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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Reader Dissent: Craig, you don't know jack about walk rates

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if this reader is right about me being wrong, but it sounds good enough to post. Maybe some of you can parse this better than me.

  2. Cliff Lee has posted the lowest walk rate in 77 years

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks. From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per…

  3. Comment: why a challenge system for replay would be terrible

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there.  But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning: The first time LaRussa or some…

  4. So, what are the Phillies going to do against the Braves this weekend?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    The Phillies have nothing to play for this weekend. Will the Braves benefit because of it?

  5. The Rays might start David Price on Saturday

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rays manager Joe Maddon said there’s a chance David Price will start Saturday against the Royals. I would presume that such a start would be more akin to a regular between-starts throwing session for Price, what with him almost certainly being the Game 1 starter in the ALDS on Wednesday.  Give him, what, 45-50 pitches? …

  6. What is it with dads snagging foul balls while holding babies?

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    To follow up on yesterday’s video from the Tribe game, here’s video of a guy grabbing a foul ball while holding a baby at yesterday’s Snakes-Giants game. He really ought to have his child taken away from him, though. Not because of the danger posed while going after a baseball near the rail of a…

  7. Rosenthal righteously rips Selig over replay

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Here’s FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, getting it absolutely right on replay: Baseball, due to its refusal to expand instant replay, is headed for more controversy this postseason. And the sport’s powers-that-be, led by commissioner Bud Selig, have no one but themselves to blame. This is the 21st century. The technology is available to correct calls, and…

  8. FOX to use flyover cams in the playoffs

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    I’m normally against innovations from the land of football infecting the wonderfulness that is baseball, but this could be kind of neat.

  9. Breaking down the NL playoff picture

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Short version: for the Padres, it will take something just short of a miracle to make the playoffs.

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

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

    The Giants clinch no worse than a tie in the NL West. The Padres? They’re on life support.

  11. Must-click link: Ted Berg will not stop playing baseball, thank you

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Ted Berg is a friend of HardballTalk. He reads it and links it from time to time over at his Mets (and other New York sports)-focused blog, Tedquarters. He is a witty chap on Twitter, and really, if you can make me laugh on Twitter a couple of times a day you’re going to be…

  12. Buster Posey may have just won the rookie of the year award

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I have the Giants-Dbacks game on and, just a minute ago, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer to extend the Giants’ lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth. A Giants victory today will force the Padres to sweep them this weekend if they want to win the west. In San Francisco. Seems like…

  13. From the department of wishful thinking

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jim Edmonds is “hopeful” that he’ll be able to play in the playoffs. This seems like a big stretch to me.  While what was thought to have been a torn Achilles tendon turned out to not be all that bad, Edmonds is clearly limited and clearly gimpy.…

  14. Padres veteran: Latos' comments "just not smart"

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mat Latos’ comments yesterday about how awful and unfair it was that the Giants go out and acquire players in the middle of the season didn’t go over very well around these parts.  They also didn’t go over very well with his own teammates, it seems. Dan Hayes, who covers the Padres for the North…

  15. MLBPA and MLB agree on new free agency rules

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    The MLBPA and Major League Baseball have been snipping at each other for a couple of years now over free agency. A lot of guys have signed late — some even after camp has started — and some have muttered about collusion and the like. To resolve this, the union and the league sat down…

  16. A sixteen-team playoff is silly, but that doesn't stop this guy from writing about it

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    I love America and everything, and free speech is a fabulous concept, but the problem with it is that, because of its pesky guarantees, the police can’t come and drag people who write stuff like this into a dank cell and let them spend their final years someplace where they can’t bother anyone: In their…

  17. Mark Buehrle may retire after 2011

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle told Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune that he could retire after the 2011 season: “As I sit here now, I’d love to just go home and be with the family and kids and go from there. But when next year gets here, at this time, it could be a tough decision, knowing…

  18. Rafael Soriano hires Scott Boras

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rafael Soriano has hired Scott Boras as his agent. It was probably a forgone conclusion that Soriano was going to leave via free agency anyway, but this likely seals it, seeing as though guys don’t usually hire Boras to negotiate their creative, incentive-laden, keep-me-with-my-current-team deals. The…

  19. HBT Daily: In praise of bald men who want the Braves to win

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about Brooks Conrad, the NL Cy Young and the AL Rookie of the Year.

  20. The McCourt trial: my gut is that Jamie is going to win, even if she shouldn't

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The McCourt trial ended yesterday, with closing statements offered by the attorneys. Lots of different attorneys, according to the L.A. Times summary. Each side had, like, three people making arguments. What was this, a tag team match?  I understand multiple lawyers taking stabs at different parts of closing if it’s a complicated case, but this…

  21. Report: Dusty Baker to sign a three-year extension with the Reds

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Reds and Dusty Baker are really close to signing a three-year extension to keep Baker on as manager. All that’s left, McCoy says, is” dotting I’s and crossing T’s.”  Jeez, I know the Reds do things on a budget, but you’d think they’d at…

  22. Why is home field advantage no big advantage?

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    You’d think that having the home field advantage would help you in the playoffs. It really doesn’t do all that much for you. Why?

  23. Poll: Who should win the American League Cy Young Award?

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    I and the other members of the HBT gang have offered our opinions about the AL Cy Young Award more times than we can count. Now it’s your turn.

  24. Hideki Matsui would listen if the A's called

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hiedki Matsui isn’t having a fabulous year, but it hasn’t been terrible either: .272/.361/.454 with 20 homers.  He’ll likely want to play again in 2011, and I’m guessing some teams may be willing to give him a look. One team he talked about yesterday was the Athletics, who he tells Susan Slusser, might be a…

  25. Video: Man catches foul ball with a baby in his arms

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    This is nice and all, but I know a guy who is probably caught hell from the missus when he got home.

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