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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Great moments in chutzpah: The Dodgers call MLB irresponsible in connection with stadium security

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    The Dodgers have gone months and months without having a head of security in place. No one is quite sure why. They just fired the last one and still haven’t gotten around to hiring a replacement. No biggie, though. I mean, it’s not like a fan was friggin’ beat almost to death in the Dodger…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 22, 2011, 5:43 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Dodgers 5, Braves 3: A gut punch of a game for the Braves. Having rallied back against Clayton Kershaw in the 9th — Mattingly, seriously, what was he still doing out there? — and having squandered their own opportunities in extra innings, they watch as Matt Kemp hits his second walkoff homer of the week. Given the…

  3. Baseball announces expanded pension benefits for players who retired between 1947 and 1980

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Retirement

    Prior to 1980, players were vested in baseball’s pension plan after completing at least four years of service time. Since the 1980 season, all players are vested after just one day of service in the majors (as your service time increases, you get greater benefits). Baseball and the MLBPA announced today that players who retired during…

  4. Selig: baseball “moving inexorably” toward a ten-team playoff

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    Selig hands up

    We’ve seen this coming for some time, but Bud Selig today said that baseball is “moving inexorably” toward an expanded playoff beginning with the 2012 season, and said that, while there are details to be worked out, it will likely be a ten-team affair. Specifically, he said “ten is a fair number.” This is a more…

  5. Bud Selig is not going to take Barry Bonds out of the record book

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    We’re all entitled to believe what we want to believe. There are people out there who insist that Roger Maris is still the single-season home run champ and Hank Aaron is still the all-time home run champ.  I hold no more of a grudge against people who think that stuff than I hold for someone who…

  6. That Richie Whitt guy isn’t backing off his stance on Colby Lewis witnessing the birth of his child

    Apr 21, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer isn’t backing down from his belief that Colby Lewis was wrong to leave the Rangers in order to be with his wife for the birth of his daughter. Indeed, he’s doubling down: Because, honestly, I don’t care if Lewis is a good dad. If I wanted to root for…

  7. Looking deeper at Luke Scott

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Luke Scott caused a stir back in December when, during an interview with Dave Brown of Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, his belief that President Obama wasn’t born in America came out into the open.  This piqued the interest of Amy K. Nelson of ESPN, who spent some time with Orioles’ outfielder Luke Scott this spring. Her…

  8. Looking back at previous league takeovers

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Montreal Expos

    This business with the Dodgers isn’t the first time Major League Baseball as taken over a team.  You all remember the Rangers’ thing last year. That wasn’t total control, of course, but it was something. More significant, however, were when the Expos in 2002 and the 1936 Boston Bees. The Boston Bees? Yep. Or as they…

  9. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Mets with Ted Berg

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Come for the Mets talk. Stay for the awesome pic of Ted’s mustache.

  10. The percentage of U.S.-born blacks in baseball drops again

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jackie Robinson sliding

    In what has become an annual tradition — usually on Jackie Robinson Day, but a few days later this year — the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports has counted the beans and announced that, once again, the percentage of black ballplayers is lower than it has been in years: The…

  11. The right field foul pole in Petco Park is now a golf club

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Petco foul pole

    While I’m sort of blah on the idea of advertising taking up every available inch in ballparks these days, I realize why that’s the case and that there’s not a heck of a lot that can be done about it. So hey, if it’s going to happen anyway, we may as try to have fun…

  12. The anti-Franklin? Rick Ankiel thanks the fans of St. Louis

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ankiel Ad

    Ryan Franklin may be on the outs with the fans of St. Louis, but a former Cardinal — Rick Ankiel — is in warm fuzzy land. In town as an opposing player for the first time, Ankiel took out a full-page ad in the sports section of the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, thanking Cardinals fans for…

  13. On second thought, Frank McCourt may be ready to fight Bud Selig like there’s no tomorrow

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    “We need more people like Frank McCourt.” You will not be at all surprised to learn that that is the assessment of Frank McCourt’s newest employee, Steve Soboroff, who was hired as the Dodgers’ Vice Chairman on Tuesday. Soboroff was hired in order to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order, but based…

