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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    May 25, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Sorry it’s a day late, but there were only four games last night, so it’s not like the balance of power shifted since yesterday afternoon.  If you’re still upset, though, just sign these forms and you’ll get your money back in sixty days. What? Well, now, that’s what you agreed to when you bought your…

  2. Omar Vizquel may have hit himself into the Hall of Fame last night

    May 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps, Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio for the second most hits by a shortstop last night, notching his 2,674th career safety.* Unless there’s either an unfortunate bus accident or a fortunate Fountain of Youth accident he won’t catch Jeter, who is 108 hits ahead at the moment and will quite…

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

    May 25, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

    Four games? That’s it? Blimey. Red Sox 6, Rays 1: Clay Buchholz continues Boston’s string of nice starts as the Sox (a) beat the Rays for the first time in five tries; and (b) move to four games over .500 for the first time all season. David Ortiz homered for the fifth time in his…

  4. Rosenthal's latest odds and ends

    May 24, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    We’re starting to get some legitimate trade deadliney and transactiony stuff happening this week. That means Ken Rosenthal is transitioning out of early season hey-let’s-propose-some-wacky-realignment-thing mode and into what he does best: reporting the rumors and offering some genuinely informed speculation on who could be on the move and where.  Today’s latest: Robo gets creative…

  5. Miguel Cabrera to miss the Mariners' series

    May 24, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera ain’t hurt, he’s just becoming a daddy for the second time and will be in Florida for the birth of his second child, Jason Beck reports. Couple of thoughts: If you have to be without your best hitter for a couple of game, being without him for a series against the Mariners is…

  6. UPDATE: Dave Trembley isn't getting fired today

    May 24, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    This morning I speculated if whether today wasn’t a good day for the Orioles to 86 Dave Trembley.  This afternoon we have our answer, courtesy of MASN’s Rich Kubatko: Everything’s still quiet regarding manager Dave Trembley. He won’t be fired today. Book it. I just got further confirmation. Alrighty then, he lives to visit retribution…

  7. There's a reason why Steve Phillips is no longer a GM

    May 24, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Both geography and an elaborate b.s.-dampening system I recently had installed prevents me from picking up WFAN radio in my home, but according to this guy, Former Mets GM Steve Phillips was just on the Mike Francesa show and said that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt straight up if he were running the…

  8. Your American League All-Star vote leaders

    May 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It’s early yet, but if the All-Star voting ended today, the nine starting position players in the AL would be: C: Joe Mauer1B: Mark Teixeira2B: Robinson CanoSS: Derek Jeter3B: Evan LongoriaOF: Ichiro Suzuki, Carl Crawford, Nelson CruzDH: Vladimir Guerrero. There have been worse voting results in history, but this one is far from perfect. Mauer,…

  9. The Reds place Homer Bailey on the disabled list

    May 24, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    The Reds have had a look-see at Homer Bailey’s shoulder and have decided to place him on the 15-day DL.  They called up righty Enerio Del Rosario to take his place on the roster. Bailey is just 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA on the year, but his last two full outings had been pretty darn…

  10. The Astros bring an organist back to the ballpark

    May 24, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    The Astros may be in last place, but they’re doing something first rate: bringing back an organist to the ballpark. At least for Sunday home games anyway: Connors might play the Adam’s Family theme song, a Mexican Hat dance, the Pink Panther theme song, or even the YMCA. “Who would have thought we could do…

  11. Are the Rangers going to stiff Alex Rodriguez?

    May 24, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, some more research leads me to believe that the answer in the headline is “no” A-Rod is not going to get stiffed. At least probably not. It’s possible and, in “prepacked” bankruptcies like this one, common, for the debtor (i.e. the Rangers) to  file for bankruptcy when it has the assets to cover…

  12. The power rankings will be a day late

    May 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Hey all — apologies, but Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings are going to be Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings this week.  The primary reason: I’ve been reading and trying to get my mind around the Rangers’ bankruptcy filings, and it has taken longer than I figured to do that.  If I were to now try…

