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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Instant replay is winning by a mile

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I know this morning’s instant replay poll is not scientific. It also features slanted questions and lends itself to self-selection. But results are results!  And after about six hours of voting the results are clear: instant replay in a landslide. Just over 1000 people have voted. About 83% of you want replay of some kind. …

  2. HBT Extra: Strasburgmania!

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about Stephen Strasburg today. What, you were expecting It’d be DiMaggio?  

  3. What's in a debut performance?

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Whose major league debut was this? Opponent: the Pirates, at home; Line: six innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 earned runs,1 home run allowed, 10 strikeouts. Give up? It was Mark Prior, from May 22nd 2002. There’s a lot of that going around as people try to get their mind around Stephen Strasburg’s performance today, obviously,…

  4. The Indians are thrilled with Stephen Strasburg too

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The Indians haven’t been drawing for anything this season, but Christmas comes early to Cleveland this year. Or should I say Strasmas?  Strasburg is scheduled to start against the Indians this Sunday and the Indians have sold over 1000 tickets to the game since midnight. I can only assume more will go as word spreads…

  5. The Mariners are scouting the Yankees: Cliff Lee trade, anyone?

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    George A. King of the New York Post reports that the Mariners are kinda sorta thinking about trading Cliff Lee to the Yankees.  The “kinda sorta” is because there’s no sense that the Yankees are at all interested in Lee. According to King, however, the Mariners are currently scouting the Yankees organization and are interested…

  6. The Orioles are thrilled with Strasburg's debut

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Last night the Baltimore Orioles, while getting killed by the Yankees, started showing the Strasburg game on the big screen at Camden Yards.  I and a lot of other fans probably would have appreciated such a thing if we were there.  One guy didn’t, though:  Here’s Sweeny Murti from WFAN tweeting during the game: For…

  7. Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    They’re not complaining about the dimensions or the wind patterns. They’re complaining about the glare. Hitting coach Joe Vavra: “There’s a lot of light that reflects off that wall [beyond center field], maybe because of all the glass. It has been borderline dangerous at some points. You can see some of the catchers having trouble…

  8. Strasburg's debut was not to be missed

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    I have no idea what the TV ratings were on Strasburg’s debut last night, but we have some good photographic evidence that it was not to be missed. Check out this pic, from the Nats320 blog, of the abandoned concourse while Strasburg was pitching during the seventh inning.  Keep in mind that the seventh inning…

  9. HBT Poll: Should baseball expand instant replay?

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    In three years of blogging I don’t think I’ve ever ran a poll, but Bud Selig’s comments this morning about how most people in baseball don’t want instant replay kind of grind my gears. I think it’s counterfactual and that most people want some form of replay. But I wouldn’t mind getting a sense of…

  10. The Orioles to interview Bobby Valentine

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    That’s what the Baltimore Sun is reporting, with an interview between Valentine and team brass possible as early as tomorrow.  People have talked about what kind of jobs Valentine would or would not take given that he has a cushy analyst role at ESPN right now, but the Sun reports that sources close to Valentine…

  11. Mike Stanton has a solid debut for the Marlins

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg wasn’t the only franchise savior who debuted last night. Mike Stanton was called up by the Marlins and had himself a solid debut: 3 for 5 with two runs scored. All of the hits were singles, but given that Stanton’s M.O. is to swing for the fences and strikeout whenever he doesn’t mash…

  12. Bud Selig says no one wants replay

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    This just boggles my mind: But Selig also told reporters that he does not see a groundswell of support in baseball circles for greater use of instant replay. While he will continue to hold discussions with his special committee for on-field matters, he expressed doubt that expanded use of replay will take place during the…

  13. Your pitching star of the night: Jeff Niemann

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    So enough about Strasburg. Nice and all, but he didn’t have the best pitching performance last night. The Rays’ Jeff Neimann did.  Niemann allowed just two hits in a shutout of the Blue Jays, who sport a slightly better offense than the Pirates. Indeed, there were a number of fabulous pitching performances last night by…

