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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Derek Jeter bows out of the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    For as much was made about so many Yankees making the All-Star team, in effect, it doesn’t really matter. Why? Because none of ’em seem to be playing. Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera already decided to give it a miss, and now, too, will Derek Jeter. This is not a total shock.  While he’s been…

  2. Joe Buck would step aside for Vin Scully in the World Series

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Remember that petition the guy at The Daily ‘Stache put up, trying to get Fox to replace Joe Buck with Vin Scully for the World Series this year?  Well, it has an unexpected supporter: Joe Buck: Personally, I’d love it,” Buck said the other day. “We’ve always toyed with the idea of having the hometown…

  3. Chipper Jones’ knee isn’t getting any better

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Chipper Jones‘ knee is “getting more bothersome” and isn’t responding well to treatment. Jones has been playing through it to varying results. He had a rough June. He’s hitting a bit better in July so far and has a six-game hitting streak going — but he’s Chipper, and his body doesn’t…

  4. MLBPA issues statement about the Arizona immigration law and All-Star Game boycotts

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Flag

    We touched on Sheriff Joe a few minutes ago. In other All-Star Game/illegal immigration news, there was a lot of talk last year about potential player boycotts and the like as a result of Arizona’s tough immigration law, S.B. 1070. That has largely subsided, partially because parts of the bill are currently in legal limbo,…

  5. Sheriff Joe Arpaio to use the All-Star Game to draw attention to himself

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Joe Arpaio

    For those of you who are unaware, Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  He’s famous for being a shameless self-promoter, having branded himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” doing things like putting prisoners in tents, demagoging the illegal immigration issue and all manner of other stuff. This stuff isn’t mere harmless grandstanding, however, inasmuch as…

  6. Anti-Frank McCourt letters removed from Dodgers bankruptcy case file

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I saw this the other day but didn’t comment on it because I figured it would be reversed, but apparently the clerk of the bankruptcy court considering the Dodgers’ case had accepted a handful of fan letters into the official case file. They were anti-Frank McCourt letters, essentially saying “we want our team back, please…

  7. Comment of the Day: Remembering Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Sunset

    We got a comment a few minutes ago from a friend of Shannon Stone, the man who died at the Rangers game last night: I am an old friend and classmate of Shannon.  I have known the man for 35 years, ever since we were in Kindergarten and elementary school together, running in the same…

  8. The Dayton Dragons are about to sell out their 815th straight game

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Dayton Dragons

    Hey Red Sox Nation: your sellout streak is nice. In a quaint, small-scale kind of way. One day, if you’re truly committed, you can show devotion like the fans of the Dayton Dragons have done for the past 11 years. Eleven years in which they have sold out every single home game. That’s 815 games…

  9. HBT Daily: Tiffany and I talk about announcers

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    We all have stuff we love and stuff we hate when it comes to baseball announcers. But I’m not sure any of us really agree on what’s good and what’s not.

  10. Are the Royals are too cheap to buy replica Negro Leagues uniforms?

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Paige

    Joe Posnanski once wrote about how, roughly ten years ago, the Royals decided not to buy Negro Leagues replica uniforms for their Negro Leagues tribute day — like every other team that runs such a promotion — because they didn’t want to pay the $20K or whatever it would cost to do it. Lately that…

  11. Why wouldn’t the Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie?

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    It seems like Orioles’ starter Jeremy Guthrie has been a named candidate for a midseason trade since sometime during the Nixon administration. And he fits the bill: a good starter but no ace, playing for a team that isn’t going anywhere and not yet expensive.  Heck, a lot of teams would like to have someone…

  12. And now a few words about comments at HBT

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    megaphone

    A bit of housekeeping. This time about comments. One thing I take a bit of pride in is that, for a large website, our comments are pretty good. Oh, sure, there’s some jackassery going on below the fold in every post — and if you simply don’t like comments on blogs on general principle, the…

