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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Will the Astros ever win a game?

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Well, yes, I suppose they will simply because there are so many of them in a baseball season.  Perhaps the more germane questions are (a) when will they win a game; and (b) will they challenge the 1988 Orioles’ record for season-opening futility? Taking the second question first, I think the answer is no, they…

  2. Mariano Rivera: the last man to wear 42

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Surprisingly, some of you thought I was being serious yesterday when I made that crack about no one giving hell to Mariano Rivera for not changing his number on Jackie Robinson Day. Of course I know that he wears 42, the last player allowed to do so by virtue of being the last active player…

  3. Comment of the Day "If you are not a Yankee fan you cannot relate to us, so STFU!"

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    The Javier Vazquez party is progressing almost exactly as expected. After yesterday’s boos come today’s columns claiming that Vazquez simply “can’t handle New York” and otherwise ascribing moral failings to a pitcher for giving up four runs in an April start. It’d be hilarious if it weren’t so predictable. Here’s my favorite retort to yesterday’s…

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

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

    Giants 6, Pirates 0: Inside the park home run for Aubrey Huff. See it here. To say that Garrett Jones played that one off the wall poorly would be like saying that King George made some fiscal miscalculations when he increased the tax burden on the colonies to help pay for the Seven Years War.…

  5. Hicks Sports Group Creditors Threatening bankruptcy for the Rangers

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    It’s hard to tell if this afternoon’s BusinessWeek report represents something truly new or if it’s more of a rehash of what we already know, but for the record: The Texas Rangers, the Major League Baseball team controlled by billionaire Thomas Hicks, may be forced into bankruptcy unless terms of a planned sale of the…

  6. Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Tomorrow marks the 63rd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. Last year baseball began encouraging all players and umpires to wear number 42 in Jackie’s honor. Most do it. Mariano Rivera, however, controversially refuses to change from the number he has always worn. How he doesn’t catch hell for this I have no…

  7. Kurt Suzuki made the catching play of the year last night

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Athletics’ Kurt Suzuki made the defense play of the year, catchers’ division, in last night’s loss to the Mariners. Check it out here. Catching the ball would have been highlight enough. The fact that he caught it, stayed on his feet, saw Chone Figgins running and then threw a perfect strike down to Kouzmanoff…

  8. Classless, ignorant Yankees fans boo Javier Vazquez

    Apr 14, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    I’m not calling all Yankees fans classless and ignorant. Just the ones at Yankee Stadium today — and there were a lot of them — who booed Javier Vazquez. His line: Five and a third innings pitched, three four earned runs on six hits and a couple of walks.  Not a great line by any…

  9. Jimmy Rollins has a torn calf; heading to the DL

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    That’s the clear implication from Charlie Manuel’s comments on Sirius XM’s Home Plate show today: “Fella did a number on his gam, so he’s gonna cheese it for a few ticks. We’re gonna peep the rumpus when we get to the yard, but I ain’t whistlin’ Dixie when I let on that he’s gonna be…

  10. Orioles' closer Mike Gonzalez goes on the DL

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Yep, he’s hurt. Gonzalez is on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder. 12:13 P.M. The Orioles’ new $12 million closer hasn’t been worth a thin dime so far. Based on this mashed-up series of tweets from Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he may be more than merely ineffective. He may be…

  11. Jacoby Ellsbury will miss the next two games

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    There was hope that with yesteday’s off-day, Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs would heal enough that he could come back and play today and/or tomorrow against the Twins, but Pete Abraham is reporting that it’s not going to happen.  Ellsbury is still sore, so Francona is going to hold him out until Friday’s home game against the…

  12. Congress is butting into baseball again. This time: tobacco

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Can someone tell me why Congress has nothing better to do than this? MLBPA chief labor counsel David Prouty is among the witnesses who submitted written testimony ahead of Wednesday’s hearing before a House subcommittee about the use of smokeless tobacco by baseball players. Subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, says he wants…

  13. John Maine may have pitched himself out of a job

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel, when asked about whether John Maine will remain in the Mets’ rotation after last night’s debacle said “I think those things we have to talk about.” You know what would also be worth talking about?  Why Jenrry Mejia is pitching mop-up duty in meaningless game in what is already looking like a lost…

