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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Brewers freeze ticket prices for 2011

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The Brewers have frozen ticket prices for 2011. This goes for all tickets: season tickets, packages, single-gamers, and everything.  Brewers owner Mark Attanasio issued a statement explaining the reasoning: All of us here at the Milwaukee Brewers sympathize with all of you hit so hard by these trying economic times. In order to help you,…

  2. Mark Cuban and Jim Crane want to get paid for losing out on the Rangers

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Hey, if you don’t ask for it, you’re never going to get it, right?  SportsBusiness Journal reporting: Mark Cuban and Jim Crane want payment of $2.65 million in legal fees and other expenses stemming from their failed bankruptcy bid for the Texas Rangers in August . . . Cuban and Crane argue that had they…

  3. The Rays are making 5,000 more seats available for Game 5

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times says that the Rays are going to remove those blue tarps many of you have been mistaking for thousands of unsold seats and making the seats under the tarps available for Tuesday’s Game 5.  That will mean room for 5,000 more fans, whom the Rays will charge $30…

  4. Johnny Damon would love to go back to the Yankees

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Oh jeez. Can’t we even wait until the World Series is over to start this stuff again? Johnny Damon will be wearing a new hat next season and he is very open to it having NY on the front of it. “I would love to have that as an option,” Damon told The Post when…

  5. Instant replay isn't going to happen on Frank Robinson's watch

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    An instant replay drama in the form of a one act play.

  6. Nice win and all, but the Phillies may want to take extra batting practice

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    History shows that you can win a World Series with dominant pitching. But life is always better if you can hit the ball too. Which the Phillies didn’t really do in their three games against the Reds: They hit .212/.301/.273. with only four extra base hits in the whole series. That’s certainly better than the…

  7. Champagne showers after the Division Series? Really?

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Given that a loss in the LCS would constitute a failed season for the Phillies and the Yankees, why were they spraying the bubbly after their Division Series wins?

  8. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

    You all are lucky I even managed to pull myself out of bed this morning after last night’s Braves game. But I’m a pro, see, and that’s what pros do. Now — where are the anti-depressants?

  9. Who's really to blame for the loss in Game 3?

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Brooks Conrad is the one wearing this thing. And maybe he should be. But he’s not the only one who should be.

  10. For want of a nail: the Braves stun the Giants and then the Giants stun them right back

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    As you read this, Brooks Conrad is being rushed to a secure, undisclosed location. Or at least he should be.

  11. Melky Cabrera: batting fifth in a playoff game. Mercy.

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    People wonder why I’m emotionally checked-out from the Braves. Why I’m sleeping on their chances. Why I’m totally content to play the “happy to be here” card and to spend more time thinking about what, if any team I’ll pick up as a temporary rooting interest in the next round of the playoffs after the…

  12. Ian Kinsler: Rays fans were too hung up on the umpiring

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Well, someone’s gotta be, right? “It’s tough to win when you’re (complaining) about a call from the previous day,” Kinsler said Friday at Rangers Ballpark, where the series resumes Saturday. “It seems like they were still talking about the Carlos Pena call, which is basically a non-issue because it hit the bat. And it’s tough to…

  13. Forget Doc vs. Lincecum. Try Doc vs. Larsen

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    I find it funny that almost no one on the planet is buying in to that New York Times article about Lincecum’s performance being “more impressive” than Halladay’s, yet multiple people are nonetheless deciding that the “smart guys” (read: stat geeks in their mom’s basements) got this one all wrong. No, actually, just one did,…

  14. Andy Van Slyke would like to be considered for the Pirates job

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Don’t blow it again, Pirates: say no to Van Slyke! Hire Barry Bonds for the manager job! Andy Van Slyke, in town with fellow alumnus Dave Parker for a season-ticket holder event, took the opportunity to inform president Frank Coonelly about his interest in the club’s managerial opening. Van Slyke acknowledges that he may not…

  15. Self Parody Alert: The New York Post declares Lance Berkman "A True Yankee"

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Deep thought: are there any “True Royals?” How about “True White Sox.” What are the rules here?

  16. Who was better in Game 1: Halladay or Lincecum?

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    No-hitter or not, a writer for the New York Times says it was Lincecum. Could he be right?

  17. HBT Daily: Do the Reds, Braves, Rays and Twins have a chance?

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I thought about tackling the blown call in the Braves-Giants game, but I ran out of Prozac.

  18. Sure, the Mets' new GM will have full autonomy

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    CBS Sports.com’s Danny Knobler reports something fun: despite saying that the Mets’ new general manager will have full autonomy, the team has told current scouts that they’ll know about their future next week. Which, as Knobler notes, is before a new GM will be in place. I guess it’s possible that there’s a musical chairs…

  19. Charlie Manuel's barber saw both Don Larsen's perfecto and Halladay's no-hitter

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    You guys are familiar with my Charlie Manuel-as-throwback fixation. I truly believe that he was sent here from, say, the late 40s, by some benevolent scientists in order to save us from ourselves. Sort of a reverse “Quantum Leap.” I’m certain he has vast stashes of fresh beer made by breweries that haven’t existed in…

  20. Frank McCourt is back in charge of the Dodgers' baseball operations

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Let us chronicle the recent history of the position of President of the Los Angeles Dodgers: First Jamie McCourt was the President. She occupied herself, apparently, with questionable charitable endeavors, spending money on stuff that is plain loopy and hatching even loopier schemes to elevate herself to the office of President of the United States.…

  21. Jeff Moorad kinda sorta throws Jed Hoyer under the bus

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Jeff Moorad was really polite about it, but don’t these comments about the Padres passing on Pat Burrell hang Padres’ GM Jed Hoyer out to dry? “In retrospect, I wish I’d done more than relay Pat Burrell’s interest in coming here.” Moorad said Thursday afternoon. “I’m not going to tell Jed what to do and…

  22. The Astros are installing a gigantic new video board

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Coming soon to Minute Maid Park: kiss cams in even larger, higher-definition! The new primary video board will be located in right field and will measure 54 feet high and 124 feet wide, making it the second-largest board of its kind in the Major Leagues. The Astros current video board is 26 feet high and…

  23. We know Hunter Wendelstedt was bad last night, but how bad was he?

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    Pretty darn bad!  Jeff Passan — citing Brooks Baseball’s chart of last night’s game — notes that Wendelstedt missed 31 ball-strike calls on Thursday. In the two other games, the umps missed 21 calls combined. Passan nails it: This is not normal. It is not close. In the Atlanta-San Francisco game Thursday, Dana DeMuth missed…

  24. Deep Thoughts: Lance Berkman is a Yankee

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and two RBI in a playoff game last night.  Quick: can someone get Jeff “some players aren’t meant for New York and Lance Berkman is one of them” Perleman or Joel “going from the Astros to the Yankees is like going from the Ivy…

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