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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Indians make quick work of the Rangers

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    For the second post in a row I mean this quite literally: The Tribe took two hours, three minutes to beat the Rangers this afternoon.  I had the game on in the background and was kind of ignoring it for a while. I had plans to settle into it, oh, about 25 minutes ago, looked…

  2. Your team is toast

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Quite literally, courtesy of an entrepreneur named Josh Fink: Starting in May, Pangea will roll out ProToast, a line of toasters – available in every team from the four major sports – that pops out with the teams logo burned into it. “Our motto is ‘Toast Your Team,‘” Fink says. Fink has big plans for…

  3. Counterpoint: Some Yankees fans are totally awesome

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Not everyone was booing Javy Vazquez yesterday. Some were saving people’s lives. From the Daily News: An Army medic who served in Iraq became a hero in the stands at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday when he saved a prominent Bronx rabbi’s wife choking on a piece of kosher London broil. John Stone 38, of Montville,…

  4. The worst baseball song in the history of baseball songs

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    There’s not much worse in this world than Creed, but I’d rather listen to a Creed album than listen to their lead singer remake one of their songs to be about the Florida Marlins.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Question: if you’re a Marlin, do you really want to “soar?”  You’re a fish. If…

  5. The Dodgers and Dbacks make the Yankees and Red Sox look fast

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    One outlier of a game is not enough to say that Major League Baseball’s efforts at speeding things up are futile, but last night’s Dodgers-Dbacks game is probably worth pointing out if for no other reason than to show that long games are not the exclusive province of the Yankees and Red Sox. Extra innings?…

  6. Orioles' manager Dave Trembley is in trouble

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    How do you know that? Because people who know things — people like Ken Rosenthal — are talking about who should replace him.  Rosenthal’s choice: Phil Garner. He notes that Andy MacPhail interviewed Garner when MacPhail was president of the Cubs. I was rather surprised that Trembley was even brought back for 2010. He’s a…

  7. "Closer" should be a dirty word

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    I and many others wondered why Trey Hillman never called Joakim Soria from the pen during the team’s seventh inning meltdown on Tuesday. He tried to explain himself yesterday: “There’s a thought there, but, No. 1, it’s a very unusual time for Joakim Soria to pitch in a ballgame. No. 2, you’ve still got those…

  8. Do guys turn it up a notch in a contract year?

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    That’s the conventional wisdom: players try harder when free agency looms, resulting in big walk years and big contracts handed out by teams who get hung up on the whole recency thing. But it’s not true say the boys who run Bloomberg’s new baseball stats outfit: Over the past nine years, 177 players performing in…

  9. Reviewing team nicknames

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    My friend The Common Man is reviewing baseball team nicknames to see how their literal definition and description fits the teams to which they are applied. For example, blue jays, as birds, are kind of the jerks of the avian world, pushing out competitors whenever possible (query: did this contribute to the Expos leaving Canada?).…

  10. Will the Astros ever win a game?

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Well, yes, I suppose they will simply because there are so many of them in a baseball season.  Perhaps the more germane questions are (a) when will they win a game; and (b) will they challenge the 1988 Orioles’ record for season-opening futility? Taking the second question first, I think the answer is no, they…

  11. Mariano Rivera: the last man to wear 42

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Surprisingly, some of you thought I was being serious yesterday when I made that crack about no one giving hell to Mariano Rivera for not changing his number on Jackie Robinson Day. Of course I know that he wears 42, the last player allowed to do so by virtue of being the last active player…

  12. Comment of the Day "If you are not a Yankee fan you cannot relate to us, so STFU!"

    Apr 15, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    The Javier Vazquez party is progressing almost exactly as expected. After yesterday’s boos come today’s columns claiming that Vazquez simply “can’t handle New York” and otherwise ascribing moral failings to a pitcher for giving up four runs in an April start. It’d be hilarious if it weren’t so predictable. Here’s my favorite retort to yesterday’s…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

    Giants 6, Pirates 0: Inside the park home run for Aubrey Huff. See it here. To say that Garrett Jones played that one off the wall poorly would be like saying that King George made some fiscal miscalculations when he increased the tax burden on the colonies to help pay for the Seven Years War.…

