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Craig Calcaterra

  1. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:49 AM EST

    You all are lucky I even managed to pull myself out of bed this morning after last night’s Braves game. But I’m a pro, see, and that’s what pros do. Now — where are the anti-depressants?

  2. Who's really to blame for the loss in Game 3?

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:28 PM EST

    Brooks Conrad is the one wearing this thing. And maybe he should be. But he’s not the only one who should be.

  3. For want of a nail: the Braves stun the Giants and then the Giants stun them right back

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:24 PM EST

    As you read this, Brooks Conrad is being rushed to a secure, undisclosed location. Or at least he should be.

  4. Melky Cabrera: batting fifth in a playoff game. Mercy.

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:34 PM EST

    People wonder why I’m emotionally checked-out from the Braves. Why I’m sleeping on their chances. Why I’m totally content to play the “happy to be here” card and to spend more time thinking about what, if any team I’ll pick up as a temporary rooting interest in the next round of the playoffs after the…

  5. Ian Kinsler: Rays fans were too hung up on the umpiring

    Oct 8, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    Well, someone’s gotta be, right? “It’s tough to win when you’re (complaining) about a call from the previous day,” Kinsler said Friday at Rangers Ballpark, where the series resumes Saturday. “It seems like they were still talking about the Carlos Pena call, which is basically a non-issue because it hit the bat. And it’s tough to…

  6. Forget Doc vs. Lincecum. Try Doc vs. Larsen

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    I find it funny that almost no one on the planet is buying in to that New York Times article about Lincecum’s performance being “more impressive” than Halladay’s, yet multiple people are nonetheless deciding that the “smart guys” (read: stat geeks in their mom’s basements) got this one all wrong. No, actually, just one did,…

  7. Andy Van Slyke would like to be considered for the Pirates job

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:33 PM EST

    Don’t blow it again, Pirates: say no to Van Slyke! Hire Barry Bonds for the manager job! Andy Van Slyke, in town with fellow alumnus Dave Parker for a season-ticket holder event, took the opportunity to inform president Frank Coonelly about his interest in the club’s managerial opening. Van Slyke acknowledges that he may not…

  8. Self Parody Alert: The New York Post declares Lance Berkman "A True Yankee"

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    Deep thought: are there any “True Royals?” How about “True White Sox.” What are the rules here?

  9. Who was better in Game 1: Halladay or Lincecum?

    Oct 8, 2010, 2:28 PM EST

    No-hitter or not, a writer for the New York Times says it was Lincecum. Could he be right?

  10. HBT Daily: Do the Reds, Braves, Rays and Twins have a chance?

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I thought about tackling the blown call in the Braves-Giants game, but I ran out of Prozac.

  11. Sure, the Mets' new GM will have full autonomy

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    CBS Sports.com’s Danny Knobler reports something fun: despite saying that the Mets’ new general manager will have full autonomy, the team has told current scouts that they’ll know about their future next week. Which, as Knobler notes, is before a new GM will be in place. I guess it’s possible that there’s a musical chairs…

  12. Charlie Manuel's barber saw both Don Larsen's perfecto and Halladay's no-hitter

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    You guys are familiar with my Charlie Manuel-as-throwback fixation. I truly believe that he was sent here from, say, the late 40s, by some benevolent scientists in order to save us from ourselves. Sort of a reverse “Quantum Leap.” I’m certain he has vast stashes of fresh beer made by breweries that haven’t existed in…

  13. Frank McCourt is back in charge of the Dodgers' baseball operations

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EST

    Let us chronicle the recent history of the position of President of the Los Angeles Dodgers: First Jamie McCourt was the President. She occupied herself, apparently, with questionable charitable endeavors, spending money on stuff that is plain loopy and hatching even loopier schemes to elevate herself to the office of President of the United States.…

  14. Jeff Moorad kinda sorta throws Jed Hoyer under the bus

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    Jeff Moorad was really polite about it, but don’t these comments about the Padres passing on Pat Burrell hang Padres’ GM Jed Hoyer out to dry? “In retrospect, I wish I’d done more than relay Pat Burrell’s interest in coming here.” Moorad said Thursday afternoon. “I’m not going to tell Jed what to do and…

  15. The Astros are installing a gigantic new video board

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:46 AM EST

    Coming soon to Minute Maid Park: kiss cams in even larger, higher-definition! The new primary video board will be located in right field and will measure 54 feet high and 124 feet wide, making it the second-largest board of its kind in the Major Leagues. The Astros current video board is 26 feet high and…

  16. We know Hunter Wendelstedt was bad last night, but how bad was he?

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:21 AM EST

    Pretty darn bad!  Jeff Passan — citing Brooks Baseball’s chart of last night’s game — notes that Wendelstedt missed 31 ball-strike calls on Thursday. In the two other games, the umps missed 21 calls combined. Passan nails it: This is not normal. It is not close. In the Atlanta-San Francisco game Thursday, Dana DeMuth missed…

  17. Deep Thoughts: Lance Berkman is a Yankee

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

    Lance Berkman went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and two RBI in a playoff game last night.  Quick: can someone get Jeff “some players aren’t meant for New York and Lance Berkman is one of them” Perleman or Joel “going from the Astros to the Yankees is like going from the Ivy…

  18. You're not alone: the players are fed up with the umps too

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    The players, the league and the umps having some sort of sit-down is a great idea! So I fully expect it to go nowhere.

  19. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:07 AM EST

    A picture is worth 1000 words. So, between that pic to the left and my rantings in this post, you’ve got 1,599 words to get through.

  20. The Mets have a lot of GM irons in the fire

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:36 PM EST

    There are a handful of intriguing names in the mix to become the next Mets GM at the moment. Among them: White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, whom ESPN Chicago is reporting will interview with the team in the near future. Hahn was named as the top GM prospect in the game by Baseball…

  21. Quote of the Day: Terry Francona on Jason Varitek

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    Is it too late to take the Rays out of the playoff and put the Red Sox in? Because they’re really depressing to watch at the moment. Anyway, let’s talk about the Sox some more. Here was Terry Francona today, when asked about roster decisions in general and Jason Varitek, specifically: “I think there has…

  22. Dice-K is "very much" a part of the Red Sox' plans

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    We heard yesterday that the Mariners would be interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka if he were on the market. They can forget it though, because Theo Epstein is pleased with him: “To look where we were with him in March, and where we are now, I think we feel a lot better about it now. Along…

  23. Great Moments in fact checking: The New Yorker

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

    The New Yorker — a fine damn magazine even if I ended up reading more cartoons (“it’s a Ziggy!”) than articles when I had a subscription a few years back — makes a minor error in a story about the Red Sox buying Liverpool FC: Major League Baseball is a collusive oligopoly in which the…

  24. Brent Musburger: with proper supervision steroids "could be used at the professional level"

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    Usually, when a venerable member of our nation’s sporting media says something in public about steroids, the message is pretty clear: steroids are awful, only evil cheaters use them and unless we test people to within a hair’s breadth of their life, they will be a scourge upon the land. Or words to that effect.…

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