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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Movie Review: Time in the Minors

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Time in the Minors

    I got a chance to see a great documentary recently: Time in the Minors, by Tony Okun.  While the film has been around for a little while, it became available on DVD just last fall and, either way, its subject matter is timeless and compelling.  I loved it, I want to tell you about it…

  2. HBT Daily: Who is that hot-hitting right fielder in Kansas City?

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:25 PM EST

    In which Tiffany taunts me with Frenchy’s early-season firepower

  3. Defending Ron Washington from my cheap shots

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    I made a cheap joke at Ron Washington’s expense in the Power Rankings this morning regarding Neftali Feliz being in the bullpen. I don’t apologize for it because about 87% of my jokes are cheap, but I can at least admit it was a cheap joke. Most of the comments in my Power Rankings are…

  4. Some of the dirt from the new Jeter book

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Jeter media

    Following up on this morning’s post about the new Jeter book, there’s a story over at ESPN New York — home of the book’s author, Ian O’Connor — detailing some of the book’s anecdotes. Among them: Some background the contentious contract negotiations last winter, including the shocking fact that team President Randy Levine was the…

  5. Tim Lincecum doesn’t like the idea of expanded playoffs

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    lincecum_tim

    I’d “quote of the day” this, but it came from a different day. Last week, in fact, after Bud Selig announced that expanded playoffs are an inevitability. Here’s Tim Lincecum: “It doesn’t seem very fair, and personally, I don’t know where his head is at. Players like it the way it is. It’s dog-eat-dog. People know…

  6. Mike Quade alleges a violation of The Unwritten Rules

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    This is from Friday night, but it’s well worth revisiting. Seems that for the second time this year, Mike Quade was unhappy when a Cubs’ opponent tried to steal a base with a big lead. This time it was Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who attempted to steal with an 8-1 lead in the fifth inning.  Earlier…

  7. Shocker: Elijah Dukes arrested again

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s been over a year since he last wore a major league baseball uniform so we’re probably at the point where a story about Elijah Dukes getting arrested is less about a ballplayer in trouble with the law than it is about a criminal who happened to once play ball.  Still, for old times sake:…

  8. Albert Pujols has a bum hamstring

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

    pujols_albert

    Last night we saw Albert Pujols walk off the field a tad gimpy after running out a grounder and subsequently leave the game early. Now we know what we had previously only suspected: he has a hamstring strain. It’s being termed “mild,” so that’s good, but either way the Cardinals would be wise to let…

  9. The Legend of Sam Fuld grows

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Sam Fuld

    I’m going to have to refrain from joining the Sam Fuld cult. He’s a nice guy who has been fun to watch, but every time a brainy guy who does some pretty unexpectedly nifty things in a small sample of games, I end up getting burned. I mean, I’m still trying to unload all of…

  10. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Roy Halladay

    Did you know that the order for this summer’s amateur draft will be determined by each team’s position in the last HBT Power Rankings prior to its occurrence? It’s true!

  11. New Book coming out portraying Derek Jeter as less-than-Captainy

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Derek Jeter has been pretty much untouchable from a P.R. perspective for his entire career. Rarely have there been stories portraying him in a bad light and, even when there was something to chew on, it was never anything that stuck to him (quick: if A-Rod had issues with his taxes like Jeter did, how…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Harvey

    In which we observe the commonalities between Daisuke Matsuzaka and Robert Johnson. And, for that matter, Jeff Wilpon and Paul Reiser.

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    Braves 9, Giants 6: The Braves should have had this one won in regulation, but Fredi Gonzalez apparently fell asleep while reliever Jairo Ascencio poured kerosene all over the place and lit a match in the seventh inning. Maybe the warmth made Gonzalez’s nap more cozy. I don’t know. All I know is that by…

  14. Should the Mets move the wall in at Citi Field?

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Citi Field

    This comes up about twice a year and people like to talk about it, so hey, why not?  Go read Marty Noble over at MLB.com opining that the Mets should move the fences in at Citi Field because it’s killing David Wright and making home runs scarce and all of that: Right field at Citi…

  15. Dodgers payroll to be unaffected during the MLB takeover

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    We need a name for this thing. The Bud Protectorate?  Something Oliver Cromwell-ish seems to fit.  I’ll think about it. Anyway, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has been told that his payroll will be unaffected while MLB runs the Dodgers and that things will be business as usual.  Which makes…

  16. Selig: baseball will be better off if Albert Pujols stays in St. Louis

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

    pujols_albert

    Bud Selig spoke about a lot of stuff during his news conference yesterday. Here’s one that seemed to fall through the cracks, but which is being reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I was talking once with Robin Yount and George Brett and said they were getting to be the exceptions (players who stayed in…

  17. David Purcey has big feet

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    purcey_david

    You know what they say about guys with big feet, right?  Yeah: they have really big shoes. Susan Slusser of the Chronicle tells us about new Oakland A David Purcey‘s big ones: Purcey wears size 17 spikes, and the A’s haven’t had a player above size 14; manager Bob Geren is a size 15, the previous Vucinich-era…

  18. Brian McRae arrested for his third DUI

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Brian McRae mugshot

    Nowhere near the ink that Mike Leake is getting will be given to this, but it’s way sadder and way more dangerous: Former Royals outfielder Brian McRae was arrested early this morning in Overland Park on a DUI charge … This is McRae’s third citation for driving under the influence. He’s not in the game…

  19. Dusty Baker on Mike Leake: “his eyes were gentle eyes”

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    dusty baker toothpick

    Mike Leake took the hill again yesterday, his first appearance since he been caught stealin’.  And it was a good outing: seven innings in which he gave up three runs and picked up the win.  That shows some toughness. Or does it? Because Dusty Baker saw something other than toughness when he talked about how…

  20. HBT Daily: The Dodgers’ plight, the Braun deal and looking ahead to Reds vs. Cardinals

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Tiffany and I were talking about Pujols’ struggles right as he hit that monster home run yesterday, so my “Albert will be OK” comments aren’t exactly a matter of prescience

  21. The Cardinals may want to add some security tonight

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    franklin_ryan

    Reader Spudchukar alerts us to something fun. The St. Louis Cardinals’ promotional schedule, which features something on Friday nights called the “Busch Bash,” in which there is music and fun and prizes and — best of all — the chance for the fans to meet past and present Cardinals greats and get their autographs prior…

  22. MLB celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Green Baseball

    It’s Earth Day. And I didn’t buy you a gift. Drat, I always forget. Baseball hasn’t forgotten, however, and it’s doing a lot of stuff in honor of the occasion: The Indians and Twins will wear green caps during their game Friday night at Target Field; the Mariners will introduce a new environmental mascot called…

  23. MLB’s takeover of the Dodgers could imperil baseball’s antitrust exemption

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Yesterday I noted that Major League Baseball may be wary of a fight with Frank McCourt because it has a lot of rules with respect to club ownership that exist simply because owners agree to them and that, if challenged, there are likely several that wouldn’t hold up in court.  One of them — Major League…

  24. Tom Glavine: NHL mogul?

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Tom Glavine

    As most Braves fans of a certain age know, Tom Glavine was a fourth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 1984 and seriously considered making hockey his sport. He was informed, however, that you don’t get credited with a goal when you miss the net by several inches to the left, so he…

  25. Great moments in chutzpah: The Dodgers call MLB irresponsible in connection with stadium security

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

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

    The Dodgers have gone months and months without having a head of security in place. No one is quite sure why. They just fired the last one and still haven’t gotten around to hiring a replacement. No biggie, though. I mean, it’s not like a fan was friggin’ beat almost to death in the Dodger…

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