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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Peer-reviewing the GMs

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Some cool inside dirt on the game’s general managers

  2. Someone is actually interested in Mark Prior

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    As we mentioned on Tuesday, Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback.  He had his workout at USC yesterday in front of representatives from 15 teams.  FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic said that at least one team is interested in him. No idea who it is. Prior apparently hit 90 miles per hour during his session,…

  3. UPDATE: Bengie Molina deal is done

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: John Shea of the Chronicle says the deal is now done, so Bengie won’t have to pretend to still be a Giant today in Colorado. 3:30 P.M.: This news from Andrew Baggarly is fun: This Bengie Molina deal still not officially done. Molina probably will report to Coors Field in a couple hours as…

  4. Baseball's GMs say Brian Sabean is rude

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    I don’t think the full article is up yet (UPDATE: Yes it is. I missed it. It’s Insider only, however), but Buster Olney writes today that is going to run the results of a baseball general manager survey in which the GMs rate one another on things like who’s the easiest to work with,…

  5. Charlie Manuel suspended for bumpin' an ump

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Phillies’ skipper Charlie Manuel argued balls and strikes with world’s worst umpire C.B. Bucknor on Tuesday night, his hat apparently brushed Bucknor’s head and now Manuel has been suspended for one game for “aggressive arguing and inappropriate contact.” Whatever. C.B. Bucknor couldn’t call a strike on the strikingest day of his life with an electrified…

  6. The Dustin Pedroia double-standard

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    What would happen if A-Rod said and did the things Pedroia does?

  7. Court-appointed restructuring officer recommends the Rangers be auctioned off

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Do I hear fiddy? Fiddy goin’ once! Fiddy goin’ twice! Sooooold to the man in the big hat!

  8. Chase Utley had surgery this morning; could miss 5-6 weeks

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Now it’s being widely reported that Utley actually already had his surgery this morning. 12:14 P.M.: I’ve only seen this from one source so far — Peter Gammons — but if he’s right, the news is very, very bad for the Phillies: Gammons says that Chase Utley is going to require surgery on his…

  9. Ted Lilly: Zambrano wants to help the Cubs

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly must have a great cell phone plan. Unlimited minutes to call anywhere, including Greater Crazyville, where he apparently reached Carlos Zambrano: Ted Lilly became the first Cubs player to get through to Carlos Zambrano, saying the controversial pitcher wants to return to help the team in the second half of the season. “I…

  10. Count the Phillies in on Dan Haren too

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    You can add the Phillies to the list of suitors interested in Dan Haren, joining the Nationals and the Cardinals. Indeed, Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Diamondbacks are scouting Phillies’ prospects to see what they might get in return. Haren doesn’t appear to be having his best year ever — he’s 7-6 with a 4.56…

  11. Comment of the Day: LeBron to the Yankees!

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    I never thought I’d see the day when someone out-crazied baseball’s hot stove season, but King James has done that.

  12. The Nationals asked the Dbacks about Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats, despite the fact that they’re sinking like a stone in the NL East, have inquired about the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. A lot of time in the article is spent wondering if this means the Nats are buyers or sellers (in light of the Adam…

  13. The Missouri Deparment of Transportation has no love for Dan Quisenberry

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    This is sad: in 1999, the Kansas City Royals planted a memorial tree and laid a plaque for the late, great Dan Quisenberry who died of brain cancer the year before. Yeah, about that: The tree and plaque are now gone. This after workers began work on building ramp off Interstate 70 to improve access…

  14. HBT Extra: Dysfunction Junction with Upton, Zambrano and Kemp

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    We taped this before Matt Kemp went and pulled that 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI game out of his butt yesterday, but at least 2/3 of the video hasn’t been overtaken by events, so enjoy!

  15. Vlad Guerrero abuses his former team

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    If baseball teams could date, Vlad would be that girl the Angels idiotically dumped last year.

  16. The Molina trade makes sense for everyone

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    My first thought when I saw that the Giants were unloading Bengie Molina on the Rangers last night: Wow, if the Mets had only gone multiple years and, like, ten million bucks, he could have been theirs! My next thought:  this works for everyone involved. The Giants needed to find a permanent home for Buster…

  17. The frustrated bidders have been invited to the Rangers mediation

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    This tweet from Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal is interesting: Breaking News: Spurned Texas Rangers bidders invited to federal mediation. Kaplan promises more details later, but my first thought is that this cuts a couple of different ways, one in which is good for team Greenberg and one that isn’t. On the one hand it…

  18. Bobby Valentine rips the Marlins on ESPN

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” yesterday, talking about the Marlins’ hiring process: “If this is a major-league process, I hope I’m never in the process again. It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it’s over.” The linked articles goes a bit more into the details of why he and the…

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

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    There’s a Roger Miller reference in here someplace, but I link to Asleep at the Wheel’s version, because the video quality was higher.

  20. Brad Lincoln shuts down the Cubs for his first major league victory

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Pirates’ rookie Brad Lincoln threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs today, striking out six and allowing only four hits as Pittsburgh beat Chicago 2-0. It looked like it would be a no-decision for Lincoln for a while, however, as Tom Gorzelanny and Brian Schlitter matched the zeros.  But then some bad defense struck for…

  21. Quote of the Day: Farewell, Hiram Bithorn Stadium!

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Or: Baseball really thought they were doing the Expos a favor with this place a few years ago?

  22. No, you cannot have first place: Twins 5, Tigers 1

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    After dropping the first game of the midweek series, the Minnesota Twins reminded the Detroit Tigers why they are the team everyone picked to win the division this season, winning 5-1. Even with Joe Mauer taking the day off, the Twins brought plenty of firepower to bear, with Justin Morneau hitting a solo homer and…

  23. Dustin Pedroia is taking grounders from his knees

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Freak show . . . relax: Right now, as I write this, Dustin Pedroia is kneeling on the grass at second base taking grounders from Tim Bogar. Seriously. And not pitty-pat grounders to your kid in the backyard. These are big league groundballs. He then flips the balls to coach Rob Leary. Yeah, six weeks.…

  24. Anatomy of conflicting trade rumors: Adam Dunn edition

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    What do you do when two reporters are saying conflicting things about a given player? You try to sniff the baloney, that’s what.

  25. Halladay Hit Parade: The Reds beat the Phillies 4-3

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    It’s not every day you see Roy Halladay give up 13 hits — in fact, he hadn’t done that all year — but he did to the Reds today, the most significant of which was Jay Bruce’s two-run homer in the eighth to give the Reds a come-from-behind win. To be honest, it’s amazing that…

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