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Craig Calcaterra

  1. MLBPA Number Two, Gene Orza, is stepping down

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Gene Orza, the number two man at the Players’ Association is stepping down. He’s been there since the mid-80s and, as bad cop to Don Fehr’s, um, slightly less bad cop, he has been on the scene for every major development related to labor relations since then. Orza stepping down comes just after the league’s…

  2. Introducing the "Stop Making Fun of Rays Fans" Index

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    It’s fun when readers make up stats the support my predispositions. If you make up some that challenge them, however, please don’t send them to me.

  3. So what does Mitch Williams think of Rays fans?

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    I made a mistake earlier today. I formed an opinion on the Rays thing without first honoring my vow to ask myself WWMWD?

  4. HBT Daily: Rays, Braves and King Felix

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Because, as you’re well aware, I don’t like to talk about those subjects at all. Ever.

  5. Poll: Who's to blame for the Rays' poor attendance?

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Rays only drew 12,000 and change last night and have averaged only 23,000 a game all year. Tell us: who’s to blame?

  6. Price: Felix is the Cy Young winner, but Sabathia should be the AL MVP

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    That’s an argument you don’t hear very often, but Ed Price of FanHouse made it today.  After noting that people like me are probably going a bit too nuts in our Felix Hernandez campaigns — Price thinks Hernandez should and will win the award easily — he throws this out there: CC Sabathia is his…

  7. The Rays aren't the only team in the Bay Area having trouble

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    I do my best to avoid ever thinking about the NFL, but since some of you mentioned it in the comments, I feel obligated to note that the Rays aren’t the only team having trouble selling tickets in the Bay Area. The Bucs are facing an entire season’s worth of blackouts. Can’t blame the stadium…

  8. Ron Gardenhire is not pleased

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    The Twins have been playing pretty poorly since clinching last week. Ron Gardenhire has noticed, and had this to say after last night’s loss to the Royals: “Not a good game for our ballclub,” he said. “We didn’t pitch worth a crap. We haven’t pitched worth a crap this whole trip. It’s not acceptable. You…

  9. Ken Macha is all but gone. The Brewers should hire Ryne Sandberg

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    File this under the “no surprises” department, but our suspicion that Ken Macha will be fired by the Brewers is being bolstered this morning by Buster Olney’s report that “unless there is a last-hour change of heart on the part of the Brewers, Manager Ken Macha will not be retained.” I’d guess that the only…

  10. Yankees fans can't just write off A.J. Burnett

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    I understand why they may want to write him off, because boy howdy has he been awful.  He got shelled last night. He’s been shelled a lot this year.  While he has had some bad luck in recent starts due to weather and other things, it’s hard to argue against the notion that he has…

  11. Rays attendance is not about fan apathy. It's a structural thing.

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    I think Bob nailed the Rays attendance hubbub pretty good last night, but I figured I’d add my thoughts. No one is saying that it’s wonderful that the Rays drew poorly last night (or draw poorly in general), but I think the notion of blaming Rays fans for their apathy or failure to support the…

  12. The Angels "are not limited financially in any way"

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    You know who is going to be a big free agent player? The Los Angeles Angels are going to be a big free agent player.  Why? Because they don’t care if they lose money or not. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles: According to a baseball source, the Angels expect to lose about $10 million…

  13. Miguel Cabrera is probably done for the season. What's that mean for the MVP race?

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera sprained his ankle while trying to get back to first on a pickoff play last night (hey, he has three stolen bases this year, so you’ve got to contain that risk!). It’s being described as a mild ankle sprain, but with only a few meaningless games left in the season it would seem…

  14. Martin Prado injured in Braves win

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Braves have dug themselves a big enough hole already, so they certainly didn’t need to add to the difficulty. But they did anyway. Inadvertently, of course, but possibly disastrously: Martin Prado hurt his hip while swinging at a pitch in the fifth. It’s been diagnosed as a hip pointer, and he “may be out…

  15. Prepare to enjoy Ken Burns' "Baseball" update. If you're from the East Coast.

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I’ve been hearing stuff like this from the Washington Post’s Tom Shales over and over from people fortunate enough to have previewed the update to Ken Burns’ “Baseball” — called “The Tenth Inning” — which premiers tonight: Your degree of interest might depend on where you live, since “Tenth Inning” tends to favor the Northeastern…

  16. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:11 AM EDT

    The Phillies clinch, the Braves pull slightly ahead of the Padres and the Reds and Yankees gotta wait another day.

  17. Yet another writer accuses Jose Bautista of PED use

    Sep 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    More and more writers are piling on Jose Bautista, accusing him of using PEDs. This needs to stop. Now.

  18. Afredo Simon, Buck Showalter fined for throwing at Jose Bautista

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Orioles’ pitcher Alfredo Simon was just suspended for three games and Buck Showalter was suspended for one game after the Orioles figured the best way to stop Jose Bautista this weekend was to plunk him. Twice. The Jays’ Shaun Marcum was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Baltimore’s Luke Scott in retaliation. I have never…

  19. UPDATE: Maybe the Rangers-FOX deal is not 20-years, $3 billion

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that the Rangers’ deal with FOX is actually worth $1.5-1.6 billion, not $3 billion as reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, but that there are some incentives and escalators and stuff.  Even if it stays flat at $1.5 billion, however, that makes it, on average,…

  20. The McCourts didn't settle over the weekend

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    In case you were curious, the McCourt trial resumed today after a mediation session on Friday bore no fruit. Which means that a stream of witnesses continue to take the stand today, almost all of whom are saying that Jamie McCourt knew that she was signing the Dodgers away to Frank a couple of years…

  21. Man pulls sword over baseball card. Read on if you want; headline pretty much says it all.

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Look, this story pretty much explains itself, so let me use the preamble to the usual block quote to ask the media something: How hard would it have been to figure out which card the guy decided to flash steel over? I mean, it’s the ONE thing I want to know after reading this: Recently,…

  22. The Red Sox' offseason options: the less complicated, the better

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest column spends some time looking at what the Red Sox might do this offseason.  The biggest possibility — and its not clear if this is from a source with knowledge or if it was pulled out of Rosenthal’s, um, imagination — is that the Sox could forgo signing Adrian Beltre to an…

  23. Looking at 2010 "from a Mark Kotsay standpoint"

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    The best part of this is not that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B is saying that his season wasn’t all that bad, it’s that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B refers to himself in the third person. Mark Kotsay: “If you look at the whole year from a Mark Kotsay standpoint, it’s been criticism from the get-go,” the lefty hitter…

  24. Driver who killed Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart found guilty

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Andrew Gallo, the man behind the wheel of the van that broadsided a car carrying Los Angels Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, killing him and two companions, was found guilty today by a jury in Santa Ana, California. Gallo had been tried on three counts of murder and other offenses, including drunk driving. His blood alcohol…

  25. HBT Daily: Papelbon, Mo and the Rockies

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I discuss two players and a team having their fair share of troubles these days.

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