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Craig Calcaterra

  1. How not to criticize sabermetrics

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Straw man

    I like the idea of Bill Simmons’ new Grantland site.  I think we need more deep-thinking, longer lede sports writing.  Someplace where folks who consume their sports news in 35 bloggy bits a day (ahem) can go and breathe a bit. But really, if you’re gonna go through the trouble of building such a site, make…

  2. Is the Dodgers’ bankruptcy one of the worst moments in baseball history?

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Ray Chapman

    Interesting idea floated in Buster Olney’s column this morning. It’s behind the ESPN paywall, but the gist is that, according to Olney, the Dodgers’ bankruptcy has to be one of the “10 worst chapters in Major League Baseball history.” He doesn’t do a formal list or order them, but he throws out several potential top-10…

  3. The best ceremonial first pitch ever

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    first pitch.bmp

    How often do you see some celebrity or politician throw out the first pitch at a ballgame, only to have the thing loop in there weakly or, as is often the case, not even make it to home plate?  And that’s when all they’re doing is trying to throw the ball? We boo them, of course. And…

  4. Nolan Ryan shoots down the Rangers’ alleged interest in Carlos Beltran

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan Rangers

    Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that the Rangers have interest in Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez. Later in the day, Nolan Ryan said that was not accurate: “I can’t believe that we have an interest in either,” Ryan told 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company … “I don’t see that’s an upgrade” to the Rangers’ bullpen, Ryan said. “And…

  5. Major League Baseball kills the only fun thing about the Dodgers bankruptcy

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Chapter 11 jersey

    Despite the fact that I have written and will continue to write a lot about the Dodgers’ bankruptcy — and that I will do it with no small amount of enthusiasm — has everything to do with it being interesting to me and being more in my wheelhouse than, say, the amateur draft or pitching…

  6. Joe Mauer was called out for his pitch selection over the weekend

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    That work that Joe Mauer is getting a first base is clearly designed to (a) get his bat in the lineup more often; and (b) potentially cover for what could be the loss of Justin Morneau for the rest of the season.  But there’s at least one guy who may be happy to see Mauer…

  7. Major League Baseball to offer alternative Dodgers financing today

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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

    Today is only Day Two in what will likely be a lengthy set of legal proceedings for the Dodgers, but it’s a pretty big day.  Why? It’s the day of the initial hearing in the bankruptcy case and it’s the day on which the judge could very well decide if Frank McCourt is going to…

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

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:56 AM EDT

    Blue Jays Tigers Baseball

    Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2: Jhonny Peralta had an RBI triple that ended up being the game winner, but this game really belonged to Jim Leyland, who had one of the better arguments with an ump this year, mocking his change-of-call in grand gestures, thereby entertaining the hometown fans on the way to his ejection.…

  9. Stephen Strasburg throws at full speed

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Good news for the Nats, as their ace of the future’s rehab from Tommy John surgery continues apace. Stephen Strasburg threw fastballs at full speed for the first time since he went down last year — 20 in all — and told the assembled sporting press than he felt great afterward.  Of course it’s touch…

  10. Major League Baseball issues a statement on the Dodgers bankruptcy

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig just issued a statement today regarding the Dodgers bankruptcy.  Normally, Selig’s statements are long when the topic is complicated. This one: not so long. If one can sense aggravation in a press release, it can be sensed here: “The Commissioner’s Office has spent the better part of one year working with Mr. McCourt and…

  11. Big surprise: Frank McCourt to keep the Dodgers running with a crappy loan

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:30 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

    Frank McCourt, who knows from crappy loans, received one for $150 million in order to meet payroll on the 30th and to keep the team running while the bankruptcy proceeds through its paces, reports the Wall Street Journal.  Some basic questions you may have, followed by the best answer I have (again, bankruptcy types, feel…

  12. Rickie Weeks now leads NL second basemen in All-Star balloting

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    The last update in National League All-Star voting before the final results are announced on Sunday just hit the wires. Here’s where it stands: C: Brian McCann 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Rickie Weeks 3B: Placido Polanco SS: Troy Tulowitzki OF: Ryan Braun OF: Lance Berkman OF: Matt Holliday Of note is the fact that Weeks…

