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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Dodgers fans: you do NOT want Jamie McCourt owning your team

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    I’ve gotten a ton of digs in at Frank McCourt recently — and they’re legitimate digs, I think.  But while I think that McCourt mismanaged the purchase of the Dodgers and has taken a approach to his asset that is not conducive to building a strong baseball team, at least there’s a sense of competence…

  2. Comment of the Day: Scott Boras always seems to find 'em

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Reader Gobias Industries is not impressed with Scott Boras’ claim about how special Jayson Werth is: It’s amazing (albeit a bit mathematically impossible) how many once-in-a-generation talents Boras has represented this generation. I take a bit of an objection here. Boras is way too sharp to call all of his big free agents “once-in-a-generation” players.…

  3. Who's the next manager of the Blue Jays?

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    This is not exactly the most pressing question in the baseball blabosphere these days. While we obsess about La Russa and Torre and Mattingly and Ryne Sandberg, while we wonder who the next Mets’ boss will be (“I’m standing right here!” Jerry Manuel says, “I haven’t been fired yet!”) and while Bobby Valentine is shuttled…

  4. The Astros trade Round Rock for Oklahoma City

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    In 2010 the Astros AAA club was located in Round Rock and the Rangers club was located in Oklahoma City.  Last week the Rangers announced they’re taking over Round Rock and, a few minutes ago, the Astros announced they’re getting Oklahoma City. They’ve basically traded. I’ve never been to Oklahoma City, but Round Rock is…

  5. Scott Boras is already doing his Scott Boras thing for Jayson Werth

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal spoke with Scott Boras about his newest client, Jayson Werth. Say, Scott, how are going to position your free agent to-be? “He can play center field . . . He has the closing speed to play center . . . It makes your team so different. Normally you get that production out of…

  6. Jair Jurrjens scratched: Brandon Beachy to start against Philly

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    This would seem to be a bad thing for the Braves. If so, why are Philly fans the ones worrying?

  7. There is no fixing the Mets until the team is sold

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:01 PM EST

    That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from Joe Sherman’s latest, in which he cast about big league front offices to get (anonymous) comment on the Mets’ COO. The pithy summary: Wilpon is  a “short-tempered, tone deaf credit seeker,” he’s an “accountability deflector,” a “micro-manager” and a “second-guesser.”  Oh, and he’s a bull-headed idiot…

  8. The McCourt trial resumes with a bang

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    Jamie McCourt’s driver hit a pedestrian before the trial even got going today, so there’s that. He’s supposedly OK and didn’t need medical treatment. Jamie will probably give him a house or a job with the Dodgers or something to sign a lawsuit waiver. In the trial itself, this morning, Jamie McCourt took the stand…

  9. HBT Daily: Phillies-Braves, Yankees-Rays

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    A big week for the East. Thank God we’ve got that bias working for us already!

  10. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:56 PM EST

    For the second straight week, a new team tops the charts.

  11. George Steinbrenner monument to be dedicated tonight

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

    The Yankees are going to dedicate George Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park tonight. They would have had the ceremony sooner after Steinbrenner’s death, but there was a delay due to the original plaque-maker being killed for including the line “. . . presided over the Yankees’ longest period between postseason appearances in franchise history: 1982-1994.”…

  12. Bobby Valentine and the Yankees? Sure, why not?

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Jon Heyman has a lot of managerial speculation in his latest column. One of the fun ones: while it’s highly unlikely Joe Girardi won’t be back in New York, if he does bolt, “Bobby Valentine likely would be one candidate to replace him in the Bronx.” I just love this because it proves that we…

  13. King Felix may be shut down early

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:32 AM EST

    Felix Hernandez would have three starts left if he stays on regular rest. Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald reports, however, that he may start only two more games because the team is concerned about his workload. Hernandez’s workload, that is. Not Arnold’s. I’m sure he’ll be able to report for the rest of the…

  14. Adam Dunn and the Nats are working on an extension

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:02 AM EST

    Sanity is apparently prevailing in Washington as the team that can’t afford to lose one of the biggest bats in the game — the Nats — and the player who is on record as saying that he really wants to stay in Washington — Adam Dunn — are working to a contract extension, according to…

  15. Jayson Werth signs with Scott Boras. Is this important? Does this mean something?

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    As expected, Jayson Werth has signed with Scott Boras. I think Werth was already shaping up to be one of the most interesting free agent choices in some time, but this adds to the intrigue. His 2010 season was being talked about like it was a disappointment for much of the early part of the…

  16. When will baseball do something about maple bats?

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Tyler Colvin could have been killed yesterday. Is that what it takes before something is done about maple bats?

  17. A Braves minor league pitcher is probably in trouble

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:39 AM EST

    Braves-Phillies preview at (paraphrased): Jair Jurrjens looks to set the tone by taking the start tonight in Philly! Braves minor league starter Brandon Beachy to his hometown paper, the Kokomo Tribune (paraphrased): I’m with the Braves in Philadelphia, Jair Jurrjens knee is injured, and if he can’t go, I’m going to get the start!…

  18. Crazy prediction of the day: Steve Berthiaume and the Astros

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:13 AM EST

    “The Houston Astros will win the NL Central in 2011. I’m calling it right now — Astros ’11 division champs.” – ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, waxing a bit too optimistically, methinks, over the Astros downright respectable second half. I don’t want to take too much away from the Astros’ impressive in-season turnaround, but there’s no escaping…

  19. History repeats itself in the Tyler Colvin, Jason La Rue incidents

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    As I turned off the computer last night, I was pondering Tyler Colvin getting seriously injured with a bat shard and Jason La Rue’s career apparently ending due to an assault by a Reds pitcher. Then I picked up the book I’m reading about baseball in the 70s, “Big Hair and Plastic Grass.”  In the…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Stuff you missed over the weekend while you wished the weather would make up its damn mind already between summer and fall: Tyler Colvin was impaled by a bat shard. We’ll obviously have more about this and maple bats and all of that kind of thing over the next few days. Whenever you have the…

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

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:34 AM EST

    The Phillies and Braves enter their big series on a roll, the Yankees and Rays — not so much.

  22. The Dodgers were contractually obligated to give Mattingly the job

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:49 PM EST

    We now turn to the latest bit of evidence showing that the Dodgers couldn’t manage their way out of a paper bag. Dylan Hernandez reports the following: Before the start of this season, Mattingly had signed a deal that guaranteed him the manager’s job if Torre stepped down. Look — I’m not going to quibble…

  23. Brian Cashman: no hard feelings toward Joe Torre

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews caught up with Brian Cashman following the announcement that Joe Torre was stepping down. And guess what? Despite Torre’s book pissing off everyone on the Yankees, Everything is hunky dory: General manager Brian Cashman said there are “no issues” between Joe Torre and the team he led to four world…

  24. Tony La Russa fires back at Jack Clark's "poopy pants" rant

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:05 PM EST

    As Aaron noted earlier today, monobrowed-man-child Jack Clark called the Cardinals “quitters” and said “they have poopy in their pants.”  While such a sophisticated and air-tight indictment is difficult to rebut, Tony La Russa has a law degree, so he’s trained in the finer arts of oral advocacy. Specifically, the “I’m rubber and you’re glue”…

  25. Nick Swisher is still hurting; will sit tonight against the Orioles

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:57 PM EST

    Yankees rightfielder Nick Swisher — who had a cortisone shot the other day — tested his knee running today, but it was decided he can’t yet return to the lineup. Swisher could pinch hit against the Orioles tonight, but Austin Kearns will start in right. Better safe than sorry. But really, the logic of that…

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