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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Sporting News picks the top 50 players — and does a terrible job of it

    May 20, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    This is less the Sporting News’ mistake as it is their panel of “125 experts, including 18 Hall of Famers” who pick the Top 50 current ballplayers in the game this time each year. They get number 1 OK: Pujols.  Not many would argue with that. But how about Chase Utley at number 9 behind…

  2. The Braves stun the Reds with a walkoff grand slam

    May 20, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Sweet sassy-molassy. The Braves’ Brooks Conrad just hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Braves a dramatic come-from-behind win against the Reds.  Atlanta was down 8-0 after two innings. They were down 9-3 entering the bottom of the ninth.  When Arthur Rhodes struck out Jason Heyward with the bases juiced in the ninth, I…

  3. Kevin Youkilis: "I get a lot of 'you suck'"

    May 20, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    NBC’s own TIffany Simons interviewed Kevin Youkilis, asking him about his offseason workout habits (none); his superstitions (some very inconsistent ones), his batting stance role model (Eric Davis), his charity (a good one), white wine (“um, I guess it goes with fish”), and the taunts he gets at Yankee Stadium (“I get a lot of…

  4. Mike Lupica is happy to have a new reason to rip A-Rod

    May 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Fun times in the Daily News today, as Mike Lupica takes A-Rod to task over the Dr. Galea story, sarcastically asserting that, apparently now that Rodriguez is no longer a post-season choker and all of that, apparently he doesn’t feel the need to come clean. Many of you may agree with him. But read the…

  5. Is Ozzie Guillen in trouble?

    May 20, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    No news story or gossip to base this on, but based on his tweets the wonderful Ozzie Guillen is feeling a bit edgy and insecure today: I’m playing golf trying to clear my head, still not working hahaha. Nice day; I sleep like a baby, but I get up every 2 hours and cry; I’m…

  6. Shameless Self-Promotion

    May 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    As per my usual Thursday afternoon routine, I’m going to be on the Paul and Tom Show at at at 2pm.  Today’s topics will include the Hanley Ramirez business, a little Josh Beckett and other baseball topics that stay crunchy in milk. Come for the service, but stay for the legroom.

  7. Doug Melvin says that Ken Macha isn't going anywhere

    May 20, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    I’ve taken a few shots at Ken Macha in the past couple of days, mostly because teams that (a) are expected to contend; (b) lose nine games in a row; and (c) have an able and experienced bench coach like Willie Randolph hanging around tend to fire their managers. But that’s not the case says…

  8. Trevor Hoffman is going to take a couple of days off

    May 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Yesterday we heard that Trevor Hoffman and the Brewer brass had a little meeting before the game.  We now know, thanks to Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel,  that the result of that meeting is Hoffman getting some time off to clear his head and fix his mechanics: Hoffman would spend a couple of days working…

  9. Josh Hamilton robbed of a home run when umps refuse to review it

    May 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    What’s the point of having replay review of home runs if the umps aren’t going to use it? Josh Hamilton was credited with a double on this play despite the fact that the ball clearly left the field of play.  It didn’t end up costing the Rangers the game, but it easily could have. Let…

  10. Theo Epstein pulled a Bobby Valentine at the Pearl Jam show

    May 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Confused? You won’t be if you click over the Big League Stew and check out the paparazzi pics of the Red Sox’ GM going under cover at the surprisingly controversial Monday night concert. I know Bill Simmons is a big fan, but is there such a great overlap in Red Sox and Peal Jam fans…

  11. Comment of the Day: Jamie Moyer and Starlin Castro

    May 20, 2010, 10:42 AM EST

    I have the best readers on the planet. In this morning’s recaps I made a joke about how the 47 year-old Jamie Moyer pitching to the 20 year-old Starlin Castro linked Castro directly to 19th century legend Cap Anson. I was just being silly with that, of course. But reader Luis took it as a…

  12. The Yankees' injuries are getting ridiculous

    May 20, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

    Last night the Yankees ended the game with an outfield of Ramiro Pena, Randy Winn and Brett Gardner.  Not exactly how they figured the season would go.  Add in the Jorge Posada injury, Nick Johnson’s wrist, Alfredo Aceves’ back and everything else and this team is the walking freaking wounded. Snakebit? I don’t know. But…

  13. David Ortiz told Hanley Ramirez to apologize

    May 20, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Why did Hanley Ramirez apologize to his manager and teammates yesterday? Partially, I bet, to get back in the lineup, and partially, I hope, because he realized he was being a jerk.  But according to a tweet from Peter Gammons last night, a lot of it may have had to do with Big Papi: David…

