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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Buster Posey may have just won the rookie of the year award

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I have the Giants-Dbacks game on and, just a minute ago, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer to extend the Giants’ lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth. A Giants victory today will force the Padres to sweep them this weekend if they want to win the west. In San Francisco. Seems like…

  2. From the department of wishful thinking

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jim Edmonds is “hopeful” that he’ll be able to play in the playoffs. This seems like a big stretch to me.  While what was thought to have been a torn Achilles tendon turned out to not be all that bad, Edmonds is clearly limited and clearly gimpy.…

  3. Padres veteran: Latos' comments "just not smart"

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mat Latos’ comments yesterday about how awful and unfair it was that the Giants go out and acquire players in the middle of the season didn’t go over very well around these parts.  They also didn’t go over very well with his own teammates, it seems. Dan Hayes, who covers the Padres for the North…

  4. MLBPA and MLB agree on new free agency rules

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    The MLBPA and Major League Baseball have been snipping at each other for a couple of years now over free agency. A lot of guys have signed late — some even after camp has started — and some have muttered about collusion and the like. To resolve this, the union and the league sat down…

  5. A sixteen-team playoff is silly, but that doesn't stop this guy from writing about it

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    I love America and everything, and free speech is a fabulous concept, but the problem with it is that, because of its pesky guarantees, the police can’t come and drag people who write stuff like this into a dank cell and let them spend their final years someplace where they can’t bother anyone: In their…

  6. Mark Buehrle may retire after 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle told Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune that he could retire after the 2011 season: “As I sit here now, I’d love to just go home and be with the family and kids and go from there. But when next year gets here, at this time, it could be a tough decision, knowing…

  7. Rafael Soriano hires Scott Boras

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rafael Soriano has hired Scott Boras as his agent. It was probably a forgone conclusion that Soriano was going to leave via free agency anyway, but this likely seals it, seeing as though guys don’t usually hire Boras to negotiate their creative, incentive-laden, keep-me-with-my-current-team deals. The…

  8. HBT Daily: In praise of bald men who want the Braves to win

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about Brooks Conrad, the NL Cy Young and the AL Rookie of the Year.

  9. The McCourt trial: my gut is that Jamie is going to win, even if she shouldn't

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The McCourt trial ended yesterday, with closing statements offered by the attorneys. Lots of different attorneys, according to the L.A. Times summary. Each side had, like, three people making arguments. What was this, a tag team match?  I understand multiple lawyers taking stabs at different parts of closing if it’s a complicated case, but this…

  10. Report: Dusty Baker to sign a three-year extension with the Reds

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Reds and Dusty Baker are really close to signing a three-year extension to keep Baker on as manager. All that’s left, McCoy says, is” dotting I’s and crossing T’s.”  Jeez, I know the Reds do things on a budget, but you’d think they’d at…

  11. Why is home field advantage no big advantage?

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    You’d think that having the home field advantage would help you in the playoffs. It really doesn’t do all that much for you. Why?

  12. Poll: Who should win the American League Cy Young Award?

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    I and the other members of the HBT gang have offered our opinions about the AL Cy Young Award more times than we can count. Now it’s your turn.

  13. Hideki Matsui would listen if the A's called

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hiedki Matsui isn’t having a fabulous year, but it hasn’t been terrible either: .272/.361/.454 with 20 homers.  He’ll likely want to play again in 2011, and I’m guessing some teams may be willing to give him a look. One team he talked about yesterday was the Athletics, who he tells Susan Slusser, might be a…

  14. Video: Man catches foul ball with a baby in his arms

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    This is nice and all, but I know a guy who is probably caught hell from the missus when he got home.

  15. Game Three of the World Series to start before 7PM EDT

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    For the first time in over 20 years, a World Series game is going to start before 7pm Eastern time.  It will be Game Three which, thanks to the good people at Chevrolet who kicked in some extra advertising scratch, will start at 6:57 p.m. Game Three is scheduled for October 30th, and that’s a…

  16. Cito Gaston says goodbye to Toronto

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    As we say goodbye to Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and maybe Tony La Russa, let us not forget that another fine manager is saying farewell himself.

  17. Rumor: Omar Minaya to be fired Monday

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    We know he’s going to be relieved of his duties, but the rumor now — attributed to “sources” by the 7 Train to Shea blog — is that Omar Minaya’s last day as a Met employee will be Monday and that he won’t be given another job in the organization. I don’t doubt the firing…

  18. Andy Pettitte has a stiff back

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    As if A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez sucking eggs wasn’t enough, one of the Yankees’ good starters — Andy Pettitte —  says his back stiffened up on him during his start against the Red Sox last Friday. Which led to a not-good start, in which he allowed seven runs in less than four innings. Pettitte…

  19. Baseball, union to meet on K-Rod today

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Major League Baseball, union folk and enough lawyers to fill out an intermural volleyball team will meet today to chat about the grievance Francisco Rodriguez filed after the Mets withheld salary from him and purported to make his contract non-guaranteed for next season. I wouldn’t expect anything notable to happen today, inasmuch as this is…

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

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:54 AM EDT

    Two doubleheaders? A walkoff strikeout? Despite most of the games not mattering all that much, it was a pretty damn good day/night of baseball.

  21. The Mariners game ends, well, in the way you might expect a Mariners game to end

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    I wasn’t watching the Rangers-Mariners game (there was some paint drying in my basement and I really felt like keeping my eye on that for a bit), but reader Evan A. pinged me to tell me that it ended all crazy, so I went and looked it up to see what happened. The upshot: Tie…

  22. Poll: Should Felix Hernandez pitch on Sunday?

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Pretend you’re Daren Brown and Jack Zduriencik. OK, once you’ve stopped screaming, answer this question . . .

  23. Comment of the Day: there were others at the 1960 World Series

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Reader Joerf was at Game 7 as well: My father and I were at the game.  We were sitting in a box on the first base side, the tickets were a gift from one of his clients.  My dad wasn’t much of a baseball fan but I loved it.  Benny Benack was playing “the Bucs…

  24. Mat Latos is in need of a dose of maturity

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mat Latos has been fantastic this year. I want to say that at the outset. If he doesn’t pitch like he’s pitched most of the season the Padres are not in this thing right now. He’s taken the ace role and, even if he may be petering out a bit under the workload as the…

  25. The Reds know how to run out a post-clinch lineup

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Reds know how to do a day-after-clinching lineup.  I just thank my lucky stars that they’re not playing the Padres right now: RF Willie Bloomquist 2B Chris Valetta 1B Yadier Alonso 3B Juan Francisco CF Chris Heisey LF Laynce Nix SS Paul Janish C Corky MIller P Johnny Cueto

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