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Craig Calcaterra

  1. What’s the point of the waiver trade deadline?

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    We post on random waiver deals and waiver deal rumors, but our hearts aren’t really in it because it’s all rather silly.  Yes, it matters when a trade is made, but if I had to bet the lives of my children on anything in this world it would be that the “Player X claimed by…

  2. Davey Johnson could very well be the Nats manager in 2012

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When Davey Johnson was hired following the resignation of Jim Riggleman, it was thought to be a temporary gig.  With comparisons to Jack McKeon, the story was that Johnson, already on the payroll, would be the 2011 caretaker and that this fall and winter Mike Rizzo would find the guy to lead the Nationals into…

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

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Question

    Time for the weekly Twitterbag. Which, when I put out the call for questions last night, I did so thusly: Twitter questions for HBT. This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it. Go! So, predictably, among my first few “questions” were “One…

  4. “No one made me laugh like Mike Flanagan. Tonight, he made me cry”

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Mike Flanagan

    As a ballplayer, Mike Flanagan was more of a fuzzy memory to me than a lot of guys of his era and stature. I should have more vivid memories of him pitching for the early 80s Orioles, back when I used to watch Tigers games all the time, but I don’t. I remember Jim Palmer…

  5. Gary Matthews: The Mets are crybabies

    Aug 25, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    crybaby

    This was fun. As I mentioned in the comments, Mike Pelfrey got into it for a second with Placido Polanco when he thought Polanco was trying to stick his elbow out to get on base via a HBP.  In the booth, Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews called the team “crybabies.” Later, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News,…

  6. Cubs interested in Cashman, Friedman and … Colletti?

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    One of these things, is not like the others, one of these things doesn’t belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time we finish our song? Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is wasting no time gathering information on potential general manager candidates, talking this week to people in and around baseball about…

  7. Barry Bonds snags a ball, has a great time at Giants-Padres game

    Aug 25, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Bonds at game.bmp

    Barry Bonds had front row seats — and somehow got himself a baseball — at last night’s Giants-Padres game.  Just watch the video of him here. Clearly the man is miserable and loathed due to his notorious past. His smiles mask his pain and all of those people shaking his hand, smiling at him and…

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

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

    Red Sox 13, Rangers 2: I would like to thank the Rangers’ pitchers for providing us with a pennant race in the AL West that we didn’t think we’d have. Carl Crawford was reanimated for this one and drove in five. Angels 8, White Sox 0: It’s not just about Texas’ pitching sucking though. It’s…

  9. Jason Heyward is in the lineup for the second straight night

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    If you think I’m simply posting about this because when I posted about it yesterday Heyward hit a grand slam, and that I want to continue to exercise my particular brand of sorcery in this regard, well … that’s where you’re right. Jose Constanza‘s ankle is apparently still bothering him. Or else Heyward’s slam has…

  10. Plenty of good seats available at the Reds-Marlins game

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    As I mentioned earlier today, because of the stupid hurricane, the Reds and Marlins scheduled an impromptu doubleheader today. It got underway just under an hour ago.  Cincy Enquirer reporter John Fay just tweeted that, during the National Anthem, an actual hand count totaled 250 fans. Another 50 or so have shown up in the past…

  11. Everything you ever wanted to know about scouting but were afraid to ask

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    radar gun

    Today is Acquaint Readers with The Jobs of Real Baseball Professionals Day. Earlier it was beat writers. Now: scouts. In the form of a very long yet very interesting look at what scouts really do by Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score. It’s complicated in places, but highly illuminating, focusing on how a scouting report…

  12. Phillies fans: you’re not really enjoying yourselves, are you?

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Howard Bryant of ESPN.com makes a pretty decent observation: when your team becomes a superpower, your fandom changes. The magic is really only there at the beginning of a dynasty or near-dynasty. After that you’re not satisfied with anything short of a title and something is lost. His Exhibit A: Phillies fans: For all the…

  13. Cardinals attendance is down close to 3,000 a game

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    The fact that the Cardinals remain a top-5 attendance team in one of baseball’s smallest market is a testament to the fan loyalty they’ve cultivated.  But things are a tad off this year: Rick Hummel reports that the Cardinals are down 2,843 fans a game.  No big worries given that they’ll still be over three million,…

