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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Astros are installing a gigantic new video board

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Coming soon to Minute Maid Park: kiss cams in even larger, higher-definition! The new primary video board will be located in right field and will measure 54 feet high and 124 feet wide, making it the second-largest board of its kind in the Major Leagues. The Astros current video board is 26 feet high and…

  2. We know Hunter Wendelstedt was bad last night, but how bad was he?

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    Pretty darn bad!  Jeff Passan — citing Brooks Baseball’s chart of last night’s game — notes that Wendelstedt missed 31 ball-strike calls on Thursday. In the two other games, the umps missed 21 calls combined. Passan nails it: This is not normal. It is not close. In the Atlanta-San Francisco game Thursday, Dana DeMuth missed…

  3. Deep Thoughts: Lance Berkman is a Yankee

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and two RBI in a playoff game last night.  Quick: can someone get Jeff “some players aren’t meant for New York and Lance Berkman is one of them” Perleman or Joel “going from the Astros to the Yankees is like going from the Ivy…

  4. You're not alone: the players are fed up with the umps too

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The players, the league and the umps having some sort of sit-down is a great idea! So I fully expect it to go nowhere.

  5. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:07 AM EDT

    A picture is worth 1000 words. So, between that pic to the left and my rantings in this post, you’ve got 1,599 words to get through.

  6. The Mets have a lot of GM irons in the fire

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    There are a handful of intriguing names in the mix to become the next Mets GM at the moment. Among them: White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, whom ESPN Chicago is reporting will interview with the team in the near future. Hahn was named as the top GM prospect in the game by Baseball…

  7. Quote of the Day: Terry Francona on Jason Varitek

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Is it too late to take the Rays out of the playoff and put the Red Sox in? Because they’re really depressing to watch at the moment. Anyway, let’s talk about the Sox some more. Here was Terry Francona today, when asked about roster decisions in general and Jason Varitek, specifically: “I think there has…

  8. Dice-K is "very much" a part of the Red Sox' plans

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    We heard yesterday that the Mariners would be interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka if he were on the market. They can forget it though, because Theo Epstein is pleased with him: “To look where we were with him in March, and where we are now, I think we feel a lot better about it now. Along…

  9. Great Moments in fact checking: The New Yorker

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    The New Yorker — a fine damn magazine even if I ended up reading more cartoons (“it’s a Ziggy!”) than articles when I had a subscription a few years back — makes a minor error in a story about the Red Sox buying Liverpool FC: Major League Baseball is a collusive oligopoly in which the…

  10. Brent Musburger: with proper supervision steroids "could be used at the professional level"

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Usually, when a venerable member of our nation’s sporting media says something in public about steroids, the message is pretty clear: steroids are awful, only evil cheaters use them and unless we test people to within a hair’s breadth of their life, they will be a scourge upon the land. Or words to that effect.…

  11. Braves postseason roster is rookie-tastic

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The Braves announced their NLDS roster a few minutes ago. You can see it here. There aren’t many surprises. Takashi Saito is off because his shoulder is still wonky. His replacement — Craig Kimbrel — has been pretty fantastic anyway.  Jair Jurrjens is off due to his knee. There are still expectations that he would…

  12. HBT Daily: Orlando Cabrera's mouth, Carl Pavano's head and OctLoweber!

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Funny part: we made Tiffany be the one to say “OctLoweber,” thereby insulating me from the inherent lameness. Which I myself created. Oh, man. I gave it away.

  13. Halladay's no-no captured in a timeless photo

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Not long after last night’s game a picture of the moment that Carlos Ruiz embraced Roy Halladay in celebration started making the rounds. It’s so hard in our digital age to appreciate when a photograph really captures the moment — there are so many pics these days, and of course, we have video — rendering…

  14. Mitch Albom is writing a play about Ernie Harwell. Oy.

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I’m guessing that this will not be one of the five plays I watch in Heaven.

  15. Roberto Alomar accused — again — of concealing HIV

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    In February 2009, Roberto Alomar was sued by an ex-girlfriend, who accused him of (a) being HIV positive; and (b) infecting her having sex with her without telling her of his status. The most notable thing about it at the time, I think, was the girlfriend’s salacious narrative in the complaint itself, in which she…

  16. K-Rod is negotiating a plea deal

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Daily News is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez is in talks with prosecutors in hopes of reaching a plea agreement.  You’ll note that the Daily News refers to this as “copping a plea” because they like to make people they find distasteful sound like lowlifes. Given that K-Rod faces little if any jail time over…

  17. Doctober? Pfft! Get ready for OctLoweber!

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Was that convincing? Nah, didn’t think so. Sigh. I started thinking about tonight’s Braves-Giants game a few minutes ago. I want to talk myself into Atlanta coming out of the gate strong, but I’m having a hard time really getting on board. My thought process:  The good: Derek Lowe was 5-0 in September, with 29…

  18. Video: Cholly, Dusty on Halladay's no-hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    When Dusty said it was a game where you feel “almost helpless,” I was expecting him to correct himself and say. “Well, there was no ‘almost’ about it.”

  19. Dioner Navarro is not a team player

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Dinoer Navarro was left off the postseason roster. That happens. Most guys who get left off the postseason roster either remain with the team or, at the very least, retire to the spring training complex to stay in shape in case they’re needed. Someone may get injured, after all, and you could get…

  20. Jack Morris needs to rethink his postgame comments too

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Dave Brown at Yahoo! caught former Tigers/Twins/Jays ace Jack Morris saying something after last night’s Twins-Yankees game that, in addition to being dumb, was pretty damn hypocritical too. He’s talking about Francisco Liriano here: “The good guys never let it slip away, and he let it slip away.” As Dave notes, Morris isn’t one to…

  21. Orlando Cabrera needs to rethink his postgame comments

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    After yesterday’s Phillies-Reds game, Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera really stepped in it. His comments regarding Roy Halladay’s no-no: “He and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance.” Such sour grapes are unbecoming even if the strikezone was wonky, but they’re especially bad when they’re demonstrably false. Click…

  22. What They're Saying About Roy Halladay's No-Hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I could have posted hundreds of people going “Whoa . . .dude . . .” Fifty of them would have been me at around 7:30 last night. But I decided to find some more interesting reactions.

  23. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Some years, Day One of the playoffs just slips by uneventfully. This was not one of those years.

  24. HBT Daily: Talkin' Braves-Giants

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Our last division series preview is the hardest one: predicting doom for the good, righteous and honorable Atlanta Braves.

  25. The Marlins expect to have a manager in place in two weeks

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, who says that the Feesh are in the process of shoring up their slate of contenders. Among the possibilities: Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter, Tony Pena, Ted Simmons, Tim Wallach and, of course, current manager Edwin Rodriguez. A couple of observations: Within “a couple of weeks” is…

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