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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Mets sign Miguel Batista

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    He’s close to free, and given that he’s a big fancy author, he may add some color to the clubhouse, but given that Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks and 15.43 base runners per nine innings when the Cardinals let him go, I’m not going to get too excited about the Mets signing the veteran to a minor…

  2. Get this: Albert Pujols could come back as early as tomorrow night

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Because he’s apparently some kind of super hero, the injury that was supposed to keep him out of action for a minimum of six weeks doesn’t seem to be bothering Albert Pujols all that much anymore, to the point where he may come back early.  We knew that already. But if he had his druthers,…

  3. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay, Carlos Ruiz

    The Phillies tightened their grip on the top spot by taking two of three from the Red Sox. What else that could have shifted the fundamental balance of power in the baseball universe went down in the last week? As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis. Thought about going with those fancy-looking bracket things once…

  4. Who has bigger forearms? Jose Canseco or Steve Garvey?

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Gun Show

    Probably the most pathetic headline I’ve ever written at HBT, but I don’t care. I really want to know the answer to this. Last night, following the Dodgers-Angels game, there was a charity old timers home run derby thing, the purpose of which was to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research.  Good cause! I…

  5. Josh Holden: from prospect to soldier

    Jul 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Josh Holden

    Good story in the New York Times this morning about Josh Holden, a West Point graduate-turned Cincinnati Reds farmhand.  His baseball race was run as of 2008, so he went back to fulfill his five-year commitment to Uncle Sam. As is often the case with stories about servicemen, one is struck by the subject’s positive attitude…

  6. “Life, like baseball, is a series of tragedies separated by times of sheer joy”

    Jul 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    Normally when you hear about ALS, Yankee Stadium and the Fourth of July, you think of Lou Gehrig’s “luckiest man on the face of the Earth” speech.  And you should remember it because it’s one of baseball’s defining moments. But former commissioner Fay Vincent has a piece over at Fox News.com today with a different…

  7. Ryan Zimmerman scratched due to abdominal tenderness

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    zimmerman bats

    Oh, it may be weary. Them abdomens, they do get wearied. Wearing that same old ace bandage dressing.  But when it gets weary, try a little tenderness, yeah, yeah … What? It’s a holiday. You want some actual hardcore analysis, or do you want Otis Redding references? And before you answer that, remember, you’re not…

  8. The Mets might make a big offer to Jose Reyes

    Jul 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    Think the Mets are just gonna let Jose Reyes walk? Or maybe even trade him?  Maybe not. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports this morning that Sandy Alderson is “leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer” to Reyes. Reyes is hitting .354/.398/.529 this year and, recent hamstring tweak notwithstanding, has completely changed everyone’s impression…

  9. Photo of the Day: Captain America calling

    Jul 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Captain America punches Hitler

    For so many years, one gets the sense that Derek Jeter fans saw him much like this, single-handedly smashing tyranny and representing all that was Right and True about baseball and America. Well, the years have taken their toll and Jeter has started to be seen in a different, more realistic light. More of a Silver Age…

  10. Ron Washington blasts umpire: “Angel is just bad. That’s all there is to it.”

    Jul 4, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Ron Washington, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    I know Angel Hernandez is a bad umpire. You know Angel Hernandez is a bad umpire. Heck, I presume that everyone affiliated with Major League Baseball in one way or another knows it too. Thing is, you just rarely hear anyone come out and say it. Well, Ron Washington came out and said it last…

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

    Jul 4, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    Holiday weekends weird me out. Sunday night doesn’t feel like Sunday night so doing the recaps of Sunday games doesn’t feel natural. That’s especially true when Monday is a big honkin’ hardly-anyone-goes-to-work-holiday like today.  Which means it’s a big honkin’ hardly-anyone-reads-the-blog day too. But there are a few of you out there, I’m sure, who…

  12. The New York Times sells a chunk of the Boston Red Sox

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    New York Times building

    The New York Times has held a minority share in the Boston Red Sox — well, technically its parent company, Fenway Sports Group — for several years.  When I first learned this I tried hard to see if their coverage of the Red Sox was at all biased, but I could never find any evidence…

