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Craig Calcaterra

  1. I'll be coming to you live from Cleveland tonight

    May 7, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    So I’m hitting the road and heading up to Cleveland to take in the Indians-Tigers game tonight. But it’s not just any ballgame for me. I’ve been invited by the Indians to sit in the “Tribe Social Deck.”  Basically: blogger press box in the left field bleachers with WiFi and all of that stuff. Can’t…

  2. Major League Baseball institutes pre-signing drug testing in the D.R.

    May 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    An announcement of two new initiatives from Sandy Alderson’s Office of Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic: First, in cooperation with independent trainers, MLB has launched workshops that will educate unsigned young players about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances. Second, beginning today, MLB will institute a comprehensive registration and drug testing program for unsigned…

  3. The differences between Mets fans and Yankees fans

    May 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal hired a public opinion polling firm to conduct a survey of New Yorkers in an effort to figure out the differences between Mets fans and Yankees fans. Among the results: Sixty percent of the survey’s baseball fans were Yankees fans, 33% were Mets fans. They break down how you’d expect geographically,…

  4. "The poetry of the battle between a pitcher and a batter"

    May 7, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    For as much as we all love baseball, we sometimes take it for granted, overlooking its beauties and its wonders. I received an email just after midnight that reminded me why I love this game so much, and I feel obligated to share it with you.  It’s long, but I encourage you to read it…

  5. Are general managers underpaid?

    May 7, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal thinks so: The GM is arguably the most important person in any organization — more important, perhaps, than even a superstar player. But baseball’s dirty little secret is that the sport’s highest-ranking executives are absurdly underpaid. Most general managers earn between $500,000 and $2 million annually, major league sources say. Only a few…

  6. The Cubs call up Starlin Castro

    May 7, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Starlin Castro is the Cubs’ number one prospect and, according to Keith Law, who has seen him play, is one of the most exciting prospects in all of baseball. He has an electric bat with decent pop for a middle infielder, good range at shortstop and an arm Cubs’ fans haven’t seen since Shawon Dunston.…

  7. Great Moments in Wiffleball History

    May 7, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    It took me a minute to realize that this video of a 1979 Wiffleball game was nothing but a stunning recreation.  Kudos to filmmakers Perry Jenkins and Travis Kurtz for getting all of the details of the so very, very wrong fashions of the late 70s so very, very right.  And I’m pretty sure that…

  8. Cashman would prefer the Yankees to skip Pettitte's next start

    May 7, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    No word yet as to whether the inflammation in Andy Pettitte’s pitching elbow is going to cause him to miss a start, but if Brian Cashman has anything to say about it he will: “We’ll gather all the troops tomorrow [meaning today] and we’ll make a decision on his next start. I’m inclined personally to…

  9. The best rant you're going to see all year

    May 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Indians games appear on SportsTime Ohio, and after most games a fellow by the name of Bruce Drennan comes on with a show called “All Bets are Off.” It’s basically talk radio on television, but since this is the Midwest it’s fairly tame as far as those things go. But sometimes Drennan goes a little…

  10. Why not just make one big league?

    May 7, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    That’s what Matthew Futterman at the Wall Street Journal suggests after noting just how imbalanced the American and National Leagues have become: The American League is clearly the stronger of the two, based on interleague records and the differences in performance of players who jump from one league to the other. Since interleague play began…

  11. Baseball wants the Red Sox to get back into the race

    May 7, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Bob Raissman of the Daily News observes that, based on the fact that FOX is giving an unusually-large portion of the nation the Yankees-Sox game tomorrow and based on the fact that the schedule makers have put so many Yankees-Sox games late in the season, baseball was banking on those two titans to slug it…

  12. Was Bobby Cox messin' with Scott Olson's head?

    May 7, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    Scott Olsen had his no hitter broken up with one out in the top of the eighth inning against the Braves.  If he had actually no-hit Atlanta, it would have been the second time on the young season that it happened (See, Jimenez, Ubaldo). That wouldn’t have been good. Indeed, after the game, Chipper Jones said…

