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Craig Calcaterra

  1. King Felix strikes out four in one inning

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    It’s not as exciting as a perfect game — it’s not even as exciting as a near-perfect game — but I almost like quirky stuff like this better: Felix Hernandez struck out four guys in one inning last night.  The wild pitch punchout went to Joe Mauer, but the King then bore down and got…

  2. It's official: Trembley gets the axe

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports what we all knew was coming: Dave Trembley has been fired and Juan Samuel is the new interim manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Given that Brian Roberts is still not back, Casey Kotchman would represent an upgrade at first base, almost everyone who was supposed to hit the…

  3. Casey Kotchman sets defensive record for first basemen

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it deserves its own post: last night Casey Kotchman set the record for most consecutive defensive chances at first base without an error.  He’s at 2,008 after last night’s game.  The previous mark was Kevin Youkilis’ 2,002.  Youkilis still has the consecutive games streak at 238.  Kotchman has…

  4. How you know when you're about to be fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The official announcement hasn’t come yet, but someone on Orioles Nation is already ready for Dave Trembley to be gone.  Witness third base coach Juan Samuel’s Wikipedia page from around 11PM last night, which reads: “On June 3, 2010, the Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley and announced Samuel as the new manager.” It has since…

  5. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Astros 6, Nationals 4: A walkoff two-run homer for Carlos Lee. The Nationals helped set it up, however, when Cristan Guzman lost a Lance Berkman liner in the lights and had it bounce in front of him allowing Michael Bourn to score. Braves 4, Dodgers 3: The best kept secret in baseball? Kris Medlen. The…

  6. "Jim Joyce is standing up like a man today"

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Here’s some pretty moving video of the exchange of lineup cards before the Tigers-Indians game today.  Jim Joyce takes the field and tears come to his eyes. He shakes Armando Galarraga’s hand and does his best to get to work.  The announcers laud him for “standing up like a man” in both coming out and…

  7. So, how was Jim Joyce's day behind the plate?

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I don’t know if this makes me a cynic, an optimist or what, but the first thing I thought today when I realized that Jim Joyce was going to be working behind the plate was “boy, I bet the Tigers get a wide strike zone today!”  I mean, I want to believe that people don’t…

  8. HBT Extra: Good call Bud, but give us replay!

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about instant replay and Bud’s decision to leave the Joyce call stand:  

  9. What you're saying about the Joyce-Galarraga call

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    The best thing about this blog are the comments. Sure, there are some knuckleheads that show up here from time to time, but find me any comments section of any major website that has as consistently high-quality conversation and argument as this one and I’ll eat my hat. And if any of you saw me…

  10. Selig to "examine" umpires, replay; declines to overturn Joyce call

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Bud Selig just released a statement on last night’s events. Short version: No word on overturning the call, which I think is a clear signal that he will not do so (UPDATE: Multiple reporters are now hearing that no, Selig will not overturn the decision); A decision to “review” umpiring systems and replay which, as…

  11. "Please don't bother Mr. Zito. No autographs tonight."

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    This is rich.  It was originally reported int the San Francisco Chronicle, but I can’t find it there so I’ll link to the L.A. Times version (last item): Giants pitcher Barry Zito was enjoying a drink at an upscale bar last week when a long-haired young man in scruffy attire approached and a restaurant staffer…

  12. Comment of the Day: Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    Actually Griffey was thinking about retiring for a while now. He just took some time to sleep on it. – Reader D.J. Switzerland, offering what should be the first and final word on the subject over in the Griffey thread.

  13. Hey, at least Galarraga got a car

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga may not have gotten a perfect game, but he got a nice consolation prize: a cherry-red Corvette, given to him by General Motors just before the game today in recognition of his “excellence on the field and for his professionalism & sportsmanship.”  I have two questions: (1) Since the bailout, does this mean…

  14. Charlie Manuel calls out his hitters

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    You know who’s happy today? The Phillies.  Because of the Stanley Cup Final and because of all of the Jim Joyce and Ken Griffey rumpus, not too many people are talking about them today.  About how, you know, they’re in a total flat spin and how they can’t hit anymore and look to be playing…

  15. Bud is still thinking about whether to overturn the game

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    According to Larry Lange of the AP, Major League Baseball was “still deciding” whether or not to overturn the Galarraga game as of this morning.  Bud is talking to his advisors, the story says.  For what it’s worth, Tony La Russa — not a formal advisor, but the game’s only Super Genius — thinks it…

  16. What the Mariners are saying about Ken Griffey Jr.

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners react to the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr.:  

  17. Joyce and Galarraga to meet again today

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Indians and the Tigers play at 1:05 Eastern today.  According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Tigers are going to have Armando Galarraga deliver the lineup card out to the home plate before umpire before the game. The wrinkle: because he was the first base umpire last night, Jim Joyce will…

  18. Instant replay probably won't happen instantly

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    A day after the Jim Joyce call, one thing almost everyone agrees on — myself included — is that baseball needs to expand instant replay beyond the current boundary calls rule. The problem is that it’s not at all clear how to do it. An issue is whether or not implementing replay is a matter…

  19. Fan injured by broken bat at Dodgers-Dbacks game

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Lots of things happened yesterday that were overshadowed by Griffey and Joyce/Galarraga. Here’s one from the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game that we shouldn’t just forget, however: [Garret] Anderson shattered his bat grounding out in the second inning, and a woman in the sixth row of seats near the home plate side of the first base dugout received…

  20. What They're Saying About Ken Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    I like eulogies — for careers and lives — that are a little on the brutally yet respectfully honest side. Outside of Rob Neyer — who always delivers at times like these — I’m not guessing we’ll get a ton of that when it comes to the Kid, but I can live with it.  Here’s…

  21. The Jim Joyce call: video and postgame reactions

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    In the event that there was any doubt the Jim Joyce call was major, major news, Matt and Meredith did a big segment on it on the “Today Show” this morning. Watch the whole thing to get both Armando Galarraga’s reaction after the game as well as Jim Joyce’s colorful, emotional comments about his mistake.…

  22. Jim Joyce wasn't the only one who blew a call last night

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Question to all of you — and there are a lot of you — who want Bud Selig to step in, change Jim Joyce’s call and award Armando Galarraga a perfect game:  do you want Bud to change the outcome of the Mariners-Twins game too? Because that one ended on a blown call as well.…

  23. Was Griffey pushed into retirement?

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Last month Larry LaRue famously reported that the Mariners were either hoping or actually trying to get Ken Griffey to retire. People freaked out about that, mostly because of the sleeping-in-the-clubhouse stuff, but also over the mere suggestion that Ken Griffey Jr. should leave the game before he was good and ready to. Ken Rosenthal…

  24. Oh what a night! Let's regroup

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

    All hell broke loose last night, and on the off-chance that you people have lives outside of baseball and weren’t glued to this blog, here’s a recap of our zone-flooding coverage: Ken Griffey Jr. retired. Was he overrated? Probably a bit, and he may have hung on too long, but he’s still a first-ballot Hall…

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

    Jun 3, 2010, 6:16 AM EDT

    Tigers 3, Indians 0: So, did anything notable happen in this game? Mariners 2, Twins 1: Between a tornado warning (see the Cubs-Pirates recap at the bottom) and the Armando Galarraga stuff I was unable to pay any attention to Ken Griffey’s retirement before this game.  I will remedy that later today. Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks…

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