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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Twins should be saying "bring on the Yankees"

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Conventional wisdom holds that the Twins want no part of the Yankees, because the Yankees have owned them in the post season in recent years.  But it’s a different story altogether, I think, if the Twins get home field advantage in the playoffs. Which they could outright if they make up a couple of games…

  2. FYI: The NCAA is still trying to screw amateur athletes

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Despite the fact that it had once been held to be illegal and will likely be held to be illegal again when someone else challenges it, the NCAA’s rule prohibiting amateur athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with a pro sports team is still on the books. This means that if you’re a…

  3. Comment of the Day: Sabathia and Price don't know how to win

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Reader That Guy makes a comment that will cause Cy Young voters to blow a gasket: It’s too bad niether Price nor Sabathia’s preformance of eight-inning shutout ball count towards the Cy Young race, because neither got a decision. They both pitched well, but neither of them knew how to win last night. Hey, if…

  4. Felix Hernandez to get extra rest; Cy Young chances take a hit

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez is up to around 225 innings this year on a Mariners team that has been going nowhere since about five minutes after camp broke. As a result, the M’s are going to give him six days rest between starts for his next two starts. Which is a smart move. He’s the future, and…

  5. Father of K-Rod's girlfriend hires a lawyer

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    Boy, didn’t see this one coming. Totally blindsided here: Daian Peña, the girlfriend of hotheaded Mets hurler Francisco Rodriguez, and her father, Carlos Peña, have hired a lawyer. Lawyer Jeff Korek won’t say if he plans to sue for injuries Carlos Peña suffered when cops say the 6-foot, 195-pound reliever attacked him after an Aug.…

  6. Dan Uggla is the first second baseman to have four 30-HR seasons

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    If you would have put a gun to my head and asked me, I probably would have said that Jeff Kent had four or five 30-home run seasons. Which would have led to my messy demise, because after looking it up I now realize that he only had three. Dan Uggla is the first second…

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

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Lots of zeroes for the Mets, Yankees, Phillies and Pirates. The judges give the Yankees bullpen management only slightly higher scores.

  8. Garry Templeton and Whitey Herzog together again. Twice removed.

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Garry Templeton’s run-ins with Whitey Herzog punched his ticket out of St. Louis — and Ozzie Smith’s to St. Louis — back in 1981. Now Templeton is the manager of the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden League. His first baseman: John Urick. Who’s John Urick? Whitey Herzog’s grandson. Their story was in the New…

  9. Jonathan Sanchez defaces the Petco Park mound

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Or, if you look at it a different way, maybe you can say the Padres turned the mound into a propaganda piece and Sanchez just restored it to a clean and pure neutrality? You be the judge. Now if he can just do something about the ads behind home plate.

  10. Adam Dunn and the Nats are "in conversations"

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    On Friday the chatter was that Adam Dunn was as good as gone from the Nats after this season. Not so fast, says GM Mike Rizzo when asked if Adam Dunn’s potential return was “a dead issue”: “No, it’s certainly not a dead issue” he said. “We realize we need a thumping first baseman that…

  11. Johan Santana's surgery set for tomorrow

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana — previously diagnosed with shoulder nastiness that requires season-ending surgey — got a second opinion today. Except he got it from Dr. James Andrews, and I can’t remember the last time a pitcher saw him and was found not to need an operation. So the “ayes” have it, Santana will go under the…

  12. The government's seizure of the 2003 PED list ruled illegal. Again.

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that he government’s seizure of the positive PED tests from the 2003 pilot testing program was illegal.  This affirms previous lower court rulings and overturns the one Appeals Court ruling to the contrary.  The decision — a lengthy one with lengthy dissents — can be read here.…

  13. Josh Hamilton is wary of the beer shower

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    When the Rangers clinch the AL West, there will be a beer and champagne shower. That’s just how it goes. But one of the biggest reasons they’ll clinch that title is Josh Hamilton, who happens to have a serious substance abuse history: Hamilton has been trying to find a way to enjoy the party without…

  14. HBT Daily: Races, races, races

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Matt and I wonder what the Rangers sweep of the Yankees and the Braves’ one-game deficit mean, and take a gander at the wild, wild NL West.

  15. Must-click link: Jonah Keri on the Rangers and pitching injuries

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jonah Keri has a long, fascinating piece up today about the Texas Rangers and their approach to pitching and pitcher injury prevention. It’s not some analysis piece from afar: it’s based on his original reporting and research conducted over the past year, and it’s a must-read. The short version: the Rangers have largely rejected the…

  16. Nats blogger whines about not gettin' free stuff

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The next time you hear about how loyal fans of bad teams are “long suffering,” just remember that some of those long suffering fans are pretty whiny and petty too.  Check out this snippy little rant from SBF at the Nats 320 blog about how “questionable season ticket holders” who weren’t wearing Nats gear got…

  17. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Someone can go back and check, but I’m almost certain that this is the first time a non-AL East team has topped the Power Rankings this season.

  18. Tony La Russa doesn't enjoy his job much anymore

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Why? young players and the media, mostly: “The highs are enjoyable but you can’t enjoy them for long. The disappointments are painful and you carry them for much longer. It’s part of the competition. What’s made the job not as much fun is the combination of distractions of players due to money and security ……

  19. The Athletics sign Akinori Iwamura for some reason

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    When you hit .182/.292/.267 and are DFA’d by the Pirates, you probably shouldn’t expect to land on your feet in the big leagues in short order. Akinori Iwamura did, however, getting signed by the A’s right after Pittsburgh released him. The reason: Kevin Kouzmanoff is having back issues and has missed six games in a…

  20. Mike Pelfrey doesn't have a ton of respect for Jerry Manuel

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    I was watching college football on Saturday* so I missed this, but reader Jonny5 shot me a link to the Mets Today writeup of Saturday’s Mets-Phillies game in which it appeared that Mike Pelfrey basically told Jerry Manuel to eff off without really saying so. The situation: Pelfrey had just thrown seven and a third…

  21. Mike Scioscia: cut the season to 158 games

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Mike Scioscia must fear watching a Twins-Phillies World Series being played among the snow drifts: Mike Scioscia is a strong proponent of expanding the division series from five to seven games and of finishing the World Series in October, when there is a better chance of decent weather in the Northeast and Midwest than there…

  22. Pete Rose offers yet another apology. Does it matter?

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Maybe to some people. But it shouldn’t matter to baseball. Or the Hall of Fame. Or to us.

  23. Mike Quade is stat-friendly

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    The Daily Herald talks with Cubs interim manager Mike Quade. Seems he likes the stats: I’m not a sabermetrics guy. But I’m smart enough to know the numbers do matter, and I do pay a lot of attention to them . . . I think anybody who aspires to do this benefits from paying attention…

  24. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    I plum forgot to do the Weekend Wrapup this morning. And this on a Monday morning when I know you guys were watching football instead of baseball this weekend. So I guess we both screwed up. Let’s call it a wash, OK?

  25. It was a bad weekend for appendicitis in major league baseball

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Andres Torres’ appendix attack* is far more consequential for our purposes, but the Giants’ outfielder wasn’t the only baseball person to go under the knife this weekend: Umpire Angel Campos underwent an emergency appendectomy after being scratched from the Cleveland Indians game on Saturday night. Campos was replaced on the crew Sunday for the Cleveland…

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