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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Terence Moore doesn’t believe that Cal Ripken is the true consecutive games played record holder

    May 4, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Cal Ripken

    I recently had the opportunity to speak with a pretty significant voice in the game about baseball records, accomplishments, history, legacy and that sort of thing. During our conversation, the idea of who “The real home run king” truly is came up. While we didn’t agree on all of the issues that went into that —…

  2. The Dodgers can’t meet May payroll

    May 4, 2011, 6:57 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers do not have enough cash to meet payroll through this month. At least not the second round of it which comes due at the end of the month. In April he got a $30 million loan from Fox to make ends meet. With Major…

  3. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 4, 2011, 6:00 AM EST

    Drew Butera, Francisco Liriano

    Twins 1, White Sox 0: The no-no! Francisco Liriano came into the game with a 9+ ERA and his job on the line and he didn’t allow a hit.  It wasn’t the most dominant no hitter you’ll ever see. He walked six guys, only struck out two and threw 123 pitches, but it doesn’t really…

  4. UPDATE: Frank McCourt took calls from Dodgers fans; didn’t help himself

    May 3, 2011, 8:56 PM EST

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

    UPDATE: It doesn’t sound like Frank McCourt changed any minds during his radio hit today. According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts, McCourt basically said everyone is lying about him: “If the stuff that was written about me was true, I wouldn’t trust me either” Except that most of the stuff that has everyone hating…

  5. Police Report: Shin-Soo Choo blew a .201 on the breathalyser

    May 3, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Courtesy of my friend Vince Grzegorek at Cleveland Scene, here is the entire police report for Shin-Soo Choo’s arrest early yesterday morning. It has the details of the traffic stop (note: police didn’t notice his driving until he stopped to ask them for directions home).  It also has the details of his field sobriety test,…

  6. Milton Bradley suspended for one game for Saturday night argument

    May 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Milton Bradley, Gerry Davis

    On Saturday, Milton Bradley was ejected for an animated argument with umpire Todd Tichenor following what appeared to be a blown call by Tichenor involving a play at first with Miguel Olivo. After his ejection — which was based on whatever he said to Tichenor — Bradley had to be restrained by Mariners’ third base…

  7. Shin-Soo Choo was arrested for DUI yesterday

    May 3, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    We have scant details as of yet, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Shin-Shoo Choo was arrested for drunk driving early yesterday morning in suburban Sheffield Lake, Ohio, west of Cleveland. UPDATE: MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that Choo blew more than twice the legal limit.  Paul Hoynes reports that Choo stopped…

  8. Players think Shin-Soo Choo is baseball’s most underrated

    May 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Choo_Shin-Soo

    Being underrated is a tricky business. The more underrated you become, the more people note how underrated you are, and thus the more people try to emphatically make your case for being better than people think and thus the quicker it is that you become overrated.  Ask Ben Wallace how this works. Or the city…

  9. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter’s slow demise edition

    May 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    What we’re seeing with Derek Jeter is not unprecedented. But the size of that precedent is so great that it leads to even more scrutiny than there would be if this were totally new.

  10. Jim Crane is the sole bidder for the Astros

    May 3, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Astros logo

    Last we heard of Drayton McLane’s efforts to sell the Astros, he was speaking to three potential bidders. The only one whose identity we knew was Jim Crane, the Houston businessman who (a) at one time a couple of years ago tried to buy the Astros; and (b) last year almost landed the Rangers in…

  11. Can Brandon Belt play third base?

    May 3, 2011, 11:08 AM EST

    belt pose

    Observed: The Giants have the second-to-worst offense in the National League, scoring only 3.54 runs a game. Observed: By virtue of the Pablo Sandoval injury, their starting third baseman is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .211/.245/.295. Observed: Brandon Belt, who they sent down to Fresno last week, is hitting .517 with two homers four doubles,…

  12. How the Mets’ 4th pick in the 1967 draft turned into David Wright

    May 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Wright_David

    More fun morning linkage: over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man has the second installment of what is shaping up as a regular feature: tracing baseball transaction family trees. The idea is simple: player A is traded for player B who leaves via free agency with the compensation pick turning into Player C and…

