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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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?

  4. Bobby V. is out of the running for the Mariners’ job

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times is reporting that the Mariners have told Bobby Valentine that he’s out of the running for the Mariners’ job. This is sad. I figured we wouldn’t hit “Peak Valentine” (i.e. the point in time when the maximum rate of global Bobby Valentine managerial rumors are reached, after which the…

  5. Lance Berkman: outfielder?

    Oct 15, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Lance Berkman hasn’t played outfield since 2007. He hasn’t played outfield regularly since 2004.  He hasn’t played outfield well since, well, if anyone knows the answer to that, please let me know. He’s also much bigger than he used to be and age has touched him as it touches us all. Point is: if you’re…

  6. You have to work extra hard to hate on A-Rod these days

    Oct 15, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Workout Session

    I don’t know why I read Lupica, but I do. I suppose there’s no helping me and that I get everything I deserve. Today’s is fun, though. It’s basically a scene-setter, focusing on A-Rod battling his former team, the Texas Rangers. What makes it fun? The way in which Lupica tries to paint A-Rod as…

  7. Plaschke: Five things baseball needs to do in order to fix the postseason

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Guerrero celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 5 of their American League Division Series MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke has a column today offering the five things he’d do in order to “fix” the baseball playoffs.  Let’s take them one-by-one: Stretch out the Division Series to seven games This, in theory, I like. Anything that can reduce the fluky nature of a short series would be nice. Plus,…

  8. Rumor: The Cubs are going to make Mike Quade the man. What about Sandberg?

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Yesterday afternoon Will Carroll reported that the Cubs were poised to take the interim tag from Mike Quade and make him the full time boss. He also said that they were going to name Ryne Sandberg bench coach. He said these moves could come as early as next week. I buy the Quade part, as…

  9. Wait — did they go and screw with my HardballTalk again?

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Change sign

    Um, yes. A little. Thanks for noticing! No, it’s  not a major change like the one we dropped on you last summer. You know, the one that caused you to say that you’d never read us again and which made you threaten the lives of my family? Boy, I’m glad you weren’t serious about that!…

  10. Would hiring Wally Backman set a bad precedent for the Mets?

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Wally Backman has a history of domestic violence. Should that disqualify him from managing the Mets?

  11. Bummer: Bob Uecker to have a second heart surgery

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    It was depressing when Brewers’ announcer Bob Uecker had to undergo major heart surgery earlier this year. It was great when he recovered and returned to the booth. Now it’s depressing again: The Milwaukee Brewers say that Newsradio 620 WTMJ Brewers voice Bob Uecker will undergo a second heart surgery on Tuesday. The team said that a pseudoaneurysm –…

  12. Oh snap! Mets fans aren't gonna like what Jeff Francoeur just said

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur is always smiling, the media loves him and I’m totally prepared to admit that my hatred of him is highly irrational. But sometimes I’m convinced that he truly is evil.  Listen to what he told the Daily News: “I always wanted to know what it was like to play meaningful baseball in New…

  13. Hey, crazy trade talk has started early this year!

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    One of the things I love about the early hot stove season is the crazy trade talk. Once things get going hot and heavy in December people get realistic, but in the few days after a team is eliminated you get all kinds of insane speculation. An excellent example of it comes in Jeff Schultz’s…

  14. Sandy Alderson wants the Mets job

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

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    I wish these two kids would just kiss already and get it over with. From Buster: There is also no question about this: Sandy Alderson wants the Mets’ GM job; friends say he wants to get back into the work of running a club And the way the Mets set up the interviews — everyone…

  15. Panic on the streets of New York

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Evidence that there are too many days off between playoff series: when a couple of plunkings in a simulated game give you the back page in the New York Daily News. Yeah, it’s kind of funny and I suppose kind of worrisome that Burnett was wild while pitching a simulated game.  But wasn’t the whole…

  16. Hey, another Bobby Valentine rumor! This time: Milwaukee

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I think we’re gonna just start listing the jobs Bobby Valentine isn’t rumored to be in the running for, because it would probably save time. The latest: Milwaukee, as reported by Tyler Kepner. The Brewers actually make more sense for him than Seattle. They have a better core of players and are way more likely…

  17. Oh noes! Timmy has a blister!

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Eh, that’s fake panic. I can’t muster real panic about Tim Lincecum having blister issues because when he realized he was getting a blister he was in the process of striking out 14 dudes and pitching a two-hitter: Lincecum confirmed to the Mercury News that his blister problem resurfaced during his dominant 14-strikeout complete game…

  18. The Rangers are locking up Jon Daniels long term

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Jim Bowden of FOX Sports Radio –  never the most reliable source on the planet when it comes to these things, but who may right about this — believes that the Rangers will announce a long-term contract for GM Jon Daniels once their season ends. This comes after Chuck Greenberg told a reporter yesterday that…

  19. Poll: What should the Yankees do with the playoff rotation

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    All these days off are giving Yankees fans too much to think about. What they’re thinking about mostly, it seems, is the rotation. Specifically, how to order it after CC Sabathia in Game 1.  Some people think Pettitte, Hughes and A.J. Burnett should follow in order. Some people want to flip Pettitte and Hughes, giving…

  20. Must-Click link: video archiving every play in every baseball game

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Great story in the New York Times today going behind the scenes at MLB Productions, where “loggers” — the only people more obsessive than bloggers, it would seem — watch and label every single play of every single baseball game with various descriptive tags so that video clips can be easily accessed later. The cool…

  21. Cable fight threatens NLCS; World Series in Philly and New York

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    There’s a re-transmission rights fight going on between FOX and Cablevision that could put the NLCS and the World Series in peril for New York and Philly Cablevision subscribers: Fox and Cablevision ramped up the war of words behind their retransmission battle Tuesday. Both sides dug their heels in, as it began to look less…

  22. Heath Bell is the Deliveryman of the Year

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball has announced that Heath Bell has won the 2010 Delivery Man of the Year Award, presented annually to the league’s best relief pitcher. Bell had a 1.93 ERA and saved 47 saves in 50 chances. That was a save behind Brian Wilson, but Bell had a higher save percentage. Bell had a…

  23. Deep Thoughts: Did Frank Wren really mean to hire Fredi Gonzalez?

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  OK, maybe Wren was right. Gonzalez won the Sporting News’ Manager of the Year Award. Damn. I really wish he was deluded about that. It would have made for great blog fodder, basically, for every single game Gonzalez managed. 3:00 P.M.: Fredi Gonzalez was formally announced as the Braves new manager a few minutes…

  24. HBT Daily: looking back at the Division Series(s)

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the highlights — and lowlights — of the first round.

  25. With the Phillies starters, a picture is worth a thousand words

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt are ready to answer the bell. Is Joe Blanton?

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