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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Alfredo Simon is going to trial

    May 17, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Simon_Alfredo

    Orioles’ pitcher Alfredo Simon had been released from prison and allowed to come to the United States to pitch, but he’s not out of the woods in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michael Castillo. To the contrary: he’s going to trial. That was the determination at a preliminary hearing today.  No…

  2. Were ballplayers of the 1950s … sissies?

    May 17, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

    Old Hoss Radbourn

    While doing what I do quite often — killing time over at Baseball Think Factory — I came across this Sports Illustrated article from 1954.  The headline: “Are Today’s Baseball Players Sissies Compared To The Old-timers?” Seriously! Predictably, there was the usual assortment of “baseball is going to Hell” voices, two of which actually name-checked…

  3. The Selling of Joe DiMaggio

    May 17, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Joe DiMaggio

    Bill Hicks once did a bit about ad and marketing guys that, while a bit on the harsh side, did tell some essential truths. the biggest one: ad and marketing guys can basically talk themselves into selling anything regardless of the facts on the ground. I’m reminded of this as I read about an ad agency…

  4. T.J. Simers pays to go to a Dodgers game, just like a fan

    May 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers batter Andre Ethier reacts in the dugout after he struck out against the New York Mets during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    I’ve had my issues with T.J. Simers in the past, but sometimes his curmudgeon act — though it may not be an act — is pretty damn funny. Like today’s column in which he eschewed the press pass and bought tickets to go see the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game the other night.  The point, I think, was…

  5. Tyler Colvin sent down to AAA

    May 17, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    Tyler Colvin

    “Is this heaven?” “No, Tyler. It’s Iowa.” Cubs’ outfielder/first baseman Tyler Colvin has been sent down to AAA. This despite a rookie campaign that showed some promise. Indeed, it may have been too good to be true: 20 homers and 56 RBIs  in 358 at-bats despite not doing a ton in the minors to suggest that…

  6. HBT Daily: In which I talk to Matt Cain

    May 17, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    The most notable takeaway apart from my total lack of interviewing skillz: Matt Cain would not admit that Buster Posey was out on that steal attempt in the NLDS last year. So I guess we both have our problems.

  7. Bernie Williams was once demoted to ninth in the order. How did he handle it?

    May 17, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    bernie-williams-yankees

    I gotta admit: the Jorge Posada stuff has been a hoot for me. Helps that I’m not a Yankees fan, of course, but I’m not gonna lie: great fun in the way that all off-field drama is great fun for someone tasked with blogging about baseball for living. Which makes me a bit sad that,…

  8. Are the new Astros owners the latest in a long line of debt-riddled ownership groups?

    May 17, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Jim Crane

    Jim Crane met the media as the owner-in-waiting for the Houston Astros yesterday, and that led to a couple of glowing reviews of his business acumen and his plans for the future of the organization. It also led to a report in Forbes that says $300 million of the $680 million sales price of the team…

  9. Bonds jurors are second-guessing their votes

    May 17, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    It’s not often that you see jurors from high-profile cases tracked down well after the case is over, but the New York Times has tracked down the jurors from the Barry Bonds case. And guess what? Several of them are following the post-trial aspects of the case quite closely.  And whaddaya know, four of the…

  10. Poor, poor Vin Mazzaro

    May 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Vin Mazzaro

    When a pitcher “wears one,” it means he takes one for the team in a blowout, helping preserve the other arms in the bullpen to fight and pitch another day.  Vin Mazzaro did that last night in the Royals’ 19-1 loss to the Indians, and he did so in epic fashion. According to Joe Posnanski, this…

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

    May 17, 2011, 6:00 AM EST

    Black Swan

    Cardinals 3, Phillies 1: I had this game on in my den with the sound off while my wife watched “Black Swan” in the other room. That made it really creepy, especially when I tweeted about it last night and people kept proposing scenes in which Cliff Lee was the Natalie Portman character and Charlie…

  12. Get this: Albert Pujols is starting at third base tonight

    May 16, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Here’s a good way to tell that Tony La Russa is back in the saddle: following a bad weekend, the Tinker-a-tron has been set to “ludicrous” and Albert Pujols is starting at third base. Now, of course Pujols came up as a third baseman for the Cardinals — and he did get one sub-in there…

