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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Comments Section

    Oct 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Internet Tough Guy

    I’m old and I go to sleep early so I never watch SNL these days. Given that people have been saying that it’s no good anymore for about the last 30 years, I suppose it’s the same as it ever was: some good stuff, some bad stuff, with the quality ebbing and flowing because that’s…

  2. Photo of the Day: Gut Check Time

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Whoever was in charge of the baseball front of ESPN.com during last night’s Yankees-Tigers game is owed a golf clap for this one. And no, it’s not mean and insensitive to make fun of the appearance of a really rich and successful professional athlete. It’s written down right … well, I’m sure it’s written somewhere.…

  3. A.J. Burnett in an elimination game is scary, but it could be worse

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    The first thing you’ll read in any story about tonight’s Yankees-Tigers game is that the Yankees are throwing out A.J. Burnett in an elimination game.  And yes, that is far from ideal given how unreliable Burnett has been since arriving in New York. He wouldn’t have gotten a start absent last Friday night’s rain, and…

  4. Kevin Youkilis is less-than-clear on whether there was beer in the Red Sox clubhouse

    Oct 3, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    red sox mugs

    Last week there was considerable to-do over a report that the Red Sox drank beer in the clubhouse on their off-days.  Kind of a silly to-do as far as I’m concerned because, hey, they’re grown men and there was no suggestion that there was any kind of alcohol abuse or anything like that.  If Sox…

  5. Joe West got the message

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Joe West

    Joe West’s umpiring crew was broken up in the middle of the season, with Angel Hernandez being shipped out.  As The Common Man — who had previously tracked Joe West’s exploits — notes over at The Platoon Advantage today, West must have gotten the message: Indeed, West’s crew, which was lapping the field in early…

  6. HBT Extra: Looking at tonight’s ALDS action

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk Rays-Rangers and Yankees-Tigers.

  7. Photo of the Day: In St. Louis, the fountains shall flow with the blood of those who oppose La Russa!

    Oct 3, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    At least, that’s what I think is going on in this picture that @stl_cardsfan29 took of a fountain in downtown St. Louis: I’m torn between saying “Go Cardinals!” and “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!”

  8. Michael Young: the teflon All-Star

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A big star is coming off a down year. Management brings in someone to take his place, and the big star freaks out about it. Talks to the media about how unhappy he is. Demands a trade. When the trade doesn’t happen, he makes a point to…

  9. Frank McCourt might finally realize that he’s screwed

    Oct 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    On Friday, Frank McCourt and the Dodgers got what most people consider to be a considerable setback in the bankruptcy litigation when the judge ruled that they would not be able to take discovery of the business dealings of other teams with Major League Baseball. And you know it was horrible for them because it…

  10. Source close to Theo: It’s “50-50” Epstein would leave the Red Sox

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Theo Epstein is truly on the fence about leaving Boston, with one source close to Epstein saying that it’s 50-50 Epstein would take another job. It’s all rather touchy-feely, of course. Epstein may want to go to find a new challenge, but he feels a loyalty to the…

  11. The playoffs: when insanity is perfectly acceptable

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Phillies' Lee reacts during Game 2 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Things I’ve learned while listening to readers and fans for the past couple of days: Robinson Cano is the best there ever was; The Rays are an unstoppable juggernaut; Kirk Gibson is a fraud; The Rays lack a knockout punch; Alex Rodriguez is a terrible baseball player; Robinson Cano isn’t clutch; Tony La Russa is…

  12. Jose Valverde: “It’s over for the Yankees”

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Put your pitchforks down, because Valverde wasn’t taunting or being provocative. He was just being Jose Valverde, which we are coming to learn is a thing. Half joking, half wishful thinking, but generally not caring. Still, he did say it, and it’s rather fun to see someone eschew the “we gotta play ’em one game…

  13. How Juan Carlos Oviedo became “Leo Nunez”

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    Old Gator brought my attention to a good story from yesterday’s Miami Herald, detailing how the pitcher we all know as Leo Nunez — but who is in fact Juan Carlos Oviedo — was able to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes for so long. Part of it is just the normal anonymity of a…

  14. New York in a nutshell

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Robinson Cano reacts after striking out against the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs in New York

