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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Happy Pumpsie Green Day!

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Pumpsie Green

    We all know to celebrate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s major league debut, but there were 15 other teams that existed during baseball’s segregated days which later came to see the light. Eventually anyway.  The Red Sox were the last, fielding their first black player on this day in 1959. His name was Pumpsie Green.…

  2. Quote of the Day: “great piece of hitting”

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui hits a opposite field double in the second inning off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver during their America League MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    I think this every time I hear it from a broadcaster or a journalist, but I absolutely love that Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch put it in words on his Twitter feed this afternoon: My definition of a great at-bat: One pitch, one swing, damage … The “great at-bat” and “great piece of hitting”…

  3. Grady Sizemore had hernia surgery this morning; out 4-to-6 weeks

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    We knew Grady Sizemore’s knee was a potential problem, but we didn’t know this until just now:  he had a sports hernia too.  And as a result, Sizemore underwent abdominal surgery today. According to the team, he faces a 4-to-6 week recovery time. Best estimates are that Sizemore would have had to miss four weeks for…

  4. Great Moments in Chutzpah: “Derek Jeter 3000 balls”

    Jul 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The New York Daily News reports that a company in New Jersey is about to get the pants sued off of it by Major League Baseball.  And based on the description of the company’s behavior, I don’t have much a of a problem with it. Indeed, I wouldn’t have a problem with law enforcement getting…

  5. The Giants may be falling out of the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    That stuff I said in my last Beltran post? About the Mets wanting prospects, not money, for Carlos Beltran?  Yeah, that’s causing a bit of a problem for the Giants it seem.  Adam Rubin reports: According to a person with knowledge of the Giants’ thinking, San Francisco’s current position is that it is willing to…

  6. And now, your useless trade rumor of the day

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    When it comes to trade rumor season I hate the game, not the player, but really, this one from Buster Olney gets me a bit miffed: If the Brewers can scrape together package/prospects to get Carlos Beltran-like searching for nickels under couch cushions– they’ll do it. The Mets are on record saying that they will…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    As has become weekly custom, your Twitter questions. It’s like a mailbag, but shorter. And without postage.

  8. Ozzie Guillen: “$%&*@!!#?(*&%%#”

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    I said in the recaps that Ozzie Guillen probably blew a gasket after losing to the Royals on a wild pitch. Yup! Another classic Ozzie Guillen rant was captured by the CSNChicago.com folks, and can be viewed in all of its bleeped glory here.  If you can’t watch the video, here’s a taste: “There’s nothing…

  9. The Blue Jays are interested in Heath Bell for some reason

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Pop quiz, hot shot! You’re eleven games back in the AL East with practically no hope whatsoever of contending. The trade deadline is approaching. What do you do? Tell me! What. Do. You. Do? Well, if you’re the Blue Jays you inquire about the best closer currently available.  At least that’s what Ken Rosenthal says…

  10. Jeter’s time in the leadoff spot may soon end

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    It’s become fairly routine by now: each afternoon, roughly around 3:30 or so, the Yankees lineup for that night’s game is posted and, immediately thereafter, my Twitter feed blows up. Half of the people yelling are Yankees fans complaining that Derek Jeter is still in the lineup spot. The other half are a second group…

  11. Carlos Gomez broke his collar bone

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    The Brewers-Diamondbacks game was filled with carnage last night. In addition to the Stephen Drew ankle injury which was rather nauseating to watch, Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was lost as well, breaking his left collar bone while making a catch in the fourth inning. Gomez hasn’t been hitting so he hasn’t been starting either,…

  12. The Dodgers and MLB have a long, boring hearing; outcome to be decided today

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Yesterday was the much-anticipated hearing in the Dodgers bankruptcy case, the purpose of which was to determine who gets to fund the Dodgers until they emerge from Chapter 11. I followed the blow-by-blow via the Twitter feeds of reporters in the courtroom. Even then — with the ability to watch baseball games, write about other…

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

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Dodgers 1, Giants 0: In 1968, a gallon of gas cost 34 cents, the average cost of a car was $2,282 and the federal minimum wage was $1.60.  In other news, Clayton Kershaw (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 12K)  beat Tim Lincecum (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7K). Mets 6, Cardinals 5:  The…

