 7-4 today behind James Shields‘ two run, seven strikeout performance. He’s now 4-1 on the season and allowed a total of five runs in his last four starts. On the offensive side, every Rays’ starter got a hit except for Kelly Shoppach. Evan Longoria‘s two-run double in the ninth put any…

  15. How the Mets got black in their uniforms

    May 12, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    Takahashi Mets

    I really hate the black Mets uniforms. It screams “we want to sell these so, so bad!”  And it’s not like there was anything wrong with the classic Mets unis. Indeed, they are among the best in baseball, being both handsome and — with their stylistic nods to the Yankees (pinstripes) Giants (orange) and Dodgers…

  16. Tony La Russa employs political decoys

    May 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Lohse as La Russa2

    Strong leaders have used political decoys for centuries. While primarily a security tool/assassination defense, political decoys can be an effective means of political control as well. Indeed, if prudently deployed, they can make the leader appear more robust and active than he otherwise is, showing up on battle lines, shaking his fist defiantly at those…

  17. Selig on MLB’s investigation of the Dodgers: “nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense”

    May 12, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    That was Bud Selig’s response to questions about MLB’s look into the Dodgers’ finances after the Owners’ Meetings adjourned today.  The message: while Frank McCourt says we’re simply trying to run out the clock as he gets closer and closer to failing to make payroll at the end of the month, that’s simply not true.…

  18. Nolan Ryan now controls the Rangers

    May 12, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

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    Well, for all practical purposes he has controlled them for a long time, but as of today it became official, with the other owners approving his elevation at the Owners’ Meetings.  The official press release: Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that the Major League owners have formally approved the designation of Nolan…

  19. HBT Daily: Ballplayers have lives away from the field

    May 12, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Be it because of paternity leave or family peril, Tiffany and I agree that ballplayers should not be slammed for taking some time away

  20. Clubhouse theft is the new hotness

    May 12, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    Just as the New York Mets’ longtime clubhouse manager is charged with stealing stuff from the Mets, we have word of another clubhouse theft. This time, however, it doesn’t sound like an inside job: Authorities in New York say a Massachusetts man is accused of stealing Boston Red Sox memorabilia from Fenway Park. Suffolk County District…

  21. Law geek corner: considering Barry Bonds’ obstruction conviction

    May 12, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    I know a lot of you are sick of this, but there are a bunch of lawyers who hang around here too, and this is for them. It’s an article over at The National Law Review, considering the curious nature of the Barry Bonds conviction for obstruction of justice on a question that he ultimately answered.…

  22. Should the Royals lock up Eric Hosmer now?

    May 12, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Eric Hosmer has played exactly five games in the major leagues and has made exactly 22 plate appearances. And Sam Mellinger of the KC Star says the Royals should lock him up right now: Five games into his big-league career and he’s already batting third and drawing comparisons to Joey Votto and Adrian Gonzalez. That’s…

  23. Good news: Cano is day-to-day following his beaning (with bonus video)

    May 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Robinson Cano

    As Drew noted last night, Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a Nate Adcock pitch in the fifth inning of the Yankees-Royals game.  Good news this morning: Cano’s CT scan came back negative and, while he’ll probably sit out today’s series finale against the Royals, he is day-to-day and could very well be…

  24. Terry Francona fined, avoids a suspension, for his dustup with Joe West

    May 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Terry Francona was tossed from last Friday’s game after arguing an Angel Hernandez balk call (Really? Angel Hernandez called a controversial balk? Shocking.)  In the course of that fracas, Francona and Joe West went at it a bit and bumped into each other several times, mostly at Joe West’s instigation, it seemed. The disciplinary verdict…

  25. The White Sox are going with a six-man rotation

    May 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    peavy throws

    As has been suggested ever since it became clear that, yes, Jake Peavy was actually coming back, starting tomorrow, the White Sox are going to go with a six-man rotation. Today Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago has the complete breakdown of the schedule and the White Sox’ starters’ splits on four, five and six days’…

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