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Craig Calcaterra

  1. When nicknames were cool

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    We occasionally get a cool nickname these days, but it’s rare. Mostly we get lame variations of the A-Rod thing, which is a concept I had thought reached its nadir with the ironic “Man-Ram” but came roaring back to life with the non-ironic “Car-Go.” Oy. But there used to be a time when you could…

  2. The Mets want an experienced GM to replace Omar

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports one thing we knew — Omar Minaya is on his way out — and one thing we didn’t — the Mets would rather hire an “experienced GM” than promote assistant GM John Ricco. This surprises me somewhat because I had assumed that the Wilpons would want someone from inside, whom they’ve…

  3. The Rangers are moving their AAA affiliate to Round Rock

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s been rumored forever, but the Round Rock Express — currently the Astros’ AAA affiliate — has called a press conference for Thursday during which it will be announced that they’re going to become the Rangers top minor league club. Well, we presume so, given that they’re (a) partially-owned by Nolan Ryan; (b) Nolan Ryan…

  4. The Yankees are going to rest A-Rod down the stretch

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    There was a lot of harrumphing last night as Joe Girardi used the bullpen’s second string in extra innings against the Rays. That harrumphing led to claims this morning that the Yankees really don’t care about the division and are just playing for the wild card.  I kind of doubt that they’re actually planning on…

  5. I am so proud to be a Braves fan this day

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Did you know that Moises Alou was born in Atlanta? It’s true!  In related news: The good news: More Americans are washing their hands of bathroom germs. The bad news: Except for the guys at Turner Field . . . . . . While 98 percent of women that use the Turner Field restrooms washed…

  6. HBT Daily: Twins, Twins, Twins

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    I seem to get a new obsession each week. One week it’s pro wrestling, the next week it’s the Minnesota Twins.

  7. Johan Santana's surgery "a success"

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Mets have announced that Johan Santana had his shoulder surgery this morning and that “it was a success.”  Which is good to hear. But of course we hear that all the time. I don’t wish ill on any specific player, but just once, on general principles, I would like to hear a team announce…

  8. Wins matter for the Cy Young Award. Except when they don't.

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    How can one man think Zack Greinke’s 2009 Cy Young Award was “most deserving” and casually dismiss Felix Hernandez in 2010? Read on, my friends. Read on!

  9. K-Rod slapped with a contempt charge for texting his girlfriend

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez’s girlfriend was granted an order of protection after K-Rod and her father fought at Citi Field. The thing about orders of protection: they’re designed to keep the subject of the order (K-Rod) from contacting the person in whose favor the order was granted (girlfriend; father-in-law). K-Rod, it seems wasn’t clear on that: Mets…

  10. The Twins should be saying "bring on the Yankees"

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Conventional wisdom holds that the Twins want no part of the Yankees, because the Yankees have owned them in the post season in recent years.  But it’s a different story altogether, I think, if the Twins get home field advantage in the playoffs. Which they could outright if they make up a couple of games…

  11. FYI: The NCAA is still trying to screw amateur athletes

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Despite the fact that it had once been held to be illegal and will likely be held to be illegal again when someone else challenges it, the NCAA’s rule prohibiting amateur athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with a pro sports team is still on the books. This means that if you’re a…

  12. Comment of the Day: Sabathia and Price don't know how to win

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Reader That Guy makes a comment that will cause Cy Young voters to blow a gasket: It’s too bad niether Price nor Sabathia’s preformance of eight-inning shutout ball count towards the Cy Young race, because neither got a decision. They both pitched well, but neither of them knew how to win last night. Hey, if…

  13. Felix Hernandez to get extra rest; Cy Young chances take a hit

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez is up to around 225 innings this year on a Mariners team that has been going nowhere since about five minutes after camp broke. As a result, the M’s are going to give him six days rest between starts for his next two starts. Which is a smart move. He’s the future, and…

  14. Father of K-Rod's girlfriend hires a lawyer

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    Boy, didn’t see this one coming. Totally blindsided here: Daian Peña, the girlfriend of hotheaded Mets hurler Francisco Rodriguez, and her father, Carlos Peña, have hired a lawyer. Lawyer Jeff Korek won’t say if he plans to sue for injuries Carlos Peña suffered when cops say the 6-foot, 195-pound reliever attacked him after an Aug.…

  15. Dan Uggla is the first second baseman to have four 30-HR seasons

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    If you would have put a gun to my head and asked me, I probably would have said that Jeff Kent had four or five 30-home run seasons. Which would have led to my messy demise, because after looking it up I now realize that he only had three. Dan Uggla is the first second…

  16. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Lots of zeroes for the Mets, Yankees, Phillies and Pirates. The judges give the Yankees bullpen management only slightly higher scores.

  17. Garry Templeton and Whitey Herzog together again. Twice removed.

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Garry Templeton’s run-ins with Whitey Herzog punched his ticket out of St. Louis — and Ozzie Smith’s to St. Louis — back in 1981. Now Templeton is the manager of the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden League. His first baseman: John Urick. Who’s John Urick? Whitey Herzog’s grandson. Their story was in the New…

  18. Jonathan Sanchez defaces the Petco Park mound

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Or, if you look at it a different way, maybe you can say the Padres turned the mound into a propaganda piece and Sanchez just restored it to a clean and pure neutrality? You be the judge. Now if he can just do something about the ads behind home plate.

  19. Adam Dunn and the Nats are "in conversations"

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    On Friday the chatter was that Adam Dunn was as good as gone from the Nats after this season. Not so fast, says GM Mike Rizzo when asked if Adam Dunn’s potential return was “a dead issue”: “No, it’s certainly not a dead issue” he said. “We realize we need a thumping first baseman that…

  20. Johan Santana's surgery set for tomorrow

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana — previously diagnosed with shoulder nastiness that requires season-ending surgey — got a second opinion today. Except he got it from Dr. James Andrews, and I can’t remember the last time a pitcher saw him and was found not to need an operation. So the “ayes” have it, Santana will go under the…

  21. The government's seizure of the 2003 PED list ruled illegal. Again.

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that he government’s seizure of the positive PED tests from the 2003 pilot testing program was illegal.  This affirms previous lower court rulings and overturns the one Appeals Court ruling to the contrary.  The decision — a lengthy one with lengthy dissents — can be read here.…

  22. Josh Hamilton is wary of the beer shower

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    When the Rangers clinch the AL West, there will be a beer and champagne shower. That’s just how it goes. But one of the biggest reasons they’ll clinch that title is Josh Hamilton, who happens to have a serious substance abuse history: Hamilton has been trying to find a way to enjoy the party without…

  23. HBT Daily: Races, races, races

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Matt and I wonder what the Rangers sweep of the Yankees and the Braves’ one-game deficit mean, and take a gander at the wild, wild NL West.

  24. Must-click link: Jonah Keri on the Rangers and pitching injuries

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jonah Keri has a long, fascinating piece up today about the Texas Rangers and their approach to pitching and pitcher injury prevention. It’s not some analysis piece from afar: it’s based on his original reporting and research conducted over the past year, and it’s a must-read. The short version: the Rangers have largely rejected the…

  25. Nats blogger whines about not gettin' free stuff

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The next time you hear about how loyal fans of bad teams are “long suffering,” just remember that some of those long suffering fans are pretty whiny and petty too.  Check out this snippy little rant from SBF at the Nats 320 blog about how “questionable season ticket holders” who weren’t wearing Nats gear got…

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