  14. No fun allowed in the Dodger Stadium parking lot

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    Technically speaking, it’s always been illegal to tailgate in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, whether you’re drinking booze or not. Practically speaking you’ve always been able to do it. Until the last two years, anyway, when police have started cracking down.  Carla Hall of the L.A. Times has a story from yesterday’s home opener in…

  15. Juan Gonzalez on steroids: "I never used any of that stuff"

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Juan Gonzalez sat for an interview with ESPNDeportes.com on Monday, during which he denied ever taking steroids, saying “I never used any of that stuff,” and saying “I have nothing to hide. Nothing.” This is consistent with what he said in 2005: “It’s not true . . . I never saw needles. I never saw…

  16. A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base last night

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    OK, I’ve finally had a chance to see the video of the A.J. Pierzynski hit-by-pitch. It’s here, and as you’ll see, he was so totally not hit by the pitch. It bounced in the dirt and then hit home plate umpire Tim McClelland, but it never touched Pierzynski, who flopped like a French soccer player.…

  17. Carlos Delgado still wants to play

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo caught up with Carlos Delgado, who says he’d still like to play this season after completing rehab on his still-wonky hip. Based on all the reports we saw from winter ball, however, Delgado simply can’t move around enough to play defense, and as we’ve seen everywhere, the market for designated hitters is…

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

    Apr 14, 2010, 5:46 AM EDT

    Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2: A no-hitter into the eighth inning for Ricky Romero, broken up by a two-run homer by Alexis Rios. Should it have been a solo shot? I’m not sure because I was on a plane last night when it happened and I haven’t gone back and checked the video yet…

  19. UPDATE: The Nationals MAY pick Bryce Harper

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore is not nearly as sure about the Nats choosing Bryce Harper. He quotes the Nats Director of Amateur Scouting as saying “I don’t think that’s etched in stone” about it. Yeah, whatever. I suppose he has to say that because if he admits that the Harper is the guy…

  20. The NFL may go head to head with the World Series this year

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Our sister blog — a plucky little outfit called ProFootballTalk, which until this morning I had thought was covering English Premier League soccer or something — is hearing that the NFL may schedule an 18th Sunday night football game this year. The baseball implication of this is that it would make it very likely that…

  21. Video: Five year-old phenom takes BP and infield

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Nothin’ creepy about this video. No siree: My son is going to be five this summer. He has a plastic tee he likes to hit wiffle balls off of. 60% of the time he hits the tee instead and, quite frankly, enjoys it more. I’m not sayin’ that my son is going to be in…

  22. What were the Pirates doing on defense?

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic observed something quite extraordinary: in the early going of the Pirates-Giants game, the Pirates consistently shifted all three outfielders towards right, even with right-handed batters at the plate. This allowed Aaron Rowand’s leadoff double and Mark DeRosa’s broken-bat, two-run single before the shift was removed. Kovacevic believes that Lastings Milledge could…

  23. Chan Ho Park had a good excuse for a bad Opening Day

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Chan Ho Park had a bad Opening Day last week but has since bounced back.  In the video below — which somehow stayed secret for a week — Chan Ho explains the problem.   Laugh all you want — and Mariano Rivera and friends seem to be doing plenty of that — but I prefer…

  24. Orlando Hudson suggests racism is the reason Jermaine Dye doesn't have a job

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:40 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan and Orlando Hudson spoke yesterday about this Thursday’s Jackie Robinson Day and about the still-unemployed Jermaine Dye. Culture warriors: let’s get ready to rumble: You’ve got some guys who miss a year who can come back and get $5, $6 million, and a guy like Jermaine Dye can’t get a job. A…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

    Padres 17, Braves 2:  Er, um, yeah. I’m going to pretend that this was just an 8-2 game or something like it, because really, once Bobby Cox decided to let Jo-Jo Reyes mop up the game was already lost and the actual stats mere details. But enough about the Braves deplorable performance. Let’s talk about…

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