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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Francoeur, Molina begin the playoff scoring. Just as you expected

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:24 PM EST

    For those of you stuck at work, please know that Jeff Francoeur doubled in the first run of the postseason and then Bengie Molina promptly drove in Francoeur. Off David Price, one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. It’s 2-0 as we head into the bottom of the second. The lesson here: all…

  2. HBT Daily: Talkin' Reds-Phillies

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    “In Dusty I trust.” But that doesn’t stop me from pickin’ the Phillies anyway.

  3. Hold your fire: the Rays have sold out Games 1 and 2

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:34 PM EST

    I just tuned into the Rays-Rangers game and the first thing that announcer Don Orsillo said was that the Rays have sold out Games 1 and 2 of the Division series. So, there goes a whole week’s worth of “why can’t the Rays draw” complaints.  They can draw when the games matter. In other news,…

  4. Juan Samuel is a hot managerial prospect for some reason

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    I know there are a lot of things that go into building a manager’s reputation that none of us see: friendships, conversations on the field before games and all manner of things that go on when baseball isn’t actually being played. But I still have a hard time seeing why Juan Samuel would, as Jeff…

  5. False Alarm: Bob Brenly NOT close to agreeing to be the Brewers next manager

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:24 PM EST

    UPDATE:  The skepticism was warranted. Brewers GM Doug Melvin just shots down the Brenly rumor, saying “Unless somebody else has been doing the hiring process, that’s not true.” 11:30: A.M.  I slapped the “rumor” tag on the headline because if we were tallying “rumors that ended up being totally wrong” by media sector, radio guys…

  6. Harper: the Mets' biggest problem isn't talent. It's a "lack of toughness"

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    What was the problem with the Mets this year?  The rotation? The pen? The injuries? Nah, according to John Harper of the Daily News it was all about character. Or the lack thereof: Let’s start with toughness, the one intangible the Mets have lacked most in recent years . . . Not that retaliating or…

  7. Must-click link: The 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:01 AM EST

    My friends at The Platoon Advantage have a fun post today: counting down the 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams. I was somewhat shocked but quite pleased to see Lonnie Smith’s 1989 season with a putrid Braves team so high on the list. I loved that season. I loved the 1988 Braves season…

  8. NLDS Preview: Braves vs. Giants

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    When you watch a game, you can root with all your heart. When you preview a series, you gotta go with your head. My head and my heart tell me two different things when it comes to the Braves vs. the Giants.

  9. How much "action" is there during a baseball game

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:48 AM EST

    More than the folks at the Wall Street Journal think, that I can tell you.

  10. In case you were wondering about the weather

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    My dad worked for the National Weather Service for nearly 40 years. This morning I asked him about the playoff weather. He said “How the hell should I know? I’m retired. You’re Mr. Internet. Why don’t YOU look it up?”

  11. HBT Daily: Talkin' Rangers-Rays

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    We taped this before we learned about the Great James Shield Jewish Conspiracy yesterday. But I did get to talk about Jeff Francoeur and manure, so there’s that.

  12. Marlins assistant GM Dan Jennings is a Mets GM candidate

    Oct 6, 2010, 8:43 AM EST

    There was some Twitter-glee yesterday as some New York writers were saying some variation of “the Mets started asking permission to speak to GM candidates but no one will grant them permission.” Look, I love bashing the Mets as much as anyone, but that seems kind of crazy. It had been, what, one day? And…

  13. The Red Sox' owner is poised to buy Liverpool F.C.

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:30 AM EST

    Liverpool FC of the English Premier League has agreed to be purchased by New England Sports Ventures, better known as the parent company of the Boston Red Sox. I’m going to refer to this as the Red Sox buying into the EPL, however, because it’s simpler and makes the story more interesting to me even…

  14. Eric Wedge interviewed for the Pirates job

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    I view the Pirates’ managerial job the same way I used to view getting hired by a criminal defendant after his trial but before his appeal:  it’s nothing that’s going to end well, but really, how bad would I have to be to truly screw this up? Enter Eric Wedge, who Jenifer Langosch reports was…

  15. ALDS Preview: Rangers vs. Rays

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:27 PM EST

    I don’t care what the records say: I think this series is pretty darn even.

  16. OK, I figured out the James Shields thing

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    We have a critical update to what is, rather inexplicably, HBT’s most-clicked story of the day.

  17. Sherman: Joe Girardi is evasive, paranoid and edgy

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post took a section of his Yankees scouting report today to pass along some observations about Joe Girardi: It is amazing how often scouts noted the look and body language of Girardi. He ended up being portrayed as something akin to a prisoner of war, going gaunt and fidgety.…

  18. Your playoff-rooting flowchart

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

    This is the first time in five years that I haven’t had to look at a bunch of teams that I don’t care about and try and find one to (sorta) root for in the postseason.  Which is what I think you’re obligated to do as a fan, aren’t you? Even if you don’t do…

  19. NLDS Preview: Reds vs. Phillies

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

    It’s not right to cast this series as “the upstart Reds” vs. “the battle-tested Phillies,” but you’re probably safe to go with the rest of your predispositions when it comes to this matchup.

  20. Could Felix Hernandez win the Cy Young for the wrong reasons?

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:07 PM EST

    I’ve written more stuff about the American League Cy Young Award race than I ever wanted to, but the arguments keep going on, and I’m nothing if not a guy who likes to argue, so . . . The latest incarnation is not about the award itself. It’s about the debates about the award (set…

  21. The Braves will go with a three-man rotation. Probably.

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:36 PM EST

    Bobby Cox just announced that his playoff rotation will be Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson and then either Lowe on three days rest or Brandon Beachy. No Jair Jurrjens. He’s down in Florida trying to get healthy. He may be back by the NLCS if the Braves get that far. I assume that by…

  22. Colletti, Mattingly don't know what the future holds for the Dodgers

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times can be a great read. Sometimes I think he stacks the deck a bit with his presentation (query: did he really ask the question that way, or is he making himself look macho in the writeup?), but oftentimes his approach manages to pull out the larger truths of…

  23. The next time you complain about player salaries . . .

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

     . . . think about this.  The CEO of Liberty Media, the company that owns the Atlanta Braves — Gregory Maffei — was paid $87.5 million last year.  The entire Braves payroll was $84.4 million. Yes, I realize that there’s more going on with a big company like Liberty Media than just the Braves, and…

  24. ALDS Preview: Yankees vs. Twins

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    The Guild sent out a memo saying that I’m obligated to write playoff previews. I think simply waiting for the games to happen and observing what happens is better, but I’m behind in my dues and don’t want to make trouble.

  25. Great moments in talk radio: "James Shields is pitching because he's a Jewish person"

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    This is why I don’t listen to talk radio. A woman called into a sports radio show down in Tampa and opined that the Rays chose to go with James Shields in Game 2 of the ALDS “because he is a Jewish person.”  The caller — Linda, who claimed to be a Quaker “and has…

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