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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Stephen Strasburg hype machine goes to 11

    May 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    I’m just as excited about the arrival of Stephen Strasburg as anyone, but if you’re either (a) seriously worried that the birth of your baby might interfere with the Strasburg game; or (b) pretending that you’re worried about it so that someone will write about you on the web, you probably need to readjust your…

  2. What's more threatening? An oriole or a cardinal?

    May 27, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s Ray-stung-by-ray story had every internet jokester wondering how that would work if the guy played for, say, the Tigers or the Pirates.  Today the Orange County Register’s Sam Miller tries to approach the question objectively by ranking the mascots by threat level. Sam’s best line comes when noting that the Mets — short for…

  3. Nelson Cruz hurts his hammy

    May 27, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    No, not that one. The other one.  He did it in last night’s game, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  He apparently did it while leaving the batters box in his last at bat in last night’s game against the Royals. Cruz will be reevaluated today to determine if he needs to go…

  4. Joe West to work the Red Sox series this weekend

    May 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reports that Cowboy Joe West — late of his “if you think I can’t be an even bigger embarrassment than I already am then you seriously understimate me” tour of the Cleveland-Chisox series, will be working the Red Sox-Royals series in Fenway Park this weekend.  This a month after he called…

  5. For the Phillies fan who has everything

    May 27, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    It’s the Ryan Howard Garden Gnome.  You know you want one. And as soon as you get one, be prepared to be the target of a righteous liberation army. In other barely-passable Phillies news, Jayson Werth apparently shaved his beard after last night’s game.  We’ll see it the next time he takes the field, but…

  6. Jason Heyward is not Jeff Francoeur

    May 27, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Such a proposition should not need much explaining — and even attempting to explain it should not be interesting — but I’ll be darned if an article from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explaining that very proposition isn’t both illuminating and interesting. Not so much because of the two players themselves — you know…

  7. OK, maybe Andre Ethier won't be back on Sunday

    May 27, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Yesterday we passed along world that Dodgers righfielder Andre Ethier was likely to make his return on Sunday, his first day eligible following his DL stint.  Not so fast says Joe Torre: the Dodgers may send Ethier on a minor league rehab assignment first, delaying his return to L.A. The reasoning on this is kind…

  8. Murray Chass continues to beat on Mike Piazza over steroids

    May 27, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Former professional baseball writer Murray Chass created a bit of a stir last year when he wrote a couple of blog posts saying that Mike Piazza clearly did steroids. His reasoning: backne. As in Piazza had a lot of it when he played, it cleared up when drug testing kicked in and that means Piazza…

  9. Trevor Hoffman may return to closing

    May 27, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman has had two good outings in a row, and as a result, Ken Macha appears to be leaning towards returning to his customary closer position, Adam McCalvy reports. Said Ken Macha: “We kind of talked about that several times today. We’ll see how some things go. That is two good outings in a…

  10. Dallas Braden isn't joking about his love of the 209

    May 27, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Rick Chandler of our very own Out of Bounds blog caught up with Dallas Braden last weekend as Mr. Perfect visited his hometown of Stockton to be feted at a Stockton Ports game. Braden had some nice things to say about his hometown. As a guy who hails from a couple of places that aren’t…

  11. The Mets are probably making Fernando Nieve a starter

    May 27, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    I was rather surprised to see Jerry Manuel call Fernando Nieve into last night’s game against the Phillies. The Mets had a nice lead, Nieve has been overworked this year and if there was ever a situation for a mopup guy, that was it.  Turns out, however, that there may have been a method to…

  12. Ron Gardenhire complains about Yankees' pitcher switch

    May 27, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    This was fun. The Yankees took the lead in the top of the ninth last night on a Nick Swisher home run, but the inning ended a pitch later when Mark Teixeira was thrown out trying to leg out a double.  The half-inning ended so quickly that Joe Girardi barely had time to get Mariano…

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

    May 27, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Red Sox 11, Rays 3: I’m going to imagine the next Shaughnessy column: “Theo Epstein and his calculator cavalry wowed all the stat-butts eating Fruit Rollups in their step-dad’s carports by selling them on ‘run prevention.’  Well, from where I’m sitting, scoring 11 runs against the best team in baseball is not ‘run prevention.’ And…