  13. The Rangers file for bankruptcy

    May 24, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    We’re still light on the details (Maury has the press release and some analysis), but the Texas Rangers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. It was a voluntary filing that is being characterized as a “prepackaged” bankruptcy proceeding, which means that all the terms of the bankruptcy are agreed to before filing, which can…

  14. A great Jose Lima Eulogy

    May 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    I’ve seen and delivered my fair share of eulogies over the years and if I’ve learned anything from the experience, it’s that any eulogy that speaks of the dead as if he had no flaws is a phony one. And a bad one, really. We want eulogies to help us remember the departed, and if…

  15. Denver Post columnist: Bench Todd Helton

    May 24, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    He’s not Griffey or Jeter, but to Rockies fans Todd Helton is close in terms of importance and stature. Which is why I was rather shocked to see this today from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post: Rather than pick up a piece of lumber from the bat rack, Todd Helton should grab some pine…

  16. Will Derek Jeter's slump seriously impact his next contract?

    May 24, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down how Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, while not having terrible seasons, are off their typical pace.  With respect to Jeter, Olney offers the following: And for Jeter, there is more at stake here beyond the Yankees’ dream of winning back to back championships. Jeter’s 10-year contract is set to expire at…

  17. The NL is beating the AL in interleague play. Here's why it doesn't matter

    May 24, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT has a story with a rather misleading headline today: “NL makes a statement on Interleague weekend.”  Big statement: it was 22-20. They could have drawn game results out of a hat and gotten the same results. I’d ask anyone who reads significance into that record to immediately walk down to the nearest community college…

  18. Correction: Jennry Mejia will remain in the pen

    May 24, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Last week it seemed like the Mets were about to do something wise and send Jennry Mejia down to the minors in order to allow him to revert back into a starting pitcher, thereby providing the promise of greater value to the organization one day.  Then they backed up a little and said, no, we…

  19. The Phillies are scouting Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz

    May 24, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    White Sox relievers J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks are being scouted by the Phillies, reports ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine. This makes sense for the Phillies given the fact that they’re trotting Jose Contreras out there as their closer at present.  Both Jenks and Putz are striking out a ton of guys an inning, so either…

  20. Someone needs to get me this t-shirt

    May 24, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    One of HBT’s Philadelphia operatives sent me an email over the weekend to tell me that he saw a t-shirt at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night which read as follows: We have: 84 home games Roy Halladay Tasers Your signs Not sure if it said “resistance is futile” or anything else clever on the…

  21. Is Dave Trembley getting fired today?

    May 24, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    Today is the first time anyone has had a day off in a week and a half — and 22 teams have the day off — so you can imagine a bunch of them are going to take stock.  One of them is the Orioles, and after yesterday’s performance, one has to wonder if they’re…

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

    May 24, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Mets 6, Yankees 4: I ain’t gonna lie to you: I was watching the “Lost” finale, not Mets-Yankees. Kind of glad I missed this one too, because I just don’t think my senses could take something as implausible as the Mets taking 2 of 3 from the Bombers. Better off staying in the realm of…

  23. Roy Oswalt demands to be traded

    May 21, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt had another tough-luck loss last night. In the recaps this morning I said “Roy Oswalt (2-5 with a 2.66 ERA) is giving serious thought to stealing a convertible, grabbing Zack Greinke and going on a cross-country crime spree as a result of the run support injustices done unto him for so long.” Seems…

  24. Three Braves minor leaguers test positive for PEDs

    May 21, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Dave O’Brien reports that three Braves minor leaguers — Albaro “Yoel” Campusano, Geraldo Rodriguez and Amadeo Zazueta — all infielders, all with Class-A Myrtle Beach — have been suspended for testing positive for amphetamines.  That’s 50 games in the pokey, kids. Campusano doesn’t show up anywhere on Braves’ prospects lists. Rodriguez is noted for his…

  25. Athletics release Chad Gaudin, send Edwar Ramirez to Sacramento

    May 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Relievers Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez were both designated for assignment in recent days.  The assignment has now come: Edwar Ramirez down to AAA Sacramento and Gaudin out of town on a rail. Between this news and the Brian Bruney DFA from the other day, it’s safe to say that the “sign ex-Yankees and put…

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