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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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.…

  2. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I am an Ohio State fan. God, how I hate Ohio State fans.

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

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    The Phillies have to wait at least one more day to clinch the division title because — despite totally being capable of it, I’m sure — the Braves didn’t lose twice in one game.

  4. Quote of the Day (from some day in 2006): Bobby Cox

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur had some really nice words to say about Bobby Cox in the AJC. So nice that I’m not even going to rip on Francoeur for anything. And funny too.  Francoeur tells a story about the first time he was ever ejected from a game. It was early 2006. As soon as Frenchie got…

  5. The Orioles could make a play for Victor Martinez

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Let us first stipulate that, yeah, it’s probably way too early for free agent rumors. So much happens between now and when guys file that it’s kinda silly for anyone to put too much stock in the various whispers out there. But hey: if people can spend all day arguing that wins are what makes…

  6. Jack Clark quits on the Cardinals

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jack Clark, who ripped the Cardinals for quitting last week, has quit.  His analyst job at Fox Sports Midwest, that is, where he does occasional Cardinals postgame analysis. Given his “poopy pants” rant, I wish it happened via a big temper tantrum during which he called his producer “a big fat butthead whose face looks…

  7. The Padres claim Felipe Lopez on waivers

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    The Padres have fundamentally altered the balance of power in the NL West by claiming Felipe Lopez off waivers. The Cardinals released him, so if no one else with a worse record than San Diego wanted him, he’s theirs. I’m pretty sure you have 48 hours to make a waiver claim.  Since it’s Felipe Lopez…

  8. Jim Thome = Brett Favre

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Yeah, it makes my skin crawl too because Thome is totally awesome and nice and he’s never jerked anyone around and everyone who knows him absolutely loves the guy, but that doesn’t stop someone from making the comparison today: At the same age as Vikings future hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre, Thome’s performance this…

  9. Stan Kasten . . . and the Mets?

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ David Waldstein speculates today that the Mets would be wise to look into hiring Stan Kasten, who resigned as President of the Nats yesterday.  He’s got a great track record, Waldstein says.  He’s from New Jersey! Both of which are true. Also true is that, if Jeff Wilpon takes it upon…

  10. Frank and Jamie update: they're mediating

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    The McCourt trial is on hold today as the parties meet in a mediation.  Josh over at Dodger Divorce provides a brief rundown of what’s happening and what’s at stake (and if you care about this subject at all you should be reading him every day anyway). I rarely had good results in mediation when…

  11. Deep thought: with the awards, it's not stats vs. scouts

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    I promise I’ll get off this Cy Young Award voting thing soon, but I had one more thought.  Or rather, Dan Levy over at Press Coverage had one more thought, and it’s a good one. While so many baseball arguments tend to break down into a stats vs. scouts, sabermetrics vs. my-own-damn-eyes debate, the AL…

  12. HBT Daily: Weekend preview

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    The fact that Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes we had on in yesterday’s video and the fact that we make no mention of last night’s results is merely a coincidence. We IN NO WAY taped this yesterday. I swear.

  13. The Mets will not be pursuing big free agents

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    From the Department of Not Particularly Surprising Affairs, the Daily News reports that the 2011 Mets are gong to look a lot like the 2010 Mets: Those familiar with the team’s thinking say the Mets believe they have too much money committed to their roster next season – at least $130 million, much of which…

  14. David Ortiz "wouldn't feel comfortable" with a one-year deal

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Red Sox have an expensive option on David Ortiz. I’ve convinced myself that there would be dumber things for the Sox to do than pay Ortiz $12 million next year, if for no other reason than it will limit their controversial offseason moves to one (Papelbon) and at some point the hassle reduction is…

  15. Defending Jose Bautista

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Over at IIATMS, Larry takes on the manner in which folks have been trying to, um, inject PEDs into the narrative surrounding Jose Bautista’s 50-home run season.  It’s a good read, with a premise worth thinking about: while we can predict a lot on baseball, the unpredictable can still happen.  It’s funny how people can…

  16. Ken Rosenthal gets it right

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    After my rant earlier this morning, I should make a point to notice when writers do get the awards votes right. Here’s one Ken Rosenthal. I’m no one, and I have my own, well-known set of biases, so I don’t expect to convince anyone in the BBWAA of anything even if I think I’m on…

  17. Full copy of Game Seven of the 1960 World Series found in Bing Crosby's basement

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    We weren’t expecting this: “a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series” was found in the wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco. Footage of Bill Mazeroski’s home run is all over the place, but the game itself had been thought to…

  18. "The stats geeks win" and other bits of Cy Young idiocy from ESPN's Rob Parker

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    At no point in your rambling, incoherent column were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Rays 10, Yankees 3: In 1974, Dock Ellis hit three Cincinnati Reds players in a row to start a game. He tried to hit a fourth — Tony Perez — but ended up walking him because Perez kept dodging pitches. He then tried to hit Johnny Bench, but before he could, Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh…

  20. Pujols homers twice, the Cards salvage one in Pittsburgh

    Sep 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two homers today, as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 9-2. The win prevents a sweep at the hand of the mighty Pirates. The homers put Pujols above 40 for the season. It’s the sixth time he’s done that in his career.  In case you were unaware, the man is pretty…

  21. Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Abreu's day off

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The mid-afternoon blahs always hit me around 3PM, and when they do my deep-thinking abilities flag. And I start paying attention to really dumb stuff. Like celebrity Twitter accounts. Here’s an Ozzie Guillen tweet from around then: Enjoying this great day off in anaheim some shopping then maybe dinner with my goo friend bobby abreu…

  22. Ahhh, the ballpark in winter! In Cleveland!

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland has some pretty nice weather in the summer. It’s not paradise or anything, but it’s always several degrees cooler up there by the lake than it is down here in the middle of the Great State of Ohio. Indeed, summer nights in Cleveland are quite underrated. Despite this, the Indians just don’t draw fans…

  23. The Nationals may be in denial about Kasten's resignation

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    That word Stan Kastan keeps using. I don’t think it means what the Nats think it means.

  24. HBT Daily: In which I cope with the Braves' destruction

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany talks me down off a ledge over the Braves-Phillies series. Which is funny, because I tape these in my basement. No ledges there, bro.

  25. Matt Stairs wants to play one or two more years

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs was content to be a high school hockey coach back home in Maine this past winter, but he got on Nutri-System, lost 40 pounds and found the spark to come back and make the Padres out of camp.  Rather than a last hurrah, Staris tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that he’d like to play…

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