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Craig Calcaterra

  1. A stadium plan in Las Vegas?

    May 10, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Welcome to Las Vegas sign

    I’ve long been skeptical of the idea of Major League Baseball moving to Las Vegas. Mostly because I don’t see the economics working out. The economy is in the toilet. Those who do have jobs and homes that aren’t in foreclosure work a disproportionate number of nights. While there are a lot of moneyed tourists…

  2. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 10, 2011, 5:46 AM EST

    Betancourt double play.bmp

    Brewers 4, Padres 3: Holy moley, this Yuniesky Betancourt-to-Rickie Weeks double play is the defensive play of the year so far. It’s enough to make you contemplate the nature of Yuniesky Betancourt. How someone can just do that without thinking — because he had no time to think — yet is unable to make basic plays a…

  3. Earl Weaver is auctioning off a ton of memorabilia

    May 9, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Earl Weaver, Juan Samuel

    Whenever I hear about a baseball figure auctioning off stuff I worry that they’re broke or something, but in this day and age it’s more likely that they’re merely trying to simplify their estate plan.  That seems to be the case with longtime Orioles’ manager Earl Weaver, who is auctioning off all kinds of things:…

  4. Joe Torre wants baseball players to cut down on the fraternization. Why?

    May 9, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Torre and Randolph

    From Buster Olney’s column yesterday. This seems like something from 1971 not 2011: Before every game, position players on both teams will gather on the foul lines and do their last sprints before the first pitch, and often this leads to greetings in the outfield behind second base — hearty handshakes and hugs. If Joe…

  5. George Steinbrenner: from criminal to FBI informant

    May 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    It’s been a great day for George Steinbrenner Freedom of Information Act requests. Earlier today was the release of documents in which The Boss suggested that his lawyers forced him to blatantly campaign finance laws.  Now comes word that, in the runup to getting a pardon from President Reagan, Big Stein assisted the FBI ……

  6. Want to see a guy score from first on a bunt?

    May 9, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Dee Gordon of the Albuquerque Isotopes did, admittedly, get some help with an error. But still, there is no way this dude should have scored from first on a bunt, right?  I mean, that’s impossible.  Highlight starts at 1:23. Thanks to Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness for the head’s up.

  7. Luke Scott has a torn labrum

    May 9, 2011, 2:27 PM EST

    Scott_Luke

    Luke Scott has had a sore shoulder for a while. He hurt it in spring training, actually, and it has come to bother him a lot more in recent weeks.  The Orioles sent him for an MRI, and the results are back:  he has a partial tear of his labrum. The thinking at this point is that…

  8. George Steinbrenner blamed his criminal conviction on his lawyers

    May 9, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    1970s Steinbrenner

    I’m not a religious man, and even if I were, I would like to think that my conception of the Hereafter would allow for non-violent criminals to enter through the gates. Life is more interesting with scoundrels around and I presume death would be too. That said, there would have to be some sort of…

  9. HBT Daily: Were the Royals right to call up Eric Hosmer?

    May 9, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk prospects and callups in general, Eric Hosmer in particular

  10. Roy Oswalt not likely to be ready by Friday

    May 9, 2011, 12:09 PM EST

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but he’s unlikely to be ready to pitch then, reports the Philly Inquirer. The Phillies will be in Atlanta next weekend, and that could mean that Kyle Kendrick gets another start against the Braves. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all for Philly,…

  11. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 9, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera

    We gave the Power Rankings a miss last week, so everyone should be fresh. I’m taking a fresh look at the relative strength of teams, you’re offering up fresh takes about how full of it my rankings are.

