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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Phil Hughes' debut goes about as good as one could hope

    Apr 16, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Sure, he could have thrown a three-hit shutout and fanned 11, but that wasn’t realistic. As it was, the winner of the most over-hyped competition for a fifth starter’s slot in baseball history was respectable against the Angels last night: Two runs in five innings and change, striking out six. He walked too many guys…

  2. The last players to wear 42 on each team

    Apr 16, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    I wish I had seen this yesterday, but better late then never. A graphical representation of the last player to wear number 42 on each team. Shocking: the Dodgers actually gave someone number 42 before they retired it themselves. A fellow by the name of Ray Lamb, who wore it in 1969. That would be…

  3. Drunk charged with intentionally throwing up on little girl at Phillies game

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    Yankees fans could boo Mariano Rivera and ignore choking rabbi’s wives and they still wouldn’t be as bad as this guy at the Phillies game Wednesday night: Police arrested a Cherry Hill man after he was accused of intentionally vomiting on a young girl at the Phillies game Wednesday evening. I’m not going to go…

  4. So apparently I'm a jackass

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    So yesterday Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason of 660 WFAN went crazy on me for calling Yankees fans “classless and ignorant” for booing Javy Vazquez on Wednesday. The audio of that is here, beginning at around the nine minute mark.  It starts with Carton calling me a “jackass” and it goes downhill from there.  Good…

  5. Should the Mets hire Bobby Valentine?

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

    Nice game for the Mets last night, but it’s only one game. The rotation still has problems and it’s not unreasonable to assume that the team will continue to struggle in the early going with tough series against the Cardinals, Cubs, Braves and Phillies.  If they do struggle, it’s not unreasonable to assume that Jerry…

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

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Braves 6, Padres 2: Throwback uniform day at Petco. San Diego’s throwbacks were fairly hideous. Many people lump all of their yellow and brown uniforms together, but there were many variates working off that color scheme. Some were pretty sweet, actually. Yesterday’s, not so much. As for Atlanta, I like their current classic home duds…

  7. Bob Feller on Willie Mays' catch in the '54 Series: "Meh"

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I missed this last week, but my buddy Vince Grzegorek pointed me to a two-part interview of Bob Feller from the Cleveland Plain Dealer in which the living legend disses Willie Mays’ amazing catch of Vic Wertz’s fly ball in the 1954 World Series: PD: The 1954 World Series? BF: The first thing that comes…

  8. Mike Cameron is being checked for appendicitis; Jacoby Ellsbury still hurting

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Rough day for Boston. First they got abused by Francisco Liriano, and now their starting centerfielder is, as we speak, sitting in a Minnesota hospital being checked for appendicitis after experiencing lower abdominal pain before the game. He was scratched, with the team thinking it was a muscle strain, but that may not be the…

  9. Hal Steinbrenner to Joe Giradi: "I can't imagine this team without you"

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Barry Bloom sat down with Hal Steinbrenner recently. During their conversation Little Stein, after first reiterating that he doesn’t do contract extensions until the current contracts actually end, strongly suggested that Joe Girardi isn’t going anywhere: “Quite frankly, I had a talk with him,” Steinbrenner said. “I said, ‘Joe, this is something you can’t…

  10. Take in a Cavs-Indians doubleheader

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    The Indians have a home game scheduled for Saturday at 4:10 PM.  Problem: the Cavaliers have their first round playoff game against the Bulls scheduled for around 3PM.  The arena and the ballpark are right next to each other, however, so that brings opportunity: ticket holders for the Cavs-Bulls game will be allowed to purchase…

  11. Joel Piniero on the Mets' pursuit last winter: "it was weird"

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Many people assumed that the Mets, obviously short of starting pitching, would go after Joel Piniero last winter. According to the Daily News, first among them was Joel Piniero. The Mets’ Alex Cora is reportedly tight with Omar Minaya, and he told Piniero that the Mets were definitely going to try to sign him. But…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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?…

  17. 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…

  18. "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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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?).…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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