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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: The good, the bad and the ugly of April

    May 2, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I wonder if the Twins and White Sox have dug too deep a hole. Er, two holes.

  2. It’s Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park

    May 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Nats Park

    This is a coincidence — the event was already planned — but the tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park.  For the occasion, military personnel, be they active or retired, with a valid military ID can receive up to four free tickets to the game. All you need to do is to go to…

  3. Pablo Sandoval to have surgery tomorrow

    May 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    sandoval_pablo

    I love Twitter. Before it was invented, you’d have to be friends with a baseball player in order to have him tell you that he’s having surgery tomorrow. As was reported over the weekend, Sandoval likely faces 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time. If that schedule holds, it means he’ll be back the first or…

  4. Roger McDowell was lucky to just get a suspension

    May 2, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    mcdowell head

    I missed this yesterday — which was apparently written before baseball suspended Roger McDowell for two weeks — but Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on Roger McDowell’s behavior in San Francisco last week from another perspective: that of the fan who didn’t hire Gloria Allred to reenact McDowell’s behavior at a press…

  5. Must-click link: Will Leitch on Bud Selig

    May 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Great column over at New York Magazine from Will Leitch today, in which Will assesses Bud Selig: the most effective commissioner in professional sports. I can’t help but agree.  His failures have been exceedingly high-profile and photo-worthy, but as Will notes, Selig has learned from them and hasn’t made the same mistake twice. Meanwhile, his…

  6. R.A. Dickey to slay Grendel’s mother

    May 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    And he looks like he could do it too, no? As if there aren’t enough reasons to love R.A. Dickey, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times gives us another: Dickey names his bats after weapons from epic poems and fantasy fiction: One bat is called Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver and the other is Hrunting.…

  7. “USA! USA! USA!”

    May 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fans stand and shout during the National League MLB baseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia

    There’s a Mark Twain quote making the rounds this morning: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” I’m not sure if that’s an authentic quote or not, but even if Twain never said it, the it sounds very appropriate this morning.  It’s certainly a sentiment that matches my own.…

  8. Neftali Feliz says he’s through with starting

    May 2, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    I’ve all but worn out the “Neftali Feliz should be a starter” argument in the past few months. The response back every time I’ve made it is “the Rangers plan on keeping him as a closer now, but moving him to the rotation in 2012.” Well, it seems that Neftali Feliz himself hasn’t gotten the memo…

  9. Frank McCourt is sorry that you misunderstand him, Dodgers fans

    May 2, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    I missed two interesting Frank McCourt stories over the weekend, both via Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, and neither of which makes McCourt look very good. First, there is the report that one of the reasons Commissioner Selig has not approved the Fox contract McCourt is so hot for is that Jamie McCourt has…

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 2, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Foley's baseballs

    Things you missed while spending the weekend in New York and visiting the coolest baseball bar ever, not once, but twice. And, while there, taking pictures of interesting things in the men’s room. Yes, I realize it’s not 100% cool to whip out the camera in the bathroom. But in my defense, there aren’t many…

  11. Questionable report: Andy Pettitte may want to pitch in 2012

    May 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I’m hesitant to even be that precise about it in the headline because, like so many other reports, it’s source is “Andy Pettitte’s friends.”  And every bogus Andy Pettitte rumor we’ve heard since the end of last season has been attributed to a “friend” of Pettitte’s. Indeed, looking back on all of them one could…

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

    May 2, 2011, 5:31 AM EDT

    Obama announcement.bmp

    Freedom, liberty, decency and peace: 1, Osama Bin Laden: 0: I never thought any death could make me happy, but I guess I was wrong.  Here’s hoping that this development helps us turn the page on ten long, dark years and move forward into a better future. I spent the weekend in New York and…

  13. The Braves place Roger McDowell on administrative leave

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves have placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave pending the outcome of their investigation into the anti-gay slurs and otherwise poor behavior he allegedly displayed toward a fan at AT&T Park last Sunday. In the meantime, Dave Wallace — the Braves’ minor league pitching coordinator…

