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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Giants are interested in Jose Bautista

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have expressed interest in Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista. There were some comments in the Trade Tracker this morning from people who think that the Jays would be crazy to trade Bautista, but really, when is this guy’s value going to be higher?  Does anyone think that he’s really…

  2. Pedro Martinez won't pitch in 2010, still open for 2011

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:12 PM EST

    Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Pedro Martinez has ruled out pitching in 2010. The reason: “Martinez, who will turn 39 in October, decided that he was enjoying the time off with his family this summer too much to embark on a comeback for the second season in a row.” However, he said…

  3. HBT Extra: The top five fictional managers (RIP Lou Brown)

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:25 PM EST

    I had to dock Pop Fisher for letting gamblers in his clubhouse — and really, he wouldn’t play Hobbs until someone died — but he does manage to make my top five.

  4. Let the record reflect that B.J. Upton hustled last night

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    My virtual friend* Jonah Keri alerted me to something interesting from last night’s Rays-Orioles game. I didn’t see it live, but I just went back and watched the highlight on MLB.tv and I agree that it’s interesting enough to be worth passing along. *While my previous professional life involved meeting real people, life as a…

  5. Colin Curtis gets his first major league home run in interesting fashion

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    I have the Yankees-Angels game on as background noise, and something neat just happened:  Brett Gardner came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, and got behind 0-2 to Scot Shields. Gardner didn’t like the call on strike two and was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the middle of his at…

  6. Nolan Ryan: the bankruptcy is gutting the Rangers

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Day two of that fun Texas Rangers hearing down in Forth Worth and the highlight so far — thanks to some live tweeting by SBJ’s Daniel Kaplan — is Nolan Ryan on the witness stand.  Among the tidbits he dropped during his testimony, which concluded a few minutes ago: The team is being forced to…

  7. The White Sox are "trying to accelerate talks" for Prince Fielder

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

    I don’t know if this says more about the White Sox’ actual interests or if it simply says more about the colorful manner in which White Sox sources talk to reporters, but today — one day after the Sox were said to be “trying desperately” to get Adam Dunn — they are reported to be…

  8. The Astros play a prank on Chris Johnson

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    I love stuff like this: Astros’ rookie Chris Johnson hit his first major league home run on Monday. He subsequently became the victim of a prank: He was originally given a ball he was told was the home run ball. “They wrote all over it, I mean just destroyed it,” he said. “I was like,…

  9. Mark Cuban isn't just playing: he's a serious bidder for the Rangers

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EST

    There was a big, acrimonious hearing in Fort Worth yesterday regarding the timing and procedures of the auction to sell the Rangers. Something fun happened during the hearing: some lawyer showed up and as if he were Scott Boras or someone said that he represented an “undisclosed bidder.”  That bidder has turned out to be…

  10. HBT Daily: The Cubs look good, Buchholz is back and the Mets face reality

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Our daily look ahead to a couple-three of the day’s games

  11. The Mets make their move! Well, they sign Chad Cordero

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:13 PM EST

    He’s not Ted Lilly, Prince Fielder or some holy man who will come in and cure all that ails the Mets’ unhappy clubhouse, but hey, he’s a bullpen arm:  the Mets are signing Chad Cordero. Cordero is coming off labrum surgery a couple of years ago and he was let go by the Mariners. Such…

  12. Great Moments in ignoring history; being doomed to repeat it

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    I don’t sense any sarcasm from Buster when he says this regarding the Dodgers’ plans: Heard this: The Dodgers think they will be able to add both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher before the July 31 deadline, making trades similar to those they’ve made in recent years when they surrendered a high-caliber prospect…

  13. Quote of the Day: some anonymous executive slams the Phillies

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:14 PM EST

    Buster Olney quotes an anonymous executive on all the Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies hype: “They’ve got real holes over there, and I know they need a starting pitcher, but I think their lineup is as much of a problem now. If they got two Roy Oswalts, I’m not sure it would make a difference.” Ouch. I mean, I…

  14. Aramis Ramirez is on fire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EST

    No one had a worse April and Maya than Aramis Ramirez has, but after taking most of June off on the DL, his July has been something else.  The Cubs’ third baseman is hitting .383/.406/.950 this month, with nine homers and 24 RBI. Last night was the jewel in this month’s crown, as Ramirez went…

  15. Video: Lou Piniella talks about his decision to retire

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

    Lou Piniella spoke last night about his decision to retire (it’s “the age factor). I gotta say, this is the most focused and animated I’ve seen the guy for a couple of years. That it took announcing his retirement for that side of him to re-emerge in public means that it’s probably a good move…

  16. The Mets are imploding

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:16 AM EST

    The losses are bad enough — New York has dropped nine of twelve games and have gone from a half-game down on June 27th to 6.5 down as of this morning — but now the clubhouse is starting to get ugly: Alex Cora is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The…

  17. Could Jayson Werth end up with the Rays?

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    The Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Phillies talk came pretty fast and furious last night, as did the attendant Jasyon-Werth trade chatter as well.  Lost in all of that was a series of tweets from Buster Olney who has heard that a possible landing spot for Werth could be Tampa Bay. Olney’s thinking is that moving Werth makes sense for…

  18. Don Mattingly goofs again while managing the Dodgers

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:25 AM EST

    For a guy who is supposedly Joe Torre’s heir apparent, Don Mattingly hasn’t exactly distinguished himself the couple of times he’s had the chance to manage.  You’ll recall that the Dodgers batted out of order the last time Mattingly was in charge. He blundered again last night. Both Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer…

  19. Bob Uecker to return on Friday

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:59 AM EST

    Great news from Milwaukee:  Bob Uecker is going to be back in the booth for this Friday’s Brewers-Nationals game. You’ll recall that Uecker underwent heart surgery back in April. He was supposed to miss 12 weeks, so he’s right on schedule and — quite apparently — is recovering nicely. Uecker is one of the best…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:10 AM EST

    Year of the pitcher my butt. Runs came by the bushel last night.

  21. Why is St. Petersburg bothering to placate the Rays?

    Jul 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    I fully acknowledge that the Rays’ stadium situation is terrible, but I don’t get this at all.  Last month, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said that St. Petersburg is “not viable” as a home for the Rays, that he wanted to be in Tampa and, at the very least, wanted the entire region to woo his…

  22. The Angels are interested in Alberto Callaspo

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Angels are focusing on Royals’ third baseman Alberto Callaspo as the trade deadline approaches. Callaspo is an OK player and a fine citizen and all of that, but he’s certainly not the kind of bat the Angels need if they’re going to gain any ground on…

  23. Roy Oswalt drawing only limited interest

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    That’s the world from Ken Rosenthal, who says that the Astros’ efforts to make a deal for Roy Oswalt are being thwarted by: Money. We knew this, of course. Oswalt is owed about $6 million more this season and $16 million in 2011; Oswalt: Rosenthal suggests that Oswalt is getting cute with his no-trade clause,…

  24. UPDATE: No discipline for Phil Cuzzi

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EST

    Yesterday we thought Phil Cuzzi was going to be called on the carpet. Today we learn that he’s getting a pat on the head and sent back to work. What a disgrace.

  25. Trade him? Nah, the Marlins are thinking about extending Dan Uggla's contract

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    Dan Uggla has been a popular source of trade rumors lately, with writers alternatively saying that he’s going to get traded  or not. He’s the subject of rumors every summer it seems. Screw that, says MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The Feesh are thinking about extending him: While teams covet Uggla, the Marlins are not likely to…

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