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Craig Calcaterra

  1. What celebrities wish for on their birthday

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Ed Norton

    I’m a pretty big Ed Norton fan. Great actor. I’ve heard some stories, though, that he’s hard to deal with on the set. Likes to take control over the script and the direction and stuff and is generally a pain in the rear.  It happens. Marlon Brando was the same way and, unlike Norton, Brando…

  2. Jim Hendry fired as Cubs GM

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    hendry getty

    So much for that vote of confidence last week, huh? Jim Hendry has been fired as the Cubs general manager, reports David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com.  The termination is effective immediately. Kaplan reports that Hendry is currently meeting with the Cubs in the clubhouse, presumably being thanked by the players for all of those ridiculous contracts…

  3. HBT Daily: A few words about the Indians-Tigers series

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I discuss what is more or less the only real playoff race going on right now

  4. Adrian Gonzalez says his neck is not to blame for his power outage

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Earlier this week Terry Francona said that Adrian Gonzalez‘s recent struggles were due to his bad neck.  Gonzalez dismissed that after another bad night last night: “I’m not hitting because my swing isn’t good right now, not because of my neck” Not that this absolves his neck. He says that the swing is messed up…

  5. An MLB.com columnist pens a love letter to baseball commissioners

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I long ago abandoned the notion that MLB.com was Pravda or something, which is what I first thought it would be when it started up. The reporting there is very good, and sometimes great. Many of the MLB.com beat writers are much better than the newspaper guys who cover the same beat. Many of the…

  6. Mets drop to 14th in overall attendance; on pace for worst year since 2004

    Aug 19, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Citi Field

    Kaja Whitehouse of the New York Post reports the Mets are suffering from an eight percent decline in home attendance and have dropped to 14th place in baseball’s average attendance standings.   Average attendance this year is 30,891. That’s the lowest per-game average since 2004. On the one hand, if you look at the Mets…

  7. Jerry Reinsdorf unsure if expanded playoffs, realignment is going to happen

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Reinsdorf, chairman of MLB team Chicago White Sox and NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls, smiles as he participates at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

    We’ve spent a lot of time this spring and summer talking about realignment and the expansion of the playoffs, but at the owners’ meetings the other day, White Sox honcho Jerry Reinsdorf voiced skepticism that either of those things would happen: “I’m not sure I’m in favor of the expanded playoffs. If it happens, I…

  8. Former Congressman: Roger Clemens “has suffered enough”

    Aug 19, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Former Congressman Tom Davis, who was co-chair of the committee which recommended that Clemens be investigated for perjury following his testimony, said yesterday that he thinks the Justice Department should cut bait on the prosecution and that Clemens has already “suffered enough.” The suffering, Davis said, was the millions in legal fees Clemens has had…

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

    Aug 19, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 2, Rangers 1: Mark Trumbo hits a walkoff homer off Mike Adams to help Anaheim salvage one in what was still a disappointing four-game set. They trailed the Rangers by just 1½ games early last week and now it’s six. Oh, and Jered Weaver, while pitching well, still managed to get visibly annoyed at…

  10. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    After a week off of the old Twitter questions, let’s see what ya got for me: Q: Grosser habit: nail chewing or spitting? Spitting, by far. Nail chewing ain’t great, but it suggests inner turmoil for which I have some bit of empathy. Spitting just means you’re freaking rude and gross. Q: Can you think of an…

  11. Royals sign Jeff Francoeur to two-year, $13.5 million extension

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    UPDATE: The new deal is worth $13.5 million for two seasons. ========== Credit where it is due. Jeff Francoeur is having a better season than anyone — especially me — thought he would. He’s hitting .278/.328/.465 with 15 homers and 66 RBI and he’s playing his usual above-average defense. That’s more than useful in the…

  12. Mike Jacobs suspended 50 games for HGH

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Jacobs

    Mike Jacobs, a 1B/DH type who spent time with the Mets, Marlins and Royals over the years, and who this year has been playing at Colorado Springs for the Rockies organization, has been suspended 50 games for HGH. This comes less than a week after the Denver Post wrote a story about how it’s Jacobs’…

