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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Angels release Brian Stokes

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    You may recall that last winter the Mets got a lot of grief for trading Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr. The conventional wisdom at the time was “no matter how much salary the Angels are eating on Matthews, why on Earth would New York give up a serviceable arm like Stokes?“ Yeah, well, whoever…

  2. Dbacks' president likes Kirk Gibson, covets Kevin Towers

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price says that Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall likes interim manager Kirk Gibson and is a big fan of former Padres GM Kevin Towers for the Arizona Diamondbacks job. How does that work, exactly? Isn’t it normally the case that new GMs like to bring in their own guy to manage a team?  We’ve…

  3. There are still many reasons to watch the Mets

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    I mean reasons that are different than the ones that make you want to look at accident scenes and the “Faces of Death” movies.  James Kannengeiser lists them over at Amazing Avenue today. My favorite: the spoiler potential, as the Mets have six games left with the Phillies and three with the Braves.  I’m genuinely…

  4. You'll be shocked to learn that Kris Benson's season is over

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    I figured that the day would bottom out with Jay Payton transaction news and improve from there, but I guess I was wrong: Kris Benson sighting! He was sighted (figuratively) putting all his stuff in a bag and going back home to be with Anna and do whatever it is they do all winter. Put…

  5. The Rockies call up Jay Payton

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Hell, they’ve already got Melvin Mora on the team, so why not call up Jay Payton? For Payton, 37, who has spent parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues, this season has been about making peace with himself and the game after injuries forced him to miss the 2009 season. “It’s a good feeling,…

  6. A graphical representation of changing AAA affiliations

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This morning’s thing about the Portland Beavers inspired a few of you wonder who will become the Padres’ AAA team next year. It inspired a few others to muse in general about the great musical chairs game that is the affiliation business. As if on cue, lar at Wezen-Ball created this fun graphic showing AAA…

  7. Managerial chaos! Ok, maybe not, but it's fun to consider

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price has a profile of Cito Gaston today that’s interesting in and of itself, but he ends the piece with a fun little musing about an unlikely but delicious series of managerial moves this winter: Joe Torre leaves the Dodgers as they look for ways to cut costs; Dusty Baker, dissatisfied with the…

  8. The Wrigley rooftop business is bad these days

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Apparently the down economy and crappy 2010 Cubs team is really taking a bite out of the business of those who operate the rooftop venues outside of Wrigley Field. Many of the businesses are hurting — corporate bookings are way down — and some of the properties have fallen into foreclosure. The last time I…

  9. The Red Sox are poised to pick up David Ortiz's extension

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are prepared to pick up David Ortiz’s $12 million 2011 extension. That according to “a major league source well acquainted with the Sox’s thinking.” In other news, we probably need to have a summit meeting about the best way to label anonymous sources in this…

  10. Portland hosts its last AAA game

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    The Beavers haven’t always played baseball in Portland. Minor league baseball took a few years off in the 70s. The team that came back in 1978 later moved to Salt Lake City, occasioning another break in AAA ball before the latest incarnation showed up.  But those few bumps aside, there has been a Pacific Coast…

  11. The Dodgers call up 15-year minor leaguer John Lindsey

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    The Tigers and Braves got a lot of good press when they called up, respectively, Max St. Pierre and J.C. Boscan last week after each of them had spent 14 years in the minors. Well, the Dodgers did them one better yesterday, calling up fifteen year minor league veteran John Lindsey. Lindsey may be a…

  12. The Padres finally win a game

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    And not only do they win a game: they debunk a conspiracy theory!

  13. While you were grilling, we were blogging. Here's what you missed

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    And a few introductory words about why I’m a little worried about some of you.

  14. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Though hands of steel and heart of stone, our Labor Day has come and gone. But at least there was a boatload of baseball to get us though it.

  15. No one wants to win the NL East

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    The Phillies have slowly — very slowly — closed the gap between themselves and the Braves over the past month or so, but most of the time it seems like the Braves and Phillies either both win or both lose most days. Today: the Phillies got rocked by the Marlins, with Adalberto Mendez limiting them…

  16. Blue Jays fan assaulted by Jackie Robinson's "b"

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    This doesn’t happen every day: A fan at the Toronto Blue Jays’ game was OK on Monday after being struck in the right shoulder by a tumbling, metal “B” from a sign honoring Jackie Robinson. Could have been worse. While the Jays haven’t retired any numbers besides Robinson’s, they do have something called the “Level…

  17. Tony La Russa tries to defuse the Colby Rasmus situation

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa did his best today to defuse the budding controversy surrounding Colby Rasmus and his future with the team, telling the Post-Dispatch that to say the situation has devolved to an “either Rasmus goes or La Russa goes” state it all wrong and overstates the situation. Which I agree, it states the matter…

  18. Source: Jayson Werth may soon sign with Scott Boras

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    On Friday, Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Jayson Werth has parted ways with agent Jeff Borris.  Werth was cagey about it when asked over the weekend, denying that he has left Borris and Beverly Hills Sports council.  That’s likely a matter of semantics, however, because Crasnick’s source says Werth is “shopping” for new representation. I’m hearing…

  19. Arolids Chapman's hands are too big to throw a changeup. Wha?

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is one I’ve never heard before. Ken Rosenthal spoke with Reds’ AAA pitching coach Ted “Tower of” Power, who says that Arolids Champan may need to figure out how to throw an offspeed pitch that isn’t a changeup because his hands are too big to effectively grip one. For now he’s using his slider…

  20. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Gosh, I hope everyone below number four in last week’s rankings was holding on tight, because the Padres could have easily knocked them off the ladder as they plummeted. 1. Yankees (2): Winning eight in a row helps the Bombers take control of the Power Rankings for now, but they have seven games with the…

  21. Judge smacks Signature Pharmacy prosecutor

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    You might recall Signature Pharmacy, the mail order drug store that was portrayed as steroid and HGH central back in 2007. In 2008, the Albany, New York prosecutor’s office brought charges against Signature and its owners. This despite the fact that Signature was in Florida. The charges were subsequently dismissed. While I have no idea…

  22. Stay classy, Jeff Loria: The Marlins snub Bobby Cox

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Bobby Cox had a few sharp things to say about Jeff Loria back in June following the firing of Freddi Gonzalez. He called Loria “unpredictable,” said he likes to make changes for the sake of change and that, given how well Gonzalez had done as Marlins manager, Loria “doesn’t appreciate anything.” Just because Cox was…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.

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