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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Study: Major League injuries on the rise

    Aug 1, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Posey injury 2.bmp

    Most of us never read actual studies. Just abstracts. Mostly because we have short attention spans.  But hey, that’s life. Oh, look! Something shiny! Latest abstract of a study we won’t read: one in the American Journal of Sports Medicine that says that MLB injuries are on the rise. The upshot: there are more injuries among…

  2. Why do I do Power Rankings again?

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    My original impulse to do power rankings was two-fold: (1) to force myself to actually look back at how each team did in the past week because I sometimes lose track, especially over the weekend; and (2) to have someplace to put occasional random observations about teams that wouldn’t justify their own blog post. I should add…

  3. The Yankees are going to call up Jesus Montero “in the very near future”

    Aug 1, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    The exact timeline is unclear, but the Trenton Times reports that the Yankees are going to call up catcher Jesus Montero “in the very near future.” Montero was rumored to be the fodder of a possible Ubaldo Jimenez deal at the deadline, but one gets the sense that the Yankees weren’t keen on trading him.  It…

  4. Let’s help research subconscious racism in sports commentary

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    We’re all aware of the subtle racism that creeps into sports broadcasts, writing and general fan chatter.  About how the white guy is a hard worker and the black guy is gifted. About how the Latino guy is lazy and the white dude is nursing a hidden injury.  About how you can tell the hustlers…

  5. I approve of this field-rushing

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    A couple of fans rushed the field at the Cardinals-Cubs game last night. Awful. Such a thing has no place in polite society. Think of the safety concerns! Think of the poor example it sets for the children!  This must be stopped if we are ever to — wait, what?  One of them was kinda…

  6. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Howard Ortiz

    A lot of movement by default this week, it seems. No one except the Brewers really made a big impression, and as I mention in their comment, it wasn’t that big. Perhaps all of the trades that went down over the past few days will shake things up between now and our next Power Rankings…

  7. As if the trade deadline wasn’t stressful enough

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    I’d hate to be a general manager around trade deadline time. So much to do. So many calls to make and return. Pressure from the owners above and the fans below and the need to be clear — crystal clear — about where the team currently stands on the success cycle and where it might…

  8. The Angels and the Tigers: men behaving badly

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    I had all kinds of fun yesterday watching that gonzo Angels-Tigers game.  But really, no one distinguished themselves once it got all ugly. For those who missed it: Magglio Ordonez may or may not have shown up Jered Weaver by posing for a home run after he hit it.  I actually buy Ordonez’s argument that…

  9. A’s owner Lew Wolff calls on Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Lew Wolff

    While it’s been pretty clear that Bud Selig has the backing of all of the other owners in the Frank McCourt fight, yesterday Athletics owner Lew Wolff became the first to publicly call on Frank McCourt to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers. What set him off was Frank McCourt’s ridiculous statement in court filings in which…

  10. About post-trade deadline trades

    Aug 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    While we talk about July 31st as the “trade deadline,” it really isn’t a deadline. Or at least a hard one.  You can still trade guys in August.  It’s just that (a) any trade after the July deadline is a little trickier; and (b) if you trade a guy after August 31st, he can’t be on…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    trading places

    Really, it was all trades this weekend, and we had you covered like a jimmy hat on that stuff.  If you’re simply looking to see who went where, check out the HBT Trade Deadline Tracker, which has all the specifics of all of the deals.  If you’re looking for something a touch more in depth,…

  12. Report: Clay Buchholz out for season with stress fracture

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    buchholz throws reuters

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com is reporting that Clay Buccholz is suffering from a stress fracture in his lower back and that it is unlikely that he’ll be able to pitch again this season. Erik Bedard looking better now, Red Sox Nation? McAdam reports that Buchholz, will see a back specialist in Los Angeles today, but that…

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

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Tigers 3, Angels 2: Wow, this was a wild one. Made all the more wild by the fact that (a) it was going on just as the trade deadline was approaching; and (b) since Justin Verlander had a no-hitter going, it seemed like everyone was watching it. At least everyone in my little corner of…

