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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Daily: The Rangers: doomed, or really, really doomed?

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I consider whether the Rangers have what it takes to buck history.

  2. The Mariners interview Milt Thompson for their hitting coach gig. This is important. This means something.

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Milt Thompson

    Apparently former Braves players who never really hit all that much are the new inefficiency when it comes to batting coaches: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have interviewed former Brave and — more importantly for our purposes — former Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson for their opening at hitting coach.  I guess they’re not…

  3. No, Vlad Guerrero would not have helped last night

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Earlier today I observed that the decision to sit Vlad Guerrero and play Nelson Cruz in right field was a good one by Ron Washington, because Cruz got to a couple of balls in the outfield in the early innings that Vlad never would have reached.  One of them came on a ball towards the…

  4. Does the manager matter more in New York than in most places?

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    John Harper warns new Mets GM Sandy Alderson to be careful about his managerial pick. Why? Because things are totally different in New York: In New York, the manager matters more than most places. The scrutiny on every decision demands a certain type of personality, as does the magnitude of dealing with the media –…

  5. How about that Edgar Renteria?

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    I would have been mildly surprised if, before the series, you told me that the Giants would be up 2-0.  I would have been a bit more surprised if you would have told me that the Giants would be up 2-0 because Cliff Lee got lit up in Game 1.  But I would have been…

  6. Source: Guillen was not kept off the postseason roster because of HGH

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    guillen big head

    The strong implication in all of the stories about the Jose Guillen HGH investigation is that the Giants kept Guillen off the postseason roster because of the investigation.  A source with knowledge of the investigation, however, tells me that this isn’t the case.  The decision to keep Guillen off the roster was a baseball decision,…

  7. The FOX-Cablevision battle gets weird

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    old TV

    Anyone else find this truly bizarre?  Cablevision, still unable to broadcast the World Series to 3 million customers in New York and Philly, is formally asking the government and non-profit agencies to re-transmit FOX’s telecast of the World Series on the Internet, more or less on the theory that doing so is a public service…

  8. Before we go too far in slamming Ron Washington’s bullpen management . . .

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    . . . We should probably remember that the Rangers got shut out last night.  It’s something that, in a rush to make clever jokes about Neftali Feliz’s whereabouts, I sort of forgot this morning.  Yes, you’d hope that a pennant winning manager would make better decisions when down 2-0 in the eighth inning on…

  9. Baseball will have Bieber Fever on Saturday. And it will be Good.

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Justin Bieber Performs At The Staples Center

    When I saw that FOX is going to debut Justin Bieber’s new video prior to Game 3 tomorrow, my first impulse was to scoff, as people of a certain age and disposition always scoff at whatever teen sensation is out conquering the world at any given moment. But my second thought is to appreciate the…

  10. Why David Ortiz wants two years. And why he’s wrong about that.

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz gave an interview with WEEI, and the big topic, not surprisingly, was his future in Boston. He has a one-year, $12.5 million option. Despite the fact that’s well above the market rate for aging DH’s these days, he wants a two year deal.  Why two years? Here’s why, according to Big Papi: “I’m…

  11. So, what are the Rangers up against?

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    On the one hand I want to be at least somewhat optimistic about the Rangers chances. I mean, there’s no way that Ron Washington can screw up the bullpen so badly a second time in one series, right?  There’s no way that a formidable Rangers lineup will remain so utterly impotent, right?  There’s no way…

  12. Poor Jose Guillen

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Jose Guillen

    Jose Guillen is in a lot of trouble. Still, I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for the guy.

