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Craig Calcaterra

  1. So, what happens next with the Dodgers?

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has a great step-by-step primer of where Frank McCourt and the Dodgers — who are six days away from failing to meet payroll — go from here.  Short version: don’t plan on the Dodgers being players for Albert Pujols this winter. For Dodgers fans, you can break it…

  2. Derek Jeter may be out longer than we thought

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    jeter grimace

    When Derek Jeter went on the disabled list with his bum calf, there was a sense that he’d do his 15 days and then be ready to go when he was eligible to come off on June 29th.  That target date is in doubt, however, reports George King of the New York Post, inasmuch as…

  3. History is not on Jim Riggleman’s side

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    As I mused yesterday, two competing explanations for Jim Riggleman’s departure from the Nationals are (1) a fit of pique or genuine disgust which forced his sudden resignation; or (2) a calculation that, if he wasn’t going to be the Nats’ manager in 2012, he’d have a much better shot at landing a new job…

  4. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:44 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Giants 2, Twins 1: Welcome back to the land of the living, Tim Lincecum.  Timmy fans 12 and allows only three hits in seven shutout innings, notching his best start in over a month. No managers resigned after this game. Nationals 1, Mariners 0: Hit this one up yesterday, but the game itself got lost…

  5. So what was Jim Riggleman thinking?

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    I’m still pretty stunned by the Jim Riggleman resignation.  And to be honest, I still can’t decide if it was a smart move by Riggleman or the dumbest thing ever. On the one hand, Riggleman says that he’s been “disrespected.”  We’ve heard that from wide receivers and power forwards before, but we’re not used to…

  6. The Nationals are a juggernaut

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Holy schnikes! Jim Riggleman resigned right after the game. Washington just beat Seattle 1-0, with a walkoff sac fly — the most exciting walkoff in all of baseball! — to win it. That’s a sweep of the Mariners. The most mind-boggling thing about it is that the sweep comes even though Mariners’ starters allowed a…

  7. Futures Game rosters announced

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    bryce-harper-nationals

    Major League Baseball just announced the rosters of this year’s Futures Game, which will take place in Phoenix during the All-Star break.  You know the deal: prospects. Ones with future potential. Get it?  Yeah, I knew you would. You’re clever like that. The setup is U.S. vs. the World.  Here are the players, with their…

  8. Bonus Twitter Questions!

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    The Question

    For reasons outside of my control — let’s just say the video feed for HBT Daily barfed on itself this morning — we weren’t able to get to all of your Twitter questions.  And I had some saved up for the video too!  Well, waste-not, want-not, I always say, so here’s what we would have…

  9. The Rays need to get out of Tampa Bay

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria

    I don’t know that I know enough myself to make such a judgment, but that’s the judgment of ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, who writes what I feel to be a fairly accurate and even-handed assessment of the problems facing the Rays in St. Petersburg, concluding thusly: Again: This is not about assigning blame. Nobody is a…

  10. Roger Clemens can get the Mitchell Report notes

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    Roger Clemens’ perjury trial is coming up soon, and one of the little skirmishes in advance of it is whether Clemens would be allowed access to the notes of the investigators who helped put together the Mitchell Report. Today a judge ruled that, yep, he can have access to them. The specific notes in question…

  11. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    If we can get the hamster and the wheel inside our camera working properly we’ll have some Twitter questions on HBT Daily later. For now, the ones that didn’t make the video cut.

  12. No, Jose Reyes is not going to the Yankees

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    There are some folks out there — not really folks with media credentials or any special insight, but folks all the same, usually in blog comments sections — who like to pretend that Jose Reyes is going to be a New York Yankee at some point soon.  They can probably apply their minds in a…

  13. Orlando Cabrera is John Galt

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Orlando Cabrera doesn’t much care for playing third base. But according to Paul Hoynes, Cabrera has a way of dealing with the challenges facing him at the hot corner: The Tribe’s Orlando Cabrera prepared for his second-ever start at third base Wednesday night by reading “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand. “This is my bible,” Cabrera…

