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Craig Calcaterra

  1. UPDATE: OK, so maybe Joey Votto wasn't being rude

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    UPDATE: Upon a few hours of reflection I’m fairly certain I totally whiffed here. I haven’t seen video of Votto’s comments (I based my post on ESPN Chicago’s linked story), but logic suggests that Votto’s tone here probably mattered a hell of a lot and it’s entirely possible, if not probable, that Votto was goofing…

  2. Jon Lester is not a Hanley Ramirez fan

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Fun little post-All-Star Game anecdote from FanHouse’s Josh Alper involving Jon Lester: Jon Lester and Hanley Ramirez were once teammates in the Red Sox minor league system but were on opposite sides of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Lester retired Ramirez on a bouncer back to the mound and after the game he was…

  3. Jason Heyward hopes to come back tomorrow

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Jason Heyward hasn’t played in a game since June 25th due to a messed up thumb, but he took batting practice with the NL All-Stars yesterday and said he’s feeling good. Heyward is hitting .251/.366/.455 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI but was doing way better than that rate-wise before his thumb got injured…

  4. So why was A-Rod kept out of the All-Star Game last night?

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:14 PM EST

    One of the biggest talking points after last night’s All-Star Game was the fact that Joe Girardi did not use Alex Rodriguez. Most notably, that he did not use him to pinch run for David Ortiz, who wound up getting thrown out at second base on a single to the outfield.  I’ve heard two retorts…

  5. Brandon Phillips Interview: the director's cut

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    Why does Dusty Baker wear sweat bands? Brandon Phillips tells Tiffany Simons.

  6. Scott Boras is suddenly tired of anonymous sources

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

    Buster Olney was talking about Prince Fielder yesterday, and in doing so he quoted some unnamed executives who were waxing pessimistic on Fielder’s defense and body type.  That got Fielder’s agent — Scott Boras — angry. He emailed Tom Haudricourt about it. In addition to taking issue with the assertions about Fielder on the merits,…

  7. The Braves trade Yunel Escobar to the Jays for Alex Gonzalez

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:22 PM EST

    The Braves have finally had enough of Yunel Escobar

  8. The Rangers auction is now set for August 4th

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:27 AM EST

    My immediate interest in the Rangers’ sale has waned in the past week because (1) the fact that they traded for Cliff Lee means that they’ve made their big on-the-field move and thus getting the sale done before the trade deadline isn’t as pressing for baseball purposes as it seemed before; and (2) with all…

  9. Torii Hunter had an exhausting All-Star weekend

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:12 AM EST

    Torii Hunter drank a lot of “Pepsi” this week.

  10. Steinbrenner: business savvy even in death

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Say what you want about George Steinbrenner, but he was a hell of a businessman. From turning a tiny initial investment in the Yankees into a billion-dollar franchise, to starting his own regional sports network, rarely did the man make a business mistake.  The pattern continued even until his death: By dying in 2010, the…

  11. The Brewers are asking a lot for Corey Hart

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

    Doug Melvin has a funny way of not “actively shopping” Corey Hart. The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman: Heard this: Giants and Brewers talked turkey on Hart, and Milwaukee asked for Sanchez or Bumgarner. Sabean is not eager to trade eith I don’t know how you can possibly trade good young pitching like Sanchez or Bumgarner for…

  12. The Braves are interested in Cody Ross

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:50 AM EST

    Buster Olney reports that the Braves “continue to have interest” in Cody Ross of the Marlins. Which, considering there hadn’t been any previous reports that I know of in which the Braves expressed interest in the first place is rather odd, but hey, why not? Ross is hitting 282/.332/.415 with seven homers and 46 RBI. …

  13. A-Rod to appear in a terrible movie

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:20 AM EST

    Heard this: Joe Girardi didn’t pinch run A-Rod for David Ortiz last night because the insurers of this farkakte movie he’s going to have a cameo role in didn’t want to risk ruining his Hollywood looks in the event of a hard play at second base: Believe it or not, Justin Timberlake may not be…

  14. Ken Macha gets a vote of confidence

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:55 AM EST

    I had missed the speculation that Brewers’ manager Ken Macha might get fired today, but I guess I didn’t really miss anything after all, because Doug Melvin is already shooting that talk down. Tom Haudricourt: I just spoke on the telephone with general manager Doug Melvin and he said unequivocally that he will not be…

  15. Rush Limbaugh calls Steinbrenner a "cracker"

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    Note: when you and Al Sharpton are both quoted in a news article, and Sharpton comes off 100 times more reasonable than you do, you probably need to be confined someplace where you can’t do harm to yourself or others. Or at the very least, be fitted with a special helmet. Rush Limbaugh’s comments on…

  16. And That Happened: All-Star Game Edition

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:32 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel did his best to hamstring the NL’s chances. It took an Atlanta Brave to restore order.

  17. Don't forget: All-Star Game Live Chat tonight!

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Just one last reminder: D.J. Short will be leading HardballTalk’s Live Chat starting at around 8PM tonight.  There should be a post up with one of those fancy-schmancy Cover It Live boxes for you to log into. It’s really easy, and the chats move quickly and entertainingly. Be there or be square!

  18. The Red Sox will hold a moment of silence for George Steinbrenner

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    The Red Sox have announced that they will have a moment of silence in honor of George Steinbrenner’s passing before Thursday night’s game in Fenway Park. Highly appropriate. For as much as we get caught up in The Rivalry, it’s long been a mutually-beneficial one. Neither the Red Sox nor the Yankees would be the…

  19. Selig still set to retire after 2012 unless there's "an emergency"

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Bud Selig just got done with his annual All-Star Game news conference. I don’t have a transcript yet, but enough reporters there on the scene are tweeting about it to give us a few gems: Selig said that it is still his plan is to retire after the 2012 season.  Which he has to reiterate,…

  20. The Red Sox and Royals have discussed David DeJesus

    Jul 13, 2010, 4:09 PM EST

    Rosenthal and Morosi are reporting that the Red Sox and Royals have spoken within the past ten days about David Dejesus. Nothing has come of it yet — duh, he’s still on the Royals — but there are suggestions that the talk will continue. Hey, I love me Darnell McDonald as much as the next…

  21. Let us remember George Steinbrenner, not whitewash him

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    George Steinbrenner was a titanic figure in baseball history. He was also a sonofabitch. Let’s hear about all of it.

  22. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince unloads on CC Sabathia

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:14 PM EST

    Anthony Castrovince is one of MLB.com’s best. He’s a good reporter and, unlike some of the other people over there, he doesn’t give off the impression that he’s overly cozy with the team he covers, the Cleveland Indians. He’s a straight shooter, as likely to see things from the player’s perspective as he is the…

  23. The fan who grabbed that foul ball from Jayson Werth speaks out

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    Well, he was interviewed, anyway.  His story — which you can read here — is that he was just trying to protect his kid from the foul ball raining down from the sky.  Some of you took that position when it happened.  As a father I kind of doubted it — your first impulse is…

  24. Join us tonight for an All-Star Game Live Chat

    Jul 13, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

    The way I see it, you have a choice: you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to yourself tonight, or you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to a group of like-minded people.  No contest, really, which is why you should show up here tonight for HardballTalk’s All-Star Game Live Chat.…

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