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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Must-Click link: video archiving every play in every baseball game

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Great story in the New York Times today going behind the scenes at MLB Productions, where “loggers” — the only people more obsessive than bloggers, it would seem — watch and label every single play of every single baseball game with various descriptive tags so that video clips can be easily accessed later. The cool…

  2. Cable fight threatens NLCS; World Series in Philly and New York

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:06 PM EST

    There’s a re-transmission rights fight going on between FOX and Cablevision that could put the NLCS and the World Series in peril for New York and Philly Cablevision subscribers: Fox and Cablevision ramped up the war of words behind their retransmission battle Tuesday. Both sides dug their heels in, as it began to look less…

  3. Heath Bell is the Deliveryman of the Year

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:33 PM EST

    Major League Baseball has announced that Heath Bell has won the 2010 Delivery Man of the Year Award, presented annually to the league’s best relief pitcher. Bell had a 1.93 ERA and saved 47 saves in 50 chances. That was a save behind Brian Wilson, but Bell had a higher save percentage. Bell had a…

  4. Deep Thoughts: Did Frank Wren really mean to hire Fredi Gonzalez?

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    UPDATE:  OK, maybe Wren was right. Gonzalez won the Sporting News’ Manager of the Year Award. Damn. I really wish he was deluded about that. It would have made for great blog fodder, basically, for every single game Gonzalez managed. 3:00 P.M.: Fredi Gonzalez was formally announced as the Braves new manager a few minutes…

  5. HBT Daily: looking back at the Division Series(s)

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about the highlights — and lowlights — of the first round.

  6. With the Phillies starters, a picture is worth a thousand words

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt are ready to answer the bell. Is Joe Blanton?

  7. Quote of the Day II: T.J. Simers on Frank McCourt

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    At some point it will feel like we’re piling on Frank McCourt. I just don’t think we’ve reached that point yet.

  8. Report: the Diamondbacks are prepared to unload the money truck on Yu Darvish

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    Last month we heard reports that Japanese ace Yu Darvish could be posted this winter (i.e. his current club, Nippon Ham, could make him available to major league teams for a price). Now Patrick Newman of the excellent NPB Tracker passes along word that the Diamondbacks are willing to go as high as $80 million…

  9. Is there a TBS/MLB conspiracy to downplay bad calls?

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Some people get accused of being conspiracy theorists. I tend to get accused of erring too far in the other direction and not giving enough credence to conspiracy theories. Because sometimes they are true, after all.  My defense: I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy and the simpler the explanation is usually the better explanation…

  10. The Pirates interview Ken Macha for some reason

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Look, I’m sure Ken Macha is a fine man. He did little harm when given control of some talented Oakland teams. He did the best he could, I suppose, with a pretty bad Brewers team this year.  But he’s certainly not an inspiring choice for a team looking to fill a manager vacancy in 2011.…

  11. What Shin-Soo Choo really said

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    This morning we mentioned Shin-Soo Choo’s alleged desire to be “transferred” to a winning team, as reported in the Korea Times. Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said that he suspected that there was a translation issue, because Choo had just told him a week or two ago that he wants to stay in Cleveland and is…

  12. Carl Crawford: "I don't want to leave"

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    Here’s Carl Crawford, talking to the Tampa Tribune after last night’s game: “I don’t want to leave. Everybody knows that. I like it here, and I’ve made that known and wish something was able to be worked out.” Note the past tense. Not that anyone on the planet thinks that the Rays would ever shell…

  13. Differing views on Fredi Gonzalez

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:50 AM EST

    It’s hard to get excited about something as inevitable as the Braves hiring Fredi Gonzalez, but I’m more or less pleased with the choice. If he woofs it, fine, it means the team is losing and if the team is losing it’s going to have to start over anyway and then there are a whole…

  14. Shin-Soo Choo hoping to move to a better team

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    Via Paul Hoynes at the Plain Dealer is a story in the Korea Times in which Shin-Soo Choo is quoted as saying “if I could move to a better team, I could generate a better record and improve more.” Seeing as though Choo is only in his first year of arbitration eligibility with the Indians,…

  15. Deep thought: Are the Rangers really the last team to win a playoff series?

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    How many times have we heard it repeated in the last few days that the Rangers are/were the last team to have never won a playoff series? By my count, 1,395, though I may have missed one. Not that it’s not a neat observation or anything. It’s just that, like Shane Victorino being Hawaiian, we’ve…

  16. Josh Hamilton gets to be part of the celebration

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    It’s been widely reported that Rangers’ center fielder Josh Hamilton, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, does not partake in the champagne and beer showers. Smart move on his part. Great move on his team’s part? Having a ginger ale shower just for Hamilton after last night’s win. The pic on the right is cool,…

  17. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:42 AM EST

    With this guy dealing, the Rays never had a chance.

  18. UPDATE: Fredi Gonzalez to be named Braves manager Thursday

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    UPDATE: It’s done. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will name Fredi Gonzalez as their next manager on Thursday. 6:00 PM: There has been almost zero speculation about who will be the next Braves’ manager. Why? Because everyone agrees that it will almost certainly be former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez.  Indeed,…

  19. What if Roberto Alomar does have HIV?

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:34 PM EST

    Paul Sax is a big baseball fan and a longtime reader of mine. He’s also a doctor who writes a blog about HIV, infectious diseases and the medical and ethical issues that surround them.  He has several sharp observations today in light of the Roberto Almoar HIV allegations. Among them: For another stark example of…

  20. Mike Remlinger is selling Sammy Sosa's corked bat

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    I guess it’s not odd that someone is selling the corked bat that got Sammy Sosa in hot water several years ago. I’m just surprised that it’s former teammate Mike Remlinger. I mean, did Sosa let him have it, or what? Last year Remlinger said he contacted Sosa to ask if the retired slugger wanted…

  21. The Roberto Alomar divorce petition

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    You’ll recall that Roberto Alomar made the news last week. Now ESPN’s The File blog has a copy of the divorce petition filed by Roberto Alomar’s wife (link goes to pdf file). The interesting stuff begins at paragraph 19, where Alomar’s wife claims that, despite knowing he had HIV, Alomar “intentionally and in total disregard…

  22. The Dodgers are raising some ticket prices; lowering others

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:07 PM EST

    The average price for a single game ticket at Dodger Stadium will go up 40 cents for 2011. The average price for a season ticket will go down 20 cents. Some seats will have large premiums placed on them. Others, discounts. It’s all rather convoluted, really. My guess is that the convoluted nature of the…

  23. Two must-click links: Jewish Indians, Indian Indians and the Tomahawk Chop

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

    I spent the early portion of my mid-afternoon lull reading a couple of good articles. A profile of Indians great Al Rosen.  It details the anti-semitism he and other Jewish ballplayers faced back in the day, as well as the more benign but just as potentially career-limiting stereotype that Jews simply couldn’t be good athletes.…

  24. Bobby Valentine may be the "front runner" for the Mariners job

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    At some point, there are so many Bobby Valentine rumors floating around that they become utterly meaningless. That point was probably back in June, actually. But hey, we aim to be comprehensive around here, so we’d hate it if you didn’t know that Shannon Drayer ESPN radio in Seattle is reporting that Valentine “may very…

  25. HBT Daily: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Matt and I look into the crystal ball. Is everything coming up Cliffy?

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