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Craig Calcaterra

  1. It has come to this: the Giants have a rally thong

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    While the Padres have been a good story, I’ve been rather agnostic on the NL West race this year. The games just end too late for me so I can’t get into it the way I get into the east and central races.  That’s probably going to change now that I know this, courtesy of…

  2. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Happy Labor Day, everyone. Why am I working today? Because this ain’t labor, my comrades. Hopefully most of you who do work, however, are getting a nice day off to recharge and reflect and stuff. In the meantime, here’s what went down over the weekend: Adam Wainwright: “I won’t lose again.”  This is the most…

  3. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon: "meh"

    Sep 6, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t exactly take responsibility for yesterday’s ninth inning meltdown.

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

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    “High Five, Mike Young! Oh, wait! Don’t! Don’t! Crap.”

  5. Hurricane Earl washes out tonight's Chicago-Boston game

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Freakin’ Manny. Quittin’ again . . . The game between the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox was postponed Friday because of the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Earl.The opener of the three-game series was rescheduled as the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. I’m wonderin’ how many baseball games have been…

  6. Johnny Cueto did not accompany the Reds to St. Louis

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch tweets that Reds starter Johnny Cueto did not travel with the team to St. Louis for this weekend’s series due to “a serious family issue.” Given how badly “serious family issues” can suck, I would hope for Cueto’s sake that this is really a smokescreen created in order to keep…

  7. Is baseball an inherently conservative sport?

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Is baseball a conservative sport? A liberal sport? The answer from this alleged commie pinko may surprise you.

  8. The luckiest fan in St. Petersburg

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    More weird quasi-baseball stuff as absolutely nothing continues to happen in baseball this afternoon. Rays fan Amelia Lamoscatella caught a Ben Zobrist foul ball off her face on Wednesday night. She was OK, and someone retrieved the ball for her. During the same at bat, Zobrist fouled another one to her, which she caught. Next…

  9. Ryan Klesko: outdoorsman

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today runs an editorial by former Brave Ryan Klesko — which was actually dictated to someone it seems — in which he talks about his love of hunting, fishing, surfing and buying thousands of acres of real estate: There is a lot of carryover…

  10. Eric Chavez has a "Brett Favre Rule"

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Actually, it’s more of an anti-Brett Favre rule. Susan Slusser of the Chron: Eric Chavez won’t be announcing his retirement today – he said he has his own personal “Brett Favre” rule and will wait until he’s been away at least two years before making any such decision official. Thank goodness. Now we will be…

  11. Chapman is awesome and everything, but are the radar guns juiced?

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    We’ve all been impressed with the Aroldis Chapman show recently. That 103.9 reading the other night was boffo, and it actually made that 105 reading from Louisville — which I had doubted but am maybe coming around to believe — seem more plausible. Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein has a great point, though: we should be…

  12. Morgan gets an eight game suspension for the Marlins brawl

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Heyman just tweeted it.*  Those eight games are in addition to the seven he got for his previous jackassery. As we learned a bit ago, his appeal will be heard next Friday. One would assume that appeals of both suspensions would be heard at the same time. Also suspended as a result of that game:…

  13. Nyjer Morgan's appeal pushed back; Pat Listach suspended

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan was supposed to have the appeal to his last suspension heard on Tuesday.  Bill Ladson is reporting that that Major League Baseball has bumped it back to next Friday, however. I guess the giant paddle with which they plan to spank him isn’t back from the woodworking shop yet. In other news, Morgan’s…

  14. The Irony of the McCourt case

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Yesterday on the witness stand, Frank McCourt repeated something he said Jamie McCourt would say over and over during their marriage: “You can make a billion. You can lose a billion. I don’t care. I just want my own nest egg.” This is supposed to be evidence that Jamie had no interest in the Dodgers…

  15. Jeff Wilpon visits Wally Backman

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    As Jerry Manuel continues to wonder what he’ll be doing next spring, Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that Jeff Wilpon — who, every time I think of him and his father, I think of these guys — went to a Brooklyn Cyclones game last night and met with Wally Backman in private. Martino…

  16. Great Moments in self-motivation: Matt Garza

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Baseball is better than football because, for the most part, players approach it like a job, not as if it were war or cockfighting or whatever. They try to do their best. They try to get better. With a few exceptions, however, they don’t generally get all rah-rah and imgonnakillyou about it.  One of those…

  17. Ryne Sandberg named PCL manager of the year

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Here’s one for the resume as the Cubs look for a new big league manager: Ryne Sandberg will be named Pacific Coast League manager of the year today, the Iowa Cubs confirmed Thursday. In Sandberg’s first season as Cubs manager, the team was a season-high 21 games over .500 entering Thursday’s contest at Albuquerque. The…

  18. The Brewers look poised to trade Prince Fielder this winter

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    That according to Jayson Stark, who says that rival clubs who have spoken to the Brewers think Fielder will be moved in the offseason. This is not terribly surprising. They have someone who — maybe — can fill in at first base.  They’re likely nowhere in the same universe with Fielder when it comes to…

  19. Nyjer Morgan continues to own the heel role

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The job of whoever is assigned to defend Nyjer Morgan at his disciplinary appeal just got a bit harder.

  20. Jerry Manuel wants to know if he's coming back

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    I missed this yesterday — Manny and Francoeur obsessions make you blind to any number of things — but apparently Jerry Manuel “would love to know” whether the Mets plan on bringing him back next season.  He’s not going to ask now, however, because he doesn’t want to become a distraction. Show of hands America:…

  21. Your absolutely gobsmacking statistic of the day: Derek Jeter division

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    I know Jeter is having a bad year at the plate. I looked at his stat line as recently as yesterday. Still, seeing his season characterized thusly is the kind of thing that makes your brain seize up and your jaw go slack: let the record show that on Sept. 2, 2010 Yuniesky Betancourt (95…

  22. We're still using "Moneyball" reference to bash the A's? Really?

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    When you read stuff like this from the Daily News’ Bill Madden, you have to ask yourself two questions: (1) At what point will columnists stop using a now seven year-old book as a hook to write about the A’s? and (2) would Billy Beane have been better off if he had never provided Michael…

  23. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    The Phillies pick up a game on Atlanta and the Twins and Tigers play a wild one. Sadly, I missed all of it because I was watching football. Not that I’m proud of myself or anything.

  24. Dallas Braden leaves Yankees game early with cramps

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Well, at least this won’t give Yankees fans any reason to mock the brash young lad for his lack of manliness or toughness or whatnot: Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden has left his latest start because of heat-related cramps. Braden bent over after a pitch in the sixth inning Thursday at Yankee Stadium. He was…

  25. Is your name Earl? Then free Sea Dogs tickets!

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hurricane Earl may have caused $150 million in property damage thus far and left 180,000 people without power, but if your parents had the foresight to name you Earl, you can save as much as $8! The Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are offering free tickets to tomorrow night’s…

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