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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Are you ready for the excitement of the Home Run Derby?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    American League All-Star Ortiz poses with the trophy after winning Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby in Anaheim

    I’ll spare you all of my grousing about the Home Run Derby. Some people like it. Some people don’t. If you’re in the former camp, mazel tov. If you’re in the latter, may I suggest that you watch “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” which is streaming on Netflix?  I watched that on Saturday and was…

  2. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    The All-Star Break is here, and even though the season is more than half over, it’s that time when everyone assesses the so-called first half.  We’ll do the same here today. The rankings represent the current state-of-the-league, but the comments about each team are a bit more first-half all-encompassing. As always, last week’s rankings are…

  3. The Red Sox are interested in Matt Garza

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    I’m struggling to recall the last time we heard something from Phil Rogers’ Sunday “Whispers” column that was both (a) juicy; and (b) actually happened, but this one at least has (a) covered:  The Red Sox are reportedly interested in Matt Garza. Rogers says that Garza is “high on the list.” Which makes sense. Garza’s strikeout…

  4. Dontrelle Willis pitched in the majors again. And it was OK.

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

    Dontrelle Willis made his return to the majors yesterday, starting for the Reds against the Brewers. I like Willis as a person so much that it has pained me to see him struggle these past three years, so I could barely look at the box score last night I was so nervous. But actually: it was…

  5. News Flash: Yankees, Red Sox are baseball’s most popular teams

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    The Harris Poll has released its annual baseball popularity index thingy, and tells us what we all probably knew anyway, even if a lot of us don’t care to acknowledge it: the Yankees are America’s most popular baseball team. They’ve taken the top honor for nine straight years, putting lie to the notion that America loves…

  6. Would you have kept the ball from Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit?

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    I joked last week that there was no need to put a special marking on Derek Jeter‘s 3000th hit ball because it was almost certain that it would be some infielder who got it.  Boy, that was wrong. Unless you were under a rock all weekend you know that number 3,000 was a homer. You…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Unusually busy weekend around Major League Baseball. I was without computer access for much of it. Best I can figure: Derek Jeter killed a guy. Seriously. It’s the only thing that can explain all the buzz. Let’s get the story!

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:26 AM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Brian McCann

    Phillies 14, Braves 1: Like I’ve always said: you give Cole Hamels 14 runs to work with, and he’s probably going to win. Raul Ibanez drove in five runs in the entire month of June. He drove in six in this game. Oh, and watch the comments here: some readers/Braves fans foolishly bet some Phillies…

  9. Dontrelle Willis to start for the Reds on Sunday

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    The D-Train is back on the tracks: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds are recalling Dontrelle Willis and will have him start this Sunday against the Brewers. When last we saw Willis, he was completing the finishing touches on a three-year span in which he struck out 82 batters and walked 119 in 123 1/3 innings.…

  10. Joe Torre talks about umpires, makes very little sense

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Ron Washington, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Joe Torre was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show yesterday. The topic of discussion: Umpires Gone Wild. Or, rather, the recent dustups between Joe West’s crew and, well, everyone. Now to be clear, Joe Torre has a tough job here. He has his job mostly because he’s a respected figure who players and coaches and stuff…

  11. Derek Jeter bows out of the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    For as much was made about so many Yankees making the All-Star team, in effect, it doesn’t really matter. Why? Because none of ’em seem to be playing. Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera already decided to give it a miss, and now, too, will Derek Jeter. This is not a total shock.  While he’s been…

  12. Joe Buck would step aside for Vin Scully in the World Series

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Remember that petition the guy at The Daily ‘Stache put up, trying to get Fox to replace Joe Buck with Vin Scully for the World Series this year?  Well, it has an unexpected supporter: Joe Buck: Personally, I’d love it,” Buck said the other day. “We’ve always toyed with the idea of having the hometown…

  13. Chipper Jones’ knee isn’t getting any better

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Chipper Jones‘ knee is “getting more bothersome” and isn’t responding well to treatment. Jones has been playing through it to varying results. He had a rough June. He’s hitting a bit better in July so far and has a six-game hitting streak going — but he’s Chipper, and his body doesn’t…

