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Craig Calcaterra

  1. UPDATE: Roy Oswalt has left the Phillies due to tornadoes near his home in Mississippi. Again.

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Oswalt_Roy

    3:03 PM:  The Phillies have just announced that Oswalt left the team due to concern regarding his family back home due to tornadoes in the area over the past several days.  There was some confusion on this earlier because it was almost exactly a year ago that Oswalt had to leave the Astros following the…

  2. Book cover of the day: baseball stars cooking

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Contrary to numerous reports, the title of the book is not “To Serve Man[ny]”

  3. Andre Ethier extends his hitting streak to 24 games

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Maybe we should wait until 28 — halfway to DiMaggio — before giving daily updates about Andre Ethier‘s hitting streak, but I’m in a good mood today so let’s start early: Andre Ethier hit in his 24th straight game a few minutes ago with a single back up the middle in the fourth inning of…

  4. Birtherism and baseball: a classic combination

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Gwynn-Jr._Tony

    As you may have seen, today President Obama released his long form birth certificate in an effort to shut up the loony fringe who decided to use the citizenship issue to attack him as Some Horrible Other, seeing as though open racism and xenophobia is off the table in polite society these days.  There are…

  5. The Athletics now play in the Overstock.com Coliseum

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    The Contra Costa Times reports that the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum — home of the A’s and the Raiders — will be renamed Overstock.com Coliseum. The deal will earn the county $1.2 million a year for the next six years.  I have two issues with this: 1. Anyone really betting that the Coliseum is going to…

  6. HBT Daily: The White Sox and the Phillies’ funks

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    The White Sox are turning it around against the Yankees, but the Phillies’ troubles are mounting. Tiffany and I chat about it.

  7. Great moments in bad lip-synching: the Arizona Diamondbacks edition

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dbacks video.bmp

    After the Cory Lidle post we need a bit of levity. I got a chance to meet a bunch of Arizona Diamondbacks front office staffers in spring training. They were easily the nicest team officials I’ve met in the couple of years I’ve been doing this gig. But hey, just because you’re awesome doesn’t mean that…

  8. The Cory Lidle wrongful death trial begins today

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cory Lidle

    Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle died when the plane he was piloting crashed into a Manhattan building on October 11, 2006. Today opening statements in the wrongful death case brought by his widow will take place. The FAA concluded that the crash was pilot errors and that Lidle who was flying with his instructor, misjudged a…

  9. The Dodgers have selected a new security chief

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    LAPD Takes Over Security At Dodgers Games After Attack On Giants Fan

    After a four month period in which the position was vacant — which became a major issue because of the Bryan Stow beating — the Dodgers have selected a chief of security. He is retired LAPD Captain Rich Wemmer.  His hiring is contingent on MLB approval due to the league takeover of the team’s day-t0-day…

  10. Johan Santana may not be back until August or September

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Santana_Johan

    The timeline for Johan Santana‘s return has been a bit of a moving target. At one point early in the process we heard May.  Mostly we’ve heard June and July.  Now Buster Olney is hearing that it could be as late as August or even September before the Mets’ ace is back on the hill.…

  11. Frank McCourt is not the master of P.R.

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    P.R. professionals like to use the term “optics” to refer to how things look (as opposed to what is really going on). You could have just given $100,000 to an orphanage, but if you are seen berating your assistant for sloppy writing on the big oversized check that will be paraded before the media, those…

  12. Is Roy Oswalt healthy?

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Roy Oswalt got knocked around by the Diamondbacks last night and didn’t stick around after the game to talk to the media about it.  Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports that Ruben Amaro was meeting with Charlie Manuel just as the reporters arrived and that earlier he had “huddled with a team official” during…

  13. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred will accuse an MLB coach of making gay slurs today

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Ken Slayton Father Of Jaycee Dugard Gloria Allred Press Conference

    UPDATE:  It’s Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell.  Details here. 8:25 AM: Gloria Allred is someone with whom you’re familiar even if you don’t know it. She’s the extremely high-profile (mostly) civil rights lawyer who will, almost always, land some client or another in connection with whatever massive tabloidy and/or entertainment story is dominating the media at any…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Robinson Cano walks off the field as the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Brent Lillibridge made a diving catch to win in New York

    Water covers 75% of the Earth. The rest is covered by land and, in some cases ice, which may or may not be included in that 75% figure. In other news Brent Lillbridge had two great catches last night.

