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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Sunday is Hall of Fame Induction Day

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    blyleven

    Hall of Fame Induction Day always sneaks up on me. I rarely read or hear about it until the week leading up to it.  Which, in today’s media environment is kind of strange when you think about it. But it has done it again: Hall of Fame Induction Day is this Sunday. For those who…

  2. Why Twitter rocks for sports coverage

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Twitter logo

    Twitter went a little haywire last night, just as there were nine or ten ballgames in progress.  The fact that it absolutely drove me and a bunch of other people nuts was kind of surprising to me.  I’ve been on Twitter less than two years. Surely I can enjoy an evening of baseball without hearing…

  3. UPDATE: The Yankees have ruled out Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    Ah, late July. When a perfectly good blog post I spend several minutes on (as far as you know) gets mooted just a few minutes later. Regarding that report about the Yankees talking to the Mets about Carlos Beltran: yeah, forget it.  Bob Klapsich reports that the Yankees have ruled him out as “not a…

  4. HBT Daily: Talking pitching at the trading deadline

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    How is Ubaldo Jimenez like my dad’s 1985 Corvette? Tune in to today’s HBT Daily to find out!

  5. Jose Reyes plays his rehab game, survives, returns to the Mets today

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes played a rehab game at Coney Island yesterday and everything went just swell:  1 for 3 with a double and a run scored plus six innings at shortstop.  No problems, no fuss, and now it’s back to the Mets for him tonight to face the Cardinals. And it’s not a moment too soon.…

  6. The Yankees have talked to the Mets about Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    File this under “interesting, but I’d be surprised if it went anywhere,” but Buster Olney says the Mets and Yankees have discussed Carlos Beltran. The extent to which anything could come of this, Olney notes, is the extent to which the Mets are interested in a pure salary dump.  Beltran would be really useful if…

  7. Stephen Strasburg hit 95 m.p.h. in a simulated game

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg, starting pitcher. A man barely alive. “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic pitcher. Stephen Strasburg will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.” Davey Johnson said Strasburg hit 95 today. And that was “a little tentative.”…

  8. Joe Mauer: signs of offensive life

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer high five

    It’s been a mostly-lost season for Joe Mauer, what with injury and ineffectiveness and all of that.  But July has been much kinder to the former MVP. Yesterday Mauer went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader against Cleveland, with a double and an RBI.  That day raised his average 30 points, from .260 to .290. For…

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Orioles relief pitcher Michael Gonzalez falls off the mound after delivering a pitch against the Red Sox in Baltimore

    Red Sox 15, Orioles 10: Of course. The night after Boston took 16 innings to score one run, they unload for 15 against the O’s. That after getting almost no sleep due to the late night. I said yesterday that the Orioles had their worst series of the season against Boston before the All-Star break,…

  10. Red Sox, Rays, Nats have called the Cardinals about Colby Rasmus

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak — totally disregarding Drew’s sound advice — says that Colby Rasmus is not being shopped and says a trade of their young center fielder and his father is not likely.  That’s not stopping teams from inquiring, however, as Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox, Rays and Nationals have all called…

  11. Red Sox-themed summer camp sells out. In the D.C. suburbs

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    The boundaries of Red Sox Nation are ever-expanding and, as it is so often noted, Washington D.C. is filled with transplants. So it should be no shocker that the Red Sox set up a team-sponsored summer camp in Bethesda, Maryland, and the thing sold out.  Dan Steinberg has the whole story over at D.C. Sports…

  12. David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg drop their appeals

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg

    In an utterly not unexpected move, both David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg dropped their suspensions arising out of their actions during the last series between the Red Sox and Orioles.  Each suspension was reduced from four games to three and their fines — originally $2,500 — were reduced as well. Conveniently enough, today marks the beginning of…

  13. Which Red Sox player are you?

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    ortiz head

    This quiz which purports to tell you, based on some abbreviated personality inventory, which member of the Boston Red Sox you’d be is so beyond silly that I can’t even begin to quantify it. But yeah, I did it anyway. And it said I was David Ortiz. I have no idea what to think. Calling…