  14. MLBPA issues statement about the Arizona immigration law and All-Star Game boycotts

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Flag

    We touched on Sheriff Joe a few minutes ago. In other All-Star Game/illegal immigration news, there was a lot of talk last year about potential player boycotts and the like as a result of Arizona’s tough immigration law, S.B. 1070. That has largely subsided, partially because parts of the bill are currently in legal limbo,…

  15. Sheriff Joe Arpaio to use the All-Star Game to draw attention to himself

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Joe Arpaio

    For those of you who are unaware, Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  He’s famous for being a shameless self-promoter, having branded himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” doing things like putting prisoners in tents, demagoging the illegal immigration issue and all manner of other stuff. This stuff isn’t mere harmless grandstanding, however, inasmuch as…

  16. Anti-Frank McCourt letters removed from Dodgers bankruptcy case file

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I saw this the other day but didn’t comment on it because I figured it would be reversed, but apparently the clerk of the bankruptcy court considering the Dodgers’ case had accepted a handful of fan letters into the official case file. They were anti-Frank McCourt letters, essentially saying “we want our team back, please…

  17. Comment of the Day: Remembering Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Sunset

    We got a comment a few minutes ago from a friend of Shannon Stone, the man who died at the Rangers game last night: I am an old friend and classmate of Shannon.  I have known the man for 35 years, ever since we were in Kindergarten and elementary school together, running in the same…

  18. The Dayton Dragons are about to sell out their 815th straight game

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Dayton Dragons

    Hey Red Sox Nation: your sellout streak is nice. In a quaint, small-scale kind of way. One day, if you’re truly committed, you can show devotion like the fans of the Dayton Dragons have done for the past 11 years. Eleven years in which they have sold out every single home game. That’s 815 games…

  19. HBT Daily: Tiffany and I talk about announcers

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    We all have stuff we love and stuff we hate when it comes to baseball announcers. But I’m not sure any of us really agree on what’s good and what’s not.

  20. Are the Royals are too cheap to buy replica Negro Leagues uniforms?

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Paige

    Joe Posnanski once wrote about how, roughly ten years ago, the Royals decided not to buy Negro Leagues replica uniforms for their Negro Leagues tribute day — like every other team that runs such a promotion — because they didn’t want to pay the $20K or whatever it would cost to do it. Lately that…

  21. Why wouldn’t the Orioles trade Jeremy Guthrie?

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    It seems like Orioles’ starter Jeremy Guthrie has been a named candidate for a midseason trade since sometime during the Nixon administration. And he fits the bill: a good starter but no ace, playing for a team that isn’t going anywhere and not yet expensive.  Heck, a lot of teams would like to have someone…

  22. And now a few words about comments at HBT

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    megaphone

    A bit of housekeeping. This time about comments. One thing I take a bit of pride in is that, for a large website, our comments are pretty good. Oh, sure, there’s some jackassery going on below the fold in every post — and if you simply don’t like comments on blogs on general principle, the…

  23. Shocker: The Angels call up Mike Trout

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Mike Trout doesn’t turn 20 for another month.* But as of today, he’s a major leaguer. We certainly weren’t expecting that so soon. But with Peter Bourjos suffering from a hamstring injury and the surging Angels merely a game back of the Rangers in a surprisingly competitive AL West, the front office in Anaheim apparently…

  24. More details on the death of Shannon Stone

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    General view shows area where fan was seriously injured after falling over railing in outfield bleachers while trying to catch ball in Arlington

    More details are available this morning on the death that occurred at the Ballpark at Arlington last night. The man’s name was Shannon Stone. He was a 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood, Texas and, sadly, as preliminary reports noted, he was at the game with his young son, who watched the accident happen. According to this Associated Press…

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

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:03 AM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Carlos Villanueva threw six shutout innings. Too bad he couldn’t stay in to throw more, because the Indians rallied like crazy in the ninth with an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and then the big shot: the Travis Hafner walkoff grand slam. That’s some serious dramatics right there, babies. Almost enough…

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