  14. The Tampa Bay Rays play "liberal arts baseball"

    May 20, 2010, 9:18 AM EST

    As evidenced by the deconstruction of the limping and wounded New York Yankees last night, the Tampa Bay Rays have taken their place as the new beasts of the AL East.  And, even though the delivery was muddled and aggravating, Chris Berman and Rick Sutcliffe’s multiple mentions of the Rays’ arrival as the new class…

  15. The Red Sox designate Scott Schoeneweis for assignment

    May 20, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    The Red Sox told Scott Schoeneweis that he was being designated for assignment after last night’s game, ending his tenure in Boston. The actual move will come this morning, so the ten-day period during which the team has to trade him, release him or place him on waivers begins today. It’s never a good thing…

  16. Great night for Angel Pagan, but he did have a little help out there

    May 20, 2010, 8:17 AM EST

    Angel Pagan hit an inside-the-park homer in the fourth inning of last night’s Mets-Nats game, which you can see here. Then, in the fifth, he started off a triple play, which you can see here. Before I say anything else, let me say this: great job by Pagan for (a) running like a mofo out…

  17. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    May 20, 2010, 5:40 AM EST

    Nationals 5, Mets 3: Triple plays and inside the park homers are pretty cool. Sadly, they only count for three outs and one run, respectively. Hats off to Angel Pagan all the same. Royals 8, Indians 4: Kerry Wood came into a save situation in the ninth and gave up a triple, a single, a…

  18. Forget your Valentine fantasies: Melvin will be the next Mets manager

    May 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Jon Heyman on the Mets’ managerial situation: If Manuel goes, the Mets will almost assuredly hire Bob Melvin, the ex-Diamondbacks manager who’s been serving as a Mets’ scout, to replace him. And it’s probably not a good sign for Manuel that everyone seems to know this. Heyman is pretty plugged in with the Mets, so…

  19. Trevor Hoffman may be done closing

    May 19, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    Tom Haudricourt tweeted a few minutes ago that Brewers manager Ken Macha, pitching coach Rick Peterson and Trevor Hoffman just met to discuss the Brewers’ closer situation. Perhaps Aaron’s prescription — moving Hoffman to middle relief while he figures out if he’s on his way out of the game or merely experiencing a setback —…

  20. Indians place Grady Sizemore on the DL, call up Shelley Duncan

    May 19, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    Grady Sizemore slid awkwardly this past Sunday, had an MRI on his left knee today, and it turns out that his owie is more serious than was initially realized. Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer reports that Sizemore has a deep bone bruise and is likely to have surgery.  Sizemore has been placed on the…

  21. Quote of the Day II: Joe Torre on Yankees expectations

    May 19, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    We won four out of the first five World Series. We got in six World Series. Then all of a sudden the expectations became more than I could deal with. What do I mean by that? I had a tough time telling my players when we won a division title and got to the postseason…

  22. Blue Jays' Randy Ruiz has great timing

    May 19, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Unless you’re a Blue Jays fan, a moderately serious fantasy player or are some sick obsessive who reads every single box score every day [cough, cough], Randy Ruiz probably hasn’t even crossed your radar screen. Sure, the Jays’ part-time DH and backup first baseman came on really strong late last year, but he hasn’t hit…

  23. David Wright given a day off, apparently against his will

    May 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    After an 0 for 4, three-strikeout day against the Braves — capped by throwing away the ball and allowing the winning run to score — David Wright will be riding the pine for today’s game against the Nationals. Wright’s obviously struggling and, more importantly, looks to be getting frustrated, so most people would probably agree…

  24. Homeless man cuts across outfield in the name of beer, nachos

    May 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Fun times in the minor leagues: Authorities say a homeless who said he was looking for the fastest route to a concession stand was arrested after walking onto the outfield during a minor league baseball game in Pennsylvania. Logan Township police say they’ll file criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges against 24-year-old Tyrone…

  25. Two orders of Tim Lincecum, please. Extra caviar

    May 19, 2010, 1:25 PM EST

    There’s a fun article in the New York Times that has almost nothing to do with baseball. Rather, it’s about how big time chefs smoke a lot of marijuana and how the stoner culture is affecting both the attitude and, in many cases, the cuisine in today’s top restaurants.  I link it here, however, because…

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