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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Willie Mays turns 80

    May 6, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Willie Mays Swing

    Today is Willie Mays’ 80th birthday.  The occasion has brought forth a ton of remembrances of the man’s career, and with a guy like Mays they’re all worth reading.  I was particularly fond of this one in the San Jose Mercury News.  Comcast Sports Bay Area has been running a series of stories on Mays’…

  6. Miguel Tejada’s days may be numbered at third base

    May 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes today that Mark DeRosa will get a shot to replace Miguel Tejada at third base when he comes off the disabled list on Tuesday. DeRosa Wouldn’t be a moment too soon given Tejada’s struggles. DeRosa himself is no sure thing, but he did play over 100 games at…

  7. Signs continue to point to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen buying into the Mets

    May 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    mets logo hat

    Last month the New York Times identified hedge fund manager Steve Cohen as the frontrunner to buy a minority share of the Mets. Today the New York Post is saying that is still the case, reporting that Cohen was to meet with with the Wilpons and/or Saul Katz  “at 8 pm at Gabriele’s Steak House…

  8. HBT Daily: What to do about Derek Jeter: How about nothing?

    May 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about The Captain. And the very few options at the Yankees’ disposal to deal with his struggles.

  9. Derek Jeter scrutiny spawns a great name for a band

    May 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    jeter grimace

    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger has a good overview of the State of the Jeter these days.  In it comes a quote from a scout who, after scrutinizes the hell out of Jeter’s current game, decries that Jeter is being scrutinized too much: “That’s always easy to say when age comes,” the scout said. “He…

  10. The Elusive Citizens Bank Park Dumpster Hippie

    May 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Phillies fans AP

    One of the better developments of the early season has been the return of The Fightins. It’s a great Phillies blog that had gone on hiatus for a while.  I missed them because they are one of the few Phillies voices out there that doesn’t obsess about how the world views Philly. Rather, they actually,…

  11. Just ten percent of players are given drug tests in the offseason

    May 6, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    syringe

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times details a report quietly released by Major League Baseball a couple of weeks ago in which it was revealed that, in the 2010 offseason, only 10 percent of major league baseball players were given drug tests. These tests constituted just three percent of all drug tests given…

  12. Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff probably needs to be fired

    May 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Frank McCourt, Steve Soboroff

    Frank McCourt hired Steve Soboroff as his Vice Chairman a couple of weeks ago. His mission: to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order in the wake of the Bryan Stow beating.  His real job since that time: to be a McCourt mouthpiece in his battle with Major League Baseball. Indeed, one of his…

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

    May 6, 2011, 5:48 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Angels 11, Red Sox 0: Not the best 22 hours or so for the Red Sox. After Wednesday night’s marathon they come in bleary-eyed and get utterly shellacked by the Halos. Eight runs on ten hits in four innings for John Lackey who, to be honest, should have been the best rested of all of…

  14. Dodgers players could theoretically become free agents if the team misses payroll. But they won’t.

    May 5, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    There’s an item over at Bloomberg this afternoon that caused a bunch of people to email me with “Hey! Can we get Matt Kemp??!” messages. Thusly: Los Angeles Dodgers players could file for free agency if the team can’t make payroll, Major League Baseball players union spokesman Greg Bouris said in an e-mail. That is…

  15. Someone might screw up the Dodgers worse than Frank McCourt: the NFL

    May 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    File this all under speculation but over at the L.A. Times’ Dodger Blog, Steve Dilbeck talks about how moving Frank McCourt out of the way may ease the way for the NFL to return to Los Angeles.  Why? Because there have been a lot of scenarios thrown around over the years which envision the Dodgers’…

  16. Great moments in bunting: Jonathan Sanchez edition

    May 5, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    sanchez_jonathan

    I don’t think that major league managers make players run laps for mental errors, but if they did, Jonathan Sanchez would be running some serious laps after this bunt against the Mets this afternoon. Earlier today Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News tweeted this from the press box: Long road trip. Everyone wants to get…

  17. Eric Chavez is hurt

    May 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: Turns out that Chavez fractured his fifth metatarsal bone. Which is his pinky toe to you and me. 3:02 PM: Eric Chavez got the start at third base for the Yankees this afternoon but he had to leave the game after pulling up lame on a triple.  No official word yet, but it looked…

  18. Joe Maddon has a good replay idea

    May 5, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Posey steal NLDS

    Joe Maddon was understandably upset at the Joe West nonsense last night, so it’s not surprising that he said after the game that there should be more instant replay in baseball.  Speaking to reporters after a good night’s sleep, however, he had a pretty good idea: “If you really want to be intelligent about it, technology is…

  19. HBT Daily: Taking your questions

    May 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    This time, rather than read them to myself, Tiffany reads them. This is much better.

  20. Matt Stairs notches career pinch hit number 100

    May 5, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    I was paying attention to Matt Stairs more closely to see when he’d get his first hit at all this season. Little did I know — until I read Adam Kilgore’s story in this morning’s Washington Post anyway — that the hit he had in last night’s game was his 100th career pinch hit. Strange…

  21. Josh Thole taught his dog sign language

    May 5, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    josh-thole-mets

    I guess a catcher would be good at signs. Thole, considered a cornerstone to the Amazin’s rebuilding, has taught a deaf pooch named Picca – owned by he and his wife, Kathryn – to understand sign language. The 24-year-old backstop said his Maltese-poodle mix caught on pretty fast. My cat doesn’t come when you call him.…

  22. Be sure to forget to watch Jack Morris and John Smoltz talking Game Seven on MLB Network this Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Lonnie Smith

    I sure know that I’ll forget to watch it! MLB Network’s MLB’s 20 Greatest Games continues on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET when Jack Morris and John Smoltz join series hosts Bob Costas and Tom Verducci to discuss Game Seven of the 1991 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, which is ranked second in the series. In a showdown featuring two teams that…

  23. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    May 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    The Question

    Later today, HBT Daily will feature me answering reader questions submitted via Twitter. Now: the questions that didn’t make the cut for video.

  24. Shocking: Brandon Lyon may have shoulder problems

    May 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    brandon-lyon-astros

    Here’s a question: if you’re a pitcher who is struggling, do you actually prefer it if you realize that it may be because of injury? Is the alternative — you just don’t have it anymore — even scarier? I’ll almost certainly forget that question between now and the next time I’m talking to a real…

  25. Josh Willingham, Curtis Granderson are bringing the charitable noise

    May 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Willingham_Josh

    After a day of dealing with Luke Scott and John Rocker it’s something of a palate-cleanser to talk about this stuff: Alabama native and resident Josh Willingham has been pitching in big-time to help the victims of last week’s tornadoes. His wife is back home on the ground helping out. Meanwhile, he has been collecting donations…

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