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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Mets designate Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have finally done what seemed absolutely necessary weeks ago: they’ve designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. As you know, that means they have ten days to trade, release or demote Matthews. Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a…

  2. Tickets to the Strasburg debut getting cheaper

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately.  As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are…

  3. Adrian Gonzalez is not going anywhere; Heath Bell, maybe

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark reports what the Padres’ continued success in the standings is making inevitable: Adrain Gonzalez — once thought to be the plum of this year’s trade deadline pie — isn’t going anywhere, so teams have basically given up even asking the Padres about him. Makes sense. It’s one thing to disappoint your fan base…

  4. Attention Dumb Tigers fans: leave Jim Joyce alone

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    I’m not saying all Tigers fans upset with the call in the other night’s game are dumb. Just the ones who are CALLING THE WRONG JIM JOYCE: “I was watching it in our family room,” said a different Jim Joyce from Toledo. “We’re Tigers fans, so we were disappointed as well.” But Joyce’s disappointment quickly…

  5. Who should be the next Orioles' manager?

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Juan Samuel has the job now, but you have to assume that he’s truly just the interim guy.  Based on my perusal of Orioles’ blogs and stuff, O’s fans seem to be begging for an experienced major league manager, and one would think that Andy MacPhail is thinking the same thing. But who?  The name…

  6. Quote of the Day: The Daily News' Bill Madden hates replay; modernity

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Baseball has become dehumanized enough by sabermetricians and their mind-numbing statistical analyses and it doesn’t need to be made more complicated by having the potential for instant replay on every play. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, seemingly channeling his frustration over never figuring out how to get his VCR to stop flashing…

  7. White House Press Secretary praises Jim Joyce

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    This is nice to see, but am I alone in thinking that we’ve come close to praising Jim Joyce’s demeanor so much that the backlash is inevitable?   Oh well, I suppose it’s better than what Sarah Palin said about the environmentalists screwing up Galarraga’s perfect game . . .

  8. What They're Saying About Dave Trembley getting fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It just became official a little over an hour ago, but its been rumbling for a couple of days now.  Here are some of the early reactions to the Orioles 86ing Dave Trembley: Camden Chat: Dave Trembley wasn’t the greatest manager.  He wasn’t the worst.  He managed some good games and he dogged some bad…

  9. Jose Canseco testifies before grand jury in Roger Clemens case

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco testified before the grand jury that is deciding whether to indict Roger Clemens on perjury charges yesterday. You could probably do better if you’re looking for someone to vouch for your character, but we take our witnesses where we can find them, and Canseco basically backed Clemens’ side of the story. Canseco also…

  10. King Felix strikes out four in one inning

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    It’s not as exciting as a perfect game — it’s not even as exciting as a near-perfect game — but I almost like quirky stuff like this better: Felix Hernandez struck out four guys in one inning last night.  The wild pitch punchout went to Joe Mauer, but the King then bore down and got…

  11. It's official: Trembley gets the axe

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports what we all knew was coming: Dave Trembley has been fired and Juan Samuel is the new interim manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Given that Brian Roberts is still not back, Casey Kotchman would represent an upgrade at first base, almost everyone who was supposed to hit the…

  12. Casey Kotchman sets defensive record for first basemen

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it deserves its own post: last night Casey Kotchman set the record for most consecutive defensive chances at first base without an error.  He’s at 2,008 after last night’s game.  The previous mark was Kevin Youkilis’ 2,002.  Youkilis still has the consecutive games streak at 238.  Kotchman has…

  13. How you know when you're about to be fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The official announcement hasn’t come yet, but someone on Orioles Nation is already ready for Dave Trembley to be gone.  Witness third base coach Juan Samuel’s Wikipedia page from around 11PM last night, which reads: “On June 3, 2010, the Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley and announced Samuel as the new manager.” It has since…

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

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Astros 6, Nationals 4: A walkoff two-run homer for Carlos Lee. The Nationals helped set it up, however, when Cristan Guzman lost a Lance Berkman liner in the lights and had it bounce in front of him allowing Michael Bourn to score. Braves 4, Dodgers 3: The best kept secret in baseball? Kris Medlen. The…

  15. "Jim Joyce is standing up like a man today"

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Here’s some pretty moving video of the exchange of lineup cards before the Tigers-Indians game today.  Jim Joyce takes the field and tears come to his eyes. He shakes Armando Galarraga’s hand and does his best to get to work.  The announcers laud him for “standing up like a man” in both coming out and…

  16. So, how was Jim Joyce's day behind the plate?

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I don’t know if this makes me a cynic, an optimist or what, but the first thing I thought today when I realized that Jim Joyce was going to be working behind the plate was “boy, I bet the Tigers get a wide strike zone today!”  I mean, I want to believe that people don’t…

  17. HBT Extra: Good call Bud, but give us replay!

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about instant replay and Bud’s decision to leave the Joyce call stand:  

  18. What you're saying about the Joyce-Galarraga call

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    The best thing about this blog are the comments. Sure, there are some knuckleheads that show up here from time to time, but find me any comments section of any major website that has as consistently high-quality conversation and argument as this one and I’ll eat my hat. And if any of you saw me…

  19. Selig to "examine" umpires, replay; declines to overturn Joyce call

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Bud Selig just released a statement on last night’s events. Short version: No word on overturning the call, which I think is a clear signal that he will not do so (UPDATE: Multiple reporters are now hearing that no, Selig will not overturn the decision); A decision to “review” umpiring systems and replay which, as…

  20. "Please don't bother Mr. Zito. No autographs tonight."

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    This is rich.  It was originally reported int the San Francisco Chronicle, but I can’t find it there so I’ll link to the L.A. Times version (last item): Giants pitcher Barry Zito was enjoying a drink at an upscale bar last week when a long-haired young man in scruffy attire approached and a restaurant staffer…

  21. Comment of the Day: Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    Actually Griffey was thinking about retiring for a while now. He just took some time to sleep on it. – Reader D.J. Switzerland, offering what should be the first and final word on the subject over in the Griffey thread.

  22. Hey, at least Galarraga got a car

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga may not have gotten a perfect game, but he got a nice consolation prize: a cherry-red Corvette, given to him by General Motors just before the game today in recognition of his “excellence on the field and for his professionalism & sportsmanship.”  I have two questions: (1) Since the bailout, does this mean…

  23. Charlie Manuel calls out his hitters

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    You know who’s happy today? The Phillies.  Because of the Stanley Cup Final and because of all of the Jim Joyce and Ken Griffey rumpus, not too many people are talking about them today.  About how, you know, they’re in a total flat spin and how they can’t hit anymore and look to be playing…

  24. Bud is still thinking about whether to overturn the game

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    According to Larry Lange of the AP, Major League Baseball was “still deciding” whether or not to overturn the Galarraga game as of this morning.  Bud is talking to his advisors, the story says.  For what it’s worth, Tony La Russa — not a formal advisor, but the game’s only Super Genius — thinks it…

  25. What the Mariners are saying about Ken Griffey Jr.

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners react to the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr.:  

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