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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Mike Remlinger is selling Sammy Sosa's corked bat

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    I guess it’s not odd that someone is selling the corked bat that got Sammy Sosa in hot water several years ago. I’m just surprised that it’s former teammate Mike Remlinger. I mean, did Sosa let him have it, or what? Last year Remlinger said he contacted Sosa to ask if the retired slugger wanted…

  2. The Roberto Alomar divorce petition

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    You’ll recall that Roberto Alomar made the news last week. Now ESPN’s The File blog has a copy of the divorce petition filed by Roberto Alomar’s wife (link goes to pdf file). The interesting stuff begins at paragraph 19, where Alomar’s wife claims that, despite knowing he had HIV, Alomar “intentionally and in total disregard…

  3. The Dodgers are raising some ticket prices; lowering others

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:07 PM EST

    The average price for a single game ticket at Dodger Stadium will go up 40 cents for 2011. The average price for a season ticket will go down 20 cents. Some seats will have large premiums placed on them. Others, discounts. It’s all rather convoluted, really. My guess is that the convoluted nature of the…

  4. Two must-click links: Jewish Indians, Indian Indians and the Tomahawk Chop

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

    I spent the early portion of my mid-afternoon lull reading a couple of good articles. A profile of Indians great Al Rosen.  It details the anti-semitism he and other Jewish ballplayers faced back in the day, as well as the more benign but just as potentially career-limiting stereotype that Jews simply couldn’t be good athletes.…

  5. Bobby Valentine may be the "front runner" for the Mariners job

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    At some point, there are so many Bobby Valentine rumors floating around that they become utterly meaningless. That point was probably back in June, actually. But hey, we aim to be comprehensive around here, so we’d hate it if you didn’t know that Shannon Drayer ESPN radio in Seattle is reporting that Valentine “may very…

  6. HBT Daily: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Matt and I look into the crystal ball. Is everything coming up Cliffy?

  7. Jim Edmonds would still like to play. I think.

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    I the article, Jim Edmonds says “I’m done,” but that’s referring to the season. Would he still consider playing in 2011? “I’ll have to ask the wife about that,” Edmonds said. He also said that the idea of coming back would be more appealing if he could be a backup first baseman somewhere. He said…

  8. UPDATE: the Jim Joyce Twitter account is a hoax

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    OK, fine, I was suckered. But it was kinda worth it.

  9. Video: The Bobby Cox farewell press conference

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    I’m trying to walk back my emotions on all of this. I mean, he’s not dead or anything. And despite what he says about “not putting on the uniform again” he’s almost certainly going to be back hanging around the Braves spring training, probably in uniform as some special advisor or something like Tom Kelly…

  10. Headline of the Day

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    The fact that this man is still playing while the Braves are home organizing their fishing gear is proof that there is no God. Or that he exists and has a great sense of humor.

  11. Ron Washington "has a feeling" about Jorge Cantu

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Just as I was surprised that there is controversy over the Giants starting Madison Bumgarner over Barry Zito, I’m surprised that there’s controversy over the Rangers starting Jorge Cantu over Mitch Moreland at first base tonight against David Price. But apparently there is: When the sun went down on Monday, Rangers manager Ron W ashington…

  12. Your team has been eliminated. Now what do you do?

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

    Deciding who to root for once your team has been eliminated is a lot tougher than you might think.

  13. Someone topped the Red Sox' bid for Liverpool Football Club

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

    I have no idea if the bidding for Liverpool FC is actually able to be reopened — the board did approve the Red Sox’ bid after all — but a Singapore businessman has just offered 20 million pounds more for the team than John Henry’s bunch wants to pay.  I’m a bit rusty with my…

  14. Comment of the Day: Learning from Bobby Cox

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

    I roll my eyes when sports figures actively try to teach us life lessons. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t draw some important life lessons from watching them in action.

  15. Wait — there's a debate about who the Giants' fourth starter will be in the NLCS?

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Just because there are, technically speaking, two possible answers to a question doesn’t mean that it’s a “terrific question.”

  16. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:47 AM EST

    The Giants move one. But really: is there a pitching controversy in San Francisco?

  17. Braves fans give Brooks Conrad a round of applause

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    Jeff Fletcher of FanHouse is at Turner Field and he just tweeted that fans just gave Brooks Conrad a standing ovation as he stood in the outfield during batting practice. That makes me happy. Braves fans, as I have said on numerous occasion, are not the best fans in the world. They have to be…

  18. Chuck Greenberg's message to Rangers fans: "Believe"

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:29 PM EST

    The owner of my team makes $87.5 million a year and I’m guessing he’s too busy eating panda steaks and lounging on unicorn skin couches to spend much time on the blogs.  Not so the Rangers new owner. Chuck Greenberg took to Lone Star Ball today to send a message to Rangers fans in advance…

  19. The Mets have a full week of GM interviews on tap

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:02 PM EST

    While many think Sandy Alderson is the man, the Mets are interviewing several other men for the top job this week. Today, Steve Popper of the Bergen Record reports, was former Royals GM Allard Baird. Baird, a well respected scout, has been with the Red Sox for the past few years.  His tenure with Kansas City…

  20. Shocker: Brooks Conrad is out of the Braves lineup tonight

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    Troy Glaus is an awful third baseman. But he’s the best of nothing but terrible options as the Braves try to stave off elimination.

  21. Reader Dissent: Quit generalizing about Yankees fans

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

    When you write a post entitled “this is why people hate the Yankees,” you can bet your bippy that you’re going to get replies.

  22. A.J. Burnett will start in the ALCS

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Joe Girardi just announced that the Yankees will go with a four-man rotation in the ALCS, and that the fourth man will almost certainly be A.J. Burnett. That may give some people the willies, but if you’re going to go with four, I don’t see any other choice but to go with Burnett.  Who else…

  23. This is why people hate the Yankees

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    This season has been a banner year for humility deficit disorder on the part of Phillies fans, but let us not forget who invented the idea that their team is entitled to everything. It’s the Yankees, folks, and it’s passages like these from the tabloid columnists — which, I might add, are reflective of a…

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