Craig Calcaterra

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Roy Halladay apparently got pulled over for speeding twice today


True story: in 2003 I got two speeding tickets in one day. One near Artesia, New Mexico in the morning, one in the afternoon near Fort Stockton, Texas. The Artesia one was baloney. Speed trap, busted for a couple of ticks over the limit in the middle of nowhere. The Fort Stockton one was legit. I was hauling like nobody’s business, a danger to myself and others.

In light of that, I shall not cast any stones at Roy Halladay. Who has had a not-so-great day in terms of evading Smoky:

Poor guy couldn’t throw fast enough at the end of his career to stick in the bigs anymore and now he can’t slow the heck down.

Kolten Wong leaves the Cardinals-Cubs game with a head contusion

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In the fifth inning of today’s Cardinals-Cubs game, Kolten Wong ranged back to make a catch on a fly ball on which he went running back, making a looping, falling catch in shallow right field. You can watch it here.

Unfortunately Wong was slow to get up and slow to get off the field. He came to bat in the top of the sixth, struck out and then was removed from the game in the bottom of the seventh. The Cardinals then announced that Wong had left the game with the head contusion.

He’ll likely be checked for a concussion. You can assume that he won’t play in the nightcap of today’s doubleheader.

Foltynewicz called up, Terdoslavich sent down

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This is a fairly inconsequential move even if you’re a Braves fan. If you’re not a Braves fan, it is close to utterly meaningless. But I’m not gonna let the opportunity to write about guys named Foltynewicz and Terdoslavich in the same transaction pass me by.

Terdoslavich, a utility guy, was just 4-for-24 with a home run in 14 games. Foltynewicz, a starter, but who will now pitch out of the bullpen, pitched for the Braves earlier this year, was not really ready and got whacked around, but is now getting a second chance. He has a 3.15 ERA in eight starts in Triple-A with a 54/24 K/BB ratio in 45.2 innings. He has stuff, just not a lot of experience yet.

Anyway, Folty for Terdo. You read about it here.

The All-Star entertainers and first-pitch-throwers are announced

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This is news you can use: pregame ceremonies and entertainers and stuff for the All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby and the Future’s Game:

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ciara will sing the U.S. National Anthem and Leo Welsh will perform the Canadian Anthem as part of the pregame ceremony prior to the All-Star Game . . . multi-platinum-selling MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner will sing “God Bless America.”

I am not sure if I should be ashamed or pleased that I do not know who these people are. Well, I learned who Ciara was yesterday because there was some weird nonsense about her and Russell Wilson in the news, but I couldn’t pick her out of a lineup I don’t think. If you held a gun to my head I’d have told you that Josh Turner was a righty relief prospect in, I dunno, the Rockies organization.

Following the U.S. National Anthem, the U.S. Navy will conduct a flyover featuring four FA-18 Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Remember kids, this could be advertising!

One of the “Greatest Living Players” will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch.

That’s from that “Franchise Four” thing, part of which involved fans voting for the four “Greatest Living Players.” The last time voting results were revealed, the four leaders were Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver. As we discussed at the time, two of them have a good argument for Greatest Living Player, Seaver has an argument for Greatest Living Pitcher perhaps and Koufax is, I’m sure a nice fellow who would be interesting to talk to. I figure Mays REALLY is the Greatest Living Player, but I’d love for MLB to troll everyone and have Barry Bonds do it. That would mean that Great American Ballpark would have, like, 40,000 angry people + me laughing my head off.

Before the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, teenager Marlana VanHoose will sing the U.S. National Anthem and Reds legend and three-time Home Run Derby Champion Ken Griffey Jr. will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch.

There are first pitches before a Home Run Derby? Ok! Also, I hope that, after Griffey tosses out that pitch, Marty Brennaman rips into him for dogging it out there. I miss the early-to-mid 2000s sometimes and it’d be fun the relive them.

Prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 12th the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Brass Ensemble will treat fans to a special rendition of the U.S. National Anthem.  Later, The Mistics will perform “God Bless America.”

First time I read that I thought it said “The Misfits” will perform “God Bless America.” No offense to The Mistics, but that would be way cooler.

Anyway, now you know what will be happening while you get beer, go to the bathroom and talk to your friends while waiting for the actual action to start.

Dave Stewart said Touki Toussaint doesn’t throw 96. That’s true! He throws 98.

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Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart took a lot of heat when he traded highly-regarded 2014 first round pick Touki Toussaint to the Atlanta Braves, basically for cash. At the time he tried to brush off the criticism by saying “. . . guys are mentioning that he throws 96 mph. He hasn’t thrown 96 mph since he’s been here. We haven’t seen 96 once.”

Against that backdrop, Ken Rosenthal dropped this in his notes column last night:

“Toussaint touched 98 in his most recent start for the Braves’ Class-A Rome affiliate on Saturday night, pitching five scoreless innings.”

Technically speaking 98 is not 96, so Stewart could still be right!

Andrew Joseph of has more background on Toussaint’s couple of appearances in the Braves system, as well as some good backfill from Nick Piecoro from the time of the trade in which Piecoro reported that many others around baseball disagreed with Stewart’s assessment of his own prospect.

There are guys who check stuff these days, Dave. So better to be vague.