  13. Mike Stanton has homered in four straight games

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    stanton swing

    In the same vein of that Brewers post, this post is just to draw your attention to something that’s going down but which you may have missed due to the whole East Coast Bias and all of that (note: I’m invited to all meetings of the East Coast Bias Committee, but I am still a…

  14. Hall of Fame establishes a Commissioner’s archive

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    Major League Baseball has announced that the Hall of Fame has established an archive for the papers of MLB Commissioners. Sort of like a presidential library, I assume.  From the press release. Quotes from Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Hall of Fame: “This archive will provide a central location for the study and research of…

  15. The Tribe releases Austin Kearns

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    Kearns_Austin

    No, this isn’t a big story, and no it’s not surprising at all. Shin-Soo Choo is coming back, a roster spot is needed and Kearns — who is hitting .200/.302/.287 — is the dictionary definition of expendable, so he’s gone. But it is notable for one reason. For years Kearns was always such a saber-boy…

  16. The Brewers are basically unstoppable

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Probably worth noting at this point that the Milwaukee Brewers are unstoppable. They’ve won 19 of 21 games. When this nice little run began in late July they were tied with the Cardinals for first place. Now they lead by seven and are close to putting the NL Central away. They’re 47-15 at home for…

  17. Royals awarded a gift home run when umps whiff on the ground rules

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Kauffman fence.bmp

    The disputed Billy Butler home run in the Yankees-Royals game is going to be used by instant replay opponents to say that even a replay system isn’t perfect, but in this case replay wasn’t the problem. It was human error. As in, the umpires apparently didn’t know the ground rules of the ballpark in which…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Andrus and Kinsler celebrate after defeating Los Angeles Angels during their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Rangers 4, Angels 3: Watching the Angels get beat by the Rangers puts me in mind of some sci-fi movie where a group is under attack from an invading army. Mike Scioscia is the defending general in a command center somewhere and keeps getting reports that the defenses are crumbling. He steels himself and says…

  19. Stephen Strasburg could return September 2

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Davey Johnson today, who said that Stephen Strasburg could return to the bigs and make the start on September 2nd.  That’s a Friday against the Mets at Nationals Park. Kilgore refers to it as a “speculative” time table, however, so that could slide.  Given that September 2nd…

  20. The Red Sox lose again; offense still AWOL

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    The Sox just lost to the Rays, 4-0.  They only got three hits in the game. Again. They got three hits in each game of yesterday’s double-header as well. Part of this, of course, is facing good Tampa Bay Rays pitching. Today it was David Price, shutting the Sox out for eight innings. Yesterday it…

  21. The Yankees don’t want anyone copyrighting the term “Evil Empire”

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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

    Good reading over at Deadspin today, as Barry Petchesky tells the story of a couple of people who have printed up anti-Yankees merchandise with the phrase “Evil Empire” on it and who have attempted to register the copyright.  The Yankees, however, are none too pleased. Partially because it puts them in a bad light, but…

  22. Ryan Dempster is unsure what to think about Carlos Zambrano

    Aug 17, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was on a radio show today and he was asked about Carlos Zambrano and whether or not he would be welcomed back to the Cubs. Dempster was pretty sensible about it all in my view. He noted that some stuff would have to happen before Zambrano could come back and noted…

  23. The 1908 Cubs were “a team of beneficent extraterrestrials”

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    1908 Cubs

    Slagging on the Cubs for not winning a World Series in a long time is pretty stale by now. We get it. It’s been forever. Blah blah blah. But once in a while you get a fresh take on it. Like this one from Steve Rushin in Sports Illustrated, who manages to reference Harriet Tubman,…

  24. David Ortiz to miss a week with bursitis

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    ortiz wide getty

    Red Sox’ DH David Ortiz missed last night’s game with bursitis in his right heel.  He’s going to need to be in a boot for a few days and tells WEEI’s Alex Speier that he expects to miss no more than a week. In other news, the last time I heard someone complaining about bursitis,…

  25. What was the last World Series winner without a future Hall of Famer?

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    konerko fenway

    Twitter questions are tomorrow, but I got a random one thrown my way about five minutes ago by reader BioInFocus: When was the last time a team won the World Series without having a future Hall of Famer on the roster? Obviously that’s hard to answer given that, you know, the best players in a…

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