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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:55 AM EDT

    Flight Delays

    Yankees 12, White Sox 3:  Well, I was supposed to be at this one.  Instead, my 9:30 AM flight to New York turned into a 12:08 PM flight which then turned into a 3:30 PM flight through Philly, which then turned into a 5:17 PM flight through Philly that was highly unlikely to allow me…

  2. One of the worst calls you’ll see this year

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Chip Hale, Jose Reye, Marvin Hudson

    Jose Reyes hit a triple in the eighth inning of last night’s Mets-Nationals game. And then he was called out for allegedly taking his hand off the bag. Watch the replay — the second, super slow motion one — and note just how not off the bag he came. Luckily the Mets went on to win…

  3. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Frank McCourt on “transparency”

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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

    While taking in Frank McCourt’s rants against Major League Baseball last night, I neglected one particular passage that is worthy of greater scrutiny: “There are core values in this country, and fairness is one of them. Transparency is another, and private property is another. Thankfully, it’s not appropriate for one person’s property to be seized…

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

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Colon follows through on a pitch to Chicago White Sox during their MLB baseball game in New York

    In which I ask the time-travelling Bartolo Colon to send me a message in the past and in which we have the latest mid-20th-century Charlie Manuel sighting.

  5. Roger McDowell apologizes for his actions; Major League Baseball and the Braves respond

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Roger McDowell has apologized for his behavior at AT&T Park on Sunday. His statement: “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions. “ A Braves representative has added: “We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a…

  6. It’s getting ugly between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

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

    As mentioned this morning, Frank McCourt flew to New York today to meet with MLB officials — Bud Selig not included — to plead his case for control of the team. A few minutes ago he held a press conference about it, in which he said that his “hard-earned money and my family’s blood, sweat and…

  7. Allegation: Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell made “shocking gay slurs” to fans at AT&T Park

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    So, the major league coach who celebrity attorney Gloria Allred was going to accuse of making homophobic slurs at a fan?  It’s Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell. From TMZ: The coach in question is Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell — who allegedly targeted a group of male fans at San Francisco’s AT&T park last weekend … asking them,…

  8. The Braves have a rally song that is older than most of the Braves

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Eddie Money.bmp

    Look, it’s not always easy being a Braves fan. Part of it is because the hard core among us have to constantly answer for the largely indifferent Atlanta fan base, their playoff-no-shows and the Tomahawk Chop.  Part of it is that whole Buffalo Bills-esque five-pennants-but-only-one-title thing (though I’d take that over what anyone besides the…

  9. Livan Hernandez is the target of a money laundering probe

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    This is … unexpected. According to this Spanish language report — with English summary here — Livan Hernandez is the target of a federal probe related to money laundering on behalf of convicted Puerto Rican drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez, known to his criminal friends as “El Buster.”  (El Buster?). Even if you don’t speak…

  10. Vicente Padilla: Dodgers’ closer

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Padilla_Vicente

    Ned Colletti said it was closer-by-committee. Johnathon Broxton told the media that Don Mattingly said that he was his number one guy.  We didn’t get a test of that yesterday because the Dodgers lost, but we got it today and the answer is that the committee — or maybe just Vicente Padilla — is the…

  11. UPDATE: Roy Oswalt has left the Phillies due to tornadoes near his home in Mississippi. Again.

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Oswalt_Roy

    3:03 PM:  The Phillies have just announced that Oswalt left the team due to concern regarding his family back home due to tornadoes in the area over the past several days.  There was some confusion on this earlier because it was almost exactly a year ago that Oswalt had to leave the Astros following the…

  12. Book cover of the day: baseball stars cooking

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Contrary to numerous reports, the title of the book is not “To Serve Man[ny]”

  13. Andre Ethier extends his hitting streak to 24 games

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Maybe we should wait until 28 — halfway to DiMaggio — before giving daily updates about Andre Ethier‘s hitting streak, but I’m in a good mood today so let’s start early: Andre Ethier hit in his 24th straight game a few minutes ago with a single back up the middle in the fourth inning of…

