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Craig Calcaterra

  1. How I learned to stop worrying and love the wild card

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    1997 Marlins

    The AJC’s Mark Bradley has a column up today with the headline: “With Lee again a Phil, are the Braves playing for the wild card?” My answer — which I’ve been giving anyone who will listen since midnight Monday — is “Yes. Yes they are.”  Even if you set aside their top two pitchers who…

  2. Cliff Lee speaks

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    John Clark of NBC Philadelphia was the first guy to track down Cliff Lee since the deal was announced, talking to him in what is either the Philly airport or a Barnes and Noble or something. I can’t tell. The video is below. Lee doesn’t say anything terribly groundbreaking — I wish he would have…

  3. No, Felix Hernandez is not coming to New York

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez crop

    Not to pick on this message board guy because I’ve seen the sentiment around in many places, but … Now that Cliff Lee is going to the Phils, I think the Yankees should turn their attention to seeking a trade for Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees should be prepared to offer four of the…

  4. Game seven of the 1960 World Series to be broadcast tonight

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Mazeroski home run

    Remember how they found that old kinescope of Game seven of the 1960 World Series in Bing Crosby’s basement last year?  Well, tonight it will be rebroadcast in its entirety on MLB Network. It will be the first time the public has seen the thing since it first aired. It comes on at 8PM Eastern.…

  5. The Phillies inquired about Pedro Martinez last week

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    The Daily News reports that Ruben Amaro inquired about Pedro Martinez during the Winter Meetings, and then speculates thusly: With the Phillies possibly looking to jettison now-No. 5 starter Joe Blanton and his hefty 2011 salary – he has about $21 million owed him from his three-year deal – there would be plenty of room to…

  6. I love the smell of Yankee fan panic in the morning

    Dec 15, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT

    Yankee panic

    … it smells like … victory: this offseason Brian Cashman publicly bashed the face of the franchise, forced the best relief pitcher in the history of baseball to talk to Red Sox, scaled a building in Stamford, Conn., had dinner with Carl Crawford and then hours later Crawford signed with the Red Sox and now…

  7. Sorry Yankees! Josh Johnson is not available

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Expect a lot of these kinds of reports in the coming weeks: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports the Marlins have no intention of trading right-hander Josh Johnson. The Yankees are obviously going to start looking for a pitcher now. You’ll likely hear them connected to most solid young starters in baseball, at least in a…

  8. The official HBT Cliff Lee recap

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    How many posts about Cliff Lee can four guys write in less than 18 hours? The answer may shock you!

  9. And now: several hundred cars on a baseball field

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    bullpen car

    No, that’s not a metaphor or anything fancy. It’s really what this post over at the Yahoo!’s racing blog “From the Marbles” depicts.  Check out the pics. It’s kind of sad really. Sad for the baseball field in question, sad for the cars – I always anthropomorphize cars — and sad for the environment. Still,…

  10. Gary Sheffield thinks he nailed that interview

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    *May 25 - 00:05*

    Last week I talked about Gary Sheffield prowling the Winter Meetings. Today we learn that he met with Joe Maddon to talk more about his comeback that probably isn’t happening: “I had a meeting with the Rays, and they’re going to get back to me,” Sheffield said Monday on Sirius XM Radio. “It’s out there…

  11. HBT Extra: Say, have you heard the news about this Cliff Lee fellow?

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I try to figure out the what of the what of the Cliff Lee deal

  12. Jason Bay is back to full speed

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jason Bay wide

    It’s not been the best day for Mets fans, what with the Phillies getting Cliff Lee, the Yankees fans making themselves feel better by saying “well, hell, at least we ain’t Mets fans,” and the Kansas City media realizing that, hey, Jeff Francoeur is a winner after all (who knew?!) But there is some good…

  13. The Athletics are on the verge of signing Hideki Matsui

    Dec 14, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: Susan Slusser reports that Matsui is going to make just less than $5 million for next season (Update: Olney says it’s $4.25 million). But hey, the A’s are going to pony up for his translator and his PR person. Which, given the horde of Japanese media that follows Matsui around, is definitely a full-time…

