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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Cliff Lee is the scariest thing ever

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The disconnect between the “storylines” that surround baseball and the actual baseball seems even starker than usual this week. Mostly because of Cliff Lee. It seems like everything that has been written about the ALCS has started from the premise that Cliff Lee is like some avenging angel of death against whom no soul has…

  2. The Giants want to keep Cody Ross around after this season

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Not every postseason hero gets to stick with their team forever — Francisco Cabrera had a nice moment, but 91 plate appearances after his big hit, he was gone — but Cody “death to inside fastballs” Ross isn’t likely to be one of those short term guys. Brian Sabean tells the Merc that the team…

  3. Yankees fan “Freddy Sez” dies

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Just about every park has a fan who is kind of like a mascot. The guy who either dresses up funny or acts crazy or whatever and eventually comes to be thought of as an institution. The Yankees’ guy was Freddy Schuman, better known as “Freddy Sez,” the octogenarian who held up signs and beat…

  4. Andy Pettitte had better watch his move tonight

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:48 AM 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

    Buster Olney makes a great point today: Andy Pettitte has been called for 11 balks in his career. Three of those were called by Angel Hernandez, who obviously doesn’t think that Pettitte’s awesome move to first is so awesome. Or maybe it’s too awesome. I don’t know.  The point, though: Angel Hernandez is umping first…

  5. The umpires probably haven’t gotten worse. We’re just noticing it more.

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Wezen-Ball may be the first person to ever post the You Tube video of the opening to Game 3 of the 1989 World for a reason other than the earthquake. He posts it to show a really bad umpire’s call: Dave Parker being called safe at second in Game 2 when he was clearly out…

  6. Some Philly fans bring class to the NLCS

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Every time the subject of Philly fan behavior comes up, someone goes and mentions that booing Santa Claus thing. And to be honest I’m with the Philly folks in thinking that to be stupid and unfair. I mean, it was over 40 years ago and at some point you gotta let go, ya know? But…

  7. Make no mistake: A.J. Burnett is starting Game 4 no matter what

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett wipes face

    A lot of nervous Yankees fans have been assuming — or hoping, maybe — that if the Yankees find themselves down 2-1 to the Rangers after tonight that Joe Girardi would pitch CC Sabathia on short rest for Game 4. Not so, says Joe: Joe Girardi made it clear yesterday that A.J. Burnett would get…

  8. Roy Oswalt gets it done on the mound, on the bases as the Phillies tie up the NLCS at 1

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:46 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Ace Number Two shuts down the Giants and the NLCS heads to San Francisco knotted at two.

  9. Live Blog: Giants-Phillies NLCS Game 2

    Oct 17, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    11:22: Ryan Madson was shaky, but he gets Edgar Renteria to ground out to end it. Final score: 6-1, Phillies. Roy Oswalt was The Man tonight.  Now these teams fly to San Francisco for Game 3. Tomorrow night it’s Rangers-Yankees from New York. I’ll be writing up a little recap here shortly, but after that…

  10. Cody Ross takes Roy Halladay deep — twice! — as the Giants take Game 1

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    As is so often the case in life, the anticipation was greater than the reward. Not that Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum were bad or anything. Just mortal.  Lincecum was off his 14-strikeout form and was hit a bit hard early, but he avoided big trouble. Halladay was nowhere near as sharp as he was…

  11. Accusing Cliff Lee of cheating probably isn’t the smartest thing ever

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    That’s resin on Cliff Lee’s cap. Is this a big deal?

