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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Do Sox fans boo Manny tomorrow night?

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    For the first time since his 2008 trade, Manny Ramirez will visit Fenway Park tomorrow night.  The Boston Globe asks this morning what kind of reception Hub fans will give the kid. I’d like to think that Sox fans will take a reflective approach to it all, remember that if it wasn’t for Manny they…

  2. So what happens if a whole team dies at once?

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I’m not being singularly morbid here — George or Kramer or someone asked Keith Hernandez what happens if a team plane crashes on an episode of “Seinfeld” once — but I have often wondered what happens if disaster strikes a ballclub. Thankfully, Maury Brown has gotten a hold of a couple of fun documents fans…

  3. Pedro Alvarez debuts for the Pirates

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    We’ve had a number of big-name rookie debuts this year. Heyward for the Braves, Davis for the Mets, Strasburg for the Nats, Stanton for the Feesh and now Pedro Alvarez for the Pirates. The results? Bumpy but promising. Alvarez hit sixth and played third. He struck out swinging in his first at-bat, walked and scored…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    What ballplayer has been drinking his milk? How much does a knockwurst cost at Primanti Bros.? And can anyone read Dusty Baker’s lips?

  5. Columnist: Stephen Strasburg shouldn't strike so many guys out

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    I suppose this was inevitable. When you tire of superlatives to describe Stephen Strasburg’s game, you go contrary and try to find a fault.  And I suppose there are faults to be found, because no pitcher is perfect. But this one from Tom Boswell of the Washington Post seems like a bit of a stretch:…

  6. Yorvit Torrealba intends to make a vigorous appeal

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Earlier I passed along word that Padres’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended for three games.  Not exactly the biggest story on the planet. MLB.com caught with him a few minutes ago, however, and it sounds as though Torrealba’s appeal will at least be interesting: “It might be five days after what I say.” I’m…

  7. Quote of the Day II: Jim Leyland on Chemistry

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Hint: he’s not a big believer in it. Hint II: some of those bracketed phrases are really swear words.

  8. The Phillies "would love to get Cliff Lee back"

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    File this Jack Curry tweet under Things No Phillies Fan Really Wants to Hear Right Now: Spoke to baseball official who has regular contact w/ Phils. He said they are itching to add a starter and would love to get Cliff Lee back. You can also file it under “Things That Would Never, Ever Happen…

  9. The Orioles contact Buck Showalter about their managerial gig

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter was one of the first few names listed by fans and the media to take over the Orioles’ managerial job when it became apparent that Dave Trembley was going to get fired.  Now the Orioles are doing the logical thing and interviewing him, reports Tim Kurkjian of ESPN. I assume this is a…

  10. Yorvit Torrealba suspended for three games

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended for three games after making contact with an umpire in the ninth inning of Monday’s 6-3 loss to the Jays.  Torrealba was arguing with ump Larry Vanover after taking a called third strike with which he didn’t agree. The video is here.  Unlike so many other incidents this…

  11. An update on the redesign

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    OK, the changeover to the redesign did not go 100% according to plan.  But I assure you, we’re now only leaking, like, 5,000 barrels a day and we’ve sprayed chemical dispersants all around the affected area. We’ll be sunning ourselves on Mississippi beaches in no time. Once again, apologies for the glitches earlier today.  As…

  12. The Phillies are snooping around Pedro Martinez again

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Phillies have had discussions with Pedro Martinez about making a comeback. Or I guess that would be another comeback. Really, in this age of half-season stints by old dudes, I’m not sure how we refer to this sort of thing. Point is, the Phillies are interested in having…

  13. Quote of the Day: MLB lawyer edition

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    “Baseball always acts reasonably in what is the best interest of baseball.”

  14. I officially love the Rangers' bankruptcy judge

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Barry Shlachter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a recap of yesterday’s Texas Rangers bankruptcy hearing and, as we noted yesterday, it seems like the Rangers have reason to be at least cautiously optimistic. The judge acknowledged that the highest bid did not necessarily make for the best bid, and if he ultimately goes with…

  15. Welcome to HBT 2.0

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    Redesign? What redesign? Oh . . . that. Allow us to explain.

  16. Report: John Russell is on the hot seat in Pittsburgh

    Jun 16, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Is John Russell about to get fired? And why should we believe the Pirates when they say he isn’t?

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Today’s recaps include a one-act play, starring Buster Olney as your wingman at a college bar.

  18. HBT Extra: Oswalt, Backman and PETA, oh my!

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    HBT Extra comes at you a day early today because I had to have that jacket I wear back to the rental shop by 5pm today or else they’d charge me for another week.  

  19. Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    No, he doesn’t. And I apologize for a headline that would even suggest that I think he does. But that’s the question SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt poised on his Twitter account today: Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension? Ill ask him on pre-game tonight. Even better than poising the question rhetorically is asking Manuel himself. …

  20. Bobby Cox thinks Chipper is retiring

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones is not available to the media in advance of tonight’s Braves-Rays game, but Dave O’Brien caught up with Bobby Cox a few minutes ago and asked him about today’s confusion over Jones’ retirement (or not). Cox: The best I can say is he’s planning on retiring after this year, but we won’t know…

  21. The Mariners designate Ian Snell for assignment

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    We’ve had a lot of unsurprising news today. Add this to the list: the Mariners have designated Ian Snell for assignment. Snell was 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in 11 games this year, eight of which were starts. He lost his spot in the rotation for good last week after giving up eight runs in…

  22. Mike Rizzo is no idiot

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    This passage from Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle is a couple of days old, but it’s still a head-scratcher: Mike Rizzo kept saying Stephen Strasburg wasn’t ready for the majors, even when Strasburg tore through spring training like a hurricane and dazzled in the minor leagues. Tuesday’s stunning debut should have been Strasburg’s…

  23. The Rangers may be in good shape

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    It’s still going on, but there are indications that the big hearing in bankruptcy court down in Texas may be going well for the team and not so well for the creditors. It’s the barest of reports, but the Associated Press is reporting that “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn said Tuesday that he tended…

  24. The Astrodome is falling apart

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    This doesn’t get me as misty as seeing Tiger Stadium turning into ruins, but it stinks pretty bad all the same: Hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it opened in 1965, the Astrodome now sits vacant and in disrepair out on Interstate 610. The world’s first domed sports stadium lost its last…

  25. Mark Mulder retires

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    This may register as the least surprising news of the day, but Mark Mulder — former member of the “Big Three” in Oakland — has announced that he has officially retired. I think the only person this may be news to is Mulder’s agent who, back in February, when reports of Mulder’s retirement first surfaced,…

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