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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Ken Macha is all but gone. The Brewers should hire Ryne Sandberg

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    File this under the “no surprises” department, but our suspicion that Ken Macha will be fired by the Brewers is being bolstered this morning by Buster Olney’s report that “unless there is a last-hour change of heart on the part of the Brewers, Manager Ken Macha will not be retained.” I’d guess that the only…

  2. Yankees fans can't just write off A.J. Burnett

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    I understand why they may want to write him off, because boy howdy has he been awful.  He got shelled last night. He’s been shelled a lot this year.  While he has had some bad luck in recent starts due to weather and other things, it’s hard to argue against the notion that he has…

  3. Rays attendance is not about fan apathy. It's a structural thing.

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    I think Bob nailed the Rays attendance hubbub pretty good last night, but I figured I’d add my thoughts. No one is saying that it’s wonderful that the Rays drew poorly last night (or draw poorly in general), but I think the notion of blaming Rays fans for their apathy or failure to support the…

  4. The Angels "are not limited financially in any way"

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    You know who is going to be a big free agent player? The Los Angeles Angels are going to be a big free agent player.  Why? Because they don’t care if they lose money or not. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles: According to a baseball source, the Angels expect to lose about $10 million…

  5. Miguel Cabrera is probably done for the season. What's that mean for the MVP race?

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera sprained his ankle while trying to get back to first on a pickoff play last night (hey, he has three stolen bases this year, so you’ve got to contain that risk!). It’s being described as a mild ankle sprain, but with only a few meaningless games left in the season it would seem…

  6. Martin Prado injured in Braves win

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Braves have dug themselves a big enough hole already, so they certainly didn’t need to add to the difficulty. But they did anyway. Inadvertently, of course, but possibly disastrously: Martin Prado hurt his hip while swinging at a pitch in the fifth. It’s been diagnosed as a hip pointer, and he “may be out…

  7. Prepare to enjoy Ken Burns' "Baseball" update. If you're from the East Coast.

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I’ve been hearing stuff like this from the Washington Post’s Tom Shales over and over from people fortunate enough to have previewed the update to Ken Burns’ “Baseball” — called “The Tenth Inning” — which premiers tonight: Your degree of interest might depend on where you live, since “Tenth Inning” tends to favor the Northeastern…

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

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:11 AM EDT

    The Phillies clinch, the Braves pull slightly ahead of the Padres and the Reds and Yankees gotta wait another day.

  9. Yet another writer accuses Jose Bautista of PED use

    Sep 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    More and more writers are piling on Jose Bautista, accusing him of using PEDs. This needs to stop. Now.

  10. Afredo Simon, Buck Showalter fined for throwing at Jose Bautista

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Orioles’ pitcher Alfredo Simon was just suspended for three games and Buck Showalter was suspended for one game after the Orioles figured the best way to stop Jose Bautista this weekend was to plunk him. Twice. The Jays’ Shaun Marcum was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Baltimore’s Luke Scott in retaliation. I have never…

  11. UPDATE: Maybe the Rangers-FOX deal is not 20-years, $3 billion

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that the Rangers’ deal with FOX is actually worth $1.5-1.6 billion, not $3 billion as reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, but that there are some incentives and escalators and stuff.  Even if it stays flat at $1.5 billion, however, that makes it, on average,…

  12. The McCourts didn't settle over the weekend

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    In case you were curious, the McCourt trial resumed today after a mediation session on Friday bore no fruit. Which means that a stream of witnesses continue to take the stand today, almost all of whom are saying that Jamie McCourt knew that she was signing the Dodgers away to Frank a couple of years…

  13. Man pulls sword over baseball card. Read on if you want; headline pretty much says it all.

    Sep 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Look, this story pretty much explains itself, so let me use the preamble to the usual block quote to ask the media something: How hard would it have been to figure out which card the guy decided to flash steel over? I mean, it’s the ONE thing I want to know after reading this: Recently,…

  14. The Red Sox' offseason options: the less complicated, the better

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest column spends some time looking at what the Red Sox might do this offseason.  The biggest possibility — and its not clear if this is from a source with knowledge or if it was pulled out of Rosenthal’s, um, imagination — is that the Sox could forgo signing Adrian Beltre to an…

  15. Looking at 2010 "from a Mark Kotsay standpoint"

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    The best part of this is not that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B is saying that his season wasn’t all that bad, it’s that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B refers to himself in the third person. Mark Kotsay: “If you look at the whole year from a Mark Kotsay standpoint, it’s been criticism from the get-go,” the lefty hitter…

  16. Driver who killed Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart found guilty

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Andrew Gallo, the man behind the wheel of the van that broadsided a car carrying Los Angels Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, killing him and two companions, was found guilty today by a jury in Santa Ana, California. Gallo had been tried on three counts of murder and other offenses, including drunk driving. His blood alcohol…

  17. HBT Daily: Papelbon, Mo and the Rockies

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I discuss two players and a team having their fair share of troubles these days.

  18. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The last week of regular season baseball means the last Power Rankings of the year. It also means it’s the last time I have to stretch to think of anything interesting or insightful about the Royals and Cubs and a bunch of other teams that aren’t good enough to be interesting and not bad enough to warrant witty insults about their wretchedness.

  19. What's the worst thing in baseball history?

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    David Laurila of Baseball Prospectus interviews Ken Burns today. It’s a great, wide-ranging interview that should get you primed for the update to Burns’ “Baseball” documentary that will begin airing this week.  This question and answer caught my eye: DL: From a historical perspective, just how important is the steroid era? KB: In the scheme…

  20. Must-click link: Hub fans bid The Kid Adieu 50 years ago tomorrow

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Apologies to those who know this already, but John Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” is one of the best and most influential things ever written about baseball.  It was occasioned by Ted Williams’ final game, which took place 50 years ago tomorrow. Updike was in the crowd — he was supposed to meet a…

  21. Mariano Rivera: is it time to panic?

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera has blown three saves in his last six outings. In that time he’s given up six runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. There is consternation about this in various corners of the Internet this morning. Is it time to panic? While panicking can be quite fun, I’m inclined towards chilling…

  22. Andy Pettitte will play, at most, one more season

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is not under contract for 2011, but he may very well come back for one more season, if for no other reason, than the Yankees will unload a dump truck full of money for him after seeing how shaky their rotation was when he wasn’t in it.  But they can forget about 2012,…

  23. Papelbon blames the ump for his blown save

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon blew the save last in last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. This was due in part to a walk to Alex Rodriguez just prior to Robinson Cano’s RBI single that tied the game.  It was a walk Papelbon didn’t think was deserved: “Really rough tonight, considering the fact that I’m not only pitching against…

  24. Ken Macha gave Trevor Hoffman $250K yesterday

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    More or less. As Adam McCalvy tweeted, by finishing his 35th game, the buyout on Hoffman’s option year goes up to $750,000 from $500,000. This isn’t odd or controversial, really. Hoffman has been used to finish games in non-save situations a lot in August and September, and if you’re not going to use him in…

  25. Don Mattingly doesn't have that much pull in Dodgersland

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    A week after Don Mattingly was named manager of the Dodgers Ned Colletti shipped his son — Dodgers farmhand Preston Mattingly — off to Cleveland for another minor league outfielder. Given that Mattingly is 23 and has struggled in A-ball, the trade likely wasn’t motivated by the Indians coveting him and offering value in return.…

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