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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Who is the most hated player in your team’s history?

    Apr 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    John Rocker

    I try to ac-cent-u-ate the positive and e-lim-i-nate the negative as much as possible, but it’s a long baseball season so it’s easy to get negative. I tend to get the most negative about my own team when they’re not playing well. Oh, if you could take a man’s life for the thoughts that’s in…

  2. Major League Baseball appoints J. Thomas Schieffer “Monitor” of the Dodgers

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Schieffer

    I was wondering what the title of the person baseball chose to run the Dodgers would be. I liked “Lord Protector,” but figured that wouldn’t fly.  “Trustee” seemed cool, but that may suggest some legal duties to the team and its stakeholders that baseball would rather not have. They have settled on “Monitor,” which is…

  3. Did you know that Prince Fielder has a “square body type?”

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) prince%20fielder%20hr%20celebration-thumb-350x200-2056.jpg for post 5684

    Scott Boras is the best. If you give him lemons, he won’t be content to make lemonade, he’ll make a lemon curd white chocolate cheesecake. If he represented a pitcher with no arms and no legs he’d talk about how the guy should get big money because he’ll never tear a ligament. If Stephen Hawking…

  4. The real reason Chuck Greenberg was ousted as Rangers’ CEO

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    A headline like that suggests that there’s something juicy there. More juicy than the rumored displeasure Greenberg’s seemingly over-the-top courting of Cliff Lee was following the Winter Meetings, which was cited back when Greenberg stepped down. Actually, no: as Barry Shlachter reports in the Star-Telegram, it was really just a matter of personality clashes between…

  5. Movie Review: Time in the Minors

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Time in the Minors

    I got a chance to see a great documentary recently: Time in the Minors, by Tony Okun.  While the film has been around for a little while, it became available on DVD just last fall and, either way, its subject matter is timeless and compelling.  I loved it, I want to tell you about it…

  6. HBT Daily: Who is that hot-hitting right fielder in Kansas City?

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany taunts me with Frenchy’s early-season firepower

  7. Defending Ron Washington from my cheap shots

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    I made a cheap joke at Ron Washington’s expense in the Power Rankings this morning regarding Neftali Feliz being in the bullpen. I don’t apologize for it because about 87% of my jokes are cheap, but I can at least admit it was a cheap joke. Most of the comments in my Power Rankings are…

  8. Some of the dirt from the new Jeter book

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jeter media

    Following up on this morning’s post about the new Jeter book, there’s a story over at ESPN New York — home of the book’s author, Ian O’Connor — detailing some of the book’s anecdotes. Among them: Some background the contentious contract negotiations last winter, including the shocking fact that team President Randy Levine was the…

  9. Tim Lincecum doesn’t like the idea of expanded playoffs

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    lincecum_tim

    I’d “quote of the day” this, but it came from a different day. Last week, in fact, after Bud Selig announced that expanded playoffs are an inevitability. Here’s Tim Lincecum: “It doesn’t seem very fair, and personally, I don’t know where his head is at. Players like it the way it is. It’s dog-eat-dog. People know…

  10. Mike Quade alleges a violation of The Unwritten Rules

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    This is from Friday night, but it’s well worth revisiting. Seems that for the second time this year, Mike Quade was unhappy when a Cubs’ opponent tried to steal a base with a big lead. This time it was Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who attempted to steal with an 8-1 lead in the fifth inning.  Earlier…

  11. Shocker: Elijah Dukes arrested again

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s been over a year since he last wore a major league baseball uniform so we’re probably at the point where a story about Elijah Dukes getting arrested is less about a ballplayer in trouble with the law than it is about a criminal who happened to once play ball.  Still, for old times sake:…

  12. Albert Pujols has a bum hamstring

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    pujols_albert

    Last night we saw Albert Pujols walk off the field a tad gimpy after running out a grounder and subsequently leave the game early. Now we know what we had previously only suspected: he has a hamstring strain. It’s being termed “mild,” so that’s good, but either way the Cardinals would be wise to let…

  13. The Legend of Sam Fuld grows

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    I’m going to have to refrain from joining the Sam Fuld cult. He’s a nice guy who has been fun to watch, but every time a brainy guy who does some pretty unexpectedly nifty things in a small sample of games, I end up getting burned. I mean, I’m still trying to unload all of…

  14. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Did you know that the order for this summer’s amateur draft will be determined by each team’s position in the last HBT Power Rankings prior to its occurrence? It’s true!

