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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Deep Thoughts: Old Timers Game edition

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    There was a story in the Star-Telegram yesterday about how Ron Washington is going to play in a Minnesota Twins old timers game this weekend.  In it it’s mentioned that Eddie Guardado is going to play too.  Hardly seems fair, as Gardado was pitching in spring training just this year. And he gets to face…

  2. The California Attorney General is investigating the Dodgers

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Thank goodness Jay Gibbons didn’t follow through with his promise to donate to the Dodgers team charity! If he did, he might be getting subpoenas right now! The attorney general’s office is investigating the compensation the Dodgers Dream Foundation made to club executive Howard Sunkin, who is an advisor / lobbyist / assistant for Frank…

  3. Bobby Valentine to the Marlins is not dead yet

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s been nearly 20 hours since the last Bobby Valentine managerial rumor, so why not throw another one on the pile? ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says that the Marlins are still considering Valentine and that he’s “on their list.”  I question whether they’re on his list given how freaking mad they made him back in June,…

  4. Triple Crown Villains and Omar Infante: insane person

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Jon Bois is one of the funniest mofos on the planet, and if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like The Dugout well, you and I just can’t be friends. Today he has a piece about the top 10 all-time triple crown villains (i.e. those interlopers who have taken a batting, home run or…

  5. Jeff Francoeur, the media really confused on his value

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur thinks he played well in the first half. The press thinks his clubhouse presence was valuable. And people say I get nuts when talking about Jeff Francoeur.

  6. Good things come to minor league catchers who wait

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    A feel-good story in Detroit, as the Tigers called up catcher Max St. Pierre, who has (a) spent fourteen frickin’ seasons in the minor leagues without once sniffing the show before now; and (b) totally stole the name I use when I’m trying to meet women when I’m on out of town business trips. St.…

  7. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney joins the Manny Ramirez hit parade

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Someday the sporting press isn’t going to have Manny Ramirez to kick around anymore. But don’t worry: they’re grooming Matt Kemp for the role.

  8. Edwin Jackson has been fairly awesome for the White Sox

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Lost in all the Manny hubub is the fact that Kenny Williams’ pickup from the last trading deadline — Edwin Jackson — has done really damn well for the Sox since coming over from Arizona. Last night Jackson was solid, striking out 11 dudes and almost going the distance against the Tribe (he ran out…

  9. Ryan Howard had an equipment malfunction last night

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre shakes his head and says “this is EXACTLY what I’m talking about.”

  10. Who's the next Cubs manager? Would you believe Fredi Gonzalez?

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    On the same day Ryne Sandberg officially interviewed for the Cubs managerial job, word leaked out that the team may have someone else in mind: Don’t be surprised if former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez winds up a leading candidate to replace Lou Piniella within the next few weeks. Sources say that Gonzalez is at…

  11. Score one point for Roger Clemens

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Daily News is trying to make a big deal out of Roger Clemens playing golf. On the golf course is exactly where he should be.

  12. The "you can't go young in New York" thing is not Omar Minaya's idea

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The Mets’ unwillingness to rebuild with youth would not appear to be Omar Minaya’s idea. Just ask Steve Phillips.

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

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    The A.L. East tie is finally broken, Aroldis Chapman lights up the gun and Manny Ramirez makes it as far as the on deck circle in his White Sox debut. He’s probably gassed.

  14. Bud Selig is pretty darn happy with baseball's PED testing

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Bud Selig was on the Dan Patrick Show today and the subject of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and steroids came up. After noting that, no, he doesn’t expect to be a witness in those cases, he defended baseball’s drug testing program and even got a little defiant about it: “So, where are all these people…

  15. If I could see one game in baseball history . . .

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    If you could see one game in baseball history, what would it be? My choice probably isn’t an obvious one.

  16. Dallas Braden has the right attitude

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Braden is going to start against the Yankees in the Bronx on Thursday. He knows he’s going to get an earful over all that “get off my mound” stuff. Rather than tighten up about it or spout cliches about the past being the past or whatever, he’s owning it. When asked about the reception…

  17. The Rangers are interested in Jeff Francoeur? Really?

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    That’s what Adam Rubin says.  He (or at least his headline writer) uses my least favorite trade talk euphemism ever by saying that Texas is “kicking the tires” on Frenchie. Observation #1:  This could be evidence that Josh Hamilton really is hurt and the Rangers are worried about it. Observation #2: If Jeff Francoeur somehow…

  18. Oliver Perez feels he's being treated unfairly

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    I don’t have the audio link — I’m just passing along what Matt Cerrone heard on SNY — but apparently Oliver Perez feels like he’s being treated “unfairly” by the Mets. That’s one way to put it. Another way to put it would be for Perez to say that he’s been allowed to stay on…

  19. OK, maybe Manny did quit on the Dodgers

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    I promise: this will be my last Manny Ramirez post of the day. But it’s a necessary one. Yesterday I took Ken Rosenthal to task for saying that Manny Ramirez “quit on the Dodgers.” My reason: neither Rosenthal’s nor anyone else’s reports had any evidence that he did quit on them.  I thought it was…

  20. I don't care how late he gets to the park. Manny should start tonight

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    According to the Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley, Manny Ramirez’s plane lands in Cleveland at 3PM. That cuts it kind of close for him to get to the park and have anything approaching a normal routine for tonight’s White Sox-Indians Game.  Cowley says that, as of yesterday, Ozzie Guillen was inclined not to start Ramirez under such…

  21. Pete Rose: Pete Rose never had a gambling problem

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    I missed this when I put up the earlier Pete Rose post, but apparently Charlie Hustle sat for an extended interview with with Yahoo!’s Graham Bensinger. In it he discusses baseball stuff and gambling stuff, particularly the idea that he had a gambling addiction: “I needed something extra. I lost the edge in getting those…

  22. How many wins have the Red Sox' injuries cost them?

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    A lot of people are playing the “what if” game with respect to the Red Sox lately, mostly in terms of “what if they didn’t have all those damn injuries.” Would they be in the thick of the AL East right now instead of hanging by a thread? In the lead? How bad has the…

  23. Today is the real trade deadline

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    We all got excited on July 31st — I even blogged on a Saturday, man! — but that wasn’t the real trade deadline. Just ask Manny.  That was the non-waiver trade deadline. Today is the real day you have to have your changes made, because barring some complicated maneuvers involving the disabled list, your team…

  24. Joey Cora is a candidate for the Mariners' job

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    We’ve previously heard that Bobby Valentine and Ted Simmons were in the mix, but Jerry Crasnick just tweeted that, according to the scouting grapevine (which Crasnick is extremely tuned into) White Sox bench coach Joey Cora has emerged as “a strong candidate” for the Seattle Mariners managing job. Which would be fantastic for baseball. Why?…

  25. HBT Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    As the deadline approaches we’ve given the list a bit of a haircut to include just the guys people are actually talking about. Look for updates all day today, tomorrow and through Saturday.

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