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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Denver Post columnist: Bench Todd Helton

    May 24, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    He’s not Griffey or Jeter, but to Rockies fans Todd Helton is close in terms of importance and stature. Which is why I was rather shocked to see this today from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post: Rather than pick up a piece of lumber from the bat rack, Todd Helton should grab some pine…

  2. Will Derek Jeter's slump seriously impact his next contract?

    May 24, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down how Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, while not having terrible seasons, are off their typical pace.  With respect to Jeter, Olney offers the following: And for Jeter, there is more at stake here beyond the Yankees’ dream of winning back to back championships. Jeter’s 10-year contract is set to expire at…

  3. The NL is beating the AL in interleague play. Here's why it doesn't matter

    May 24, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    MLB.com has a story with a rather misleading headline today: “NL makes a statement on Interleague weekend.”  Big statement: it was 22-20. They could have drawn game results out of a hat and gotten the same results. I’d ask anyone who reads significance into that record to immediately walk down to the nearest community college…

  4. Correction: Jennry Mejia will remain in the pen

    May 24, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Last week it seemed like the Mets were about to do something wise and send Jennry Mejia down to the minors in order to allow him to revert back into a starting pitcher, thereby providing the promise of greater value to the organization one day.  Then they backed up a little and said, no, we…

  5. The Phillies are scouting Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz

    May 24, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    White Sox relievers J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks are being scouted by the Phillies, reports ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine. This makes sense for the Phillies given the fact that they’re trotting Jose Contreras out there as their closer at present.  Both Jenks and Putz are striking out a ton of guys an inning, so either…

  6. Someone needs to get me this t-shirt

    May 24, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    One of HBT’s Philadelphia operatives sent me an email over the weekend to tell me that he saw a t-shirt at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night which read as follows: We have: 84 home games Roy Halladay Tasers Your signs Not sure if it said “resistance is futile” or anything else clever on the…

  7. Is Dave Trembley getting fired today?

    May 24, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    Today is the first time anyone has had a day off in a week and a half — and 22 teams have the day off — so you can imagine a bunch of them are going to take stock.  One of them is the Orioles, and after yesterday’s performance, one has to wonder if they’re…

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

    May 24, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Mets 6, Yankees 4: I ain’t gonna lie to you: I was watching the “Lost” finale, not Mets-Yankees. Kind of glad I missed this one too, because I just don’t think my senses could take something as implausible as the Mets taking 2 of 3 from the Bombers. Better off staying in the realm of…

  9. Roy Oswalt demands to be traded

    May 21, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt had another tough-luck loss last night. In the recaps this morning I said “Roy Oswalt (2-5 with a 2.66 ERA) is giving serious thought to stealing a convertible, grabbing Zack Greinke and going on a cross-country crime spree as a result of the run support injustices done unto him for so long.” Seems…

  10. Three Braves minor leaguers test positive for PEDs

    May 21, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Dave O’Brien reports that three Braves minor leaguers — Albaro “Yoel” Campusano, Geraldo Rodriguez and Amadeo Zazueta — all infielders, all with Class-A Myrtle Beach — have been suspended for testing positive for amphetamines.  That’s 50 games in the pokey, kids. Campusano doesn’t show up anywhere on Braves’ prospects lists. Rodriguez is noted for his…

  11. Athletics release Chad Gaudin, send Edwar Ramirez to Sacramento

    May 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Relievers Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez were both designated for assignment in recent days.  The assignment has now come: Edwar Ramirez down to AAA Sacramento and Gaudin out of town on a rail. Between this news and the Brian Bruney DFA from the other day, it’s safe to say that the “sign ex-Yankees and put…

  12. The Cubs go into the rooftop bleacher business

    May 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    For years the buildings just outside of Wrigley Field have charged admission to people to sit on the roof and peer into the ballpark during Cubs games. Five or six years ago the Cubs got all litigatey about it, and ended up settling with the building owners and accepting a cut of the rooftop gate. …

  13. Peter Angelos loves having the Nats nearby

    May 21, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Remember several years ago when Major League Baseball was getting ready to move the Expos to Washington and Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos — a trial lawyer by trade — threatened to sue until Hell wouldn’t have if if his precious territory was invaded?  Yeah, he’s over that now, saying today just how wonderful it is…

