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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Russell Martin scratched with a sore toe

    May 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin fouled a ball off his foot in Saturday’s game against the Mariners. I hear that Steve Kelley thought it was a fantastic play.  The bad part of it is that it caused Joe Girardi to have to scratch Martin from today’s game with the Athletics.  Martin was originally in the lineup today but…

  2. Jose Reyes placed on the bereavement list

    May 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Jose Reyes will miss the next 3 to 7 days after the Mets placed him on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother in the Dominican Republic, Adam Rubin reports.  The Mets have not yet added anyone to the 25 man roster to take his place during that time. The Mets start off a…

  3. John Danks says Jose Bautista was “acting like a clown”

    May 30, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    John Danks

    Jose Bautista hit an infield popup in the fourth inning of yesterday’s White Sox-Blue Jays game and got mad at himself over it. The man pitching at the time was John Danks and he didn’t like the way Bautista handled himself.  They jawed at one another after Bautista slammed his bat down while running out…

  4. Nate Silver ranks baseball’s ballparks. Though he gets a little help.

    May 30, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    Nate Silver tends to do in-depth poll-crunching, but yesterday — as a bit of palate-cleanser —  he just presented the results of Yelp.com polling and ranked the major league ballparks from best to worst, based on average ratings by Yelp users.  The result: PNC Park on top, Rogers Centre on the bottom and, for the…

  5. There was another fire at Dodger Stadium this morning

    May 30, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    On Saturday night there was a small fire in a storage room at Dodger Stadium that caused smoke to be visible from the stands and required that a bunch of fans be moved from the upper decks along the first base line to other seats.  Now it’s being reported that there was a second fire…

  6. Umpire Wally Bell a no-show for yesterday’s Mets-Phillies game

    May 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    It’s not terribly uncommon for a game to be called by three umpires if one of the crew takes ill or gets injured or something.  But yesterday’s Mets-Phillies game was worked by a three-man crew because one of them — Wally Bell — didn’t show for the game. Though one has to assume that it…

  7. Remembering the less-famous ballplayers who served

    May 30, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Arlington cemetery

    Happy Memorial Day everyone. Hope you have a nice day off and, as you’re having that day off, hope you take the time to think about why you’re getting it. From a baseball perspective, we’ll no doubt hear and read stories today about the major leaguers who served in the military.  A good place to…

  8. Ozzie Guillen traffics in metaphor, is predictably misunderstood

    May 30, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Ozzie Guillen was apparently not in a very good mood in the wake of Saturday’s ugly extra innings loss, because yesterday morning he went off.  Most of the comments were about his coaches, how managers approach their job differently than players and fans do and about how much he cares about the White Sox, even…

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

    May 30, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Yes, it’s Memorial Day. But it’s also Monday, and that still happened.

  10. Kendrys Morales’ surgery is successful. Again.

    May 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    morales squarer

    Great news, Angels fans! Kendrys Morales had surgery on his left ankle today and, according to the team, the surgery was deemed a success. Indeed, this is the best news Angels fans have heard since last year, when Kenrdys Morales had surgery on his left ankle and it was deemed a success! It’s gonna be…

  11. “Buster Posey must be allowed to wear an armored exoskeleton at all times”

    May 27, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    posey catching

    “The Dugout” has moved around a lot over the years, but it is still my favorite place for faux-chat-room-style-humor. Really, it stands head and shoulders above its competitors in this regard. Today’s entry is a great example of what makes it so … um, great: Bud Selig and Jeff Berry saying in The Dugout what…

  12. Francoeur returns to form

    May 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    That’s the headline of this later-than-usual “Jeff Francoeur has figured it all out and is kicking butt and taking names” story from Stan McNeal at the Sporting News.  I mean, we’ve come to expect them when Francoeur gets off to his usual fast start following a chance of scenery, but late May is certainly an…

  13. The Rangers give Ron Washington a 26 year-old GM product as a thank you

    May 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    1985 Cadillac

    I kid the GM people!  It’s just that I lived in Flint, Michigan for the first 11 years of my life and was surrounded by people — and continue to be in contact with many of them — who act as if General Motors didn’t make some pretty awful cars in the 1980s. And not…

