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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. “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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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

  20. 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.…

  21. Scott Cousins feels bad about Buster Posey’s injury

    May 26, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Cousins_Scott

    Scott Cousins — the man who flattened Buster — spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier today. The upshot: he does not regret the play, which he thought was a clean, albeit hard-nosed play.  He does, however, regret that Posey was hurt and, of course, never intended to hurt him: I committed to it. I…

  22. MLB, MLBPA donate money to tornado victims

    May 26, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Joplin, Missouri Reels After F5 Tornado Devastates Town, Kills 125

    Just got a press release announcing that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are joining together to contribute $200,000 toward relief efforts for tornado victims in the Midwest and the Southeast. The funds from MLB and the MLBPA are being donated to Heart to Heart International, a Kansas City-based organization that has been helping with disaster…

  23. UPDATE: Buster Posey is out for the year with a fractured bone “in his lower left leg”

    May 26, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    UPDATE: Posey has officially been diagnosed with a fractured left fibula and “severely strained” ligaments in his left ankle. It may be a longshot, but he could return later this season. UPDATE: Now the Giants are terming it a fractured bone “in his lower left leg.”  Depending on your definition of leg, that could include…

  24. Quote of the Day: Ken Rosenthal on the steroid speculators

    May 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    syringe

    Ken Rosenthal knocks it out of the park in his column about Jose Bautista and steroid speculation. It’s a must read and conforms with my thinking on the subject exactly.  Money quote: If Bautista tests positive, it’s a story. If Bautista is linked to PEDs through a government investigation, it’s a story. But if Bautista…

  25. Fan who fell at Coors Field dies

    May 26, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Coors Field

    Ugh.  The fan who fell from a stairway at Coors Field on Tuesday has died, reports the Denver Post.  His name was Robert Seamans of Pueblo, Colorado. He was 27. Sadly, it seems like his death was totally preventable: Seamans was attempting to slide down the railing when he lost his balance.  The picture accompanying the…

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