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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bobby Jenks is probably out as the White Sox closer

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    At least as the team’s lone closer, and at least for now.  Ozzie Guillen didn’t like what he saw in Seattle last night, when Jenks blew a save in his second bad outing in three games: ”I got three guys there that can [close games]. I’ve got Thornton, I’ve got Putz throwing the ball good.…

  2. The Mattingly mound visit: MLB says the umps were wrong; umps disagree

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’ll admit that I was rather confused about the Don Mattingly mound visit thing the other night.  After my initial post yesterday I was mostly persuaded by others that even if the umpires were following the letter of the rule regarding Mattingly making two mound visits, they weren’t following the spirit of the rule because…

  3. The best foaming-at-the-mouth anti-A-Rod screed you'll read today

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    A blast from the past: A-Rod hate, the likes of which we haven’t seen in well over a year.

  4. The Giants and Dbacks may open 2011 in Taiwan

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    This is fun: Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that Major League Baseball has proposed that the Giants and Diamondbacks open the 2011 season with a two-game set in Taiwan. Baseball has done Japan and Mexico for Opening Day before, but Taiwan would be a new one. It would be a weird schedule too:…

  5. The Mets are close to shipping Jeff Francoeur off in a trade

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports this morning that the Mets are trying to trade Jeff Francoeur and that they may have a deal done by this weekend. There are no indications as to who may be interested in Francoeur, who was recently shuttled to the bench when Carlos Beltran came back from…

  6. Ralph Houk: 1919-2010

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    A large, but often-overlooked figure in Yankee and baseball history has left our midst.

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

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:48 AM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Mets and Phillies lost.

  8. Source: The Cardinals are the front runners for Roy Oswalt

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    A major league source tells me that, contrary to what we’ve all been hearing for the past several days, the Phillies are not the front runners for Roy Oswalt.  The St. Louis Cardinals are. In fact, the Astros have been talking with Cardinals GM John Mozeliak for several days now, and Oswalt is quite amenable…

  9. The Giants are interested in Jose Bautista

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have expressed interest in Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista. There were some comments in the Trade Tracker this morning from people who think that the Jays would be crazy to trade Bautista, but really, when is this guy’s value going to be higher?  Does anyone think that he’s really…

  10. Pedro Martinez won't pitch in 2010, still open for 2011

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Pedro Martinez has ruled out pitching in 2010. The reason: “Martinez, who will turn 39 in October, decided that he was enjoying the time off with his family this summer too much to embark on a comeback for the second season in a row.” However, he said…

  11. HBT Extra: The top five fictional managers (RIP Lou Brown)

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    I had to dock Pop Fisher for letting gamblers in his clubhouse — and really, he wouldn’t play Hobbs until someone died — but he does manage to make my top five.

  12. Let the record reflect that B.J. Upton hustled last night

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    My virtual friend* Jonah Keri alerted me to something interesting from last night’s Rays-Orioles game. I didn’t see it live, but I just went back and watched the highlight on MLB.tv and I agree that it’s interesting enough to be worth passing along. *While my previous professional life involved meeting real people, life as a…

  13. Colin Curtis gets his first major league home run in interesting fashion

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    I have the Yankees-Angels game on as background noise, and something neat just happened:  Brett Gardner came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, and got behind 0-2 to Scot Shields. Gardner didn’t like the call on strike two and was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the middle of his at…

  14. Nolan Ryan: the bankruptcy is gutting the Rangers

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Day two of that fun Texas Rangers hearing down in Forth Worth and the highlight so far — thanks to some live tweeting by SBJ’s Daniel Kaplan — is Nolan Ryan on the witness stand.  Among the tidbits he dropped during his testimony, which concluded a few minutes ago: The team is being forced to…

  15. The White Sox are "trying to accelerate talks" for Prince Fielder

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I don’t know if this says more about the White Sox’ actual interests or if it simply says more about the colorful manner in which White Sox sources talk to reporters, but today — one day after the Sox were said to be “trying desperately” to get Adam Dunn — they are reported to be…

  16. The Astros play a prank on Chris Johnson

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    I love stuff like this: Astros’ rookie Chris Johnson hit his first major league home run on Monday. He subsequently became the victim of a prank: He was originally given a ball he was told was the home run ball. “They wrote all over it, I mean just destroyed it,” he said. “I was like,…

  17. Mark Cuban isn't just playing: he's a serious bidder for the Rangers

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    There was a big, acrimonious hearing in Fort Worth yesterday regarding the timing and procedures of the auction to sell the Rangers. Something fun happened during the hearing: some lawyer showed up and as if he were Scott Boras or someone said that he represented an “undisclosed bidder.”  That bidder has turned out to be…

  18. HBT Daily: The Cubs look good, Buchholz is back and the Mets face reality

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Our daily look ahead to a couple-three of the day’s games

  19. The Mets make their move! Well, they sign Chad Cordero

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    He’s not Ted Lilly, Prince Fielder or some holy man who will come in and cure all that ails the Mets’ unhappy clubhouse, but hey, he’s a bullpen arm:  the Mets are signing Chad Cordero. Cordero is coming off labrum surgery a couple of years ago and he was let go by the Mariners. Such…

  20. Great Moments in ignoring history; being doomed to repeat it

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I don’t sense any sarcasm from Buster when he says this regarding the Dodgers’ plans: Heard this: The Dodgers think they will be able to add both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher before the July 31 deadline, making trades similar to those they’ve made in recent years when they surrendered a high-caliber prospect…

  21. Quote of the Day: some anonymous executive slams the Phillies

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Buster Olney quotes an anonymous executive on all the Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies hype: “They’ve got real holes over there, and I know they need a starting pitcher, but I think their lineup is as much of a problem now. If they got two Roy Oswalts, I’m not sure it would make a difference.” Ouch. I mean, I…

  22. Aramis Ramirez is on fire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    No one had a worse April and Maya than Aramis Ramirez has, but after taking most of June off on the DL, his July has been something else.  The Cubs’ third baseman is hitting .383/.406/.950 this month, with nine homers and 24 RBI. Last night was the jewel in this month’s crown, as Ramirez went…

  23. Video: Lou Piniella talks about his decision to retire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella spoke last night about his decision to retire (it’s “the age factor). I gotta say, this is the most focused and animated I’ve seen the guy for a couple of years. That it took announcing his retirement for that side of him to re-emerge in public means that it’s probably a good move…

  24. The Mets are imploding

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    The losses are bad enough — New York has dropped nine of twelve games and have gone from a half-game down on June 27th to 6.5 down as of this morning — but now the clubhouse is starting to get ugly: Alex Cora is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The…

  25. Could Jayson Werth end up with the Rays?

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    The Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies talk came pretty fast and furious last night, as did the attendant Jasyon-Werth trade chatter as well.  Lost in all of that was a series of tweets from Buster Olney who has heard that a possible landing spot for Werth could be Tampa Bay. Olney’s thinking is that moving Werth makes sense for…

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