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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Humberto Quintero gets whacked in the head

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often: Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero was hit on the side of the head with Adres Blanco’s backswing during yesterday’s Astros-Rangers game. The video is here. You can hear the bat smack Quintero’s helmet. One of those hockey-style helmets, by the way, which you have to figure was the best…

  2. The Mets send Jenrry Mejia down, plan on making him a starter again

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Mets, whose recent winning ways have apparently stimulated some brain cells in management, have finally done what they should have done weeks ago and have sent Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to stretch out and get converted back into a starting pitcher.  He’ll ply his trade in Double-A Binghamton. I’ve beat this drum…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Those who missed what happened over the weekend, however, have a second chance to catch up.

  4. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:36 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia fattens up his stats against the Metropolitans. And if you think that’s a cheap joke, wait until you see what I say about the Giants.

  5. Comment of the Day: Don't hate on "Field of Dreams!"

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Earlier today I slammed Field of Dreams as a “New Age mess.”  Reader DG1965 — who is either an Astromech Droid or a 45 year-old person with the initials “DG” — took issue with that characterization: Your take down of Field of Dreams is ridiculous. Or else you were the only male in the theater…

  6. Chase Utley doesn't think he's injured

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Yesterday we had scouts and execs saying that Chase Utley is injured, and earlier today one of his own coaches said he had a knee injury.  Chase Utley isn’t having any of that, though.  Utley just told Todd Zolecki “In my opinion there’s no injury whatsoever.” So I guess that means that either Utley isn’t…

  7. The Braves are winning. And it's not because of "grit"

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Some folks would have you believe that the Braves are winning because they get their pants dirty. Please ignore this.

  8. The Red Sox designate Boof Bonser for assignment

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    The Red Sox designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment. Shocker, there. Bonser has spent most of the season on the DL, and the two occasions he has pitched he has been shelled, allowing four runs in two innings. Bonser was a failed starter who had some promise when he was moved to the pen in…

  9. News Flash: team performs worse against good teams than bad ones

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    I noticed this kicking around the Twitterverse last night and this morning, but the meme developed fully this afternoon: Oh noes! The Yankees don’t play well against good teams! That’s the refrain from the New York Times today, which notes: The Yankees’ struggles against better teams have received little attention, and it is no wonder…

  10. Not all baseball movies are "Bull Durham"

    Jun 18, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Baseball movies are difficult beasts because baseball, by its very nature, doesn’t lend itself well to the Hollywood forumla. Rarely is there “one big game” and no amount of training montages can really convincingly turn someone into a champ. The drama of the game is just a bit too nuanced for the rah-rah, ya know?…

  11. The Yankees sign first round pick Cito Culver

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    The Yankees agreed to terms with their first round pick and would-be-shortstop-of-the-future Cito Culver. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $940,000, which is reportedly the Bud Selig-recommended slot. Why are the Yankees suddenly paying slot?  A couple of reasons. The main one is that the 17-year-old Culver wasn’t projected as a first-round pick by many…

  12. Quote of the Day: Angry Bob Smizik is angry

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore.

  13. Bad idea jeans: The Marlins are handing out vuvuzelas tomorrow

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    I’m not following the World Cup closely enough to be able to say anything all that insightful. I know that England gave us that goal we got in the first game. I know we got boned this morning in the Slovenia game. I know that everyone hates the vuvuzelas too. In fact, these plastic horns…

  14. It's reunion time in the Arizona-Detroit series

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    The Dbacks-Tigers series features something that is technically meaningless yet which I find interesting all the same: Dontrelle Willis will start against the Tigers — his former team — tonight.  Edwin Jackson will start against the Tigers — his former team — tomorrow. Max Scherzer will start against the Diamondbacks — his former team —…

  15. Yep, Chase Utley does have an injury

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Yesterday Buster Olney talked to some anonymous scouts who thought that Chase Utley was battling an injury of some kind.  Seems they were right. Phillies’ first base coach Davey Lopes spoke with Baseball Prospectus today and reveals that Ultey is fighting through “a little bit of a knee injury.” That explains his struggles way more…

  16. Lew Wolff wants baseball to speed up its decision on the A's

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    There’s no reason in the world why it takes 15 months to figure out that (a) the Athletics aren’t viable in Oakland Coliseum; and (b) they probably need to move to San Jose, but baseball has been studying the matter that long and there is still no indication that it’s going to issue a report…

  17. Stephen Strasburg is faking the umps out

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Interesting story over at the Wall Street Journal:  it seems Stephen Strasburg’s pitches have so much movement on them that they’re frequently deking umpires into calling pitches balls that really are strikes. There are lots of neat quotes from the umps and examples of previous pitchers who had this problem such as a young Dwight…

  18. The Cubs are trying to peddle Fukudome to the Red Sox

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Missed this when it came around, but Sean McAdam reported late Wednesday night that the Cubs recently approached the Red Sox to “gauge their interest” in Kosuke Fukudome.  The Red Sox have some holes in the outfield and Fukudome is versatile, but they passed all the same. Which makes sense given that Fukudome is owed…

  19. The Rangers have asked about Cliff Lee and, oh yeah, Roy Oswalt

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Well, whaddaya know? The Rangers have been inquiring about big name pitchers after all.

  20. Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Hernandez to be reunited next week

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    That must’ve been one magic loogie.

  21. Why don't teams give physicals to the players for whom they trade?

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    You’d have a mechanic look at a used car, so why wouldn’t you have your doctors look at a used player?

  22. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    How does a first baseman get a putout when he never touched the ball? What’s the secret to handcuffing the Yankees? Can I shoehorn in a cocaine joke for no apparent reason? Click through to find out!

  23. Manny will be DHing in Boston

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    It’s been a Mannyful day around here, so why not one more? If fans are going to boo Manny as he plays in Boston this weekend, they’re going to have to do it when he bats because Joe Torre said that Ramirez will be DHing for the entire series with the Red Sox.  He’ll be…

  24. Report: Manny Ramirez, Dodgers discussed ways to get Manny back on PEDs last year

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Michael S. Schmidt has a report in the New York Times today that last year — after Manny Ramirez came back from his drug suspension — he explored seeking an exemption from Major League Baseball in order to allow him to take drugs that would boost testosterone levels.  Which, by the way, is what the…

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