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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Robot to throw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Brewers game tomorrow

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Johnny 5

    Roy Halladay is going to watch this guy’s mechanics, shake his head in disgust and call him an amateur: PhillieBot for Cy Young? It’s unlikely. But the one-armed, three-wheeled robot, designed by engineers at the University of Pennsylvania, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers as…

  2. Mike Leake had $250 cash and credit cards with him when he stole those shirts

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Leake mugshot

    Which isn’t surprising or anything because need was not exactly on his mind when it all went down, but there you are. Of more substance from the latest report is that Leake’s attorney is going to try to get him into the first-time offender diversion program that could result in his record being wiped clean.…

  3. HBT Daily: Talking Cardinals — and fandom — with Will Leitch

    Apr 19, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    New York Magazine’s Will Leitch joins me for a chat about the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans, who are alleged to be baseball’s greatest.

  4. “Thank you for enjoying the Mariners’ game. Here’s your compost.”

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Personally, I prefer bobblehead night. But hey, this is cool too.

  5. The guy who composed “da-da-da-da-da-da … Charge!” is suing everyone

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Organ

    Good rule to live by in this world: someone owns just about everything. For example, you know that “”da-da-da-da-da-da … Charge!” thing they play at every ballgame? Well … What you might not know is that a Pompano Beach man says he composed it — and says he is entitled to compensation every time it…

  6. MLB: Mike Leake’s arrest is “a club issue”

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Mike Leake

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Major League Baseball is not commenting on Mike Leake‘s arrest at this point, calling it “a club issue.” At least “as of now.” Which I like. If this was the NFL Leake would be fined a gajillion dollars and then a bunch of new rules would be…

  7. Meet the oldest man one of the oldest men in minor league baseball

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Andy Tracy is the oldest player is one of the oldest players in minor league baseball.* Affiliated minor league baseball anyway. Jose Canseco stunts and never-say-die stories like Oil Can Boyd who knock around the independent leagues are their own, often wonderful thing. But Tracy is a company man, still toiling for the Reno Aces in the…

  8. The Cardinals are only looking at internal options to replace Ryan Franklin at closer

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    ryan franklin posing

    With the off day there was not much news on the Cardinals’ closer front yesterday, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch did track down GM John Mozeliak, who confirmed that he’s not looking at making a deal at the moment: “Right now, (Franklin) is going through some tough times and we’ve got to figure out…

  9. Victor Martinez may be DL-bound

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez left last night’s Tigers-Mariners game with a groin injury. After the game he said he’d hope it would feel better in a couple of days, but that may be an overly optimistic assessment.  Jim Leyland said after the game that he’d have to speak to GM Dave Dombrowski and that “I’m sure we…

  10. Going to a Nats game? You may want to have alternative transportation plans if it runs late

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    I lived in the D.C. area for three years and one of the things I loved the most about it was Metro. As far as subway systems go it’s clean, easy-to-navigate and altogether swell.  The only problem — which was way bigger for me when I was 23 than it would be now — is…

  11. The invisible hand in action: cheap seats available for Mets games

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres At Citi Field

    Wanna go to a Mets game? It’s pretty darn affordable these days, reports the New York Times.  Seats directly behind home plate with a face value of $134 are going for $69. Seats in boxes between third base and home plate are going for $28, when they normally retail for $80 to $134. If merely getting…

  12. Jerry Sands had a nice debut for the Dodgers

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I didn’t mention this in ATH because I was more interested in the origin of Dan Uggla‘s last name, but it’s worth noting that Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands made his major league debut last night and it was good. Sands had a double in the first inning that may have scored a faster man than…

  13. Following up on the Mike Leake arrest

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Leake mugshot

    I think the strangest thing arising out of the Mike Leake shoplifting arrest yesterday is not the fact that a man who makes over $400,000 a year and recently got a $2 million signing bonus felt it necessary to steal. Rather, the strangest thing is that he somehow got caught stealing “six shirts worth $59.88.”…

