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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Which GMs are on the hot seat?

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal complies a list of the general managers who may be on the move after this season, be it by their own volition or via defenestration (figuratively speaking, with the possible exception of Jim Hendry, who could literally be defenestrated). I can’t disagree with most of his list. I think Hendry has to go because…

  2. The Rangers are going to raise the rails in front of all seating areas

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Rangers Ballpark

    According to Evidence Rule 407, subsequent remedial measures are not admissible in order to prove liability for an accident.  But they sure are interesting outside of the context of litigation: The Texas Rangers have taken the first steps toward making their ballpark safer following the death of a fan during a recent game. The club announced…

  3. The Blue Jays will retire Roberto Alomar’s number

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar Jays

    I was kind of surprised when I read that the Blue Jays had not retired anyone’s number apart from the league-wide 42 for Jackie Robinson. Then I thought about it and realized that there really hasn’t been any strong candidate for the honor. Dave Stieb, maybe?  Hey, we all love the guy, but he doesn’t…

  4. The Phillies have inquired about Leo Nunez

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been reading all the best websites, you know that the Phillies want both a reliever and a bat.  As far as the reliever goes, Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies have spoken with the Marlins about Leo Nunez. He of the 1.19 WHIP and 27 saves in 30 opportunities. Crasnick says that the Marlins…

  5. Will the Sox try to keep Jonathan Papelbon?

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    It’s all just talk, not news, but over at the Providence Journal Brian MacPherson speculates that the Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon may very well be together beyond 2011. His thinking: there are a lot of relief pitchers who will be available this winter, which could depress Papelbon’s asking price on the open market. At…

  6. Who in their right mind would offer Carlos Beltran arbitration?

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Look, I’m not going to pretend that I’m anywhere near the most knowledgeable dude on the planet when it comes to transactions, but I don’t get something that Buster Olney has been going on about for the past couple of days.  Short version: his belief that Carlos Beltan’s contract clause that prevents teams from offering…

  7. Sunday is Hall of Fame Induction Day

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Hall of Fame Induction Day always sneaks up on me. I rarely read or hear about it until the week leading up to it.  Which, in today’s media environment is kind of strange when you think about it. But it has done it again: Hall of Fame Induction Day is this Sunday. For those who…

  8. Why Twitter rocks for sports coverage

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

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    Twitter went a little haywire last night, just as there were nine or ten ballgames in progress.  The fact that it absolutely drove me and a bunch of other people nuts was kind of surprising to me.  I’ve been on Twitter less than two years. Surely I can enjoy an evening of baseball without hearing…

  9. UPDATE: The Yankees have ruled out Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    Ah, late July. When a perfectly good blog post I spend several minutes on (as far as you know) gets mooted just a few minutes later. Regarding that report about the Yankees talking to the Mets about Carlos Beltran: yeah, forget it.  Bob Klapsich reports that the Yankees have ruled him out as “not a…

  10. HBT Daily: Talking pitching at the trading deadline

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    How is Ubaldo Jimenez like my dad’s 1985 Corvette? Tune in to today’s HBT Daily to find out!

  11. Jose Reyes plays his rehab game, survives, returns to the Mets today

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes played a rehab game at Coney Island yesterday and everything went just swell:  1 for 3 with a double and a run scored plus six innings at shortstop.  No problems, no fuss, and now it’s back to the Mets for him tonight to face the Cardinals. And it’s not a moment too soon.…

  12. The Yankees have talked to the Mets about Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    File this under “interesting, but I’d be surprised if it went anywhere,” but Buster Olney says the Mets and Yankees have discussed Carlos Beltran. The extent to which anything could come of this, Olney notes, is the extent to which the Mets are interested in a pure salary dump.  Beltran would be really useful if…

  13. Stephen Strasburg hit 95 m.p.h. in a simulated game

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg, starting pitcher. A man barely alive. “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic pitcher. Stephen Strasburg will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.” Davey Johnson said Strasburg hit 95 today. And that was “a little tentative.”…

  14. Joe Mauer: signs of offensive life

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

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    It’s been a mostly-lost season for Joe Mauer, what with injury and ineffectiveness and all of that.  But July has been much kinder to the former MVP. Yesterday Mauer went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader against Cleveland, with a double and an RBI.  That day raised his average 30 points, from .260 to .290. For…

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

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Orioles relief pitcher Michael Gonzalez falls off the mound after delivering a pitch against the Red Sox in Baltimore

    Red Sox 15, Orioles 10: Of course. The night after Boston took 16 innings to score one run, they unload for 15 against the O’s. That after getting almost no sleep due to the late night. I said yesterday that the Orioles had their worst series of the season against Boston before the All-Star break,…

  16. Red Sox, Rays, Nats have called the Cardinals about Colby Rasmus

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak — totally disregarding Drew’s sound advice — says that Colby Rasmus is not being shopped and says a trade of their young center fielder and his father is not likely.  That’s not stopping teams from inquiring, however, as Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox, Rays and Nationals have all called…

  17. Red Sox-themed summer camp sells out. In the D.C. suburbs

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    The boundaries of Red Sox Nation are ever-expanding and, as it is so often noted, Washington D.C. is filled with transplants. So it should be no shocker that the Red Sox set up a team-sponsored summer camp in Bethesda, Maryland, and the thing sold out.  Dan Steinberg has the whole story over at D.C. Sports…

  18. David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg drop their appeals

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    In an utterly not unexpected move, both David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg dropped their suspensions arising out of their actions during the last series between the Red Sox and Orioles.  Each suspension was reduced from four games to three and their fines — originally $2,500 — were reduced as well. Conveniently enough, today marks the beginning of…

  19. Which Red Sox player are you?

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    This quiz which purports to tell you, based on some abbreviated personality inventory, which member of the Boston Red Sox you’d be is so beyond silly that I can’t even begin to quantify it. But yeah, I did it anyway. And it said I was David Ortiz. I have no idea what to think. Calling…

  20. HBT Daily: Looking at the hitters available at the trade deadline

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I look at the market for Carlos Beltran and the lesser offensive lights available at the trade deadline

  21. Minor league announcer quits while he’s on the air

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Remember the silliness with the Lake County Fielders last week?  How the manager and a giant chunk of the team quit right before a game because they weren’t getting paid, leading to a game in which Jose Canseco pitched for the opposition? Yeah, well apparently that was just one part of a gigantic cluster going…

  22. Frank McCourt calls MLB financing “a deal with the devil”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    One thing you learn pretty quick as a litigator is that, just because you can say something, doesn’t mean you should.  At least in court filings, where sometimes one’s rhetorical flourishes can go too damn far. Where one’s zealousness to make a sharp point leads one to say something in writing that they would never…

  23. Defending Springsteen’s use of “speedball” in “Glory Days”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    In the comments to the Springsteen post earlier, there were several of you who took issue with Springsteen’s use of the word “speedball” in the lyrics to “Glory Days.”  As in “he could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool,” for those unfamiliar. This bothered me for many years, and I’m…

  24. HBT readers are smart

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Mark Runsvold has been reading and commenting on HBT since its inception and before that was reading my old blog, Shysterball.  I always knew he was rather bright based on his comments, but I had no idea that he was going to do something like win $48K in one day on Jeopardy! But that’s what…

  25. That guy who could throw that speedball by you? His name is Joe DePugh

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Glory Days

    This was apparently in the New York Times last week, but I missed it. Reader Bill S. emailed me to let me know that it’s running again over at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The story: the real life identity of that pitcher Bruce Springsteen knew back in high school who could through that speedball by ya…

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