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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Carlos Pena is gonna get traded

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Jon Heyman says that Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena “will almost surely be moved” this week. It’s the same old story with Pena: lots of pop, low average. He could represent an upgrade for a handful of teams and probably won’t cost a ton give that he’s playing on a one-year deal. It’s a weird…

  2. Chris Denorfia made a redonkulous catch

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Denorfia catch.bmp

    Actually, the run Chris Denorfia made to get that would-be home run off the bat of Raul Ibanez in yesterday’s Padres-Phillies game was even more impressive than the catch was. Either way, pretty tough stuff.

  3. Hall of Fame to reduce the waiting period from five years to three years?

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Kevin Kernan at the New York Post passes along word that the Hall of Fame is considering cutting the waiting period for induction from the current five years after retirement to three years.  It’s not a done deal or even a deal in progress. If it were, it would be in press release form as…

  4. Phillies, Rays reportedly talking about B.J. Upton

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    After a couple of weekend reports about B.J. Upton, we hear today that the Phillies are talking to the Rays about inquiring the lesser of the Upton brothers. That’s from Jen Royle, who says that the Nats are still interested as well. Upton is having a pretty terrible year so far,  hitting .229/.310/.395, but he plays good…

  5. Roger Clemens is probably going to go on trial again

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Right after the mistrial in the Roger Clemens case, there were some folks suggesting that the judge may rule that, because the mistrial was the result of the prosecution’s actions, double jeopardy would prevent a retrial.  I was kind of skeptical of that, but I didn’t read any of the case law or anything because,…

  6. Kyle Farnsworth is available

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Farnsworth_Kyle

    It kind of stinks that Kyle Farnsworth has been really good this year because there’s an awful lot of mileage to be had with “man, Kyle Farnsworth is bad!” stuff. It’s something that fans of any number of teams can agree on too.  Well, except for Rays fans, who have watched him put up a…

  7. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game

    I didn’t have any get-up-and-go last Monday, so I gave the Power Rankings a miss.  Back at it today, where we find greater separation than we’ve seen so far this year. Which is to be expected. I mean, by late July you are who you are. As always, the last ranking is in parenthesis. As…

  8. Famous Sabermetrician: “screw the data; I choose hope instead”

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Some bad news for a good man. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes: Last week, I was informed that I have Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a particularly nasty member of the cancer family. History has given my doctors all kinds of data about cure rates and life expectancy, and statistical analysis is helping them decide just what…

  9. Jim Hendry thinks the Cubs will contend in 2012 for some reason

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Look, optimism is always a good thing, but there’s a fine line between optimism and delusion.  Case in point: Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry who, according to Patrick Mooney at CSNChicago.com, thinks that the Cubs’ future is bright. The pitching, he thinks, is right on track. He makes a few references to “tinkering here or there.”…

  10. The Mets deal with David Einhorn continues to be delayed

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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

    Last week the Daily News reported that the Mets deal with investor David Einhorn was being slowed up because the Mets, no longer shackled by the exclusive negotiation window with Einhorn, were talking to others who may offer them a better deal. Today the New York Post tells a somewhat different story: the Einhorn deal isn’t…

  11. The Rays aren’t going to trade James Shields

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    James Shields

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says that the Rays are telling teams that they won’t trade James Shields.  This after a week of random speculation that the Reds, Yankees and maybe some other teams would be interested. Shields is having a fantastic year, but the trade matchups don’t seem ideal at the moment, with the…

  12. The Mariners, you may have noticed, are bad

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan

    You know this, but it’s worth memorializing today anyway.  The Seattle Mariners lost their 15th in a row yesterday. Some randomness to put their skid and their overall sorry state in perspective: When the losing streak started, they were at .500 and they were only 2.5 games back of the division lead. They are now 14.5 games back;…

  13. Alomar, Gillick, Blyleven inducted into the Hall of Fame

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    I keep telling myself that one of these years I’m going to go to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame inductions, but I just never get around to it. Maybe when Maddux goes in I will. I don’t know. For the time being, we have the story about yesterday’s inductions of Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Shop Vac

