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Craig Calcaterra

  1. More bad baseball ratings!

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    old TV

    Well, they’re actually better than they have been — ratings for last night’s Game 5 were  up 12% from last year’s NLCS game 5 on TBS and up 12% from 2008’s — but they’re still not killing the world.  Indeed, last night baseball was beat by “Big Bang Theory,” “$#*! My Dad Says,” and “CSI:…

  2. Cliff Lee and the Yankees — too soon!

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    If you’re on the fence about who to root for tonight, this might help: The Yankees are hoping for two painful, but ultimately successful confrontations with Cliff Lee in the near future: One from 60 feet, six inches tomorrow night, the other across a negotiating table in about six weeks. If all goes perfectly for…

  3. Yet another “how to fix baseball” article

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    It’s a fact: if you have a media outlet, you are required by law to write a silly “how to fix/save baseball” post at least once a year. If you don’t, you risk losing funding and stuff. The latest: from Business Insider. I’m not going to dignify it with a blockquote, because every idea in…

  4. Must-click link: Demands for replay. In 1952.

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man unearths a controversial call from 1952 that led to some familiar-sounding speculation: “Next Year for the World Series and perhaps for key games during the regular season, baseball may adopt an idea from horse racing and install a ‘photo finish’ camera at first base to double check…

  5. Pete Rose on the Hall of Fame: “Don’t wait till I’m dead”

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Pete Rose sat down for another interview, and he has this to say about the Hall of Fame: I would hope that I’d get a second chance. Don’t wait till I’m dead. The Hall of Fame is for family and friends. I’d like to get up there in front of them. He also says, however,…

  6. The Yankees are going to bring back Joe Girardi

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    That’s what Jon Heyman is reporting, saying that Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine and Brian Cashman all like him and want him back. Heyman says that Girardi will get a raise too. Good move if true. Yeah, there’s been some beefing about the guy lately, but that’s all post-facto stuff from understandably frustrated fans and sports…

  7. HBT Daily: Can the Yankees force a Game 7?

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Who’s under more pressure? The Rangers or the Yankees?

  8. Quote of the Day: Mike Lupica on A-Rod

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

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    Yay! A-Rod is one or two more poor games away from being thrown back in the October Choker pile!

  9. The NBA doesn’t care about the human element

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Memo to Bud Selig: if the NBA is doing something smarter than you, you’re really, really being stupid. In this case: expanding instant replay in a nice incremental and seemingly sensible way.  A lot of the new ways replay will be used are limited to the last two minutes of a game. The last two…

  10. Jimmy Rollins’ message to Philly fans: “Let ‘em have it”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Last night Jimmy Rollins gave Philly fans some instructions for Games 6 and 7: “Be out there. Let ‘em have it. Let. Them. Have. It. All of ‘em. For real.” Here’s the audio. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. (Thanks to Rhea for the audio clip)

  11. Giants, Rangers still have to be favored, but . . .

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Giants' Ross and Posey react in the ninth inning of their team's loss to Phillies during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    The good news for Rangers and Giants fans: in Major League Baseball history, 35 teams have been up 3-1 and then lost Game 5. Of those 35 Game 5 losers, 24 still went on to win the series. The good news for Giants fans: 17 of those Game 5 losers had to go on the…

  12. And That Happened: NLCS Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 5:51 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Phillies 4, Giants 2: The Giants had a shot here, and no matter what Tim Lincecum said after the game about not making good pitches in the third inning — which he didn’t — Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval’s defense was the real killer here. A pitcher shouldn’t have to be perfect. He should get…

  13. The Tigers want to sign Jhonny Peralta to an extension

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said today that he is “optimistic” about working out a deal with shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Who has a $7.25 million club option for 2011, by the way, but which no one in their right mind would pick up. The Tigers do want him back, however. Not a bad idea, really, especially…

  14. The Giants-Phillies game kicks Obama out of town

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Obama Phillies

    President Obama had a $30,000-a-head fundraiser scheduled for this evening at an apartment belonging to a Google executive in the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco.  That’s kind of close to AT&T Park, however, so they decided to move it down to the organizer’s home in Palo Alto, 30 miles away.  In other news, there’s…

  15. So what’s up with those big fat ugly necklaces everyone is wearing?

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Watching the playoffs, I’ve been trying to figure out if those big necklaces a ton of the players are wearing are a fashion statement, a charity or public awareness thing or something else. ‘Duk over at Big League Stew has the whole story today. Turns out it’s snake oil. The necklaces are sold by some…

  16. Yes, “they booed Santa Claus.” Here’s why.

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia

    There’s been so much lately on the nature of Philly fandom — hey look! It’s another “they booed Santa” screed! — but I feel at least one more thing needs to be said.  Not by me, though. By reader and Philadelphian TC Shillingford, who sent me a note yesterday explaining the Santa incident and so…

  17. Baseball considering a concussions disabled list

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Rob Neyer responds and distills the responses I’ve heard from others on this. The upshot: there may be a lot of low-level concussions that occur that are sort of flying under the radar, and that by having a short DL option, teams may be more willing to call a concussion a concussion and put…

  18. Why Kirk Gibson is selling his stuff

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    kirk gibson tips cap

    Remember how Kirk Gibson is selling a bunch of memorabilia, including the bat from the home run in the 1988 World Series? Today he tells the Detroit News why he’s doing it.  Part of it is charitable. Some of it seems like he would just like the money. But one part of it all resonates…

  19. The latest on the Dodgers and the McCourts

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

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    For those Dodgers fans who aren’t jumping on the Giants bandwagon — anyone? — Bill Shaikin of the Times has the latest. Among the interesting points: While Frank has taken over baseball operations from fired team President Dennis Mannion, a man named Geoff Wharton, whose background is in real estate, not sports, has taken over…

  20. HBT Daily: Can the Phillies come back?

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Matt and I ponder whether the Phillies can join a pretty select group in coming back from a 3-1 deficit.

  21. Are the Pirates waiting for Tony Pena?

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates haven’t interviewed anyone for their managerial vacancy in a week, and that they’re “considering additional interviews.” We’ve talked about the current candidates — John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha — but Biertempfel thinks Pittsburgh is waiting on Yankees…

  22. It’s OK Philly fans. Even if your team loses, you’ll get used to it

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Just embrace it. I did years ago.  There’s no shame at all in making the studied, counter-intuitive argument that your team is the best even if it somehow fails to do what’s expected of it given the talent level.  Just be steadfast in your belief that division titles are a better test of a baseball…

  23. Tips for being a San Francisco Giants bandwagon jumper

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Actually, this advice is suitable for fans of just about every team, all of whom have bandwagon jumpers from time to time. Or am I just forgetting those sellouts in New York in the early 90s and in Philly any time before Citizens Bank Park opened?

  24. Are the Phillies choking, or are they just gettin’ beat?

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Oswalt walks off the field after Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Ask that question three times and you’re likely to get three different answers.

  25. More bench coach news: Alan Trammell to get the gig in Arizona

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    I think we’re going to go with nothing but bench coach news until the game starts tonight. Ya with me?  From Arizona: Former Tigers manager Alan Trammell, who has been the Cubs bench coach the past four seasons, is said to be a leading candidate to become the bench coach. Trammell had that one shot…

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