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Craig Calcaterra

  1. More bench coach news: Alan Trammell to get the gig in Arizona

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    I think we’re going to go with nothing but bench coach news until the game starts tonight. Ya with me?  From Arizona: Former Tigers manager Alan Trammell, who has been the Cubs bench coach the past four seasons, is said to be a leading candidate to become the bench coach. Trammell had that one shot…

  2. Bryce Harper debuts in the Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    Super prospect Bryce Harper made his professional debut in Scottsdale last night. The results: interesting. According to Keith Law, he was 1 for 4, with one of those outs being a ridiculously high fly ball. The hit was a double that was scorched. He apparently put on a show in batting practice. The raw power…

  3. Trey Hillman is probably going to become the Dodgers bench coach

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Trey Hillman OK

    At some point, some intrepid journalist is going to write the definitive story about what, exactly, bench coaches do. Because I really don’t know. I mean, Don Zimmer was the first one I even remember anyone talking about, and the best I could tell was that he was used by the Yankees to remind the…

  4. No, Sandy Alderson is not too old for the Mets job

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Matthew Artus of the Star-Ledger is a bit concerned about the guy the Mets will presumably hire as their next GM: Should the Mets coerce Alderson to become the Answer to all the questions left behind by Omar Minaya, they would also make him the oldest General Manager in the game by 4 years .…

  5. So, what are the Phillies up against?

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    Philly is down 3-1.  Phillies writer Todd Zolecki put that in perspective after the game last night by noting that six teams have overcome 3-1 deficits in the LCS since it went to seven games in 1985: The 1985 Royals, 1986 Red Sox, 1996 Braves, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox and 2007 Red Sox. ESPN’s…

  6. And That Happened: LCS edition

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Giants 6, Phillies 5: Buster. Posey. Just a 4 for 5 night with a key defensive play behind the plate. Thank God he fixed all of those shortcomings that kept him in the minors back in April and May. Juan Uribe had a walkoff sac fly. Thank God his wrist was well enough to play. …

  7. The Yankee crowd is . . . less than enthusiastic

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Watching the beginning of this Rangers-Yankees game, and (a) the crowd is a bit sparse by Yankee Stadium standards; and (b) they seem less than enthused. At least to the extent you can tell such a thing from 40,000+ people. I guess I get that people are a bit freaked. And I can see a…

  8. The Yankees shouldn’t count on signing Cliff Lee

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Not if Chuck Greenberg has anything to say about it. Which he did a few minutes ago, when he told writers at the Rangers-Yankees game that Texas is prepared to bid competitively for Cliff Lee this winter. His words: “we’re not going into it with a peashooter.” The Rangers just signed a big TV deal.…

  9. It may be the last day for baseball fans to care about the FOX-Cablevision dispute

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    old TV

    In case you’re curious, the transmission rights battle between FOX and Cablevision is still raging, with no end in sight. As we’ve discussed before, the dispute means that Cablevision subscribers in New York and Philiadelphia are unable to watch FOX. Which means, unless a resolution is reached, no World Series. Know what? This seemed like…

  10. Fans needlessly waste beer at Yankees game

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    More fan stuff. This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.

  11. The Pirates are number one!

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Pirates come out on top in at least one very, very important measure of a baseball franchise’s organizational health. And the Yankees’ middling ranking? Clearly Joe Girardi’s fault. If he’d get his head out of his binder and go with his gut for once, things like these wouldn’t be happening. (via Bucs dugout)

  12. Ryne Sandberg is welcome to continue managing the Iowa Cubs. This is news to Ryne Sandberg.

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    Cubs GM Jim Hendry told David Kaplan of Chicago Now that Ryne Sandberg is welcome to return to the organization as the manager at Class AAA Iowa. Ryne Sandberg tells David Kaplan of Chicago Now that this is the first he’s ever heard of this. Awwwk-ward! Of course, since he’s been stepped over, Fredo-style, this…

  13. HBT Daily Bonus: Is Cholly making a mistake going with Blanton?

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Two games, two editions of HBT Daily. Would have been three, but the hot water heater in my basement kicked on during the third taping, so we decided to chuck it.