  13. The Marlins were considering trading Mike Stanton for . . . Ozzie Guillen?!

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    That’s the report from Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun Times, who says that Marlins owner Jeff Loria — who is apparently obsessed with having Ozzie Guillen as his manager — was willing to trade phenom Mike Stanton to the Sox in exchange for Kenny Williams letting Guillen out of his contract. At least…

  14. And That Happened: World Series Edition

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Richie Tenenbaum

    Giants 9, Rangers 0: Aaron has the gory details of the bottom of the eighth inning here, and covers just about everything important about this game. I’ll simply add that watching Ron Washington manage the Rangers’ bullpen in the postseason has been like watching Richie Tennebaum against Gandhi at the U.S. Nationals tournament. All I…

  15. Programming Note: HBT Mobile should be working now

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Cell Phone

    I’m a scared old man, so I don’t access the Internet via mobile devices. I’m told a person can lose their soul that way. But there are a lot of you who use such voodoo, apparently, and many of you have told me that HBT’s mobile feed — or app, or subroutine, or happenstance or…

  16. Pat Burrell is The Machine

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    For those of you who don’t know about the whole bit in which Brian Wilson was being interviewed by FOX while a guy he referred to as “The Machine” — dressed up in much the way The Gimp from “Pulp Fiction” would look if he took a trip to the beach — you may just…

  17. Gammons: The Red Sox are going to “go hard” after Carl Crawford

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    Peter Gammons was on WEEI today and said that he thinks the Red Sox are going to be all over Carl Crawford this winter: “There is no doubt in my mind that they are going to go really hard after Carl Crawford. That will be a matchup with the Angels, and you know there are…

  18. The Mets will not be interviewing John Gibbons for the manager’s job

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    John Gibbons

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported earlier today that the Mets have not yet really gotten into filling their managerial vacancy yet. Which makes sense, because they haven’t formally announced their new GM yet, and you have to assume Sandy Alderson will drive that train.  Rubin nonetheless listed a handful of “logical candidates” for the job,…

  19. How are the Reds going to use Aroldis Chapman next year?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Dusty Baker has one answer: “I see him personally probably being somewhere in the back end of the bullpen.  Because it’s hard to find a guy that can get righties and lefties out equally and that gas he has and you haven’t even seen his breaking ball and his changeup yet so his potential is…

  20. Wait — did 2009 actually happen?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    lance-berkman-yankees-sad

    I’m sorry to be fixated on Yankees stuff this afternoon, but apparently watching two teams that aren’t the Yankees play in the World Series is driving the New York writers crazy. Lupica’s column today is about how, for all the money the Yankees have spent in the past decade, they only have the one World…

  21. Bob Klapisch gets three more years in which to bury Joe Girardi

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    So Joe Girardi’s contract seems to be in order. Three more years, around $9 million dollars. Keep things running as-is, the Yankees are saying.  Is everyone happy? Nah, Bob Klapisch isn’t: Girardi gets three more years to wean himself off managing-by-numbers. Good luck. Not that ripping Girardi for actually playing the percentages is anything new…

  22. “Nobody sits in Vlad’s seat”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Interesting insight from Buster Olney on Vlad Guerrero today: Vladimir Guerrero is more than just the Rangers’ cleanup hitter. He is a centerpiece of respect and dignity and consistency, the wise old man of the group. He sits in the same seat on the team’s bus everyday, and if you happen to sit in his…

  23. Breaking: someone was smokin’ weed in San Francisco last night

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    “People hanging around in San Francisco smoking weed” is the ultimate dog-bites-man story, but it was apparently pretty shocking for one newsman from Dallas reporting from the game last night. But don’t laugh too hard, Northern Californians. I got even money on a San Francisco reporter going crazy outside of the Ballpark at Arlington when…

  24. Please, can we put an end to the “nobody believes in us!” nonsense?

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    A comment in the Cliff Lee thread from a reader named “feartherallythong”:   “All the Giants-haters are cracking me up (I’m looking at you, Mr. Calcaterra). Of all the posts post-Game 1, I see a bunch of “How could the Rangers lose?”, and “What happened to Cliff Lee?” posts and stories. Even the MSM is…

  25. O’Connor: Sandy Alderson needs to apologize for steroids

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor thinks Sandy Alderson may be a great GM choice for the Mets, but he thinks he needs to atone for past sins before taking the job: But when he steps to the microphone as Omar Minaya’s replacement, Alderson should take the time of offer an apology. He should say he’s…

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