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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. ‘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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. Cliff Lee in Game 4? Too soon!

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    cliff-lee-game-1-towel

    Ron Washington, not surprisingly, was asked today if he plans on using Cliff Lee in Game 4 on three days’ rest. He, not surprisingly, wouldn’t say one way or the other. My view of this is that asking the Cliff Lee question today is premature.  Even if Washington knows in his heart that he’s going…

  10. Pudge Rodriguez to catch Nolan Ryan’s first pitch tomorrow. This bugs me a bit.

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez, Ian Desmond

    Anthony Andro of the Star-Ledger reports that Ivan Rodriguez is going to catch the first pitch thrown out by Nolan Ryan before Game 3 of the World Series tomorrow. Look, I know it’s Pudge, and that Pudge will always and forever thought of as a Ranger — and yes, I’m fully prepared to admit that…

  11. People want their “fear the beard” posters at AT&T Park

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    CNBC’s Darren Rovell has a great story about newspaper vendors for the San Jose Mercury News selling cheer cards with stuff like “fear the beard” printed on them outside of AT&T Park. Which, unfortunately for the Mercury News, wasn’t the plan. The plan was for the cheer cards to be stuffed inside of newspapers, and…

  12. HBT Daily: The Rangers: doomed, or really, really doomed?

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I consider whether the Rangers have what it takes to buck history.

  13. The Mariners interview Milt Thompson for their hitting coach gig. This is important. This means something.

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Milt Thompson

    Apparently former Braves players who never really hit all that much are the new inefficiency when it comes to batting coaches: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have interviewed former Brave and — more importantly for our purposes — former Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson for their opening at hitting coach.  I guess they’re not…

  14. No, Vlad Guerrero would not have helped last night

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Earlier today I observed that the decision to sit Vlad Guerrero and play Nelson Cruz in right field was a good one by Ron Washington, because Cruz got to a couple of balls in the outfield in the early innings that Vlad never would have reached.  One of them came on a ball towards the…

  15. Does the manager matter more in New York than in most places?

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    John Harper warns new Mets GM Sandy Alderson to be careful about his managerial pick. Why? Because things are totally different in New York: In New York, the manager matters more than most places. The scrutiny on every decision demands a certain type of personality, as does the magnitude of dealing with the media –…

  16. How about that Edgar Renteria?

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    I would have been mildly surprised if, before the series, you told me that the Giants would be up 2-0.  I would have been a bit more surprised if you would have told me that the Giants would be up 2-0 because Cliff Lee got lit up in Game 1.  But I would have been…

  17. Source: Guillen was not kept off the postseason roster because of HGH

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    guillen big head

    The strong implication in all of the stories about the Jose Guillen HGH investigation is that the Giants kept Guillen off the postseason roster because of the investigation.  A source with knowledge of the investigation, however, tells me that this isn’t the case.  The decision to keep Guillen off the roster was a baseball decision,…

  18. The FOX-Cablevision battle gets weird

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    old TV

    Anyone else find this truly bizarre?  Cablevision, still unable to broadcast the World Series to 3 million customers in New York and Philly, is formally asking the government and non-profit agencies to re-transmit FOX’s telecast of the World Series on the Internet, more or less on the theory that doing so is a public service…

  19. Before we go too far in slamming Ron Washington’s bullpen management . . .

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    . . . We should probably remember that the Rangers got shut out last night.  It’s something that, in a rush to make clever jokes about Neftali Feliz’s whereabouts, I sort of forgot this morning.  Yes, you’d hope that a pennant winning manager would make better decisions when down 2-0 in the eighth inning on…

  20. Baseball will have Bieber Fever on Saturday. And it will be Good.

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Justin Bieber Performs At The Staples Center

    When I saw that FOX is going to debut Justin Bieber’s new video prior to Game 3 tomorrow, my first impulse was to scoff, as people of a certain age and disposition always scoff at whatever teen sensation is out conquering the world at any given moment. But my second thought is to appreciate the…

  21. Why David Ortiz wants two years. And why he’s wrong about that.

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz gave an interview with WEEI, and the big topic, not surprisingly, was his future in Boston. He has a one-year, $12.5 million option. Despite the fact that’s well above the market rate for aging DH’s these days, he wants a two year deal.  Why two years? Here’s why, according to Big Papi: “I’m…

  22. So, what are the Rangers up against?

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    On the one hand I want to be at least somewhat optimistic about the Rangers chances. I mean, there’s no way that Ron Washington can screw up the bullpen so badly a second time in one series, right?  There’s no way that a formidable Rangers lineup will remain so utterly impotent, right?  There’s no way…

  23. Poor Jose Guillen

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Jose Guillen

    Jose Guillen is in a lot of trouble. Still, I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for the guy.

  24. The Marlins were considering trading Mike Stanton for . . . Ozzie Guillen?!

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    That’s the report from Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun Times, who says that Marlins owner Jeff Loria — who is apparently obsessed with having Ozzie Guillen as his manager — was willing to trade phenom Mike Stanton to the Sox in exchange for Kenny Williams letting Guillen out of his contract. At least…

  25. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Richie Tenenbaum

    Giants 9, Rangers 0: Aaron has the gory details of the bottom of the eighth inning here, and covers just about everything important about this game. I’ll simply add that watching Ron Washington manage the Rangers’ bullpen in the postseason has been like watching Richie Tennebaum against Gandhi at the U.S. Nationals tournament. All I…

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