  15. Major League Baseball is going to have an “All-Star Charity Dance-a-Thon.”

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Stewart Reed

    What’s the matter, Othello, jealous? Well, did you know there’s a swimming pool under this floor? And did you know that button behind you causes this floor to open up? And did you further know that George Bailey is dancing right over that crack? And I’ve got the key? Stand back, everybody! Stand back! They’re cheering us! We must…

  16. UPDATE: The Dodgers are going to go closer-by-committee … or are they?

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Broxton_Jonathan

    UPDATE:  Well, this could be awkward.  Broxton said this afternoon that Mattingly told him that he’s still the closer. That’s going to make for an interesting day in the Dodgers’ clubhouse. Might make an even more interesting day for Ned Colletti who said something quite different on the radio today. 3:30 PM: As readers pointed…

  17. Some Mets visited Walter Reed Hospital; some didn’t; world did not end

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Walter Reed Hospital

    Remember the ridiculous controversy — or was it a nontroversey? — last September when Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez failed to make the voluntary team visit to Walter Reed Hospital while in Washington to play the Nats?  How Jeff Wilpon and then the New York media went absolutely bonkers over this, calling out…

  18. MLBPA: let’s not get ahead of ourselves on expanded playoffs

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    Bud Selig’s comments about the expanded playoffs being inevitable may have been a bit premature. That’s because, as Jayson Stark reports, the league and the union — which has to sign off on any plan — haven’t gotten all that far along in the process. Michael Weiner: “We’ve had healthy discussions at the bargaining table…

  19. Comment of the Day: Manny Ramirez was “La Tabla”

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    In this morning’s Manny Ramirez post, I excerpted a passage from Sara Rimer’s New York Times story in which she described a one-handed, 400+ foot home run Ramirez allegedly hit while in high school.  It elicited a comment from a former high school teammate of Ramirez’s, vouching for the veracity of the story and adding…

  20. Wanna buy David Wright’s Manhattan loft?

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Wright_David

    I’m kind of a real estate voyeur. Maybe it’s a holdover from back in the day (like, say, 2005) when high end real estate seemed sexy and exotic rather than a horrible millstone around our nations’ economy and, some may argue, its soul. But hey, it’s fun. And it’s always fun when a ballplayer’s real…

  21. So, how many people were at the Pirates-Nationals game last night?

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Nationals Pirates Baseball

    It’s understandable that there weren’t a lot of people at PNC Park to watch the Pirates-Nats game yesterday, what with the bad weather and the fact that the game was itself a makeup game. But the sheer emptiness of the place allowed for something awesome to happen: it allowed Sam Miller of the OC Register to…

  22. Mallparks and ghost parks

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    tiger stadium

    I was almost ready to put one tentative foot on board The Common Man’s Mallparks-aren’t-so-bad-when-you-get-right-down-to-it bandwagon, but then I went and read David Fleming’s remembrance and revisiting of old Tiger Stadium which apparently coincided with a minor dust storm here in my den if my current eye irritation is any judge. I’ll go this far:…

  23. Play of the Day: an apparently uncatchable infield popup in New York

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jeter pop.bmp

    Yankees fans have likely seen this already and gnashed their teeth over it in appropriate measure. Or maybe in disproportionate measure, seeing as though the one run it led to didn’t matter given that the Yankees were shutout. Still, it was a monumentally poor effort for all involved. Ninth inning, nobody out, Alexi Ramirez at…

  24. Most predictable thing ever: Charlie Sheen bails Lenny Dykstra out of jail

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Thelma and Louise

    Of course this happened: Charlie Sheen paid $22,500 to bail former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny “Nails” Dykstra out of jail, TMZ reported Tuesday. Nails had been jailed for bankruptcy fraud. When he bailed him out, Sheen said some bullsh** about him being a Vatican assassin and him being a warlock or…

  25. Quote of the Day: new Dodgers’ Monitor Tom Schieffer

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Schieffer

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! was the first one to get comments from Tom Schieffer following his appointment as the “Monitor” of the Dodgers’ organization.  The former ambassador to Japan and Australia was asked about whether he’s up to the challenge of fixing the dysfunctional Dodgers:  “Oh, I’ve had some pretty difficult jobs before. Dealing with…

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