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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Matt Kemp was benched over an argument with a coach

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    Joe Torre failed to start Matt Kemp for three straight games this week, and when he was asked about it he was kind of coy. The impression given was that he was giving Kemp some time off in order for him to regroup and find a way out of his season-long slump. Dylan Hernandez reports,…

  2. Max Scherzer is a stathead. Cool.

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:27 AM EST

    I’m not a statistics guy myself — math is hard, yo — but I’ve long considered myself a fellow traveler in much the same way that guys like Timothy Leary and Wavy Gravy hung around a lot of rock bands in the 60s without making any music.  I’m totally down with the statheads even if…

  3. Why was Josh Byrnes really fired?

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    A.J. Hinch probably had to go, but the Byrnes firing doesn’t make a ton of sense to me.

  4. Dayton Moore just loves the fact that Jose Guillen slammed his teammates

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:26 AM EST

    On Wednesday, Jose Guillen said that the Royals were, fundamentally speaking, “one of the worst teams in all of baseball.”  He also said that “sometimes you want to just punch them [meaning his teammates], but you can’t do that because they’re your teammates. Respect for the game has been lost. That pisses me off.” You’d…

  5. Major League Baseball is selling playoff tickets already. What a great scam!

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:51 AM EST

    Major League Baseball is letting you pay them $10-20 — right now — for the right to buy playoff tickets for your team at face value. Beat the scalpers! Beat StubHub! What a deal! And I guess if you’re a Yankees fan or something it may be a good deal. For one thing the Yankees…

  6. Utley to miss eight weeks as a result of his surgery

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    When we passed this along yesterday the word was that Chase Utley was going to miss five or six weeks as a result of his thumb surgery. Now the team is saying that it’s more like eight weeks. Can a team can survive the loss of one of baseball’s best players for that long?  If…

  7. Kirk Gibson is the new Diamondbacks manager? Cool!

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    I’m rather struck by the notion of Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks new manager.  I know he’s been a bench coach and a hitting coach for a long time — both with the Tigers and the Dbacks, but I’ve never really considered him to be a future manager. No reason for this, really. I guess…

  8. Brian Sabean, some mystery GM take issue with Buster Olney's GM piece

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    Remember that Buster Olney article I linked yesterday in which he relayed anonymous GM scouting reports on other GMs?  Well, Brian Sabean — who was pretty much slammed in it — isn’t happy with the results: “I’ve never talked to Buster. I tried to reach him today to have a productive conversation. I was told…

  9. Ump misses the tag in the Rays-Twins game

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Another bad call in a year full of them. This one came in the 10th inning of the Rays-Twins game last night. The scene: runners on first and second, Rays batting, no one out, game tied at 4. Willy Aybar singles to left and the go-ahead run scores. As the play continues, Kelly Shoppach, who…

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

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:13 AM EST

    Canada Day and the Blue Jays played a road game and Jason Bay was benched. I spit in your poutine, Major League Baseball.

  11. Bobby Valentine continues to slam the Marlins

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:54 PM EST

    This is the last post I write about Bobby Valentine. At least until the next post I write about Bobby Valentine.

  12. Peer-reviewing the GMs

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Some cool inside dirt on the game’s general managers

  13. Someone is actually interested in Mark Prior

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

    As we mentioned on Tuesday, Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback.  He had his workout at USC yesterday in front of representatives from 15 teams.  FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic said that at least one team is interested in him. No idea who it is. Prior apparently hit 90 miles per hour during his session,…

  14. UPDATE: Bengie Molina deal is done

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    UPDATE: John Shea of the Chronicle says the deal is now done, so Bengie won’t have to pretend to still be a Giant today in Colorado. 3:30 P.M.: This news from Andrew Baggarly is fun: This Bengie Molina deal still not officially done. Molina probably will report to Coors Field in a couple hours as…

  15. Baseball's GMs say Brian Sabean is rude

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    I don’t think the full article is up yet (UPDATE: Yes it is. I missed it. It’s Insider only, however), but Buster Olney writes today that ESPN.com is going to run the results of a baseball general manager survey in which the GMs rate one another on things like who’s the easiest to work with,…

  16. Charlie Manuel suspended for bumpin' an ump

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

    Phillies’ skipper Charlie Manuel argued balls and strikes with world’s worst umpire C.B. Bucknor on Tuesday night, his hat apparently brushed Bucknor’s head and now Manuel has been suspended for one game for “aggressive arguing and inappropriate contact.” Whatever. C.B. Bucknor couldn’t call a strike on the strikingest day of his life with an electrified…

  17. The Dustin Pedroia double-standard

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    What would happen if A-Rod said and did the things Pedroia does?

  18. Court-appointed restructuring officer recommends the Rangers be auctioned off

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Do I hear fiddy? Fiddy goin’ once! Fiddy goin’ twice! Sooooold to the man in the big hat!

  19. Chase Utley had surgery this morning; could miss 5-6 weeks

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    UPDATE: Now it’s being widely reported that Utley actually already had his surgery this morning. 12:14 P.M.: I’ve only seen this from one source so far — Peter Gammons — but if he’s right, the news is very, very bad for the Phillies: Gammons says that Chase Utley is going to require surgery on his…

  20. Ted Lilly: Zambrano wants to help the Cubs

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

    Ted Lilly must have a great cell phone plan. Unlimited minutes to call anywhere, including Greater Crazyville, where he apparently reached Carlos Zambrano: Ted Lilly became the first Cubs player to get through to Carlos Zambrano, saying the controversial pitcher wants to return to help the team in the second half of the season. “I…

  21. Count the Phillies in on Dan Haren too

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    You can add the Phillies to the list of suitors interested in Dan Haren, joining the Nationals and the Cardinals. Indeed, Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Diamondbacks are scouting Phillies’ prospects to see what they might get in return. Haren doesn’t appear to be having his best year ever — he’s 7-6 with a 4.56…

  22. Comment of the Day: LeBron to the Yankees!

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:12 AM EST

    I never thought I’d see the day when someone out-crazied baseball’s hot stove season, but King James has done that.

  23. The Nationals asked the Dbacks about Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats, despite the fact that they’re sinking like a stone in the NL East, have inquired about the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. A lot of time in the article is spent wondering if this means the Nats are buyers or sellers (in light of the Adam…

  24. The Missouri Deparment of Transportation has no love for Dan Quisenberry

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

    This is sad: in 1999, the Kansas City Royals planted a memorial tree and laid a plaque for the late, great Dan Quisenberry who died of brain cancer the year before. Yeah, about that: The tree and plaque are now gone. This after workers began work on building ramp off Interstate 70 to improve access…

  25. HBT Extra: Dysfunction Junction with Upton, Zambrano and Kemp

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:51 AM EST

    We taped this before Matt Kemp went and pulled that 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI game out of his butt yesterday, but at least 2/3 of the video hasn’t been overtaken by events, so enjoy!

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