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Craig Calcaterra

  1. What's the worst thing in baseball history?

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    David Laurila of Baseball Prospectus interviews Ken Burns today. It’s a great, wide-ranging interview that should get you primed for the update to Burns’ “Baseball” documentary that will begin airing this week.  This question and answer caught my eye: DL: From a historical perspective, just how important is the steroid era? KB: In the scheme…

  2. Must-click link: Hub fans bid The Kid Adieu 50 years ago tomorrow

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Apologies to those who know this already, but John Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” is one of the best and most influential things ever written about baseball.  It was occasioned by Ted Williams’ final game, which took place 50 years ago tomorrow. Updike was in the crowd — he was supposed to meet a…

  3. Mariano Rivera: is it time to panic?

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera has blown three saves in his last six outings. In that time he’s given up six runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. There is consternation about this in various corners of the Internet this morning. Is it time to panic? While panicking can be quite fun, I’m inclined towards chilling…

  4. Andy Pettitte will play, at most, one more season

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is not under contract for 2011, but he may very well come back for one more season, if for no other reason, than the Yankees will unload a dump truck full of money for him after seeing how shaky their rotation was when he wasn’t in it.  But they can forget about 2012,…

  5. Papelbon blames the ump for his blown save

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon blew the save last in last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. This was due in part to a walk to Alex Rodriguez just prior to Robinson Cano’s RBI single that tied the game.  It was a walk Papelbon didn’t think was deserved: “Really rough tonight, considering the fact that I’m not only pitching against…

  6. Ken Macha gave Trevor Hoffman $250K yesterday

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    More or less. As Adam McCalvy tweeted, by finishing his 35th game, the buyout on Hoffman’s option year goes up to $750,000 from $500,000. This isn’t odd or controversial, really. Hoffman has been used to finish games in non-save situations a lot in August and September, and if you’re not going to use him in…

  7. Don Mattingly doesn't have that much pull in Dodgersland

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    A week after Don Mattingly was named manager of the Dodgers Ned Colletti shipped his son — Dodgers farmhand Preston Mattingly — off to Cleveland for another minor league outfielder. Given that Mattingly is 23 and has struggled in A-ball, the trade likely wasn’t motivated by the Indians coveting him and offering value in return.…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I am an Ohio State fan. God, how I hate Ohio State fans.

  9. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    The Phillies have to wait at least one more day to clinch the division title because — despite totally being capable of it, I’m sure — the Braves didn’t lose twice in one game.

  10. Quote of the Day (from some day in 2006): Bobby Cox

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur had some really nice words to say about Bobby Cox in the AJC. So nice that I’m not even going to rip on Francoeur for anything. And funny too.  Francoeur tells a story about the first time he was ever ejected from a game. It was early 2006. As soon as Frenchie got…

  11. The Orioles could make a play for Victor Martinez

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Let us first stipulate that, yeah, it’s probably way too early for free agent rumors. So much happens between now and when guys file that it’s kinda silly for anyone to put too much stock in the various whispers out there. But hey: if people can spend all day arguing that wins are what makes…

  12. Jack Clark quits on the Cardinals

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jack Clark, who ripped the Cardinals for quitting last week, has quit.  His analyst job at Fox Sports Midwest, that is, where he does occasional Cardinals postgame analysis. Given his “poopy pants” rant, I wish it happened via a big temper tantrum during which he called his producer “a big fat butthead whose face looks…

  13. The Padres claim Felipe Lopez on waivers

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    The Padres have fundamentally altered the balance of power in the NL West by claiming Felipe Lopez off waivers. The Cardinals released him, so if no one else with a worse record than San Diego wanted him, he’s theirs. I’m pretty sure you have 48 hours to make a waiver claim.  Since it’s Felipe Lopez…

  14. Jim Thome = Brett Favre

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Yeah, it makes my skin crawl too because Thome is totally awesome and nice and he’s never jerked anyone around and everyone who knows him absolutely loves the guy, but that doesn’t stop someone from making the comparison today: At the same age as Vikings future hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre, Thome’s performance this…

  15. Stan Kasten . . . and the Mets?

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ David Waldstein speculates today that the Mets would be wise to look into hiring Stan Kasten, who resigned as President of the Nats yesterday.  He’s got a great track record, Waldstein says.  He’s from New Jersey! Both of which are true. Also true is that, if Jeff Wilpon takes it upon…

  16. Frank and Jamie update: they're mediating

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    The McCourt trial is on hold today as the parties meet in a mediation.  Josh over at Dodger Divorce provides a brief rundown of what’s happening and what’s at stake (and if you care about this subject at all you should be reading him every day anyway). I rarely had good results in mediation when…

  17. Deep thought: with the awards, it's not stats vs. scouts

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    I promise I’ll get off this Cy Young Award voting thing soon, but I had one more thought.  Or rather, Dan Levy over at Press Coverage had one more thought, and it’s a good one. While so many baseball arguments tend to break down into a stats vs. scouts, sabermetrics vs. my-own-damn-eyes debate, the AL…

  18. HBT Daily: Weekend preview

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    The fact that Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes we had on in yesterday’s video and the fact that we make no mention of last night’s results is merely a coincidence. We IN NO WAY taped this yesterday. I swear.

  19. The Mets will not be pursuing big free agents

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    From the Department of Not Particularly Surprising Affairs, the Daily News reports that the 2011 Mets are gong to look a lot like the 2010 Mets: Those familiar with the team’s thinking say the Mets believe they have too much money committed to their roster next season – at least $130 million, much of which…

  20. David Ortiz "wouldn't feel comfortable" with a one-year deal

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Red Sox have an expensive option on David Ortiz. I’ve convinced myself that there would be dumber things for the Sox to do than pay Ortiz $12 million next year, if for no other reason than it will limit their controversial offseason moves to one (Papelbon) and at some point the hassle reduction is…

  21. Defending Jose Bautista

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Over at IIATMS, Larry takes on the manner in which folks have been trying to, um, inject PEDs into the narrative surrounding Jose Bautista’s 50-home run season.  It’s a good read, with a premise worth thinking about: while we can predict a lot on baseball, the unpredictable can still happen.  It’s funny how people can…

  22. Ken Rosenthal gets it right

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    After my rant earlier this morning, I should make a point to notice when writers do get the awards votes right. Here’s one Ken Rosenthal. I’m no one, and I have my own, well-known set of biases, so I don’t expect to convince anyone in the BBWAA of anything even if I think I’m on…

  23. Full copy of Game Seven of the 1960 World Series found in Bing Crosby's basement

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    We weren’t expecting this: “a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series” was found in the wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco. Footage of Bill Mazeroski’s home run is all over the place, but the game itself had been thought to…

  24. "The stats geeks win" and other bits of Cy Young idiocy from ESPN's Rob Parker

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    At no point in your rambling, incoherent column were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  25. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Rays 10, Yankees 3: In 1974, Dock Ellis hit three Cincinnati Reds players in a row to start a game. He tried to hit a fourth — Tony Perez — but ended up walking him because Perez kept dodging pitches. He then tried to hit Johnny Bench, but before he could, Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh…

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