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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Giants’ shortstops are a mess

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Juan Uribe is out with a wrist contusion, so shortstop is left to Edgar Renteria for today’s Phillies-Giants game. Except, we learned yesterday, Renteria has a completely torn left biceps tendon. He hurt it in the NLDS against the Braves.  I’m no doctor, but I’m guessing that you sorta need a biceps tendon to be…

  2. Some Yankees fans bring class to the ALCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    bottles in Rangers bullpen

    Since I pointed out bad Philly fan behavior yesterday, I would be remiss in not pointing out bad Yankee fan behavior today. Last night, after the game got out of hand, Yankees fans threw beer bottles and other debris into the Rangers bullpen as Neftali Feliz was warming up.  For added color, they began a…

  3. Why the Yankees have to go with A.J. Burnett tonight

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston

    I said earlier that who the Yankees pitch tonight is not a debatable point because Joe Girardi has already made up his mind. But it’s still obviously a discussable point, so let’s discuss it. My take: pitching CC Sabathia tonight would be a panic move that would accomplish little.  Why? Because it doesn’t eliminate A.J.…

  4. Cancel the Yu Darvish watch: he’s staying in Japan

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    The Diamondbacks are going to have to find something else on which to spend the $80 million they had mentally set aside for Japanese ace Yu Darvish, because he has decided to stay in Japan for the 2011 season. His blog post to that effect, translated by Yakyubaka.com: A lot has been mentions about the…

  5. Forget A.J. Burnett, forget Cliff Lee; the real story is the Yankees offense

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    The first thing everyone wanted to do after the Rangers’ domination of the Yankees last night was to speculate how much New York would now pay for Cliff Lee this winter. Fun topic, but let’s save it for the hot stove season, OK? The second thing everyone wanted to do after the Rangers’ domination of…

  6. And That Happened: ALCS edition

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Pure brilliance from Cliff Lee has the Yankees’ backs against the wall.

  7. Quote of the Day: Reggie Jackson on Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame chances

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pettitte pitches to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Reggie Jackson thinks Andy Pettitte can burnish his Hall of Fame credentials tonight. I don’t think he has Hall of Fame credentials to begin with.

  8. The Mets to interview Toronto’s Dana Brown for GM job

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Mets logo

    The Mets seem to be leaning hard toward Sandy Alderson, but their team Twitter feed just tweeted that they’re going to interview Blue Jays assistant GM Dana Brown on Wednesday. Seems odd that they went through a whole week of interviews, including Alderson, and then set up a second interview for Alderson prior to announcing…

  9. Kirk Gibson is selling memorabilia from the 1988 and 1984 World Series

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

    This is weird: Kirk Gibson is selling his bat, helmet and uniform from the 1988 World Series, as well as his 1984 World Series MVP trophy in an auction.  There’s going to be a press conference tomorrow explaining why he’s doing so. My first thought: man, the Diamondbacks probably need to give their employees raises.…

  10. The Pirates narrow down their list of potential managers

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    John Gibbons

    With Eric Wedge gone and Bo Porter likely to be soon, the Pirates have narrowed down their list of potential managers to five: Dale Sveum, Jeff Banister, Ken Macha, John Gibbons and Carlos Tosca. Gut reaction: Gibbons stands out on that list. Sveum is a career coach and minor league manager who, for whatever reason,…

  11. Jeff Francoeur: Andy Pettitte-killer

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    As we sit around and wait for the game to start — really, besides the Eric Wedge thing, it’s all waiting right now — let’s look at the oddest stat you’ll see today: Jeff Francoeur: career OPS 0f 1.144 against Andy Pettitte. That courtesy of Jamey Newberg. Granted, it’s only 11 plate appearances, but I…

  12. One more word about baseball vs. football ratings

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Based on some of the responses I’ve received, I seem to have created an impression in my last post that I think the television ratings of football vs. baseball are misleading as to the sports’ relative popularity. I didn’t mean to create that impression, though I see now that I did. Let me be clear:…

