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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The invisible hand in action: cheap seats available for Mets games

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres At Citi Field

    Wanna go to a Mets game? It’s pretty darn affordable these days, reports the New York Times.  Seats directly behind home plate with a face value of $134 are going for $69. Seats in boxes between third base and home plate are going for $28, when they normally retail for $80 to $134. If merely getting…

  2. Jerry Sands had a nice debut for the Dodgers

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I didn’t mention this in ATH because I was more interested in the origin of Dan Uggla‘s last name, but it’s worth noting that Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands made his major league debut last night and it was good. Sands had a double in the first inning that may have scored a faster man than…

  3. Following up on the Mike Leake arrest

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    I think the strangest thing arising out of the Mike Leake shoplifting arrest yesterday is not the fact that a man who makes over $400,000 a year and recently got a $2 million signing bonus felt it necessary to steal. Rather, the strangest thing is that he somehow got caught stealing “six shirts worth $59.88.”…

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Giants 8, Rockies 1: Lincecum had a no hitter into the seventh inning. As I was watching it in the den, my wife walked in. She loves Tim Lincecum, so I said “hey, your boyfriend has a no-hitter going in the seventh.”  She said “Is that good?”  I’ve been married to this woman for almost…

  5. And now some non-specific Cabrera-related news

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Cabrera_Melky

    Two random items on a slow news day (non-Mike Leake theft division): First, Jon Heyman writes that, in the offseason, Alex Rodriguez “begged the Yankees” to re-sign Melky Cabrera. Seems that Melky worked out with A-Rod in the offseason and was convinced that he’d be great. I’ve seen Melky play a couple of times this…

  6. Reds’ pitcher Mike Leake arrested for stealing $60 worth of stuff from a Macy’s

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    UPDATE: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has an update: Leake, of Ludlow, was arrested after Macy’s department store loss prevention employees stopped the Reds pitcher today after they say he took $59.88 in property from the store. He was apparently caught on video.  And here’s the police report. Leake makes around half a million…

  7. Charlie Morton is a Roy Halladay clone

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column contains an item in which scouts are going on about how Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton has totally restructured his windup and delivery to be exactly like Roy Halladay‘s: “Roy Halladay now has an absolute clone on the Pittsburgh Pirates,” one rival scout says. “Morton has copied his windup perfectly, from the…

  8. OK, Francona: what have you done with the real Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Patriots’ Day in Boston means three things: the Boston Marathon, drinking at 8AM and an 11AM start for the Red Sox game.  Which, in turn, gives you plenty of time after 2PM or so to go and have some more beers. I could at least enjoy one of those things today, what the Red Sox-Blue…

  9. HBT Daily: Who is the King of Los Angeles?

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I discuss that, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, the Twins and the Braves

  10. Justin Verlander made an interesting pitch on Saturday night

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Verlander quick pitch.bmp

    I’ve gone on record recently saying that I really don’t know what a balk is anymore. But after my brain processed it for a minute, yeah, I think what Justin Verlander did on Saturday night against the A’s was a balk.  Verlander explained the play afterwards: “I went to go pick one and I didn’t…

  11. Joe Torre wants umpires to feel “part of the game.” What does that even mean?

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    bob-davidson-umpire

    Joe Torre is now MLB’s umpire czar, and he told Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times that he wants to change their relationship to the game: The former Dodgers manager who now serves as Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations said he wanted umpires to feel as much a part of the game…

  12. Baseball players and bad music go together

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Guthrie_Jeremy

    Two items caught my eye this morning that make me realize how bad things have gotten with ballplayers and their love of bad music. First is a post by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, detailing the walkup (and walkout) music of the Cleveland Indians. The takeaway: the vast majority of Indians like very bad music.  There are…

  13. Ryan Franklin has probably lost his job as Cardinals’ closer

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    franklin_ryan

    The Cardinals have a day off today so Tony La Russa has some extra time to think about it, but it seems pretty clear that Ryan Franklin‘s time as the Cardinals’ closer is over. Or hell, maybe it ended yesterday and we just didn’t notice it. I mean, in a 1-0 game in the ninth…

  14. The difference between the Bonds and Clemens trials

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    The New York Times has an article up this morning in which various legal experts talk about the differences between the Barry Bonds trial and the upcoming Roger Clemens trial. Both are for perjury and both are about steroids, but the folks the Times spoke with believe that the fact that Clemens is accused of…

  15. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Still lots of random shifting around given that the first batch of rankings were based on early season weirdness. I figure that from here on out we’ll see things start to stabilize a bit more. Well, except for maybe the Royals/Indians thing, because that can’t hold. Um, can it?  As usual, last week’s rankings in parenthesis.…

  16. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    It seemed like all that happened this past weekend were injuries. And in one case a friggin’ death. How depressing.

  17. Photo of the Day: ESPN really misses football

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    I caught this during last night’s Rangers-Yankees game.  No word if Washington said that he was going to make some adjustments at halftime and recommit to the ground game or whatever the hell it is that “head coaches” say to sidelines reporters.

  18. Frank McCourt takes a $30 million loan from FOX in order to meet payroll

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    FOX used to own the Dodgers. At this rate, they’re going to own them again someday soon: Frank McCourt took a $30-million loan this week from Fox to meet the Dodgers’ payroll obligations, according to three people briefed on the arrangement. The arrangement is expected to cover the Dodgers’ expenses into next month … The loan marks…

  19. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Does anyone doubt that Matt Kemp is back?

  20. A link to a FAN-tastic Rickey Henderson story

    Apr 15, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Rickey Henderson #24

    It’s Friday, I’m out of gas, and the world of baseball news seemed to stop the moment Phil Hughes got sent to the DL.  It happens.  So before I seek out fermented beverages and switch between and among 15 baseball games this evening, I leave you with a link to a great story about Rickey…

  21. Lenny Dykstra arrested for bankruptcy fraud

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    I for one am shocked.  If by “shocked” you mean “totally not shocked at all, not even in the slightest”: U.S. prosecutors Friday charged famed baseball outfielder Lenny Dykstra with bankruptcy fraud. According to a statement by prosecutors, Dykstra was taken into custody at his Encino home Thursday night. The charge relates to fraud Dykstra allegedly…

  22. Looking ahead to the Mets vs. Braves

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    I went on Ted Berg’s Baseball Show over at SNY.TV this afternoon to help Ted scout the Braves in advance of  the Mets-Braves series. I used the phrases “atrocious,” “terrible” and “sink hole” to describe the Braves’ play of late, so that was fun.  I also made two pretty bad errors: 1. I called Fredi…

  23. An MLB task force is in L.A. to assess Dodger Stadium security

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Earlier today I wondered what the Dodgers would do once the security theater on display at Dodger Stadium would run its course. Bill Shaikin reports that MLB is wondering too, and has sent a security task force to assess the situation. It’s a six-man crew led by MLB exec John McHale, Jr.  They’ll be on-site all…

  24. Legal experts weigh in on Barry Bonds’ post-trial strategy

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    A lot of people have been asking in the comments recently about whether the somewhat inexplicable jury verdict against Barry Bonds will be overturned, vacated, appealed, whatever. I’m not a criminal procedure expert so the specific mechanics relating to a trial judge’s ability to set aside a jury verdict are a little amorphous to me,…

  25. Brian Giles wins the lawsuit in which there were nothing but losers

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Brian Giles

    We mentioned the ugly civil suit between Brian Giles and his ex-girlfriend the other day. The one in which the girlfriend sought millions in a breach of contract claim from Giles, claiming that he promised to take care of her financially following their breakup. There were also competing claims of domestic violence, fraud and all…

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