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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Red Sox batter Kevin Youkillis celebrates his two-run home during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    As usual, the number in the parenthesis was last week’s ranking. 1. Red Sox (5): I had them ranked number one to start the season. I was only two-and-a-half months off! 2. Phillies (3): A good week, but the Cubs and Dodgers aren’t exactly fearsome, nor were the Nats and Pirates, who they faced the…

  2. So what do you think about the realignment thing?

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    As Drew wrote over the weekend and as everyone has been talking about since, Major League Baseball is considering realignment. There are a couple of flavors to it:  either just having the Astros moving to the AL or having that happen plus the elimination of divisions.  As has frequently been noted in these reports, that…

  3. Derek Jeter: best shortstop in baseball history?

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    You know what I don’t much care for?  When folks overly-denigrate Derek Jeter. He will be and should be a first ballot hall of famer and stands among the best ever, so it bugs me a bit when people overstate his flaws by way of pointing out that, yes, he does indeed have some flaws.…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    What you missed while, once again, paying attention to the lesser sports.

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Milwaukee makes a statement, sweeping the formerly-first-place Cardinals. Shaun Marcum pitched seven strong innings and the Brewers came back from being down 3-0 after five and a half innings to taking the lead after six. The Brewers are the hottest team this side of Boston, methinks. Speaking of them … Red…

  6. Black church leaders are advocating for Frank McCourt for some reason

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    This is odd.  A group of 20 ministers of predominately black Baptist and Methodist churches met with Frank McCourt last week — at McCourt’s instigation — and have written a letter to Bud Selig, lobbying for Major League Baseball to get off his case. From the letter: “We are deeply troubled by the rancor, media…

  7. Joba Chamberlain to have Tommy John surgery

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    UPDATE: It’s official: Joba is going to have Tommy John surgery next week with Dr. James Andrews.  Tough break, kid.  Or, well, tough tear. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Chamberlain’s name to The Human Fund. YESTERDAY, WHEN THERE WAS STILL HOPE LEFT IN THE WORLD: Bad news came back for Joba…

  8. The Yankees add Kevin Whelan to the bullpen

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    Yesterday Matthew ran down the immediate possibilities for the now-depleted Yankees bullpen. One of them he mentioned was Kevin Whelan, who has a 30/6 K/BB ratio and a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s closer this season.  That possibility is now a reality as the Yankees have called him up. One would hope, if one…

  9. Must-click link: Tim Marchman on Bill Veeck

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Bill Veeck

    Over at Baseball Prospectus today, Tim Marchman writes a piece about Bill Veeck that isn’t like any piece you’ve read about Bill Veeck. It’s partially about Chicago (where Marchman lives and Veeck lived) but mostly about Veeck’s forays into way ahead-of-its-time baseball television. One of the things he did was a pilot for a show…

  10. Tony La Russa to overmanage his 5000th game tonight

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Ah, I kid La Russa, because he’s a kidder.  Wait, no he’s not. He’s one of the more humorless managers in recent history. Hmmm, how about I kid Tony La Russa because I’m just not that big a fan. But even if I’m not a fan I do admire and respect his accomplishments, which will…

  11. Nats’ draftee Zach Houchins is in Twitter trouble

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:38 PM EST

    Nationals logo

    The Nats’ 15th round pick was a shortstop named Zach Houchins, who played for  Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.  Mr. Houchins used to have a Twitter account, but he deleted it after people noticed that he had a bunch of inflammatory stuff on there.  A lesson Mr. Houchins was apparently not taught: deleting your Twitter account doesn’t really…

  12. Why are reporters in locker rooms anyway?

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Press

    Over at the Wall Street Journal today Craig Wolff writes about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time: what purpose, exactly, does it serve to have reporters in the locker room before and after games? Read the thinking-it-through parts of it all, which are good, but here’s the central question I think: In…

  13. HBT Daily: The at-bat walkup song draft

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    wutang

    We’re doing something a little different today. This time, with voting. Note. Tiffany says “I’m going getto. All the time.” And watch for the pic of Darth Vader.

