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Craig Calcaterra

  1. It's no-hitter day

    Apr 27, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Pfun pfactoid from MLB.com this morning: April 27th is tied for the title of most no-hittinest day of the baseball season, with six no-nos having occurred on this date in history.  What’s more, two of the 4/27 no hitters were tossed by guys getting starts today: Derek Lowe in 2002 and Kevin Millwood in 2003.…

  2. Ryan Howard is happy to be staying in Philly

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Here’s Ryan Howard talking about his contract extension. He’s obviously happy to be staying in Philly.  

  3. Gregg Zaun can't get the ball back to the mound

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    It was a laugher for the Brewers last night, but early on Gregg Zaun suffered through a catcher’s nightmare: an inability to throw the ball back to the mound after a pitch.  The video is here, and you can’t watch it without thinking back to Macky Sasser, who was unable to throw the ball back…

  4. Jim Leyland doesn't like the redeye flights

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    The Tigers played a night game in Anaheim on Thursday and took a late night flight that got them into Dallas early Friday morning before a game against the Rangers that evening.  Then they played a night game against the Rangers last night and took a late night flight that got them into Detroit early…

  5. OK, west coast and Midwest fans can be nuts too

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Eli Whiteside hit a home run off Roy Halladay in the seventh inning of last night’s Giants-Phillies game.  According to Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer, that caused some Giants fans to chant “overrated!” at Halladay. I suppose if anyone can talk smack to Roy Halladay it’s the fans who root for Tim Lincecum, but…

  6. The Pirates need a mercy rule for Brewers games

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Here are the scores of the last four Brewers-Pirates games. The Brewers have the big number in each of these, of course: 8-18-020-017-3. Not that the Brewers are good. After all, in between game three and four of that list they lost three in a row to the Cubs, being outscored 25-4 in the process. …

  7. Boy hit with shattered bat at Miller Park

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    He’s fine, but this is scary: In the bottom of the fourth, Alcides Escobar’s bat shattered when he grounded out to end the inning. A sharp piece of the barrel flew into the Miller Park stands about 10 rows behind the Pirates’ on-deck circle, careering off several fans and hitting the boy in the head.…

  8. What they're saying about the Ryan Howard deal

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    I said plenty yesterday, but so did a lot of other people. Here’s some of it, starting with the sort of hyperbole that may inspire ESPN to place Jayson Stark under psychiatric evaluation for the next 72 hours, and ending with Matt Swartz at Baseball Prospectus, with what is probably the most middle-ground take I’ve…

  9. Image of the Day: A-Rod at the White House

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    President A-Rod can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome he is.

  10. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 12: Just your standard 25 run, 34 hit, 4+ hour nine inning game. Lyle Overbay, Jose Bautista and Jason Varitek each had 4 RBI, Bill Hall, Jeremy Herminda and Travis Snider all had 0-fers, and the starting pitchers — Josh Beckett and Dana Eveland — were each tied up and…

  11. Make no mistake, people: Ryan Howard's production is declining

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    I’ve made some comments this afternoon about Ryan Howard likely declining. I’m not a stats guy, though, so I’m just making some guesses, albeit guesses informed by history.  Bill Baer at the Phillies’ blog Crashburn Alley is a stats guy, however, and in the course of assessing the wisdom of the Howard contract extension, he…

  12. Quote of the Day: Keith Law

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    “If Howard is worth $25 million, Pujols is worth $50 million a year.” – ESPN’s Keith Law on the Ryan Howard extension. Hyperbole? Sure, but not as much as a lot of folks think.  If I represent Pujols I start the bidding at $35 million, though I’d probably be willing to come down to $30…

  13. Ryan Zimmerman is still out

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    The Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman made a pinch hitting appearance yesterday, but his hamstring is still bothering him and he won’t start in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Zimmerman hasn’t played a full game since last Wednesday. Adam Kennedy is taking his place at third. You have to figure, though, that if he can’t go soon,…

