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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Yankees President Randy Levine hates the new Steinbrenner documentary

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’m going to assume that the upcoming Barbara Kopple/ESPN documentary on George Steinbrenner is pretty good, even-handed and informative. Why? Because Yankees President Randy Levine hates it: Sounding very much like his old boss, Yankees president Randy Levine Wednesday fired verbal shots at an upcoming ESPN documentary on George Steinbrenner, calling it “disjointed” and “the usual…

  2. Picking Sabathia over King Felix for the Cy Young Award is nuts

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    There’s a smart choice and a dumb choice for the Cy Young Award. Which choice would you make?

  3. So I guess this whole Mets-Walter Reed Hospital thing isn't going to die

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    If only the people who work for the Mets got as bent out of shape about the team sucking as they do these silly little controversies . . . Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez can add a missed visit to a military hospital to the Mets’ laundry list of issues with them. According…

  4. Joe Torre, Bud Black conspire to ruin John Lindsey's major league debut

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Recall from Tuesday that John Lindsey was finally called up by the Dodgers after 15 years in the minor leagues. Last night he was poised to make his big league debut against the Padres, but the fates — and a little over-managing — ruined it. Lindsey didn’t start, but he was sent to pinch hit…

  5. Mariners CEO rips media in email to employees; has email leaked to media

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Mariners’ CEO Howard Lincoln recently sent a would-be morale-boosting email to his employees in which he rips the media for not knowing how things really work on a baseball team. Seems Lincoln doesn’t really know how the media works either. As in, they tend to have sources in the front office who like to do…

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

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    The Padres add some cushion before their four-game series with the Giants.

  7. Quote of the Day II: Colin Cowherd wants you to hate him

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Colin Cowherd provides some simple advice about how to become a big wheel sports broadcaster.

  8. Posada's condition may be more serious than first thought

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Update: Tests on Posada’s head came back negative, and doctors have cleared him to play.  The Yankees are currently listing their catcher as day-to-day.   Right after the Yankees game today there were several references to Jorge Posada experiencing concussion symptoms that prevented him from being used.  How, in this day and age, I took…

  9. Omar Minaya likely to be "reassigned" after the season

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that Omar Minaya is likely to be “reassigned” this year. Which is a way of firing him without really firing him, seeing as though he still has a year on his contract. Minaya came up through scouting and is said to both enjoy it and have a good eye for it, so…

  10. Yankees beat Orioles on Nick Swisher's two-run walkoff blast

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Yankees fans wanted Joe Girardi’s head when he failed to pinch hit for Frankie Cervelii in the seventh. Shockingly, however, Girardi had a reason.

  11. Public officials aren't looking askance at a publicly-financed ballpark in Virginia

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    As I wrote earlier today, here is the New York Times this morning: “With state and local budgets stretched by the recession, politicians are only now starting to look askance at privately held teams trying to tap the public till.” Here’s Ballpark Digest, reporting on the ballpark situation in Richmond, Virgina — home of the…

  12. HBT Daily: Double-Double Animal Style

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany and I discuss closers: the good, the bad and the ugly. And yes, a bit of the old In-N-Out Burger

  13. Great Moments in Optimism: The A's have hired a ballpark architect

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    It’s been a year and a half since Bud Selig said he’d study the, oh, four variable problem that is the Athletics’ stadium and relocation issue. While it wouldn’t take that long for most nations to achieve nuclear capability during that time frame, Selig’s committee is still studying the matter. Can’t be rushed, you know.…

  14. The Dodgers have the worst outfield in baseball

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    That’s the assessment of Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times. He certainly has a point if you focus –as he does — on the second half production of Kemp, Ethier and Scott Podsednik. It’s been pretty brutal.  I know Podsednik wasn’t part of that crew before the season began, but it’s quite something to see…

  15. South Korea comes up with a novel (and bad) drug testing plan

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    This is the logical conclusion of allowing statistics and records determine how outraged we should be about PEDs: South Korean baseball officials could introduce drastic anti-doping protocols next year with a plan to target specific players for drug tests. The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) said players who showed marked statistical improvement would be targeted in…

  16. There was some McNamee v. Clemens action today

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Lawyers for Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens did battle in New York this morning, arguing the motion Clemens filed to have Brian McNamee’s civil suit against him dismissed. The gist of the legal argument was whether saying someone else is a liar can be defamatory. Given that each of them have been calling the other…

  17. Tim Wakefield could make half a million bucks tonight

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield gets the start tonight for the Red Sox. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reminds us that if he pitches 3.1 innings, his base salary for 2011 goes from $1.5 million to $2 million. Not that he wouldn’t get it eventually — it doesn’t have to come tonight — but I always like…

  18. Nobody knows anything about hitting

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Well, some people do, but those guys seem to be pretty rare. Whenever most people talk about hitting, however, it seems to come out all funny, to the point where I think it’s just more about feel and fast-twitch muscles and spidey sense than it is about anything that can be articulated or taught. Case…

  19. Is it notable that Ryne Sandberg wasn't asked to join the Cubs in September?

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan has a column in the Tribune today in which he notes that the Cubs didn’t call up one of their prospects after the rosters opened up: The Cubs called up five of Ryne Sandberg’s players from Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Astros, but not Sandberg himself. Having one managerial candidate…

  20. Phil Hughes gets pushed back

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes pitched on Sunday, and would have gone again on Friday, but the Yankees have pushed him back. He’ll go next Wednesday against the Rays, getting nine days’ rest. Hughes gave up six runs in six innings on Sunday with a lot of bombs thrown in there. He’s at 155 innings on the year…

  21. I don't think wounded veterans care that Oliver Perez didn't visit them

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My guess is that just about every baseball team that visits the Nationals takes a side trip to Walter Reed Hospital to visit wounded vets. My guess is that just about every team has a few guys who don’t make the trip for whatever reason, be it business or personal. My guess, however, is that…

  22. Let us take a moment to praise Charlie Manuel

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    In which I set aside my extreme Braves-panic and tip my hat to Charlie Manuel, who has done a hell of a job this year.

  23. Cities are still paying for stadiums that no longer exist

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’ve been on the “public financing for ballparks = bad” train for years, but apparently it’s just now dawning on actual public officials that giving billionaires free offices in which to operate their insanely-profitable businesses is a bad idea. Today’s story on it in the New York Times details how a bunch of places —…

  24. Carlos Gonzalez surges ahead in the triple crown hunt

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    All of the triple crown talk has been about Joey Votto and Albert Pujols — indeed, until just the other day they were the only two dudes in that triple crown tracker on the ESPN.com baseball front — but Carlos Gonzalez’s claim seems stronger than that of either of those guys at the moment. Gonzalez…

  25. Victor Martinez won't be accepting that two-year deal from the Red Sox

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Last week we learned that the Red Sox have offered Victor Martinez a two-year deal. Yesterday Martinez told WEEI’s Rob Bradford that two years isn’t going to get the job done: “They’re trying to do one thing, and we’ll see what happens. I don’t really have to do it. They came with something, and that…

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