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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Mark DeRosa re-injures his wrist, likely out “for a while”

    May 19, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mark DeRosa left last night’s Giants-Dodgers game after tweaking his wrist while waiting for a pitch from Clayton Kershaw. He didn’t even swing at it, actually, just was digging in and cocking the bat in anticipation. He looked to be in some pretty obvious pain.  While the initial word was that he would be day-to-day,…

  2. Report: If Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone

    May 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Posada

    That’s the implication from Andrew Marchand’s story over at ESPN New York today, which says that the Yankees “will reconsider Jorge Posada‘s future with the team if his numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break.” I’m not sure how else you can read that other than to say that he’d be released if he’s not hitting…

  3. People asked me questions on Twitter, so I shall answer them

    May 19, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    The Question

    It’s Thursday, and that means I’m lazy! So here’s the latest defacto mailbag, courtesy of Twitter, because who sends mail anymore?

  4. Kyle Kendrick’s World Series ring found in a swamp

    May 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    You may recall that some people broke into Kyle Kendrick‘s Washington home during spring training and that, among other things, the jerks stole his World Series ring.  Well, the cops found it: it was hidden in a swamp, and they were led to it by someone who apparently (a) was not part of the robbery;…

  5. Will Jim Crane have trouble with Major League Baseball over old discrimination complaints?

    May 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has a story this morning about the owner-in-waiting of the Houston Astros, Jim Crane, and a history of discrimination complaints with the EEOC against Crane’s company, Eagle Global Logistics: Eagle, run by a former college pitcher named Jim Crane, had failed to promote blacks, Hispanics and women into…

  6. The Pittsburgh Pirates lack a sense of humor; oppose cheap beer

    May 19, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    generic beer

    Great moments in public relations. There’s a bar in Pittsburgh called The Stroll Inn, and the other day they launched a promotion that said “If the Pirates lose, you win” and offered a discount of a nickel on a pitcher of beer after every Pirates loss. Funny! But not to the Pirates. Apparently a couple of Pirates…

  7. Cancer and the Kansas City Royals

    May 19, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Cancer cells

    Bob Tufts is a longtime reader of this blog (and my old blog), as well as an email and Twitter correspondent and fellow Primate over at Baseball Think Factory. He also happens to be a former major leaguer who played for the Kansas City Royals. He also has been undergoing cancer treatment for a long…

  8. Jamie McCourt is going to demand that the Dodgers be sold

    May 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Jamie McCourt

    Major League Baseball hasn’t been all that crazy about Jamie McCourt these past couple of years, but I bet they love her now. Why? Because she’s going to demand that the court overseeing the McCourt divorce order the immediate sale of the Dodgers.  If the court agrees it could save Major League Baseball from having…

  9. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    May 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    Stuff you missed last night while arguing on the Internet about how it wasn’t a good idea to bring the best closer in baseball history into the game in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 19, 2011, 6:03 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    I went to the optometrist’s office yesterday for an eye exam. They gave me the eye drops. And they were worse than usual. In addition to causing my pupils to dilate and my vision to blur, they somehow caused me to be transported back in time to 1968 when no one could score any damn…

  11. PETA ranks the veg-friendly food at major league ballparks. And I tell a story.

    May 18, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Steak

    The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released their annual list of the top-10 vegetarian friendly ballparks.  I was surprised to read that last year’s winner was Philadelphia which, as Old Gator likes to remind us, is known for cheesesteak sandwiches. But they’re number two now. The winner: San Francisco, which is much…

  12. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Yankees with Jay Jaffe

    May 18, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Easily the best mustache we’ve had on HBT Daily. By far.

