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Craig Calcaterra

  1. So what's David Wright's problem?

    May 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    David Wright is struggling lately, and this morning we have two competing explanations for it.  First is Tim Smith of the Daily News: Wright won’t admit it, but Citi Field has gotten inside his head and he can’t shake it. If a park can haunt a baseball player, then Citi Field is haunting Wright. How…

  2. Fergie Jenkins thinks Zambrano got too skinny

    May 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    And here we thought being in the best shape of his life would make a big difference.  Here’s the great Fergie Jenkings on the Cubs’ highly-paid mopup man: “The guy I thought was going to be a winner was Carlos Zambrano,” Jenkins said. “But he just can’t get it together.” The reason, Jenkins speculated, was…

  3. Castro commits three errors in Wrigley debut

    May 11, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    No one really notices this sort of thing if Starlin Castro didn’t hit 6 RBI in his big-splash major league debut last Friday, but he did, so people notice. It was a bad night for Castro against the Marlins, as he committed three errors at short. A video reel of all three can be seen…

  4. Scouting reports on umpires? Why not?

    May 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Every umpire has a reputation, but some teams aren’t content with simply knowing if a guy is a pitchers’ ump or a hitters’ ump. They’re getting detailed with it Ron Washington flips the pages of his three-ring notebook, filled with inside info on the other team’s pitchers and hitters. The Texas manager gets to the…

  5. Cameron on Griffey: "It's not the fact that he was asleep"

    May 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner knows the Seattle Mariners better than anyone, and last night he completely nailed the whole Griffey sleeping in the clubhouse thing.  It’s not the nap per se; it’s what it represents: . . . the fact that two teammates would talk to a reporter about Junior being asleep during a…

  6. The Mets designate Catalanotto for assignment; call up Chris Carter

    May 11, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    The Mets designated utilityman Frank Catalanotto for assignment after last night’s game, and have called up Chris Carter from Buffalo. Carter, an outfielder by trade, has hit .336 with a 1.001 OPS in 29 games with the Bisons. He’s 27 and has had 132 minor league homers, so he’s not exactly been on the prospect…

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

    May 11, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Tigers 5, Yankees 4: Johnny Damon hit a homer and Austin Jackson drove in a run on a groundout. That’s cool and all, but otherwise they combined to go 1 for 7 with three strikeouts. Despite that, how much you wanna bet that the New York papers make a huge “oh, if we only had…

  8. Josh Beckett's start is getting bumped

    May 10, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Beckett was slated to start this Wednesday against the Blue Jays, but the Sox are pushing him until Friday.  There’s nothing wrong with him, the team says, they just think he needs an extra side session and maybe a chill pill or something (note: they didn’t say chill pill). Either way, Beckett’s ERA is currently…

  9. Comment of the Day: Sleeping Junior

    May 10, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    After over a year of working on this blog I thought I have pretty much figured out what to expect when it comes to certain subjects. Yankees-Red Sox stuff? Oh, so predictable.  Steroids threads? I can chart out how the comments are going to go with those like I was Hari Seldon with a TI-84…

  10. The Fenway infield remains awful

    May 10, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    People were complaining about the Fenway Park infield when I was a kid. Heck, they were probably complaining about it when Jerry Remy and Glenn Hoffman were kids. Tall grass. Bad bounces. Gophers and stuff. Just all kinds of nastiness. I figured that bit of charm had largely gone away, what with the meticulous makeover…

  11. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. to retire or be released sometime this month

    May 10, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    A pretty major story from Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News-Tribune in which it is reported that the Seattle Mariners will soon urge Ken Griffey, Jr. to retire, and if he doesn’t they’ll release him, most likely this month. LaRue says “the end is near” for Griffey.  The reasons: For one thing, obvious lack of…

  12. Your Pfun Pfact of the Day: The value of perfect games

    May 10, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    From the Twitter account of one Tirico Suave: Prize for pitching a perfect game in MLB2K10: $1 million. Dallas Braden’s 2010 salary: $420,000. And the kid who won the million bucks doesn’t have to run in the outfield between starts.