  14. Pete Rose wants to be able to enjoy the Hall of Fame while he’s alive

    May 27, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    Pete Rose was on 97.5 in Philly yesterday and was asked if he suspects that he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame after he’s dead.  His response: “Well I think that would probably to be honest with you piss a lot of people off if that’s the way it was. I mean it’s just…

  15. Too many Twins are in the best shape of their lives!

    May 27, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    The Twins have suffered a lot of injuries this year. Columnist Jim Souhan suggests that the problem may be over-training: Thus the modern ballplayer is bigger, faster, stronger, better-trained, and yet seemingly more fragile. Might many of these new-age injuries be the result of over-training? Michael Cuddyer agrees with the over-training thing. In contrast, broadcaster…

  16. HBT Daily: What can be done about catcher collisions?

    May 27, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Yeah, we’ve probably talked this to death already, but I swear, when we taped this yesterday it was still fresh.

  17. Introducing Carlos Beltran: “RBI whore”

    May 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    beltran bats

    Joel Sherman’s latest column is about the fury and backlash among Mets fans in the wake of Fred Wilpon’s comments about the team and its best players.  And he has some decent observations about how, if you’re a Mets player, you’re not likely to be all that motivated at the moment. But there was one…

  18. A good review of the new Derek Jeter book

    May 27, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    jeter grimace

    Ben Kabak of River Avenue Blues has a good review of the new Ian O’Connor book about Derek Jeter.  Which I haven’t read and I don’t really plan to, on the basis that no really good biography can be written about someone whose story is not complete. Which is basically where Ben comes down too.…

  19. David Cone: Stathead

    May 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Cone

    Maybe that’s putting it too strongly, but David Cone is big into advanced metrics, citing Fangraphs as his favorite site. Not bad!  What say you about sabermetics, David? You know, it’s something I got into more when I stopped playing. I’m a little jealous that I didn’t have this sort of data when I was…

  20. Baseball team needs help? Call Wall Street

    May 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    In light of hedge fund manager David Einhorn buying into the Mets, The Wall Street Journal makes an observation this morning: Einhorn is poised to join a growing number of sports team stakeholders who have come to this highly eccentric vocation bearing one basic skill: the ability to manage enormous sums of money. Over the past…

  21. Harmon Killebrew’s memorial service, featuring Mudcat Grant on “What a Wonderful World”

    May 27, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Harmon Killebrew

    Commissioner Selig, Hank Aaron, scads of current and former Twins players and thousands of fans turned out at Target Field yesterday for a memorial service for Harmon Killebrew.   The details of the service can be read here. And at the risk of creating isolated dust storms in the vicinity of your computer, I embed…

  22. Ray Fosse doesn’t think you can change the rules regarding catcher collisions

    May 27, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Rose Fosse

    If there is one person whose opinion of the Buster Posey injury is worth hearing it’s Ray Fosse. Who, if you’re unaware, suffered a pretty bad injury that seriously impacted his career when, as a 23-year-old, he was bowled over at home plate by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game. It’s worth noting, though,…

  23. Buster Posey schadenfreude? No, that’s taking it too far

    May 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    posey catching

    I said in the recaps this morning that I think the tone of mourning that has surrounded Buster Posey‘s injury is a bit much. But in my mind it’s preferable to this, from the AZ Snakepit blog: But, let’s be brutally honest. While on one level, it’s a terrible thing, there’s a dark corner of…

  24. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 27, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    hangover breakfast

    A lot of people are getting tired of the old pic of the breakfast wrap. Here’s something that may be more up your alley

  25. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 27, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Wes Helms

    Marlins 1, Giants 0: Anibal Sanchez with the shutout and Ryan Vogelsong took a tough loss.  And at the risk of being a big jerk here, am I crazy for thinking that the articles about the Giants that have taken on a tone of mourning over the Posey injury are a bit much? It sucks.…

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