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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Barry Bonds returns to AT&T Park; fans cheer, media grumbles

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds first pitch NLCS

    Barry Bonds just ran out onto the field before the Phillies-Giants game, where he and other past Giants stars threw out the first pitch.  When he appeared: a loud ovation from the crowd.  I looked to the Twitter feed and this is what I see from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: SF Giants make…

  2. Fenway Park is going to be rotten with video boards next year

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    fenway

    The Red Sox announced their latest — and I believe last — round of improvements to Fenway Park.  I’ve not been there, but I’m told that it’s been a pretty good project, overall. The park is getting nice upgrades. It’s a lot nicer and cleaner and more fan friendly than it used to be. But…

  3. Jorge sits, Cervelli gets the start behind the plate for the Yankees tonight

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett, Francisco Cervelli

    It was just revealed that Francisco Cervelli will get the start behind the plate for game Game 4 tonight against the Rangers. My first thought is to hate this move because Cervelli’s bat is pretty anemic and the Yankees need all the offense they can get. On the other hand, A.J. Burnett worked primarily with…

  4. K-Rod and the Mets settle

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez perp walk

    Francisco Rodriguez and the Mets have settled the grievance K-Rod filed after the team tried to make his deal non-guaranteed. The settlement: his deal is still guaranteed, but he drops his challenge to the Mets placing him on the disqualified list for the end of the 2010 season. That means he basically forfeits the $3.1…

  5. The Nats give Mike Rizzo a five-year extenstion

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    The Nationals just issued a release saying that they’ve signed GM Mike Rizzo to five-year contract extension. That’s nice job security, and the added title is nice too: Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.  This, essentially, means that he’s filling Stan Kasten’s old job and means that he has one less person to answer to…

  6. HBT Daily: Burnett and the bats

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    Matt and I ask whether the Yankees’ bats can wake up, whether A.J. Burnett is the right choice and whether the Giants can do a thing against Cole Hamels

  7. CC vs. AJ in Game 4: a rebuttal

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Joe Pawlikowski counters my Team A.J. post over at Fangraphs. He prefers CC Sabathia for a pretty basic reason: The overall point of using Sabathia tonight is to give the team the best chance of prolonging the series. No matter the match-up, Sabathia gives the team a better chance to win this evening. That means…

  8. Our long national Melkmare has come to an end

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I haven’t seen anything official on this yet, but MLB.com’s Fantasy 411 outfit is reporting that the Braves have released Melky Cabrera. This causes me to ask several questions: Do we measure the time it will take for the Pirates to sign Melky in seconds, milliseconds or nanoseconds? Do the Yankees declare victory in the…

  9. What does the La Russa extension really mean?

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    La Russa in dugout

    Bernie Miklasz has a great column up over at the Post-Dispatch today, analyzing the announcement that Tony La Russa is coming back to the Cardinals next year. More specifically, analyzing the part of the announcement in which it was revealed that bullpen coach Marty Mason was not coming back. A small detail to outsiders —…

  10. Hey, whaddaya know? Women like baseball!

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    An article  in today’s Philly Inquirer irked me to no end. The headline: “Female fans turned on by the Phils.” The premise: there are a lot of serious female baseball fans! And it’s not just because the ballplayers are cute! What’s one of the big rules of journalism? You don’t write “dog bites man” stories?…

  11. Sandy Alomar Jr. has his third interview with the Blue Jays

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have interviewed Sandy Almoar Jr. for their managerial opening three times already. I’ve been on a lot of job interviews. And I spent a lot of time recruiting as well. I can’t remember ever either being interviewed or having someone in for interviews three times. The…

  12. The Giants’ shortstops are a mess

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Juan Uribe is out with a wrist contusion, so shortstop is left to Edgar Renteria for today’s Phillies-Giants game. Except, we learned yesterday, Renteria has a completely torn left biceps tendon. He hurt it in the NLDS against the Braves.  I’m no doctor, but I’m guessing that you sorta need a biceps tendon to be…

  13. Some Yankees fans bring class to the ALCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    bottles in Rangers bullpen