  13. Baseball’s one-game-wonders

    May 3, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Moonlight Graham

    Not much happening this morning, so gentlemen: lets broaden our minds. Specifically, let’s take some time and check out this fun link over at Baseball Past and Present: a review and remembrance of some guys who played but a single game in the major leagues. You know Eddie Gaedel and Moonlight Graham. But do you know…

  14. Dodgers to give away free tickets to members of the military all month long

    May 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s some one-upsmanship going on at baseball ticket offices. First the Nationals — in a prearranged promotion — gave away tickets to military members. Then the Mets joined in on the spur of the moment for tonight’s game.  Now the Dodgers are doing it too, but they’re going a step futher: The day after U.S. Navy…

  15. The Orioles are considering an offer to Kevin Millwood

    May 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    millwood face

    Kevin Millwood just opted out of his minor league deal with the Yankees because it seemed obvious that wouldn’t be called up to the big club. Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com now reports that the O’s are considering bringing him back.  At least if he’d like to try the minor league deal thing again. Millwood, of…

  16. Video: Do not mess with Fenway Park security

    May 3, 2011, 8:16 AM EST

    Tasers? We don’t need no stinkin’ tasers. I have no idea when this was taken — from the low number of views of the video on YouTube, I’m guessing recently — but watch this idiot fan get utterly destroyed: (via BuzzFeed)

  17. And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

    May 3, 2011, 6:13 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Rangers 4: The promise of the Athletics’ offseason: adding a bit of offense to cover the holes from last year and bolstering the bullpen to solve the team’s other big weakness. Job well done as far as this game goes, as Hideki Matsui hit a walkoff homer in the 10th after the Athletics’…

  18. Curt Schilling and Mariano Rivera each opine on bin Laden. Guess which one was sensible.

    May 2, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Schilling

    Ultimately what baseball players think about the major issues of the day that aren’t baseball-related is rather unimportant, but I found this distinction to be 100% unsurprising. Here’s Mariano Rivera when asked about the death of Osama bin Laden by Ben Shpigel:  “You do something like that, somewhere along the way you’re going to pay.…

  19. HBT Daily: The good, the bad and the ugly of April

    May 2, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Tiffany and I wonder if the Twins and White Sox have dug too deep a hole. Er, two holes.

  20. It’s Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park

    May 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Nats Park

    This is a coincidence — the event was already planned — but the tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park.  For the occasion, military personnel, be they active or retired, with a valid military ID can receive up to four free tickets to the game. All you need to do is to go to…

  21. Pablo Sandoval to have surgery tomorrow

    May 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    sandoval_pablo

    I love Twitter. Before it was invented, you’d have to be friends with a baseball player in order to have him tell you that he’s having surgery tomorrow. As was reported over the weekend, Sandoval likely faces 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time. If that schedule holds, it means he’ll be back the first or…

  22. Roger McDowell was lucky to just get a suspension

    May 2, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    mcdowell head

    I missed this yesterday — which was apparently written before baseball suspended Roger McDowell for two weeks — but Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on Roger McDowell’s behavior in San Francisco last week from another perspective: that of the fan who didn’t hire Gloria Allred to reenact McDowell’s behavior at a press…

  23. Must-click link: Will Leitch on Bud Selig

    May 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Bud Selig

    Great column over at New York Magazine from Will Leitch today, in which Will assesses Bud Selig: the most effective commissioner in professional sports. I can’t help but agree.  His failures have been exceedingly high-profile and photo-worthy, but as Will notes, Selig has learned from them and hasn’t made the same mistake twice. Meanwhile, his…

  24. R.A. Dickey to slay Grendel’s mother

    May 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    RA Dickey pitch

    And he looks like he could do it too, no? As if there aren’t enough reasons to love R.A. Dickey, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times gives us another: Dickey names his bats after weapons from epic poems and fantasy fiction: One bat is called Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver and the other is Hrunting.…

  25. “USA! USA! USA!”

    May 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Fans stand and shout during the National League MLB baseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia

    There’s a Mark Twain quote making the rounds this morning: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” I’m not sure if that’s an authentic quote or not, but even if Twain never said it, the it sounds very appropriate this morning.  It’s certainly a sentiment that matches my own.…

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