  14. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:41 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Giants 8, Rockies 1: Lincecum had a no hitter into the seventh inning. As I was watching it in the den, my wife walked in. She loves Tim Lincecum, so I said “hey, your boyfriend has a no-hitter going in the seventh.”  She said “Is that good?”  I’ve been married to this woman for almost…

  15. And now some non-specific Cabrera-related news

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Cabrera_Melky

    Two random items on a slow news day (non-Mike Leake theft division): First, Jon Heyman writes that, in the offseason, Alex Rodriguez “begged the Yankees” to re-sign Melky Cabrera. Seems that Melky worked out with A-Rod in the offseason and was convinced that he’d be great. I’ve seen Melky play a couple of times this…

  16. Reds’ pitcher Mike Leake arrested for stealing $60 worth of stuff from a Macy’s

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Leake mugshot

    UPDATE: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has an update: Leake, of Ludlow, was arrested after Macy’s department store loss prevention employees stopped the Reds pitcher today after they say he took $59.88 in property from the store. He was apparently caught on video.  And here’s the police report. Leake makes around half a million…

  17. Charlie Morton is a Roy Halladay clone

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column contains an item in which scouts are going on about how Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton has totally restructured his windup and delivery to be exactly like Roy Halladay‘s: “Roy Halladay now has an absolute clone on the Pittsburgh Pirates,” one rival scout says. “Morton has copied his windup perfectly, from the…

  18. OK, Francona: what have you done with the real Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Patriots’ Day in Boston means three things: the Boston Marathon, drinking at 8AM and an 11AM start for the Red Sox game.  Which, in turn, gives you plenty of time after 2PM or so to go and have some more beers. I could at least enjoy one of those things today, what the Red Sox-Blue…

  19. HBT Daily: Who is the King of Los Angeles?

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Tiffany and I discuss that, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, the Twins and the Braves

  20. Justin Verlander made an interesting pitch on Saturday night

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Verlander quick pitch.bmp

    I’ve gone on record recently saying that I really don’t know what a balk is anymore. But after my brain processed it for a minute, yeah, I think what Justin Verlander did on Saturday night against the A’s was a balk.  Verlander explained the play afterwards: “I went to go pick one and I didn’t…

  21. Joe Torre wants umpires to feel “part of the game.” What does that even mean?

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    bob-davidson-umpire

    Joe Torre is now MLB’s umpire czar, and he told Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times that he wants to change their relationship to the game: The former Dodgers manager who now serves as Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations said he wanted umpires to feel as much a part of the game…

  22. Baseball players and bad music go together

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Guthrie_Jeremy

    Two items caught my eye this morning that make me realize how bad things have gotten with ballplayers and their love of bad music. First is a post by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, detailing the walkup (and walkout) music of the Cleveland Indians. The takeaway: the vast majority of Indians like very bad music.  There are…

  23. Ryan Franklin has probably lost his job as Cardinals’ closer

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    franklin_ryan

    The Cardinals have a day off today so Tony La Russa has some extra time to think about it, but it seems pretty clear that Ryan Franklin‘s time as the Cardinals’ closer is over. Or hell, maybe it ended yesterday and we just didn’t notice it. I mean, in a 1-0 game in the ninth…

  24. The difference between the Bonds and Clemens trials

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Roger Clemens

    The New York Times has an article up this morning in which various legal experts talk about the differences between the Barry Bonds trial and the upcoming Roger Clemens trial. Both are for perjury and both are about steroids, but the folks the Times spoke with believe that the fact that Clemens is accused of…

  25. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Still lots of random shifting around given that the first batch of rankings were based on early season weirdness. I figure that from here on out we’ll see things start to stabilize a bit more. Well, except for maybe the Royals/Indians thing, because that can’t hold. Um, can it?  As usual, last week’s rankings in parenthesis.…

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