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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Nationals asked the Dbacks about Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats, despite the fact that they’re sinking like a stone in the NL East, have inquired about the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. A lot of time in the article is spent wondering if this means the Nats are buyers or sellers (in light of the Adam…

  2. The Missouri Deparment of Transportation has no love for Dan Quisenberry

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    This is sad: in 1999, the Kansas City Royals planted a memorial tree and laid a plaque for the late, great Dan Quisenberry who died of brain cancer the year before. Yeah, about that: The tree and plaque are now gone. This after workers began work on building ramp off Interstate 70 to improve access…

  3. HBT Extra: Dysfunction Junction with Upton, Zambrano and Kemp

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    We taped this before Matt Kemp went and pulled that 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI game out of his butt yesterday, but at least 2/3 of the video hasn’t been overtaken by events, so enjoy!

  4. Vlad Guerrero abuses his former team

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    If baseball teams could date, Vlad would be that girl the Angels idiotically dumped last year.

  5. The Molina trade makes sense for everyone

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    My first thought when I saw that the Giants were unloading Bengie Molina on the Rangers last night: Wow, if the Mets had only gone multiple years and, like, ten million bucks, he could have been theirs! My next thought:  this works for everyone involved. The Giants needed to find a permanent home for Buster…

  6. The frustrated bidders have been invited to the Rangers mediation

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    This tweet from Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal is interesting: Breaking News: Spurned Texas Rangers bidders invited to federal mediation. Kaplan promises more details later, but my first thought is that this cuts a couple of different ways, one in which is good for team Greenberg and one that isn’t. On the one hand it…

  7. Bobby Valentine rips the Marlins on ESPN

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” yesterday, talking about the Marlins’ hiring process: “If this is a major-league process, I hope I’m never in the process again. It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it’s over.” The linked articles goes a bit more into the details of why he and the…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    There’s a Roger Miller reference in here someplace, but I link to Asleep at the Wheel’s version, because the video quality was higher.

  9. Brad Lincoln shuts down the Cubs for his first major league victory

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Pirates’ rookie Brad Lincoln threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs today, striking out six and allowing only four hits as Pittsburgh beat Chicago 2-0. It looked like it would be a no-decision for Lincoln for a while, however, as Tom Gorzelanny and Brian Schlitter matched the zeros.  But then some bad defense struck for…

  10. Quote of the Day: Farewell, Hiram Bithorn Stadium!

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Or: Baseball really thought they were doing the Expos a favor with this place a few years ago?

  11. No, you cannot have first place: Twins 5, Tigers 1

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    After dropping the first game of the midweek series, the Minnesota Twins reminded the Detroit Tigers why they are the team everyone picked to win the division this season, winning 5-1. Even with Joe Mauer taking the day off, the Twins brought plenty of firepower to bear, with Justin Morneau hitting a solo homer and…

  12. Dustin Pedroia is taking grounders from his knees

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Freak show . . . relax: Right now, as I write this, Dustin Pedroia is kneeling on the grass at second base taking grounders from Tim Bogar. Seriously. And not pitty-pat grounders to your kid in the backyard. These are big league groundballs. He then flips the balls to coach Rob Leary. Yeah, six weeks.…

  13. Anatomy of conflicting trade rumors: Adam Dunn edition

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    What do you do when two reporters are saying conflicting things about a given player? You try to sniff the baloney, that’s what.

  14. Halladay Hit Parade: The Reds beat the Phillies 4-3

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    It’s not every day you see Roy Halladay give up 13 hits — in fact, he hadn’t done that all year — but he did to the Reds today, the most significant of which was Jay Bruce’s two-run homer in the eighth to give the Reds a come-from-behind win. To be honest, it’s amazing that…

  15. Kyle Blanks could have surgery. Maybe. Or not. Who knows?

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    In the grand scheme of things this sort of stuff doesn’t matter, but it makes me laugh all the same.  Here’s FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic after talking to Padres’ manager Bud Black yesterday: Bud Black: LF Kyle Blanks reports only “minimal” improvement in elbow. Surgery hasn’t been discussed. Here’s Dan Hayes from the North County Times…

  16. Are the Phillies scouting Cliff Lee, or is it something else?

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    There was some buzz around the Twitterverse late this morning about how the Phillies had sent a scout to watch Cliff Lee pitch against the Yankees last night.  Could they be trying to get in on that hot, hot Cliff Lee action?! Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says no: What the heck would [Phillies…

  17. Bad idea jeans: The Dbacks are moving Dontrelle Willis to the bullpen

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Pop quiz, hot shot: you have a pitcher who can’t throw strikes and a bullpen that is, by far, the team’s weakest link.  What do you do? If you’re the Arizona Diamondbacks you put that pitcher in that bullpen and hope one of the fundamental laws of the universe (i.e. relief pitchers must throw strikes)…

  18. Why did Bobby Valentine and the Marlins hit the skids?

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The same reason any lovebirds quarrel: money, money and Ozzie Guillen.

  19. The Phillie Phanatic is sued. Again.

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    I’m not sure what’s more entertaining: the fact that the Phillie Phanatic gets sued all the time or the fact that the plaintiff’s lawyer in this latest case — arising out of the Phanatic’s antics at a minor league game at Reading — seems to be doing a pretty good job of humanizing, er, Phanaticising…

  20. The Mets' price tag for Cliff Lee: Mejia or Wilmer Flores

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman on the chances of Cliff Lee going to the Mets: Thus, if the Mets want Lee — and, boy, do they ever — a trade will have to be built around Jenrry Mejia, whom Seattle likes, but does not love, or Wilmer Flores, an 18-year-old infielder already thriving at High-A. In conversations with…

  21. The latest t-shirt to capture some random baseball ephemera

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    I mentioned recently that I am kind of fixated on t-shirts that memorialize the most temporary of baseball stories, quotes or happenings. The example I used was the “Laser Show” shirt. A few short years from now no one but hardcore baseball geeks are going to remember what that was all about. “Operation Shutdown” would…

  22. Cell phone-talkin' Yankees fan nailed in the face with a ball

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The headline pretty much says it all. The video — for now anyway — can be seen at Deadspin. (UPDATE: if the Deadspin link disappears, try MLB.com). Wait for the slow-mo, which renders the fan’s divinely-deigned fate all the clearer.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though he’s talking on an iPhone, but let us not…

  23. Jamey Newberg responds to the revelation that he's paid by the Rangers

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    This follows this morning’s earlier post about the Rangers financial disclosures. Those disclosures revealed that Jamey Newberg has been paid some $27K in the past year by the Rangers, who he covers in his blog, The Newberg Report. You should read Newberg’s entire statement in the second half of this post, but for those too…

  24. The Rays designate Hank Blalock for assignment

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    The Rays cut Pat Burrell to bring up Hank Blalock and now they’ve DFA’d Blalock to make room for Gabe Kapler. John Jaha, Dante Bichette and Jeff Conine: call your agents. Not that Blalock needed to hang around. He hit .254/.319/.349 in limited play for the Rays team that desperately needs to find some offense.

  25. Manny hurts his hammy, gives Kemp a chance to play

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the injury while running the bases in the first inning of last night’s game against the Giants.  The benched Matt Kemp came into the game to replace him and hit the ball all over the place.  Now Joe Torre is going to have to…

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