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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Blue Jays fan assaulted by Jackie Robinson's "b"

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    This doesn’t happen every day: A fan at the Toronto Blue Jays’ game was OK on Monday after being struck in the right shoulder by a tumbling, metal “B” from a sign honoring Jackie Robinson. Could have been worse. While the Jays haven’t retired any numbers besides Robinson’s, they do have something called the “Level…

  2. Tony La Russa tries to defuse the Colby Rasmus situation

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa did his best today to defuse the budding controversy surrounding Colby Rasmus and his future with the team, telling the Post-Dispatch that to say the situation has devolved to an “either Rasmus goes or La Russa goes” state it all wrong and overstates the situation. Which I agree, it states the matter…

  3. Source: Jayson Werth may soon sign with Scott Boras

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    On Friday, Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Jayson Werth has parted ways with agent Jeff Borris.  Werth was cagey about it when asked over the weekend, denying that he has left Borris and Beverly Hills Sports council.  That’s likely a matter of semantics, however, because Crasnick’s source says Werth is “shopping” for new representation. I’m hearing…

  4. Arolids Chapman's hands are too big to throw a changeup. Wha?

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is one I’ve never heard before. Ken Rosenthal spoke with Reds’ AAA pitching coach Ted “Tower of” Power, who says that Arolids Champan may need to figure out how to throw an offspeed pitch that isn’t a changeup because his hands are too big to effectively grip one. For now he’s using his slider…

  5. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Gosh, I hope everyone below number four in last week’s rankings was holding on tight, because the Padres could have easily knocked them off the ladder as they plummeted. 1. Yankees (2): Winning eight in a row helps the Bombers take control of the Power Rankings for now, but they have seven games with the…

  6. Judge smacks Signature Pharmacy prosecutor

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    You might recall Signature Pharmacy, the mail order drug store that was portrayed as steroid and HGH central back in 2007. In 2008, the Albany, New York prosecutor’s office brought charges against Signature and its owners. This despite the fact that Signature was in Florida. The charges were subsequently dismissed. While I have no idea…

  7. Stay classy, Jeff Loria: The Marlins snub Bobby Cox

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Bobby Cox had a few sharp things to say about Jeff Loria back in June following the firing of Freddi Gonzalez. He called Loria “unpredictable,” said he likes to make changes for the sake of change and that, given how well Gonzalez had done as Marlins manager, Loria “doesn’t appreciate anything.” Just because Cox was…

  8. It has come to this: the Giants have a rally thong

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    While the Padres have been a good story, I’ve been rather agnostic on the NL West race this year. The games just end too late for me so I can’t get into it the way I get into the east and central races.  That’s probably going to change now that I know this, courtesy of…

  9. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Happy Labor Day, everyone. Why am I working today? Because this ain’t labor, my comrades. Hopefully most of you who do work, however, are getting a nice day off to recharge and reflect and stuff. In the meantime, here’s what went down over the weekend: Adam Wainwright: “I won’t lose again.”  This is the most…

  10. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon: "meh"

    Sep 6, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t exactly take responsibility for yesterday’s ninth inning meltdown.

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

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    “High Five, Mike Young! Oh, wait! Don’t! Don’t! Crap.”

  12. Hurricane Earl washes out tonight's Chicago-Boston game

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Freakin’ Manny. Quittin’ again . . . The game between the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox was postponed Friday because of the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Earl.The opener of the three-game series was rescheduled as the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. I’m wonderin’ how many baseball games have been…

  13. Johnny Cueto did not accompany the Reds to St. Louis

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch tweets that Reds starter Johnny Cueto did not travel with the team to St. Louis for this weekend’s series due to “a serious family issue.” Given how badly “serious family issues” can suck, I would hope for Cueto’s sake that this is really a smokescreen created in order to keep…

  14. Is baseball an inherently conservative sport?

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Is baseball a conservative sport? A liberal sport? The answer from this alleged commie pinko may surprise you.

  15. The luckiest fan in St. Petersburg

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    More weird quasi-baseball stuff as absolutely nothing continues to happen in baseball this afternoon. Rays fan Amelia Lamoscatella caught a Ben Zobrist foul ball off her face on Wednesday night. She was OK, and someone retrieved the ball for her. During the same at bat, Zobrist fouled another one to her, which she caught. Next…

  16. Ryan Klesko: outdoorsman

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today runs an editorial by former Brave Ryan Klesko — which was actually dictated to someone it seems — in which he talks about his love of hunting, fishing, surfing and buying thousands of acres of real estate: There is a lot of carryover…

  17. Eric Chavez has a "Brett Favre Rule"

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Actually, it’s more of an anti-Brett Favre rule. Susan Slusser of the Chron: Eric Chavez won’t be announcing his retirement today – he said he has his own personal “Brett Favre” rule and will wait until he’s been away at least two years before making any such decision official. Thank goodness. Now we will be…

  18. Chapman is awesome and everything, but are the radar guns juiced?

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    We’ve all been impressed with the Aroldis Chapman show recently. That 103.9 reading the other night was boffo, and it actually made that 105 reading from Louisville — which I had doubted but am maybe coming around to believe — seem more plausible. Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein has a great point, though: we should be…

  19. Morgan gets an eight game suspension for the Marlins brawl

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Heyman just tweeted it.*  Those eight games are in addition to the seven he got for his previous jackassery. As we learned a bit ago, his appeal will be heard next Friday. One would assume that appeals of both suspensions would be heard at the same time. Also suspended as a result of that game:…

  20. Nyjer Morgan's appeal pushed back; Pat Listach suspended

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan was supposed to have the appeal to his last suspension heard on Tuesday.  Bill Ladson is reporting that that Major League Baseball has bumped it back to next Friday, however. I guess the giant paddle with which they plan to spank him isn’t back from the woodworking shop yet. In other news, Morgan’s…

  21. The Irony of the McCourt case

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Yesterday on the witness stand, Frank McCourt repeated something he said Jamie McCourt would say over and over during their marriage: “You can make a billion. You can lose a billion. I don’t care. I just want my own nest egg.” This is supposed to be evidence that Jamie had no interest in the Dodgers…

  22. Jeff Wilpon visits Wally Backman

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    As Jerry Manuel continues to wonder what he’ll be doing next spring, Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that Jeff Wilpon — who, every time I think of him and his father, I think of these guys — went to a Brooklyn Cyclones game last night and met with Wally Backman in private. Martino…

  23. Great Moments in self-motivation: Matt Garza

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Baseball is better than football because, for the most part, players approach it like a job, not as if it were war or cockfighting or whatever. They try to do their best. They try to get better. With a few exceptions, however, they don’t generally get all rah-rah and imgonnakillyou about it.  One of those…

  24. Ryne Sandberg named PCL manager of the year

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Here’s one for the resume as the Cubs look for a new big league manager: Ryne Sandberg will be named Pacific Coast League manager of the year today, the Iowa Cubs confirmed Thursday. In Sandberg’s first season as Cubs manager, the team was a season-high 21 games over .500 entering Thursday’s contest at Albuquerque. The…

  25. The Brewers look poised to trade Prince Fielder this winter

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    That according to Jayson Stark, who says that rival clubs who have spoken to the Brewers think Fielder will be moved in the offseason. This is not terribly surprising. They have someone who — maybe — can fill in at first base.  They’re likely nowhere in the same universe with Fielder when it comes to…

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