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Craig Calcaterra

  1. “Tie goes to the runner, dude!” Or . . . maybe not

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Tie goes to the runner

    During one of the playoff live chats — I can’t remember which one — there was a lively argument about the old “tie goes to the runner” rule.  I can’t remember who was arguing, but I’m pretty sure it was some of you Phillies people, because I recall the argument being shrill and emotional. I…

  2. Quote of the Day: Albert Pujols

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Normally “Quote of the Day” is for something someone said that is either funny, outrageous or thought provoking.” Not today. Today it’s for the bleedin’ obvious.

  3. The Dodgers sign Jay Gibbons

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    On the one hand, the Dodgers signing Jay Gibbons to a $400K + incentives deal to be a backup outfielder is so minor a move that it may not even be worth chronicling in these august pages. On the other hand, given that last year L.A.’s biggest offseason splash was snagging Jamey Carroll, it may…

  4. Must-Click Link: Why it doesn’t matter that the NFL beats baseball in the TV ratings

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

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    I’ve repeated it over and over: it doesn’t matter that the NFL beats baseball in the ratings. They’re apples and oranges given that baseball’s television economics are all about regular season games broadcast locally, while the NFL is like a national television show.  Comparing the two is like comparing the NBC nightly news with Channel…

  5. HBT Extra: Offseason Preview

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    Tiffany and I chat about free agents, trades, and who’s going where

  6. Sparky Anderson: 1934-2010

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    Sparky Anderson

    Sad but, in light of what we learned yesterday, not unexpected news: Sparky Anderson has died. Anderson won three world titles, five pennants and seven division titles. He won 2194 games with the Reds and Tigers. He was the first manager to win a World Series in both the NL and the AL. He was…

  7. The Red Sox exercise David Ortiz’s 2011 option

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Ortiz home run swing

    Most people would consider it awesome when someone gives them $12.5 million, but I wonder if David Ortiz will feel that way.  We’ll know soon, because the Red Sox just picked up his option for 2011.  This after comments in the press in which he made it clear that he’d prefer a multi-year deal. Of…

  8. Peter Moylan: dippin’ down under

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Braves reliever Peter Moylan is from Australia. And we learn from his recently launched blog — which, if the history of these sorts of things holds, will go inactive in two weeks — that it’s not easy transitioning to the offseason when you’re from the land down under.  After he took a 24 hour flight…

  9. Report: Marlins offer Dan Uggla a four-year deal

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    The Marlins have been content to let Dan Uggla do the arbitration thing the past couple of years, actually going to arbitration before the 2009 season and signing a one-year arbitration-avoiding deal this past offseason. His consistently strong production, however, has led to the point where they have to go long term with him, it…

  10. The Cubs aren’t exactly aiming high on the free agent market

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:04 PM EST

    Nick Johnson

    Cubs fans envisioning Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn in the fold can put those thoughts to rest, it seems, because according to the Sun-Times, Jim Hendry isn’t thinking that big: With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that general manager Jim Hendry is focusing more on…

  11. The Brewers make Ron Roenicke’s hiring official

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. Brewers beat reporter of mine, I think it’s time you told your Don what everyone seems to know: It’s official: Ron Roenicke is the next Milwaukee Brewers field manager. The Brewers made the announcement Thursday morning and planned to introduce Roenicke, 54, at…

  12. How surprising were the Giants?

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Tim Marchman over at Sports Illustrated has a great post up this morning counting down all of the wild card-era World Series champions and ranking them from most surprising to least surprising. You won’t be, er, surprised, to find the 1998 Yankees at the bottom of the list.  Many of you may be quite surprised…

  13. Yu Darvish is coming to the United States . . . in 2012

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Yu Darvish pitch

    People have been getting rather excited over the possibility of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish coming to America for some time.  Recently we learned that, nope, it won’t be in 2011.  David Lennon of Newsday reports however that it will happen in 2012. Interesting, I suppose, but one of the biggest knocks on Darvish is that…