  14. Brian Cashman: “Plan B is patience”

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Brian Cashman just spoke to the media. Surprisingly, the signing of Russell Martin wasn’t the main topic of conversation. That kid from Arkansas who can’t hack the Big Apple was.  No, not Burnett. The other one. Cashman’s remarks included a lot of expected spin.  Spin designed, it would seem, to disabuse other teams out there…

  15. Your first “Cliff Lee wasn’t cut out for New York” article of the day

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    New York skyline

    It’s one thing for Cliff Lee to decide that he’s not cut out for New York. Or for him to think that he’s simply better-cut-out for someplace else.  It’s another thing altogether for people who don’t know a thing about the guy to assume they know that. Guys like George Vecsey of the New York…

  16. Silly things I’ve heard this morning

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee in Arlington

    There’s always a bunch of crazy stuff spewed out there when a big deal goes down.  Heck, I spew half of it. Here’s a list of the silly things I’ve heard in the 12 hours since the Cliff Lee deal was announced, both on Twitter and in comments to our various Cliff Lee posts: “Cliff…

  17. Not so fast on that “best rotation of all time” business

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Braves rotation

    Last night, in an admitted fit of hyperbole and sleep-deprivation, I wrote that the 2011 Phillies may be better than those Braves rotations of the 1990s.  I still think such a thing is possible inasmuch as it would not take a career year from each and every one of them to match what the 1997…

  18. Anyone wanna see a Mets reporter in a Speedo?

    Dec 14, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Phelps speedo

    Note: you may not want to go to Port St. Lucie in February and March. Why? Because Andy Martino, who covers the Mets for the New York Daily News, and who used to cover the Phillies, has a promise to keep.  From a report he made from the Winter Meetings last week: Here’s some of…

  19. Cliff Lee did not leave a ton of money on the table

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    stack of money

    UPDATE:  I somehow missed a Jerry Crasnick tweet on this that said that the Phillies offer had either a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016 or a $12.5 million buyout.  If so, that makes the Phillies deal that much better. In fact, it probably makes it better than the Yankees’ deal in absolute terms as…

  20. The winners and losers of the Cliff Lee deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Aces

    The easy answer is that the Phillies and their fans are the biggest winners here. That goes without saying and explanation, I hope. But let’s look at the others in this epic story to see who comes out ahead and who comes out behind by Cliff Lee joining the Phillies: WINNERS Ruben Amaro: I said…

  21. UPDATE: Blanton to the Red Sox may not be happening

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    blanton

    UPDATE: Now ESPN Boston and the Boston Globe are hearing that a Joe Blanton deal is not close and may not, in fact, happen. For the next 24 hours, I think baseball is going to be like the people of Los Angeles in the movie “1941.”  Panicking. Seeing things behind every corner. Americans fighting Americans.…

  22. Oh look. The Mystery Team got its man

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:43 AM EDT

    mystery man

    Yesterday Jon Heyman said there was a “Mystery Team” in on Cliff Lee. Many mocked, but we mocked harder than anyone. Indeed, if you do a Google search for “Heyman Cliff Lee Mystery Team,” HardballTalk posts take the top three spots. And you know what happened next. There was a Mystery Team. And it actually signed the…

  23. Quote of the Day: the New York Yankees didn’t want Cliff Lee anyway. Right.

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:31 AM EDT

    sour grapes

    This comes from an anonymous New York Yankee official quoted by the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand in the wake of the Cliff Lee deal: “Anybody who would leave $50M on the table obviously doesn’t want to pitch in New York. Thank God we found out in time.” That might be the most ridiculous quote I’ve…

  24. So: how good is the Phillies rotation?

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    H20

    Halladay. Lee. Hamels. Oswalt. And whoever. I’m not going to waste your time with wondering whether that’s the best rotation in the game today, because it clearly is. Any arguable next-best rotation probably has one guy who would crack that top four, and if you think otherwise, you’re dreaming.  No, we need to go with…

  25. Cliff Lee is going to the Phillies. What do the Yankees do now?

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    It’s not just a Yankees world in which we’re all living, but in this case, the implications for the Bombers losing out on Cliff Lee are the most interesting.  Philly? Heck, print up their NL East championship t-shirts already.  The Rangers? They seem like they felt they were out of it for a week now,…

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