  14. One more winner from the Howard contract: Domonic Brown

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    I’ve not yet seen any statements from the Phillies on this, but in light of the Howard extension, is it at all likely that they’ll be able to sign Jayson Werth once he hits free agency this fall? As of now, the Phillies’ contractual obligations for 2012 are $87 million for a mere eight players…

  15. The Ryan Howard contract: winners and losers

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Anytime something big like the Ryan Howard extension goes down the repercussions can be felt all throughout the Greater Baseballosphere.  The extension was announced scarcely an hour ago, but it’s probably worth tallying up the winners and losers of the deal: Winners Ryan Howard: Now that he has his extension, he will no longer have…

  16. The Phillies will regret the Ryan Howard extension

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard is making $19 million this year and will get $20M in 2011.  Now, courtesy of the extension he just signed, he’ll make $20 million in 2012 and 2013 as well, and $25M per year for 2014, 2015 and 2016. There’s a team option for 2017 at $23M with $10M buyout. He also gets…

  17. Ryan Howard, Phillies sign a five year, $125 million contract extension

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Done deal. 5 years, $125 million. It kicks in starting in 2012.  This seems like a really bad, really unnecessary move for the Phillies. More later on this, of course. 2:20 P.M.: Part of what we do here is pass along rumors. When it’s one that I’m really dubious about, I make extra sure…

  18. Going crazy about Javy Vazquez

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Earlier today I made a comment about how talk radio would go crazy on Javier Vazquez. I haven’t listened to any New York talk radio today to see if they have, but regardless, I owe the radio people an apology for suggesting that they have a monopoly on overreaction. Web writers are just as capable…

  19. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    1. Rays:  Ho-hum, another two of three in each of their series last week. It’s exactly that kind of tick-tock boredom that is the stuff of division titles. 2. Yankees:  If one bum starting pitcher is your biggest problem, you’re doing pretty well. 3. Twins: Beating up on the Indians and the Royals may not…

  20. The Yankees will visit the White House this afternoon

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    It’s the only time Bombers are allowed there: Jeter and his teammates will make the trip from Baltimore to Washington to visit wounded veterans Monday morning at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, then proceed to the White House to meet with President Obama Monday afternoon. My understanding is that only those players who were…

  21. Is Andruw Jones back?

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    The White Sox’ Andruw Jones has gotten off to a fantastic start: .292/.404/.708 with six home runs, including the walkoff job on Friday night.  Is the guy who once wowed us with his defense back to being a productive player after years in the wilderness? Not so fast says FanGraph’s R.J. Anderson, who notes that…

  22. Tensions escalate between MLB and Dominican scouts

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors’ Nick Collias continues to stay on top of the increasingly strained relationship between Major League Baseball and various baseball factions in the Dominican Republic. The latest: scouts have barred members of the Major League Scouting Bureau from watching players at several recent exhibitions on the island. In apparent retaliation, Major League Baseball…

  23. MLB-licensed tools? Sure, why not?

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Usually when we talk about “tools” on this blog, we’re talking about those players who are able to run fast, throw hard, hit the ball far and be almost completely unable to actually play the game of baseball. Sports Business Journal has an article up about tools today, however, and they sound like something that…

  24. Cubs, White Sox to play for a trophy

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    The Mediocrity Cup? Multiple sources tell the Tribune that during a Monday morning news conference, the Cubs and White Sox will announce a new tradition — a trophy (and the public bragging rights) to the club which wins the annual city series between them. We’re told a tiebreaker is in place should the teams split…

  25. Chris Jakubauskas released from hospital, flies with team

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Here’s some good news: Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas was released from from the hospital yesterday and was able to fly with his team from Houston to Milwaukee.  He’s on the 15-day disabled list, however, diagnosed with a concussion and head contusion. In case you missed it, Jakubauskas was nailed in the side of the head…

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