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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HardballTalk Extra: adventures in basement broadcasting

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    So this is the first edition of HardballTalk Extra, which is the name we’re giving this little video adventure. Today Tiffany Simons — who is a total pro and knows what she’s doing — and I — a complete amateur who literally filmed his half of this from his freakin’ basement — talk about Oliver…

  2. Strasburg's last minor league start to air on Versus tomorrow

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will make his last minor league start tomorrow. Cool thing about it: it will be nationally-televised, as Versus will have the broadcast.  The game — the first baseball game Versus has ever broadcast — will start at 1:05 P.M.  Strasburg takes on the Buffalo Bisons. May God have mercy on their souls. Here’s…

  3. Jorge Posada comes off the DL

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    The Yankees activated Jorge Posada from the 15-day disabled list this afternoon after the future Hall of Famer — I think so anyway? What say you? — recovered more quickly than anticipated from a hairline fracture in his right foot. The Bombers were going to wait until after batting practice today to announce the corresponding…

  4. Message sent: the Braves Sweep the Phillies, take a 2.5 game lead

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 this afternoon behind a stellar outing from Derek Lowe and some timely hitting from Omar Infante, who was subbing for a banged up Chipper Jones.  Lowe gave up one run on six hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts. He was helped by a couple of timely double plays…

  5. All-Star voting update: Still too many Phillies, not enough Morneau

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I know the All-Star Game approaches the irrelevant and that early vote totals are even less relevant than the game, but I just can’t help myself.  The leaders so far: American League C:  Joe Mauer1B: Mark Teixeira2B: Robinson Cano3B: Evan LongoriaSS: Derek JeterOF: Ichiro, Nelson Cruz, Carl CrawfordDH: Vlad Guerrero Comments: unchanged since last week.…

  6. Jayson Werth can't buy a break

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth has an RBI single today so it’s not been a total loss or anything, but the dude is still suffering from severely bad luck. I’m watching the Braves-Phillies game, and Werth leads off the sixth. He smacks one up the middle which should have been a single, but Derek Lowe manages to kick…

  7. Quote of the Day: You'll shoot your eye out!

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’m wondering how long it will be before a player suffers a detached retina or is placed on the disabled list with temporary blindness after getting smacked with a shaving-cream pie during a postgame TV interview. – Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times, channeling your mother and wringing his hands over post-game celebrations that kill…

  8. UPDATE: The comments are fixed

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Looks like the comments are back online, folks. Sorry about the inconvenience. Seems I, um, accidentally banned half of the IP addresses in the nation while trying to fight a spammer. In this I am not unlike the man who destroys his house while trying to swat a fly. Anyway, between that and my…

  9. Saltalamacchia says he's past the yips

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    This is a minor item to be sure, but my electricity has been out for an hour and it’s in the mid 80s, so I’m gettin’ cranky and could use some damn optimistic news, OK?  OK: Jarrod Saltalamacchia says he’s past the yips that caused him to be unable to throw the ball back to…

  10. Dave Trembley could be gone Thursday or Friday

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    That’s The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck’s assessment anyway.  Worth noting that the O’s don’t have an offday until Monday, but I suppose there’s no law that says a manager has to be fired on an offday. Schmuck, who has not been a vehement Trembley basher by any stretch, says that “the job is eating him…

  11. Are the Phillies doomed? Nah, don't panic

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Phillies are reeling right now, having lost eight of ten and the division lead.  AOL’s Ed Price makes an astute observation, however: Is the Phillies 2-8 slide a disaster? They had six 2-8 stretches in 2008, five 2-8 stretches in 2009 and a 1-9 stretch in 2009. Good point. No team with as much…

  12. The next Strasburg is coming from Mexico

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    We may be preparing for Strasmas and getting psyched about Aroldis Chapman, but it’s never too early to start going crazy over the next phenom. His name is Luis Heredia, he’s from Mexico, he’s 15, and he’s going to be eligible for the international free agent season that kicks off on July 2nd.  Dejan Kovacevic…