  13. Quote of the Day: clothes you can puke on

    May 10, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    No, they’re still wearing clothes you can puke on. – Dick, a random Twins fan, when asked if fans are starting to dress up more for Twins games now that they’ve started playing in their fancy new stadium. I’m glad to see that Twins fans are keeping it casual. At least, I think they are.…

  14. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 10, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    1. Rays: Having a perfect game thrown against them isn’t enough to knock ‘em out of the top spot, but the Yankees had the better week and could have easily been ranked first here. If nothing changes next week I just might switch ‘em anyway, because I’m tired of posting Rays pictures to the right.…

  15. David Wright blows up

    May 10, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    David Wright gets some garbage about not being a firey team leader from time to time. He’s working on the firey, though. Just check out his reaction to his called strike three in the ninth inning of yesterday’s Mets-Giants game. I’m pretty sure at one point that Wright told the umpire to “get the funk…

  16. Should Mike Piazza go into the Hall of Fame as a Dodger or a Met?

    May 10, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    This question was inspired by Mr. Piazza’s own comments in the New York Times over the weekend, in which he says he’d prefer to go in with a Mets cap: The bulk of my career was with the Mets,” he said, “and after going through the trade, then the drama of 9/11. I’ll never forget…

  17. The Indians give Kerry Wood his closer job back for some reason

    May 10, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    When the Indians activated Kerry Wood on Friday, Aaron thought that the Indians should ease him back into things with some middle relief work or something, but that the team would probably try to rush him back and get some saves under his belt so he could be more easily flipped sometime this summer. As…

  18. Dallas Braden's postgame press conference

    May 10, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Here are some of Dallas Braden’s comments after yesterday’s perfecto.   I like the part where he says that he’d like to have some of the same career accomplishments as the other 18 men who threw perfect games. The way I see it the only thing he’s got to do to top Len Barker is…

  19. Dallas Braden almost had to school someone else on the unwritten rules

    May 10, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    The only downside to Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday is that we narrowly missed out on a chance to have him once again bring the 209 noise about respect and the unwritten rules and all of that jive. The scene: fifth inning, nobody out, Evan Longoria at the plate. He attempts to reach on a…

  20. Billy Beane almost missed Braden's perfect game

    May 10, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    I didn’t know that Dallas Braden had a perfect game going until the eighth inning when I checked Twitter and saw everyone yammering about it. But hey, I was busy with family stuff and was monitoring a bunch of games yesterday afternoon, so I can be excused for only seeing the eighth and ninth innings.…

  21. Sabean: "Triple-A baseball isn't very good"

    May 10, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    I understand the pickle Brian Sabean is in.  He has a top prospect in Buster Posey hitting .345 down in Fresno. Calling him up, however, risks making him arbitration eligible a year earlier than he otherwise might be, and the owners clearly don’t want that, what with having screwed that whole process up with Tim…

  22. Selig to seize Rangers; creditors to force team into bankruptcy

    May 10, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    What was merely suggested a week ago now appears all but certain. In response to Major League Baseball’s warning that it was going to seize the Texas Rangers from Tom Hicks and invalidate the debt that held by the creditors to Hicks Sports Group, the creditors have voted to reject the deal, reports Daniel Kaplan…

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

    May 10, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Athletics 4, Rays 0:  I wrote my real-time reaction last night when it happened, and touched on the A-Rod implications a bit later. With a night’s sleep on it, I’m thinking more cosmically about it. HardballTalk’s Senior Commenter, Old Gator, sent me a book last week called The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh,…

  24. Dallas Braden and A-Rod: what a difference a week makes

    May 9, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    It was just over two weeks ago when Alex Rodriguez walked over Dallas Braden’s mound — maybe on purpose, maybe not — kicking off a petty little feud in which no one has come off looking particularly classy. Braden barked about it being “his mound” like he was unhinged. A-Rod looked like a pompous ass…

  25. Dallas Braden throws a perfect game!

    May 9, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  He did it!! 27-up, 27-down, six via strikeout. The game ended on a Gabe Kapler grounder to short.  Dallas Braden has thrown a perfect game! Guess that’s just how they roll in the 209. They also roll modestly. During his postgame interview with the Comcast SportsNet California announcers, Braden gave credit to his catcher…

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