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Craig Calcaterra

  1. ALDS Preview: Yankees vs. Twins

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    The Guild sent out a memo saying that I’m obligated to write playoff previews. I think simply waiting for the games to happen and observing what happens is better, but I’m behind in my dues and don’t want to make trouble.

  2. Great moments in talk radio: "James Shields is pitching because he's a Jewish person"

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    This is why I don’t listen to talk radio. A woman called into a sports radio show down in Tampa and opined that the Rays chose to go with James Shields in Game 2 of the ALDS “because he is a Jewish person.”  The caller — Linda, who claimed to be a Quaker “and has…

  3. Why shouldn't Mets fans be happy that Manuel and Minaya got canned?

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday, after the Minaya and Manuel firings, a number of New York (or New Yorky) writers made a point to talk about how great those guys are, how sad it is that they’re losing their jobs and how unseemly it was that Mets fans and bloggers were expressing happiness about the moves. I thought it…

  4. Two things you didn't know about Hideki Matsui

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Thing number one: Angels GM Tony Reagins hasn’t totally ruled out bringing him back for 2011: “Would I say that it’s completely out of the likelihood that he’ll be back? I can’t say that at this point. You never know.” Eh, I’m going to assume that’s just polite talk, because the Angels likely aren’t going…

  5. Why must the Mets copy anyone?

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday one of the ESPN talking heads — I want to say Olney, but it may have been someone else — said, after the Mets fired Omar Minaya, that they need a GM who can make a big splash and who can “compete with the Yankees.”  I thought this was silly, because an argument can…

  6. Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell a possibility in Toronto

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    CSN New England is reporting that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is in the running for the Blue Jays’ managerial vacancy and is said to be on Toronto’s “short list.”  CSN is also saying that there’s a possibility that he could be interviewed for the Mariners job as well. Farrell has declined interviews with…

  7. Deep Thought: How the fans of playoff teams feel at the moment

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    With no games on last night I spent most of the evening screwin’ around on the Internet, trying to start fights on message boards and that sort of thing.  In the course of my virtual travels, I spoke (more or less) with fans of every playoff team.  Based on these conversations, I’ve figured something out:…

  8. Poll: What do you think of MLB's unwritten rules?

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

    Bob Harkins has written a story on the unwritten rules of baseball over at NBCSports.com. He interviewed several players to get their views, and the results, found here, are pretty interesting. There is also a story looking at the most common unwritten rules, and you can get Craig’s take here. So what do you think? Vote…

  9. Ronny Cedeno wore the wrong jersey yesterday

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno wore the wrong jersey for yesterday’s season finale against the Marlins. He wore the one from Hispanic Heritage Night that, instead of Pittsburgh,” said “Piratas” on the front.  I couldn’t find any still pics of it, but you can see it in the video of the home run he hit yesterday, here. The…

  10. Mike Redmond is retiring

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Longtime backup catcher Mike Redmond retired today. He said “I fulfilled every goal I had as a player.” For his career he ends up with a line of .287/.342/.358. He’ll almost certainly move on to coaching and may very well be a manager one day. And if it was most every other backup catcher in…

  11. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter is worth $10 million over two years

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    So, how much is Derek Jeter worth as a free agent? A former general manager, speaking to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, opines thusly: “Twelve million dollars over two years, maybe $10 million over two. But I think he’ll probably get a lot more than that . . . It is not a rational…

  12. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings: Playoffs edition

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Twenty-two teams are snug in their rumpus rooms, getting ready to watch the playoffs on TV like the rest of us suckers. The other eight still live, and if it lives, I can rank it.

  13. HBT Daily: Me being a Braves homer edition

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    If the reference to “today’s games” doesn’t tip you off, the fact that I had my Braves cap on while taping should reveal that this went in the can about five minutes after the Giants game ended yesterday.

  14. Must-click link: Peter Angelos: the most generous owner in baseball

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    OK, that’s hyperbole, but how many baseball owners gave their teams $100 million out of their own pocket to cover operating losses? And how many wrote a check for $300,000 to keep the municipal pools open in a budget crunch while asking for no credit or acknowledgment?  According to this in-depth profile of Orioles’ owner…

  15. The Rays change the rules regarding balls off the catwalks

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s not often that you see a ground rules change in midstream, but Major League Baseball has approved of new ones for Tropicana Field, effective for the playoffs. Specifically, for balls off the A&B catwalks (i.e. the two highest rings). Previously, if a ball hit those rings, the ball was in play, and it was…

  16. Jeff Wilpon: Omar Minaya had full autonomy

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    As I type this, Fred and Jeff Wilpon are giving a press conference regarding the firings of Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel. There have been some high points. Fred Wilpon acknowledging that the Mets haven’t won enough and, for the first time I can recall, speaking passionately about the team and saying that it means…

  17. What the heck are "pressure starts?"

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    I’m not going to re-re-re-rehash the AL Cy Young arguments here, but this thing from the Daily News’ Bill Madden — Spink Award-winning Bill Madden — begs to be highlighted: The sabermetric guys are making the case for Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who belies his 13-12 record with a league-leading 2.27 ERA, 249.2 innings, 30 quality…

  18. Dusty Baker, Reds sign a two-year extension

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Not all of today’s managerial news is carnage. Some of it is downright positive: like Dusty Baker and the Reds agreeing to a two-year extension, as the team just said in a press release. It’s a deserved extension. Dusty led the Reds to their first playoff appearance and division title in 15 years, and their…

  19. The Brewers decline to pick up Ken Macha's 2011 option

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    This is neither (a) technically a firing; or (b) a surprise, but it’s now official — via team press release — that the Brewers and Ken Macha are parting ways. It’s not a firing because Macha’s contract was only a two-year thing and it’s now up. The mechanism of his departure is the team declining…

  20. It's finally official: Manuel and Minaya are gone

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    The Mets just issued a press release saying that Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya have been “relieved of their duties.” This follows their morning release about the sun rising and anticipates their evening release about darkness falling. As soon as it came out a dozen fedora-wearing reporters rushed to pay phones to call in their…

  21. So how did I do with those predictions?

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    I’m certain that mine weren’t the best around in 2010. I’m pretty sure they weren’t the worst either. How were yours?

  22. It's moving day for managers

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Most of the baseball world is on airplanes today with players, coaches, writers and everyone else flying home or to playoff cities or beaches or duck blinds or wherever it is they spend their offseason.  The exception: top brass who will be meeting for several teams to discuss the fates of their managers. One specifically…

  23. Behold: Your League Leaders

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    True Story: in the 1970s, the Elias Bureau kept track of who led each league in sideburns.

  24. Quote of the Day: Tim Lincecum was really, really ready for his champagne shower

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    And thank you, Associated Press, for protecting our virgin ears.

  25. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    The Giants win the West, the Braves take the wild card and the Padres go home. As do 21 other teams on what was the final day of the 2010 regular season.

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