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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Nyjer Morgan's suspension is reduced to eight games

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    So much for my brilliant theory. Nyjer Morgan’s suspension has been reduced from fifteen to eight games. You’ll recall that Morgan was appealing two separate suspensions: one for throwing a ball into the Citizens Bank Park stands, for which he was docked seven games, and one for the battle royale he set off against the…

  2. HBT Daily: Jeter's flop, Tulo's bop and I can't find a rhyme for Roy Halladay

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the HBP that wasn’t, Tulowitzki’s heroics and whether Roy Halladay deserves the Cy Young Award.

  3. Carlos Zambrano has a nutso player option . . . that could be serious trouble for baseball

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano could make $19 million in 2013 based on the vote of a single baseball writer. Does this bother you?

  4. Protesting the lameness — and the homophobia — of the "kiss cam"

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    This Saturday the Cardinals are holding an “OUT at the ballpark” promotion in conjunction with a local LGBT group.  This is not uncommon. Lots of ballparks do this.  What is less common is that some people behind the event are wanting to turn it into a protest of sorts over how ballparks, stadiums and areans…

  5. Jeter's fake HBP was child's play. Watch the real pros work.

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter kind of sold his fake HBP last night. I mean, yeah, he got the call and I guess that’s the whole point. But he has a long way to go until he can consider himself a master of the genre. For example, check out this fine work by Yunel Escobar last year. He…

  6. Deep Thoughts: Phillies Game Seven Starter Edition

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    The answer is obvious . . . right?

  7. Oh noes! All the criminals are wearing Yankees caps!

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    From today’s New York Times: Since 2000, more than 100 people who have been suspects or persons of interest in connection with serious crimes in New York City wore Yankees apparel at the time of the crimes or at the time of their arrest or arraignment. The tally is based on a review of New…

  8. Carlos Zambrano says he's going to retire after 2012

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    A couple of months ago, if you told me that Carlos Zambrano was going to retire after the 2012 season, I would have asked how he’d ever make it that long.  He’s been pitching well lately, however. So well, in fact, that it’s not too hard to imagine him being a solid starter again for…

  9. Looking back to the last notable phantom HBP: A.J. Pierzynski

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I had forgotten, but Jonny5 reminded me in the comments that A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base back in April.  I commented on it at the time. The fact that I used it to leap into a pro wrestling digression is evidence that I didn’t think Pierzynski’s act was some awful transgression…

  10. Will the phantom HBP change the way people think about Derek Jeter?

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:50 AM EDT

    In the grand scheme of things it was a silly little play. But is it the kind of thing that will change the Derek Jeter Can Do No Wrong narrative we’ve been hearing for the past 15 years?

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

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:52 AM EDT

    When I saw you break down in front of the ump and cry real tears,
    It was the best acting I saw anybody do.

  12. Jason Bay is "feeling great"

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    The Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic just spoke with Jason Bay, and Bay says that he is “symptom-free” and is “feeling great.”  If that’s the case, Bay’s desire to play before the season is out may very well happen. Given how much bad stuff has gone down in New York in the second half, seeing Bay, cobwebs…

  13. Heyman: Beltre wants $12M+ over five years

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman’s latest column is up, and among the many tidbits in it is word from “Red Sox people” who anticipate that Adrian Beltre is going to seek a contract with roughly the same terms of his big post-2004 deal, which ran for five years and $64 million. Heyman’s sources say there’s no way the…

  14. Troy Tulowitzki has seven RBI through four innings

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    That Braves game put me in a bad mood. Know what has put me in a good mood? Search for, finding and posting this picture of Troy Tulowitzki. My god, he’s a glorious man, is he not? He’s almost without equal. Almost. But there’s a reason for noting his Tulowitzkiness beyond the hairstyle he rocks…

  15. "Re-awarding" the MVP awards may be the dumbest thing ever

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

    You can’t rewrite history, my friends. Well, unless you want to look foolish, in which case, be my guest.

  16. Watching the Braves slowly die

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    I can’t decide if watching John Lannan shut down the Braves is worse than watching Livan Hernandez do it, but hey, at least I have recent data points on both of those things in order to make an informed comparison!  The Braves dropped yet another game they had no business dropping if they plan on…

  17. Did you get your Roy Halladay perfect game tickets?

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Remember how the Marlins planned to cynically capitalize on Roy Halladay’s perfect game by printing up and selling tickets to the thing after it happened?  Well, they went ahead and did it, and according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, they have sold 10,332 of the bad boys so far. While the Marlins’…

  18. Andy Pettitte: Man of Mystery

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Buster Olney on the return of Andy Pettitte: The Yankees have structured Pettitte’s comeback in such a way that the Rays will not get a last look at the veteran before the start of the playoffs. Andy Pettitte has pitched in 526 baseball games over the past 16 seasons. 31 of those games have come…

  19. HBT Daily: Rookie of the year, the managerial carousel and options, options

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany is back today, and she and I decide to take a day off from the pennant races to talk about awards, jobs and a couple of guys who may get their once-horrifying options picked up.

  20. Comment of the Day: "booger-eating basement dwellers"

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    In which I resort to Citzen Kane references to defend you people from being called all manner of nasty things.

  21. The Coors Field visitor bullpens are awesome

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    There’s a story in the San Diego Union Tribune today about how great the visitor’s bullpen is in Colorado. It’s set among all that landscaping you can see when you look out towards centerfield, and according to the Padres relievers, it’s simply lovely. “They made it look like we’re in the Rockies with the trees.…

  22. Deep Thoughts: Nyjer Morgan suspension edition

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    It’s been several days since Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his multiple suspensions was heard. Still no word, though. Normally we hear appeal decisions almost immediately after the appeal. My pet theory, based on nothing more than “gee, wouldn’t that be funny” speculation: Major League Baseball is waiting to announce Morgan’s suspension until its length coincides…

  23. Jon Paul Morosi changes course yet again

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    I’m finally starting to get it: It’s not about the peformance. It’s about the story.

  24. Bud Selig is freaking out about the McCourts

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Bud Selig is not at all happy that the McCourt case is still dragging on: . . . according to four people who have spoken with him, Selig is dismayed at the public spectacle surrounding the divorce and concerned about the potential for lasting damage to the…

  25. The 2011 schedule is released. And there was much rejoicing

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Next year’s entire schedule — sans the still-possible Diamondbacks-Giants series in Taiwan — has been released. Here’s the actual schedule. Here’s some verbiage from MLB.com talking about how glorious it is.  And I suppose it might be glorious in places, but really dudes, it’s just a schedule. The most notable thing about it is the…

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