  14. Jason Heyward has been even better than you think

    May 26, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Here’s a sobering quote for even a fanboy like me: The hype surrounding Heyward was intense, but it apparently wasn’t intense enough. We’re in the midst of watching one of the great rookie seasons of all time from a player whose peers are still working out the kinks in A-ball. That’s Dave Cameron at FanGraphs,…

  15. P.R. advice for athletes? They tryin' to put me out of a job?

    May 26, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    I stumbled across a blog written by a sports communications and PR firm.  It’s rather interesting stuff and if I were representing athletes — or, if I was an athlete and wanted to protect my endorsements and stuff — I’d probably take what they had to say very, very seriously. But I gotta tell ya,…

  16. Strasburg's debut: would you believe June 9th or 10th?

    May 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    We’ve been hearing rumors of the Nationals giving Stephen Strasburg his major league debut June 4th against the Reds. Early this morning Jon Heyman but the kibosh on that, saying that it has to be later, because the Nats have a 100 major league innings pitched ceiling on him.  OK, he knows the agent. That…

  17. Ozzie Guillen is gonna get fined

    May 26, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Ozzie expanded on his earlier comments in the postgame presser: Guillen said that West told him “to get the (bleep) off the field.” Guillen said he knew that managers, players and coaches cannot argue balk calls, but felt that West overstepped his authority. “He thinks he’s the (bleep) in the field,” said Guillen, who…

  18. Crawford, Maddon likely to get fined

    May 26, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    But neither are likely to get suspended for last night’s altercation with Bob Davidson, reports Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times.  Given that there was some bumping and stuff, you would normally expect a suspension. I’m going to take this is a sign that people at Major League Baseball realize that their ump had…

  19. The SEC is putting a clock on the field

    May 26, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    In an effort to speed up ballgames in their upcoming tournament, the Southeastern Conference is going to start timing how long it takes pitchers to deliver the ball. That’s not news, because after all, the rules of baseball provide for such a thing. The difference here is that the SEC is going to use an…

  20. Ray stung by Ray

    May 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is important. This means something: Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez experienced the painful irony of being stung by a stingray this week, the St. Petersburg Times reported on Wednesday. Rodriguez had been playing with his 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, on the beach near his Redington Beach rental condo on Monday morning and decided to wade a…

  21. Quote of the Day: Lance Berkman gets honest

    May 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    “We’re just not very good.” – Lance Berkman, saying something about the 2010 Houston Astros that you rarely hear players say about their teams before, like, late August in any given year.  It’s almost always “things just aren’t working right now” or “we’ve had terrible luck” or something like that.  The fact that he’s being…

  22. A nice Target Field review

    May 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    David Brown of Big League Stew took a road trip to Minneapolis to check out Target Field and writes up the results in a pretty darn useful ballpark review.  Quote of the piece: “nothing says Twins baseball like Rod Carew and booze.” I link this so that you may enjoy it, but also to once…

  23. Andre Ethier should return on Sunday

    May 26, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier was originally presumed to miss up to six weeks. But he took  batting practice yesterday and is wearing a special splint and says he could be back as soon as Sunday, the first day he’d be eligible to return following his, um, disabling. The Dodgers have gone 7-3 without the NL’s batting leader,…

  24. Sammy Sosa will not be prosecuted for perjury. Not that this is news.

    May 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt reports that the Congressional committee that Sammy Sosa testified before in 2005 — famously speaking in Spanish, rather than English — has decided not to charge Sammy Sosa with perjury despite the fact that he was later revealed to have tested positive for PEDs prior to his testimony.…

  25. Cleveland fans: Omar Vizquel is the best shortstop of all time

    May 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I know internet polls are unscientific and useless, and that internet polls on big newspaper sites are even worse than most, but this one still has my jaw dropping.  It’s from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the question is “who’s the best shortstop who ever played the game?.” Not the best Indians shortstop. The best…

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