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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Adam Dunn and the Nats are "in conversations"

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    On Friday the chatter was that Adam Dunn was as good as gone from the Nats after this season. Not so fast, says GM Mike Rizzo when asked if Adam Dunn’s potential return was “a dead issue”: “No, it’s certainly not a dead issue” he said. “We realize we need a thumping first baseman that…

  2. Johan Santana's surgery set for tomorrow

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana — previously diagnosed with shoulder nastiness that requires season-ending surgey — got a second opinion today. Except he got it from Dr. James Andrews, and I can’t remember the last time a pitcher saw him and was found not to need an operation. So the “ayes” have it, Santana will go under the…

  3. The government's seizure of the 2003 PED list ruled illegal. Again.

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that he government’s seizure of the positive PED tests from the 2003 pilot testing program was illegal.  This affirms previous lower court rulings and overturns the one Appeals Court ruling to the contrary.  The decision — a lengthy one with lengthy dissents — can be read here.…

  4. Josh Hamilton is wary of the beer shower

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    When the Rangers clinch the AL West, there will be a beer and champagne shower. That’s just how it goes. But one of the biggest reasons they’ll clinch that title is Josh Hamilton, who happens to have a serious substance abuse history: Hamilton has been trying to find a way to enjoy the party without…

  5. HBT Daily: Races, races, races

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Matt and I wonder what the Rangers sweep of the Yankees and the Braves’ one-game deficit mean, and take a gander at the wild, wild NL West.

  6. Must-click link: Jonah Keri on the Rangers and pitching injuries

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jonah Keri has a long, fascinating piece up today about the Texas Rangers and their approach to pitching and pitcher injury prevention. It’s not some analysis piece from afar: it’s based on his original reporting and research conducted over the past year, and it’s a must-read. The short version: the Rangers have largely rejected the…

  7. Nats blogger whines about not gettin' free stuff

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The next time you hear about how loyal fans of bad teams are “long suffering,” just remember that some of those long suffering fans are pretty whiny and petty too.  Check out this snippy little rant from SBF at the Nats 320 blog about how “questionable season ticket holders” who weren’t wearing Nats gear got…

  8. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Someone can go back and check, but I’m almost certain that this is the first time a non-AL East team has topped the Power Rankings this season.

  9. Tony La Russa doesn't enjoy his job much anymore

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Why? young players and the media, mostly: “The highs are enjoyable but you can’t enjoy them for long. The disappointments are painful and you carry them for much longer. It’s part of the competition. What’s made the job not as much fun is the combination of distractions of players due to money and security ……

  10. The Athletics sign Akinori Iwamura for some reason

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    When you hit .182/.292/.267 and are DFA’d by the Pirates, you probably shouldn’t expect to land on your feet in the big leagues in short order. Akinori Iwamura did, however, getting signed by the A’s right after Pittsburgh released him. The reason: Kevin Kouzmanoff is having back issues and has missed six games in a…

  11. Mike Pelfrey doesn't have a ton of respect for Jerry Manuel

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    I was watching college football on Saturday* so I missed this, but reader Jonny5 shot me a link to the Mets Today writeup of Saturday’s Mets-Phillies game in which it appeared that Mike Pelfrey basically told Jerry Manuel to eff off without really saying so. The situation: Pelfrey had just thrown seven and a third…

  12. Mike Scioscia: cut the season to 158 games

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Mike Scioscia must fear watching a Twins-Phillies World Series being played among the snow drifts: Mike Scioscia is a strong proponent of expanding the division series from five to seven games and of finishing the World Series in October, when there is a better chance of decent weather in the Northeast and Midwest than there…

  13. Pete Rose offers yet another apology. Does it matter?

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Maybe to some people. But it shouldn’t matter to baseball. Or the Hall of Fame. Or to us.

  14. Mike Quade is stat-friendly

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    The Daily Herald talks with Cubs interim manager Mike Quade. Seems he likes the stats: I’m not a sabermetrics guy. But I’m smart enough to know the numbers do matter, and I do pay a lot of attention to them . . . I think anybody who aspires to do this benefits from paying attention…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    I plum forgot to do the Weekend Wrapup this morning. And this on a Monday morning when I know you guys were watching football instead of baseball this weekend. So I guess we both screwed up. Let’s call it a wash, OK?

  16. It was a bad weekend for appendicitis in major league baseball

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Andres Torres’ appendix attack* is far more consequential for our purposes, but the Giants’ outfielder wasn’t the only baseball person to go under the knife this weekend: Umpire Angel Campos underwent an emergency appendectomy after being scratched from the Cleveland Indians game on Saturday night. Campos was replaced on the crew Sunday for the Cleveland…

  17. Jeff Francoeur got a game-winning "hit" off Mariano Rivera

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    This went down in the wee wee hours of Sunday morning so a ton of people missed it, but Jeff Francoeur had a walkoff hit against Mariano Rivera. Hit-by-pitch, that is. The Rangers trailed 6-5 heading into the ninth and it was enter sandman. Rivera walked Vladimir Guerrero, who was replaced by pinch-runner Esteban German.…

  18. Another reason to hate Los Doyers

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Never heard of “Los Doyers?” Then read on, mi amigo.

  19. There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2010

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    It was fun while it lasted, but the 2010 season will close, once again, with no triple crown winner.

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

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:29 AM EDT

    Why is there a picture of some football player here? Because opening weekend of the NFL is a fabulous time to bash football, especially on a baseball blog.

  21. David Ortiz: super agent

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi gives us some insight into the negotiating mind of David Ortiz. Big Papi on Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano: “That’s the one guy they have to make sure they keep — for the next year, the next five years,” Ortiz said. “You can’t get no better than that. I’m telling you right now,…

  22. Comment of the Day: Silicon Valley and the Oakland A's

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Earlier today I noted how Silicon Valley CEOs are getting on board the bring-the-A’s-to-San Jose train. I said that I thought this was a weird thing for tech company CEOs to be doing, inasmuch as it shows a boosterism — and an economic ignorance — that is usually reserved for politicians and  car dealers and…

  23. Johan Santana's recovery timetable: 24 weeks

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    So, Johan Santana is having major surgery. How major?  Injury expert Will Carroll is promising a writeup over at Baseball Prospectus on Monday, but he provided a link to an explanation of the rehab program for the surgery Santana is getting.  There’s a lot of jargon in there, but it’s pretty clear that the time…

  24. Must-click link: The tortured life of Eric Show

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Those of us who have even heard of Eric Show probably can only say a few things about him.  He pitched for the Padres in the 80s. He gave up Pete Rose’s 4,192nd hit. He was kind of a freaky John Birch Society guy.  He had serious substance abuse issues that led to his death.…

  25. Johan Santana to have season-ending surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    The Mets just announced that Johan Santana’s season is over: An MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan yesterday revealed that Mets pitcher Johan Santana has suffered a tear of the anterior capsule of the left shoulder.  The injury is located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the…

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