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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Did you get your Roy Halladay perfect game tickets?

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Remember how the Marlins planned to cynically capitalize on Roy Halladay’s perfect game by printing up and selling tickets to the thing after it happened?  Well, they went ahead and did it, and according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, they have sold 10,332 of the bad boys so far. While the Marlins’…

  2. Andy Pettitte: Man of Mystery

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Buster Olney on the return of Andy Pettitte: The Yankees have structured Pettitte’s comeback in such a way that the Rays will not get a last look at the veteran before the start of the playoffs. Andy Pettitte has pitched in 526 baseball games over the past 16 seasons. 31 of those games have come…

  3. HBT Daily: Rookie of the year, the managerial carousel and options, options

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany is back today, and she and I decide to take a day off from the pennant races to talk about awards, jobs and a couple of guys who may get their once-horrifying options picked up.

  4. Comment of the Day: "booger-eating basement dwellers"

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    In which I resort to Citzen Kane references to defend you people from being called all manner of nasty things.

  5. The Coors Field visitor bullpens are awesome

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    There’s a story in the San Diego Union Tribune today about how great the visitor’s bullpen is in Colorado. It’s set among all that landscaping you can see when you look out towards centerfield, and according to the Padres relievers, it’s simply lovely. “They made it look like we’re in the Rockies with the trees.…

  6. Deep Thoughts: Nyjer Morgan suspension edition

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    It’s been several days since Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his multiple suspensions was heard. Still no word, though. Normally we hear appeal decisions almost immediately after the appeal. My pet theory, based on nothing more than “gee, wouldn’t that be funny” speculation: Major League Baseball is waiting to announce Morgan’s suspension until its length coincides…

  7. Jon Paul Morosi changes course yet again

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    I’m finally starting to get it: It’s not about the peformance. It’s about the story.

  8. Bud Selig is freaking out about the McCourts

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Bud Selig is not at all happy that the McCourt case is still dragging on: . . . according to four people who have spoken with him, Selig is dismayed at the public spectacle surrounding the divorce and concerned about the potential for lasting damage to the…

  9. The 2011 schedule is released. And there was much rejoicing

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Next year’s entire schedule — sans the still-possible Diamondbacks-Giants series in Taiwan — has been released. Here’s the actual schedule. Here’s some verbiage from MLB.com talking about how glorious it is.  And I suppose it might be glorious in places, but really dudes, it’s just a schedule. The most notable thing about it is the…

  10. Quote of the Day: C.J. Nitkowski on HGH and Tommy John surgery

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    No one ever stops to think about how unnatural and performance-enhancing Tommy John surgery is.

  11. "Go home and make babies"

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    The NFL is currently experiencing some ugliness involving players’ treatment of a female reporter and people saying all kinds of dumb and offensive things about women in the locker room. It’s maddening to me that this kind of crap still happens, but it does — and has been for years — because as much as…

  12. Golson nails Carl Crawford at third to end the Yankees-Rays game

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pitcher fielding practice is pretty damn basic. Know what else is basic? Not making the third out at third base.  It’s something Brett Gardner forgot on Monday night when he was caught stealing third base to end a would-be Yankees scoring threat.  It’s also something Carl Crawford forgot when he got nailed at third trying…

  13. The Rockies demonstrate why pitchers do so many fielding drills

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Spring training begins in February. Thirty seconds after spring training begins, pitchers start doing those fielding drills in which they cover first base. They do those fairly damn continuously until, oh, five minutes before the first pitch on Opening Day.  Pitchers moan about it, but there’s a reason they do this. Just ask the Rockies,…

  14. Do the Yankees need to win the division?

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    It’s not easy to find sane Yankees commentary. Between the bitter tabloids, bombastic talk radio, perspective-free national outlets and a fanbase with an unhealthy number of people who assume that anything short of 162-0 is a big freakin’ problem, thoughtful analysis can be hard to come by. Thank goodness for places like TYU. There are…

  15. Andre Ethier would love to go to Boston

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I can’t wait for the Dodgers offseason to get going, because I really have no clue what they’re going to do. I could see everything from quietly and maddeningly standing pat again (query: who is the 2011 version of Jamey Carroll?), or I could see them totally tearing it down and starting from a near-Marlins-level…

  16. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    The Empire strikes back, the Braves look pathetic and the White Sox nearly drift off to that undiscovered country as the medics vainly shock them with paddles and yell “clear!”

  17. Nick Swisher is out at least until Friday

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher played through some knee pain, but it didn’t get better, so he had an MRI on it today. The MRI revealed inflammation, thankfully, and no structural damage.That doesn’t make it hurt any less, however, so he got a cortisone shot. Joe Girardi just told the sporting press that Swisher is out until at…

  18. Ken Rosenthal joins the Ozzie Guillen-to-Miami chorus

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    It’s not a loud chorus — more of a madrigal group that meets each Tuesday after choir practice — but it is growing: Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins. It makes almost too much sense. Guillen lives in Miami. He was the Marlins’ third base coach when they won the World Series in 2003. His relationship…

  19. Ian Kinsler suspended for one game

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Being suspended is sorta social. Demented and sad, but social.

  20. When nicknames were cool

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    We occasionally get a cool nickname these days, but it’s rare. Mostly we get lame variations of the A-Rod thing, which is a concept I had thought reached its nadir with the ironic “Man-Ram” but came roaring back to life with the non-ironic “Car-Go.” Oy. But there used to be a time when you could…

  21. The Mets want an experienced GM to replace Omar

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports one thing we knew — Omar Minaya is on his way out — and one thing we didn’t — the Mets would rather hire an “experienced GM” than promote assistant GM John Ricco. This surprises me somewhat because I had assumed that the Wilpons would want someone from inside, whom they’ve…

  22. The Rangers are moving their AAA affiliate to Round Rock

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s been rumored forever, but the Round Rock Express — currently the Astros’ AAA affiliate — has called a press conference for Thursday during which it will be announced that they’re going to become the Rangers top minor league club. Well, we presume so, given that they’re (a) partially-owned by Nolan Ryan; (b) Nolan Ryan…

  23. The Yankees are going to rest A-Rod down the stretch

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    There was a lot of harrumphing last night as Joe Girardi used the bullpen’s second string in extra innings against the Rays. That harrumphing led to claims this morning that the Yankees really don’t care about the division and are just playing for the wild card.  I kind of doubt that they’re actually planning on…

  24. I am so proud to be a Braves fan this day

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Did you know that Moises Alou was born in Atlanta? It’s true!  In related news: The good news: More Americans are washing their hands of bathroom germs. The bad news: Except for the guys at Turner Field . . . . . . While 98 percent of women that use the Turner Field restrooms washed…

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