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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez watches his triple against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I sort of don’t feel like doing little state-of-the-team factoids this week. They are who we thought they were for the most part. There’s an argument for making the Marlins last, but I almost feel sorry for them. There’s an argument to make the Twins even higher, but I’m not sure who to drop below…

  2. Suspect in Bryan Stow beating faces a hearing today

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:06 AM 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

    Giovanni Ramirez, a suspect in the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium, still has not been charged in that case. And today he faces a hearing in which he could go free if it’s not found that he has violated his parole. If that happens he could be re-arrested again with specific connection to the…

  3. Alex Rodriguez has a messed up shoulder

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Wallace Mathews of ESPN New York reports that Alex Rodriguez has a shoulder strain that has been hampering his power for a couple of weeks. Joe Girardi and Rodriguez are downplaying it, but his shoulder has been wrapped heavily before and after games, Matthews reports. It hasn’t hampered his timing or anything — he had…

  4. Olney: Jack McKeon to manage the Marlins

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jack McKeon

    It was only rumored yesterday, but last night Buster Olney reported that, yep, 80-year-old Jack McKeon is going to take over the Marlins as interim manager. It’s fun to put McKeon’s age and experience into perspective with little factoids such as “McKeon’s first game as a Major League manager happened over three months before I…

  5. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Edwin Rodriguez, Jeffrey Loria

    I think I need the weekend wrap more than you guys do at this point.

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

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

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    I’m not going to lie to you: there’s a lot more information about bourbon in today’s recap than there is about baseball. So, you know, be warned.

  7. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2: Justin Upton with the walkoff homer, served up by Santiago Casilla in the 10th. It was Upton’s first game-ending homer ever. He also had a single and a double on the day, but remember, don’t you dare say that he was a triple short of the cycle, because that’s just dumb,…

  8. Saturday’s Brewers-Red Sox game is now a night game

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    If you have tickets or plan on vegging in front of the Brewers-Red Sox game on Saturday, beware: the original 1:10 PM start time has been moved to 7 PM due to the Boston Bruins victory parade. This has probably long been in the contingency plans for city planners, but they had to translate the original…

  9. Quote of the Day: Adam Dunn on interleague play

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Adam Dunn — a DH — is not a fan of playing interleague games in NL parks: “It does suck, yes. But that’s another reason why I’m anti-interleague. It’s not fun … The interleague thing is just awful. It just ruins everything. Especially if you look at Boston. People like Ortiz. He’s having a great…

  10. Brandon Phillips: Twitter God

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    On a day when a congressman resigned because he misused Twitter, Amy K. Nelson reminds us in a nice story over at ESPN.com that Twitter is just a medium. It’s the nature of the person who uses it that matters.  Specifically when that person is Brandon Phillips: Yet it seems as though @DatDudeBP just might…

  11. Baseball is being ruined by the “cult of individualism,” says some guy

    Jun 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    The thinker

    I get accused — not wrongly — of over thinking things from time to time. Well I got nothin’ on David Sirota, who writes in Salon today about how our society’s veneration of the individual over the collective is ruining baseball. The basis of his argument: a study which shows that teams who spend big…

  12. Jeremy Guthrie leaves game with a back strain

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Orioles starter was having a nice day against the Blue Jays. He had five shutout innings under his belt with five strikeouts, but then he had to leave the game with a strained back. Updates will come later. You never want to see a starter hurt, but given that the Orioles are probably thinking about putting…

  13. Lesbian couple files discrimination complaint against Target Field security

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

    Look, if I have to see fat hairy Bob and his wife Betty up on the jumbotron when they do the kiss cam thing, I had better not hear that ballpark security is out on the concourses trying to keep a couple of nice ladies who are in love from kissing one another.  Wait, what?…

  14. HBT Daily: Answering your Twitter questions

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Earlier today we handled all the geeky ones. This time, the non-geeky. Mostly.

  15. Jim Hendry gets the dreaded vote of confidence

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Hey Tom Rickketts! What do you think of the general manager who put together this abomination of a Cubs roster? Ricketts said he has “100 percent confidence” in Jim Hendry, though he didn’t quite guarantee that the general manager will finish out the final year of his contract through the 2012 season. “We’ll see what the…

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

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    The Question

    Warning: this week’s entry is extra long and embarrassingly geeky.

  17. Chris Snyder and wife victims of a road rage incident

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    snyder_chris

    This is kinda freaky: Pirates catcher Chris Snyder, his wife and his kids were in the car yesterday. Snyder just had back surgery last week and his wife was driving. She apparently cut off a guy on a scooter — or at least the guy on the scooter thought so — so he followed them…

  18. Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers goes beyond finances

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin reports today that, while Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Dodgers was initially intended to focus on team finances, it has expanded into matters pertaining to security at Dodger Stadium and interviews of former team executives. The security angle interests me the most in light of the lawsuit brought by the family of…

  19. Play of the day: by a fan with a hat

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning of last night’s Cubs-Brewers game.  It was a nice homer. Should have gone out on Waveland Avenue. But this fan and his hat had other ideas. That’s serious hat-savvy. Especially considering that, based on where the fan was sitting, he was probably a good three…

  20. Jorge Posada could very well catch

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    The talk going in to the season was that Jorge Posada‘s days as a catcher were over. The Yankees have stayed true to that plan too, as he has not donned the tools of ignorance since spring training. But before yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi conceded that, yes, Posada is the team’s “emergency catcher.” Which normally…

  21. What in the hell are “OPSBIs”?

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    bowden

    Fact: two Major League Baseball teams gave Jim Bowden the keys to the entirety of their baseball operations.  Just thought you should remember that when you read one of the ways in which he likes to evaluate players: I get asked all the time which two or three common statistics I would pick to evaluate…

  22. The Mariners finally call up Dustin Ackley

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

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    May 17th: Mariners could soon give Dustin Ackley a shot; June 14th: Mariners on the verge of calling up Dustin Ackley; Today: he’s up, called up from Tacoma. Ackley was hitting .300 and getting on base at a .418 clip through 326 plate appearances, and adding some power (.487 SLG) to boot.  His not being promoted before…

  23. Must-click link: “We are alive and we get to enjoy Jose Reyes playing baseball”

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    It’s so easy, when you read and write a lot about baseball as opposed to merely watch it from time to time,  to get caught up in the business of baseball. The trade and free agency dynamics. The artificial or semi-artificial storylines that are created about what happens on and off the field. To think…

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

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Mal Reynolds

    I’m gonna be honest here: I didn’t want any games last night. Instead I watched “Serenity,” which seemed necessary after finishing up the entire 14-episode run of “Firefly” on the treadmill over the past couple of weeks.  The verdict: not bad, but I liked the series better. As “Star Trek: The Next Generation” showed, when…

  25. Vote for your favorite moment in All-Star Game history

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    All Star Game

    Fact: if you put anything in NCAA Tournament-style brackets, it’s instantly fun.  Don’t tell me differently. I voted on stuff like “cats vs. dogs” on some blog my wife likes recently, all because they used brackets, so I know of what I speak. The fact that MLB.com is doing that with a baseball-related topic is…

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