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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Carlos Zambrano says he's going to retire after 2012

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    A couple of months ago, if you told me that Carlos Zambrano was going to retire after the 2012 season, I would have asked how he’d ever make it that long.  He’s been pitching well lately, however. So well, in fact, that it’s not too hard to imagine him being a solid starter again for…

  2. Looking back to the last notable phantom HBP: A.J. Pierzynski

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I had forgotten, but Jonny5 reminded me in the comments that A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base back in April.  I commented on it at the time. The fact that I used it to leap into a pro wrestling digression is evidence that I didn’t think Pierzynski’s act was some awful transgression…

  3. Will the phantom HBP change the way people think about Derek Jeter?

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:50 AM EDT

    In the grand scheme of things it was a silly little play. But is it the kind of thing that will change the Derek Jeter Can Do No Wrong narrative we’ve been hearing for the past 15 years?

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:52 AM EDT

    When I saw you break down in front of the ump and cry real tears,
    It was the best acting I saw anybody do.

  5. Jason Bay is "feeling great"

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    The Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic just spoke with Jason Bay, and Bay says that he is “symptom-free” and is “feeling great.”  If that’s the case, Bay’s desire to play before the season is out may very well happen. Given how much bad stuff has gone down in New York in the second half, seeing Bay, cobwebs…

  6. Heyman: Beltre wants $12M+ over five years

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman’s latest column is up, and among the many tidbits in it is word from “Red Sox people” who anticipate that Adrian Beltre is going to seek a contract with roughly the same terms of his big post-2004 deal, which ran for five years and $64 million. Heyman’s sources say there’s no way the…

  7. Troy Tulowitzki has seven RBI through four innings

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    That Braves game put me in a bad mood. Know what has put me in a good mood? Search for, finding and posting this picture of Troy Tulowitzki. My god, he’s a glorious man, is he not? He’s almost without equal. Almost. But there’s a reason for noting his Tulowitzkiness beyond the hairstyle he rocks…

  8. "Re-awarding" the MVP awards may be the dumbest thing ever

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

    You can’t rewrite history, my friends. Well, unless you want to look foolish, in which case, be my guest.

  9. Watching the Braves slowly die

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    I can’t decide if watching John Lannan shut down the Braves is worse than watching Livan Hernandez do it, but hey, at least I have recent data points on both of those things in order to make an informed comparison!  The Braves dropped yet another game they had no business dropping if they plan on…

  10. Did you get your Roy Halladay perfect game tickets?

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Remember how the Marlins planned to cynically capitalize on Roy Halladay’s perfect game by printing up and selling tickets to the thing after it happened?  Well, they went ahead and did it, and according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, they have sold 10,332 of the bad boys so far. While the Marlins’…

  11. Andy Pettitte: Man of Mystery

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Buster Olney on the return of Andy Pettitte: The Yankees have structured Pettitte’s comeback in such a way that the Rays will not get a last look at the veteran before the start of the playoffs. Andy Pettitte has pitched in 526 baseball games over the past 16 seasons. 31 of those games have come…

  12. HBT Daily: Rookie of the year, the managerial carousel and options, options

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany is back today, and she and I decide to take a day off from the pennant races to talk about awards, jobs and a couple of guys who may get their once-horrifying options picked up.

  13. Comment of the Day: "booger-eating basement dwellers"

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    In which I resort to Citzen Kane references to defend you people from being called all manner of nasty things.

  14. The Coors Field visitor bullpens are awesome

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    There’s a story in the San Diego Union Tribune today about how great the visitor’s bullpen is in Colorado. It’s set among all that landscaping you can see when you look out towards centerfield, and according to the Padres relievers, it’s simply lovely. “They made it look like we’re in the Rockies with the trees.…

  15. Deep Thoughts: Nyjer Morgan suspension edition

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    It’s been several days since Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his multiple suspensions was heard. Still no word, though. Normally we hear appeal decisions almost immediately after the appeal. My pet theory, based on nothing more than “gee, wouldn’t that be funny” speculation: Major League Baseball is waiting to announce Morgan’s suspension until its length coincides…

  16. Jon Paul Morosi changes course yet again

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    I’m finally starting to get it: It’s not about the peformance. It’s about the story.

  17. Bud Selig is freaking out about the McCourts

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Bud Selig is not at all happy that the McCourt case is still dragging on: . . . according to four people who have spoken with him, Selig is dismayed at the public spectacle surrounding the divorce and concerned about the potential for lasting damage to the…

  18. The 2011 schedule is released. And there was much rejoicing

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Next year’s entire schedule — sans the still-possible Diamondbacks-Giants series in Taiwan — has been released. Here’s the actual schedule. Here’s some verbiage from MLB.com talking about how glorious it is.  And I suppose it might be glorious in places, but really dudes, it’s just a schedule. The most notable thing about it is the…

  19. Quote of the Day: C.J. Nitkowski on HGH and Tommy John surgery

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    No one ever stops to think about how unnatural and performance-enhancing Tommy John surgery is.

  20. "Go home and make babies"

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    The NFL is currently experiencing some ugliness involving players’ treatment of a female reporter and people saying all kinds of dumb and offensive things about women in the locker room. It’s maddening to me that this kind of crap still happens, but it does — and has been for years — because as much as…

  21. Golson nails Carl Crawford at third to end the Yankees-Rays game

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pitcher fielding practice is pretty damn basic. Know what else is basic? Not making the third out at third base.  It’s something Brett Gardner forgot on Monday night when he was caught stealing third base to end a would-be Yankees scoring threat.  It’s also something Carl Crawford forgot when he got nailed at third trying…

  22. The Rockies demonstrate why pitchers do so many fielding drills

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Spring training begins in February. Thirty seconds after spring training begins, pitchers start doing those fielding drills in which they cover first base. They do those fairly damn continuously until, oh, five minutes before the first pitch on Opening Day.  Pitchers moan about it, but there’s a reason they do this. Just ask the Rockies,…

  23. Do the Yankees need to win the division?

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    It’s not easy to find sane Yankees commentary. Between the bitter tabloids, bombastic talk radio, perspective-free national outlets and a fanbase with an unhealthy number of people who assume that anything short of 162-0 is a big freakin’ problem, thoughtful analysis can be hard to come by. Thank goodness for places like TYU. There are…

  24. Andre Ethier would love to go to Boston

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I can’t wait for the Dodgers offseason to get going, because I really have no clue what they’re going to do. I could see everything from quietly and maddeningly standing pat again (query: who is the 2011 version of Jamey Carroll?), or I could see them totally tearing it down and starting from a near-Marlins-level…

  25. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    The Empire strikes back, the Braves look pathetic and the White Sox nearly drift off to that undiscovered country as the medics vainly shock them with paddles and yell “clear!”

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