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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Miguel Tejada’s days may be numbered at third base

    May 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes today that Mark DeRosa will get a shot to replace Miguel Tejada at third base when he comes off the disabled list on Tuesday. DeRosa Wouldn’t be a moment too soon given Tejada’s struggles. DeRosa himself is no sure thing, but he did play over 100 games at…

  2. Signs continue to point to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen buying into the Mets

    May 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    Last month the New York Times identified hedge fund manager Steve Cohen as the frontrunner to buy a minority share of the Mets. Today the New York Post is saying that is still the case, reporting that Cohen was to meet with with the Wilpons and/or Saul Katz  “at 8 pm at Gabriele’s Steak House…

  3. HBT Daily: What to do about Derek Jeter: How about nothing?

    May 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about The Captain. And the very few options at the Yankees’ disposal to deal with his struggles.

  4. Derek Jeter scrutiny spawns a great name for a band

    May 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    jeter grimace

    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger has a good overview of the State of the Jeter these days.  In it comes a quote from a scout who, after scrutinizes the hell out of Jeter’s current game, decries that Jeter is being scrutinized too much: “That’s always easy to say when age comes,” the scout said. “He…

  5. The Elusive Citizens Bank Park Dumpster Hippie

    May 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    One of the better developments of the early season has been the return of The Fightins. It’s a great Phillies blog that had gone on hiatus for a while.  I missed them because they are one of the few Phillies voices out there that doesn’t obsess about how the world views Philly. Rather, they actually,…

  6. Just ten percent of players are given drug tests in the offseason

    May 6, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    syringe

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times details a report quietly released by Major League Baseball a couple of weeks ago in which it was revealed that, in the 2010 offseason, only 10 percent of major league baseball players were given drug tests. These tests constituted just three percent of all drug tests given…

  7. Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff probably needs to be fired

    May 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt, Steve Soboroff

    Frank McCourt hired Steve Soboroff as his Vice Chairman a couple of weeks ago. His mission: to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order in the wake of the Bryan Stow beating.  His real job since that time: to be a McCourt mouthpiece in his battle with Major League Baseball. Indeed, one of his…

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

    May 6, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Angels 11, Red Sox 0: Not the best 22 hours or so for the Red Sox. After Wednesday night’s marathon they come in bleary-eyed and get utterly shellacked by the Halos. Eight runs on ten hits in four innings for John Lackey who, to be honest, should have been the best rested of all of…

  9. Dodgers players could theoretically become free agents if the team misses payroll. But they won’t.

    May 5, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    There’s an item over at Bloomberg this afternoon that caused a bunch of people to email me with “Hey! Can we get Matt Kemp??!” messages. Thusly: Los Angeles Dodgers players could file for free agency if the team can’t make payroll, Major League Baseball players union spokesman Greg Bouris said in an e-mail. That is…

  10. Someone might screw up the Dodgers worse than Frank McCourt: the NFL

    May 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    File this all under speculation but over at the L.A. Times’ Dodger Blog, Steve Dilbeck talks about how moving Frank McCourt out of the way may ease the way for the NFL to return to Los Angeles.  Why? Because there have been a lot of scenarios thrown around over the years which envision the Dodgers’…

  11. Great moments in bunting: Jonathan Sanchez edition

    May 5, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    sanchez_jonathan

    I don’t think that major league managers make players run laps for mental errors, but if they did, Jonathan Sanchez would be running some serious laps after this bunt against the Mets this afternoon. Earlier today Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News tweeted this from the press box: Long road trip. Everyone wants to get…

  12. Eric Chavez is hurt

    May 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: Turns out that Chavez fractured his fifth metatarsal bone. Which is his pinky toe to you and me. 3:02 PM: Eric Chavez got the start at third base for the Yankees this afternoon but he had to leave the game after pulling up lame on a triple.  No official word yet, but it looked…

  13. Joe Maddon has a good replay idea

    May 5, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Posey steal NLDS

    Joe Maddon was understandably upset at the Joe West nonsense last night, so it’s not surprising that he said after the game that there should be more instant replay in baseball.  Speaking to reporters after a good night’s sleep, however, he had a pretty good idea: “If you really want to be intelligent about it, technology is…

  14. HBT Daily: Taking your questions

    May 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    This time, rather than read them to myself, Tiffany reads them. This is much better.

  15. Matt Stairs notches career pinch hit number 100

    May 5, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    I was paying attention to Matt Stairs more closely to see when he’d get his first hit at all this season. Little did I know — until I read Adam Kilgore’s story in this morning’s Washington Post anyway — that the hit he had in last night’s game was his 100th career pinch hit. Strange…

  16. Josh Thole taught his dog sign language

    May 5, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    josh-thole-mets

    I guess a catcher would be good at signs. Thole, considered a cornerstone to the Amazin’s rebuilding, has taught a deaf pooch named Picca – owned by he and his wife, Kathryn – to understand sign language. The 24-year-old backstop said his Maltese-poodle mix caught on pretty fast. My cat doesn’t come when you call him.…

  17. Be sure to forget to watch Jack Morris and John Smoltz talking Game Seven on MLB Network this Sunday

    May 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Lonnie Smith

    I sure know that I’ll forget to watch it! MLB Network’s MLB’s 20 Greatest Games continues on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET when Jack Morris and John Smoltz join series hosts Bob Costas and Tom Verducci to discuss Game Seven of the 1991 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, which is ranked second in the series. In a showdown featuring two teams that…

  18. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    May 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    Later today, HBT Daily will feature me answering reader questions submitted via Twitter. Now: the questions that didn’t make the cut for video.

  19. Shocking: Brandon Lyon may have shoulder problems

    May 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    brandon-lyon-astros

    Here’s a question: if you’re a pitcher who is struggling, do you actually prefer it if you realize that it may be because of injury? Is the alternative — you just don’t have it anymore — even scarier? I’ll almost certainly forget that question between now and the next time I’m talking to a real…

  20. Josh Willingham, Curtis Granderson are bringing the charitable noise

    May 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Willingham_Josh

    After a day of dealing with Luke Scott and John Rocker it’s something of a palate-cleanser to talk about this stuff: Alabama native and resident Josh Willingham has been pitching in big-time to help the victims of last week’s tornadoes. His wife is back home on the ground helping out. Meanwhile, he has been collecting donations…

  21. Controversy in Tampa Bay: Joe West strikes again

    May 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    As mentioned in the recaps this morning, there was some serious controversy brewing in last night’s Jays-Rays game. And wouldn’t you know it, Joe West and his crew were at the middle of it. Watch the play that sparked it here.  The original call on the field was that Adam Lind — who was pulled…

  22. Major League Baseball to Frank McCourt: Don’t blame us, pal!

    May 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s talking point lately is that his financial problems — which threaten the Dodgers’ ability to meet May payroll — are Major League Baseball’s doing inasmuch as MLB won’t approve his TV deal with FOX. That line is nonsensical enough on its face and divorced from widely-reported facts, so it’s understandable that no one…

  23. Red Sox, Angels take over seven hours to get through last night’s game

    May 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    The time of play was “only” five hours. Tack on a two and a half hour rain delay, however, and it pushed the end of this game to 2:45 AM.  By the end of it all there was hardly anyone in the stands,* the Angels announcers were wearing wrestling masks and Daisuke Matsuzaka was taking the loss…

  24. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 5, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves 8, Brewers 3; Braves 8, Brewers 0: A day the Brewers would like to forget. The Braves scoring eight runs is rare enough, but doing it — in the first game at least — with no homers is even more rare for this station-to-station team. Tim Hudson threw a 102-pitch one-hitter in the nightcap,…

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