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Craig Calcaterra

  1. U2 is messing with the baseball schedule

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    I’m sure Bono didn’t mean to bug ya, but he’s doing it all the same: Don’t know whether or not Bono favors the designated hitter rule, but based on U2′s summer concert tour, they’re definitely American Leaguers. The band is playing Angels Stadium (June 6-7), the Oakland Coliseum (June 16) and Toronto’s Rogers Center (July…

  2. Shelley Duncan, Dave Duncan in his underwear, my daughter and me

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    I’ll bore you with one more story about my trip with the kids to the Columbus Clippers-Charlotte Knights game last night. Shelley Duncan’s name is announced as he comes to bat for Columbus. Anna, my six year-old daughter, hears this and giggles a bit that a man is named Shelley.  I tell her that Shelley…

  3. Jermaine Dye is unemployed for a reason

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley wrote a story in the Sun-Times today about how the White Sox (or anyone) should give Jermaine Dye a contract. Quote of the article from Dye: ”I’m not going to a bad team, and I’m not playing for $1.5million,” Dye said. And people are suggesting that race has something to do with him…

  4. Great Moments in Customer Appreciation: The Mets

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    Perhaps the Mets would draw better if they offered their season ticket holders better swag than a floaty magnetic baseball thing that doesn’t work.

  5. The San Francisco Giants want to get into the basketball business

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The San Francisco Giants may join the bidding for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The California iteration of the franchise is 48 years-old, so it makes sense that the organization that employs Brian Sabean would be interested. Heck, if the deal goes through he’s likely to play the entire basketball team at second base and…

  6. Are there some players who just can't hack it in New York?

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    I’m extremely reluctant to give credence to the “Player X just can’t handle New York” line of reasoning because as explanations go, it rarely if ever accounts for all of the variables. Javy Vazquez is a good example, inasmuch as that meme doesn’t account for the fact that he handled things just fine in New…

  7. Toronto fan makes the supreme sacrifice

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    No, he didn’t die or anything, but giving up an $8 beer in order to grab a baseball, the sort of which you can get for something like $20 a dozen down at Dick’s represents the kind of sacrifice that neither you nor I would normally be willing to make. So here’s to you, smell-like-a-beer-all-night-in-exchange-for-a-Ryan-Sweeney-foul-ball…

  8. The Nats aren't worried about Bryce Harper's attitude

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Last week reports swirled that Bryce Harper was a no-goodnik. The Nats? They’re not worried: A high-ranking club official said a recent report slamming the 17 year-old catcher for having attitude issues was “way overblown” and the Nats have no qualms about selecting him first overall in the June draft based on personality traits. “Is…

  9. "Shin-Soo Choo has a chance to be the best Pacific Rim player ever"

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Those are bold words given that Ichiro Suzuki still walks the Earth and gets 200 hits a year, but when you realize that it’s Choo’s agent Scott Boras saying it, all becomes clear. That aside, Tim Brown’s profile on Choo in which that quote appears is a great read about the baseball’s least-known superstar.  For…

  10. Some of the best A-Rod hate you'll read in a while

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Some people — myself included on occasion — toss out lazy Alex Rodriguez criticism. Others — like FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby — aren’t content dabbling in idle hate. They work extra hard at it, finding reasons to attack him which have eluded everyone else. For example, after rehashing the 2007 opt-out controversy, Ringolsby shows us just…

  11. Carl Crawford, Rays destroy the Royals

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    I punted the recap of the Rays-Royals game this morning in favor of talking about my kids, so let’s make up for it.  Short version: the Rays remain en fuego. Longer version: did someone catch the plate of that truck that ran over Luke Hochevar (2.2 IP, 11 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1K)?  Back-to-back…

  12. It can't get any lower than this: The Dodgers are shut out by the Pirates

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    I basically retweeted Ned Colletti’s comments back at Matt Kemp in the recaps this morning because I thought it’d be funny, but let’s be clear about something: Kemp’s misplay on that two-run triple was not the death blow in the Dodgers’ loss to the Pirates. It was the fact that the Dodgers were blanked by…

