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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    1918 Cubs

    This isn’t exactly new — there was a book written about it a couple of years ago — but the Associated Press is circulating the story in light of some of the relevant documents becoming public, so why not:  Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series to the Red Sox, inspiring the White Sox…

  2. Attendance is down? Eh, no big deal

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    empty ballpark

    There has been an awful lot of chatter about attendance in the first couple weeks of season, driven mostly by empty seats in places that aren’t usually empty like Dodger Stadium. Yankee Stadium has had some small crowds too (for the Yankees anyway) and we’ve had the usual shots of nearly abandoned ballparks in Cleveland…

  3. And now we have a robot batter

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    All the talk of the robot umpires and the robot first pitch led reader jwbiii to alert us to the fact of a robot batter. It may be old – it’s been on YouTube for like three years — but I haven’t seen it before. Personally, when it comes to mechanical men, I prefer Charlie…

  4. Inevitability theater: Philly fans booed the robot

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Johnny 5

    Actually, the robot totally deserved the booing. According to those who saw the first pitch from that first-pitch-throwing robot a few minutes ago, he bounced it to the plate.  Brain as big as a planet and he can’t fling a sphere 60 feet on the fly. I’m far less impressed with this “machines become self-aware” business. Your move,…

  5. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    The Question

    I sort of liked the reader questions on Twitter thing last week, so we did it again on HBT Daily a little while ago. And, like last week, we had way more questions than could fit on a three-minute video. Here are some of the many we left out: Q: Are McLouths flowing locks of…

  6. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    The fattest rotation ever? Which team wins if baseball is like a Survivor Series brawl and is it time for the robots?

  7. And now, another edition of small sample size theater

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    I have already had multiple people ask me if I was prepared to eat crow over Jeff Francoeur‘s fast start. My response has been “It’s early. Don’t worry. The real Jeff Francoeur will show up soon.” Thankfully, Ted Berg has a great list of early-season statistical anomalies up over at his blog this morning, all…

  8. Blah, blah, blah and the future of baseball beat writing

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Duvall Natural

    Did you see Andy Martino’s game story from the Mets-Astros in the New York Daily News?  If not, here’s how it started: Blah blah blah blah rain blah blah blah Niese blah blah Astros blah blah Mets got spanked. Blah blah, 6-1. We really don’t know what else to tell you about this one. But we will try: He goes…

  9. Mike Leake does not know how to exchange merchandise

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Leake_Mike

    That diversion program that Mike Leake‘s lawyer is trying to get him into requires the participant to admit his guilt first.  In light of that, let’s hope that this report from a Cincinnati TV stadion (hat tip to Big League Stew) doesn’t represent Leake’s current talking points on the incident: A reliable source tells me…

  10. It’s apparently time to declare the Mets dead

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    The Mets are off to their worst start ever and, no, it hasn’t been pretty.  But I am crazy to think that the multiple obituaries in this morning’s papers are premature?  Joel Sherman is calling for the fire sale. Tim Smith describes the apocalypse. No, I don’t think it was reasonable to expect the Mets…

  11. Miguel Cabrera could have killed someone on the night of his DUI arrest

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Yes, obviously anyone who gets behind the while when they’re intoxicated could kill someone, but in Cabrera’s case it was way more than hypothetical. According to evidence released by Florida state attorneys yesterday, two truck drivers told police that Cabrera’s black Range Rover forced one of the trucks off the road and forced an oncoming vehicle…

  12. Shame on Colby Lewis for witnessing the birth of his daughter

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Whenever I point out and link a column or an article that seems outrageous, there’s always someone who notes that the writer was probably just “trying to get a reaction” or that he’s an otherwise OK guy who says audacious or controversial stuff in order to draw attention to themselves. I get that. I understand…

  13. Jim Palmer thinks Mike Cuellar lost the 1970 Cy Young Award because of racism

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Mike Cuellar pitch

    I didn’t watch the Orioles game last night — so someone please tell me if this is inaccurate — but a reader passes along a bit of byplay between Gary Thorne and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, the color man.  The subject: Mike Cuellar. The issue: why he didn’t win the 1970 Cy Young. Palmer…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Brewers Phillies Baseball

    Roy Halladay got rocked and Mariano Rivera blew a save. So what I’m saying here is that the world is probably going to end today.

  15. Woman sues Yankees, claims her uncle invented the top hat logo

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Top hat logo

    You’d think that at some point in the past 75 years this would have been sorted out, but I guess not: In a suit filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court, Tanit Buday claims the Bronx Bombers copied their famed top-hat logo from a design dreamed up by her late uncle in 1936 at the request…

  16. And now a mid-afternoon video interlude

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    I know that the Brian Wilson phenomenon is pretty played out, but there are four individuals in this video, Wilson is the least interesting and it still made me smile, so there.

  17. Robot to throw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Brewers game tomorrow

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Johnny 5

    Roy Halladay is going to watch this guy’s mechanics, shake his head in disgust and call him an amateur: PhillieBot for Cy Young? It’s unlikely. But the one-armed, three-wheeled robot, designed by engineers at the University of Pennsylvania, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers as…

  18. Mike Leake had $250 cash and credit cards with him when he stole those shirts

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    Which isn’t surprising or anything because need was not exactly on his mind when it all went down, but there you are. Of more substance from the latest report is that Leake’s attorney is going to try to get him into the first-time offender diversion program that could result in his record being wiped clean.…

  19. HBT Daily: Talking Cardinals — and fandom — with Will Leitch

    Apr 19, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    New York Magazine’s Will Leitch joins me for a chat about the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans, who are alleged to be baseball’s greatest.

  20. “Thank you for enjoying the Mariners’ game. Here’s your compost.”

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Personally, I prefer bobblehead night. But hey, this is cool too.

  21. The guy who composed “da-da-da-da-da-da … Charge!” is suing everyone

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Organ

    Good rule to live by in this world: someone owns just about everything. For example, you know that “”da-da-da-da-da-da … Charge!” thing they play at every ballgame? Well … What you might not know is that a Pompano Beach man says he composed it — and says he is entitled to compensation every time it…

  22. MLB: Mike Leake’s arrest is “a club issue”

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Mike Leake

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Major League Baseball is not commenting on Mike Leake‘s arrest at this point, calling it “a club issue.” At least “as of now.” Which I like. If this was the NFL Leake would be fined a gajillion dollars and then a bunch of new rules would be…

  23. Meet the oldest man one of the oldest men in minor league baseball

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Andy Tracy is the oldest player is one of the oldest players in minor league baseball.* Affiliated minor league baseball anyway. Jose Canseco stunts and never-say-die stories like Oil Can Boyd who knock around the independent leagues are their own, often wonderful thing. But Tracy is a company man, still toiling for the Reno Aces in the…

  24. The Cardinals are only looking at internal options to replace Ryan Franklin at closer

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    ryan franklin posing

    With the off day there was not much news on the Cardinals’ closer front yesterday, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch did track down GM John Mozeliak, who confirmed that he’s not looking at making a deal at the moment: “Right now, (Franklin) is going through some tough times and we’ve got to figure out…

  25. Victor Martinez may be DL-bound

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez left last night’s Tigers-Mariners game with a groin injury. After the game he said he’d hope it would feel better in a couple of days, but that may be an overly optimistic assessment.  Jim Leyland said after the game that he’d have to speak to GM Dave Dombrowski and that “I’m sure we…

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