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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Carlos Zambrano calls the Cubs “embarrassing”

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    zambrano1

    Yesterday I flipped from the Reds-Dodgers game to the Cubs-Cardinals game. The kids were watching with me, and as they do every time a game is on, they constantly asked me questions about who so-and-so is, and is this guy good and all of that. Carlos Zambrano was on the mound and they asked me…

  2. Major League Baseball still wondering about A-Rod and Dr. Galea

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    In the New York Times today is a story about Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who has been under indictment and who is suspected of giving professional athletes PEDs.  You’ll recall that, among several others such as Tiger Woods, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez received treatment by Dr. Galea and has been…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Hendricks Firefly

    I had a capital weekend. I passed the ten-pounds-lost mark since I got that treadmill, I got some new shirts, we grilled tasty meats twice and I saw the episode of “Firefly” with Christina Hendricks for the first time which, had I been, like, 14 when I saw it, probably would have made a profound…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Chad Billingsley, Aaron Miles

    Dodgers 9, Reds 6: Chad Billingsley — altogether now — helped his own cause by hitting  a homer, a double and driving in three.  I was watching the game when he hit the homer. I couldn’t see the beginning of his sentence, but Reds’ starter Travis Wood quite clearly mouthed the words “… homer to…

  5. Hey, Nick Johnson is alive

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Nick Johnson, who was rumored to have once played major league baseball, is going to get the start for the Double-A Akron Aeros tonight. I’m informed that it’s actually in a baseball-playing capacity as well.  Interesting. Now, everyone who remembered that Johnson signed with the Indians in the offseason, please raise your hands.  Not you…

  6. This is getting fun: Logan Morrison fires back at Brian Sabean, Buster Posey

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Marlins’ outfielder Logan Morrison was on Sirius/XM with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden this afternoon, talking about the Buster Posey/Scott Cousins collision and Brian Sabean’s comments from yesterday.  Not surprisingly, Morrison pulled no punches, especially with respect to Sabean: “First of all, it’s wildly unprofessional for him to make any comment on the situation.  When…

  7. Anonymous GM: players can’t handle a 162 game season

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    coffee pot

    Jayson Stark spoke with a major league general manager — we don’t know which one — who had a couple of interesting things to say about the length of the season and player stamina and all of that.  The upshot: the GM thinks the season is too long, players can’t handle it, and it needs…

  8. HBT Daily: What to make of the Dbacks and Mariners

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    What east coast bias? Tiffany and I discuss a couple of surprise teams out west.

  9. Joe Torre is going to have a talk with Brian Sabean

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! hears from a source that MLB’s discipline czar Joe Torre is going to call Brian Sabean to talk about his comments regarding Scott Cousins. I would presume that there will be something of a “hey Brian, MLB frowns on senior management issuing or perpetuating defacto bounties on marginal rookies” flavor to…

  10. Brandon Inge has mono

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    The Tigers just announced that they have placed Brandon Inge on the 15-day DL with mononucleosis. They’ve recalled Omir Santos from Toledo to take his place on the roster. This marks the third time I can recall a player having mono in the HBT era.*  Bronson Arroyo had it in spring training. Jed Lowrie a…

  11. The second fire at Dodger Stadium explained

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Remember last week that there was a fire at Dodger Stadium? And that, the next day, the same part of Dodger Stadium caught on fire again?  Well, the fire department explained it today. It seems that the flammable material that was supposed to be removed from the room was not removed. Also, quoting an LAFD spokeman, “Someone…

  12. Darwin Barney is not the Cubs’ savior

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Shorter version of Gordon Wittenmyer’s article on Cubs’ second baseman Darwin Barney today: “Look! A weighted random number generator just produced a new batch of numbers! Let’s use them to build narratives!*” But as the Cubs open their toughest stretch of the season tonight in St. Louis, with temptation growing daily to wrap Albert Pujols…

  13. Must-Click Link: Larry Granillo on Brian Sabean’s idiotic comments about Scott Cousins

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Brian Sabean phone

    Anyone can sit back and say how much of a classless, low-rent jerk Brian Sabean was in his comments about Scott Cousins last night.  I mean, when a high level executive of a major league baseball team fans the flames of a situation in which the player in question is already getting death threats —…