  14. Deep Thought: remember when Frank McCourt tried to buy the Red Sox?

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fenway

    Frank McCourt’s turmoil has contributed to a state of affairs in which a team that should have a tremendous financial advantage over all of its competitors has basically punted that advantage. Given their attendance, market size and revenue — as cash cow regional sports network would make perfect sense for them — the Dodgers truly could…

  15. Jered Weaver continues to mow ’em down

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Angels starting pitcher Weaver tips his cap to center fielder Bourjos during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Given his early season dominance, I had made a mental note to keep a close eye on Jered Weaver. So of course I kicked myself when I realized that I had missed his start against the Rangers last night. And it was kick-worthy: Weaver gave up only one run on six hits while striking out eight…

  16. Bartolo Colon is delivering for the Yankees

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    I laughed when the Yankees signed Bartolo Colon. A lot of people did. I figured that he’d come to camp, not make the team, get assigned to extended spring training in Tampa and — as he has done a couple of times in recent years — decide that he’d prefer to be back home doing…

  17. R.A. Dickey wants the Mets to get real with themselves

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey spoke after the Mets lost to the Astros last night. And if there are any illusions about why this guy seems so likable, they’re put to rest when he says decidedly non-platitudey things like this: “We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are.…

  18. Frank and Jamie McCourt respond to the MLB takeover in expected fashion

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Ever since the Dodgers’ financial turmoil was made public, Frank McCourt has seemed to be in denial. When criticized over the team’s sordid  affairs, his response has been to assert that there is no problem whatsoever. Jamie McCourt, in contrast has exhibited more in the way of — what shall we call it? — magical…

  19. Frank McCourt may sue Major League Baseball

    Apr 21, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    This nugget in the AP’s report about Major League Baseball’s takeover of the Dodgers is every bit expected as it is depressing: a baseball executive familiar with the situation said that McCourt is preparing to sue Major League Baseball.  He has reportedly hired the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell to do it, too. Good luck. My…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Angels 4, Rangers 1: Jered Weaver remains insanely good, winning his fifth while pitching a complete game, striking out eight and walking no one while allowing a lone run. Your move, Dan Haren. Marlins 6, Pirates 0:  Man, they were right about Charlie Morton looking just like Roy Halladay! Both of them got beat up while…

  21. Report: The McCourts are being investigated by the IRS too

    Apr 20, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If the MLB takeover of the Dodgers isn’t enough, check this out. It’s from TMZ so consider the source, but really, would any of this surprise you at this point? The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the finances surrounding the Dodgers as well as Frank and Jamie McCourt … the IRS investigation was triggered by…

  22. The Rangers call up Brett Tomko

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    tomko mad

    Yay! Another baseball player who is older than I am — there aren’t many left! — will play in the bigs this year, as the Rangers have purchased Brett Tomko‘s contract from Round Rock. Tomko will pitch middle relief, filling in for Mason Tobin, who hurt his elbow. Tomko hasn’t pitched in a major league game since…

  23. Breaking: MLB to take over the Dodgers

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Major League Baseball has announced that it is going to take over the financial and day-to-day operations of the Dodgers.  The move, first reported by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, was detailed in the following statement that was just released by Major League Baseball on behalf of Bud Selig: “Pursuant to my authority…

  24. Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    1918 Cubs

    This isn’t exactly new — there was a book written about it a couple of years ago — but the Associated Press is circulating the story in light of some of the relevant documents becoming public, so why not:  Did the Cubs throw the 1918 World Series to the Red Sox, inspiring the White Sox…

  25. Attendance is down? Eh, no big deal

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    empty ballpark

    There has been an awful lot of chatter about attendance in the first couple weeks of season, driven mostly by empty seats in places that aren’t usually empty like Dodger Stadium. Yankee Stadium has had some small crowds too (for the Yankees anyway) and we’ve had the usual shots of nearly abandoned ballparks in Cleveland…

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