  14. Red Sox land Erik Bedard in three-team, seven-player deal

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    This one came in just as the clock struck four, which is midnight for trade deadline purposes: Erik Bedard from Seattle to the Red Sox. The Dodgers are involved too. Here’s how it works: Boston is getting Bedard and Josh Fields from Seattle. The Sox are then sending minor league catcher Tim Federowicz, righty Juan Rodriguez…

  15. HBT Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

    We’re constantly updating the doings at the trade deadline with individual posts here at HBT, but for those only looking for the big picture, we offer this handy dandy list of the trades that have gone down. The trades are listed in reverse chronological order and are identified by the key player in each deal.…

  16. Derek Jeter leaves game after getting hit in the hand

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter left today’s Yankees-Orioles game after getting hit on the hand by a Jake Arrieta pitch.  It happened in the third inning, and Jeter tried to stay in the game, but he left in the fifth. Good news: no break.  X-Rays are negative and it’s being reported that Jeter is day-to-day, as are we all.

  17. UPDATE: Forget Heath Bell – it’s Mike Adams to the Rangers

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Mike Adams

    UPDATE:  It’s not often that Ken Rosenthal misfires — he is, in my view, the best at this rumor business —  but he misfired here. Almost immediately after his report that the Padres had traded Heath Bell to the Rangers, multiple reports came in that it was not Bell, but rather, Mike Adams who is…

  18. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    As we wait around to hear if anything happens with those Yankees-Astros talks about Wandy Rodriguez, we get this tweet from Jon Heyman:  Yankees dont like wandy’s contract, or necessarily his pitching. but they know they need to do something. Well, apart from that … Look: I understand the trade deadline is nutso, but when was…

  19. UPDATE: chances of a Denard Span deal to the Nats are less than 50-50

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    storen_drew

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian is now reporting that the chances of Storen/Span deal less than 50-50 and that the Nationals may pivot to B.J. Upton in their search for a center fielder.  Are the Nats really that afraid to give up Drew Storen?  Seems kind of nutso to me, but then again, I just work…

  20. The addition of Michael Bourn was a masterful move for the Braves

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Adding Michael Bourn is not going to make the Braves make up five games on the Phillies, but it was a masterful move all the same.  Simply a great trade for Atlanta any way you look at it. First Bourn:  he’s an elite center fielder, obviously.  You can look at the gold gloves if you…

  21. The Braves may bring Omar Infante back

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin, Omar Infante

    UPDATE:  Buster Olney says that a lot of teams have called the Marlins about Infante and that, at the moment, no one is really close, including Atlanta. Upshot: the Marlins may hang on to their All-Star. 8:50 AM: Hey, if you have a chance to add a former All-Star at the deadline, you take it,…

  22. Rich Harden’s deal fell through over — wait for it — his medical records

    Jul 31, 2011, 7:07 AM EDT

    rich harden a's injured

    Seeing Rich Harden’s trade to the Red Sox go sideways late last night was rather surprising and rather odd, but now that we know the reason, it’s not that surprising after all:  the Red Sox called it off after looking at his medical records. Shocking, I know. Here’s how WEEI’s Alex Speier reports it: A…

  23. Shin-Soo Choo looking at a mid-August return

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    choo blue wide

    Jordan Bastian tweets that Shin-Soo Choo hopes to rejoin the Indians during a series against the White Sox from August 16-18. Choo resumed baseball activities this week — hitting off a tee, mostly — and all seems to be fine.  The Indians haven’t given an official timetable for his return, but after a terrible season…

  24. Ryan Langerhans traded to the Diamondbacks

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

    Finally! After weeks of rumors we can finally put all of this “where will Ryan Langerhans go?” speculation to bed! Oh, wait there wasn’t any.  But it is the “trade deadline,” not just the “Hunter Pence Trade Deadline” so you should know that Ryan Langerhans has been traded by the Mariners to the Diamondbacks for…

  25. The A’s are going to trade Andrew Bailey to the Rangers? Really?

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Color me dubious, but Brady Tinker of Fox Southwest reports that the A’s and Rangers are talking about a trade involving Andrew Bailey. Why the A’s would trade their closer to a division rival is an open question.  Of course, the Rangers are said to be involved in intense talks with the Padres about Heath Bell,…

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