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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Should we care about Pete Rose's corked bat?

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Many of you have responded in the Pete Rose thread that a corked bat probably wasn’t a big deal because, as the good fellows at MythBusters (and many other researchers) have demonstrated, a corked bat doesn’t help a batter hit the ball any harder or farther or anything, and actually has some counterproductive qualities. I’ll…

  2. Three year-old girl injured during batting practice at Dodger Stadium

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    A three year-old girl’s skull was fractured after being hit by a line drive during batting practice at Dodger Stadium yesterday. The injuries, thankfully, are not considered life-threatening. The ball came of Russell Martin’s bat on what was, according to the article, a line drive down the left field line. It’s unclear whether the ball…

  3. Strasburg isn't the only one debuting tonight

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    As everyone fixates on Stephen Strasburg, let us not forget that there’s another young phenom making his debut today. His name is Mike Stanton, he plays for the Marlins and he has simply abused Double-A hitting so far this year. How badly has he abused it? To the tune of .311/.411/.726 with 21 home runs…

  4. The story of Pete Rose's corked bat

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    One of Pete Rose’s old lackeys — Tommy Gioiosa — told the world many years ago that Rose corked his bats.  Based on everything we knew about the guy at the time: that he was a risk-taker, a pathological competitor and a guy who viewed rules as something less than mild suggestions, it wasn’t hard…

  5. Deep Thoughts: the Mets first round draft pick

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Mets drafted UNC pitcher named Matt Harvey in the first round last night. The thing he’s most notable for among people who don’t follow the draft or the college game all that closely (i.e. the vast majority of us) is that on April 23rd he threw 157 pitches. Here’s the deep thought: is it…

  6. What they're saying about Stephen Strasburg's debut

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    This is normally a retrospective feature, not an anticipatory one, but we all know what’s going to happen tonight: a normal baseball game in which Strasburg will either pitch well or he won’t but in either case all of the magic pixie dust will be gone and the hard business of actually, you know, forging…

  7. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Last week’s Power Rankings are all curdled and sour and are no longer fit for human consumption. Here are some new rankings, fresh out of the cow.  Or maybe it’s bull. You be the judge. Nevertheless, these rankings reflect data and impressions through play on Sunday night — which was when I came up with…

  8. Merry Strasmas, everyone!

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Washington is the center of the baseball universe today. Last night it was Bryce Harper’s time in the spotlight. Today is much bigger: Stephen Strasburg’s debut. It’s easy to go overboard with this, of course. He’s a phenom. A freak. A savior. You name it.  But he’s also a young pitcher who, however much he…

  9. Bud: I'm "extremely comfortable" with not overturning the Galarraga call

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    With the top job comes the tough decisions and last week Bud Selig had one of the tougher ones: whether or not to overturn the blown call by Jim Joyce and give Armando Galarraga his perfect game. We all know that he declined to do so. Yesterday he explained his reasoning: “In this job, precedence…

  10. Mark DeRosa is likely done for the year

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area reports that Giants’ leftfielder Mark DeRosa re-aggravated his left wrist injury in a minor league rehab game, will need major surgery and is “all but done for the year. DeRosa, who has hit just .194 in the majors this year, has a ruptured nerve sheath, which has rendered his…

  11. Quote of the Day: Dylan Covey

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    “I don’t even think I know how to spell Milwaukee . . . I wasn’t really expecting the Brewers.” – Brewers’ first round pick Dylan Covey on being selected by Milwokey.  Don’t worry Brew Crew fans; he said that in exuberance, not disdain.  He also said he wants to sign early and get playing.  Of course they all…

  12. Wrapping up the first round of the draft

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Matthew brought the analytical noise last night, breaking down the first 50 picks of the 2010 draft.  And you need to read it because let’s face it: you don’t know any of these guys besides Bryce Harper.  Um, neither do I, which is why I’m reading it too. The first five picks; Picks 6 through…