  13. Don’t get worked up about the television ratings

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    old TV

    Every year we see it: a regular season NFL game beats the crap out of a baseball playoff game in the ratings. It happened last night with Indianapolis-Washington nearly doubling the numbers of the Giants-Phillies game. It may even happen tonight with a boring Titans-Jags game facing off against the Yankees and Rangers.  There are,…

  14. The power of the Yankees is not what they can buy; it’s what they can eat

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    As you listen to the TBS guys talk about Cliff Lee, potential free agent tonight and begin to despair over the fact that the Yankees can just buy any great player they want, remember that the true power of their financial resources is not best seen in the superstars they acquire. It’s best seen in…

  15. Cliff Lee is the scariest thing ever

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The disconnect between the “storylines” that surround baseball and the actual baseball seems even starker than usual this week. Mostly because of Cliff Lee. It seems like everything that has been written about the ALCS has started from the premise that Cliff Lee is like some avenging angel of death against whom no soul has…

  16. The Giants want to keep Cody Ross around after this season

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Not every postseason hero gets to stick with their team forever — Francisco Cabrera had a nice moment, but 91 plate appearances after his big hit, he was gone — but Cody “death to inside fastballs” Ross isn’t likely to be one of those short term guys. Brian Sabean tells the Merc that the team…

  17. Yankees fan “Freddy Sez” dies

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Just about every park has a fan who is kind of like a mascot. The guy who either dresses up funny or acts crazy or whatever and eventually comes to be thought of as an institution. The Yankees’ guy was Freddy Schuman, better known as “Freddy Sez,” the octogenarian who held up signs and beat…

  18. Andy Pettitte had better watch his move tonight

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pettitte pitches to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Buster Olney makes a great point today: Andy Pettitte has been called for 11 balks in his career. Three of those were called by Angel Hernandez, who obviously doesn’t think that Pettitte’s awesome move to first is so awesome. Or maybe it’s too awesome. I don’t know.  The point, though: Angel Hernandez is umping first…

  19. The umpires probably haven’t gotten worse. We’re just noticing it more.

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Wezen-Ball may be the first person to ever post the You Tube video of the opening to Game 3 of the 1989 World for a reason other than the earthquake. He posts it to show a really bad umpire’s call: Dave Parker being called safe at second in Game 2 when he was clearly out…

  20. Some Philly fans bring class to the NLCS

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Every time the subject of Philly fan behavior comes up, someone goes and mentions that booing Santa Claus thing. And to be honest I’m with the Philly folks in thinking that to be stupid and unfair. I mean, it was over 40 years ago and at some point you gotta let go, ya know? But…

  21. Make no mistake: A.J. Burnett is starting Game 4 no matter what

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett wipes face

    A lot of nervous Yankees fans have been assuming — or hoping, maybe — that if the Yankees find themselves down 2-1 to the Rangers after tonight that Joe Girardi would pitch CC Sabathia on short rest for Game 4. Not so, says Joe: Joe Girardi made it clear yesterday that A.J. Burnett would get…

  22. Roy Oswalt gets it done on the mound, on the bases as the Phillies tie up the NLCS at 1

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:46 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Ace Number Two shuts down the Giants and the NLCS heads to San Francisco knotted at two.

  23. Live Blog: Giants-Phillies NLCS Game 2

    Oct 17, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    11:22: Ryan Madson was shaky, but he gets Edgar Renteria to ground out to end it. Final score: 6-1, Phillies. Roy Oswalt was The Man tonight.  Now these teams fly to San Francisco for Game 3. Tomorrow night it’s Rangers-Yankees from New York. I’ll be writing up a little recap here shortly, but after that…

  24. Cody Ross takes Roy Halladay deep — twice! — as the Giants take Game 1

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    As is so often the case in life, the anticipation was greater than the reward. Not that Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum were bad or anything. Just mortal.  Lincecum was off his 14-strikeout form and was hit a bit hard early, but he avoided big trouble. Halladay was nowhere near as sharp as he was…

  25. Accusing Cliff Lee of cheating probably isn’t the smartest thing ever

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    That’s resin on Cliff Lee’s cap. Is this a big deal?

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