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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Yankees vs. the Mets: "Seinfeld" edition

    May 31, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    This is the sort of thing for which the Internet was invented: cataloging all of the Yankees and Mets references in the history of “Seinfeld” and naming the top moments for each team within the show’s universe.  Here’s the Mets. Here’s the Yankees. For what it’s worth, I think that despite all of the great…

  2. Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson could be trade bait

    May 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Rosenthal’s latest column reveals that the Diamondbacks “are discussing internally the possibility” of trading starters Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. That sounds about two steps removed from something actually happening, but let’s talk about it anyway. Haren would be a great pickup by a contender. Sure, he’s got a 5.56 ERA, but his K/9 ratio…

  3. The Braves thump the Phillies to take over first place

    May 31, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    I said at the beginning of the season that the NL East was going to be a tight one this year. I also said that the Braves would win it. Neither of those calls looked particularly prescient for the first several weeks of the season as the Phillies started off as one of the hottest…

  4. Derek Jeter leaves Yankees-Indians game with a strained hammy

    May 31, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter had a couple of hits in today’s Yankees-Indians game, but he left this one a few minutes ago with a tight hamstring. No word if it’s serious, but it wasn’t totally apparent why he left the game at the time, so it would appear not. The Yankees are doing just fine without him,…

  5. Tell your friends you saw Roy Halladay's perfect game!

    May 31, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Only 25,000 or so people bought tickets to see Roy Halladay throw a perfect game against the Marlins down in Miami on Saturday night. That left thousands of unsold tickets to the game. Which the Marlins are now going to sell on the team website starting tomorrow. Nice little collectible of a historic event. Also…

  6. The Rockies send Dexter Fowler down

    May 31, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler was supposed to be a speedy part of the Rockies’ complete outfield this year, but so far he’s not cutting it –.216/.327/.317– so Colorado sent him down to Colorado Springs this morning. Fowler has basically been a fifth outfielder for the Rockies of late.  After making the jump from Double A to the…

  7. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 31, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    At the outset, I’d like to say that there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I had a graduate coaching assistant fill out my power rankings last week. I take my responsibilities in this regard just as seriously as Urban Meyer and Nick Saban take their votes in the USA Today coaches poll.…

  8. Great Moments in out of context signage

    May 31, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    I love a cheap laugh, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold provides a couple for us today.  He’s in Chicago, and he took pictures of the famous Wrigley Field marquee in mid-message.  They can be seen here (scroll down).  Taken out of context, a couple of them provide some pretty sharp commentary on the…

  9. The Phillies designate Nelson Figueroa for assignment

    May 31, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Phillies activated Brad Lidge today. In order to make room for him they designated Nelson Figueroa for assignment. You know the drill: ten days to trade him, release him or send him down to the minor leagues.  The smart money is on the releasing, of course, because that’s just how these things usually go.…

  10. Does being in first place on Memorial Day matter?

    May 31, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Quick answer: If the Braves beat the Phillies today and take first place then, yes, a lead on Memorial Day is the most important thing ever. At least to Bravos Backers like myself. Answer based on data rather than emotion: It matters about 65.625% of the time.  That’s the number Buster Olney’s research team came…

  11. Quote of the Day: Furman Bisher

    May 31, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Hayward now leads the National League in OPS, a statistic with which I’m not familiar. It refers to On-Base/Slugging Percentage. His leading number is .991, and your guess is as good as mine. It can’t be bad, so be grateful. – Former Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Furman Bisher commenting on young Mr. Heyward’s season thus…

  12. Victory has never hurt so bad: Orlando Hudson hurt on game-ending catch

    May 31, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Kendry Morales hurt himself after a walkoff homer on Saturday.  Another bittersweet game-ending play occurred last night as Denard Span’s awesome game-ending catch in last night’s Rangers-Twins tilt resulted in Orlando Hudson writhing on the ground. The game’s final out occurred on a pop fly that was heading towards no-man’s land between second base and…

  13. Mike Lowell might make sense in Anaheim

    May 31, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Sean McAdam, while noting that no conversations have occurred to this effect, observes that Mike Lowell might be a good fit with the Angels. Makes sense: LAAofA just lost Kendry Morales for the year, they have a swirling vortex of suck at third base right now in the form of Brandon Wood and their DH…

