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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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 —…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Must-click link: The best non-playoff teams of all time

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Second place may be first loser, but there were a lot of great teams in baseball history who came up just short.

  14. How Ozzie Guillen gets to Florida

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    We’ve been tracking the notion of Ozzie Guillen getting out of his White Sox contract to the Florida Marlins for some time now.  Ken Rosenthal has too, and this morning he’s reporting that Ozzie has a plan to do so:  He’ll ask the White Sox for a contract extension beyond 2011 (when his current deal…

  15. Video: Mauer and Thome, with beer dripping from their caps, think everything is "great"

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    If Joe Mauer and Jim Thome wanted to, they could probably set themselves up as co-benevolent dictators of The Kingdom of the Lakes and no one would bat an eye. It’d be all “what sort of cured meats would you like brought to you today, your highnesses?”  Then Thome would be all like “Oh, sit…

  16. The McCourts will resume settlement discussions this week

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Between Jamie McCourt’s dumb act — at least I hope it’s an act — and the testimony that lawyers working on the critical post-nuptial agreement substituted exhibits to the thing all willy-nilly, it’s safe to say that no one has any idea what the judge might ultimately do with the Dodgers. Jamie could get half…

  17. The Diamondbacks hire Kevin Towers

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that it’s a “done deal”: the Dbacks have offered their GM job to Kevin Towers and Towers has accepted. The new law students among you are obligated to note that, yes, there was consideration as well: a two-year contract, with “some option provisions.” Perhaps the most interesting thing about this is…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Congratulations to the Minnesota Twins: 2010 American League Central Champions

  19. Random, slightly mind-blowing factoid of the day

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Adam Morris of Lonestarball just tweeted something that made my mind reel for a few seconds: No starting pitcher who debuted in the majors after 1967 has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Nolan Ryan’s first game was in 1966. Since then the only arguable exception is Dennis Eckersley, but he obviously wasn’t inducted…

  20. Jerry Manuel slams Joe Torre

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Over the weekend, Joe Torre played the “sure, I’d listen if the Mets called” card, saying that the Mets “are certainly an inviting situation.” The only problem: Jerry Manuel is still the manager of the Mets. Andy Martino the Daily News just spoke with Manuel about it, and this is what he said: “I find…

  21. Manny Acta is either channeling Yogi Berra, or else he's really bad at fractions

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Indians manager Manny Acta is not pleased that his pitchers can’t get out of an inning: “We’ve stressed finishing innings a lot to these kids,” said manager Manny Acta. “But sometimes when they get two out, they tend to lose focus and concentration. “When you have two out, you’re three-fourths of the way there. You…

  22. Praying for a Massive Tie in the National League

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    David Pinto has been tracking Massive Tie Scenarios over at Baseball Musings. While I would like my rooting interest to win out and all other NL teams to lose as much as humanly possible, that’s rather provincial of me. This sounds way more fun: The Phillies did their best to kill the chances of a…

  23. Jamie McCourt may be on her way to getting half of the Dodgers

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    The nuances of the dispute between Frank and Jamie are kind of technical inasmuch as they involve the operation and effect of a legal document governing the McCourts’ assets, Dodgers included. But one thing that makes things simple is when the lawyer who drafted the thing testifies under oath that he messed with the document…

  24. So why did Jayson Werth switch agents anyway?

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    If your answer is “because he wants top dollar in free agency and Scott Boras is the man to get it for him,” you may be wrong. In a story I didn’t see because Newsday is behind a really expensive paywall, Ken Davidoff reported that one of Werth’s goals is to pay his agent a…

  25. FanHouse's David Whitley cannot explain the concept of love to his children

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Last week I wrote of my distaste of the casual homophobia fostered by the Kiss Cam and some St. Louis fans’ desire to use it as a means of protest.  I missed this at the time, but David Whitley of FanHouse wrote about it on the same day. He took a bit of a different…

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