  13. Bill Hohn is being taken to the woodshed

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Baseball rarely if ever comments publicly on umpire discipline, so when it was announced that Joe West was being fined the other day that was (a) big news; and (b) evidence that he really screwed up. What, then, to make of this from Bob Watson, baseball’s director of discipline? A Major League Baseball official says…

  14. Thanks HBT readers!

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    I don’t mention this often enough, boys and girls, but you all are really great. May was a fabulous month for HardballTalk. We set our all-time record for traffic and tripled the clicks we had in May 2009 (back when the blog went by the name “The Quarrymen”). We’ve got a lot of great stuff…

  15. Aroldis Chapman was impressive: but not in the way I expected

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and the Louisville Bats rolled into beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio last night. I couldn’t miss that so I called my friend Mark — a big Reds fan — and headed on down to the park to catch the game. We got through the gate and, being consummate professionals, used every trick in the…

  16. Joe Maddon gets steamed, gets ejected

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    In hindsight, the biggest shocker of the whole ninth inning exchange between Carlos Pena, Joe Maddon and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez in last night’s Rays-Jays game was that Kevin Gregg threw a strike. But we’ll cover Gregg’s nightmare night later this morning.  For now, let’s talk about the rhubarb. In case you missed it,…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 2, 2010, 6:46 AM EDT

    Rays 7, Blue Jays 6:  Holy schnikes, that was a wild ending. Kevin Gregg had a meltdown, walking five guys, Joe Maddon got tossed after Carlos Pena wasn’t granted time out at the plate and Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, three-run double to seal a come-from-behind victory.  The wildest thing though? Pena later said that…

  18. Programming Note

    Jun 2, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Hey folks: Due to a late night of (a) watching Aroldis Chapman pitch against my hometown Columbus Clippers; and (b) catching up with old friends, I wasn’t able to jump on the box scores like I usually do before bedtime. The good news is that because of my evening I will be able to provide…

  19. Boras: Bryce Harper shouldn't catch

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Actually, what he said about his prized client was “no baseball person in his right mind will have the guy catch.” Which seems strange considering Harper himself is on record as saying he wants to catch and every team would value his bat way higher as a catcher than they would elsewhere (even though his…

  20. Mike Cameron held out of lineup with sore abdomen

    Jun 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Red Sox were happy about the prospect of getting both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron back into the outfield, but now Ellsbury is back on the DL and Mike Cameron is reporting soreness in his abdomen, keeping him out of today’s game. The good news, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, is…

  21. Jamie Moyer is poised to become the home run king

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark points out something I hadn’t noticed: Jamie Moyer is four homer runs allowed away from becoming the all-time leader in that category.  When he does it, he’ll pass pformer Phillie Robin Roberts for the title. A partner in my old law office once had a $100 million judgment entered against his client following…

  22. Hey, a trade! The Jays send Dana Eveland to Pittsburgh

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It was less than a month ago when we saw Dana Eveland throw seven shutout innings on only two hits. But baseball is a what have you done for me lately sport, and since that great show against the White Sox on May 6th, Eveland has allowed 17 runs in just over nine innings. As…

  23. UPDATE: Jeter is in tonight's lineup

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Lineups were just announced for tonight’s Yankees-Orioles tilt. The Captain will play. Damn. Now I owe Nick Swisher a million bucks. Hope he takes a check. 11:15 A.M. Derek Jeter got plunked on the leg during yesterday’s game and ended up leaving when his hamstring stiffened up. The injury is being characterized as minor,…

  24. Four teams interested in Dontrelle Willis

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    We knew about the Diamondbacks, but according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Mets, Brewers and Marlins are also interested in Dontrelle Willis. We were hearing various tweets and emanations from the Mets this morning that they weren’t really interested in Willis, what with already having their own walk-happy lefty. At least…

  25. You should read "Cardboard Gods"

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’m only about two months late in getting a review out for this book, but (a) there are so many baseball books that come out at the beginning of the season that it may have gotten lost in the shuffle; and (b) better late than never.  Especially in this case, because it’s a book you…

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