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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bonus Twitter Questions!

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    The Question

    For reasons outside of my control — let’s just say the video feed for HBT Daily barfed on itself this morning — we weren’t able to get to all of your Twitter questions.  And I had some saved up for the video too!  Well, waste-not, want-not, I always say, so here’s what we would have…

  2. The Rays need to get out of Tampa Bay

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria

    I don’t know that I know enough myself to make such a judgment, but that’s the judgment of ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, who writes what I feel to be a fairly accurate and even-handed assessment of the problems facing the Rays in St. Petersburg, concluding thusly: Again: This is not about assigning blame. Nobody is a…

  3. Roger Clemens can get the Mitchell Report notes

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    Roger Clemens’ perjury trial is coming up soon, and one of the little skirmishes in advance of it is whether Clemens would be allowed access to the notes of the investigators who helped put together the Mitchell Report. Today a judge ruled that, yep, he can have access to them. The specific notes in question…

  4. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    If we can get the hamster and the wheel inside our camera working properly we’ll have some Twitter questions on HBT Daily later. For now, the ones that didn’t make the video cut.

  5. No, Jose Reyes is not going to the Yankees

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    There are some folks out there — not really folks with media credentials or any special insight, but folks all the same, usually in blog comments sections — who like to pretend that Jose Reyes is going to be a New York Yankee at some point soon.  They can probably apply their minds in a…

  6. Orlando Cabrera is John Galt

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    01v/22/arve/g2157/046

    Orlando Cabrera doesn’t much care for playing third base. But according to Paul Hoynes, Cabrera has a way of dealing with the challenges facing him at the hot corner: The Tribe’s Orlando Cabrera prepared for his second-ever start at third base Wednesday night by reading “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand. “This is my bible,” Cabrera…

  7. Fox won’t have Frank McCourt’s back if he takes the team into bankruptcy

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    One possible strategy — outside of extreme and acrimonious litigation — Frank McCourt could pursue to thwart Major League Baseball’s seizure of the team when he fails to meet payroll is to put the team into bankruptcy.  I’m not a bankruptcy expert — not by a longshot — but generally speaking a bankruptcy filing puts…

  8. Phillie Phanatic gets smacked with a foul ball

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Phanatic

    I knew a guy who used to do the mascot thing. It’s not an easy gig. The suits are hotter than blue blazes, it’s not easy to see in them, let alone dance and clown around, and you can bet your life on the fact that at least half of the people you interact with…

  9. Ron Roenicke: Interleague play is unfair

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    The Brewers look to be in a dogfight with the Cardinals in the NL Central all year. It’s hard enough to compete with the Cardinals, however, without being saddled with a tougher schedule. But a tougher schedule is what Milwaukee has, thanks to an interleague slate that includes trips to Boston and New York, a…

  10. A fan Bartmaned a ball at AT&T Park last night

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Rage WTF

    It ended up not impacting the game, but this is a serious code violation: A Giants fan sitting along the left-field line at AT&T Park last night snagged a foul ball that Giants outfielder Cody Ross could have caught in the sixth inning. Here’s the play. I love how the fan mouths the words “oh shucks!” —…

  11. Frank McCourt has paid back hundreds of thousands in questionable Dodgers charity salary expenditures

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If Frank McCourt only misses the June 30th payroll by only $122,000, we know why! Jim Peltz and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times report: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt repaid more than $100,000 to a team charity after the state attorney general found the funds had been used primarily for the benefit of the club’s former chief…

  12. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cincinnati Reds - Game Two

    Yankees 4, Reds 2; Reds 10, Yankees 2: A twin bill thanks to Tuesday night’s rain. We start with the second one because that has the coolest thing in it: Chris Heisey hitting three homers and driving in five. Like a boss. New York takes the first one with an effective outing from Freddy Garcia…

  13. Midnight Sun game called due to darkness

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Midnight sun

    I don’t know why I find this so funny, but I do: the annual Midnight Sun baseball game played up in Fairbanks, Alaska was called for darkness early this morning. An approaching storm entered into the mix too, but I’m not going to let that take away from the delicious irony. Assuming it is irony.…

