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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Quote of the Day: C.J. Nitkowski on HGH and Tommy John surgery

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    No one ever stops to think about how unnatural and performance-enhancing Tommy John surgery is.

  2. "Go home and make babies"

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    The NFL is currently experiencing some ugliness involving players’ treatment of a female reporter and people saying all kinds of dumb and offensive things about women in the locker room. It’s maddening to me that this kind of crap still happens, but it does — and has been for years — because as much as…

  3. Golson nails Carl Crawford at third to end the Yankees-Rays game

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pitcher fielding practice is pretty damn basic. Know what else is basic? Not making the third out at third base.  It’s something Brett Gardner forgot on Monday night when he was caught stealing third base to end a would-be Yankees scoring threat.  It’s also something Carl Crawford forgot when he got nailed at third trying…

  4. The Rockies demonstrate why pitchers do so many fielding drills

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Spring training begins in February. Thirty seconds after spring training begins, pitchers start doing those fielding drills in which they cover first base. They do those fairly damn continuously until, oh, five minutes before the first pitch on Opening Day.  Pitchers moan about it, but there’s a reason they do this. Just ask the Rockies,…

  5. Do the Yankees need to win the division?

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    It’s not easy to find sane Yankees commentary. Between the bitter tabloids, bombastic talk radio, perspective-free national outlets and a fanbase with an unhealthy number of people who assume that anything short of 162-0 is a big freakin’ problem, thoughtful analysis can be hard to come by. Thank goodness for places like TYU. There are…

  6. Andre Ethier would love to go to Boston

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    I can’t wait for the Dodgers offseason to get going, because I really have no clue what they’re going to do. I could see everything from quietly and maddeningly standing pat again (query: who is the 2011 version of Jamey Carroll?), or I could see them totally tearing it down and starting from a near-Marlins-level…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    The Empire strikes back, the Braves look pathetic and the White Sox nearly drift off to that undiscovered country as the medics vainly shock them with paddles and yell “clear!”

  8. Nick Swisher is out at least until Friday

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher played through some knee pain, but it didn’t get better, so he had an MRI on it today. The MRI revealed inflammation, thankfully, and no structural damage.That doesn’t make it hurt any less, however, so he got a cortisone shot. Joe Girardi just told the sporting press that Swisher is out until at…

  9. Ken Rosenthal joins the Ozzie Guillen-to-Miami chorus

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    It’s not a loud chorus — more of a madrigal group that meets each Tuesday after choir practice — but it is growing: Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins. It makes almost too much sense. Guillen lives in Miami. He was the Marlins’ third base coach when they won the World Series in 2003. His relationship…

  10. Ian Kinsler suspended for one game

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Being suspended is sorta social. Demented and sad, but social.

  11. When nicknames were cool

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    We occasionally get a cool nickname these days, but it’s rare. Mostly we get lame variations of the A-Rod thing, which is a concept I had thought reached its nadir with the ironic “Man-Ram” but came roaring back to life with the non-ironic “Car-Go.” Oy. But there used to be a time when you could…

  12. The Mets want an experienced GM to replace Omar

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports one thing we knew — Omar Minaya is on his way out — and one thing we didn’t — the Mets would rather hire an “experienced GM” than promote assistant GM John Ricco. This surprises me somewhat because I had assumed that the Wilpons would want someone from inside, whom they’ve…

  13. The Rangers are moving their AAA affiliate to Round Rock

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s been rumored forever, but the Round Rock Express — currently the Astros’ AAA affiliate — has called a press conference for Thursday during which it will be announced that they’re going to become the Rangers top minor league club. Well, we presume so, given that they’re (a) partially-owned by Nolan Ryan; (b) Nolan Ryan…

  14. The Yankees are going to rest A-Rod down the stretch

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    There was a lot of harrumphing last night as Joe Girardi used the bullpen’s second string in extra innings against the Rays. That harrumphing led to claims this morning that the Yankees really don’t care about the division and are just playing for the wild card.  I kind of doubt that they’re actually planning on…

  15. I am so proud to be a Braves fan this day

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Did you know that Moises Alou was born in Atlanta? It’s true!  In related news: The good news: More Americans are washing their hands of bathroom germs. The bad news: Except for the guys at Turner Field . . . . . . While 98 percent of women that use the Turner Field restrooms washed…

  16. HBT Daily: Twins, Twins, Twins

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    I seem to get a new obsession each week. One week it’s pro wrestling, the next week it’s the Minnesota Twins.

  17. Johan Santana's surgery "a success"

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Mets have announced that Johan Santana had his shoulder surgery this morning and that “it was a success.”  Which is good to hear. But of course we hear that all the time. I don’t wish ill on any specific player, but just once, on general principles, I would like to hear a team announce…

  18. Wins matter for the Cy Young Award. Except when they don't.

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    How can one man think Zack Greinke’s 2009 Cy Young Award was “most deserving” and casually dismiss Felix Hernandez in 2010? Read on, my friends. Read on!

  19. K-Rod slapped with a contempt charge for texting his girlfriend

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez’s girlfriend was granted an order of protection after K-Rod and her father fought at Citi Field. The thing about orders of protection: they’re designed to keep the subject of the order (K-Rod) from contacting the person in whose favor the order was granted (girlfriend; father-in-law). K-Rod, it seems wasn’t clear on that: Mets…

  20. The Twins should be saying "bring on the Yankees"

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Conventional wisdom holds that the Twins want no part of the Yankees, because the Yankees have owned them in the post season in recent years.  But it’s a different story altogether, I think, if the Twins get home field advantage in the playoffs. Which they could outright if they make up a couple of games…

  21. FYI: The NCAA is still trying to screw amateur athletes

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Despite the fact that it had once been held to be illegal and will likely be held to be illegal again when someone else challenges it, the NCAA’s rule prohibiting amateur athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with a pro sports team is still on the books. This means that if you’re a…

  22. Comment of the Day: Sabathia and Price don't know how to win

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Reader That Guy makes a comment that will cause Cy Young voters to blow a gasket: It’s too bad niether Price nor Sabathia’s preformance of eight-inning shutout ball count towards the Cy Young race, because neither got a decision. They both pitched well, but neither of them knew how to win last night. Hey, if…

  23. Felix Hernandez to get extra rest; Cy Young chances take a hit

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez is up to around 225 innings this year on a Mariners team that has been going nowhere since about five minutes after camp broke. As a result, the M’s are going to give him six days rest between starts for his next two starts. Which is a smart move. He’s the future, and…

  24. Father of K-Rod's girlfriend hires a lawyer

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    Boy, didn’t see this one coming. Totally blindsided here: Daian Peña, the girlfriend of hotheaded Mets hurler Francisco Rodriguez, and her father, Carlos Peña, have hired a lawyer. Lawyer Jeff Korek won’t say if he plans to sue for injuries Carlos Peña suffered when cops say the 6-foot, 195-pound reliever attacked him after an Aug.…

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