  14. Mets players want Oliver Perez gone

    May 31, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    News flash: Oliver Perez is having a pretty terrible year. He has walked 32 dudes in 26 innings against only 29 strikeouts and has an ERA of 6.25. His demotion to the bullpen hasn’t helped anyone either, with his latest performance coming Saturday against the Brewers when he gave up three runs just as the…

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

    May 31, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Cardinals 9, Cubs 1: Things people were doing for about ten seconds and then suddenly pretending that they never did: (1) listening to swing music; (2) playing poker; and (3) wondering if it was possible that Albert Pujols was no longer the best player in baseball. Pujols: 3 for 3 3 HR, 4 RBI; Cherry…

  16. The Giants suddenly like Buster Posey

    May 28, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    After a solid month of saying that Buster Posey wasn’t ready to play in the majors and that AAA stats mean nothing, the Giants seem to be changing their tune on their top prospect: Sabean personally scouted the Triple-A club last week, he said top prospect Buster Posey has really improved and the decision to…

  17. The Pirates place Charlie Morton on the DL

    May 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    This isn’t exactly Earth-shattering news, but I’ve beaten up on Charlie Morton lately, so I feel obligated to note that he was put on the disabled list today, suggesting that his issues have been the result of a physical problem as opposed to him simply, you know, sucking.  The official explanation is “shoulder fatigue.”  Which…

  18. Randy Wells is knocked the heck out of the box

    May 28, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    The Cubs are playing the Cardinals this afternoon. Randy Wells got the start. It went like this: Single to Felipe Lopez; Double for Ryan Ludwick; RBI single for Albert Pujols; Single for Matt Holliday; RBI single for Colby Rasmus; RBI double for Yadier Molina; 5-0 lead for the Cardinals before an out was ever recorded,…

  19. The Yankees designate Randy Winn for assignment

    May 28, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson was activated by the Yankees today and that means that the Bombers had to make a roster move. The move: Designating Randy Winn for assignment. Winn has been pretty terrible for the Yankees, hitting a mere .213/.300/.295 in 71 plate appearances.  Based on the response from the Twitterverse, Yankees fans are overwhelmingly behind…

  20. Adam Jones detained at the Canadian border

    May 28, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    We learned last week that Canada had begun an immigration crackdown and that some ballplayers had been detained at the border on their way to Toronto to face the Blue Jays.  Indeed, the union had warned player agents about it and asked that they get their clients’ papers in order. One guy who might not…

  21. So who's on the trading block?

    May 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman runs down the big ticket trade targets this summer.  Heyman’s candidates: Cliff Lee.  Makes sense to me on some level but I’m a bit skeptical. The Mariners are a disappointment this year, but I don’t think they’re a team that thinks it’s tearing down and rebuilding. If they have a chance to sign…

  22. Realignment is dead for now

    May 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Buster Olney reports that, for all of the recent chatter about realignment, radical or otherwise, Bud Selig’s Gold Star, Blue Ribbon, extra-special committee hasn’t dealt with the issue at all, and that they’re not expected to.  Olney says the subject is “a dead issue.” The real reason, according to “a highly ranked team executive” is…

  23. The Mets may be well-positioned at the deadline

    May 28, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The thing I said earlier today about the Mets essentially being a .500 team refers to them in their current state.  Obviously if they make a few moves they can change the complexion of the race and remain in the thick of things no matter how high their current highs and how low their reasonably…

  24. Albert Pujols, Chris Young talk about the 2008 comebacker

    May 28, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    A couple of years ago, Albert Pujols hit a ball into the head of Chris Young of the Padres, fracturing his skull.  The two of them talked about it at Petco Park on Wednesday, and Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune has a great story about it. There have already been more than enough…

  25. Quote of the Day III: Explaining the Phillies Phutility?

    May 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    So, how many runs is that since they took Mick Billmeyer’s binoculars away? – Jason Weitzel of the Beerleaguer blog, wondering if it isn’t at least possible that the Phillies’ recent offensive phutility isn’t the result of no longer being able to steal the other team’s signs. I fully expect that quote to set off…

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