    My weekend was rather hit-and-miss. On the one hand, I saw a couple of movies I liked in “Captain America” and “Super 8.”  On the other hand, I woke up Sunday morning to find that the combination of torrential rains and a power outage meant that my sump pump was out of commission when I…

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

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois

    Cubs 5, Astros 4: The Astros should be bottled like some 19th Century patent medicine, guaranteed to cure all!  They can call it “Dr. Mills’ Blood, Liver and Stomach Invigorational Tincture” or something. Jeff Baker took a swig of it, obviously, and it gave him the gumption and pep to hit the game-winning single in…

  16. Details emerge in Bryan Stow case arrests; Stow gives a thumbs up to family

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    Some details are emerging in connection with the arrests in the Bryan Stow case. Specifically, an anonymous law enforcement official is saying that the two men who were arrested yesterday made incriminating statements that implicated them in the attack. There was not, however, any forensic evidence against the men, so this could all be based on…

  17. The Yankees asked the Rays about James Shields

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Hey, you can’t get anything in this nasty old world unless you ask for it, right? So give credit to Brian Cashman for actually making the call to the Rays to inquire about James Shields, even if there was less than a snowflake’s chance that anything would come of it.  I mean, weirder things have…

  18. The Red Sox have talked to the Royals about Jeff Francoeur

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    I don’t post this because it’s likely to lead to anything. In fact the guy who reported that the Sox and Royals have discussed Francoeur — Jon Paul Morosi — said that they were “exploratory” and not likely to go anywhere. But the mere existence of Francoeur talks with a team other than Atlanta makes me…

  19. Judge rules against Frank McCourt in Dodgers bankruptcy case

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    The judge in the Dodgers bankruptcy case just ruled that Frank McCourt cannot use the financing he obtained from Highbridge Principal Strategies to keep the Dodgers running during their time in bankruptcy.  Rather, he has ordered the Dodgers to negotiate with Major League Baseball in order to obtain financing from the league. You can read the…

  20. The Eric Gregg-Livan Hernandez game explained

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez Marlins

    I never did understand why Eric Gregg’s strike zone was so out of whack in Livan Hernandez‘s favor back in the 1997 playoffs.  I’ve considered any number of possibilities, from basic incompetence to some complicated theory in which Livan Hernandez’s acquaintances in the illicit drug business were somehow involved, but all of these theories have flaws. I…

  21. Shin-Soo Choo found guilty of DUI

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Choo mugshot

    The Morning Journal — a suburban Cleveland paper I won’t link because their website is rife with popup ads and autoplay videos which are outrageously hostile to readers — reports that Indians’ outfielder Shin-Soo Choo pleaded no-contest to DUI charges and was found guilty yesterday.  He won’t serve any jail time, but was fined $775…

  22. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the weekend

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Thanks to my laziness yesterday, you get two HBT Dailies today. It’s OK if you didn’t get me anything. It’s all about giving.

  23. The Carlos Beltran derby is down to five teams

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    Buster Olney tweeted the following a bit ago: Source: Carlos Beltran trade talks down to five serious teams, which includes BOS, SF, PHI, ATL, TEX.  CLE, PIT basically out of conversation. I wasn’t aware that Cleveland was ever in the conversation.  Pittsburgh was an interesting idea, but I think that high is starting to wear…

  24. Nonsensical stuff about Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Jeff Zrbiec of the Baltimore Sun has written recently that he didn’t think that the Oriole would trade starter Jeremy Guthrie, because they need to have an innings eater around to protect their young arms. Fair enough. Today, however, he rethinks it a bit. He doesn’t change his general view of things, but does note…

  25. The player you (irrationally) love to hate

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    I’ll admit it: my hangups about Jeff Francoeur aren’t entirely rational. OK, you probably knew that already. But I’m not alone! Fans of every team have a guy they simply can’t be rational about. The guy who sticks in their craw no matter what his case is as a ballplayer on the merits. Just ask…

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