  14. The Red Sox want to bring the right field fence in by nine feet

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Image (1) fenway_park_bullpen.jpg for post 156

    Those Red Sox. Always soooo envious of the Yankees. Now they’re totally copying the whole short porch thing: The team is seeking approval from the Boston Landmarks Commission to widen Fenway Park’s bullpen by about 9 feet – a double-edged alteration that should make hitting home runs to right field that much easier. The change…

  15. Poll: What was Joe Girardi’s biggest mistake last night

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi, Boone Logan

    There isn’t much disagreement that Joe Girardi screwed something up last night. People just can’t agree on what the biggest screwup was. I’m partial to “stuck with A.J. too long,” but others think the intentional walk was the biggest problem. Others still smart over the fact that Sabathia wasn’t starting on short rest. No one…

  16. HBT Daily: The “oh noes! The Yankees are screwed” edition

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Tiffany asks whether the Yankees are in trouble, really in trouble or totally screwed.

  17. San Jose Mercury News writer kicks the Philly fan hornet’s nest

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Phillies fan taser

    There’s been a lot of talk about fan behavior in these parts over the past couple of days. It’s probably gettin’ played out. Oh, if something happens during the games today we’ll certainly comment on it, but the generalizing about various fan bases is a subject that, however interesting it is, gets old after a…

  18. The Yankees have hope: they just need to get the series back to Texas

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    The Yankees certainly have their backs up against the wall. A 14.6 % chance of winning the series if you believe Rational Pastime. And to do that they have to channel their inner-2004 Boston Red Sox, and that may be simply unpalatable for them. Tough break, ya know? But hey, maybe their chances are a…

  19. This is kind of scary: that fan from Game 3 was going after A-Rod

    Oct 20, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    While most fans who run on the field during ballgames are either drunk, attention whores or both, it seems like the one who jumped on the field at Yankee Stadium during Game 3 was a different kettle of fish: he was nuts. And likely dangerous. According to the New York Post, the fan, Grim LeRogue…

  20. Mark Teixeira’s season is over

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    It was painful to watch. And it was downright inspirational to see him do his best to make it to first base. But as he was crumbling towards the bag, I couldn’t help but feel for the guy. As soon as the trainers came out it seemed clear that Mark Teixeira’s game was over. As…

  21. Was Robinson Cano’s homer a case of fan interference?

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers fielder Nelson Cruz (lower) tries to catch a Yankees Robinson Cano hit into the stands which was ruled a home run in the second inning during Game 4 of their Major League League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    I’m going to admit up front that I’m flummoxed. I’ve gone back and forth on this thing two or three times now. In real time, Robinson Cano’s homer to right in the second appeared to be a case of fan interference, with those awesome, awesome fans in the front row slapping Nelson Cruz’s glove. When…

  22. Rangers 10, Yankees 3: An ugly night in the Bronx has the Yankees on the ropes

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:13 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    On an objective level there have been worse losses in recent Yankees history. They’ve been blown out. They’ve lost big games. Bad things have occurred to even this most historically blessed team.  But I can’t recall an uglier night, all around, than what we witnessed tonight. Among the lowlights: Tommy Hunter was quite hittable, but…

  23. Breaking: Pete Rose is sorry

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Rose horizontal

    Pete Rose pops up every couple of months to say this, and far be it from me to ignore it when he says it again: “I think anybody that knows me knows that I’m very sorry. I understand the mistakes I made. There’s some people that will never give you a second opportunity. That’s fine.…

  24. Barry Bonds returns to AT&T Park; fans cheer, media grumbles

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds first pitch NLCS

    Barry Bonds just ran out onto the field before the Phillies-Giants game, where he and other past Giants stars threw out the first pitch.  When he appeared: a loud ovation from the crowd.  I looked to the Twitter feed and this is what I see from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times: SF Giants make…

  25. Fenway Park is going to be rotten with video boards next year

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    fenway

    The Red Sox announced their latest — and I believe last — round of improvements to Fenway Park.  I’ve not been there, but I’m told that it’s been a pretty good project, overall. The park is getting nice upgrades. It’s a lot nicer and cleaner and more fan friendly than it used to be. But…

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