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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Why are the Yankees scouting Cliff Lee?

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    As the trading season gets increasingly nutsy, we’ve seen an explosion of “Team X had a scout at Player Y’s last game!” chatter.  Here’s a fine example of such a thing from Jon Paul Morosi yesterday: The Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals were among the clubs with a scout in attendance at Cliff Lee’s start in…

  2. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary to miss baseball news because you’re celebrating, you have HBT Weekend Wrapup to get you back up to speed.

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

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT

    I celebrated the 4th the way the Founding Fathers intended: inside an air-conditioned house while watching an essentially British game on my Japanese TV while drinking foreign beer.

  4. Dallas Braden is going to get scratched again

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Athletics’ Assassin (not sure I like that, but bear with me, I’m trying new things) Susan Slusser reports that Dallas Braden is likely to be scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled start against the Indians.  In his place will be Clay Mortenson, who will be called up from Sacramento.  Slusser says the A’s may wait to announce…

  5. Heyman: 12-15 teams could be in on the Lee sweepstakes

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman talks to a GM who remains nameless who says that before it’s all said and done some 12-15 teams will show at least some amount of interest in Cliff Lee. Among the usual suspects — Mets, Rangers, Twins — Heyman says that the Rays and the Phillies are showing interest too. I guess…

  6. The Braves aren't interested in Royals' outfielders

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi just tweeted that the Braves — who could really use an outfielder or two — aren’t currently bidding on either of the ones Kansas City is shopping in Jose Guillen and David DeJesus. As a Braves fan I give this bit of information a 50% approval rating.

  7. Printing money? Maybe the Yankees should print relief pitchers

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    A rather depressing day in the Bronx, at least for those who root for the Yankees.  It’s not yet over as I type this, but a nicely wasted effort on the parts of the Yankees is close to completion. The wasted part: A.J. Burnett actually pitched well for the first time in a long time.…

  8. Ryan Dempster is not having his best day

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I think a lot of the baseball world has gotten a  jump start on their holiday weekend so there isn’t much news a-happenin’.  There are a couple of games going down, however, one of which — Reds at Cubs — I have on while I’m working. Fun development a few minutes ago: Ryan Dempster walked…

  9. The Marlins are interested in Octavio Dotel

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh isn’t going anywhere and they have a $3.25 million closer who is pitching pretty well. You don’t have to be Kreskin or Josh Beckett’s girlfriend to figure out how this is gonna turn out.  He’s gone, sooner rather than later. The latest rumor is that the Marlins are interested. Florida isn’t as bad off…

  10. The Yankees basically print money

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    This is not a surprise because we all know the Yankees are a friggin’ cash cow, but just saying that is one thing. Seeing the real numbers is a different deal altogether. Get this report from CNBC’s Darren Rovell: A revised bond rating issued by Standard & Poor’s today provides an in-depth look at the…

  11. Minor leaguers have a hard time keeping weight on

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer has noted on several occasions that baseball is penny wise and pound foolish, usually as it relates to paying and generally looking after minor leaguers.  A big part of that is nutrition, which we hear about once a year or so when minor league meal allowances are reported.  It’s not much money and…

  12. The Amazing Kreskin thinks he can fix the Pirates

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Little known fact: The Amazing Kreskin was the only guy who knew about Russell and Huntington’s contract extensions last winter! He also wants a job with the Pirates: The hapless Pittsburgh Pirates have sunk so low in the standings that The Amazing Kreskin is offering his services to bail them out — for an undisclosed…

  13. Tony La Russa hates the Home Run Derby

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa is happy that his star slugger has decided to skip this year’s Home Run Derby and minces no words when it comes to criticizing the event itself: “I’m just irritated by how much attention the (Derby) gets. It’s like a big show, and the game is an afterthought, which is totally ESPN.”…

  14. Matt Kemp was benched over an argument with a coach

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Joe Torre failed to start Matt Kemp for three straight games this week, and when he was asked about it he was kind of coy. The impression given was that he was giving Kemp some time off in order for him to regroup and find a way out of his season-long slump. Dylan Hernandez reports,…

  15. Max Scherzer is a stathead. Cool.

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    I’m not a statistics guy myself — math is hard, yo — but I’ve long considered myself a fellow traveler in much the same way that guys like Timothy Leary and Wavy Gravy hung around a lot of rock bands in the 60s without making any music.  I’m totally down with the statheads even if…

  16. Why was Josh Byrnes really fired?

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    A.J. Hinch probably had to go, but the Byrnes firing doesn’t make a ton of sense to me.

  17. Dayton Moore just loves the fact that Jose Guillen slammed his teammates

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    On Wednesday, Jose Guillen said that the Royals were, fundamentally speaking, “one of the worst teams in all of baseball.”  He also said that “sometimes you want to just punch them [meaning his teammates], but you can’t do that because they’re your teammates. Respect for the game has been lost. That pisses me off.” You’d…

  18. Major League Baseball is selling playoff tickets already. What a great scam!

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Major League Baseball is letting you pay them $10-20 — right now — for the right to buy playoff tickets for your team at face value. Beat the scalpers! Beat StubHub! What a deal! And I guess if you’re a Yankees fan or something it may be a good deal. For one thing the Yankees…

  19. Utley to miss eight weeks as a result of his surgery

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    When we passed this along yesterday the word was that Chase Utley was going to miss five or six weeks as a result of his thumb surgery. Now the team is saying that it’s more like eight weeks. Can a team can survive the loss of one of baseball’s best players for that long?  If…

  20. Kirk Gibson is the new Diamondbacks manager? Cool!

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    I’m rather struck by the notion of Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks new manager.  I know he’s been a bench coach and a hitting coach for a long time — both with the Tigers and the Dbacks, but I’ve never really considered him to be a future manager. No reason for this, really. I guess…

  21. Brian Sabean, some mystery GM take issue with Buster Olney's GM piece

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Remember that Buster Olney article I linked yesterday in which he relayed anonymous GM scouting reports on other GMs?  Well, Brian Sabean — who was pretty much slammed in it — isn’t happy with the results: “I’ve never talked to Buster. I tried to reach him today to have a productive conversation. I was told…

  22. Ump misses the tag in the Rays-Twins game

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Another bad call in a year full of them. This one came in the 10th inning of the Rays-Twins game last night. The scene: runners on first and second, Rays batting, no one out, game tied at 4. Willy Aybar singles to left and the go-ahead run scores. As the play continues, Kelly Shoppach, who…

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

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:13 AM EDT

    Canada Day and the Blue Jays played a road game and Jason Bay was benched. I spit in your poutine, Major League Baseball.

  24. Bobby Valentine continues to slam the Marlins

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    This is the last post I write about Bobby Valentine. At least until the next post I write about Bobby Valentine.

  25. Peer-reviewing the GMs

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Some cool inside dirt on the game’s general managers

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