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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:29 PM EST

    We’ve heard this for the past couple of days, but now it’s confirmed: Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers’ lineup for tonight’s game. The somewhat surprising caveat: he’s not DHing. He’s playing center field. Given that his biggest issue these past few weeks has been stiffness when he tries to throw, this should probably…

  2. Mike Sweeney: Good guy. But aren't we all when things go well?

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EST

    There’s a story in today’s Delco Times about Mike Sweeney. About how great a guy he is. About how he adds so much to the Phillies’ team chemistry and has made the clubhouse a happier, friendlier place to be. Because of him, they’re “the feel-good Phillies.” No mention whatsoever, though, of the fact that back…

  3. Congratulations Adrian Beltre and Shane Victorino

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    Shane Victorino is not with the Phillies today. Adrian Beltre is not with the Red Sox today. Why? Victorino’s wife had a baby last night and Beltre’s wife just went into labor this afternoon.  This almost certainly ends Beltre’s season. Victorino will obviously join the Phillies before the playoffs start. On behalf of the entire…

  4. Forget it: Omar and Jerry are still alive

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:02 PM EST

    So I guess Jon Heyman was just jumping the gun this morning: Andy Martino of the Daily News says that “multiple sources say Manuel and Minaya have been told nothing about their status,” and he insists that they will not be fired until at least Sunday. Why anyone is trying to scoop anyone else on…

  5. Wanna buy George Steinbrenner's mash notes?

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    I’m guessing that love letters from a college-age George Steinbrenner would be just a notch below Vogon poetry on the hideousness scale, but I’d kinda like to see them anyway. And lucky for us, they’re being auctioned! Mary Jane Schriner met the future Yankees owner when she was 16 years old and he was entering…

  6. Deep Thoughts: The Blue Jays' home runs

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

    A friend of mine emailed me a few minutes ago and asked — all of my previous objections to PED accusations of Jose Bautista notwithstanding — whether the fact that the Blue Jays had hit so many home runs this year still didn’t raise any suspicions in my mind. Specifically, he noted — correctly —…

  7. Troy Tulowitzki isn't pleased with some of his teammates

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki isn’t one for (a) modern hairstyles; or (b) cliches about how the team tied its hardest but just fell short. He’s quite out front, in fact, in saying that he’s not happy with some of his teammates: “There are definitely some guys in this room that are at points in their career where…

  8. Adam Wainwright slams Jack Clark

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright was on ESPN Radio in St. Louis yesterday, and he went off on Jack Clark for saying that the Cardinals were quitters: Those were stupid comments. Hopefully he knows that anyways. You got a guy who likes to hear himself talk, that’s all it is. You notice in every big situation, whether it’s…

  9. Jerry and Omar get the axe. I think.

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:25 PM EST

    Jon Heyman is reporting that Mets manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya “will not return in their current roles next season.” I guess this means that this is official and that they’ve been told and stuff, but it’s not clear from Heyman’s tweet (which I couldn’t read in the first place, because he…

  10. HBT Daily: The Final Weekend is Here

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about just how badly the Padres are screwed right now.

  11. Reader Dissent: Craig, you don't know jack about walk rates

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

    I’m not sure if this reader is right about me being wrong, but it sounds good enough to post. Maybe some of you can parse this better than me.

  12. Cliff Lee has posted the lowest walk rate in 77 years

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks. From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per…

  13. Comment: why a challenge system for replay would be terrible

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there.  But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning: The first time LaRussa or some…

  14. So, what are the Phillies going to do against the Braves this weekend?

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    The Phillies have nothing to play for this weekend. Will the Braves benefit because of it?

  15. The Rays might start David Price on Saturday

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Rays manager Joe Maddon said there’s a chance David Price will start Saturday against the Royals. I would presume that such a start would be more akin to a regular between-starts throwing session for Price, what with him almost certainly being the Game 1 starter in the ALDS on Wednesday.  Give him, what, 45-50 pitches? …

  16. What is it with dads snagging foul balls while holding babies?

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    To follow up on yesterday’s video from the Tribe game, here’s video of a guy grabbing a foul ball while holding a baby at yesterday’s Snakes-Giants game. He really ought to have his child taken away from him, though. Not because of the danger posed while going after a baseball near the rail of a…

  17. Rosenthal righteously rips Selig over replay

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:13 AM EST

    Here’s FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, getting it absolutely right on replay: Baseball, due to its refusal to expand instant replay, is headed for more controversy this postseason. And the sport’s powers-that-be, led by commissioner Bud Selig, have no one but themselves to blame. This is the 21st century. The technology is available to correct calls, and…

  18. FOX to use flyover cams in the playoffs

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    I’m normally against innovations from the land of football infecting the wonderfulness that is baseball, but this could be kind of neat.

  19. Breaking down the NL playoff picture

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Short version: for the Padres, it will take something just short of a miracle to make the playoffs.

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

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:38 AM EST

    The Giants clinch no worse than a tie in the NL West. The Padres? They’re on life support.

  21. Must-click link: Ted Berg will not stop playing baseball, thank you

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Ted Berg is a friend of HardballTalk. He reads it and links it from time to time over at his Mets (and other New York sports)-focused blog, Tedquarters. He is a witty chap on Twitter, and really, if you can make me laugh on Twitter a couple of times a day you’re going to be…

  22. Buster Posey may have just won the rookie of the year award

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    I have the Giants-Dbacks game on and, just a minute ago, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer to extend the Giants’ lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth. A Giants victory today will force the Padres to sweep them this weekend if they want to win the west. In San Francisco. Seems like…

  23. From the department of wishful thinking

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jim Edmonds is “hopeful” that he’ll be able to play in the playoffs. This seems like a big stretch to me.  While what was thought to have been a torn Achilles tendon turned out to not be all that bad, Edmonds is clearly limited and clearly gimpy.…

  24. Padres veteran: Latos' comments "just not smart"

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    Mat Latos’ comments yesterday about how awful and unfair it was that the Giants go out and acquire players in the middle of the season didn’t go over very well around these parts.  They also didn’t go over very well with his own teammates, it seems. Dan Hayes, who covers the Padres for the North…

  25. MLBPA and MLB agree on new free agency rules

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EST

    The MLBPA and Major League Baseball have been snipping at each other for a couple of years now over free agency. A lot of guys have signed late — some even after camp has started — and some have muttered about collusion and the like. To resolve this, the union and the league sat down…

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