  14. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman

    May 21, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Royals GM Dayton Moore told MLB.com, “I’m not talking getting to .500, I’m talking about winning the World Series when I say eight to 10 years.” Pirates fans must be wondering: Why is he in such a hurry? – Jon Heyman, flashing a little of the funny in talking about Dayton Moore’s definition of “The…

  15. The Cubs sign Bobby Howry

    May 21, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday Aaron passed along word that the Cubs were likely to sign reliever Bobby Howry. Today they did just that, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. To make room for Howry, the Cubs optioned Justin Berg to Iowa and designated David Patton for assignment.  All you David Patton owners are probably blindsided by that, but I’m…

  16. The Indians are in deep financial trouble

    May 21, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Akron Beacon-Journal reports that the Cleveland Indians are on pace to draw around 1.16 million people this year. The problem: The Indians’ front office made a budget that assumed attendance of 1.5 million. Which was actually a conservative assumption, as the team drew 1.766 million last year.  A year that was profoundly disappointing and…

  17. The best Charlie Manuel interview you'll ever read

    May 21, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    You all know that I have a bit of a crush on Charlie Manuel. This interview with Yahoo!’s Dave Brown only makes it stronger.  It’s got everything: the Amish, professional wrestling, Manuel and Mickey Mantle talking about “Mother Nature things” and how Ron Washington was always a “hard nosed” player who was a “high energy…

  18. The Nats release Willy Taveras

    May 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    In early February, the Reds traded Willy Taveras to the A’s.  Within a week of that going down, the A’s released him.  Then the Nats signed him, but as of today they have joined the growing fraternity of teams who have realized that being fast is not the same thing as knowing how to play…

  19. The Giants may be pushing Todd Wellemeyer out of the rotation

    May 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the Chronicle reports that Bruce Bochy is going to skip Todd Wellemeyer’s next turn in the Giants’ rotation thanks to an off-day on Monday.  Schulman has a source, however, who is telling him that Wellemeyer might be on the outs permanently, and that the Giants are considering bringing up Erick Hacker to…

  20. iPads not allowed in Yankee Stadium

    May 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Yankee Stadium has always been much harder on people bringing in stuff like bags and food and whatnot, but the latest one has some people angry:  No iPads: However if you are planning to attend a Yankees home game at Yankee Stadium, leave that iPad at home! The security policies page notes that laptops are…

  21. Angel Pagan is on his own

    May 21, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    I’m a huge fan of The Dugout. For those unfamiliar, it’s basically a chat room where baseball players discuss the great issues of the day.  Or something like that. And they’re not really the players, but that’s not important right now. The important thing here is that yesterday’s Dugout about the Angel Pagan game is…

  22. Let's take a short break from interleague play

    May 21, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Interleague play begins again tonight. Feel the excitement? Nah, me neither.  Don’t get me wrong: I was against interleague play when it was first proposed because I am a scared old man who fears change, but  after it got started I got used to it rather quickly. I even began to enjoy some aspects of…

  23. Will the DH come to the NL in 2012?

    May 21, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    That’s the prediction of Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue, who looked on aghast as Ubaldo Jimenez cramped up while running the bases in against the Astros last night: There are millions of dollars invested in pitchers like this, including Jimenez, who is signed through 2012 with a couple of relatively inexpensive (for today’s market)…

  24. Dusty Baker is not that familiar with the Braves' roster

    May 21, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    One final note from that Braves-Reds game yesterday.  After the game, Dusty was being asked about his bullpen usage. Specifically, why he pulled Arthur Rhodes after he struck Jason Heyward out with the bases loaded rather than have him face the grand slam-hitting Brooks Conrad.  Dusty’s response: “He wouldn’t have faced Conrad,” Baker said. “It…

  25. Nationals owner needs stitches after batting practice mishap

    May 21, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Listen, Mr. Lerner, the players have their jobs and you have yours, so let’s make a deal: they will refrain from pretending to swim in your giant piles of cash if you refrain from shagging fly balls in their outfield, OK? Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner received a couple of stitches on the bridge of…

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