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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Hey, another Bobby Valentine rumor! This time: Milwaukee

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I think we’re gonna just start listing the jobs Bobby Valentine isn’t rumored to be in the running for, because it would probably save time. The latest: Milwaukee, as reported by Tyler Kepner. The Brewers actually make more sense for him than Seattle. They have a better core of players and are way more likely…

  2. Oh noes! Timmy has a blister!

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Eh, that’s fake panic. I can’t muster real panic about Tim Lincecum having blister issues because when he realized he was getting a blister he was in the process of striking out 14 dudes and pitching a two-hitter: Lincecum confirmed to the Mercury News that his blister problem resurfaced during his dominant 14-strikeout complete game…

  3. The Rangers are locking up Jon Daniels long term

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Jim Bowden of FOX Sports Radio –  never the most reliable source on the planet when it comes to these things, but who may right about this — believes that the Rangers will announce a long-term contract for GM Jon Daniels once their season ends. This comes after Chuck Greenberg told a reporter yesterday that…

  4. Poll: What should the Yankees do with the playoff rotation

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    All these days off are giving Yankees fans too much to think about. What they’re thinking about mostly, it seems, is the rotation. Specifically, how to order it after CC Sabathia in Game 1.  Some people think Pettitte, Hughes and A.J. Burnett should follow in order. Some people want to flip Pettitte and Hughes, giving…

  5. Must-Click link: video archiving every play in every baseball game

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Great story in the New York Times today going behind the scenes at MLB Productions, where “loggers” — the only people more obsessive than bloggers, it would seem — watch and label every single play of every single baseball game with various descriptive tags so that video clips can be easily accessed later. The cool…

  6. Cable fight threatens NLCS; World Series in Philly and New York

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    There’s a re-transmission rights fight going on between FOX and Cablevision that could put the NLCS and the World Series in peril for New York and Philly Cablevision subscribers: Fox and Cablevision ramped up the war of words behind their retransmission battle Tuesday. Both sides dug their heels in, as it began to look less…

  7. Heath Bell is the Deliveryman of the Year

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball has announced that Heath Bell has won the 2010 Delivery Man of the Year Award, presented annually to the league’s best relief pitcher. Bell had a 1.93 ERA and saved 47 saves in 50 chances. That was a save behind Brian Wilson, but Bell had a higher save percentage. Bell had a…

  8. Deep Thoughts: Did Frank Wren really mean to hire Fredi Gonzalez?

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  OK, maybe Wren was right. Gonzalez won the Sporting News’ Manager of the Year Award. Damn. I really wish he was deluded about that. It would have made for great blog fodder, basically, for every single game Gonzalez managed. 3:00 P.M.: Fredi Gonzalez was formally announced as the Braves new manager a few minutes…

  9. HBT Daily: looking back at the Division Series(s)

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the highlights — and lowlights — of the first round.

  10. With the Phillies starters, a picture is worth a thousand words

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt are ready to answer the bell. Is Joe Blanton?

  11. Quote of the Day II: T.J. Simers on Frank McCourt

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    At some point it will feel like we’re piling on Frank McCourt. I just don’t think we’ve reached that point yet.

  12. Report: the Diamondbacks are prepared to unload the money truck on Yu Darvish

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Last month we heard reports that Japanese ace Yu Darvish could be posted this winter (i.e. his current club, Nippon Ham, could make him available to major league teams for a price). Now Patrick Newman of the excellent NPB Tracker passes along word that the Diamondbacks are willing to go as high as $80 million…

  13. Is there a TBS/MLB conspiracy to downplay bad calls?

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Some people get accused of being conspiracy theorists. I tend to get accused of erring too far in the other direction and not giving enough credence to conspiracy theories. Because sometimes they are true, after all.  My defense: I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy and the simpler the explanation is usually the better explanation…

  14. The Pirates interview Ken Macha for some reason

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Look, I’m sure Ken Macha is a fine man. He did little harm when given control of some talented Oakland teams. He did the best he could, I suppose, with a pretty bad Brewers team this year.  But he’s certainly not an inspiring choice for a team looking to fill a manager vacancy in 2011.…

  15. What Shin-Soo Choo really said

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    This morning we mentioned Shin-Soo Choo’s alleged desire to be “transferred” to a winning team, as reported in the Korea Times. Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said that he suspected that there was a translation issue, because Choo had just told him a week or two ago that he wants to stay in Cleveland and is…

  16. Carl Crawford: "I don't want to leave"

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Here’s Carl Crawford, talking to the Tampa Tribune after last night’s game: “I don’t want to leave. Everybody knows that. I like it here, and I’ve made that known and wish something was able to be worked out.” Note the past tense. Not that anyone on the planet thinks that the Rays would ever shell…

  17. Differing views on Fredi Gonzalez

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    It’s hard to get excited about something as inevitable as the Braves hiring Fredi Gonzalez, but I’m more or less pleased with the choice. If he woofs it, fine, it means the team is losing and if the team is losing it’s going to have to start over anyway and then there are a whole…

  18. Shin-Soo Choo hoping to move to a better team

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Via Paul Hoynes at the Plain Dealer is a story in the Korea Times in which Shin-Soo Choo is quoted as saying “if I could move to a better team, I could generate a better record and improve more.” Seeing as though Choo is only in his first year of arbitration eligibility with the Indians,…

  19. Deep thought: Are the Rangers really the last team to win a playoff series?

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    How many times have we heard it repeated in the last few days that the Rangers are/were the last team to have never won a playoff series? By my count, 1,395, though I may have missed one. Not that it’s not a neat observation or anything. It’s just that, like Shane Victorino being Hawaiian, we’ve…

  20. Josh Hamilton gets to be part of the celebration

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    It’s been widely reported that Rangers’ center fielder Josh Hamilton, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, does not partake in the champagne and beer showers. Smart move on his part. Great move on his team’s part? Having a ginger ale shower just for Hamilton after last night’s win. The pic on the right is cool,…

  21. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    With this guy dealing, the Rays never had a chance.

  22. UPDATE: Fredi Gonzalez to be named Braves manager Thursday

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s done. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will name Fredi Gonzalez as their next manager on Thursday. 6:00 PM: There has been almost zero speculation about who will be the next Braves’ manager. Why? Because everyone agrees that it will almost certainly be former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez.  Indeed,…

  23. What if Roberto Alomar does have HIV?

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    Paul Sax is a big baseball fan and a longtime reader of mine. He’s also a doctor who writes a blog about HIV, infectious diseases and the medical and ethical issues that surround them.  He has several sharp observations today in light of the Roberto Almoar HIV allegations. Among them: For another stark example of…

  24. Mike Remlinger is selling Sammy Sosa's corked bat

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I guess it’s not odd that someone is selling the corked bat that got Sammy Sosa in hot water several years ago. I’m just surprised that it’s former teammate Mike Remlinger. I mean, did Sosa let him have it, or what? Last year Remlinger said he contacted Sosa to ask if the retired slugger wanted…

  25. The Roberto Alomar divorce petition

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that Roberto Alomar made the news last week. Now ESPN’s The File blog has a copy of the divorce petition filed by Roberto Alomar’s wife (link goes to pdf file). The interesting stuff begins at paragraph 19, where Alomar’s wife claims that, despite knowing he had HIV, Alomar “intentionally and in total disregard…

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