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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Cell phone-talkin' Yankees fan nailed in the face with a ball

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    The headline pretty much says it all. The video — for now anyway — can be seen at Deadspin. (UPDATE: if the Deadspin link disappears, try Wait for the slow-mo, which renders the fan’s divinely-deigned fate all the clearer.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though he’s talking on an iPhone, but let us not…

  2. Jamey Newberg responds to the revelation that he's paid by the Rangers

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:09 AM EST

    This follows this morning’s earlier post about the Rangers financial disclosures. Those disclosures revealed that Jamey Newberg has been paid some $27K in the past year by the Rangers, who he covers in his blog, The Newberg Report. You should read Newberg’s entire statement in the second half of this post, but for those too…

  3. The Rays designate Hank Blalock for assignment

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EST

    The Rays cut Pat Burrell to bring up Hank Blalock and now they’ve DFA’d Blalock to make room for Gabe Kapler. John Jaha, Dante Bichette and Jeff Conine: call your agents. Not that Blalock needed to hang around. He hit .254/.319/.349 in limited play for the Rays team that desperately needs to find some offense.

  4. Manny hurts his hammy, gives Kemp a chance to play

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the injury while running the bases in the first inning of last night’s game against the Giants.  The benched Matt Kemp came into the game to replace him and hit the ball all over the place.  Now Joe Torre is going to have to…

  5. Quote of the Day: Lenny Dykstra on steroids

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:09 AM EST

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  6. Let's take a peek inside the Rangers finances

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    Just like the divorce case in Los Angeles, the bankruptcy case in Texas has given us the rare opportunity to take a look inside the usually secretive world of team finances.  A pretty full financial disclosure was released by the Rangers yesterday. Maury has the documents here. The sad news: no V-energy peddling gurus, diamond…

  7. The DEA is investigating the Padres' doctors over prescription drug policies

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    San Diego Padres team doctors — as well as team doctors for the San Diego Chargers — are under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency over the “correctness” of how they regulate prescription drugs, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. As part of this investigation, the DEA served 10 warrants on various team offices and facilities…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:44 AM EST

    Today’s ATH name-checks LeBron James, Ozzie Virgil and my wife, but it’s not as exciting as all that sounds.

  9. Oliver Perez has a change of heart: will pitch in the minors

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    It’s not an official demotion — remember, Ollie was “injured” — but Andy Martino reports that Perez has given his consent to the Mets, as he must, to begin a rehab assignment in the minors. He starts tomorrow for St. Lucie. I’d chalk Perez’s change of heart up to reality — in the form of…

  10. The Mets "aren't a serious player" for Roy Oswalt

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:12 PM EST

    In light of Polanco and Utley getting sent to the DL, I was actually kind of worried that if the Mets traded for Cliff Lee, half of Philadelphia would commit suicide.  It’s after five, though, and Lee is set to start tonight so I’m guessing it won’t happen because no one ever works late in…

  11. Quote of the Day: Yankees President on Jeter and Rivera's contract status

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    You’ll be shocked to learn that the Yankees think Jeter and Rivera will be back with the Yankees next year.

  12. Randy Winn gives Mark Reynolds an alley-oop homer

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    What with the late start to the day due to the gremlins in the HBT engine, I neglected my usual morning practice of perusing video highlights from the previous night’s games, instead relying on the box scores.  As a result, I missed a nice one: Randy Winn giving the old alley-oop treatment to what should…

  13. What debate? Of course Strasburg belongs in the All-Star Game

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    There is no good reason to keep Strasburg out of the All-Star Game and plenty of good reasons to let him in.

  14. Tiger Stadium is gone, but the field is still there

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

    An interesting yet sad travelogue from a couple of Mets fans who found that, though Tiger Stadium itself is gone, the mound, the field and the flagpole remain. The “RIP Ernie” someone wrote on the pole coincided with a large cloud of eye-irritating dust infiltrating my den.  Damndest thing. In other news, if the blog…

  15. Joel Zumaya: fractured elbow, out for the year

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:31 PM EST

    A talented but snakebitten reliever is bitten once again

  16. Wanna feel old? Mike Greenwell's son is a minor leaguer

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:28 PM EST

    I’m guessing people in Boston were aware of this, but it’s the first I’ve heard about it: Bo Greenwell — son of Mike — is a minor leaguer in the Indians’ organization, playing for the Lake County Captians up in Eastlake, Ohio. It’s one of those feel-good “what’s it like to be the son of…

  17. The Phillies are going to place Utley, Polanco on the DL

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    The Phillies swooned when they lost Jimmy Rollins to the DL earlier this year. Not saying there was a direct correlation or anything — what ailed them during the slump went beyond the absence of their shortstop — but the experience did nothing to give the team or its fans confidence that losing a starting…

  18. Mark Prior attempts another comeback

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    This gets a little sadder each time.

  19. Bobby Valentine may still be a candidate for the Marlins' gig

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    It sounds like there’s a serious power struggle going on in Marlins Headquarters

  20. Chase Utley hurt himself

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    The Braves aren’t the only team dealing with a thumb injury to a superstar: Chase Utley jammed his thumb sliding into second in last night’s game and had to leave the game. We’re still not sure how bad his problem is — he’ll have an MRI today — but any lost time for him would…

  21. The Braves put Jason Heyward on the DL

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Yesterday afternoon people were saying that the Braves would sit Jason Heyward for a couple of games so he could rest his injured thumb. After yesterday’s game we learned that the team was much more serious about giving the kid a rest: they placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Heyward has a strained ligament…

  22. Who was the dude in the white shirt at the Braves-Nats game?

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:40 AM EST

    The HardballTalk i-Team investigates a case of aggravated asshattery

  23. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:23 AM EST

    OK, it’s a little late this morning, but I smelled it and it’s still drinkable . . .

  24. The Cubs place Zambrano on the restricted list for "treatment"

    Jun 28, 2010, 6:57 PM EST

    The designation is not as surprising as the way in which it is being reported. Here’s’s Carrie Muskat: Cubs announce Carlos Zambrano on ML restricted list starting Tues and will start treatment Wed. Electroshock treatment? Insanity aversion therapy? Hosing him down like the resident of a Victorian-era lunatic asylum? A lobotomy? For the second…

  25. The Marlins may be looking more seriously at Bo Porter

    Jun 28, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Now that their dream candidate has abandoned them — or vice-versa — the Marlins still need a manager, and Jon Heyman says that they’re “strongly” considering Diamondbacks’ coach Bo Porter for the job.  Keep in mind that Heyman also had Valentine in San Juan today managing the Marlins, so it’s possible that his sources with…

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