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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Awful humanity ruins Bernie Brewer promotion

    May 24, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Bernie Brewer

    Sometimes I hate people. People and their grubby-ape fascination with baubles, tchotchkes, gewgaws, trinkets and kitsch, replacing the old ape instincts of hording fruit stores or whatever the hell else we did when we weren’t beating each other senseless with animal bones in front of monoliths: The Milwaukee Brewers were hoping for an enthusiastic response to their…

  2. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Phillies with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury

    May 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Watch me: I talk about the Phillies for nearly seven minutes, and not once do I take a cheap shot! Gotta be a new record for me.

  3. Bryan Stow’s family to sue the Dodgers

    May 24, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    UPDATE: A copy of the lawsuit can be seen here. 2:35 PM: From the “It Was Only a Matter of Time Department” comes the latest news in a sad saga: The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow is expected to file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers today in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to…

  4. Dennis Eckersley rips Brian Fuentes

    May 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    A guy who knows a thing or two about closing in Oakland — Dennis Eckersley — took to the airwaves today to tear Brian Fuentes a new one over his post-game comments last night.  And not just any radio station, but the A’s flagship station, Sports Radio 95.7 in Oakland.  John Shea of the Chronicle…

  5. Alcohol-fueled incidents at the ballpark: is it any worse than it has always been?

    May 24, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Budweiser sign

    There’s an AP story today about alcohol at ballparks leading to increased violence, drunkenness, drunk driving and otherwise boorish behavior, pegged to a study by the University of Minnesota. The results are, um, sobering: Alcohol laws and guidelines at stadiums are poorly enforced, with research subjects pretending to be drunk being served 74 percent of…

  6. John Harper of the Daily News: Only a sometimes steroids skeptic

    May 24, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    In the wake of this morning’s Daily News column by John Harper, The Common Man takes a look at Harper’s past commentary about players and steroids and finds that, when it comes to New York players, current and former, Harper isn’t nearly so hung up on the issue of whether they were clean or not as…

  7. The Mets may have found a minority investor

    May 24, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    The last time we heard that the Mets were close to landing their sought-after minority investor — Steve Cohen — the deal went sideways.  So it was try, try again and, according to the New York Post, they’re getting close once again: Team ownership has chosen a preferred bidder — the group led by former…

  8. Jim Crane is not going to have any trouble with getting Bud Selig’s approval

    May 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Last week the New York Times ran a story about discrimination claims lodged against Jim Crane’s company several years ago and wondered if the existence of such claims could complicate his approval as the new owner of the Houston Astros.  I was highly skeptical that would be an obstacle because if Bud Selig had any…

  9. The Giants are worried about Buster Posey

    May 24, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    buster-posey-nlcs-game-4

    They’re not worried about his bat or his glove or his chi or anything like that. Just his health, as he has taken a lot of foul tips to the cabeza lately: “He’s taken more than I’ve ever seen,” said manager Bruce Bochy, a catcher himself during his playing days with the Astros, Mets and…

  10. President Bush: would-be ball hawk

    May 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Bush Pierzynski.bmp

    Hey, not all ball hawks are successful, but former President Bush made a valiant effort at an Adrian Beltre foul ball at the White Sox-Rangers game last night.  If the woman in the red suit hadn’t gotten in front of him, I think W. has a chance at it. Or Laura does. I hear she…

  11. Bud Black: “there’s room to talk” about moving the fences in at Petco Park

    May 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Petco Park

    I’m hesitant to say that Padres manager Bud Black would like the fences to be moved in, because it seems from the article that the subject was brought up by reporters — and has been so brought up multiple times recently — and that Black was trying to be a bit coy with respect to…

  12. Albert Pujols ends his homer drought

    May 24, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    What’s wrong with Albert Pujols?  Why, nothing that a nice night can’t fix. Pujols went yard last night in the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Padres. His homer broke a one month, 106 plate appearance homerless streak, the longest of his career. In that month, Pujols has actually seen his OBP rise from .309 to…

  13. Athletics’ closer Brian Fuentes rips manager Bob Geren

    May 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Bob Gerer, Brian Fuentes, Daric Barton