  14. Jose Bautista robs Jordan Schafer of a home run

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bautista robs homer.bmp

    The Braves had a relatively easy time with the Blue Jays this afternoon, but it could have been worse for Toronto: by all rights Jordan Schafer should have had a homer in the bottom of the seventh, but Jose Bautista leaped up and snagged it as it was about to fly over the fence. The…

  15. The Cardinals release Miguel Batista

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    Given that — as Bernie Miklasz noted in his evisceration of the Cardianls’ bullpen today — Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks per nine innings and 15.43 base runners per nine innings, he was likely not long for the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.  And today his run there ended: the Cards have given Batista his…

  16. Bryan Stow’s condition improves

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Based on everything we’ve heard, Bryan Stow likely suffered brain damage in the beating he received at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Yet within the overall sense of gloom about his condition, there have been occasions of good news. The latest coming today: Doctors say the medical condition of a San Francisco Giants fan who…

  17. Greg Anderson and the College World Series star

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Greg Anderson

    A good read over at The Post Game today. Steve Henson, who has been following the BALCO/steroids beat for years, reports on the relationship between University of California second baseman Tony Renda and Greg Anderson.  Yes, that Greg Anderson. Along the way Henson paints a picture of what the never ending BALCO prosecution has done to…

  18. “Life in Frank McCourt’s ghost town”

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    In what is becoming something of a series over at the Los Angeles Times, Bill Plaschke writes a column today about what it’s like to go to a Dodgers game now that the McCourt fan boycott is in full swing.  Those who have been to Dodger Stadium before will not recognize Plaschke’s description: We put…

  19. David Ortiz stole a base. That actually happened.

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    When someone tells me that the DH rules because pitchers can’t hit, I have historically responded by saying “well, it ain’t like watching David Ortiz run the bases is a thing of beauty either.” I take it all back. Every word of it. Because this was poetry in frickin’ motion. The form. The grace. Sheer…

  20. Jonah Keri to write the definitive history of the Montreal Expos

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Expos in a line

    And now for some news as fantastic as it was inevitable: friend of HBT Jonah Keri, fresh of his bestselling success, The Extra 2%, just signed a deal to write the definitive history of the Montreal Expos. The details are over at Jonah’s blog. The only slight bummer: his publisher has it slated to come…

  21. Aroldis Chapman to be optioned to Louisville

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    chapman getty

    John Fay reports that Aroldis Chapman will not be activated from the disabled list today, but rather, will be optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Chapman had another nice outing for Louisville yesterday, but the Reds likely want to make sure that’s more the norm than his horrific performances from earlier in his rehab stint and for the Reds before…

  22. Jack McKeon and the radio transmitter

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dick Tracy ad

    Larry Granillo has a neat story over at Wezen-Ball today, recounting the time when, as a minor league manager nearly 50 years ago, Jack McKeon was part of an experiment wherein the manager and the pitcher communicated via radio transmitters. After reading that, all I can do is thank the maker that the idea didn’t…

  23. Photo of the Day: Sunglasses at Night

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    I think the Rangers little sunglasses at night world record thing was kind of silly. But hey, at least it gave us this picture, via the Associated Press:

  24. A trek to meet Omar Vizquel

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    omar-vizquel-white-sox

    We talked relics in the last post. An autograph is kind of like a relic too, but it’s way higher up the list, at least if it’s obtained in person.  And the circumstances around getting that autograph matter too.  If you pay a bunch of money to have some flunky take your baseball card from…

  25. You can own the dirt beneath Derek Jeter’s feet

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    In ancient times, some random sect of people might lay claim to the remains of a venerated hero as a part of hero cult.  Parts of their weapons or clothes, a lock of hair, earlobes, whatever.  This practice developed over the centuries and, like most ancient practices, was adopted and/or co-opted by organized religion, with stuff like Elisha’s bones…

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