    On Saturday Robinson Cano was the Game 1 ALDS hero.  In the wake of that, columns were written pumping him up to demigod status. On Sunday, Cano came up to bat in the ninth with the tying runs on base and grounded to second.  He gets this the next morning:       Good or…

  15. Jimmy Rollins would like the Philly crowd to be a bit louder

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    I’ve been told by several people, with absolute certainty, that Phillies fans are the best in the world, so I was rather confused when Jimmy Rollins took to Twitter last night and made the following observation: He later tweeted, in response to someone defending the fans, that “This is the playoffs & they’re at game 4…

  16. Oh good: A.J. Pierzynski to be a part of Fox’s World Series coverage

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Pierzynski_A.J.

    Sometimes I wonder if Fox is involved in a grand experiment to drive baseball fans into insanity. The latest reason: they’re going to announce today that A.J. Pierzynski will part of their World Series coverage, helping host the studio shows with Chris Rose and Eric Karros. Maybe he’ll be good. I don’t know.  But with Pierzynski,…

  17. Tony La Russa and the Cards bullpen shine as St. Louis beats Philly 5-4

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:24 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 2

    This was maybe the most Tony La Russa game ever.  Some mind games early, 125 double switches late, and a close game was won by the Cardinals, 5-4.  What did we learn, kids? You can fall behind one of the Phillies’ aces 4-0 and still win.  I didn’t go back and look, but man, I…

  18. NLDS Live Chat: Cardinals vs. Phillies Game 2

    Oct 2, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 1

    Tony La Russa vs. the Phillies? It’s hard to pick who to root against. But you know I’ll try hard to figure it out! Come on in and join the live chat!

  19. Tigers-Yankees Game 1: Suspended. To be resumed tomorrow

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    Ain’t this a daisy: Joe Torre just announced that Game 1 has been suspended. You can’t predict baseball. But you can predict weather. Makes you wonder why they didn’t do that here. Because of the new postseason rules that were put into place after the soggy 2008 postseason, all playoff games are played to their…

  20. ALDS Tigers-Yankees Game 1 Liveblog: POSTPONED

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Yankees' Sabathia waits to catch fly balls during workout day before their MLB American League Division Series against the Tigers begins in New York

    10:24: Live blog over, kids. Back to some normal posting. And “Ghostbusters.” The boys just got arrested and the EPA man is going nuts. Enjoy! 10:21: They’ve postponed the game. Same game time tomorrow, but it will still be Game 1, picking it  up in the 2nd. Sunday will be Game 2 at 3:07PM. No…

  21. It’s official: Terry Francona is out as Red Sox manager

    Sep 30, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    There was a lot of uncertainty as the day went on — first he was out, then things got quiet — but now it’s official: Terry Francona is out as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, the team will not exercise its two-year, $8.75 million option on Francona’s contract.…

  22. Judge: McCourt can’t talk about what other clubs do

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Earlier this week we learned that Frank McCourt and the Dodgers, in their battle with Major League Baseball, wanted to take discovery of other teams like the Marlins and the Mets in order to establish that they were held to a different standard than the Dodgers were being held to.  Today the judge ruled: sorry…

  23. The Braves fire hitting coach Larry Parrish

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    My official view of hitting coaches is that they really don’t make a hell of a lot of difference. Maybe they help a guy here or there, maybe they don’t, but I bet that if we studied the matter closely, we’d find a pretty strong correlation between successful hitting coaches and hitting coaches who happened…

  24. Matt Kemp won’t negotiate a contract extension after the 2012 season begins

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times spoke with Dave Stewart, the agent for Matt Kemp.  The upshot: Kemp is willing to talk to the Dodgers about a long term deal, but that he won’t negotiate with the team once next season begins.  absent an extension Kemp would become a free agent after the 2012 season.…

  25. People were mad at the Orioles’ celebration on Wednesday night?

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Orioles players celebrate their win over the Red Sox in Baltimore

    I, like most people, was lost in all of the chaos of Wednesday night. So forgive me if I missed people complaining about the Orioles’ celebrating their walkoff win that eliminated the Red Sox from the postseason.  But according to Steve Melewski of MASN, “some fans and media members were whining about the Orioles celebration.”…

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