  14. So, what are we to make of this Strasburg kid?

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Drew had the live blog and the recap last night, perfectly capturing the “I can’t believe what I’m seeing” aspect of all of this. And it was spectacular. I’m still not sure I believed what I just saw. The Superman exists, and he’s a National. Due to the injustice that is Major League Baseball’s blackout…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT

    Nationals 5, Pirates 2: A star is born. Giants 3, Reds 0: Not to be a killjoy or anything, but Matt Cain’s game score (76) was one better than Strasburg’s (75). Cain was dancin’ with the Devil, though, recording 16 fly ball outs in a park where you don’t want to be giving up a…

  16. The Pirates should not go down without a fight

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    This post over at the Pirates’ blog WHYGAVS is being rewtweed and reposted all over the Internet today because of a brilliant “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” riff on the whole Stephen Strasburg debut. And it is brilliant, so go check it out.  But I like it much more for this passage from its author,…

  17. Jason Heyward may get an All-Star Game start

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    In the last week Jason Heyward’s OPS has dipped about .100 points as he has become mired in a 3 for 32 slump.  In that same week he has surged into second place in the All-Star vote totals among NL outfielders and is within striking distance of current leader Ryan Braun. Given the ascension of…

  18. The Indians designate Mark Grudzielanek for assignment

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Tough week for aging infielders, no? First Adam Kennedy Everett was DFA’d by the Tigers and now Mark Grudzielanek* gets the same treatment. Grudzielanek was batting .273/.328/.273 with 11 RBI in 110 at-bats with the Indians this season. He hurt his hammy on Sunday, however, and since the Indians were given special permission by the…

  19. Come by HBT tonight as we celebrate Strasmas

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Ok, I really should stop calling it Strasmas.  For one thing, it’s been beaten to death by now. For another thing, Gleeman is Jewish so it would only be fair for us to make a couple of Strasukkah references. For that matter I’m pretty sure Pouliot celebrates Strasivus, so maybe the whole holiday meme should…

  20. UPDATE: The Mets are off the hook with the Oliver Perez DL assignment

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Guess not. Andy Martino reports that Major League Baseball is “comfortable” with the Ollie Perez DL stint and has closed its investigation.  Apparently Perez suffered the most conveniently-timed knee injury in baseball history. I’m inclined to think that teams abuse the DL for roster management purposes all the time. As far as I know,…

  21. Should we care about Pete Rose's corked bat?

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Many of you have responded in the Pete Rose thread that a corked bat probably wasn’t a big deal because, as the good fellows at MythBusters (and many other researchers) have demonstrated, a corked bat doesn’t help a batter hit the ball any harder or farther or anything, and actually has some counterproductive qualities. I’ll…

  22. Three year-old girl injured during batting practice at Dodger Stadium

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    A three year-old girl’s skull was fractured after being hit by a line drive during batting practice at Dodger Stadium yesterday. The injuries, thankfully, are not considered life-threatening. The ball came of Russell Martin’s bat on what was, according to the article, a line drive down the left field line. It’s unclear whether the ball…

  23. Strasburg isn't the only one debuting tonight

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    As everyone fixates on Stephen Strasburg, let us not forget that there’s another young phenom making his debut today. His name is Mike Stanton, he plays for the Marlins and he has simply abused Double-A hitting so far this year. How badly has he abused it? To the tune of .311/.411/.726 with 21 home runs…

  24. The story of Pete Rose's corked bat

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    One of Pete Rose’s old lackeys — Tommy Gioiosa — told the world many years ago that Rose corked his bats.  Based on everything we knew about the guy at the time: that he was a risk-taker, a pathological competitor and a guy who viewed rules as something less than mild suggestions, it wasn’t hard…

  25. Deep Thoughts: the Mets first round draft pick

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Mets drafted UNC pitcher named Matt Harvey in the first round last night. The thing he’s most notable for among people who don’t follow the draft or the college game all that closely (i.e. the vast majority of us) is that on April 23rd he threw 157 pitches. Here’s the deep thought: is it…

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