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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Hey, at least Galarraga got a car

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga may not have gotten a perfect game, but he got a nice consolation prize: a cherry-red Corvette, given to him by General Motors just before the game today in recognition of his “excellence on the field and for his professionalism & sportsmanship.”  I have two questions: (1) Since the bailout, does this mean…

  2. Charlie Manuel calls out his hitters

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    You know who’s happy today? The Phillies.  Because of the Stanley Cup Final and because of all of the Jim Joyce and Ken Griffey rumpus, not too many people are talking about them today.  About how, you know, they’re in a total flat spin and how they can’t hit anymore and look to be playing…

  3. Bud is still thinking about whether to overturn the game

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    According to Larry Lange of the AP, Major League Baseball was “still deciding” whether or not to overturn the Galarraga game as of this morning.  Bud is talking to his advisors, the story says.  For what it’s worth, Tony La Russa — not a formal advisor, but the game’s only Super Genius — thinks it…

  4. What the Mariners are saying about Ken Griffey Jr.

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners react to the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr.:  

  5. Joyce and Galarraga to meet again today

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Indians and the Tigers play at 1:05 Eastern today.  According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Tigers are going to have Armando Galarraga deliver the lineup card out to the home plate before umpire before the game. The wrinkle: because he was the first base umpire last night, Jim Joyce will…

  6. Instant replay probably won't happen instantly

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    A day after the Jim Joyce call, one thing almost everyone agrees on — myself included — is that baseball needs to expand instant replay beyond the current boundary calls rule. The problem is that it’s not at all clear how to do it. An issue is whether or not implementing replay is a matter…

  7. Fan injured by broken bat at Dodgers-Dbacks game

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Lots of things happened yesterday that were overshadowed by Griffey and Joyce/Galarraga. Here’s one from the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game that we shouldn’t just forget, however: [Garret] Anderson shattered his bat grounding out in the second inning, and a woman in the sixth row of seats near the home plate side of the first base dugout received…

  8. What They're Saying About Ken Griffey's retirement

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    I like eulogies — for careers and lives — that are a little on the brutally yet respectfully honest side. Outside of Rob Neyer — who always delivers at times like these — I’m not guessing we’ll get a ton of that when it comes to the Kid, but I can live with it.  Here’s…

  9. The Jim Joyce call: video and postgame reactions

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    In the event that there was any doubt the Jim Joyce call was major, major news, Matt and Meredith did a big segment on it on the “Today Show” this morning. Watch the whole thing to get both Armando Galarraga’s reaction after the game as well as Jim Joyce’s colorful, emotional comments about his mistake.…

  10. Jim Joyce wasn't the only one who blew a call last night

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Question to all of you — and there are a lot of you — who want Bud Selig to step in, change Jim Joyce’s call and award Armando Galarraga a perfect game:  do you want Bud to change the outcome of the Mariners-Twins game too? Because that one ended on a blown call as well.…

  11. Was Griffey pushed into retirement?

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Last month Larry LaRue famously reported that the Mariners were either hoping or actually trying to get Ken Griffey to retire. People freaked out about that, mostly because of the sleeping-in-the-clubhouse stuff, but also over the mere suggestion that Ken Griffey Jr. should leave the game before he was good and ready to. Ken Rosenthal…

  12. Oh what a night! Let's regroup

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

    All hell broke loose last night, and on the off-chance that you people have lives outside of baseball and weren’t glued to this blog, here’s a recap of our zone-flooding coverage: Ken Griffey Jr. retired. Was he overrated? Probably a bit, and he may have hung on too long, but he’s still a first-ballot Hall…

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

    Jun 3, 2010, 6:16 AM EDT

    Tigers 3, Indians 0: So, did anything notable happen in this game? Mariners 2, Twins 1: Between a tornado warning (see the Cubs-Pirates recap at the bottom) and the Armando Galarraga stuff I was unable to pay any attention to Ken Griffey’s retirement before this game.  I will remedy that later today. Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks…

