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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Dusty Baker, Reds sign a two-year extension

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Not all of today’s managerial news is carnage. Some of it is downright positive: like Dusty Baker and the Reds agreeing to a two-year extension, as the team just said in a press release. It’s a deserved extension. Dusty led the Reds to their first playoff appearance and division title in 15 years, and their…

  2. The Brewers decline to pick up Ken Macha's 2011 option

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    This is neither (a) technically a firing; or (b) a surprise, but it’s now official — via team press release — that the Brewers and Ken Macha are parting ways. It’s not a firing because Macha’s contract was only a two-year thing and it’s now up. The mechanism of his departure is the team declining…

  3. It's finally official: Manuel and Minaya are gone

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    The Mets just issued a press release saying that Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya have been “relieved of their duties.” This follows their morning release about the sun rising and anticipates their evening release about darkness falling. As soon as it came out a dozen fedora-wearing reporters rushed to pay phones to call in their…

  4. So how did I do with those predictions?

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    I’m certain that mine weren’t the best around in 2010. I’m pretty sure they weren’t the worst either. How were yours?

  5. It's moving day for managers

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Most of the baseball world is on airplanes today with players, coaches, writers and everyone else flying home or to playoff cities or beaches or duck blinds or wherever it is they spend their offseason.  The exception: top brass who will be meeting for several teams to discuss the fates of their managers. One specifically…

  6. Behold: Your League Leaders

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    True Story: in the 1970s, the Elias Bureau kept track of who led each league in sideburns.

  7. Quote of the Day: Tim Lincecum was really, really ready for his champagne shower

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    And thank you, Associated Press, for protecting our virgin ears.

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    The Giants win the West, the Braves take the wild card and the Padres go home. As do 21 other teams on what was the final day of the 2010 regular season.

  9. About those flyover cameras for the playoffs

    Oct 1, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    Just spoke with one of my operatives in Braves nation, who has a report on those flyover cameras FOX will be using for the playoffs. And which — I did not realize — are being tested this weekend for the Braves-Phillies series. The verdict: no worries about the cameras or the wires interfering with game…

  10. Jerry DiPoto is staying with the Diamondbacks

    Oct 1, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Rosenthal reports that Jerry Dipoto will remain with the Diamondbacks as the head of scouting and player development. This is an about-face from a week ago when, after Dipoto was bypassed for the Snakes’ GM job in favor of Kevin Towers, it was assumed he’d leave the organization. Hard to say what kind of shot…

  11. Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    We’ve heard this for the past couple of days, but now it’s confirmed: Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers’ lineup for tonight’s game. The somewhat surprising caveat: he’s not DHing. He’s playing center field. Given that his biggest issue these past few weeks has been stiffness when he tries to throw, this should probably…

  12. Mike Sweeney: Good guy. But aren't we all when things go well?

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    There’s a story in today’s Delco Times about Mike Sweeney. About how great a guy he is. About how he adds so much to the Phillies’ team chemistry and has made the clubhouse a happier, friendlier place to be. Because of him, they’re “the feel-good Phillies.” No mention whatsoever, though, of the fact that back…

  13. Congratulations Adrian Beltre and Shane Victorino

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino is not with the Phillies today. Adrian Beltre is not with the Red Sox today. Why? Victorino’s wife had a baby last night and Beltre’s wife just went into labor this afternoon.  This almost certainly ends Beltre’s season. Victorino will obviously join the Phillies before the playoffs start. On behalf of the entire…

  14. Forget it: Omar and Jerry are still alive

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    So I guess Jon Heyman was just jumping the gun this morning: Andy Martino of the Daily News says that “multiple sources say Manuel and Minaya have been told nothing about their status,” and he insists that they will not be fired until at least Sunday. Why anyone is trying to scoop anyone else on…

  15. Wanna buy George Steinbrenner's mash notes?

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    I’m guessing that love letters from a college-age George Steinbrenner would be just a notch below Vogon poetry on the hideousness scale, but I’d kinda like to see them anyway. And lucky for us, they’re being auctioned! Mary Jane Schriner met the future Yankees owner when she was 16 years old and he was entering…

  16. Deep Thoughts: The Blue Jays' home runs

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    A friend of mine emailed me a few minutes ago and asked — all of my previous objections to PED accusations of Jose Bautista notwithstanding — whether the fact that the Blue Jays had hit so many home runs this year still didn’t raise any suspicions in my mind. Specifically, he noted — correctly —…

  17. Troy Tulowitzki isn't pleased with some of his teammates

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki isn’t one for (a) modern hairstyles; or (b) cliches about how the team tied its hardest but just fell short. He’s quite out front, in fact, in saying that he’s not happy with some of his teammates: “There are definitely some guys in this room that are at points in their career where…

  18. Adam Wainwright slams Jack Clark

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright was on ESPN Radio in St. Louis yesterday, and he went off on Jack Clark for saying that the Cardinals were quitters: Those were stupid comments. Hopefully he knows that anyways. You got a guy who likes to hear himself talk, that’s all it is. You notice in every big situation, whether it’s…

  19. Jerry and Omar get the axe. I think.

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman is reporting that Mets manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya “will not return in their current roles next season.” I guess this means that this is official and that they’ve been told and stuff, but it’s not clear from Heyman’s tweet (which I couldn’t read in the first place, because he…

  20. HBT Daily: The Final Weekend is Here

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about just how badly the Padres are screwed right now.

  21. Reader Dissent: Craig, you don't know jack about walk rates

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if this reader is right about me being wrong, but it sounds good enough to post. Maybe some of you can parse this better than me.

  22. Cliff Lee has posted the lowest walk rate in 77 years

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks. From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per…

  23. Comment: why a challenge system for replay would be terrible

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there.  But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning: The first time LaRussa or some…

  24. So, what are the Phillies going to do against the Braves this weekend?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The Phillies have nothing to play for this weekend. Will the Braves benefit because of it?

  25. The Rays might start David Price on Saturday

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rays manager Joe Maddon said there’s a chance David Price will start Saturday against the Royals. I would presume that such a start would be more akin to a regular between-starts throwing session for Price, what with him almost certainly being the Game 1 starter in the ALDS on Wednesday.  Give him, what, 45-50 pitches? …

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