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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Other bidders are sniffing around the Rangers

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Danial Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that two bidders — Dallas businessman Jeff Beck and Houston businessman Jim Crane — have been in touch with the Rangers’ creditors recently. Both Beck and Crane have a history with the Rangers sale, with Beck being the primary financing source behind agent Dennis Gilbert’s failed bid, and Crane…

  2. Bummer: no Jason Heyward-Stephen Strasburg matchup tonight

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    This is a bummer: because Jason Heyward has a bum thumb, he won’t be in the lineup for tonight’s Braves-Nationals game and thus we won’t get a chance to see a matchup between the year’s most-hyped rookie hitter and most-hyped rookie pitcher. Note, I said “most-hyped” rookie hitter, not the best. Because, as I noted…

  3. A Cliff Lee-to-the-Mets deal gets complicated

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Joel Sherman contradicts the Burkhardt report, saying that the Mets will not require a negotiating window with Lee if Mejia is involved in a deal. 9:07 A.M.: I said last week that I think the Mets are the frontrunners for Cliff Lee because (a) they have a top young pitcher they are willing to…

  4. Keith Hernandez wants to contract four teams. Does it make any sense?

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    I don’t think it does, but who would you contract if you could? And why?

  5. What the heck is going on with Valentine and the Marlins?

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The only thing we know for sure is that Edwin Rodriguez is still the manager of the Marlins. Which, given what I said the other day about the whole Puerto Rico thing, is nice.  Otherwise: pure chaos. As Drew chronicled last night in a series of updates that reflects just how wacky the situation is…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Stuff you missed while frolicking in the lawn sprinkler and eating popsicles on the front porch.

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

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Maybe the Pirates-Athletics game isn’t worthy of the top spot in ATH on the merits, but it did give us the best pic of the day, no?

  8. UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano suspended indefinitely

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have suspended Carlos Zambrano indefinitely for his actions during Friday’s game. “His conduct was not acceptable,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “It has become a bit of a tired act.” According to Carrie Muskat of, Hendry said, “We’ll play with 24 before…

  9. The Padres are looking for . . . pitching?

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Like my grandma used to say: you can never be too rich, you can never be too thin and you can never have too much starting pitching.

  10. The Brewers will not be having a fire sale this summer

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Given how poorly the team has played, it’s been reasonable to assume that the Brewers are at least considering selling off players, possibly even Prince Fielder and Corey Hart.  Not so says owner Mark Attanasio, because the fans deserve better: “The thing you have to remember is that we’ve had three million fans coming to…

  11. Phillies road team, Blue Jays home team at Citizens Bank Park

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    The Jays come in to Philly tonight for a three game set . . . as the home team. You’ll recall that this little switcheroo is the result of the G-20 summit taking place in Toronto. As a result, the series that was supposed to take place in the Rogers Centre is now in Philly…

  12. Rangers bankruptcy judge absolutely reams Chuck Greenberg

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Sure, he gave them the hearing date they wanted, but he could make them pay dearly for it.

  13. Should the Dodgers trade Matt Kemp? No! But not for the reasons you think

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal has a bold idea for the Dodgers. After listing all the things that ail the currently-slumping boys in blue, Robo says: General manager Ned Colletti needs to be pragmatic. He needs to be creative. He needs to trade center fielder Matt Kemp. This is dumb.  But maybe not for the reasons you’re thinking.…

  14. Johan Santana admitted to consensual sex with his accusor

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    The Smoking Gun yesterday provided more details regarding the sexual battery allegations made against Johan Santana last fall.  Expanding on the TMZ stuff, TSG’s report includes Santana’s statements to law enforcement and additional docs from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department.  The upshot: Santana says — and explains in pretty graphic detail — that the…

  15. The Rangers hearing is back to July 9th

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Remember yesterday how I said that it probably wasn’t that big a deal that the mediation and hearing in the Rangers’ case got moved to July 16th and July 22nd, respectively? Well, apparently Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan thought it was a big deal, because they filed a motion late yesterday asking that they be…

  16. Bobby Cox gets colorful about Jeff Loria

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    When Fredi Gonzalez was fired the other day Bobby Cox — Gonzalez’s former boss — was quoted waxing admiringly about Gonzalez. He said some stuff about Jeff Loria too, however. Fun stuff that I didn’t see until this morning: “I know that guy is unpredictable, but I was still . . . After everything  [Gonzalez]…

  17. The Phillies promote Domonic Brown to AAA

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    The Braves have Heyward, the Mets have Davis, the Marlins have Stanton and the Nats have that one dude.  Based on this latest news, it’s not out of the question that we’ll have a five-for-five phenom summer in the NL East! Domonic Brown is headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Chuck LaMar, the Phillies’ assistant general…

  18. Quote of the Day: Vin Scully

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Would Vin Scully pull a Prince Edward?

  19. The Marlins to hire Valentine; kill Puerto Rico's buzz

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    The timing of Valentine’s hiring shows that Jeff Loria’s heart is too sizes too small.

  20. The Mets may get Cliff Lee, but they won't deal Angel Pagan to do it

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    My gut tells me that the Mets are the most likely team to trade for Cliff Lee. They’re seemingly willing to part with Jenrry Mejia, who would be a good pickup for the M’s. They said yesterday that they wouldn’t demand an opportunity to negotiate with Lee on an extension before making a deal, which…

  21. Pedroia goes nuts: 5 for 5, three homers, usual humility

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Too bad this Sox team is all about “run prevention.” Gonna have a hell of a time scoring runs, ya know.

  22. Please Hammer, don't hurt the 1990 Reds!

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    The super dope homeboy from the Oak-Town to appear at a Reds game. Buy tickets now to beat the rush.

  23. Taser dude from Phillies game gets probation

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Prison for 98 and a year and we’ll call it even Johnny 99?

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

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    A laser show, a couple of first place teams get the broom and a couple of aces get beat up, but I somehow find the time to quote a cheesy 70s ballad, so everything’s OK.

  25. Gallardo, Brewers take down the Twins

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo and the Brew Crew stifle the stumbling Twins

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