  12. Bobby V. is out of the running for the Mariners’ job

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times is reporting that the Mariners have told Bobby Valentine that he’s out of the running for the Mariners’ job. This is sad. I figured we wouldn’t hit “Peak Valentine” (i.e. the point in time when the maximum rate of global Bobby Valentine managerial rumors are reached, after which the…

  13. Lance Berkman: outfielder?

    Oct 15, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Lance Berkman hasn’t played outfield since 2007. He hasn’t played outfield regularly since 2004.  He hasn’t played outfield well since, well, if anyone knows the answer to that, please let me know. He’s also much bigger than he used to be and age has touched him as it touches us all. Point is: if you’re…

  14. You have to work extra hard to hate on A-Rod these days

    Oct 15, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Workout Session

    I don’t know why I read Lupica, but I do. I suppose there’s no helping me and that I get everything I deserve. Today’s is fun, though. It’s basically a scene-setter, focusing on A-Rod battling his former team, the Texas Rangers. What makes it fun? The way in which Lupica tries to paint A-Rod as…

  15. Plaschke: Five things baseball needs to do in order to fix the postseason

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Guerrero celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 5 of their American League Division Series MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke has a column today offering the five things he’d do in order to “fix” the baseball playoffs.  Let’s take them one-by-one: Stretch out the Division Series to seven games This, in theory, I like. Anything that can reduce the fluky nature of a short series would be nice. Plus,…

  16. Rumor: The Cubs are going to make Mike Quade the man. What about Sandberg?

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    Yesterday afternoon Will Carroll reported that the Cubs were poised to take the interim tag from Mike Quade and make him the full time boss. He also said that they were going to name Ryne Sandberg bench coach. He said these moves could come as early as next week. I buy the Quade part, as…

  17. Wait — did they go and screw with my HardballTalk again?

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Change sign

    Um, yes. A little. Thanks for noticing! No, it’s  not a major change like the one we dropped on you last summer. You know, the one that caused you to say that you’d never read us again and which made you threaten the lives of my family? Boy, I’m glad you weren’t serious about that!…

  18. Would hiring Wally Backman set a bad precedent for the Mets?

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Wally Backman has a history of domestic violence. Should that disqualify him from managing the Mets?

  19. Bummer: Bob Uecker to have a second heart surgery

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    It was depressing when Brewers’ announcer Bob Uecker had to undergo major heart surgery earlier this year. It was great when he recovered and returned to the booth. Now it’s depressing again: The Milwaukee Brewers say that Newsradio 620 WTMJ Brewers voice Bob Uecker will undergo a second heart surgery on Tuesday. The team said that a pseudoaneurysm –…

  20. Oh snap! Mets fans aren't gonna like what Jeff Francoeur just said

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur is always smiling, the media loves him and I’m totally prepared to admit that my hatred of him is highly irrational. But sometimes I’m convinced that he truly is evil.  Listen to what he told the Daily News: “I always wanted to know what it was like to play meaningful baseball in New…

  21. Hey, crazy trade talk has started early this year!

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    One of the things I love about the early hot stove season is the crazy trade talk. Once things get going hot and heavy in December people get realistic, but in the few days after a team is eliminated you get all kinds of insane speculation. An excellent example of it comes in Jeff Schultz’s…

  22. Sandy Alderson wants the Mets job

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Image (1) mets-fans-091019-thumb-250x168-3624.jpg for post 1752

    I wish these two kids would just kiss already and get it over with. From Buster: There is also no question about this: Sandy Alderson wants the Mets’ GM job; friends say he wants to get back into the work of running a club And the way the Mets set up the interviews — everyone…

  23. Panic on the streets of New York

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Evidence that there are too many days off between playoff series: when a couple of plunkings in a simulated game give you the back page in the New York Daily News. Yeah, it’s kind of funny and I suppose kind of worrisome that Burnett was wild while pitching a simulated game.  But wasn’t the whole…

  24. Hey, another Bobby Valentine rumor! This time: Milwaukee

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I think we’re gonna just start listing the jobs Bobby Valentine isn’t rumored to be in the running for, because it would probably save time. The latest: Milwaukee, as reported by Tyler Kepner. The Brewers actually make more sense for him than Seattle. They have a better core of players and are way more likely…

  25. Oh noes! Timmy has a blister!

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Image (1) lincecum_090913.jpg for post 3935

    Eh, that’s fake panic. I can’t muster real panic about Tim Lincecum having blister issues because when he realized he was getting a blister he was in the process of striking out 14 dudes and pitching a two-hitter: Lincecum confirmed to the Mercury News that his blister problem resurfaced during his dominant 14-strikeout complete game…

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