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Craig Calcaterra

  1. K-Rod is negotiating a plea deal

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Daily News is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez is in talks with prosecutors in hopes of reaching a plea agreement.  You’ll note that the Daily News refers to this as “copping a plea” because they like to make people they find distasteful sound like lowlifes. Given that K-Rod faces little if any jail time over…

  2. Doctober? Pfft! Get ready for OctLoweber!

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Was that convincing? Nah, didn’t think so. Sigh. I started thinking about tonight’s Braves-Giants game a few minutes ago. I want to talk myself into Atlanta coming out of the gate strong, but I’m having a hard time really getting on board. My thought process:  The good: Derek Lowe was 5-0 in September, with 29…

  3. Video: Cholly, Dusty on Halladay's no-hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    When Dusty said it was a game where you feel “almost helpless,” I was expecting him to correct himself and say. “Well, there was no ‘almost’ about it.”

  4. Dioner Navarro is not a team player

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Dinoer Navarro was left off the postseason roster. That happens. Most guys who get left off the postseason roster either remain with the team or, at the very least, retire to the spring training complex to stay in shape in case they’re needed. Someone may get injured, after all, and you could get…

  5. Jack Morris needs to rethink his postgame comments too

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Dave Brown at Yahoo! caught former Tigers/Twins/Jays ace Jack Morris saying something after last night’s Twins-Yankees game that, in addition to being dumb, was pretty damn hypocritical too. He’s talking about Francisco Liriano here: “The good guys never let it slip away, and he let it slip away.” As Dave notes, Morris isn’t one to…

  6. Orlando Cabrera needs to rethink his postgame comments

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    After yesterday’s Phillies-Reds game, Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera really stepped in it. His comments regarding Roy Halladay’s no-no: “He and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance.” Such sour grapes are unbecoming even if the strikezone was wonky, but they’re especially bad when they’re demonstrably false. Click…

  7. What They're Saying About Roy Halladay's No-Hitter

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I could have posted hundreds of people going “Whoa . . .dude . . .” Fifty of them would have been me at around 7:30 last night. But I decided to find some more interesting reactions.

  8. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Some years, Day One of the playoffs just slips by uneventfully. This was not one of those years.

  9. HBT Daily: Talkin' Braves-Giants

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Our last division series preview is the hardest one: predicting doom for the good, righteous and honorable Atlanta Braves.

  10. The Marlins expect to have a manager in place in two weeks

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, who says that the Feesh are in the process of shoring up their slate of contenders. Among the possibilities: Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter, Tony Pena, Ted Simmons, Tim Wallach and, of course, current manager Edwin Rodriguez. A couple of observations: Within “a couple of weeks” is…

  11. Rangers 5, Rays 1: so how screwed are the Rays?

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    It’s only one game, Rays fans. It’s not that big of a deal. Or is it?

  12. Quote of the Day: The Rays Radio Guy

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    So I’m watching the Rangers-Rays game through, oh, the seventh inning, when the front door opens up and my kids walk in, fresh off the school bus. I don’t know if there’s anything more jacked up with energy than kids who have been yelling at each other and eating candy for the last half hour. …

  13. HBT Daily: Talkin' Yankees-Twins

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Those who put too much weight on it are doomed to poorly analyze a Twins-Yankees series.

  14. The Mariners are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee and the Rangers are now up 5-0 on the Rays in the sixth and the game is starting to lull me to sleep. Speaking of lulling fans to sleep, John Hickey of FanHouse reports that the Mariners would be interested in talking to the Red Sox about Daisuke Matsuzaka if they were to…

  15. OK, this is getting silly: Molina with a dinger; David Price is getting rocked

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Bengie Molina hadn’t hit a home run since the middle of July, but he just went deep off David Price. That, combined with his earlier RBI single, Francoeur’s double and a Nelson Cruz moon-shot homer makes it 4-0 Rangers entering the 5th. David Price has not had many outings like this. In fact, Price has…

  16. Francoeur, Molina begin the playoff scoring. Just as you expected

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    For those of you stuck at work, please know that Jeff Francoeur doubled in the first run of the postseason and then Bengie Molina promptly drove in Francoeur. Off David Price, one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. It’s 2-0 as we head into the bottom of the second. The lesson here: all…

  17. HBT Daily: Talkin' Reds-Phillies

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    “In Dusty I trust.” But that doesn’t stop me from pickin’ the Phillies anyway.

  18. Hold your fire: the Rays have sold out Games 1 and 2

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    I just tuned into the Rays-Rangers game and the first thing that announcer Don Orsillo said was that the Rays have sold out Games 1 and 2 of the Division series. So, there goes a whole week’s worth of “why can’t the Rays draw” complaints.  They can draw when the games matter. In other news,…

  19. Juan Samuel is a hot managerial prospect for some reason

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    I know there are a lot of things that go into building a manager’s reputation that none of us see: friendships, conversations on the field before games and all manner of things that go on when baseball isn’t actually being played. But I still have a hard time seeing why Juan Samuel would, as Jeff…

  20. False Alarm: Bob Brenly NOT close to agreeing to be the Brewers next manager

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  The skepticism was warranted. Brewers GM Doug Melvin just shots down the Brenly rumor, saying “Unless somebody else has been doing the hiring process, that’s not true.” 11:30: A.M.  I slapped the “rumor” tag on the headline because if we were tallying “rumors that ended up being totally wrong” by media sector, radio guys…

  21. Harper: the Mets' biggest problem isn't talent. It's a "lack of toughness"

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    What was the problem with the Mets this year?  The rotation? The pen? The injuries? Nah, according to John Harper of the Daily News it was all about character. Or the lack thereof: Let’s start with toughness, the one intangible the Mets have lacked most in recent years . . . Not that retaliating or…

  22. Must-click link: The 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    My friends at The Platoon Advantage have a fun post today: counting down the 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams. I was somewhat shocked but quite pleased to see Lonnie Smith’s 1989 season with a putrid Braves team so high on the list. I loved that season. I loved the 1988 Braves season…

  23. NLDS Preview: Braves vs. Giants

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    When you watch a game, you can root with all your heart. When you preview a series, you gotta go with your head. My head and my heart tell me two different things when it comes to the Braves vs. the Giants.

  24. How much "action" is there during a baseball game

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    More than the folks at the Wall Street Journal think, that I can tell you.

  25. In case you were wondering about the weather

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    My dad worked for the National Weather Service for nearly 40 years. This morning I asked him about the playoff weather. He said “How the hell should I know? I’m retired. You’re Mr. Internet. Why don’t YOU look it up?”

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