  13. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Giants 6, Reds 5: Jose Juan Uribe gave the Giants a 4-1 lead with a two-run single in the third and their 6-5 lead with a two-run single in the seventh. Your moment of random, from the game story: “A man wearing a Mike Krukow Giants jersey and waving a ‘Go Buster’ sign dived over…

  14. Former number one picks have advice for Bryce Harper

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    A story on MLB.com this afternoon features former first overall picks like Ken Griffey Jr., David Price and Stephen Strasburg offering up advice about being chosen first and surviving the minor leagues to this year’s number one. Who will be Bryce Harper, of course, even if the story doesn’t name him. Interesting I suppose, but…

  15. Behind the scenes of Jim Joyce's nightmare week

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    There’s a great story in the Detroit Free Press today going behind the scenes with umpire Jim Joyce.  We get a little of his background and a lot of what happened in the couple of days after the infamous blown call. I think the best part is his mother. She was totally oblivious to the…

  16. Buster Posey gets a start at catcher

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    For the first time this season Buster Posey will start at catcher for the Giants today, as Bengie Molina gets a sit and Aubrey Huff plays first base. Signs? Portents?  I dunno, but the more flexible Posey is over the next few weeks, the more flexible the Giants will be able to be as they…

  17. Jonathan Papelbon goes on the bereavement list

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been placed on the bereavement list.  That means he’ll be out at least three days, though it could be longer.  No reason has been given for his absence yet, nor does anyone know for sure how long he’ll be out.

  18. Carlos Silva is 8-0. No, I don't get it either.

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    No one saw it, but the Cubs beat the Pirates 6-1 at PNC Park this afternoon. Carlos Silva gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one. He’s 8 and freakin’ 0, the first Cubs starter to do that since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967. It was the same story for Silva today…

  19. Programming Note: Power rankings will be kicked a day

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    It takes some time to get the Power Rankings together, and time is one thing I didn’t really have a ton of this morning and early afternoon for various reasons.  Accordingly, “Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings” will appear tomorrow morning under their pseudonym: “Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings.”  That is if this afternoon’s Cubs-Pirates game…

  20. Why teams hate scheduling makeup games

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Because no one ever shows up to them. Check out the pic from the beginning of today’s Cubs-Pirates game in Pittsburgh: Plenty of seats still available.

  21. Did the Blue Jays go after a reporter they don't like?

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    There’s a chilling little story coming out of Toronto as Mike Wilner, who covers the Blue Jays for Toronto’s The Fan 590-AM, was suspended for the team’s weekend series against the Yankees following a confrontation with Jays manager Cito Gaston last week.  The “brief but tense” exchange happened on Wednesday, when Wilner asked Gaston about…

  22. Orlando Hernandez's half-brother goes on a murderous rampage

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    An awful story from south Florida as a man went on a rampage in a Hialeah restaurant yesterday that left four women dead and three others wounded. If I’m talking about it here it’s because there’s a baseball connection. That connection is that the suspect was Gerardo Regalado, half-brother of former Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez. …

  23. Amphetamines ban leads to decreased offense? That's wrong in all kinds of ways

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    According to Bill Madden in the New York Daily News, there has been a “resurgence of pitching and decrease of offense” this year because baseball is getting tougher on amphetamines.  Which would be great if it weren’t for the fact that (a) there is no compelling evidence that offense is down; and (b) even if…

  24. The White Sox "are open for business"

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Buster Olney passes along word that the White Sox have told “multiple executives” that they are “open for business” and are ready to deal anyone and everyone. That includes Paul Konerko, Olney says, and certainly includes the players that have already been mentioned as possible trade chits in the past few weeks, such as A.J.…

  25. Going to a game in Philly? Watch your beer!

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    The bad behavior at the Mets game may not have actually ended up being bad, but thank God we have the Phillies to fall back on:  How dare that kid steal some hardworking man’s beer!  Somebody tase him. UPDATE: I originally had a “via Deadspin” credit here because that’s where I saw it first, but…

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