  14. Fox won’t have Frank McCourt’s back if he takes the team into bankruptcy

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    One possible strategy — outside of extreme and acrimonious litigation — Frank McCourt could pursue to thwart Major League Baseball’s seizure of the team when he fails to meet payroll is to put the team into bankruptcy.  I’m not a bankruptcy expert — not by a longshot — but generally speaking a bankruptcy filing puts…

  15. Phillie Phanatic gets smacked with a foul ball

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Phanatic

    I knew a guy who used to do the mascot thing. It’s not an easy gig. The suits are hotter than blue blazes, it’s not easy to see in them, let alone dance and clown around, and you can bet your life on the fact that at least half of the people you interact with…

  16. Ron Roenicke: Interleague play is unfair

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    The Brewers look to be in a dogfight with the Cardinals in the NL Central all year. It’s hard enough to compete with the Cardinals, however, without being saddled with a tougher schedule. But a tougher schedule is what Milwaukee has, thanks to an interleague slate that includes trips to Boston and New York, a…

  17. A fan Bartmaned a ball at AT&T Park last night

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Rage WTF

    It ended up not impacting the game, but this is a serious code violation: A Giants fan sitting along the left-field line at AT&T Park last night snagged a foul ball that Giants outfielder Cody Ross could have caught in the sixth inning. Here’s the play. I love how the fan mouths the words “oh shucks!” —…

  18. Frank McCourt has paid back hundreds of thousands in questionable Dodgers charity salary expenditures

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If Frank McCourt only misses the June 30th payroll by only $122,000, we know why! Jim Peltz and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times report: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt repaid more than $100,000 to a team charity after the state attorney general found the funds had been used primarily for the benefit of the club’s former chief…

  19. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cincinnati Reds - Game Two

    Yankees 4, Reds 2; Reds 10, Yankees 2: A twin bill thanks to Tuesday night’s rain. We start with the second one because that has the coolest thing in it: Chris Heisey hitting three homers and driving in five. Like a boss. New York takes the first one with an effective outing from Freddy Garcia…

  20. Midnight Sun game called due to darkness

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Midnight sun

    I don’t know why I find this so funny, but I do: the annual Midnight Sun baseball game played up in Fairbanks, Alaska was called for darkness early this morning. An approaching storm entered into the mix too, but I’m not going to let that take away from the delicious irony. Assuming it is irony.…

  21. Jose Bautista robs Jordan Schafer of a home run

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bautista robs homer.bmp

    The Braves had a relatively easy time with the Blue Jays this afternoon, but it could have been worse for Toronto: by all rights Jordan Schafer should have had a homer in the bottom of the seventh, but Jose Bautista leaped up and snagged it as it was about to fly over the fence. The…

  22. The Cardinals release Miguel Batista

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    Given that — as Bernie Miklasz noted in his evisceration of the Cardianls’ bullpen today — Miguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks per nine innings and 15.43 base runners per nine innings, he was likely not long for the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.  And today his run there ended: the Cards have given Batista his…

  23. Bryan Stow’s condition improves

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Based on everything we’ve heard, Bryan Stow likely suffered brain damage in the beating he received at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Yet within the overall sense of gloom about his condition, there have been occasions of good news. The latest coming today: Doctors say the medical condition of a San Francisco Giants fan who…

  24. Greg Anderson and the College World Series star

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Greg Anderson

    A good read over at The Post Game today. Steve Henson, who has been following the BALCO/steroids beat for years, reports on the relationship between University of California second baseman Tony Renda and Greg Anderson.  Yes, that Greg Anderson. Along the way Henson paints a picture of what the never ending BALCO prosecution has done to…

  25. “Life in Frank McCourt’s ghost town”

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Empty Dodger Stadium

    In what is becoming something of a series over at the Los Angeles Times, Bill Plaschke writes a column today about what it’s like to go to a Dodgers game now that the McCourt fan boycott is in full swing.  Those who have been to Dodger Stadium before will not recognize Plaschke’s description: We put…

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