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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Marlins no longer have an out-of-town scoreboard

    Apr 18, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    I had missed this because, let’s face it, it’s easy to miss stuff that happens with the Marlins, but apparently there is no longer an out-of-town scoreboard in whatever the hell the Marlins are calling their ballpark these days. No more starting lineups either. In their place: advertisements for the MLB Network and a picture…

  2. Homers are down in Yankee Stadium

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    One of the reasons you don’t get so hung up on how homer-friendly a ballpark is in its debut year: it might not be so friendly in its next year. That appears to be the case with new Yankee Stadium in the early going. Last year there were 21 homers hit in the first five…

  3. Kelly Shoppach may have more than a sprain

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Kelly Shoppach was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a knee sprain, but it may be something worse. Shoppach’s swelling and pain hasn’t subsided, and now he’s scheduled to see the team’s orthopedist tommorw, and there is a possibility that he could need surgery.  Joe Maddon vibes pessimistic in the…

  4. Aaron Rowand placed on the disabled list

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    D.J. reported yesterday about Aaron Rowand’s crack to the face and presumed that it would lead to a trip to the DL.  Now that trip is official: Rowand was placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.  The time on the DL is probably just as much if not more necessary…

  5. Jerry Manuel killed K-Rod last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    I’m sure there are people who thought that Jerry Manuel was oh-so-clever for saving Francisco Rodriguez until the 19th inning last night, but he really didn’t save a thing. K-Rod was warming up constantly last night, and he told reporters after the game that he threw an estimated 100 pitches between the 9th and 19th.…

  6. Livan Hernandez, Pat Burrell pull the forks out of their backs

    Apr 18, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    At least temporarily. Yesterday Pat Burrell homered during the completion of the Rays-Red Sox game that was suspended on Friday, and then he had a three-run double in the scheduled game.  He hadn’t had any home runs or RBI entering play yesterday and was below the Mendoza Line. Overall that’s five straight wins for the…

  7. Ubaldo Jiminez had electric stuff last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Matthew wrote about it first last night, but I just got done watching the replay of the Ubaldo Jiminez no-hitter, and I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone pitch with that kind of gas in his tank. He struggled a bit early walking people, but it seemed like…

  8. The Mets and Cardinals played an epic game last night. Kinda.

    Apr 18, 2010, 7:46 AM EDT

    Epic may be too strong a word, because make no mistake about it kids: this was 20 innings of some really, really dumb baseball. But you know what? I’m going to give it a “so-bad-it’s-good” rating. There were so many head scratching “I-can’t-believe-what-I-just-saw” moments that, eventually, it reached the point of the sublime.  Let’s cover…

  9. Pic of the day: I got a hundred dollar bill, y'all

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    This one comes from @leokitty, Yankees season ticket holder and keen observer of humanity. Yesterday she witnessed a man at Yankee Stadium paying for a box of Cracker Jack with a $100 bill: I was going to make some comment about the hoity toity fans at Yankee Stadium, but then it occurred to me that…

  10. Quote of the Day II: Jerry Manuel: Master Motivator

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    “St. Louis is always tough. If we can win two out of three, that will be outstanding. If we win one, I’ll take it.” – Jerry Manuel, daring to dream.

  11. OK, maybe Bobby Valentine isn't the best pick for the Mets

    Apr 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The morning I made a half-hearted case for Bobby Valentine to take over as the Mets’ manager if and when Jerry Manuel gets fired. Part of my half-heartedness about it all was that I was agreeing with Mike Lupica, but part of it was based on the sense that while hiring Bobby Valentine could maybe…

  12. A good reason for Padres fans not to worry about trading Adrian Gonzalez

    Apr 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby writes today about just how big the Mark Teixeira trade was for the Rangers. As a Braves fan it pains me to no end, but the cold hard facts of it all must be repeated whenever possible: With Teixeira slightly more than a year from reaching free agency, the Rangers dealt him…

  13. The best idea I've heard all day

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Commenter CG Hudson had a great idea in the No. 42 thread this morning about how to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day next year: This wearing of the 42 is all well and good but how about MLB getting creative next year (I know; no chance) and having each team wear the number of its first…

  14. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Short notice, but I’ll be going on the Paul and Tom Show at at 2PM (i.e. like, right now). We talk about a little of everything over there, but I have this feeling we’ll be discussing my fun morning over at WFAN as well. Click on over if your afternoon schedule allows.

  15. A refreshing mea culpa from Ken Rosenthal

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    You may recall that I took Ken Rosenthal to task for calling Mark McGwire a “distraction” and demanding that he resign back in January.  Rosenthal, however, unlike the majority of big time baseball writers out there, will admit when he’s wrong. He does that today: In late January, when the furor over Mark McGwire was…

  16. The Dodgers may bench Blake DeWitt

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Blake DeWitt won the second base job outright this spring, but he has struggled early and may soon be out of a job, writes Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. His 0-5 on Wednesday was probably the kicker, as Dilbeck notes that Joe Torre said encouraging things about him before that game, and then…

  17. Tom Hicks is selling his soccer team

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    One highly-leveraged English Premier League for sale. Inquire to one Mr. Tom Hicks. He’ll take cashier checks, but they must be made out to Chuck Greenberg and/or various creditors of the Texas Rangers.  Do not — repeat — do not make any checks out to Mr. Hicks personally. Just spitballin’ here, but I wonder if…

  18. Quote of the Day: Ortiz and Jay-Z

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    It’s actually a tweet today, by @punditreview, who has some breaking news regarding the Jay-Z, David Ortiz lawsuit Drew mentioned yesterday: BREAKING: David Ortiz settled Jay Z lawsuit, will rename his 40/40 club “The .206/15 Club.” It’s funny because it’s true . . .

  19. Ron Washington is past the cocaine scandal and appears to be thriving

    Apr 16, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner catches up with Ron Washington, indirect author of one of the offseason’s most sensational stories. The biggest takeaway: it sounds like, if anything, the experience has made the Rangers’ team cohesion stronger than it was. The players have rallied around Washington, actually. Which isn’t necessarily surprising. Washington is almost…

  20. UPDATE Mike Cameron has kidney stones

    Apr 16, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Mike Cameron’s agent has confirmed that it’s kidney stones. He’s day-to-day, and will be reevaluated this afternoon. Yesterday Mike Cameron was scratched with a sore abdomen, and it was thought initially that it was a muscle strain. Later he was taken to a hospital for tests because it was feared that he had appendicitis. …

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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