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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The NBA doesn’t care about the human element

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Memo to Bud Selig: if the NBA is doing something smarter than you, you’re really, really being stupid. In this case: expanding instant replay in a nice incremental and seemingly sensible way.  A lot of the new ways replay will be used are limited to the last two minutes of a game. The last two…

  2. Jimmy Rollins’ message to Philly fans: “Let ‘em have it”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Last night Jimmy Rollins gave Philly fans some instructions for Games 6 and 7: “Be out there. Let ‘em have it. Let. Them. Have. It. All of ‘em. For real.” Here’s the audio. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. (Thanks to Rhea for the audio clip)

  3. Giants, Rangers still have to be favored, but . . .

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Giants' Ross and Posey react in the ninth inning of their team's loss to Phillies during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    The good news for Rangers and Giants fans: in Major League Baseball history, 35 teams have been up 3-1 and then lost Game 5. Of those 35 Game 5 losers, 24 still went on to win the series. The good news for Giants fans: 17 of those Game 5 losers had to go on the…

  4. And That Happened: NLCS Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Phillies 4, Giants 2: The Giants had a shot here, and no matter what Tim Lincecum said after the game about not making good pitches in the third inning — which he didn’t — Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval’s defense was the real killer here. A pitcher shouldn’t have to be perfect. He should get…

  5. The Tigers want to sign Jhonny Peralta to an extension

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said today that he is “optimistic” about working out a deal with shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Who has a $7.25 million club option for 2011, by the way, but which no one in their right mind would pick up. The Tigers do want him back, however. Not a bad idea, really, especially…

  6. The Giants-Phillies game kicks Obama out of town

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Obama Phillies

    President Obama had a $30,000-a-head fundraiser scheduled for this evening at an apartment belonging to a Google executive in the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco.  That’s kind of close to AT&T Park, however, so they decided to move it down to the organizer’s home in Palo Alto, 30 miles away.  In other news, there’s…

  7. So what’s up with those big fat ugly necklaces everyone is wearing?

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Watching the playoffs, I’ve been trying to figure out if those big necklaces a ton of the players are wearing are a fashion statement, a charity or public awareness thing or something else. ‘Duk over at Big League Stew has the whole story today. Turns out it’s snake oil. The necklaces are sold by some…

  8. Yes, “they booed Santa Claus.” Here’s why.

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia

    There’s been so much lately on the nature of Philly fandom — hey look! It’s another “they booed Santa” screed! — but I feel at least one more thing needs to be said.  Not by me, though. By reader and Philadelphian TC Shillingford, who sent me a note yesterday explaining the Santa incident and so…

  9. Baseball considering a concussions disabled list

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Rob Neyer responds and distills the responses I’ve heard from others on this. The upshot: there may be a lot of low-level concussions that occur that are sort of flying under the radar, and that by having a short DL option, teams may be more willing to call a concussion a concussion and put…

  10. Why Kirk Gibson is selling his stuff

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    kirk gibson tips cap

    Remember how Kirk Gibson is selling a bunch of memorabilia, including the bat from the home run in the 1988 World Series? Today he tells the Detroit News why he’s doing it.  Part of it is charitable. Some of it seems like he would just like the money. But one part of it all resonates…

  11. The latest on the Dodgers and the McCourts

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Image (1) mccourts.jpg for post 4068

    For those Dodgers fans who aren’t jumping on the Giants bandwagon — anyone? — Bill Shaikin of the Times has the latest. Among the interesting points: While Frank has taken over baseball operations from fired team President Dennis Mannion, a man named Geoff Wharton, whose background is in real estate, not sports, has taken over…

  12. HBT Daily: Can the Phillies come back?

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Matt and I ponder whether the Phillies can join a pretty select group in coming back from a 3-1 deficit.