  14. HBT Daily: Looking at the hitters available at the trade deadline

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I look at the market for Carlos Beltran and the lesser offensive lights available at the trade deadline

  15. Minor league announcer quits while he’s on the air

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Lake County logo

    Remember the silliness with the Lake County Fielders last week?  How the manager and a giant chunk of the team quit right before a game because they weren’t getting paid, leading to a game in which Jose Canseco pitched for the opposition? Yeah, well apparently that was just one part of a gigantic cluster going…

  16. Frank McCourt calls MLB financing “a deal with the devil”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    One thing you learn pretty quick as a litigator is that, just because you can say something, doesn’t mean you should.  At least in court filings, where sometimes one’s rhetorical flourishes can go too damn far. Where one’s zealousness to make a sharp point leads one to say something in writing that they would never…

  17. Defending Springsteen’s use of “speedball” in “Glory Days”

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    DicksonBaseball

    In the comments to the Springsteen post earlier, there were several of you who took issue with Springsteen’s use of the word “speedball” in the lyrics to “Glory Days.”  As in “he could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool,” for those unfamiliar. This bothered me for many years, and I’m…

  18. HBT readers are smart

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mark Runsvold.bmp

    Mark Runsvold has been reading and commenting on HBT since its inception and before that was reading my old blog, Shysterball.  I always knew he was rather bright based on his comments, but I had no idea that he was going to do something like win $48K in one day on Jeopardy! But that’s what…

  19. That guy who could throw that speedball by you? His name is Joe DePugh

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Glory Days

    This was apparently in the New York Times last week, but I missed it. Reader Bill S. emailed me to let me know that it’s running again over at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The story: the real life identity of that pitcher Bruce Springsteen knew back in high school who could through that speedball by ya…

  20. Nolan Ryan hospitalized with chest pains

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Ventura

    This photo is a representation of what I assume Nolan Ryan is going to evetually do to any cardiac issues that dare mess with him. In the meantime, hold a good thought for Ryan, who was hospitalized in Houston today after experiencing chest pains at his home. Ryan has a history of heart trouble, having undergone…

  21. We are in for years of dominance by Congressional Democrats

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    donkey_elephant

    No, not politically. But from a baseball perspective, most definitely: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) smoked the GOP in this year’s congressional baseball game:  The former college player pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out 13, in leading Democrats to a 8-2 victory. A full story of last Thursday’s Roll Call game can be read here. Photos…

  22. Great Moments in Self-Promotion: I talked a lot about baseball over at Splice Today

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    narcissus

    I’ve been talking baseball with Russ Smith over at Splice Today on and off for several years now.  From time to time we do an email interview.  We did one over the weekend, the results of which are just posted over at Splice Today. Among the topics: The “Moneyball” movie, the next baseball commissioner (assuming…

  23. Adam Dunn has totally cratered

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    We talked over the weekend about how low Jayson Werth could get.  One possible answer: not as low as Adam Dunn, right?  To see just how ugly* Dunn’s season has been, check out Brett Ballantini’s breakdown of it over at CSN Chicago.  It’s pretty mind-blowing.  There’s a Rob Deer comparison in there. And I think…

  24. The Pirates are scouting Hunter Pence

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The bizarro theme of “Pittsburgh Pirates: trade deadline buyers” continues.  Building on their alleged contacts with the Oakland A’s regarding Josh Willingham, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports today that they’re aiming higher than that:  they’re scouring the Astros’ Hunter Pence. It strikes me as unlikely that anything could come of that.  Not too…

  25. Turn around, bright eyes. No, seriously, turn around. The ball dropped in behind you.

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Residents

    An interesting story in the New York times leads with Mark Kotsay losing a fly ball in the sun to explain something most of us probably hadn’t thought to much about: As one of the roughly 16 percent of Americans with light-colored eyes (Kotsay’s are a soft blue), he is more affected by glare, experts…

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