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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jim Joyce wasn't the only one who blew a call last night

    Jun 3, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Question to all of you — and there are a lot of you — who want Bud Selig to step in, change Jim Joyce’s call and award Armando Galarraga a perfect game:  do you want Bud to change the outcome of the Mariners-Twins game too? Because that one ended on a blown call as well.…

  2. Was Griffey pushed into retirement?

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Last month Larry LaRue famously reported that the Mariners were either hoping or actually trying to get Ken Griffey to retire. People freaked out about that, mostly because of the sleeping-in-the-clubhouse stuff, but also over the mere suggestion that Ken Griffey Jr. should leave the game before he was good and ready to. Ken Rosenthal…

  3. Oh what a night! Let's regroup

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

    All hell broke loose last night, and on the off-chance that you people have lives outside of baseball and weren’t glued to this blog, here’s a recap of our zone-flooding coverage: Ken Griffey Jr. retired. Was he overrated? Probably a bit, and he may have hung on too long, but he’s still a first-ballot Hall…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 3, 2010, 6:16 AM EDT

    Tigers 3, Indians 0: So, did anything notable happen in this game? Mariners 2, Twins 1: Between a tornado warning (see the Cubs-Pirates recap at the bottom) and the Armando Galarraga stuff I was unable to pay any attention to Ken Griffey’s retirement before this game.  I will remedy that later today. Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks…

  5. Lost in the Joycean drama: Austin Jackson made an incredible catch

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    If it weren’t for the bad call by Jim Joyce we’d definitely be talking about this more: Austin Jackson made an absolutely incredible catch for the first out in the ninth inning of Armando Galarraga’s non-perfecto. Check out the video here.  Mark Grudzielanek smacked it to the deepest part of Comerica Park — left-center —…

  6. Jim Joyce will be living with this call forever

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Jim Joyce screwed up, no question.  But because there is no replay in Major League Baseball outside of home run calls, he is unable to have the benefit of a second set of eyes or a second chance that just about all of us have in our jobs.  He’s in the worst place possible, really.…

  7. Should Bud Selig reverse the call and award Galarraga the perfect game?

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    That’s the question a dozen people have asked me so far. People are tweeting about it. Even my wife — who knows nothing about any of this aside from the fact that I’m banging out copy about it at 10:00PM about — asked “why can’t they just fix the call?”  Let’s unpack: Can Bud reverse…

  8. Jim Joyce: "I cost that kid a perfect game"

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Jim Joyce speaks after the blown call: “I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career.” With that there can be no further objection to the implementation of instant replay.

  9. Instant. Replay. Now.

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    We’ve all seen it. We can’t un-see it. And because we’ve seen it — and because we’ll watch it over and over again for the next 48 hours or longer — we know it’s wrong. But baseball won’t see it. Not officially. Baseball has decided against the expansion of instant replay beyond home run calls.…

  10. Quote of the Day II: Jose Canseco

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    I see myself in the future managing a team. I would love to start as a hitting instructor or a first base or third base coach and eventually when this whole steroid era blows over become a manager of a Major League Baseball organization. – Jose Canseco, not letting the lowlife scumbag jealous haters keep…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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