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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Peter O'Malley slams the McCourts

    Sep 17, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    The O’Malley family owned the Dodgers for 47 years. While there are some old coots in Brooklyn who still hate them, they’re pretty much Dodgers royalty. Since selling the team the O’Malleys haven’t been terribly outspoken about the Dodgers, serving more as sources for historians, documentary filmmakers and authors and stuff than critics of the…

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

    Sep 17, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    The Twins sweep the Sox. There isn’t a hotter team going.

  3. Andre Ethier walks back the Boston talk

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Speaking of the Dodgers offseason options, Andre Ethier takes issue with the talk from yesterday about how he wants to go to the Red Sox: “It’s obviously hearsay,” said Ethier. “Especially at this point, it doesn’t even make sense to comment on something like this.” I’m no lawyer, but I always heard that admissions against…

  4. More retirement gifts for Bobby Cox

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    It just occurred to me that no one is getting Jerry Manuel, Ken Macha and all those guys parting gifts. Sad, really.

  5. A majority of major league managers want expanded replay

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Every time a controversial play goes down that could have been made right by instant replay, Bud Selig says they’ll study the matter, and then a few days later he says that everyone likes the status quo just fine. Not everyone. ESPN’s Jayson Stark polled 24 of the 30 major league managers and found that…

  6. Wallace Matthews: Derek Jeter; desperate cheater

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    This morning I wondered whether one of the New York columnists or talk radio guys would use the phantom hit-by-pitch thing as a pretext for changing the Derek Jeter narrative from “Captain Perfect” to “Desperate, flawed tragedy” or something like that. It took most of the day for us to get there, but ESPN New…

  7. Are the Mets really going to pick a manager based on ticket sales?

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Heyman’s latest goes over the possible replacements for Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel.  This line stuck out at me: People within the Mets organization see ticket sales as a key issue and some opine that Valentine could be the man to re-energize the organization in that regard. It’s fun to mock the Mets from time…

  8. The Marlins are looking for a place to play the Mariners next year

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    The Marlins and Mariners are set to play an interleague series next year, and Florida is supposed to the home team. But thanks to U2’s tour — man, Bono ruins everything, at least since “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” — Pro Player Robbie Sun Life Stadipark will be occupied.  Options: Play in Puerto Rico:…

  9. Kevin Mitchell to stand trial for assault

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Former Giants (and Mets and Mariners and Padres and Reds and Indians and Red Sox and Athletics) outfielder Kevin Mitchell has been ordered to stand trial for assaulting a man at a golf course. The claim is that Michell repeatedly punched the guy after he “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.” “Hey Mitchell! Your refusal…

  10. Nyjer Morgan's suspension is reduced to eight games

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    So much for my brilliant theory. Nyjer Morgan’s suspension has been reduced from fifteen to eight games. You’ll recall that Morgan was appealing two separate suspensions: one for throwing a ball into the Citizens Bank Park stands, for which he was docked seven games, and one for the battle royale he set off against the…

  11. HBT Daily: Jeter's flop, Tulo's bop and I can't find a rhyme for Roy Halladay

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the HBP that wasn’t, Tulowitzki’s heroics and whether Roy Halladay deserves the Cy Young Award.

  12. Carlos Zambrano has a nutso player option . . . that could be serious trouble for baseball

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano could make $19 million in 2013 based on the vote of a single baseball writer. Does this bother you?

  13. Protesting the lameness — and the homophobia — of the "kiss cam"

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    This Saturday the Cardinals are holding an “OUT at the ballpark” promotion in conjunction with a local LGBT group.  This is not uncommon. Lots of ballparks do this.  What is less common is that some people behind the event are wanting to turn it into a protest of sorts over how ballparks, stadiums and areans…

  14. Jeter's fake HBP was child's play. Watch the real pros work.

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter kind of sold his fake HBP last night. I mean, yeah, he got the call and I guess that’s the whole point. But he has a long way to go until he can consider himself a master of the genre. For example, check out this fine work by Yunel Escobar last year. He…

  15. Deep Thoughts: Phillies Game Seven Starter Edition

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    The answer is obvious . . . right?

  16. Oh noes! All the criminals are wearing Yankees caps!

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    From today’s New York Times: Since 2000, more than 100 people who have been suspects or persons of interest in connection with serious crimes in New York City wore Yankees apparel at the time of the crimes or at the time of their arrest or arraignment. The tally is based on a review of New…

  17. Carlos Zambrano says he's going to retire after 2012

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    A couple of months ago, if you told me that Carlos Zambrano was going to retire after the 2012 season, I would have asked how he’d ever make it that long.  He’s been pitching well lately, however. So well, in fact, that it’s not too hard to imagine him being a solid starter again for…

  18. Looking back to the last notable phantom HBP: A.J. Pierzynski

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I had forgotten, but Jonny5 reminded me in the comments that A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base back in April.  I commented on it at the time. The fact that I used it to leap into a pro wrestling digression is evidence that I didn’t think Pierzynski’s act was some awful transgression…

  19. Will the phantom HBP change the way people think about Derek Jeter?

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:50 AM EDT

    In the grand scheme of things it was a silly little play. But is it the kind of thing that will change the Derek Jeter Can Do No Wrong narrative we’ve been hearing for the past 15 years?

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:52 AM EDT

    When I saw you break down in front of the ump and cry real tears,
    It was the best acting I saw anybody do.

  21. Jason Bay is "feeling great"

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    The Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic just spoke with Jason Bay, and Bay says that he is “symptom-free” and is “feeling great.”  If that’s the case, Bay’s desire to play before the season is out may very well happen. Given how much bad stuff has gone down in New York in the second half, seeing Bay, cobwebs…

  22. Heyman: Beltre wants $12M+ over five years

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman’s latest column is up, and among the many tidbits in it is word from “Red Sox people” who anticipate that Adrian Beltre is going to seek a contract with roughly the same terms of his big post-2004 deal, which ran for five years and $64 million. Heyman’s sources say there’s no way the…

  23. Troy Tulowitzki has seven RBI through four innings

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    That Braves game put me in a bad mood. Know what has put me in a good mood? Search for, finding and posting this picture of Troy Tulowitzki. My god, he’s a glorious man, is he not? He’s almost without equal. Almost. But there’s a reason for noting his Tulowitzkiness beyond the hairstyle he rocks…

  24. "Re-awarding" the MVP awards may be the dumbest thing ever

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

    You can’t rewrite history, my friends. Well, unless you want to look foolish, in which case, be my guest.

  25. Watching the Braves slowly die

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    I can’t decide if watching John Lannan shut down the Braves is worse than watching Livan Hernandez do it, but hey, at least I have recent data points on both of those things in order to make an informed comparison!  The Braves dropped yet another game they had no business dropping if they plan on…

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