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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Must-click link: Jonah Keri on the Rangers and pitching injuries

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Jonah Keri has a long, fascinating piece up today about the Texas Rangers and their approach to pitching and pitcher injury prevention. It’s not some analysis piece from afar: it’s based on his original reporting and research conducted over the past year, and it’s a must-read. The short version: the Rangers have largely rejected the…

  2. Nats blogger whines about not gettin' free stuff

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    The next time you hear about how loyal fans of bad teams are “long suffering,” just remember that some of those long suffering fans are pretty whiny and petty too.  Check out this snippy little rant from SBF at the Nats 320 blog about how “questionable season ticket holders” who weren’t wearing Nats gear got…

  3. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Someone can go back and check, but I’m almost certain that this is the first time a non-AL East team has topped the Power Rankings this season.

  4. Tony La Russa doesn't enjoy his job much anymore

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Why? young players and the media, mostly: “The highs are enjoyable but you can’t enjoy them for long. The disappointments are painful and you carry them for much longer. It’s part of the competition. What’s made the job not as much fun is the combination of distractions of players due to money and security ……

  5. The Athletics sign Akinori Iwamura for some reason

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    When you hit .182/.292/.267 and are DFA’d by the Pirates, you probably shouldn’t expect to land on your feet in the big leagues in short order. Akinori Iwamura did, however, getting signed by the A’s right after Pittsburgh released him. The reason: Kevin Kouzmanoff is having back issues and has missed six games in a…

  6. Mike Pelfrey doesn't have a ton of respect for Jerry Manuel

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    I was watching college football on Saturday* so I missed this, but reader Jonny5 shot me a link to the Mets Today writeup of Saturday’s Mets-Phillies game in which it appeared that Mike Pelfrey basically told Jerry Manuel to eff off without really saying so. The situation: Pelfrey had just thrown seven and a third…

  7. Mike Scioscia: cut the season to 158 games

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Mike Scioscia must fear watching a Twins-Phillies World Series being played among the snow drifts: Mike Scioscia is a strong proponent of expanding the division series from five to seven games and of finishing the World Series in October, when there is a better chance of decent weather in the Northeast and Midwest than there…

  8. Pete Rose offers yet another apology. Does it matter?

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

    Maybe to some people. But it shouldn’t matter to baseball. Or the Hall of Fame. Or to us.

  9. Mike Quade is stat-friendly

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    The Daily Herald talks with Cubs interim manager Mike Quade. Seems he likes the stats: I’m not a sabermetrics guy. But I’m smart enough to know the numbers do matter, and I do pay a lot of attention to them . . . I think anybody who aspires to do this benefits from paying attention…

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

    I plum forgot to do the Weekend Wrapup this morning. And this on a Monday morning when I know you guys were watching football instead of baseball this weekend. So I guess we both screwed up. Let’s call it a wash, OK?

  11. It was a bad weekend for appendicitis in major league baseball

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    Andres Torres’ appendix attack* is far more consequential for our purposes, but the Giants’ outfielder wasn’t the only baseball person to go under the knife this weekend: Umpire Angel Campos underwent an emergency appendectomy after being scratched from the Cleveland Indians game on Saturday night. Campos was replaced on the crew Sunday for the Cleveland…

  12. Jeff Francoeur got a game-winning "hit" off Mariano Rivera

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    This went down in the wee wee hours of Sunday morning so a ton of people missed it, but Jeff Francoeur had a walkoff hit against Mariano Rivera. Hit-by-pitch, that is. The Rangers trailed 6-5 heading into the ninth and it was enter sandman. Rivera walked Vladimir Guerrero, who was replaced by pinch-runner Esteban German.…

  13. Another reason to hate Los Doyers

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    Never heard of “Los Doyers?” Then read on, mi amigo.

  14. There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2010

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:23 AM EST

    It was fun while it lasted, but the 2010 season will close, once again, with no triple crown winner.

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

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:29 AM EST

    Why is there a picture of some football player here? Because opening weekend of the NFL is a fabulous time to bash football, especially on a baseball blog.

  16. David Ortiz: super agent

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    Jon Paul Morosi gives us some insight into the negotiating mind of David Ortiz. Big Papi on Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano: “That’s the one guy they have to make sure they keep — for the next year, the next five years,” Ortiz said. “You can’t get no better than that. I’m telling you right now,…

  17. Comment of the Day: Silicon Valley and the Oakland A's

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

    Earlier today I noted how Silicon Valley CEOs are getting on board the bring-the-A’s-to-San Jose train. I said that I thought this was a weird thing for tech company CEOs to be doing, inasmuch as it shows a boosterism — and an economic ignorance — that is usually reserved for politicians and  car dealers and…

  18. Johan Santana's recovery timetable: 24 weeks

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    So, Johan Santana is having major surgery. How major?  Injury expert Will Carroll is promising a writeup over at Baseball Prospectus on Monday, but he provided a link to an explanation of the rehab program for the surgery Santana is getting.  There’s a lot of jargon in there, but it’s pretty clear that the time…

  19. Must-click link: The tortured life of Eric Show

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Those of us who have even heard of Eric Show probably can only say a few things about him.  He pitched for the Padres in the 80s. He gave up Pete Rose’s 4,192nd hit. He was kind of a freaky John Birch Society guy.  He had serious substance abuse issues that led to his death.…

  20. Johan Santana to have season-ending surgery

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:50 PM EST

    The Mets just announced that Johan Santana’s season is over: An MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan yesterday revealed that Mets pitcher Johan Santana has suffered a tear of the anterior capsule of the left shoulder.  The injury is located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the…

  21. Pete Rose: be nice to the Commissioner of Baseball

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    Rick Reilly asked Pete Rose what he thought about Fay Vincent’s recent statement that Bud Selig should not allow Rose to participate in a ceremony honor the 1970s Reds this weekend: “Fay Vincent’s never had a nice thing to say about me in his whole life. That’s fine with me. But he’s bashing the commissioner.…

  22. HBT Daily: Yankees edition

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    You may not believe me, but it’s true: we’ve probably spent less time on HBT Daily talking about the Yankees than any other team. Let’s rectify that, shall we?

  23. Heath Bell to Padres fans: Where were you?

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

    I’m assuming this is the real Heath Bell’s Twitter account, because if it were a fake you’d think it would be more interesting.  In any event, here’s what the person we’re pretty sure is the Padres’ closer tweeted after last night’s game: I wanted to know where are the padre fans????????? Not at the park.…

  24. OK, maybe Kevin Towers and the Diamondbacks are not close to a deal

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal expands on Peter Gammons thing about Kevin Towers this morning, but simultaneously goes a long way towards contradicting it. Yes, the Diamondbacks are interested in Towers, Rosenthal says, but (a) they haven’t spoken with him yet (contradicting Gammons’ implication that it’s all but a done deal); and (b) Towers probably wants way more…

  25. Nyjer Morgan is getting a big talking-to today

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:28 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of his 176 day suspension (estimated) began at 10AM this morning.  Word around the Twitterverse is that it was still going on as of ten minutes ago.  I realize he’s been a bad boy and everything, but I’m having a hard time seeing why it would take that long to (a) let…

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