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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Manny Acta is either channeling Yogi Berra, or else he's really bad at fractions

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Indians manager Manny Acta is not pleased that his pitchers can’t get out of an inning: “We’ve stressed finishing innings a lot to these kids,” said manager Manny Acta. “But sometimes when they get two out, they tend to lose focus and concentration. “When you have two out, you’re three-fourths of the way there. You…

  2. Praying for a Massive Tie in the National League

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EST

    David Pinto has been tracking Massive Tie Scenarios over at Baseball Musings. While I would like my rooting interest to win out and all other NL teams to lose as much as humanly possible, that’s rather provincial of me. This sounds way more fun: The Phillies did their best to kill the chances of a…

  3. Jamie McCourt may be on her way to getting half of the Dodgers

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    The nuances of the dispute between Frank and Jamie are kind of technical inasmuch as they involve the operation and effect of a legal document governing the McCourts’ assets, Dodgers included. But one thing that makes things simple is when the lawyer who drafted the thing testifies under oath that he messed with the document…

  4. So why did Jayson Werth switch agents anyway?

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    If your answer is “because he wants top dollar in free agency and Scott Boras is the man to get it for him,” you may be wrong. In a story I didn’t see because Newsday is behind a really expensive paywall, Ken Davidoff reported that one of Werth’s goals is to pay his agent a…

  5. FanHouse's David Whitley cannot explain the concept of love to his children

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Last week I wrote of my distaste of the casual homophobia fostered by the Kiss Cam and some St. Louis fans’ desire to use it as a means of protest.  I missed this at the time, but David Whitley of FanHouse wrote about it on the same day. He took a bit of a different…

  6. Were you aware that David Eckstein was a short, scrappy winner?

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    You would think that after ten seasons of people constantly writing some variation of the “David Eckstein may be small, but he’s a scrappy winner!” story, eventually newspapers would stop running it. You would think that, but you would be wrong. From the L.A. Times: If David Eckstein  is right, if players like him are…

  7. HBT Daily: Braves-Phillies and the NL West

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    In which I finally give (non-snarky) props to Cole Hamels for pitching well last night. And yes, I taped this before you guys started yelling at me about it.

  8. The Rays sent in the wrong reliever last night

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:59 PM EST

    I found it odd that righty Grant Balfour was brought in to face lefty Curtis Granderson last night — Granderson homered — but I didn’t think much about it.  I’m just realizing now that it was a screwup by the Rays: Joe Maddon had apparently wanted lefty Randy Choate, but a miscommunication with the bullpen…

  9. Which teams will fire their managers this offseason?

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    How many skipper openings will their be this year? Five? Ten? I’ll go with eight.

  10. Quote of the Day: Matt Diaz on The Red Man

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Hey look: the Braves actually hit something last night!

  11. The Nats should have known that Carlos Alvarez wasn't who he said he was

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:04 AM EST

    Remember that big stink in early 2009 in which the Nats gave a big signing bonus to a guy who was found out to be four years older than they thought he was?  And that he was, you know, a totally different person than they thought he was.  Boy, was that embarrassing! But it gets…

  12. Questions swirl about the Rockies' humidor

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    And by “questions swirl” I mean “lots of people are wanting to make an accusation about the Rockies messing with the humidor, but don’t have enough evidence to do so, so they phrase their accusations in the form of questions so as to make it seem like they’re not accusing anyone of anything”: The humidor…

  13. Andrew Bailey is shut down indefinitely

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    And even worse than that for the A’s closer, he’s off to Alabama: Bailey, the A’s two-time All-Star closer, has been shut down for several days with elbow soreness and will see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama this week. Bailey believes the issue is the same one he had in the spring: tennis elbow. The…

  14. Gavin Floyd's season is over unless he's "200 percent"

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

    Gavin Floyd pitched really well until his last couple of starts, with those missteps being the result of some shoulder tightness. Now that the Sox are all but officially eliminated his season is over.  Well, there’s a slight chance that he could pitch again. Ozzie Guillen says that he can go on Sunday if he’s…

  15. Curtis Granderson goes crazy as the Yankees extend their lead

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    I gave the Yankees-Rays game short shrift in the recaps this morning because (a) I was preoccupied with the Steinbrenner monument; and (b) it wasn’t exactly a drama-filled game. But one guy definitely deserves more props, and that’s Curtis Granderson. He hit two homers, walked twice, drove in five and stole a base. Granderson has…

  16. Bud Selig: George Steinbrenner is a Hall of Famer

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    And he’s right. After all, the Hall of Fame ain’t just for people we like.

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

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:45 AM EST

    The Phillies extend their lead to four behind another great start from Cole Hamels. But really Phils fans: there are limits to how much you can taunt after beating Brandon Beachy.

  18. Dodgers fans: you do NOT want Jamie McCourt owning your team

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    I’ve gotten a ton of digs in at Frank McCourt recently — and they’re legitimate digs, I think.  But while I think that McCourt mismanaged the purchase of the Dodgers and has taken a approach to his asset that is not conducive to building a strong baseball team, at least there’s a sense of competence…

  19. Comment of the Day: Scott Boras always seems to find 'em

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Reader Gobias Industries is not impressed with Scott Boras’ claim about how special Jayson Werth is: It’s amazing (albeit a bit mathematically impossible) how many once-in-a-generation talents Boras has represented this generation. I take a bit of an objection here. Boras is way too sharp to call all of his big free agents “once-in-a-generation” players.…

  20. Who's the next manager of the Blue Jays?

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    This is not exactly the most pressing question in the baseball blabosphere these days. While we obsess about La Russa and Torre and Mattingly and Ryne Sandberg, while we wonder who the next Mets’ boss will be (“I’m standing right here!” Jerry Manuel says, “I haven’t been fired yet!”) and while Bobby Valentine is shuttled…

  21. The Astros trade Round Rock for Oklahoma City

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    In 2010 the Astros AAA club was located in Round Rock and the Rangers club was located in Oklahoma City.  Last week the Rangers announced they’re taking over Round Rock and, a few minutes ago, the Astros announced they’re getting Oklahoma City. They’ve basically traded. I’ve never been to Oklahoma City, but Round Rock is…

  22. Scott Boras is already doing his Scott Boras thing for Jayson Werth

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal spoke with Scott Boras about his newest client, Jayson Werth. Say, Scott, how are going to position your free agent to-be? “He can play center field . . . He has the closing speed to play center . . . It makes your team so different. Normally you get that production out of…

  23. Jair Jurrjens scratched: Brandon Beachy to start against Philly

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    This would seem to be a bad thing for the Braves. If so, why are Philly fans the ones worrying?

  24. There is no fixing the Mets until the team is sold

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from Joe Sherman’s latest, in which he cast about big league front offices to get (anonymous) comment on the Mets’ COO. The pithy summary: Wilpon is  a “short-tempered, tone deaf credit seeker,” he’s an “accountability deflector,” a “micro-manager” and a “second-guesser.”  Oh, and he’s a bull-headed idiot…

  25. The McCourt trial resumes with a bang

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    Jamie McCourt’s driver hit a pedestrian before the trial even got going today, so there’s that. He’s supposedly OK and didn’t need medical treatment. Jamie will probably give him a house or a job with the Dodgers or something to sign a lawsuit waiver. In the trial itself, this morning, Jamie McCourt took the stand…

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