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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: Phillies-Braves, Yankees-Rays

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    A big week for the East. Thank God we’ve got that bias working for us already!

  2. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    For the second straight week, a new team tops the charts.

  3. George Steinbrenner monument to be dedicated tonight

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    The Yankees are going to dedicate George Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park tonight. They would have had the ceremony sooner after Steinbrenner’s death, but there was a delay due to the original plaque-maker being killed for including the line “. . . presided over the Yankees’ longest period between postseason appearances in franchise history: 1982-1994.”…

  4. Bobby Valentine and the Yankees? Sure, why not?

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman has a lot of managerial speculation in his latest column. One of the fun ones: while it’s highly unlikely Joe Girardi won’t be back in New York, if he does bolt, “Bobby Valentine likely would be one candidate to replace him in the Bronx.” I just love this because it proves that we…

  5. King Felix may be shut down early

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez would have three starts left if he stays on regular rest. Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald reports, however, that he may start only two more games because the team is concerned about his workload. Hernandez’s workload, that is. Not Arnold’s. I’m sure he’ll be able to report for the rest of the…

  6. Adam Dunn and the Nats are working on an extension

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Sanity is apparently prevailing in Washington as the team that can’t afford to lose one of the biggest bats in the game — the Nats — and the player who is on record as saying that he really wants to stay in Washington — Adam Dunn — are working to a contract extension, according to…

  7. Jayson Werth signs with Scott Boras. Is this important? Does this mean something?

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    As expected, Jayson Werth has signed with Scott Boras. I think Werth was already shaping up to be one of the most interesting free agent choices in some time, but this adds to the intrigue. His 2010 season was being talked about like it was a disappointment for much of the early part of the…

  8. When will baseball do something about maple bats?

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tyler Colvin could have been killed yesterday. Is that what it takes before something is done about maple bats?

  9. A Braves minor league pitcher is probably in trouble

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Braves-Phillies preview at MLB.com (paraphrased): Jair Jurrjens looks to set the tone by taking the start tonight in Philly! Braves minor league starter Brandon Beachy to his hometown paper, the Kokomo Tribune (paraphrased): I’m with the Braves in Philadelphia, Jair Jurrjens knee is injured, and if he can’t go, I’m going to get the start!…

  10. Crazy prediction of the day: Steve Berthiaume and the Astros

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    “The Houston Astros will win the NL Central in 2011. I’m calling it right now — Astros ’11 division champs.” – ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, waxing a bit too optimistically, methinks, over the Astros downright respectable second half. I don’t want to take too much away from the Astros’ impressive in-season turnaround, but there’s no escaping…

  11. History repeats itself in the Tyler Colvin, Jason La Rue incidents

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    As I turned off the computer last night, I was pondering Tyler Colvin getting seriously injured with a bat shard and Jason La Rue’s career apparently ending due to an assault by a Reds pitcher. Then I picked up the book I’m reading about baseball in the 70s, “Big Hair and Plastic Grass.”  In the…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Stuff you missed over the weekend while you wished the weather would make up its damn mind already between summer and fall: Tyler Colvin was impaled by a bat shard. We’ll obviously have more about this and maple bats and all of that kind of thing over the next few days. Whenever you have the…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT

    The Phillies and Braves enter their big series on a roll, the Yankees and Rays — not so much.

  14. The Dodgers were contractually obligated to give Mattingly the job

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    We now turn to the latest bit of evidence showing that the Dodgers couldn’t manage their way out of a paper bag. Dylan Hernandez reports the following: Before the start of this season, Mattingly had signed a deal that guaranteed him the manager’s job if Torre stepped down. Look — I’m not going to quibble…

  15. Brian Cashman: no hard feelings toward Joe Torre

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews caught up with Brian Cashman following the announcement that Joe Torre was stepping down. And guess what? Despite Torre’s book pissing off everyone on the Yankees, Everything is hunky dory: General manager Brian Cashman said there are “no issues” between Joe Torre and the team he led to four world…

  16. Tony La Russa fires back at Jack Clark's "poopy pants" rant

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted earlier today, monobrowed-man-child Jack Clark called the Cardinals “quitters” and said “they have poopy in their pants.”  While such a sophisticated and air-tight indictment is difficult to rebut, Tony La Russa has a law degree, so he’s trained in the finer arts of oral advocacy. Specifically, the “I’m rubber and you’re glue”…

  17. Nick Swisher is still hurting; will sit tonight against the Orioles

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Yankees rightfielder Nick Swisher — who had a cortisone shot the other day — tested his knee running today, but it was decided he can’t yet return to the lineup. Swisher could pinch hit against the Orioles tonight, but Austin Kearns will start in right. Better safe than sorry. But really, the logic of that…

  18. Chipper Jones: "you can make absurd amounts of money playing this game"

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal interviewed Chipper Jones and asked him about his decision to try a comeback next year. Jones says he’ll only continue to play if he can be an effective player. The key question: given the denial inherent in a professional athlete’s psyche, how will he know if he can still be effective? I’ll know…

  19. Bryce Harper is excited to play ball. Maybe a bit too excited.

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper has suited up for the instructional league and was asked if he’s ready to play: “I am going to dive and scratch and claw. I will try to catch every ball out there. I am going to be a Kelly Leak kind of guy. I will use my arm to the fullest. I…

  20. Poll: Will Joe Torre ever manage again?

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Joe Torre is leaving the Dodgers. Will he ever manage again?survey software

  21. Must-click link: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Baseball

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter is clutch. Mark Teixeira should win the gold glove. Carlos Lee is the worst player in the majors. All things that almost go without saying. Except they’re wrong, as Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan explains in this year’s version of his highly-enjoyable 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Baseball column. Lots of pitching metrics this…

  22. Joe Torre is out as Dodgers manager; Don Mattingly takes over

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Joe Torre is going to announce today that he’s stepping down. That’s not terribly surprising. What is surprising is that the team is going to announce Don Mattingly as his successor. Surprising in that, as the season has gotten uglier and uglier for the Dodgers,…

  23. Jim Leyrtiz' DUI manslaughter trial delayed

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    We’re coming up on three years since former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz was in the auto accident that claimed the life of Fredia Ann Veitch, and he still has yet to go to trial. Trial was set to start next week, but that’s on hold because Leyrtiz is taking in interlocutory appeal of a key…

  24. HBT Daily: Down the stretch they come!

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I talk about this weekend’s series, the playoffs and that kind of stuff. What, you were expecting a round table about Jonathan Franzen’s latest book?

  25. Tough guy reporter thinks the Rays should throw at Derek Jeter

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has some advice for Joe Maddon and the Rays when they face the Yankees next week: Joe Maddon has an answer for everything, so I’m sure the Tampa Bay skipper doesn’t need any advice on how to handle the fallout from Knobgate. However . . . This one time,…

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