  13. Lastings Milledge got deked by fireworks

    May 7, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Can’t say I’ve ever seen this one before. In the fourth inning of last night’s Pirates-Cubs game, Lastings Milledge launched a ball towards left field.  The fireworks fired! The music played! Lastings began to circle the bases and . . . got tagged out between second and third.  Wha? Seems that the ball merely bounced…

  14. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    May 7, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT

    Dodgers 7, Brewers 3:  Walkoff slam for Andre Ethier! Jonathan Broxton had blown a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, but Either untied it with authority to end it. It was Ethier’s second game-ending hit of the season and 11th since the start of 2008. Video here. Rangers 13, Royals 12: Texas jumped…

  15. The Yankees and Red Sox "eras"

    May 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer has kicked off what will be a 30-part series in which he attempts to divide the histories of every major league franchise into distinct eras, with each era connected to a single player.  He starts today with the most obvious ones: the Yankees and the Red Sox. But how obvious are they really?…

  16. To wave or not to wave: that is the question

    May 6, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    I think the wave is the most ridiculous thing 40,000 people can do at one time.  I’m prepared to admit that other people have a differing point of view, however.  For a more nuanced take on the matter, check out this post from TYU.

  17. Halladay handcuffs the Cardinals

    May 6, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay is now 6-1 after stifling the Cardinals over seven innings in the Phillies 7-2 win. He worked out of early trouble and struck out nine while scattering — yes, scattering! — eight hits. Best moment of the game. Seventh inning, Roy Halladay already has thrown 117 pitches and has just given up an…

  18. At least one player has a problem with tasing fans

    May 6, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    So many of the people taking issue with my position on the tasing incident have cited the players’ fear of rampaging spectators and their approval of the tasing as a basis for their arguments. But it’s not a universal sentiment. Here’s Brent Mayne, former major leaguer and the on-deck hitter during the Tom Gamboa incident,…

  19. Random observation from the Phillies-Cards game

    May 6, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    I’ve only been watching it sporadically, but I think it’s worth noting that when Roy Halladay faced Albert Pujols in the top of the third (a) Roy Halladay worked fast; and (b) Albert Pujols didn’t step out of the box between pitches. Given that those two are the absolute best at what they do on…

  20. Brandon Phillips, hustling and race

    May 6, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Yesterday I wrote a post in which I slammed Brandon Phillips for his “lack of hustle” when he failed to run hard out of the batters’ box.  And, objectively speaking, he did show a lack of hustle on the play in question. Rob Iracane of Walkoff Walk noticed my use of the phrase, however, and…

  21. Shameless Self-Promotion

    May 6, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    I will be talking baseball on the Paul and Tom Show, live at at 2PM.  I can almost guarantee you that they’re going to put the screws to me over the whole taser thing, so if you want to see me get all defensive, here’s your best shot!

  22. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    May 6, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    “Bomb squad? Bomb squad? They’re early!” – Dustin Pedroia, after being told that there was a bomb threat at Fenway before yesterday’s game.  He then — and I am not making this up — flexed his muscles. Between this and his “laser show” comment from the other day, I can’t think of why I’d follow…

  23. Eric Byrnes is probably going to retire

    May 6, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Softball player Eric Byrnes, who was released by the Mariners on Sunday, says that he may retire. From “I think this is the end. You never say never, but I think this is it. Parts of 11 seasons, man — I gave everything I had to the game. I can look myself in the…

  24. Illinois legislator wants the White Sox out of Arizona

    May 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    An Illinois legislator is calling for the Chicago White Sox to move their spring training camp out of Arizona because he objects to Arizona’s new immigration law. The lawmaker — Martin Sandoval — says that it encourages racial profiling and that he doesn’t want to keep spending taxpayers’ money on a team that continues doing…

  25. Robin Roberts: 1926-2010

    May 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Phillies great Robin Roberts has died. He was 83 years-old. No word on the cause of death, but judging by the surprise in the blogosphere and Twittervese it was not necessarily expected. Roberts led the NL in wins for four straight years in the 1950s, winning 28 games in 1952 and 23 each of the…

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