  14. Dodgers fans can totally sink Vin Scully’s career if they want to

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    I’ve talked about my love-hate relationship with T.J. Simers before. Sometimes he’s nasty, cheap and intolerable. Sometimes, though, he’s pretty funny. Today is a good day. Seems the Dodgers have sent out fan surveys about their announcing crew. Which is pretty cool. Nothin’ wrong with getting fan feedback. Except, as Simers notes, it’s a bit…

  15. There’s allegedly a “secret plan” to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    I like this story a lot. Not because it has any new information, really, but because it involves a mayor of a large U.S. city basically saying “I have a secret and I can’t tell you so nyah, nyah nyah.” Short version: the Rays want out of St. Pete because its not economically viable to…

  16. Must-Click Link: Inside the mind of a Yankees beat writer

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger is, in my view, the best Yankees beat writer there is and is one of the best beat writers in all of Major League Baseball. I like his temperament. I like that he always manages to be even-handed while not checking his brain or his opinions at the door.  He’s…

  17. UPDATE: Hurricane Irene knocking the Yankees off TBS’ Sunday game

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Irene

    UPDATE: OK, I’m an idiot. They Yankees game is being knocked off TBS’ afternoon schedule and replaced with the Cubs-Brewers. ESPN is broadcasting the Angels-Rangers, which is decidedly NOT part of the dreaded East Coast Bias.  In my haste to cast ESPN as reluctantly giving up their Yankees fetish I pretty much, you know, ignored…

  18. Bryan Stow suffers a setback in his recovery

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:32 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

    Bryan Stow had been showing some signs of improvement in recent weeks, but as Jessica Pasko reports in the Mercury-News, he has suffered setbacks. Infections, to be precise. Both urinary tract and staph infections. His temperature has spiked to 104 at times. Anyone who has had a loved one in the hospital knows just how…

  19. Deep thoughts: The Brewers are Nixon, the Cardinals are McGovern

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Nixon

    Buster Olney said this this morning: “Is the NL Central race over? Well, it’s not literally over. But if this were the 1972 presidential election, the Cardinals would be McGovern and the Brewers would be Richard Nixon.” I guess that makes the Reds Hubert Humphrey, the Pirates Edmund Muskie, the Cubs Shirley Chisholm and the Astros George…

  20. In case you were wondering why the Reds and Marlins are playing a double header today

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Irene

    No, it’s not to make up for a previous rainout. It’s to avoid an inevitable one tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Irene. Which, while on course for the Carolinas and points north, will no doubt spit all kinds of rain and yuck at Miami too.  The Marlins made a rescheduling request and MLB said sure. Given…

  21. The Nationals don’t intend to go after Prince Fielder

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com says that the Nationals don’t intend to pursue to Prince Fielder in free agency this winter.  Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t be terribly significant, especially in August, but it probably matters here. As we’ve seen these past few years, the Nationals have become Scott Boras’ huckleberry.  If he’s got a…

  22. There are a bunch of reasons Theo Epstein wouldn’t work for the Cubs, but let’s not let that stop our speculation

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    I want the Cubs to hire their new GM quickly. Why? To spare us from speculation pieces with passages like this one from Olney’s column this morning: And here’s another big name to keep in mind: Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Red Sox … Keep in mind that Epstein has carved out a strong…

  23. Pudge Rodriguez wants to stay in Washington

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story today about how Ivan Rodriguez wants to continue to play — and continue to play in Washington — after his two-year contract is up after this season. Given that he’s now completely ineffective with a bat and can’t stay healthy, one may ask what the value…

  24. White Sox expected to claim Jim Thome on waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Buster Olney says that there is “a high expectation” that the White Sox will win the waiver claim on Jim Thome. Which, given that they’re the (marginal) contender in the AL with the worst record, makes sense.  I guess Shin-Soo Choo‘s dramatic home run yesterday ruined it for the Indians. Pity! Thome is batting .253/.363/.495…

  25. Craig Kimbrel ties rookie saves record

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Braves closer Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save to tie the major league rookie record set last season by Neftali Feliz. He leads the majors in saves. The guy has been nearly untouchable all summer, and and has now tossed 31 and two-thirds straight scoreless innings since June 11. During that time he has been perfect in…

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