  13. Shocker: The Angels call up Mike Trout

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Mike Trout doesn’t turn 20 for another month.* But as of today, he’s a major leaguer. We certainly weren’t expecting that so soon. But with Peter Bourjos suffering from a hamstring injury and the surging Angels merely a game back of the Rangers in a surprisingly competitive AL West, the front office in Anaheim apparently…

  14. More details on the death of Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    General view shows area where fan was seriously injured after falling over railing in outfield bleachers while trying to catch ball in Arlington

    More details are available this morning on the death that occurred at the Ballpark at Arlington last night. The man’s name was Shannon Stone. He was a 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood, Texas and, sadly, as preliminary reports noted, he was at the game with his young son, who watched the accident happen. According to this Associated Press…

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

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:03 AM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Carlos Villanueva threw six shutout innings. Too bad he couldn’t stay in to throw more, because the Indians rallied like crazy in the ninth with an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and then the big shot: the Travis Hafner walkoff grand slam. That’s some serious dramatics right there, babies. Almost enough…

  16. Mariano Rivera won’t play in the All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees

    In perhaps the least surprising All-Star Game-related news you’ll hear all week, Mariano Rivera has bowed out of the All-Star Game due to his wonky triceps. Tricep. No, triceps. Man that looks weird. Anyway, given that he hasn’t pitched for a few days and given that, no matter what the folks at MLB will have you…

  17. Edinson Volquez gets sent down to AAA. Again.

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    volquez getty

    I wonder what the record is for an Opening Day starter getting sent down to the minors in a single season.  It’s happened to Reds’ Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez twice now, so he’s probably in the running for that dubious mark. Volquez has had a bear of a year. He’s sporting a 5.93 ERA…

  18. Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams: 1929-2011

    Jul 7, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Dick Williams

    Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who led the Oakland A’s to two of their three 1970s World Series championships and led the 1967 Red Sox and 1984 Padres to pennants, died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Las Vegas today. He was 82. In 21 years of managing, Williams won 1571 games…

  19. Report: The Yankees have a “strong interest” in Sean Burnett

    Jul 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    burnett_sean

    I’m not gonna say that the trade market is going to be a bit dry this month, but when the Sean Burnett is being coveted by a contender, well, that kinda tells ya something. Whether he really is being coveted is debatable, of course. You know how these thing go at this time of year.…

  20. Columnist bashes Carlos Zambrano for flying to Guatemala to adopt a baby boy

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    One could reasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for various things he’s done while suffering from a bad back. Gotta be careful and everything, because his health is important. One could also unreasonably criticize the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano for the way he handles himself while he’s recovering from his injuries.  This bit, from…

  21. HBT Daily: In which I go off on Aquaman. Like, seriously go off on Aquaman

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    And watch as a totally perplexed Tiffany wonders who she did wrong in a past life to be stuck talking to a nerd like me every day.

  22. Jose Reyes: out three weeks

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    We knew he is likely going on the disabled list today, but — via Jorge Arungure’s tweet — Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that team doctors have told Jose Reyes that his bum hamstring will cause him to be out three weeks. Reyes has been out since straining the hammy on Saturday against the Yankees.…

  23. Baseball could be back in the Olympics by 2020

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Olympic Flag

    As I’ve written before, international baseball competitions like the WBC don’t really hold my interest. But I may have a professional interest in this: the International Olympic Committee announced that baseball, among a few other sports, is being put under evaluation for a return to the Olympics effective for the 2020 games. This could be…

  24. Bankruptcy judge sides with MLB over McCourt

    Jul 7, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    There will be lots of rulings in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case, but the first major one came today: the judge said that Major League Baseball does not have to turn over the metric-butt-ton of documents Frank McCourt sought in his motion the other day. The document issue itself is kind of boring, but the overall…

  25. Curt Schilling: “There isn’t a team in the last 20 years that has won clean”

    Jul 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Schilling

    You may be shocked to hear this, but someone put a microphone in front of Curt Schilling yesterday and he decided to say some stuff that made him sound all authoritative and above it all. Crazy, I know! Anybody who ever says performance-enhancing drugs didn’t help players produce offensive numbers is full of crap.” And with…

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