  14. Are the White Sox going to let A.J. Pierzynski walk?

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:58 AM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Jim Bowden reports — that always sounds weird, by the way — that the White Sox have not yet offered a contract to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. And maybe they shouldn’t, because he has declined a great deal and he probably wants multiple years when he doesn’t really deserve them.  But it does leave…

  15. Jeff Francoeur wants to play every day

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Because they can’t help themselves, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Jeff Francoeur yesterday.  Mostly chitchat, but this question about Francoeur’s hopes and dreams for next season stood out: Q. A part-time role isn’t what you’re after, is it? A. No, I want to play every day, and the Rangers know that. That’s why I said…

  16. The Mets slash ticket prices

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

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    Mets attendance went way down in 2010, and the team has reacted: they’ve lowered ticket prices.  Season tickets are a flat 10% off. Given how many categories of tickets any given ballpark has it’s complicated beyond that — big cuts for some categories of seats, slight increases for others — but the team says that…

  17. Ron Roenicke: an inspiring choice for the Brewers

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:31 AM EST

    Great story by Adam McCalvy at MLB.com about Ron Roenicke, who will soon take over the Brewers.  Seems that in the aftermath of Nick Adenhart’s death last year, Roenicke was instrumental in helping to pull the team together. He particularly impressed Scott Boras, Adenhart’s agent, who was in the clubhouse along with Adenhart’s father and…

  18. The Giants had a big parade

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    The Giants had their victory parade in San Francisco, and it seemed pretty nuts by victory parade standards.  It’s always hard to estimate this stuff — and estimates always seem to err on the ridiculously high side — but the Chronicle said that hundreds of thousands lined the parade route. Random tweets and things from…

  19. The Washington Nationals get less scrappy

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    Or maybe gritty. Each apply to offensively-deficient white middle infielders.  They’re certainly both terms that have been applied to Adam Kennedy, who will no longer be a Washington National now that they have declined his 2011 option. No surprise here of course, as he would have cost the Nats $2 million next year, when he’d…

  20. Bruce Chen wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that  Royals pitcher  Bruce Chen said he is looking for a multi-year contract this winter. Which will make him a former Royals pitcher because Kansas City isn’t going to give him such a deal. Not a bad bounce back year for Chen, who went 12-7 with a…

  21. Yet another “how to fix baseball” article

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:07 PM EST

    This one, from Time Magazine’s blog, is more specific: how to fix the World Series.  The only problem it identifies is low TV ratings which, as we’ve gone on and on about, mean very little in the grand scheme of things. But it’s a slow day, so let’s play along: The first suggestion: don’t schedule…

  22. The Braves claim Joe Mather off waivers from St. Louis

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    This is not exactly how I envisioned Atlanta fixing its outfield problem: the Braves claimed OF Joe Mather off waivers from the Cardinals. He hit a lusty.217 with three RBI in 60 at-bats with the Cardinals last year. OK, I’m just being grumpy. I know that the Braves don’t think of him as a starter.…

  23. Derek Jeter, six-year deals, and how HBT makes sense of the hot stove rumor mill

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman is reporting that Derek Jeter is asking for a six year deal. Oh noes! That’s crazy!  But hey, before we get into this, let me say a few words to those of you who weren’t reading HBT last winter — or those of you who forgot — about how we deal with rumors…

  24. The Reds exercise Bronson Arroyo’s $11 million option

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Bronson Arroyo

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Bonson Arroyo’s $11 million option has been exercised by the Reds.  He also says that Walt Jocketty wouldn’t mind tearing that up and negotiating a long term deal. If, two years ago, you would have asked me for any one prediction about the winter of 2010-11, it would have been that…

  25. Johan Santana moves to have the sexual assault case against him dismissed

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    Johan Santana

    A year ago,  Johan Santana was accused of rape. The police investigated, found the accuser’s statements “to be inconsistent with that of other witnesses” and declined to file charges.  Back in August, Santana’s accuser filed a civil suit in Florida.  Santana is now asking that it be dismissed. Why? Because the accuser filed it anonymously,…

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