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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Pirates can finally get their managerial search going

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Though the Pirates have interviewed a ton of people for their vacant manager’s job, the only really inspiring one of the lot — John Gibbons — has opted out, preferring to remain the Royals’ bench coach.  The thinking  has been that those guys were all just fallbacks, and that Pittsburgh had its heart set on…

  2. HBT Daily: Easily my most embarrassing moment on video ever

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    There’s wrong, there’s really wrong, there’s really effing wrong, and then there’s me on the Giants last July

  3. Ron Washington is going to get a new deal very soon

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Ron Washington press conference

    Ron Washington getting a contract extension after his great season at the helm of the Rangers is about as surprising as some tabloid columnist framing the Giants World Series victory in terms of Barry Bonds.  Yeah, that matters.  Anyway, here’s Jon Daniels on offseason priorities: “First things first, we’ll address our own free agents as…

  4. Comment of the Day: Pat Burrell breathes a sigh of relief

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Levi Stahl and I had the exact same thought following Edgar Rentaria’s dinger: I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any player more clearly relieved to have been taken off the hook than Pat Burrell after that home run. He just looked flat-out overjoyed and grateful–it was like Renteria had won the game just for…

  5. Hot stove time: What will be the biggest stories this offseason?

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Hot stove

    The carpet of the visitor’s clubhouse down in Texas is still wet with bubbly and the Giants are still several hours from having their hangovers kick in, but it’s never too early to think about what’s next. That’s especially true this year with the free agency season getting into full swing so soon after the…

  6. Should Cliff Lee have pitched to Renteria?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    It isn’t all hindsight. Before Cliff Lee gave up that home run to Edgar Renteria last night there were multiple people on my Twitter feed — lots of beat writers and bloggers and everyone — thinking that with first base open and the punchless Aaron Rowand on deck, Lee should have pitched around Renteria or…

  7. Great Moments in FOX graphics

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Just before the Giants won the game last night, FOX tried to put their championship in perspective. Specifically, they explained to viewers that the world was a very different place in 1954, the last time the Giants won the World Series.  Here was the on-screen graphic they used: It was a different world! Indeed, it…

  8. 142 players became free agents last night

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Under a recent agreement, players no longer need to file for free agency. Rather, free agency-eligible players automatically became free agents as soon as the World Series ended.  The MLBPA wasted absolutely no time last night telling us who those players are, issuing a press release while the Giants were still jumping around on the…

  9. Let’s count the “San Francisco Treat” headlines

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    You knew this was coming. You just didn’t know who would be the ones who couldn’t help themselves. The first one I saw was Tom Boswell in the Washington Post: If anyone finds other examples, please let us know in the comments.  Given that media has become nationalized with the Internet I’m guessing we won’t…

  10. Some thoughts on Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy

    Given that we’re only 11 hours out from the Giants winning the World Series, it’s probably no surprise that there’s euphoria in the Giants’ front office. And there’s no surprise that the front office is telling the Merc’s Andrew Baggarly that they’re planning on extending the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean.…

  11. Resolved: good pitching beats good hitting

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    That’s a retrospectively-applied cliche that is ignored the moment someone hits a good pitcher — like, say, Cliff Lee, who certainly qualifies as “good pitching” — but check out what Giants pitchers did to these guys in the playoffs: Jason Heyward: 2 for 16, 0 RBI Ryan Howard: 7 for 25, 0 RBI Chase Utley:…

  12. The post-World Series riots are totally tech-forward this year

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Well, maybe “riot” is a bit strong — that’s a word that used to mean something — but there was certainly lots of numbskullery and minor property damage in San Francisco last night following the Giants victory. So much so that, as you can see in the video below, the, um, “numbskullery and minor property…

  13. And That Happened: Picture Tells a Thousand Words Edition

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:01 AM EDT

    We have lots of posts telling you what went down last night. How about an image?

  14. The World Champion San Francisco Giants: who are these guys?

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Willie Mays never won a World Series in San Francisco. Neither did Willie McCovey. Or Orlando Cepeda. Or Barry Bonds. Or Juan Marichal or Gaylord Perry.  Hall of Famers? The San Francisco Giants have had many. But world championships? None. Before tonight, anyway. Before a lineup full of role players and aging veterans — and…

  15. The Giants are World Champs!

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    The Giants win Game 5 3-1, and win the World Series four games to one behind a big night from Tim Lincecum and a big three-run home run by Edgar Renteria.  This was, by far, the best game of the World Series, with a Lincecum-Lee pitchers’ duel for the ages suddenly punctuated by a thunderbolt…

  16. One more trademark infringement lawsuit. This one filed by the, um, Brooklyn Dodgers?

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Dodgers cap

    I said before that I understood the rationale behind the Rangers or the Phillies going after people for using their trademarks or copyrighted slogans and all of that.  But this one seems about 52 years and 3000 miles too late: the Dodgers are suing a Brooklyn hamburger vendor for using a script “Brooklyn” design in…

  17. Jim Leyritz’s trial got underway today

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    The trial of former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz starts today. He’s accused of DUI manslaughter, and the prosecution will attempt to prove that he ran a red light when his car crashed into one being driven by Fredia Ann Veitch, who was thrown from her vehicle and killed. Leyritz faces between four and 15 years…

  18. The Athletics name their new pitching coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ron Romanick

    You may want to sit down for this, but the A’s have named Ron Romanick their new pitching coach. He was formerly their bullpen coach. I know. I reacted the same way. In fact, I’ll always remember where I was when I heard the news. Everything is different now. It’s like, everything that happened before…

  19. Baseball does not like the shirt you came up with

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Not long ago, a couple of guys got together and started printing up shirts with stylized likenesses of Ron Washington on the front, and a Ron Washington quote — “that’s the way baseball go” — on the back.  Seems that Major League Baseball doesn’t take kindly to that sort of thing, and they’ve sent a…

  20. Major League Baseball is seeking to limit champagne celebrations

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Swisher champagne celebration

    The New York Times reports that, just prior to the World Series, Major League Baseball issued a memo to teams, telling them to limit the amount of champagne provided for victory celebrations, to offer non-alcoholic beverages for spritzing purposes, banning beer and other types of alcoholic drinks from the showers and telling teams are not…

  21. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg: Yankees fans are violent, apathetic embarrassments

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Take it from me, Chuck Greenberg, you don’t want to call Yankees fans names! Here was the Rangers owner on ESPN radio this morning: “I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I’ve…

  22. No, you cannot have Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    It’s a really thin market for middle infielders this winter. So thin that, if your team is in need of a shortstop, you may have come across the name Hiroyuki Nakajima on various message boards, blogs and other, less-reputable parts of the Internet where rumors and speculation flow thick.  Nakajima plays for the Seibu Lions,…

  23. Armando Galarraga honored at ironic rally by pseudomedia

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was honored at the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity” over the weekend. The reason: his calm, non-psycho response to getting boned out of his perfect game by the Jim Joyce call. The more time goes on, the more I am convinced that Joyce blowing that call was the best…

  24. HBT Daily: Bad hitting, or good pitching?

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Matt and I wonder if Madison Bumgarner was that good or if the Rangers were that bad. Plus: any hope that Lee vs. Lincecum will finally live up to the hype?

  25. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on expanding the playoffs

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    “It’s more fair than eight.” – Bud Selig, when asked if ten playoff teams — which Selig is strongly considering for 2012 — is “fair.” And 12 is more fair than ten, and 16 is way more fair than 12.  We can play this game all day if we want to. Either way, with the…

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