    Since I pointed out bad Philly fan behavior yesterday, I would be remiss in not pointing out bad Yankee fan behavior today. Last night, after the game got out of hand, Yankees fans threw beer bottles and other debris into the Rangers bullpen as Neftali Feliz was warming up.  For added color, they began a…

  14. Why the Yankees have to go with A.J. Burnett tonight

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston

    I said earlier that who the Yankees pitch tonight is not a debatable point because Joe Girardi has already made up his mind. But it’s still obviously a discussable point, so let’s discuss it. My take: pitching CC Sabathia tonight would be a panic move that would accomplish little.  Why? Because it doesn’t eliminate A.J.…

  15. Cancel the Yu Darvish watch: he’s staying in Japan

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    The Diamondbacks are going to have to find something else on which to spend the $80 million they had mentally set aside for Japanese ace Yu Darvish, because he has decided to stay in Japan for the 2011 season. His blog post to that effect, translated by Yakyubaka.com: A lot has been mentions about the…

  16. Forget A.J. Burnett, forget Cliff Lee; the real story is the Yankees offense

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    The first thing everyone wanted to do after the Rangers’ domination of the Yankees last night was to speculate how much New York would now pay for Cliff Lee this winter. Fun topic, but let’s save it for the hot stove season, OK? The second thing everyone wanted to do after the Rangers’ domination of…

  17. And That Happened: ALCS edition

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Pure brilliance from Cliff Lee has the Yankees’ backs against the wall.

  18. Quote of the Day: Reggie Jackson on Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame chances

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pettitte pitches to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Reggie Jackson thinks Andy Pettitte can burnish his Hall of Fame credentials tonight. I don’t think he has Hall of Fame credentials to begin with.

  19. The Mets to interview Toronto’s Dana Brown for GM job

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Mets logo

    The Mets seem to be leaning hard toward Sandy Alderson, but their team Twitter feed just tweeted that they’re going to interview Blue Jays assistant GM Dana Brown on Wednesday. Seems odd that they went through a whole week of interviews, including Alderson, and then set up a second interview for Alderson prior to announcing…

  20. Kirk Gibson is selling memorabilia from the 1988 and 1984 World Series

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

    This is weird: Kirk Gibson is selling his bat, helmet and uniform from the 1988 World Series, as well as his 1984 World Series MVP trophy in an auction.  There’s going to be a press conference tomorrow explaining why he’s doing so. My first thought: man, the Diamondbacks probably need to give their employees raises.…

  21. The Pirates narrow down their list of potential managers

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    John Gibbons

    With Eric Wedge gone and Bo Porter likely to be soon, the Pirates have narrowed down their list of potential managers to five: Dale Sveum, Jeff Banister, Ken Macha, John Gibbons and Carlos Tosca. Gut reaction: Gibbons stands out on that list. Sveum is a career coach and minor league manager who, for whatever reason,…

  22. Jeff Francoeur: Andy Pettitte-killer

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    As we sit around and wait for the game to start — really, besides the Eric Wedge thing, it’s all waiting right now — let’s look at the oddest stat you’ll see today: Jeff Francoeur: career OPS 0f 1.144 against Andy Pettitte. That courtesy of Jamey Newberg. Granted, it’s only 11 plate appearances, but I…

  23. One more word about baseball vs. football ratings

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Based on some of the responses I’ve received, I seem to have created an impression in my last post that I think the television ratings of football vs. baseball are misleading as to the sports’ relative popularity. I didn’t mean to create that impression, though I see now that I did. Let me be clear:…

  24. Don’t get worked up about the television ratings

    Oct 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    old TV

    Every year we see it: a regular season NFL game beats the crap out of a baseball playoff game in the ratings. It happened last night with Indianapolis-Washington nearly doubling the numbers of the Giants-Phillies game. It may even happen tonight with a boring Titans-Jags game facing off against the Yankees and Rangers.  There are,…

  25. The power of the Yankees is not what they can buy; it’s what they can eat

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    As you listen to the TBS guys talk about Cliff Lee, potential free agent tonight and begin to despair over the fact that the Yankees can just buy any great player they want, remember that the true power of their financial resources is not best seen in the superstars they acquire. It’s best seen in…

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