  14. Quote of the Day: Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg on the drivers of Tampa Bay

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frankland Bridge

    Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg was part of a panel discussion about sports in Tampa last night, and he was asked what he has learned about Tampa Bay since he bought the Rays. His answer made me laugh: “Water is a big divide …  You know, we’ve learned really lots about what — I would say…

  15. Scouts would take Derek Jeter over Jose Reyes right now? Really?

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    derek jeter yankees yawning

    Sabermetricians are often told to get their heads out of their spreadsheets and to watch some baseball.  The people who say that sort of thing often defer to their own eyes or the eyes of scouts when it comes to analysis. Then you read stuff like this story from Andrew Marchand at ESPN New York…

  16. If David Wright gets traded, he can be a free agent after 2012

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Wright_David

    I said yesterday that I don’t think the Mets should trade David Wright. But in the event that the Mets disagree with that assessment, understand that their job is going to be a bit harder than you might imagine. Why? Because as Andy Martino notes, Wright’s contract is better for the Mets than it would…

  17. An in-depth look at team defense throughout baseball history

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Evaluating defense in baseball continues to be a work in progress. We’re way better off than we were even a few short years ago, but it remains a tricky and often subjective undertaking, with most people not being able to say much more about the topic apart from “that guy plays good defense” and “that…

  18. The Rays were totally grunge the other night. Well, not really.

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    flannel

    As we’ve mentioned before, Joe Maddon has taken to having the Rays play dress up when they travel. Sometimes they wear suits, sometimes they wear camo, sometimes they wear 70s disco stuff.  You get the idea.  Hey, gotta do something to arrest the boredom of travel. I mean, you can only read SkyMall so many…

  19. Nine of 30 teams in violation of MLB’s debt rules

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    On the one hand, this sounds alarming: Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that nine of baseball’s 30 teams are in violation baseball’s debt service rules. The teams: Dodgers and Mets — duh — as well as the Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals. On the other hand, it’s hard to say what…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:49 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    What a dead night for baseball. Only six games plus the day tilt in New York. All night my Twitter feed was filled with people talking about the NBA (15%) and the damn spelling bee (85%).  And between the two of those things I don’t think there’s any more human misery possible to unleash on…

  21. Players of the month announced

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Not a ton going on this afternoon, so hey, let’s pass along press-released news! MLB has announced its players, pitchers and rookies of the month. In the NL it’s Jay Bruce, Jair Jurrjens and Justin Turner, respectively.  In the AL it’s Jose Bautista, Jeremy Hellickson and … Jeremy Hellickson. They also announced a reliever of the…

  22. The Pirates choke away a 7-0 lead, lose to the Mets 9-8

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    There has been some ugly baseball played in this Pirates-Mets series, and today may have been the ugliest. The Pirates had a 7-0 lead after three innings. The Mets’ comeback began conventionally enough with a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran. Then things got smaller and slightly unconventional in the sixth, with New York scoring runs…

  23. The “A-Rod’s cousin-gate” scandal is over

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Rodriguez_Alex

    This morning the Daily News reported that Major League Baseball was looking into the fact that Alex Rodriguez‘s PED-connected cousin, Yuri Sucart, was travelling with A-Rod and staying at the team hotel.  Everything is fine with that, however, says MLB’s Executive Vice-President Rob Manfred, who spoke with ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson: “Our position is, we…

  24. Rich Hill will need season-ending surgery

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    rich-hill-red-sox

    Yesterday we saw Rich Hill leave the White Sox-Red Sox game after grabbing his left arm. Today the worst fears have been confirmed: Pete Abraham reports that Hill will need season-ending surgery.  The exact diagnosis is unknown, but the MRI he received yesterday confirmed that the injury was serious. Probably a ligament/Tommy John thing. Hill was…

  25. Ken Rosenthal: “the Mets damn sure should keep Jose Reyes and David Wright”

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    MLB:  AUG 09 Braves v Mets

    Should the Mets let Jose Reyes walk? Should they trade him at the deadline? Or should they just go in the other direction and keep Reyes and try to unload David Wright? Such a hard set of decisions! Or maybe not, because after reading Ken Rosenthal’s latest, I’m having a hard time disagreeing with him:…

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