  14. Birtherism and baseball: a classic combination

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Gwynn-Jr._Tony

    As you may have seen, today President Obama released his long form birth certificate in an effort to shut up the loony fringe who decided to use the citizenship issue to attack him as Some Horrible Other, seeing as though open racism and xenophobia is off the table in polite society these days.  There are…

  15. The Athletics now play in the Overstock.com Coliseum

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    The Contra Costa Times reports that the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum — home of the A’s and the Raiders — will be renamed Overstock.com Coliseum. The deal will earn the county $1.2 million a year for the next six years.  I have two issues with this: 1. Anyone really betting that the Coliseum is going to…

  16. HBT Daily: The White Sox and the Phillies’ funks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The White Sox are turning it around against the Yankees, but the Phillies’ troubles are mounting. Tiffany and I chat about it.

  17. Great moments in bad lip-synching: the Arizona Diamondbacks edition

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dbacks video.bmp

    After the Cory Lidle post we need a bit of levity. I got a chance to meet a bunch of Arizona Diamondbacks front office staffers in spring training. They were easily the nicest team officials I’ve met in the couple of years I’ve been doing this gig. But hey, just because you’re awesome doesn’t mean that…

  18. The Cory Lidle wrongful death trial begins today

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cory Lidle

    Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle died when the plane he was piloting crashed into a Manhattan building on October 11, 2006. Today opening statements in the wrongful death case brought by his widow will take place. The FAA concluded that the crash was pilot errors and that Lidle who was flying with his instructor, misjudged a…

  19. The Dodgers have selected a new security chief

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    LAPD Takes Over Security At Dodgers Games After Attack On Giants Fan

    After a four month period in which the position was vacant — which became a major issue because of the Bryan Stow beating — the Dodgers have selected a chief of security. He is retired LAPD Captain Rich Wemmer.  His hiring is contingent on MLB approval due to the league takeover of the team’s day-t0-day…

  20. Johan Santana may not be back until August or September

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Santana_Johan

    The timeline for Johan Santana‘s return has been a bit of a moving target. At one point early in the process we heard May.  Mostly we’ve heard June and July.  Now Buster Olney is hearing that it could be as late as August or even September before the Mets’ ace is back on the hill.…

  21. Frank McCourt is not the master of P.R.

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

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

    P.R. professionals like to use the term “optics” to refer to how things look (as opposed to what is really going on). You could have just given $100,000 to an orphanage, but if you are seen berating your assistant for sloppy writing on the big oversized check that will be paraded before the media, those…

  22. Is Roy Oswalt healthy?

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt got knocked around by the Diamondbacks last night and didn’t stick around after the game to talk to the media about it.  Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports that Ruben Amaro was meeting with Charlie Manuel just as the reporters arrived and that earlier he had “huddled with a team official” during…

  23. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred will accuse an MLB coach of making gay slurs today

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Ken Slayton Father Of Jaycee Dugard Gloria Allred Press Conference

    UPDATE:  It’s Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell.  Details here. 8:25 AM: Gloria Allred is someone with whom you’re familiar even if you don’t know it. She’s the extremely high-profile (mostly) civil rights lawyer who will, almost always, land some client or another in connection with whatever massive tabloidy and/or entertainment story is dominating the media at any…

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

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano walks off the field as the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Brent Lillibridge made a diving catch to win in New York

    Water covers 75% of the Earth. The rest is covered by land and, in some cases ice, which may or may not be included in that 75% figure. In other news Brent Lillbridge had two great catches last night.

  25. Major League Baseball is going to have an “All-Star Charity Dance-a-Thon.”

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Stewart Reed

    What’s the matter, Othello, jealous? Well, did you know there’s a swimming pool under this floor? And did you know that button behind you causes this floor to open up? And did you further know that George Bailey is dancing right over that crack? And I’ve got the key? Stand back, everybody! Stand back! They’re cheering us! We must…

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