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

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:37 AM EDT

    Rays 11, Royals 1: The Rays are good the Royals are bad and you all know that, so there’s no sense in dwelling on it here. Let’s take things in a different direction: My wife and I took the kids to the Columbus Clippers-Charlotte Knights game last night, which the Clippers won 9-7.  My daughter…

  14. Aroldis Chapman remains a work in progress

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman started for Louisville last night and via this scouting report from FanHouse’s Frankie Piliere, he still has some work to do before he’s going to make it to the bigs. Two issues, really. The first was his velocity. While it took Chapman a while to get up to full speed on a cold…

  15. Matt Kemp's agent fires back at Ned Colletti

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Ned Colletti called out Matt Kemp the other day.  Yesterday Dave Stewart, who (a) is Matt Kemp’s agent; and (b) is one of the more intimidating dudes to have played the game in recent history, fired back: “This kind of thing in all the years I’ve been in baseball has never happened with any general…

  16. Dontrelle Willis throws six shutout innings

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Dontrelle Willis has had a couple of decent starts so far this season, but after today’s performance it may be safe to say that he’s officially back. D-Train threw six shutout innings with six strikeouts and gave up only four hits and two walks, leading the Tigers to a 3-0 win over the Twins. Granted,…

  17. Whine of the day: Chris Perez

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    “It was a bad baseball play that happened to work out. I don’t want to say it was bush league. But you never see that. Ninety-nine percent of hitters in that situation would rather win the game with a hit, not a bunt. “It was a stupid play that just happened to work.” Indians reliever…

  18. Big trouble ahead if the Rangers deal isn't done in May

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Evan Grant reports that if the Rangers sale isn’t done by June, the team will have to take more money from Major League Baseball to make ends meet. Last year baseball extended the team a $25 million line of credit. They used $16 million of it in 2009 to meet payroll obligations. Grant reports that…

  19. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    As has become a weekly occurrence, I will be talking baseball live at HotStove.com at 2PM. As always, be there or be a rhombus.

  20. Ron Washington sticks with Neftali Feliz as his closer

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Despite blowing the save on Monday and allowing two runs in the seventh inning last night, Rangers manager Ron Washington says he’s sticking with Neftali Feliz as his closer. When asked if that was the case, Washington said “Yes. What’s changed?” I’d say that “what’s changed’ is that Feliz is having a lot of trouble…

  21. When Lou Piniella attacks!

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Here’s Sweet Lou snapping at that reporter that I mentioned this morning.  

  22. Quote of the Day: Gregg Doyel

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    The Phillies aren’t stupid. People are. People like Keith Law of ESPN.com, and anyone out there who thinks like Law  when Law wrote that “this is one of the worst extensions of its kind.” – The always civil Gregg Doyel, taking issue with those who take issue with the Ryan Howard extension. This is the…

  23. Protestors to picket the Cubs-Dbacks game. I kinda wish they wouldn't

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    As you probably know, Arizona passed a law that makes the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and gives the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Supporters believe it to be a necessary move to combat illegal immigration to the state. Opponents call it an open invitation…

  24. Tim Lincecum buzzes the home plate umpire

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Aaron just told you about the blown save that cost Tim Lincecum and the Giants the game yesterday, but perhaps the most interesting thing that happened in the game occurred when Lincecum faced Cole Hamels in the top of the third. With the count 1-2 to an obviously overmatched Hamels, Lincecum threw a fastball. It…

  25. Jeremy Guthrie likes to hit the Yankees

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada was plunked in the knee with a Jeremy Guthrie pitch in the second inning of yesterday’s Yankees-O’s game and is likely to miss today’s game due to what’s being called a contusion (“bruise” is much too pedestrian a word to use for one of the Core Four). Joe Girardi didn’t like it: “I…

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