  13. Bonds hearing delayed

    May 18, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    There was supposed to be a hearing in the Barry Bonds case on Friday during which the defense would make post-trial motions and the prosecutors would announce whether they were going to re-try Bonds.  The sides have agreed to postpone the hearing until June 17th, however, citing the need for more preparation, thought, contemplation and…

  14. Are clubs jumping the gun on rainouts?

    May 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mets Braves Baseball

    Yesterday I observed that the Washington-Pittsburgh rainout seemed a bit hasty. You know, what with there being no rain in Washington yesterday and everything. Same went for the Mets-Marlins game last night which, it seems anyway, could have been played. I’m not the only one noticing. The USA Today notes that  “preemptive postponements” seem to be…

  15. The Phillies schedule isn’t helping them at the moment

    May 18, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    A factoid from Buster Olney’s column this morning: The Phillies had one of the easiest schedules in the majors in their first 30 games, playing only seven games against teams that had records over .500 — and they did a great job taking advantage, starting 21-9. Since their schedule got more difficult, they have struggled,…

  16. Albert Pujols: 22 games without a home run

    May 18, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Something I had not realized was going on until I read Derrick Goold’s column this morning: Albert Pujols has now gone 22 games without a home run. I’m not going to panic about it because of any current slumping star, I figure Pujols is the most likely to rebound and the most likely to do…

  17. Do not mess with Carlos Santana’s arm

    May 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Santana_Carlos

    In the event you think that Indians catcher Carlos Santana is all bat, feast your eyes on what he does to napping runners hanging out down in no-man’s land at second base. There is just something, I dunno, dominating about a catcher throwing out a base runner like that. Not on steals — that’s a…

  18. Dodgers increase reward in the Bryan Stow case

    May 18, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    There has been a $100,000+ reward for information leading to the capture of the men who beat Bryan Stow outside of Dodger Stadium opening weekend. It has bore no fruit thus far, so the Dodgers have raised it by another $100,000. It’s highly frustrating that no one has been arrested yet, but the fact of…

  19. Jim Leyland blasts interleague play

    May 18, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    jim leyland

    Jim Leyland’s Tigers begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday, and he’s not at all happy about it or interleague play in general: The appeal of interleague play, Leyland said, “has worn off for me. It was a brilliant idea to start with, but it has run its course.” He knows that higher-ups, such as…

  20. Armando Galarraga designated for assignment in somewhat amusing fashion

    May 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    This actually happened. Well, the first line and the third line are paraphrasing, but the line attributed to Galarraga is what he actually said on Monday. Reporter: Hey Armando Galarraga, about that next possible start … Armando Galarraga: “What are you talking about? What are talking about my next start, huh? What are you saying…

  21. Jorge Posada’s rift with Joe Girardi goes back years

    May 18, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Girardi Posada

    That’s the report from Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, who says that there has been a significant rift between Jorge Posada and Joe Girardi going back to Girardi’s stint as a Yankees bench coach in 2005. Back then, Feinsand’s sources tell him, Posada and Girardi clashed when Posada ignored Girardi’s scouting reports of other…

  22. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 18, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Yankees 6, Rays 2: Wait, I thought the Yankees’ season was over and everything was doomed, so how does this happen? Two homers for A-Rod, and a two-for-three night for Jorge Posada, who will probably now stick in the seventh spot in the order for a while because, hey, no drama. But since apocalypses apparently…

  23. Quote of the Day: Charles Barkley on gay professional athletes

    May 17, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

    Charles Barkley

    This isn’t baseball-specific, but since we’ve talked about this stuff before, I think the quote is fair game.  Here’s Charles Barkley talking in this morning’s Washington Post about how professional athletes would — or at the very least should — receive a gay athlete on their team: “First of all, every player has played with…

  24. Brian McCann ties it, wins it with home runs

    May 17, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Atlanta Braves

    What a day for Brian McCann. On an afternoon when neither the Braves nor the Astros seemed too enthused about scoring runs, McCann took the game into his own hands, hitting a solo shot with two out in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings and then, a few minutes ago,…

  25. An unnecessary rainout in Washington today

    May 17, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Sunny Skies

    The Pirates and Nationals were supposed to play the second game of their two-game series this afternoon with a 1pm start.  Except someone looked at the forecast, saw a chance for thunderstorms — a good chance, to be fair — and cancelled the game.  Cancelled early, too, as the postponement came down before 10AM. And,…

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