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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Olney: The Rockies may make a play for Dan Uggla

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Marlins players have been worried about the team being broken up, but it’s probably going to happen because they’re not going anywhere.  The most obvious trade chit: Dan Uggla, who is having a typical — maybe even slightly better than typical — Dan Uggla season and will once again be due for a big raise. …

  2. Five minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Commissioner’s Office suspended five minor leaguers for PED use today.  They are Yankees pitchers Daury Aquino and Alexander de los Santos; Rays catcher Jhancarlos Infante’ Diamondbacks pitcher Joel Matos; and Royals pitcher Freddy Rodriguez. All of them are plying their trade down in the Dominican Summer League. They’ll all get 50 games on ice…

  3. HBT Extra: Slamming Ryan Howard, the Giants and our friend from the 209

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    I don’t set out to hate everyone. Sometimes it just happens that way.

  4. Meet the people who work at the ballpark

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Including a very honest usher who, I’m just sayin’, could make himself a few extra bucks if get got wise.

  5. Quote of the Day: Joey Votto is more dangerous than Albert Pujols

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    And I do hope the guy who mentioned “the Barry Bonds treatment” was referring to intentional walks.

  6. All-Star roster news that actually matters: Mariano Rivera is out

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    One of the reasons I tend not to get too caught up in the All-Star Snub Wars is that just about every snubbed player eventually gets in the game anyway, what with the pitchers who throw on Sunday, the guys who get injured and the guys who pretend that they’re injured who really just want…

  7. The Phillies may be interested in Ben Sheets

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Phillies’ top scout and Busch Light man Charley Kerfeld watched Ben Sheets pitch in Oakland on Monday night.  Sailsbury says that the Phillies “appear to have some interest” in Sheets. The Athletics got Sheets just to flip him anyway, so they’d obviously consider dealing him.  Whether the Phillies want…

  8. The Dodgers are looking for cheap pitching

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have been calling all over the place for pitching, contacting the Mariners, Astros, Blue Jays, Indians and D’Backs. One wonders what kind of pitching they’re really looking for given multiple reports that they’re not able to take on any salary at all, what with them being a…

  9. Bankruptcy trustee tells the Rangers to get new lawyers

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    Many people thought it problematic when it was revealed several months ago that Tom Hicks was both (a) selling the Rangers; and (b) part of the ownership buying the Rangers.  Different capacities, sure, in that Tom Hicks the individual was buying from an entity — Hicks Sports Group — that Hicks just so happened to…

  10. HBT Poll: Is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer?

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    If ESPN can turn LeBron James’ free agency choice into an hour-long TV show, I can turn Johnny Damon’s Hall of Fame case into a quickie Internet poll.

  11. Johan Santana had a fabulous night

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    It hasn’t been a tragedy or anything, but one of the more, well, troubling things these past couple of years has been seeing Johan Santana transform from “otherworldly” to merely good.  It’s premature to say he won’t win another Cy Young at some point or something, but he simply hasn’t been the same pitcher he…

  12. Johnny Damon wishes he were more selfish

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon got his 2,500th hit last night. After the game he talked a lot about it. The takeaway: There’s no “i” in “team,” but there is in “Johnny Damon:” Prior to the game, Damon was asked what that hit would mean to him. “It is another stepping stone to getting to the ultimate place,”…

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 AM EDT

    “Baseball’s crazy, even stupid sometimes . . .”

  14. Bengie Molina: Class Act

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Bengie Molina has a great account of his trade from the Giants to the Rangers up on his blog. In it he talks about how trades affect families, how he heard about it all (i.e. from teammates who are faster on the Blackberry draw than he was) and how his final hours with the Giants…

  15. Some of the Home Run Derby participants named

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The names of some of the participants in this year’s Home Run Derby — the ones who have confirmed already — were just announced. According to Tyler Kepner: David Ortiz, Corey Hart, Robinson Cano, Vernon Wells, Matt Holliday, Miguel Cabrera will all be doing the back back back back back thing for the amusement of…

  16. The Yankees: less than break even to get Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees are totally messin’ with the Twins and Mets.

  17. Bronson Arroyo is patriotic. He also sounds a bit like the guy from Creed.

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I’m a couple of days late on this one, but it’s never too late to honor America with a patriotic serenade from a flaky, supplement-crazed mid-rotation starter.

  18. Bud Selig isn't going to do a thing on replay

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Bud Selig is “comfortable” with the way things are. Sorry, that’s not good enough for me.

  19. A.J. Hinch talks about his firing

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Former Dbacks’ skipper A.J. Hinch was on KTAR radio in Phoenix yesterday talking about getting axed.  He’s mostly diplomatic, talking about how wins and losses are all that matter, but there are times when it seems pretty clear that he resents the fact that his team basically mutinied on him right after he got the…

  20. The Feds sue Arizona over the immigration law; 2011 All-Star Game likely saved

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    As we have reported ad nausuem, the new Arizona immigration law has created a ruckus in baseball circles.  Most of that ruckus has surrounded the 2011 All-Star Game, scheduled for Chase Field. Multiple players have gone on record against the law with some — including the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez — saying that they’d boycott the…

  21. The Mariners and the Mets aren't getting anywhere on Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com tweets that talks between the Mets and Mariners regarding Cliff Lee “haven’t progressed very far.” And this is totally understandable if last night’s report that had the Twins offering the Mariners Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramoshas has any truth to it.  The Mets don’t have a package to match that…

  22. Sure, the Phillies could shop Jayson Werth, but I wouldn't worry about it, Phillies fans

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal has set the Phillies’ little corner of the Twitterverse a-tweeting by suggesting — based on word from “major league sources” — that the Phillies could shop Jayson Werth mid-season. This is one of those things, though, in which the caveat basically swallows up the rumor. The caveat: “if the Phillies somehow fall out…

  23. Shameless Self-Promotion: I got interviewed about a lot of stuff

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because you people don’t get enough of my opinions around here.

  24. Your latest Cliff Lee rumor: would you believe the Rays?

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Thanks God for LeBron-mania! Otherwise baseball would seem positively unhinged right now.

  25. Teams are calling the Braves about Yunel Escobar

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Because teams in tight pennant races trade their starting shortstops so often.  ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in the form of a FrankenTweet: Heard today that the Braves are getting calls from some teams looking to “bottom feed” on underachieving SS Yunel Escobar . . . Braves are hesitant to move Escobar because he’s only 27, is…

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