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Craig Calcaterra

  1. McCarver compares Yankees to Nazis and Communists. But that's not the real problem

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    What McCarver said wasn’t, as many are claiming, “outrageous.” It was simply dumb.

  2. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:26 AM EST

    I detoxed from the Internets this weekend, and it was good.

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

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EST

    We’ve seen bad calls this year and we’ve seen umpires getting all up in players’ faces. Phil Cuzzi manages both in a single inning.

  4. The Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:14 PM EST

    At the risk of Derrek Lee coming out and saying that no one on the Yankees knows Ken Rosenthal, the FOX scoopsmith (eh? OK, I won’t say that again) reports that the Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria. Hard to say what level of interest this really is, but boy howdy…

  5. Joey Votto: "it's kind of fun to play the heel"

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Joey Votto is rude. No, he was just joking. But he really doesn’t like the Cubs or their fans. Wait, that’s just him being competitive. Confused? Yeah, me too.

  6. Cubs win again, Phillies lose again, and man Marmol is throwing bullets

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:13 PM EST

    It was a slow day today, but a Friday afternoon tilt helped fend off the snoozes. Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley Field. Whenever they play I like to imagine them competing for a statue that looks like Manny Trillo. Weird, huh? Anyway, it was yet another frustrating day for Phillies’ fans, as the Cubs win 4-3. Twice…

  7. TBS to honor George Steinbrenner via "Seinfeld"

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:26 PM EST

    Not everyone is hating on The Boss today: TBS will celebrate the life of George Steinbrenner with a full week of classic Seinfeld  episodes featuring Larry David as the legendary New York Yankees owner.  The 10-episode collection will air Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, at 7 and 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Which, of course,…

  8. Ringolsby: no, the Rockies aren't interested in Dan Uggla

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:13 PM EST

    There has been a fair amount of chatter recently about the Rockies maybe trying to pry Dan Uggla away from the Marlins. Tracy Ringolsby is calling baloney on that, though: Rockies are NOT involved in talks for 2B Dan Uggla. Haven’t talked about Uggla since winter. If Tulo is healthy don’t need middle infielder. Nothin’…

  9. The Marlins new ballpark is on schedule and on budget

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher! “We are exactly on budget,” Marlins President David Samson told a pack of reporters during a media tour of the construction site Thursday. “There will be no overruns.” The surrounding neighborhood has yet to feel the domino effect of the new construction.…

  10. The Mets may be interested in Brett Myers

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    There were Cliff Lee fantasies and then some Roy Oswalt pipe dreams, but if the Mets are going to get a starting pitcher, their options are probably going to need to be more realistic in terms of what they can get for the prospects they have to offer and what they can afford in terms…

  11. Lou Piniella is likely to retire after the season

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

    Sticking with Heyman, who reports that people in the Cubs’ organization expect Lou Piniella to retire at the end of the season. This would shock me about as much as the sun coming up tomorrow morning.  The Cubs are on the brink of a massive tear-down, one would assume, and given how weary Piniella has…

  12. Dan Haren isn't going anywhere

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    We’ve heard several times that the Diamondbacks want a ton in return for Dan Haren, but every team peddling top talent says stuff like that so I haven’t given it much thought. Jon Heyman reports today, however, that Arizona is really serious: One GM said he heard the asking price for Haren, who is reasonably…

  13. Almost everyone thinks Rusty Staub is a nice guy

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:31 PM EST

    Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Howard Megdal has a nice little writeup on the career of Rusty Staub.  He uses Staub as an example of a guy who was traded a whole bunch of times but, unlike the Gary Sheffields of the world, wasn’t considered a horse’s patootie.  Megdal’s opening paragraph ends thusly: But baseball teams…

  14. Ken Rosenthal gets told by Derrek Lee

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:13 PM EST

    This is fun. Rosenthal and Morosi on Wednesday re: Derrek Lee’s no-trade clause: ” . . . some friends of the Cubs first baseman said this week that they believe he would accept a deal to the right team.” Derrek Lee about Rosenthal today: “I would bet that not one of my friends knows who…

  15. When you get a $100 million contract "the first year is the most difficult"

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

    That quote comes from Vernon Wells. And yeah, I’m sure it’s an absolute drag. OK, that’s a bit of a cheap shot, inasmuch as Wells was likely asked specifically about the pressure ballplayers face after getting huge deals, not the difficulty of life at large, but it is the kind of quote that turns your…

  16. Bill Lee is a piker. This guy REALLY hated George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

    If you think Bill Lee hated George Steinbrenner, get a load of this rant from Muhammed Cohen (neat name!) of the Guardian: Steinbrenner, who died on Tuesday at age 80, was a bully and a brat, devoid of humility, class, and civility, born on third base, deluded that he’d hit a triple, and convinced he…

  17. Joba Chamberlain is the most overrated player, say other players

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:14 AM EST

    Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 187 major leaguers. I presume they asked more than just this one question and will be publishing it soon, but for now they’re releasing the results of the “who is the most overrated player in baseball” question. The top five: Joba Chamberlain 12% Alex Rodriguez 5% Gary Matthews Jr.…

  18. The Phillies aren't optimistic that they'll add pitching

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EST

    Ruben Amaro tells the Philly Inquirer that, though he wants to pick up a pitcher before the deadline, he isn’t optimistic that he’s going to be able to: Do we have to have another pitcher? No. Would I like to add some pitching? Yeah. I think we need to get healthy. I think we’re getting…

  19. Russell Branyan got a strange injury too

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:09 AM EST

    Mat Latos’ sneeze injury sounds odd. Russell Branyan’s toe injury sounds downright fishy: Wakamatsu said a table fell on Branyan’s left foot this morning in his hotel room, cutting and bruising a toe. “He went to close the curtains this morning at 5,” Wakamatsu said. “He knocked over the table and it landed on his…

  20. A sneeze sends Mat Latos to the DL

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:50 AM EST

    This isn’t quite in ironing-your-shirt-while-still-wearing-it or in carrying-deer-meat-up-stairs territory, but it’s still pretty good: [Mat]Latos, who is tied for third in the National League with 10 victories, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strain to his left side. Latos said he suffered the injury attempting to hold back a…

  21. No Yankees showed up at Bob Sheppard's funeral. Is this really an issue?

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Bill Madden’s Daily News column about Bob Sheppard’s funeral mass is headlined “Yankees a no-show at Bob Sheppard’s funeral, an act George Steinbrenner wouldn’t have stood for.”  He doesn’t hit it quite as hard as that in the column, but he does make a couple of references to how it was a shame that no…

  22. The Rangers are still interested in Mike Lowell

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:07 AM EST

    Rob Bradford reports that the Rangers are “still monitoring the status” of Mike Lowell and may still consider trading for him if he shows that he’s healthy. The Rangers, of course, have been hot and cold about Lowell since at least last December when they had a trade in place for him only to have…

  23. Bill Lee really, really didn't like George Steinbrenner

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    I said that I wasn’t a fan of whitewashing the recently departed, but Bill Lee goes a few steps beyond what even I’m comfortable with: Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee did not soften his stance on George Steinbrenner following the Yankees owner’s death Tuesday. “As far as Steinbrenner’s passing? Good,” Lee said in an…

  24. The Braves really, really didn't like Yunel Escobar

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:23 AM EST

    Buster Olney tweeting last night: When Alex Gonzalez walked into the Atlanta clubhouse the Braves’ players gave him a standing ovation. First thought: wow.  Second thought: Buster only knows that because someone on the inside in Braves land made a special point to tell him about it. Which seems kind of sad to me, actually,…

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

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:04 AM EST

    Only seven games? What, these guys need even more of a break?

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