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Craig Calcaterra

  1. "Shin-Soo Choo has a chance to be the best Pacific Rim player ever"

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Those are bold words given that Ichiro Suzuki still walks the Earth and gets 200 hits a year, but when you realize that it’s Choo’s agent Scott Boras saying it, all becomes clear. That aside, Tim Brown’s profile on Choo in which that quote appears is a great read about the baseball’s least-known superstar.  For…

  2. Some of the best A-Rod hate you'll read in a while

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Some people — myself included on occasion — toss out lazy Alex Rodriguez criticism. Others — like FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby — aren’t content dabbling in idle hate. They work extra hard at it, finding reasons to attack him which have eluded everyone else. For example, after rehashing the 2007 opt-out controversy, Ringolsby shows us just…

  3. Carl Crawford, Rays destroy the Royals

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    I punted the recap of the Rays-Royals game this morning in favor of talking about my kids, so let’s make up for it.  Short version: the Rays remain en fuego. Longer version: did someone catch the plate of that truck that ran over Luke Hochevar (2.2 IP, 11 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1K)?  Back-to-back…

  4. It can't get any lower than this: The Dodgers are shut out by the Pirates

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    I basically retweeted Ned Colletti’s comments back at Matt Kemp in the recaps this morning because I thought it’d be funny, but let’s be clear about something: Kemp’s misplay on that two-run triple was not the death blow in the Dodgers’ loss to the Pirates. It was the fact that the Dodgers were blanked by…

  5. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:37 AM EDT

    Rays 11, Royals 1: The Rays are good the Royals are bad and you all know that, so there’s no sense in dwelling on it here. Let’s take things in a different direction: My wife and I took the kids to the Columbus Clippers-Charlotte Knights game last night, which the Clippers won 9-7.  My daughter…

  6. Aroldis Chapman remains a work in progress

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman started for Louisville last night and via this scouting report from FanHouse’s Frankie Piliere, he still has some work to do before he’s going to make it to the bigs. Two issues, really. The first was his velocity. While it took Chapman a while to get up to full speed on a cold…

  7. Matt Kemp's agent fires back at Ned Colletti

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Ned Colletti called out Matt Kemp the other day.  Yesterday Dave Stewart, who (a) is Matt Kemp’s agent; and (b) is one of the more intimidating dudes to have played the game in recent history, fired back: “This kind of thing in all the years I’ve been in baseball has never happened with any general…

  8. Dontrelle Willis throws six shutout innings

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Dontrelle Willis has had a couple of decent starts so far this season, but after today’s performance it may be safe to say that he’s officially back. D-Train threw six shutout innings with six strikeouts and gave up only four hits and two walks, leading the Tigers to a 3-0 win over the Twins. Granted,…

  9. Whine of the day: Chris Perez

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    “It was a bad baseball play that happened to work out. I don’t want to say it was bush league. But you never see that. Ninety-nine percent of hitters in that situation would rather win the game with a hit, not a bunt. “It was a stupid play that just happened to work.” Indians reliever…

  10. Big trouble ahead if the Rangers deal isn't done in May

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Evan Grant reports that if the Rangers sale isn’t done by June, the team will have to take more money from Major League Baseball to make ends meet. Last year baseball extended the team a $25 million line of credit. They used $16 million of it in 2009 to meet payroll obligations. Grant reports that…

  11. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    As has become a weekly occurrence, I will be talking baseball live at HotStove.com at 2PM. As always, be there or be a rhombus.

  12. Ron Washington sticks with Neftali Feliz as his closer

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Despite blowing the save on Monday and allowing two runs in the seventh inning last night, Rangers manager Ron Washington says he’s sticking with Neftali Feliz as his closer. When asked if that was the case, Washington said “Yes. What’s changed?” I’d say that “what’s changed’ is that Feliz is having a lot of trouble…

  13. When Lou Piniella attacks!

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Here’s Sweet Lou snapping at that reporter that I mentioned this morning.  

  14. Quote of the Day: Gregg Doyel

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    The Phillies aren’t stupid. People are. People like Keith Law of ESPN.com, and anyone out there who thinks like Law  when Law wrote that “this is one of the worst extensions of its kind.” – The always civil Gregg Doyel, taking issue with those who take issue with the Ryan Howard extension. This is the…

  15. Protestors to picket the Cubs-Dbacks game. I kinda wish they wouldn't

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    As you probably know, Arizona passed a law that makes the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and gives the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Supporters believe it to be a necessary move to combat illegal immigration to the state. Opponents call it an open invitation…

  16. Tim Lincecum buzzes the home plate umpire

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Aaron just told you about the blown save that cost Tim Lincecum and the Giants the game yesterday, but perhaps the most interesting thing that happened in the game occurred when Lincecum faced Cole Hamels in the top of the third. With the count 1-2 to an obviously overmatched Hamels, Lincecum threw a fastball. It…

  17. Jeremy Guthrie likes to hit the Yankees

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada was plunked in the knee with a Jeremy Guthrie pitch in the second inning of yesterday’s Yankees-O’s game and is likely to miss today’s game due to what’s being called a contusion (“bruise” is much too pedestrian a word to use for one of the Core Four). Joe Girardi didn’t like it: “I…

  18. The voice of your franchise

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Wezen-Ball is good at making charts of interesting things. The latest: inspired by Bob Uecker, a graph illustrating the tenures of some of the game’s greatest broadcasting voices. In other news, yes, I agree that the Predator monster would make a pretty good ballplayer.

  19. Piniella gets prickly

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella wasn’t in the mood to talk strategy with reporters after yesterday’s game.  The video is here. For those who can’t watch it for some reason, the reporter asked Lou whether he considered having Mike Fontenot bunt in the eighth inning when Marlon Byrd was on second base. Lou: “Bunting what? With a left-hand…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights, Part 2

    Apr 29, 2010, 7:12 AM EDT

    And now for the Senior Circuit. Pirates 6, Brewers 5: Oh, Trevor. We covered this as it happened yesterday, but to reiterate: Hoffman was taken long by Ryan Doumit in the ninth for the second game in a row, and has now blown four of seven save chances this season. He blew only four saves…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights, Part 1

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Because I’m running late with these, let’s break them up into two installments. Here’s the AL edition. The NL edition will follow later this morning.  Thanks for bearing with me. Tigers 11, Twins 6: Interesting play in the sixth, when Johnny Damon hit a deep drive to center. Denard Span caught it after a very…

  22. Programming note

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

    And That Happened will still happen this morning. Just a little later than normal is all, as real life interrupted a bit last night during my prime box score interpretation hours.  In the meantime, I leave you with a picture of Erick Aybar leaping over Luis Valbuena. Why? Because it’s cool, that’s why.

  23. Great Moments in Straw Man Arguments: Jon Heyman

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman was the first major national writer to weigh in on the Ryan Howard contract the other day, tweeting his strong approval of the pact. Today he has a lengthy column up elaborating on his support for the deal. There are some passable, though ultimately unconvincing (in my view) arguments in the piece,…

  24. The All-Star Game is now all-DH, all the time

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Ever since Ron Blomberg and his ilk ruined our national pastime lo those 37 years ago, the rule has been that the designated hitter is to be used when an American League team hosts the All-Star Game, and that the pitchers will bat when in a Senior Circuit park. That is no more, as baseball…

  25. Trevor Hoffman blows another save

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Brewers up by one, Trevor Hoffman comes into the game, Ryan Doumit at the plate and . . . wham! it’s gone. This is not a repeat from yesterday. It just happened in the Brewers-Pirates game, and now Trevor Hoffman has given up six home runs on the season and has blown yet another save.…

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