  13. Report: Paul Splittorff has throat cancer; is near death

    May 16, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Paul Spitoroff

    I would very much like to never have to post about this sort of thing again, but it’s reported today that longtime Royals starter and recent broadcaster Paul Splittorff has throat cancer and melanoma and is near death.  He had been suffering from an ailment which affected his voice since early last year, but what the…

  14. Braves will give Julio Teheran another start

    May 16, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Julio Teheran

    Braves’ uberprospect Julio Tehrean made his major league debut against the Phillies a week ago Saturday.  It wasn’t the most impressive thing in the world — he allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and was working behind guys the whole time — but you got at least a glimpse of his promise based on…

  15. David Wright has a stress fracture of his lower back

    May 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    David Wright

    Amy K. Nelson reports that Mets’ third baseman David Wright had MRI on his back and the tentative diagnosis is that he stress fracture in his lower back.  Nelson spoke with Sandy Alderson who says that Wright is getting a second opinion. Wright has missed some time with back issues in the past week, but…

  16. The Yankees and Derek Jeter are cool over PosadaPocalypse

    May 16, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweeted a few minutes ago that the Yankees have spoken with Derek Jeter — Buster Olney says it was a conference call — and that, whatever anger was felt by the Yankees front office as a result of Jeter’s comments, things are cool now and everyone can presumably go…

  17. Who would want to kill Ron Santo?

    May 16, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Ron Santo

    This is from Friday — found via Baseball Think Factory — but apparently Ron Santo’s FBI file has been released. FBI file? For Santo?  Yep: he had some death threats in the early 70s. USA Today has the details of the threat letters and the investigation. All I can do is sit here and wonder what…

  18. The sale of the Houston Astros is a done deal

    May 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Astros logo

    All last week, as the reports of Jim Crane’s imminent purchase of the Houston Astros came in, current owner Drayton McLane kept saying that the lawyers had to dot I’s and cross T’s, and that there were “a lot of details for the lawyers to work on.”  Seems that McLane made his lawyers work over…

  19. The Reds and Cardinals are getting ugly. And it’s wonderful.

    May 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    Yeah, I’m using this picture again. It’s a great picture. I have absolutely no plans to take a side in the increasingly ugly Reds-Cardinals rivalry. I’m just thankful that it’s as intense as it is, because baseball needs a good hate-filled rivalry right now.  Giants-Dodgers still has bile but that got too damn real this…

  20. HBT Daily: Hip hip Jorge!

    May 16, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    Well, what did you think we were going to talk about?

  21. The Posada flap is not done yet: the Yankees’ front office is mad at Derek Jeter

    May 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    derek jeter and kevin long yankees

    UPDATE: Peace in our time. 11:32 AM: In the wake of the Jorge Posada Sit-down-a-palooza, Derek Jeter had this to say: “My reaction was that I didn’t think it was that big a deal,” Jeter said about the Posada incident. “If you need a day, you need a day. It’s over. It’s done. It’s not the…

  22. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    May 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Francisco Cordero, Edinson Volquez

    I gotta tell ya, no one feels like a number one team right now. Cleveland and Philly have the best records in baseball, but both are flawed teams who played some unexciting baseball last week.  Then you have Florida, but Philly beat them two out of three last week, so how can I put them…

  23. The ugliest ballcaps you’ll see today

    May 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    ugly red sox cap

    I’m not some stiff-necked purist. Sure, I’d prefer that people wear actual game-replica caps or throwback caps that were once actually worn in pitched battle on the diamond, but if you want to wear a black Dodgers cap or even a Red Yankees cap or something I’m not going to go crazy, even if I…

  24. Egad, there have been a lot of rainouts

    May 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Rockies Phillies Baseball Weather

    Praise be to Rob McKenna, La Nina or the deity of your choice, but there have been a lot of rainouts this year.  Three yesterday, which brings the total to 25, which is a pretty incredible number. As Maury notes, there were only eight through this point last season. 2007 was the record year for the past…

  25. The Aroldis Chapman horror show continues

    May 16, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

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    I was going to say “lost in the Reds’ win yesterday …” but I don’t think this was really lost on anyone: Aroldis Chapman came into the game with a seven-run lead in the ninth inning yesterday, faced five batters, walked four of them and all of them came around to score. He threw only…

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