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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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?

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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?

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

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    selig-101028

    “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…

  14. Does Carl Crawford have something against the Yankees and Red Sox?

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Here’s Buster Olney this morning, suggesting that Carl Crawford might have something against the Red Sox and Yankees: . . . if everything is equal — if the Red Sox or the Yankees make the same level of offer as the Angels — do not underestimate the impact of the fact that Crawford has built…

  15. Votto, Bautista win the Hank Aaron Award

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Cincinatti Reds Votto and Toronto Blue Jays Bautista hold their Henry Aaron awards prior to Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Now that BBWAA voters have imposed a defacto “no pitchers allowed” rule on the MVP, it has become a hitting award with unnecessary complications.  In light of that, I like the Hank Aaron Award’s stated purpose of simply honoring offense. It takes out all of that “who was more clutch” and “who carried their team”…

  16. Madison Bumgarner introduces himself to Josh Hamilton

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Check out Josh Hamilton’s postgame comments last night. He says he didn’t know Madison Bumgarner’s first name before last night.  He sure knows a hell of a lot about him now, eh?

  17. Bobby Valentine the “front runner” for the Brewers’ job

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    valentine in suit

    There’s increasing heat to the Bobby Valentine-to-the-Brewers talk. On Saturday Bob Nightengale suggested that it was close to a done deal. Then yesterday Jon Heyman reported that Valentine was at the top of the Brewers’ list.  Heyman went furhter, saying that Joey Cora, Bob Melvin, and Ron Roenicke were second through fourth on the list.…

  18. We’ve likely seen the last of the early World Series starts

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    downward trend

    I liked the early start to Game 3 on Saturday. With the game getting underway just before 7PM my kids were able to watch a bit of it — even if it was Justin Bieber-inspired — and the thing ended early enough to where I was able to not only watch the whole game without…

  19. Alexi Ogando is probably done for the rest of the World Series

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    This is not a surprise given his sudden departure from last night’s game, but the Rangers suspect that reliever Alexi Ogando has suffered a strained oblique muscle and believe  he won’t be available for the rest of the World Series. He’ll be examined more thoroughly today.  If he can’t go, Dustin Nippert is likely to…

  20. ‘Tis the season for irrational personnel suggestions

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    If it weren’t for that pesky First Amendment I’d campaign for a law that forbids partisans of any baseball team from suggesting personnel moves until a good ten days after the World Series ends, because almost anything that comes out in that vein is reactionary and fairly stupid. As soon as the Yankees were eliminated…

  21. How bad is a 3-1 deficit?

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:40 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    How bad is a 3-1 deficit in the World Series? So bad that only five teams* have come back from being down 3-1 to win it all: the 1925 Pirates, 1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates, and 1985 Royals. Is there any hope for the Rangers to take away from history here? Like Texas, that…

  22. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Giants' Posey hits a solo home run against the Rangers in the eighth inning during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Giants 4, Rangers 0: Not much to say about this that D.J. didn’t already say. Just two minor observations: 1. Let the record reflect that the Braves — easily the weakest of the eight playoff teams this year — played the Giants more closely than either the Phillies or the Rangers; and 2. Unless the…

  23. HBT Game 4 Live blog

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    11:31: And Josh Hamilton strikes out to end it. 4-0, the Giants shut out the Rangers. 3-1 is the series lead. Things are dire.  How do the Rangers beat Lincecum and Cain?  Let’s think about that one tomorrow. For now, stay tuned as D.J. will be on soon to put this one in perspective.  Night…

  24. Game 3 Live Blog

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    This started as a live chat, but now it’s a live blog. Hey, it’s a man’s prerogative to change his mind. Come on in: the snarking’s fine.

  25. The Negro Leagues Museum is in grave danger. But perhaps there is now hope.

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    UPDATE:  We received a comment from Dr. Raymond Doswell, interim director of the Negro Leagues Museum: Let me explain to all of your readers that the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is NOT in “grave danger.” It does have many challenges, but is solvent, open for business, and not in turmoil.  I encourage all of you…

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