  14. The Dodgers’ woes are a form of “cosmic comeuppance?”

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Walter O'Malley

    Call me crazy, but I think the Dodgers’ current woes are the result of Major League Baseball allowing an overly-leveraged dilettante into the ownership club and then watching as that dilettante did even worse things to the franchise’s business than anyone could have imagined. George Vecsey of the New York Times has another theory, however: he…

  15. Derek Lowe arrested for DUI

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:57 AM EDT

    Lowe_Derek

    The Braves had the night off last night and Derek Lowe decided to use his time idiotically: he went out drinking and then decided to drive around. And he was arrested for his trouble. He was pulled over at 10PM and took — and apparently failed — a field sobriety test. He refused the breathalyser.  He…

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

    Apr 29, 2011, 4:55 AM EDT

    Flight Delays

    Yankees 12, White Sox 3:  Well, I was supposed to be at this one.  Instead, my 9:30 AM flight to New York turned into a 12:08 PM flight which then turned into a 3:30 PM flight through Philly, which then turned into a 5:17 PM flight through Philly that was highly unlikely to allow me…

  17. One of the worst calls you’ll see this year

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Chip Hale, Jose Reye, Marvin Hudson

    Jose Reyes hit a triple in the eighth inning of last night’s Mets-Nationals game. And then he was called out for allegedly taking his hand off the bag. Watch the replay — the second, super slow motion one — and note just how not off the bag he came. Luckily the Mets went on to win…

  18. Great Moments in Chutzpah: Frank McCourt on “transparency”

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    While taking in Frank McCourt’s rants against Major League Baseball last night, I neglected one particular passage that is worthy of greater scrutiny: “There are core values in this country, and fairness is one of them. Transparency is another, and private property is another. Thankfully, it’s not appropriate for one person’s property to be seized…

  19. And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Colon follows through on a pitch to Chicago White Sox during their MLB baseball game in New York

    In which I ask the time-travelling Bartolo Colon to send me a message in the past and in which we have the latest mid-20th-century Charlie Manuel sighting.

  20. Roger McDowell apologizes for his actions; Major League Baseball and the Braves respond

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    Roger McDowell has apologized for his behavior at AT&T Park on Sunday. His statement: “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions. “ A Braves representative has added: “We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a…

  21. It’s getting ugly between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball

    Apr 27, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    As mentioned this morning, Frank McCourt flew to New York today to meet with MLB officials — Bud Selig not included — to plead his case for control of the team. A few minutes ago he held a press conference about it, in which he said that his “hard-earned money and my family’s blood, sweat and…

  22. Allegation: Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell made “shocking gay slurs” to fans at AT&T Park

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    So, the major league coach who celebrity attorney Gloria Allred was going to accuse of making homophobic slurs at a fan?  It’s Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell. From TMZ: The coach in question is Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell — who allegedly targeted a group of male fans at San Francisco’s AT&T park last weekend … asking them,…

  23. The Braves have a rally song that is older than most of the Braves

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Eddie Money.bmp

    Look, it’s not always easy being a Braves fan. Part of it is because the hard core among us have to constantly answer for the largely indifferent Atlanta fan base, their playoff-no-shows and the Tomahawk Chop.  Part of it is that whole Buffalo Bills-esque five-pennants-but-only-one-title thing (though I’d take that over what anyone besides the…

  24. Livan Hernandez is the target of a money laundering probe

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    This is … unexpected. According to this Spanish language report — with English summary here — Livan Hernandez is the target of a federal probe related to money laundering on behalf of convicted Puerto Rican drug trafficker Angel Ayala Vázquez, known to his criminal friends as “El Buster.”  (El Buster?). Even if you don’t speak…

  25. Vicente Padilla: Dodgers’ closer

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Padilla_Vicente

    Ned Colletti said it was closer-by-committee. Johnathon Broxton told the media that Don Mattingly said that he was his number one guy.  We didn’t get a test of that yesterday because the Dodgers lost, but we got it today and the answer is that the committee — or maybe just Vicente Padilla — is the…

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