  14. There’s a (sadly non-binding) fan poll for the Home Run Derby

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton Home Run Derby

    I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently there is a fan poll in which people can vote for who they’d like to see in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.  You can vote here. Major League Baseball just announced who was leading the voting thus far: In the NL it’s Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and…

  15. Firing Bob Geren is not gonna solve the A’s problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Lew Wolff

    If you believe what we’ve been hearing about the Atheltics’ clubhouse issues — and I tend to believe it — Bob Geren had to go. He had lost his team, assuming he ever had ‘em, and it was time for a change. The second pass at all of that — that it wasn’t Bob Geren…

  16. How not to solve the Astros’ problems

    Jun 10, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Biggio Bagwell

    Richard Justice has a story today in which he asks Lance Berkman about how the Astros should go about rebuilding when the new ownership group comes on board. I can’t say I disagree with most of what Berkman says. Sure, he’s a little too kind to the Astros’ current rotation, but it’s not like he’s…

  17. Is draft nepotism really a big deal?

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    I hate nepotism. I’d probably still hate nepotism even if I ever had a relative who could do me a favor, which I didn’t (damn). I’d probably still hate nepotism even if my first job in the law hadn’t been working for a guy who hired his son a couple of years later and treated him…

  18. David Ortiz and Josh Beckett blame the media for plunkings

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    David Ortiz

    Here was David Ortiz after last night’s game, in which he was plunked: “I just want to thank [the media]. Not all of you, but some of you, for the stat today about be not being hit. I finally got hit. I hope you [expletive] are happy.” Then Josh Beckett: “I’m still trying to figure…

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

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EST

    Geovany Sot

    Sorry it’s coming a bit late this morning. Your author was under the weather last night and decided that rather than stay up watching baseball and reading box scores that an early bedtime was in order. Anyway: Cubs 4, Phillies 3: Ryan Madson had been gold in save situations, but came up pyrite last night: Geovany…

  20. Logan Morrison is not happy with the Marlins’ firing of hitting coach John Mallee

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    mallee pose

    Yesterday the Marlins fired hitting coach John Mallee.  Today Logan Morrison made it clear that he — and possibly others on the team — were not at all happy with the move. “They felt Mallee had to go. I don’t feel that way. He’s there from day one. He got me to the big leagues.…

  21. Albert Pujols is playing third base again

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    There will come a time when Albert Pujols getting the start at third base will no longer be newsworthy. To be honest, it probably came the last time he started at third base. But hey, it’s almost 5, I’ve been up since 4AM, I’m getting punchy and posting about this seems better than trying to…

  22. Nyjer Morgan was quite pleased following last night’s game

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan got the game-winning hit last night. Methinks he was somewhat happy about it.

  23. Doug Glanville’s survival guide for first round picks

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Crash and Nuke

    ESPN’s Doug Glanville was a first round pick with the Cubs in 1991, so he knows all about how fresh bonus baby meat learns the ropes.  Today he has a great column up about all of the little things the first round picks are going to have to get to know about their new lives…

  24. Is changing managers in the middle of the season a good idea?

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    Image (1) Bob%20Melvin.jpeg for post 5337

    In honor of the firing of Bob Geren, The Common Man updates and re-presents his study from a year ago in which he examined whether changing managerial horses in midstream actually helps teams.  The short version: eh, not really, at least from a won-loss perspective.  But it’s entirely possible — and in the case of…

  25. Dylan Bundy would hit Bryce Harper four times if he blew a kiss at him

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Dylan Bundy was the Orioles’ top draft pick.  I can’t say that I like interleague play, but based on what he said about the Bryce Harper argle-bargle while appearing on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore yesterday, I’d like to see the Nats and Orioles play 50 times a year starting in 2013: Host Steve Davis: “So…

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