    Brian Fuentes has been inserted late into tie games a lot recently. While one possible takeaway from that is that the manager trusts you to get the team out of tight spots, that strategy has led to Fuentes (a) not being entirely sure what his role is; and (b) taking a bunch of losses. He’s…

  14. Wilpon: The Mets are “bleeding cash”

    May 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    There was a time, not too long ago, when if one were to suggest in a post on this blog that the Mets financial situation was dire, as opposed to merely being a troublesome, short-term cash flow annoyance, and that the Wilpons’ hold on the team was in serious jeopardy, as opposed to merely being…

  15. The Jose Bautista smear campaign continues

    May 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run last night, helping power the Blue Jays past the Yankees. The game and its aftermath is making me want to take a walk down memory lane. For instance, remember back in 2009 when speculating that an unusual spike in a player’s performance could be steroids-related would get you…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 24, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Chris Perez

    Two stirring come-from-behind wins (and one not-so-stirring one), a seven-RBI night for a guy most people thought was dead and the Major League debut for a southpaw named Furbush. Monday night had a bit of everything.

  17. The Braves sign Julio Lugo for some reason

    May 23, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Julio Lugo, Adam Jones

    It’s a pretty bad day when both your team and its division rival both sign guys to minor league deals, the rival’s signing is Scott Podsednik, and they’re move is far, far better than your team’s. But alas it was, as the Braves signed Julio Lugo for some reason. Lugo tore up baseball to the…

  18. HBT Daily: What was Fred Wilpon thinking?

    May 23, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Matt and I discuss the Fred Wilpon thing. The answer to that question, though: he wasn’t thinking.

  19. The Reds send Edinson Volquez down to AAA

    May 23, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Volquez_Edinson

    Aaron wrote this morning how Edinson Volquez‘s arm and his mouth are doing the Reds no favors.  Well, the Reds just did something to take care of that:  they sent Volquez down to Louisville. Not exactly the fate one would expect for the Opening Day starter of the defending NL Central champs, but he is…

  20. An ambidextrous pitcher is turning some heads

    May 23, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    left right

    There’s a story over at ESPN Chicago today about Ryan Perez, a pitching prospect who happens to pitch both right-handed and left-handed. At least one scout is saying he’s the real deal: “He can really pitch. He’s a crafty, crafty guy. It’s not like he’s just hitting 82. I’ve seen him in a tryout camp…

  21. Boras: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know”

    May 23, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    David Wright took the high road in response to Fred Wilpon’s comments in The New Yorker. Now Carlos Beltran‘s agent — the inimitable Scott Boras — offers a somewhat more pointed, but still far from angry response: “These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know … If you’re a member of a…

  22. A far more interesting Power Rankings than HBT’s

    May 23, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Pierzynski_A.J.

    I think I do at least a serviceable job with the Power Rankings each week, but mine really pale compared to what Grant Bisbee has been doing over at SB Nation. This week: he ranks the teams based on the most annoying player on their roster.  At number one, the White Sox, who employ the…

  23. The Phillies signed Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal

    May 23, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    podsednik reuters

    Not the biggest thing in the world, but if the release of Scott Podsednik is big enough for us to comment on, I suppose his signing — by a contender no less — is big enough too. This move is clearly about insurance for the Phillies, as Shane Victorino is hurt and Charlie Manuel has…

  24. David Wright takes the high road in response to the Wilpon comments

    May 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Wright_David

    The Mets are off today, so there doesn’t necessarily have to be a meet-the-press moment for the main players in Fred Wilpon-a-palooza until another day of the news cycle has passed. But at least one of the players called out by Fred Wilpon in the New Yorker profile — David Wright — has responded. And…

  25. Moose Skowron has lung cancer

    May 23, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    moose_skowron

    Bad news about former (mostly) Yankees first baseman Bill “Moose” Skowron: “He collapsed into my arms,” said oldest son Greg, a trucking executive in the Phoenix area. “We were leaving a spring game around the fifth inning, which was unusual for him. Then he turned down an autograph request, which I’d never seen him do…

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