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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Mets will not be pursuing big free agents

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    From the Department of Not Particularly Surprising Affairs, the Daily News reports that the 2011 Mets are gong to look a lot like the 2010 Mets: Those familiar with the team’s thinking say the Mets believe they have too much money committed to their roster next season – at least $130 million, much of which…

  2. David Ortiz "wouldn't feel comfortable" with a one-year deal

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Red Sox have an expensive option on David Ortiz. I’ve convinced myself that there would be dumber things for the Sox to do than pay Ortiz $12 million next year, if for no other reason than it will limit their controversial offseason moves to one (Papelbon) and at some point the hassle reduction is…

  3. Defending Jose Bautista

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Over at IIATMS, Larry takes on the manner in which folks have been trying to, um, inject PEDs into the narrative surrounding Jose Bautista’s 50-home run season.  It’s a good read, with a premise worth thinking about: while we can predict a lot on baseball, the unpredictable can still happen.  It’s funny how people can…

  4. Ken Rosenthal gets it right

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    After my rant earlier this morning, I should make a point to notice when writers do get the awards votes right. Here’s one Ken Rosenthal. I’m no one, and I have my own, well-known set of biases, so I don’t expect to convince anyone in the BBWAA of anything even if I think I’m on…

  5. Full copy of Game Seven of the 1960 World Series found in Bing Crosby's basement

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    We weren’t expecting this: “a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series” was found in the wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco. Footage of Bill Mazeroski’s home run is all over the place, but the game itself had been thought to…

  6. "The stats geeks win" and other bits of Cy Young idiocy from ESPN's Rob Parker

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    At no point in your rambling, incoherent column were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  7. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Rays 10, Yankees 3: In 1974, Dock Ellis hit three Cincinnati Reds players in a row to start a game. He tried to hit a fourth — Tony Perez — but ended up walking him because Perez kept dodging pitches. He then tried to hit Johnny Bench, but before he could, Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh…

  8. Pujols homers twice, the Cards salvage one in Pittsburgh

    Sep 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two homers today, as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 9-2. The win prevents a sweep at the hand of the mighty Pirates. The homers put Pujols above 40 for the season. It’s the sixth time he’s done that in his career.  In case you were unaware, the man is pretty…

  9. Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Abreu's day off

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The mid-afternoon blahs always hit me around 3PM, and when they do my deep-thinking abilities flag. And I start paying attention to really dumb stuff. Like celebrity Twitter accounts. Here’s an Ozzie Guillen tweet from around then: Enjoying this great day off in anaheim some shopping then maybe dinner with my goo friend bobby abreu…

  10. Ahhh, the ballpark in winter! In Cleveland!

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland has some pretty nice weather in the summer. It’s not paradise or anything, but it’s always several degrees cooler up there by the lake than it is down here in the middle of the Great State of Ohio. Indeed, summer nights in Cleveland are quite underrated. Despite this, the Indians just don’t draw fans…

  11. The Nationals may be in denial about Kasten's resignation

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    That word Stan Kastan keeps using. I don’t think it means what the Nats think it means.

  12. HBT Daily: In which I cope with the Braves' destruction

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany talks me down off a ledge over the Braves-Phillies series. Which is funny, because I tape these in my basement. No ledges there, bro.

  13. Matt Stairs wants to play one or two more years

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs was content to be a high school hockey coach back home in Maine this past winter, but he got on Nutri-System, lost 40 pounds and found the spark to come back and make the Padres out of camp.  Rather than a last hurrah, Staris tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that he’d like to play…

  14. Stan Kasten resigns as Nats President

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that Washington Nationals President Stan Kastan has resigned. He’ll stay on until the end of the season for whatever that’s worth. Jon Paul Morosi reports that he’s leaving “for personal reasons,” but you know and I know that’s usually code for “I gotta get out of this monkeyhouse.” Tom Boswell of the…

  15. Quote of the Day: John Russell

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Runner up quote from the article: “Media and public speculation about Russell’s job security is largely the byproduct of the team’s performance under him.”

  16. The Twins have a playoff anthem

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I don’t much trust young people — they frighten and confuse me — but those few to whom I’ve dared speak have mentioned that this “the Hold Steady” ensemble plays some catchy ditties.  As I have been unable to find their cassette at my local MusicLand store, I have been unable to verify such claims…

  17. Can anyone beat the Phillies?

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Predictions are a sucker’s game, but let’s not kid ourselves: it’s the Phillies title to lose.

  18. Does Theo Epstein want to keep Papelbon around?

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    I’ve been beating the “The Red Sox will non-tender Jonathan Papelbon” drum for a while now. But when you read that kind of stuff, keep one thing in mind: I don’t, surprisingly enough, run the Boston Red Sox.  Theo Epstein does, however, and based on some things he said yesterday, Papelbon may very well be…

  19. Shameless self-promotion: me on the On the DL Podcast

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    I spoke with Dan Levy of the On The DL Podcast and Press Coverage fame for a good long time yesterday. The podcast itself is now up.  He’s a Philly guy in case you didn’t know, so there was a lot of Phillies-Braves stuff, obviously, but we hit the other subjects too. In addition to…

  20. I approve of walk-in beer coolers at baseball games

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    That last post totally bummed me out, so let’s lighten the mood. This is a couple months old, but I was just directed to it. It’s a day-at-the-ballpark blog post by an Iowa Cubs fan.  The notable thing about it is the third through seventh pics down, in which the Cubs’ walk-in beer cooler is…

  21. K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, prosecutor says

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez was arraigned on the text-message/protection order violation yesterday. During the hearing the district attorney painted a dark picture of the Mets closer: Hothead fireballer K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, a Queens prosecutor said Wednesday. The chilling assault was revealed in court as Assistant District Attorney Scott…

  22. Joe Strauss slams "spreadsheet voters"

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch was asked in a chat yesterday about last year’s Cy Young Vote and whether he thought Keith law and “others in the sabermetric crowd” had undue influence in awards outcomes. His response: There increasingly appears a campaign to discredit pitcher wins as a consideration. They are considered by…

  23. Jim Deshaies is gonna get his union card revoked

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I didn’t see it, but over at The Book blog, mgl passes along word that, during last night’s Astros game, announcer Jim Deshaies said that there are no such thing as “clutch hitters.” Rather, those who are perceived as clutch are guys who are just good hitters anyway and that clutch hitting is not some…

  24. Mariano Rivera says: no champagne until the division is clinched

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I think there are way too many champagne/beer shower celebrations already. Clinching the playoffs. Clinching the division. Winning the division series. Winning the LCS. Winning the World Series. Don’t get me wrong — there are scant few things in this world better than an alcohol-fueled bacchanalia — but I would think at some point it…

  25. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Oswalt dominates, the NL West continues to see-saw and Joe Girardi decides to use the element of surprise (i.e. a team of super-secret, anonymous relievers) to try and beat the Rays.

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