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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel

    May 28, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    “Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Panicking ain’t going to do no good.” – Charlie Manuel after last night’s Mets-Phillies game.  First of all, when the hell does anyone eat bear? Second, sorry Charlie, but if a bear is eating me, I’m gonna panic.

  2. Confirmed: Joe West is in big trouble

    May 28, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    Yesterday I presumed, based on some comments from Bob Watson, that umpire Joe West was going to get disciplined over his recent antics.  Last night Jeff Passan of Yahoo! confirmed it. West might even get suspended: A source said the league plans to suspend or fine West, one of its most tenured umpires, after he…

  3. The Giants could sign Pat Burrell to a minor league deal

    May 28, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that the San Francisco Giants are “in the talking stages” with Pat Burrell over a minor league deal.  Schulman’s source tells him that Burrell “has other options,” however. I’m assuming those options include his recliner, beers with his dad’s friends at the VFW hall and other activities that people who…

  4. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    May 28, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Cardinals 8, Padres 3: The Padres lost, but they looked damn good losing in those mustard and brown throwbacks.  Pujols hit a homer. It’s hard to say that a guy with a .900+ OPS is struggling, but he is, so the dinger had to feel good. Brendan Ryan had to be feeling good too, after…

  5. The Yankees may lose Afredo Aceves for the season

    May 27, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    Bad news in the Universe: The back injury that put Alfredo Aceves on the disabled list could be season-ending and might result in surgery to repair a bulging disc in the lower back. Aceves stopped a throwing session Tuesday in Tampa and is in New York to be examined by Dr. Chris Ahmad. According to…

  6. The Brewers beat the Astros on a walkoff walk

    May 27, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Usually these afternoon Brewers games end in a Milwaukee reliever blowing it. Today the mug was in the other hand. Or something. Ninth inning, the Astros lead the Brew Crew 3-2.  Matt Lindstrom on the hill for Houston. He gives up a single to Alcides Escobar, then after a sacrifice, he uncorks a wild pitch…

  7. C.J. Nitkowski caught someone cheating

    May 27, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski has a Twitter account, and a few minutes ago he tweeted something interesting: Watching some daytime MLB. Camera just zoomed in & didn’t realize it caught a pitcher cheating. Don’t ask me who/what. Tricks of the trade. Uh-oh Casey Blake is on to it. TV guys completely in the dark.…

  8. Chipper Jones may retire after this year

    May 27, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Last year Chipper Jones, mired in a deep second-half slump, said that he might just retire after 2010 and walk away from millions.  He backtracked on that earlier this season.  Now he’s back on his “I may just give it all up” horse: “I make no bones about it. I am seriously considering it no…

  9. The Padres will be sporting some nice throwbacks tonight

    May 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Courtesy of’s Follow the Padres blog comes word that San Diego will be sporting these babies in tonight’s game:They’ll have on the version on the far right, by the way. Verdict: I like!  Still not my favorite old skool Padres look — I’m partial to the 1977 models — but they’re getting warmer.

  10. Another t-shirt I probably need

    May 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    On Monday I pointed out a cool Phillies shirt that, even though I’m no Phillies fan, I probably need to get.  Today we have a Red Sox shirt that’s equally full of win: The “Laser Show” shirt, inspired by this pretty cool Dustin Pedroia quote. I think the best thing about both of these shirts…

  11. Baseball is going to review the Joe West-Mark Buehrle thing

    May 27, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate the dustup between Joe West and the White Sox during yesterday’s White Sox-Indians game.  I found this quote from discipline czar Bob Watson rather illuminating: “We have either an umpire supervisor or umpire observer at every game,” said Watson. “We will review…

  12. The Dodgers inquired about Cliff Lee

    May 27, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Yesterday I inferred that the Dodgers had made inquiries about Roy Oswalt. That was confimed by the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin last night. And Shaikin goes one better: The Dodgers asked about Cliff Lee’s availability as well.  The Mariners, like the Astros, rejected Colletti’s overtures. Either move makes sense for the Dodgers, who really…