  14. Hicks Sports Group Creditors Threatening bankruptcy for the Rangers

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

    It’s hard to tell if this afternoon’s BusinessWeek report represents something truly new or if it’s more of a rehash of what we already know, but for the record: The Texas Rangers, the Major League Baseball team controlled by billionaire Thomas Hicks, may be forced into bankruptcy unless terms of a planned sale of the…

  15. Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Tomorrow marks the 63rd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. Last year baseball began encouraging all players and umpires to wear number 42 in Jackie’s honor. Most do it. Mariano Rivera, however, controversially refuses to change from the number he has always worn. How he doesn’t catch hell for this I have no…

  16. Kurt Suzuki made the catching play of the year last night

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Athletics’ Kurt Suzuki made the defense play of the year, catchers’ division, in last night’s loss to the Mariners. Check it out here. Catching the ball would have been highlight enough. The fact that he caught it, stayed on his feet, saw Chone Figgins running and then threw a perfect strike down to Kouzmanoff…

  17. Classless, ignorant Yankees fans boo Javier Vazquez

    Apr 14, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    I’m not calling all Yankees fans classless and ignorant. Just the ones at Yankee Stadium today — and there were a lot of them — who booed Javier Vazquez. His line: Five and a third innings pitched, three four earned runs on six hits and a couple of walks.  Not a great line by any…

  18. Jimmy Rollins has a torn calf; heading to the DL

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    That’s the clear implication from Charlie Manuel’s comments on Sirius XM’s Home Plate show today: “Fella did a number on his gam, so he’s gonna cheese it for a few ticks. We’re gonna peep the rumpus when we get to the yard, but I ain’t whistlin’ Dixie when I let on that he’s gonna be…

  19. Orioles' closer Mike Gonzalez goes on the DL

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Yep, he’s hurt. Gonzalez is on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder. 12:13 P.M. The Orioles’ new $12 million closer hasn’t been worth a thin dime so far. Based on this mashed-up series of tweets from Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he may be more than merely ineffective. He may be…

  20. Jacoby Ellsbury will miss the next two games

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    There was hope that with yesteday’s off-day, Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs would heal enough that he could come back and play today and/or tomorrow against the Twins, but Pete Abraham is reporting that it’s not going to happen.  Ellsbury is still sore, so Francona is going to hold him out until Friday’s home game against the…

  21. Congress is butting into baseball again. This time: tobacco

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Can someone tell me why Congress has nothing better to do than this? MLBPA chief labor counsel David Prouty is among the witnesses who submitted written testimony ahead of Wednesday’s hearing before a House subcommittee about the use of smokeless tobacco by baseball players. Subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, says he wants…

  22. John Maine may have pitched himself out of a job

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel, when asked about whether John Maine will remain in the Mets’ rotation after last night’s debacle said “I think those things we have to talk about.” You know what would also be worth talking about?  Why Jenrry Mejia is pitching mop-up duty in meaningless game in what is already looking like a lost…

  23. No fun allowed in the Dodger Stadium parking lot

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    Technically speaking, it’s always been illegal to tailgate in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, whether you’re drinking booze or not. Practically speaking you’ve always been able to do it. Until the last two years, anyway, when police have started cracking down.  Carla Hall of the L.A. Times has a story from yesterday’s home opener in…

  24. Juan Gonzalez on steroids: "I never used any of that stuff"

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Juan Gonzalez sat for an interview with on Monday, during which he denied ever taking steroids, saying “I never used any of that stuff,” and saying “I have nothing to hide. Nothing.” This is consistent with what he said in 2005: “It’s not true . . . I never saw needles. I never saw…

  25. A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base last night

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    OK, I’ve finally had a chance to see the video of the A.J. Pierzynski hit-by-pitch. It’s here, and as you’ll see, he was so totally not hit by the pitch. It bounced in the dirt and then hit home plate umpire Tim McClelland, but it never touched Pierzynski, who flopped like a French soccer player.…

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