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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Quote of the Day: John Russell

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Runner up quote from the article: “Media and public speculation about Russell’s job security is largely the byproduct of the team’s performance under him.”

  2. The Twins have a playoff anthem

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I don’t much trust young people — they frighten and confuse me — but those few to whom I’ve dared speak have mentioned that this “the Hold Steady” ensemble plays some catchy ditties.  As I have been unable to find their cassette at my local MusicLand store, I have been unable to verify such claims…

  3. Can anyone beat the Phillies?

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Predictions are a sucker’s game, but let’s not kid ourselves: it’s the Phillies title to lose.

  4. Does Theo Epstein want to keep Papelbon around?

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    I’ve been beating the “The Red Sox will non-tender Jonathan Papelbon” drum for a while now. But when you read that kind of stuff, keep one thing in mind: I don’t, surprisingly enough, run the Boston Red Sox.  Theo Epstein does, however, and based on some things he said yesterday, Papelbon may very well be…

  5. Shameless self-promotion: me on the On the DL Podcast

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    I spoke with Dan Levy of the On The DL Podcast and Press Coverage fame for a good long time yesterday. The podcast itself is now up.  He’s a Philly guy in case you didn’t know, so there was a lot of Phillies-Braves stuff, obviously, but we hit the other subjects too. In addition to…

  6. I approve of walk-in beer coolers at baseball games

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    That last post totally bummed me out, so let’s lighten the mood. This is a couple months old, but I was just directed to it. It’s a day-at-the-ballpark blog post by an Iowa Cubs fan.  The notable thing about it is the third through seventh pics down, in which the Cubs’ walk-in beer cooler is…

  7. K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, prosecutor says

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez was arraigned on the text-message/protection order violation yesterday. During the hearing the district attorney painted a dark picture of the Mets closer: Hothead fireballer K-Rod once beat his girlfriend so badly she had to be hospitalized, a Queens prosecutor said Wednesday. The chilling assault was revealed in court as Assistant District Attorney Scott…

  8. Joe Strauss slams "spreadsheet voters"

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch was asked in a chat yesterday about last year’s Cy Young Vote and whether he thought Keith law and “others in the sabermetric crowd” had undue influence in awards outcomes. His response: There increasingly appears a campaign to discredit pitcher wins as a consideration. They are considered by…

  9. Jim Deshaies is gonna get his union card revoked

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I didn’t see it, but over at The Book blog, mgl passes along word that, during last night’s Astros game, announcer Jim Deshaies said that there are no such thing as “clutch hitters.” Rather, those who are perceived as clutch are guys who are just good hitters anyway and that clutch hitting is not some…

  10. Mariano Rivera says: no champagne until the division is clinched

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I think there are way too many champagne/beer shower celebrations already. Clinching the playoffs. Clinching the division. Winning the division series. Winning the LCS. Winning the World Series. Don’t get me wrong — there are scant few things in this world better than an alcohol-fueled bacchanalia — but I would think at some point it…

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

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Oswalt dominates, the NL West continues to see-saw and Joe Girardi decides to use the element of surprise (i.e. a team of super-secret, anonymous relievers) to try and beat the Rays.

  12. Russell Branyan out with pizza parlor injury

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Russell Branyan is hurt. They way he did it beats sneezing or falling down carrying deer meat or washing your truck or what have you. I mean, hey, at least he got pizza: “On the off day last week, I took my family to a pizza parlor,” Branyan said. “They had plastic chairs, and after…

  13. The Red Man has been released from prison

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Well, he’s really a “Red Boy” and it was less prison than juvie: A costumed Phillies fan who ran onto the field and briefly eluded security guards during a game at Citizens Bank Park has been released from juvenile detention. The parents of 17-year-old Sean Hagan of Philadelphia picked him up Tuesday afternoon.  Gary and…

  14. HBT Daily: The Twins, the Rangers and Joe Torre

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany is back from an excursion to Utah (Utah?) and today we discuss the central division champs, Josh Hamilton’s ribs and Joe Torre’s integrity.

  15. The Creation of a Braves fan. This Braves fan.

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    A commenter implied today that I root for the Braves because they were so good and because I’m a frontrunner. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  16. Jon Paul Morosi explains his awards voting criteria

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    I’ve taken some shots at Jon Paul Morosi’s recent writings on post season awards — specifically his choice of Miguel Cabrera over Josh Hamilton for MVP and CC Sabathia or David Price over Felix Hernandez — so I would be remiss in not linking to a post in which he explains how he reaches his…

  17. No dimension changes for Citi Field

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    This stinks. I’m kind of partial to the Eighth Dimension. I think some good baseball could be played there: The toughest ballpark in which to hit home runs in the National League is not expected to have any dimension changes or altered wall heights for 2011, according to a source familiar with the plans of…

  18. Bryce Harper is quickly becoming the most unlikeable player in the game

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    You’re going to be shocked by this, but Bryce “120 percent” Harper’s sports rooting interests all happen to be the teams insufferable front runners with no geographic connection happen to root for: The Cowboys, the Yankees, the Lakers and Duke. Why do you like the Cowboys, Bryce? “Why do I like the Cowboys?” Harper repeated.…

  19. Not drawing any fans to the ballpark? Here's an option

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    You could always, I dunno, stretch giant pieces of vinyl with photos of fans on them over the seats to make it look like you have a full house. In a bid to improve the ambiance, make its games look better on TV, earn a little extra advertising revenue and save a little money on…

  20. Heyman looks at this year's free agent class

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman’s latest column has him talking to some agents and executives and people in an effort to handicap this winter’s free agent class. Some tidbits: Carl Crawford will sign for $120 million over seven years, according to Heyman’s panel. I can see this, actually. Not saying it’s the best deal for any team —…

  21. The Rockies will not trade for a starter

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Between Jason Hammel’s dead arm and some of their other pitchers faltering, there has been some talk in recent days that Rockies may try to pick up a starter for the last couple weeks of the season. Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that it’s not gonna happen. Esmil Rogers will likely get the call if Hammel…

  22. The Twins will trot out their hangover lineup shortly

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    The Twins sprayed beer and stuff all over themselves early this morning, so it’s no surprise that the lineup today is a tad different from the one they used last night: CF Denard Span SS Alexi Casilla DH Jason Kubel 3B Danny Valencia 1B Jose Morales 2B Matt Tolbert LF Ben Revere RF Jason Repko…

  23. Why the Pirates lose

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    One of the only redeeming things about the Pirates’ abysmal season is that Dejan Kovacevic of the Post-Gazette has been on a roll lately. Rather than just trot out the tired old “the Pirates are really, really bad” columns, he’s been exploring why they’re bad, oftentimes in interesting ways. Today is a good example. Kovacevic…

  24. Playoff weather in Minnesota: what are we dealing with here?

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    It took less than ten hours from the time the Twins clinched last night until I saw the first blogger make a joke about how funny it will be to see World Series games snowed out in Minnesota.  And really, we’ve been hearing that ever since the first roofless ballpark plans were drawn up for…

  25. When did your favorite team get younger than you?

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Craig Robinson of the fantabulous Flip Flop Fly Ball turns 40 today. Happy Birthday, Craig! In honor of that occasion, he does what he does best: creates a fun graphic. This one is a chart illustrating how he has aged compared to the roster of the New York Yankees.  The first year in which a…

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