  12. The nerdiest correction in the history of the New York Times

    May 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    Remember last week when R.A. Dickey as revealed to have named his bats after swords in “The Hobbit” and “Beowulf?” Yeah, well the hardcore fans were reading that article and they let the New York Times know that Dickey doesn’t know his mythical weaponry very well.  The New York Times’ correction: An item in the…

  13. Performance-enhancing pink

    May 9, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I would sooner bet my 401K on a game of three-card monty than take this as a serious statistical exercise, but stats can be just for fun too, and this one is no exception: the Old Time Family Baseball blog looked at the performance of all of the players who used pink bats yesterday in…

  14. B.J. Upton had a whale of a series in Baltimore

    May 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s worth noting again: B.J. Upton owned Camden Yards this weekend. Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with four RBI overall he was 7-for-14 with four extra-base hits and eight RBI against the O’s.  For his career he’s at .297/.370/.535 in 173 plate appearances in Baltimore. That’s easily the best he’s…

  15. Six lies about the Marlins’ new ballpark

    May 9, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Marlins ballpark

    We’re going to be hearing a lot of glowing reviews of the Marlins’ new ballpark as the finishing touches are put on it over the course of the next 9-10 months or so.  And for good reason. From what we’ve been able to see of it in artists’ renderings and in the photos of it…

  16. Frank McCourt could lose the Dodgers but remain their landlord

    May 9, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Remember how Frank McCourt, upon buying the Dodgers, split the team’s assets up into multiple different businesses and holding companies and things?  Yeah, that couldn’t even lead to a depressing outcome. Bill Shaikin: When McCourt bought the Dodgers in 2004, the purchase included the team, Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. He has since…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 9, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    It was really the first weekend that actually felt like spring, at least from a baseball perspective. Yeah, the previous weekend was nice, but we were still getting a lot of rainouts and cold games. This weekend, no matter which game I turned to, it looked and felt like baseball. Ah. Roy Oswalt is on…

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

    May 9, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    Yankees 12, Rangers 5:  We read a lot of “Derek Jeter is done” commentary last week. Well, whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that Jeter was only mostly dead. And there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Two homers for The Captain.  As for the game overall, I’ll…

  19. Lenny Dykstra indicted on thirteen counts of bankruptcy fraud

    May 6, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Dykstra

    Remember how Lenny Dykstra was arrested for bankruptcy fraud?  Yeah, he’s indicted now. Thirteen counts, reports CNBC’s Darren Rovell.  If he is convicted on all counts he faces 80 years.  Given his business acumen, however, I’m sure he could talk it down to 95. This is just the latest in a long line of fun…

  20. Julio Teheran to make his major league debut on Saturday

    May 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    I mentioned earlier that the Eric Hosmer callup is going to interfere with my Friday night plans with the wife. Well, might as well cancel the entire weekend, Mrs. Calcaterra, because on Saturday it’s even better: the Braves have called up top prospect Julio Teheran and will give him the start against the Phillies. Teheran…

  21. Quote of the Day: Lyle Overbay makes a curious assessment

    May 6, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    We heard a few weeks ago about how Charlie Morton had revamped his entire delivery, modeling everything off Roy Halladay.  Not a bad model if you need one, though he’d have to expect far less success than Doc using it. Unless you ask Lyle Overbay, that is, who was asked about Morton’s new approach in…

  22. Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are talking about alcohol-related incidents

    May 6, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    The other day we heard that the league will attempt to seek the option to discipline players involved in off-the-field cases — like DUI — when labor contract talks begin after this season.  Now the Associated Press is reporting that those conversations have already started:  Major League Baseball and its players’ association are considering a formal plan for…

  23. Eric Hosmer will bat sixth, play first base in tonight’s Athletics-Royals game

    May 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    I’m rather excited about Eric Hosmer’s callup. He’s the first stud prospect of the season whose debut game will force me to tell my wife that I can’t watch a movie with her that evening because I have to watch some 21-year-old who doesn’t even play for my favorite team hit. It’s always a special…

  24. Rick Reilly gives journalism school grads horrible, horrible advice

    May 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Rick Reilly

    ESPN’s Rick Reilly was chosen to give the commencement address to journalism students from the University of Colorado.  His advice: When you get out there, all I ask is that you: DON’T WRITE FOR FREE! Nobody asks strippers to strip for free, doctors to doctor for free or professors to profess for free. Have some pride! … If…

  25. Royals blogger puts his money where his mouth is

    May 6, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Judge HBP.bmp

    Or, rather, he puts his left love handle where his mouth was. It’s Lee Judge of the K.C. Star who recently wrote that Wilson Betemit should have leaned into a pitch when the bases were loaded in a tight game. Let no man say that Judge expects Royals players to do anything he himself would not…

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