  13. Happy Canada Day, Toronto Blue Jays

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    canadian-flag

    July 1st happens to be my wedding anniversary. Sixteenth if you care.  In honor of my anniversary, my wife is going to grill me a nice juicy steak this evening. Really! Unlike your backwards little worlds, in Chez Calcaterra the woman is the master of the grill. Deduct all the man points from me that…

  14. Study: “Major League Baseball umpires express their racial/ethnic preferences when they evaluate pitchers”

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    bob-davidson-umpire

    I recall everyone discussing a study in which it was posited that umpires tend to favor pitchers of the same race a few years ago. Perhaps it was an earlier version of the study whose publication was announced earlier this afternoon, perhaps it was a different study.  I’m not sure. But either way, there is…

  15. Joe Posnanski’s 14 crazy baseball facts

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    If you haven’t noticed by now, not much is happening in baseball today. Oh, there will be 15 games played by the time the west coasters go to bed tonight, but the newsmakers — the agents, the GMs, the bankrupt owners and the the others who provide much of our midday fodder here at HBT…

  16. Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    bobby bonilla steve phillips bobby valentine mets

    Everyone knows that the Mets will be paying Bobby Bonilla deferred money until sometime in the middle of this century.  But what most people don’t know is that those deferred payments actually begin today! I was reminded of that by Ducky Medwick (not that Ducky Medwick) of the Deadballers website, who recalls the contract provision…

  17. HBT Daily: Lookin’ ahead to the weekend

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes in this one that we wore in yesterday’s edition. I’ll head off the rumor-mongering.it’s true: neither of us own washing machines.

  18. And now, a humble moment from Tony La Russa

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    People’s mileage tends to vary on Tony La Russa.  No one denies his success, but he does get criticized for his style. For example, he’s been accused of cultivating that whole “I am a baseball genius” thing, which grinds folks’ gears.  In fairness it isn’t anything he’s ever explicitly said, of course. It’s just an…

  19. The Angels are sued for racial discrimination

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Angels logo

    Legal proceedings involving the Los Angeles baseball teams are the new black. Oh wait, that phrase may be misinterpreted and I may be dragged into this all now! A radio host formerly employed by the Los Angeles Angels has filed a lawsuit claiming he was dismissed for racial reasons. In a complaint filed in California…

  20. Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur has no time for the haters

    Jul 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    “I’m on pace for 100 RBIs, 20 home runs and 40 doubles. I think I’ll take that. If the critics don’t like that, I don’t really care … I’ve always said if you play six months, you’re going to have one bad month …” — Jeff Francoeur, announcing that he intends to break established patterns…

  21. You can’t say “Buck Foston” in New Brunswick, New Jersey

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    Well, you can say it. You just can’t name your New York-centric sports bar that apparently: A New Brunswick businessman has filed suit in federal court, charging New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill is holding up approval of his liquor license for a new high end sports bar because he doesn’t like the bar’s proposed name…

  22. Must-click link: how team owners are allowed to lie about their financial losses

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Money Bag

    This is a basketball item in its genesis, dealing with the New Jersey Nets’ financial documents and inspired by the NBA lockout, but it is relevant for baseball and all other sports as well. Over at Deadspin, Tommy Craggs, using some older Nets docs, explains how team owners are allowed to list player salaries on…

  23. Joe Girardi considers a six-man rotation

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    I consider a lot of things. Ordering organ meats at a fancy restaurant. Growing a mustache. Driving to a natural disaster site and throwing my wallet and cell phone into some burnt or flooded-0ut rubble in order to provide sufficient cover for me to fake my death and start anew in some strange but carefree…

  24. Frank McCourt notices the depositions of Bud Selig, other MLB executives

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    One of the questions I keep getting asked by radio hosts and others is how the Dodgers’ bankruptcy differs from that of the Rangers or the Cubs.  My answer is that, unlike those bankruptcies, this is really an adversarial action more than a reorganizational kind of thing. This is the sort of reason why: Frank…

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

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Giants Cubs Baseball

    Cubs 5, Giants 2: Just your standard hit-a-tying-homer-off-the-World-Champs’-closer-in-the-ninth/hit-a-three-run-walkoff-homer-in-the-13th-inning kind of game for the Cubbies. Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto did the honors on those homers, respectively. Another in a long series of wasted Matt Cain starts for the Giants. Tigers 5, Mets 2: Justin Verlander watched the Mets’ blitzkrieg from the dugout on the previous…

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