  13. The Stephen Strasburg hype machine goes to 11

    May 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    I’m just as excited about the arrival of Stephen Strasburg as anyone, but if you’re either (a) seriously worried that the birth of your baby might interfere with the Strasburg game; or (b) pretending that you’re worried about it so that someone will write about you on the web, you probably need to readjust your…

  14. What's more threatening? An oriole or a cardinal?

    May 27, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s Ray-stung-by-ray story had every internet jokester wondering how that would work if the guy played for, say, the Tigers or the Pirates.  Today the Orange County Register’s Sam Miller tries to approach the question objectively by ranking the mascots by threat level. Sam’s best line comes when noting that the Mets — short for…

  15. Nelson Cruz hurts his hammy

    May 27, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    No, not that one. The other one.  He did it in last night’s game, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  He apparently did it while leaving the batters box in his last at bat in last night’s game against the Royals. Cruz will be reevaluated today to determine if he needs to go…

  16. Joe West to work the Red Sox series this weekend

    May 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reports that Cowboy Joe West — late of his “if you think I can’t be an even bigger embarrassment than I already am then you seriously understimate me” tour of the Cleveland-Chisox series, will be working the Red Sox-Royals series in Fenway Park this weekend.  This a month after he called…

  17. For the Phillies fan who has everything

    May 27, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    It’s the Ryan Howard Garden Gnome.  You know you want one. And as soon as you get one, be prepared to be the target of a righteous liberation army. In other barely-passable Phillies news, Jayson Werth apparently shaved his beard after last night’s game.  We’ll see it the next time he takes the field, but…

  18. Jason Heyward is not Jeff Francoeur

    May 27, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Such a proposition should not need much explaining — and even attempting to explain it should not be interesting — but I’ll be darned if an article from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explaining that very proposition isn’t both illuminating and interesting. Not so much because of the two players themselves — you know…

  19. OK, maybe Andre Ethier won't be back on Sunday

    May 27, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Yesterday we passed along world that Dodgers righfielder Andre Ethier was likely to make his return on Sunday, his first day eligible following his DL stint.  Not so fast says Joe Torre: the Dodgers may send Ethier on a minor league rehab assignment first, delaying his return to L.A. The reasoning on this is kind…

  20. Murray Chass continues to beat on Mike Piazza over steroids

    May 27, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Former professional baseball writer Murray Chass created a bit of a stir last year when he wrote a couple of blog posts saying that Mike Piazza clearly did steroids. His reasoning: backne. As in Piazza had a lot of it when he played, it cleared up when drug testing kicked in and that means Piazza…

  21. Trevor Hoffman may return to closing

    May 27, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman has had two good outings in a row, and as a result, Ken Macha appears to be leaning towards returning to his customary closer position, Adam McCalvy reports. Said Ken Macha: “We kind of talked about that several times today. We’ll see how some things go. That is two good outings in a…

  22. Dallas Braden isn't joking about his love of the 209

    May 27, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Rick Chandler of our very own Out of Bounds blog caught up with Dallas Braden last weekend as Mr. Perfect visited his hometown of Stockton to be feted at a Stockton Ports game. Braden had some nice things to say about his hometown. As a guy who hails from a couple of places that aren’t…

  23. The Mets are probably making Fernando Nieve a starter

    May 27, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    I was rather surprised to see Jerry Manuel call Fernando Nieve into last night’s game against the Phillies. The Mets had a nice lead, Nieve has been overworked this year and if there was ever a situation for a mopup guy, that was it.  Turns out, however, that there may have been a method to…

  24. Ron Gardenhire complains about Yankees' pitcher switch

    May 27, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    This was fun. The Yankees took the lead in the top of the ninth last night on a Nick Swisher home run, but the inning ended a pitch later when Mark Teixeira was thrown out trying to leg out a double.  The half-inning ended so quickly that Joe Girardi barely had time to get Mariano…

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

    May 27, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Red Sox 11, Rays 3: I’m going to imagine the next Shaughnessy column: “Theo Epstein and his calculator cavalry wowed all the stat-butts eating Fruit Rollups in their step-dad’s carports by selling them on ‘run prevention.’  Well, from where I’m sitting, scoring 11 runs against the best team in baseball is not ‘run prevention.’ And…

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