  13. Are the Pirates waiting for Tony Pena?

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates haven’t interviewed anyone for their managerial vacancy in a week, and that they’re “considering additional interviews.” We’ve talked about the current candidates — John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha — but Biertempfel thinks Pittsburgh is waiting on Yankees…

  14. It’s OK Philly fans. Even if your team loses, you’ll get used to it

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Just embrace it. I did years ago.  There’s no shame at all in making the studied, counter-intuitive argument that your team is the best even if it somehow fails to do what’s expected of it given the talent level.  Just be steadfast in your belief that division titles are a better test of a baseball…

  15. Tips for being a San Francisco Giants bandwagon jumper

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Actually, this advice is suitable for fans of just about every team, all of whom have bandwagon jumpers from time to time. Or am I just forgetting those sellouts in New York in the early 90s and in Philly any time before Citizens Bank Park opened?

  16. Are the Phillies choking, or are they just gettin’ beat?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Oswalt walks off the field after Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Ask that question three times and you’re likely to get three different answers.

  17. More bench coach news: Alan Trammell to get the gig in Arizona

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    I think we’re going to go with nothing but bench coach news until the game starts tonight. Ya with me?  From Arizona: Former Tigers manager Alan Trammell, who has been the Cubs bench coach the past four seasons, is said to be a leading candidate to become the bench coach. Trammell had that one shot…

  18. Bryce Harper debuts in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    Super prospect Bryce Harper made his professional debut in Scottsdale last night. The results: interesting. According to Keith Law, he was 1 for 4, with one of those outs being a ridiculously high fly ball. The hit was a double that was scorched. He apparently put on a show in batting practice. The raw power…

  19. Trey Hillman is probably going to become the Dodgers bench coach

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Trey Hillman OK

    At some point, some intrepid journalist is going to write the definitive story about what, exactly, bench coaches do. Because I really don’t know. I mean, Don Zimmer was the first one I even remember anyone talking about, and the best I could tell was that he was used by the Yankees to remind the…

  20. No, Sandy Alderson is not too old for the Mets job

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Matthew Artus of the Star-Ledger is a bit concerned about the guy the Mets will presumably hire as their next GM: Should the Mets coerce Alderson to become the Answer to all the questions left behind by Omar Minaya, they would also make him the oldest General Manager in the game by 4 years .…

  21. So, what are the Phillies up against?

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Philly is down 3-1.  Phillies writer Todd Zolecki put that in perspective after the game last night by noting that six teams have overcome 3-1 deficits in the LCS since it went to seven games in 1985: The 1985 Royals, 1986 Red Sox, 1996 Braves, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox and 2007 Red Sox. ESPN’s…

  22. And That Happened: LCS edition

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Giants 6, Phillies 5: Buster. Posey. Just a 4 for 5 night with a key defensive play behind the plate. Thank God he fixed all of those shortcomings that kept him in the minors back in April and May. Juan Uribe had a walkoff sac fly. Thank God his wrist was well enough to play. …

  23. The Yankee crowd is . . . less than enthusiastic

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Watching the beginning of this Rangers-Yankees game, and (a) the crowd is a bit sparse by Yankee Stadium standards; and (b) they seem less than enthused. At least to the extent you can tell such a thing from 40,000+ people. I guess I get that people are a bit freaked. And I can see a…

  24. The Yankees shouldn’t count on signing Cliff Lee

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Not if Chuck Greenberg has anything to say about it. Which he did a few minutes ago, when he told writers at the Rangers-Yankees game that Texas is prepared to bid competitively for Cliff Lee this winter. His words: “we’re not going into it with a peashooter.” The Rangers just signed a big TV deal.…

  25. It may be the last day for baseball fans to care about the FOX-Cablevision dispute

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    old TV

    In case you’re curious, the transmission rights battle between FOX and Cablevision is still raging, with no end in sight. As we’ve discussed before, the dispute means that Cablevision subscribers in New York and Philiadelphia are unable to watch FOX. Which means, unless a resolution is reached, no World Series. Know what? This seemed like…

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