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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Silicon Valley execs want the A's in San Jose

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    The Silicon Valley Leadership group has sent a letter to Bud Selig in support of the Athletics moving to San Jose.  You can read a press release about it and — if you click an extra link — a copy of the letter here.  It’s signed by the CEOs of Cisco, Yahoo!, eBay, Adobe and…

  2. John Lindsey gets his first major league at bat

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, John Lindsey got his first big league at bat last night.  He saw three pitches. A ball, a foul ball and then he flew to center.  But let no man say he hasn’t taken his hacks in the bigs.  Video of his at bat can be seen here.…

  3. Deep thoughts: the Wild Card and pennant races

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Jayson Stark spends an awful lot of time in his latest column explaining how adding a second wild card team in each league would fix the problem of division races like that in the AL East being basically meaningless.  He goes so far as to sketch out how it would work mechanically, how the schedule…

  4. If you're going to penalize CarGo for Coors Field, you have to credit Ubaldo

    Sep 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Hitters are penalized for the advantages Coors Field provides them. Why then, don’t we credit the pitchers?

  5. The Yankee Stadium parking garages are losing money

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York City issued a bunch of bonds to build parking garages around Yankee Stadium. Seems that way fewer people are parking in them than expected, however, the garages have lost money both last year and this year and now it looks like the garage operator is going to default on rent payments to the…

  6. Adam Dunn, Nyjer Morgan probably won't be on the Nats next year

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Holden Kushner of CSN Washington writes today that there is little if any chance that the Nats are going to bring back Nyjer Morgan or Adam Dunn next year. I get Morgan — that bit could have been placed in that last post about obvious news — but I’m still wondering why Washington doesn’t seem…

  7. Breaking news from the Department of Obvious Affairs

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Those of you who thought that Hideki Matsui was going to get a contract extension and Ron Washington was going to be let go need to read this. The 99% of you who didn’t think that can move along.

  8. Ruben Amaro defines the concept of "day-to-day"

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    I got nothing against Ruben Amaro Jr. or MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki — they both do a fine job — but this exchange between them regarding Jimmy Rollins’ hamstring injury pretty much explains why I think media access to baseball teams is overrated: “He’s better today,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I’m not sure…

  9. The last take — and best take — on the Mets-Walter Reed non-story

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Sam Page from Amazin’ Avenue nails the New York press to a freakin’ tree: The best part is how these journalists created the players’ insidious motives–by involving baseball. Because they’re not team players on the field and in the clubhouse, it’s no surprise they fund Hamas and hunt bald eagles in their spare time, all…

  10. The Dbacks are close to hiring Kevin Towers

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    We heard the other day that the Diamondbacks are really interested in hiring Kevin Towers to run the club. Now Peter Gammons is reporting that a deal between Towers and the club is in place, but that it can’t be announced until “the process” is complete. Whatever that means. Most interesting thing about Gammons’ tweet…

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

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:53 AM EDT

    Matt Cain and the Giants put on quite power displaFAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE! FAVRE!

  12. Great Moments in Professionalism: Chipper Jones

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    Look Chipper, I love ya man. You’ve been an important part of my baseball life for the past 15 years and everything, but when you go around saying stuff like this you make me not like you very much: Jones, when asked by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Gonzalez passing teammate Omar Infante for the NL…

  13. Andy Pettitte to make a rehab start tonight

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Because “CC Sabathia and four days of rain” is too much to expect, it’s kind of important that Andy Pettitte get back to the Bronx as soon as possible. An important step in that journey happens this evening, as Pettitte is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Trenton Thunder in the AA playoffs.…

  14. How the Hall of Fame deals with steroids

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Did you know that there’s a plaque in Cooperstown that talks about PEDs in the game? I didn’t.

  15. Could Brewers owner Mark Attanasio end up buying the Dodgers?

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt pours cold water on Krasovic’s report, saying that Attanasio has no interest in the Dodgers. Seems to me that this kind of thing comes down to who the sources are, because Attanasio himself and his proxies would certainly say that he had no interest, because to say otherwise would be seen as…

  16. HBT Daily: Padres-Giants, Cardinals-Futility and a little Moonlight Graham

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    I have no idea why I mentioned Barry Zito here. He’s the one Giants pitcher NOT starting in this series. Thank God no one watches these things.

  17. Oh noes! Derek Jeter is selling his New York penthouse!

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Clearly, this must mean that he’s planning on signing with the Rays this winter: Yankees captain Derek Jeter put his Manhattan penthouse on the market Wednesday for an asking price of $20 million. The All-Star shortstop’s four-bedroom, 5,425-square foot loft on the 88th floor of Trump World Tower in Turtle Bay was listed on the…

  18. Proven closer or not: Papelbon is as good as gone

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi has a column up today in which he argues that the Red Sox have to bring Jonathan Papelbon back next year.  His reasoning: he’s a Proven Closer! Sure, Daniel Bard may be good, but he’s never pitched the ninth inning!  If you let Papelbon go and Bard closes, who pitches the…

  19. Looks like that whole "trade Adrian Gonzalez" thing is never gonna happen

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Before the season started, the expectation was that the big name on the market would be Adrian Gonzalez. That changed when the Padres starting winning, of course. Looks like the winning and attendant optimism has gone on so long now that there won’t be any trade at all, even next year, reports Jayson Stark: “Even…

  20. The Diamondbacks + a humidor = 38% fewer home runs

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    We heard a couple of weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are looking for ways to cut down on offense in Chase Field. Among their ideas was installing a Coors Field-style humidor.  If they do that, however, they had best be careful because people who know more than I do about such things think doing so…

  21. Trevor Hoffman apologized to his teammates

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman was carried off the field in triumph after getting his 600th save on Tuesday night. But humility — not glory — was the order of the day in the clubhouse afterward: Before thanking his teammates for their support and camaraderie, Hoffman did a stunning thing, something that caught many by surprise. He apologized…

  22. Quote of the Day: The Mets are PR geniuses

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Mets may not be good at baseball, but there so some things no other teams can do.

  23. Police seize evidence from the Blue Jays in the Clemens case

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Toronto Star reports that U.S. prosecutors have picked up the hotline to Canada (instituted to avoid us stumbling into an accidental war with the barbarous Canadians) and had a search warrant executed to seize evidence from the Toronto Blue Jays in connection with the Rogers Clemens perjury case. No word on what or how…

  24. Send me to the All-Star Game with Bud Selig

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    This isn’t NPR, so we don’t ask for pledges. But I may make an exception in this case: Major League Baseball is auctioning off tickets to Bud Selig’s luxury box for next year’s All-Star Game. It would be a shame if I didn’t win that, really. If I won, I’d be on my best behavior.…

  25. The video of Aaron Cook's injury makes me squeamish

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    The video of the play on which Aaron Cook broke his fibula in last night’s Reds-Rockies game has me all woozy right now. Not because of anything you see — it’s no Joe Theisman or Tim Krumrie video or anything — but because of what you hear.  Watch and listen. Yeah, that’s pretty much the…

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