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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Evan Longoria is slumping

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    One of the reasons the Rays have had such a hard go of it lately has been that their best hitter — Evan Longoria — is really fighting it.  He went 0 for 5 in last night’s loss to the Padres and he’s 4 for his last 31 in his last eight games. As Tony…

  2. The Pirates designate Dana Eveland for assignment

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    I have no idea why I care at all about Dana Eveland, but this is at least my third post about him this year. I don’t think I’ve posted as much about Jeter or Pujols.  It’s gotta be the name. It’s just so darn dramatic sounding! But he’s just a name, it seems, because he’s…

  3. Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria had best look in the mirror

    Jun 24, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Buster Olney lays the smackdown on the Marlins’ owner

  4. No, Las Vegas would not work for Major League Baseball

    Jun 24, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Everyone thinks Vegas is a sure-bet major league city. They couldn’t be more wrong.

  5. Strasburg should have at least gotten a no-decision

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    If this was basketball, all the calls would go in Strasburg’s favor because he’s a young stud and everything. This, however, is not basketball.

  6. HBT Extra: The Great Vuvuzela Conspiracy

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee rumors, Mat Latos ruminations and the Great Vuvuzela Conspiracy of 2010. It’s all in this week’s edition of HBT Extra!

  7. The Yankees make a Grand escape

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    See what I did there with that headline? Clever, eh? You know, because Curtis GRANDerson hit the game-winning homer? Anyone?  OK, maybe not. But when 5,000 blog posts you have written, occasionally hacky too you will become.  Anyway: The Yankees came close to blowing a great opportunity just like the Red Sox did, except rather…

  8. Sox bats blast Ubaldo, but Papelbon can't close the deal

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Bad day at Black Rock. Or Rockies. Or whatever.

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

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT

    In which I kind of go off the rails with a “Homicide: Life on the Streets” jag when I should have been talking about the Rays-Padres game.

  10. Johan Santana was accused of sexual battery

    Jun 23, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Johan Santana was accused of sexual battery. The charges were dropped. Before things get crazy, let’s grok a little perspective.

  11. Quote of the Day II: Our Navy is on steroids

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Not sure how I feel about comparing an aircraft carrier to Barry Bonds, but here it is anyway.

  12. The Philly sex-for-World-Series-Tickets lady has a blog now

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I feel icky even linking to it, but if I don’t you’ll never have a chance to read about a convicted attempted prostitute’s sexual fantasies about former Phillies pitcher Larry Christenson.  And really, I couldn’t bear for you not to know that as, admittedly, Larry Christenson was not without his charms. And actually, that link…

  13. Bobby Valentine withdraws himself from consideration for the Orioles' job

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I’m sure that the sudden job opening with the Florida Marlins has absolutely nothing to do with this.

  14. The Reds are going to turn Aroldis Chapman into a reliever

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The Reds are the latest team that plans on turning a would-be ace into a middle reliever.

  15. Strasburg to face the Royals today and no one is talking smack

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Royals are up today for the surprisingly un-nicknamed Stephen Strasburg’s latest start. It’s a 4:30 start, which is kind of weird, but whatever.  The thing I’ve been looking forward to the most in Stephen Strasburg’s games has not been his actual performance (hint: he’s going to throw hard) but the article that shows up…

  16. The Marlins have been looking to fire Fredi for some time

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The Florida Marlins turned heads this morning when they fired Fredi Gonzalez, but upon closer inspection, maybe it shouldn’t have been such a surprise after all. Buster Olney tweets that the Marlins had been planning to fire Gonzalez for a while, actually, but that the whole Hanley Ramirez thing put a kink in it.  I…

  17. The Mets sign Ramon Ortiz

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have spent the last few weeks bending over backwards to get rid of their dead wood arms in Oliver Perez and John Maine, so it’s rather funny that they’d go out and sign a guy who’s been about as effective as Oliver Perez and John Maine this year.  That’s what they did, though:…

  18. Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria on firing Fredi Gonzalez

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    Jeff Loria’s commitment to winning: who ya gonna believe, his words or your own lyin’ eyes?

  19. The Pirates re-hire the pierogi

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Pirates haven’t had a great week, public relations-wise.  First there was that whole mess with whether or not John Russell was going to be fired or whether he got an extension or whatever. Then they went and fired their racing pierogi for insubordination and caught all kinds of hell for it. It’s always hard…

  20. Fired now, but Fredi Gonzalez could be the Braves manager next year

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The first thing I thought when I read that the Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez is that he has to be the front runner to become the Braves’ manager after Bobby Cox retires at the end of the year. Gonzalez was the Braves’ third base coach before taking the Florida job. Last winter, when it…

  21. The Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Whoa — this came out of the blue. Our own Matthew Pouliot said just a few weeks ago that Marlins’ manager Fredi Gonzalez should get canned, but I didn’t think it would actually happen. Now Joe Capozzi is reporting that the Florida Marlins have fired Gonzalez and two coaches. Edwin Rodriguez has been named interim…

  22. The Braves' organist is the coolest guy in the world

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    I mean, playing the organ is already a ticket to Coolville, but Matt Kaminski takes it to a whole new level.

  23. Ken Macha says Trevor Hoffman may close again. Which is crazy.

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    What is it with mediocre managers putting individual player stats above all else these days?  First we had Jerry Manuel killing Jon Niese’s arm in order to try and get him a win, now we have Ken Macha saying yesterday that he may slide Trevor Hoffman back into the closer’s role. Why? “I’d certainly like…

  24. Reports of the White Sox' death were greatly exaggerated

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Two weeks ago Ozzie and Kenny were at each other’s throats and everyone was trying to figure out exactly when Mark Buehrle and A.J.Pierzynski would reach 10-5 status and be able to block the fire sale trades that seemed inevitable. It’s amazing what a little winning can do to put the kibosh on all of…

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