  15. New Book coming out portraying Derek Jeter as less-than-Captainy

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Derek Jeter has been pretty much untouchable from a P.R. perspective for his entire career. Rarely have there been stories portraying him in a bad light and, even when there was something to chew on, it was never anything that stuck to him (quick: if A-Rod had issues with his taxes like Jeter did, how…

  16. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Harvey

    In which we observe the commonalities between Daisuke Matsuzaka and Robert Johnson. And, for that matter, Jeff Wilpon and Paul Reiser.

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

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    Braves 9, Giants 6: The Braves should have had this one won in regulation, but Fredi Gonzalez apparently fell asleep while reliever Jairo Ascencio poured kerosene all over the place and lit a match in the seventh inning. Maybe the warmth made Gonzalez’s nap more cozy. I don’t know. All I know is that by…

  18. Should the Mets move the wall in at Citi Field?

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    This comes up about twice a year and people like to talk about it, so hey, why not?  Go read Marty Noble over at MLB.com opining that the Mets should move the fences in at Citi Field because it’s killing David Wright and making home runs scarce and all of that: Right field at Citi…

  19. Dodgers payroll to be unaffected during the MLB takeover

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    We need a name for this thing. The Bud Protectorate?  Something Oliver Cromwell-ish seems to fit.  I’ll think about it. Anyway, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has been told that his payroll will be unaffected while MLB runs the Dodgers and that things will be business as usual.  Which makes…

  20. Selig: baseball will be better off if Albert Pujols stays in St. Louis

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    pujols_albert

    Bud Selig spoke about a lot of stuff during his news conference yesterday. Here’s one that seemed to fall through the cracks, but which is being reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I was talking once with Robin Yount and George Brett and said they were getting to be the exceptions (players who stayed in…

  21. David Purcey has big feet

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    purcey_david

    You know what they say about guys with big feet, right?  Yeah: they have really big shoes. Susan Slusser of the Chronicle tells us about new Oakland A David Purcey‘s big ones: Purcey wears size 17 spikes, and the A’s haven’t had a player above size 14; manager Bob Geren is a size 15, the previous Vucinich-era…

  22. Brian McRae arrested for his third DUI

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Brian McRae mugshot

    Nowhere near the ink that Mike Leake is getting will be given to this, but it’s way sadder and way more dangerous: Former Royals outfielder Brian McRae was arrested early this morning in Overland Park on a DUI charge … This is McRae’s third citation for driving under the influence. He’s not in the game…

  23. Dusty Baker on Mike Leake: “his eyes were gentle eyes”

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    dusty baker toothpick

    Mike Leake took the hill again yesterday, his first appearance since he been caught stealin’.  And it was a good outing: seven innings in which he gave up three runs and picked up the win.  That shows some toughness. Or does it? Because Dusty Baker saw something other than toughness when he talked about how…

  24. HBT Daily: The Dodgers’ plight, the Braun deal and looking ahead to Reds vs. Cardinals

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I were talking about Pujols’ struggles right as he hit that monster home run yesterday, so my “Albert will be OK” comments aren’t exactly a matter of prescience

  25. The Cardinals may want to add some security tonight

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    franklin_ryan

    Reader Spudchukar alerts us to something fun. The St. Louis Cardinals’ promotional schedule, which features something on Friday nights called the “Busch Bash,” in which there is music and fun and prizes and — best of all — the chance for the fans to meet past and present Cardinals greats and get their autographs prior…

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