  14. Lost in the Joycean drama: Austin Jackson made an incredible catch

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    If it weren’t for the bad call by Jim Joyce we’d definitely be talking about this more: Austin Jackson made an absolutely incredible catch for the first out in the ninth inning of Armando Galarraga’s non-perfecto. Check out the video here.  Mark Grudzielanek smacked it to the deepest part of Comerica Park — left-center —…

  15. Jim Joyce will be living with this call forever

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Jim Joyce screwed up, no question.  But because there is no replay in Major League Baseball outside of home run calls, he is unable to have the benefit of a second set of eyes or a second chance that just about all of us have in our jobs.  He’s in the worst place possible, really.…

  16. Should Bud Selig reverse the call and award Galarraga the perfect game?

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    That’s the question a dozen people have asked me so far. People are tweeting about it. Even my wife — who knows nothing about any of this aside from the fact that I’m banging out copy about it at 10:00PM about — asked “why can’t they just fix the call?”  Let’s unpack: Can Bud reverse…

  17. Jim Joyce: "I cost that kid a perfect game"

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Jim Joyce speaks after the blown call: “I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career.” With that there can be no further objection to the implementation of instant replay.

  18. Instant. Replay. Now.

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    We’ve all seen it. We can’t un-see it. And because we’ve seen it — and because we’ll watch it over and over again for the next 48 hours or longer — we know it’s wrong. But baseball won’t see it. Not officially. Baseball has decided against the expansion of instant replay beyond home run calls.…

  19. Quote of the Day II: Jose Canseco

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    I see myself in the future managing a team. I would love to start as a hitting instructor or a first base or third base coach and eventually when this whole steroid era blows over become a manager of a Major League Baseball organization. – Jose Canseco, not letting the lowlife scumbag jealous haters keep…

  20. HardballTalk Extra: adventures in basement broadcasting

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    So this is the first edition of HardballTalk Extra, which is the name we’re giving this little video adventure. Today Tiffany Simons — who is a total pro and knows what she’s doing — and I — a complete amateur who literally filmed his half of this from his freakin’ basement — talk about Oliver…

  21. Strasburg's last minor league start to air on Versus tomorrow

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his last minor league start tomorrow. Cool thing about it: it will be nationally-televised, as Versus will have the broadcast.  The game — the first baseball game Versus has ever broadcast — will start at 1:05 P.M.  Strasburg takes on the Buffalo Bisons. May God have mercy on their souls. Here’s…

  22. Jorge Posada comes off the DL

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    The Yankees activated Jorge Posada from the 15-day disabled list this afternoon after the future Hall of Famer — I think so anyway? What say you? — recovered more quickly than anticipated from a hairline fracture in his right foot. The Bombers were going to wait until after batting practice today to announce the corresponding…

  23. Message sent: the Braves Sweep the Phillies, take a 2.5 game lead

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 this afternoon behind a stellar outing from Derek Lowe and some timely hitting from Omar Infante, who was subbing for a banged up Chipper Jones.  Lowe gave up one run on six hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts. He was helped by a couple of timely double plays…

  24. All-Star voting update: Still too many Phillies, not enough Morneau

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I know the All-Star Game approaches the irrelevant and that early vote totals are even less relevant than the game, but I just can’t help myself.  The leaders so far: American League C:  Joe Mauer1B: Mark Teixeira2B: Robinson Cano3B: Evan LongoriaSS: Derek JeterOF: Ichiro, Nelson Cruz, Carl CrawfordDH: Vlad Guerrero Comments: unchanged since last week.…

  25. Jayson Werth can't buy a break

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth has an RBI single today so it’s not been a total loss or anything, but the dude is still suffering from severely bad luck. I’m watching the Braves-Phillies game, and Werth leads off the sixth. He smacks one up the middle which should have been a single, but Derek Lowe manages to kick…

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