  14. Baseball game as symphony

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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

    This is neat.  I’m surprised I’m reading this in the New York Times instead of hearing it on some longish NPR segment, but it’s neat anyway.  Anthony Tommasini, chief music critic of the Times, describes a day at Yankee Stadium — a week ago Sunday, in fact — from an aural point of view, as…

  15. David Einhorn may have some competition for a stake in the Mets

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Hedge fund/poker god David Einhorn has been assumed to have an all but done deal to buy a minority share in the Mets, but the New York Daily News reports that the Wilpons are talking to other potential investors, even as they continue to try to finalize a deal with Einhorn. Which is their right,…

  16. Where have you gone Brian Dayett, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Brian Dayett

    Great post over at Mental Floss today, covering a topic near and dear to my heart: the 1984 Donruss “Rated Rookie” set, in both words and pictures. For those who don’t recall (or who are too young to), Donruss designated a handful of rookies in each set “Rated Rookies,” implying some great promise.  The 1984…

  17. Negro Leagues’ heroes get their tombstones

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Big Bill Gatewood

    NBC Nightly News ran a great story last night about something called the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project. Which, as the name suggests, seeks to find and identify the graves of former Negro Leaguers who died and were buried in obscurity. The link to the text story is here.  Below is the video report.

  18. Red Sox to meet Yankees on Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Old Fenway

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports on a preliminary 2012 Red Sox schedule that is floating around that, surprise surprise, has the Sox meeting the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, April 20th. One big question: April 20th is a Friday, so how will ESPN be able to over-hype the living hell out…

  19. Jose Canseco fails to show up for court case over his failing to show up for a boxing match

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    ozzie and jose canseco

    Jose Canseco dabbles in the celebrity boxing world. He’s terrible at it, getting his butt beat fairly often, but he dabbles.  At least when he bothers so show up.  He didn’t show up for a bout back in March, sending his twin brother Ozzie instead.  His promoter wasn’t fooled, however, cancelled the bout and sued…

  20. Bryan Stow undergoes emergency surgery; L.A. county increases reward in the criminal investigation

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Los Angeles Times reports that Bryan Stow suffered a 30-second seizure earlier this week and that, as a result, he underwent emergency surgery to alleviate fluid build-up on his brain.  There is no word in the linked story as to how that has changed his overall condition, but obviously emergency surgery is not a good…

  21. AEG on a downtown L.A. ballpark: “under no circumstances are we interested in building a baseball stadium”

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Last week there was a report that AEG — the company who owns the Staples Center and is trying to build an NFL stadium in downtown L.A. — was contacted by Major League Baseball regarding the possibility of building a downtown ballpark for the Dodgers.  The idea: even if Frank McCourt loses the Dodgers, he’d…

  22. Pirates, Athletics considering a Josh Willingham trade

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    willingham getty

    The contending Pirates could use a bat, and one bat that always seems to be available at trade deadline time is Josh Willingham.  According to  Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Athletics and Pirates are talking about him. In such a deal, Willingham and Craig Breslow would come to Pittsburgh, with Garrett Jones going to Oakland.…

  23. The Mets are “100 percent certain” that they won’t trade Jose Reyes

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Buster Olney tweeted the following a few minutes ago: The Mets are now 100 percent certain they will not trade Jose Reyes before the deadline, according to sources. He changed their minds. This isn’t terribly surprising given how well he has played this year, the realization that great shortstops don’t grow on trees these days…

  24. Two simple changes to the Hall of Fame ballot

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    We usually reserve all of our Hall of Fame arguing for late December and early January when we can devote sufficient time to the obnoxiousness that requires, but any time is a good time really. Today Jim Caple has a suggestion to improve the process:  (1) eliminate the 15-years-on-the-ballot rule; and (2) eliminate the if-you-don’t-get-five-percent-of-the-vote-you’re-dropped…

  25. Cal Ripken’s kid is a pretty good ballplayer too

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    There’s a decent chance that the Ripkens are going to join the Bells and the Boones as a three-generation major league family one day.  Meet Ryan Ripken: Ryan Ripken has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will be held next month at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Over the first three years of the…

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