  13. Sam Fuld gets a feature in The New Yorker

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    I used to have a subscription to The New Yorker, but then the same thing that happens to everyone else who gets a subscription to the New Yorker happened to me: when I got it I leafed through to read the cartoons, made a mental note of the articles I really wanted to read later,…

  14. Wade Boggs: TV star

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    Well, only if you consider the role of “dimwitted sheriff’s deputy” as a star turn: Wade Boggs was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 for racking up 3,010 hits over 18 seasons, primarily as a third baseman on the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. But Boggs’ legendary on-field…

  15. The Rangers are interested in Carlos Beltran, K-Rod

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    beltran bats

    It’s only about a month or so until the trade deadline — at least the one that doesn’t require waivers — so I suppose we should crank up the Rumor-a-tron 3000. Here’s Heyman: rangers interested in beltran as well as k-rod … Could be big trade partner for mets I have this feeling a big…

  16. Mets player: “most of us are still Neanderthals”

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Neanderthal

    Last month when I wrote about Charles Barkley’s comments on an active gay athlete coming out, I referred to those who would not be accepting of such a thing as “Neanderthals.”  Some people in the comments thought it was a low blow of me to refer to simple dumb bigots as “Neanderthals.” To each his…

  17. The Dodgers’ goal in bankruptcy: a television rights auction

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    old TV

    The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin has been reading the bankruptcy filings this morning, and notes that Frank McCourt’s apparent end game here is to get the bankruptcy court to auction off the television rights for the Dodgers, thereby providing them with the cash they need to keep going. The obstacles: the Dodgers’ current deal…

  18. “David Ortiz is not a baseball player”

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Remember that John Steigerwald guy who blamed Bryan Stow’s beating on the fact that he wore a Giants jersey to Dodger Stadium? Yeah, that was some first class poop-stirring. This bit he wrote about David Ortiz over the weekend doesn’t approach that state of sublimity, but it’s pretty good poop-stirring all the same. The inspiration:…

  19. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Phillies' Halladay throws in the fourth inning during their MLB Interleague baseball game with the Athletics in Philadelphia

    Some people didn’t like my little tour of the cities thing last week and said that you’d prefer it if I just stuck to the “Team X has won Y of Z games, so look out for Team X!” blather.  I can’t tell if those people are merely trolls or if there is a genuine…

  20. Jeff Wilpon scolds Mets for not throwing at Athletics’ players

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    I missed this yesterday, but reader The Dangerous Mabry gave me the heads up.  ESPN New York reports that Jeff Wilpon scolded Mets players for not retaliating at Athletics’ players after Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on Thursday. The pitch that hit him — in the leg — was probably itself thrown at him…

  21. Bare-handed Evan Longoria breaks out

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    I didn’t mention this in the recaps this morning because I was too busy being clever about a 14-10 final score, but Evan Longoria had a huge game yesterday, going 4 for 6 with two homers and five RBI. He had a huge weekend, in fact, getting eight hits, three homers and 10 RBI against the…

  22. Manny Ramirez is the Dodgers’ biggest creditor

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Whenever you file for bankruptcy, you have to file a list of your creditors.  The Dodgers filed theirs — see the whole filing here — and it’s a fun list: Manny Ramirez, $20,992,086 Andruw Jones, $11,075,000 Hiroki Kuroda, $4,483,516 Rafael Furcal, $3,725,275 Chicago White Sox, $3,500,000 Ted Lilly, $3,423,077 Zach Lee, $3,400,000 Kaz Ishii, $3,300,000…

  23. Ridiculous quote of the day: Frank McCourt edition

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt just released a lengthy statement with respect to the Dodgers’ bankruptcy filing.  Here’s my favorite part. It comes right after McCourt says that he tried to do the Fox deal but that Bud Selig got in his way: I simply cannot allow the Commissioner to knowingly and intentionally be in a position to…

  24. The Dodgers file for bankruptcy

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    A mere three days before the payroll comes due — payroll that Frank McCourt can’t meet — the Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy, reports Richard Sandomir. With that, the legal game begins. Obviously the situation is fluid, and more details will stream in as the morning and day progresses, but for the time being, this could…

  25. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    mix tape

    While in West Virginia over the weekend I took the kids to a couple of scenic places in the New River Gorge and had a couple of nice meals. But this was easily the highlight of the trip. Found it in my wife’s childhood bedroom. Still in the wrapper, just waiting to be made into…

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