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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Great Moments in ignoring history; being doomed to repeat it

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I don’t sense any sarcasm from Buster when he says this regarding the Dodgers’ plans: Heard this: The Dodgers think they will be able to add both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher before the July 31 deadline, making trades similar to those they’ve made in recent years when they surrendered a high-caliber prospect…

  2. Quote of the Day: some anonymous executive slams the Phillies

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Buster Olney quotes an anonymous executive on all the Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies hype: “They’ve got real holes over there, and I know they need a starting pitcher, but I think their lineup is as much of a problem now. If they got two Roy Oswalts, I’m not sure it would make a difference.” Ouch. I mean, I…

  3. Aramis Ramirez is on fire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    No one had a worse April and Maya than Aramis Ramirez has, but after taking most of June off on the DL, his July has been something else.  The Cubs’ third baseman is hitting .383/.406/.950 this month, with nine homers and 24 RBI. Last night was the jewel in this month’s crown, as Ramirez went…

  4. Video: Lou Piniella talks about his decision to retire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella spoke last night about his decision to retire (it’s “the age factor). I gotta say, this is the most focused and animated I’ve seen the guy for a couple of years. That it took announcing his retirement for that side of him to re-emerge in public means that it’s probably a good move…

  5. The Mets are imploding

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    The losses are bad enough — New York has dropped nine of twelve games and have gone from a half-game down on June 27th to 6.5 down as of this morning — but now the clubhouse is starting to get ugly: Alex Cora is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The…

  6. Could Jayson Werth end up with the Rays?

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    The Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies talk came pretty fast and furious last night, as did the attendant Jasyon-Werth trade chatter as well.  Lost in all of that was a series of tweets from Buster Olney who has heard that a possible landing spot for Werth could be Tampa Bay. Olney’s thinking is that moving Werth makes sense for…

  7. Don Mattingly goofs again while managing the Dodgers

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    For a guy who is supposedly Joe Torre’s heir apparent, Don Mattingly hasn’t exactly distinguished himself the couple of times he’s had the chance to manage.  You’ll recall that the Dodgers batted out of order the last time Mattingly was in charge. He blundered again last night. Both Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer…

  8. Bob Uecker to return on Friday

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Great news from Milwaukee:  Bob Uecker is going to be back in the booth for this Friday’s Brewers-Nationals game. You’ll recall that Uecker underwent heart surgery back in April. He was supposed to miss 12 weeks, so he’s right on schedule and — quite apparently — is recovering nicely. Uecker is one of the best…

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT

    Year of the pitcher my butt. Runs came by the bushel last night.

  10. Why is St. Petersburg bothering to placate the Rays?

    Jul 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    I fully acknowledge that the Rays’ stadium situation is terrible, but I don’t get this at all.  Last month, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said that St. Petersburg is “not viable” as a home for the Rays, that he wanted to be in Tampa and, at the very least, wanted the entire region to woo his…

  11. The Angels are interested in Alberto Callaspo

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Angels are focusing on Royals’ third baseman Alberto Callaspo as the trade deadline approaches. Callaspo is an OK player and a fine citizen and all of that, but he’s certainly not the kind of bat the Angels need if they’re going to gain any ground on…

  12. Roy Oswalt drawing only limited interest

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That’s the world from Ken Rosenthal, who says that the Astros’ efforts to make a deal for Roy Oswalt are being thwarted by: Money. We knew this, of course. Oswalt is owed about $6 million more this season and $16 million in 2011; Oswalt: Rosenthal suggests that Oswalt is getting cute with his no-trade clause,…

  13. UPDATE: No discipline for Phil Cuzzi

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Yesterday we thought Phil Cuzzi was going to be called on the carpet. Today we learn that he’s getting a pat on the head and sent back to work. What a disgrace.

  14. Trade him? Nah, the Marlins are thinking about extending Dan Uggla's contract

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla has been a popular source of trade rumors lately, with writers alternatively saying that he’s going to get traded  or not. He’s the subject of rumors every summer it seems. Screw that, says MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The Feesh are thinking about extending him: While teams covet Uggla, the Marlins are not likely to…

  15. So who's the next Cubs manager?

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    The Cubs’ press release in which Sweet Lou calls it a career has him announcing his decision to retire now because “it gives Jim Hendry ample time to find the next manager and he doesn’t need to do so in secrecy.”  I take that as a license to speculate: Ryne Sandberg: That’s the name you’re…

  16. Marlon Byrd is still taking whatever Victor Conte gives him

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Would you trust the man behind BALCO to give you your vitamins every day?

  17. Jake Westbrook is going to be expensive

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Yesterday I mused that I’ve heard less chatter about Jake Westbrook than most other available starting pitchers. Seems there’s a good reason why. Take it away Ken Rosenthal: Westbrook will receive a $2 million bonus if traded, and his salary would increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million, according to a copy of his…

  18. Lou Piniella is going to retire at the end of the season

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Last week Jon Heyman reported that people with the Cubs anticipated that Lou Piniella was going to retire at the end of the season. Today Bill Madden reports it as not suspicion, but fact, and given that Madden and Piniella are said to be quite close, it presumably came straight from Piniella’s mouth (UPDATE:  The…

  19. HBT Daily: A matchup of aces, the Tigers gasp for air and some gratuitious Braves love

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Because one video a week of a pasty, lisping bald guy is not enough, we’re now going to give you five. You’re welcome.

  20. Guest post: Joe Tetreault's 164 lines about 82 All-Stars

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Congratulations to Joe Tetreault, winner of HBT’s Home Run Derby contest. The prize: a guest post on anything he wanted. And boy did he use up all the latitude we gave him on this one.

  21. Pitching porn tonight: Lincecum vs. Kershaw

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I’m probably going to be a bit drowsy tomorrow, because there’s a great pitching matchup tonight in Los Angeles: Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw. When you’re a junkie like me you just can’t miss that kind of thing. Lots of interesting stuff swirling around this one. The last start from each of these aces for…

  22. Lots of teams are interested in John Buck

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Blue Jays All-Star catcher John Buck is drawing a lot of interest, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, and Phillies all scouting last night’s Royals-Jays game.  Of course, take any reports based on scouting with a grain of salt, especially when teams who are perfectly set at…

  23. The Yankees want to buy into the Premier League? Sure. . .

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    There are many, many reasons to discount reports that the Yankees are interested in investing in the English Premier League. The man pictured to the left is the biggest among them.

  24. The Marlins are going to interview Ted Simmons for their managerial job

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    Tom Krasovic reports that the Marlins are not yet done jerking around managers and potential managers and thus will interview Padres’ bench coach Ted Simmons for the skipper gig after the season is over. Simmons has never managed full time before, but he has yo-yo’d all over major league organizational charts. He was the Pirates’…

  25. Derek Jeter is baseball's most marketable player

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    That according to SportsBusiness Daily, which surveyed oodles of sports business professionals. The list ended up breaking down thusly: 1. Derek Jeter2. Albert Pujols3. Joe Mauer4. Stephen Strasburg5. Ryan Howard6. Evan Longoria7. Tim Lincecum8. David Wright9. Alex Rodriguez10. Dustin Pedroia/Torii Hunter I’ll accept that list at face value, but I can’t help but think that…

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