Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Coco Crisp gets a one-game suspension for tossing his bat in the direction of an umpire


Last night A’s outfielder Coco Crisp Coco Crisp was unhappy with a strike call and tossed his bat near the feet of hime plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Today he got suspended for one game for the act.

Major League Baseball’s press release said the bat “struck Reyburn on the foot,” though Crisp didn’t think it actually hit Reyburn. Crisp isn’t disputing the wrongness of his actions, however, as he has elected not to appeal the suspension. He tells Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle today that he deserves the suspension and that, while accidental — he meant to just drop the bat and flicked it a bit too hard — it was too close and there is no cause for ever coming into contact with an ump.

Billy Burns will get the start in center field for the A’s tonight. Crisp will, presumably, be ordering room service back at the team hotel in Houston.

Michael Saunders and Brandon Belt win the All-Star Final Vote


The Final Vote for the final All-Star slot on each team concluded at 4pm eastern today. If you were on Twitter it was impossible to avoid the hashtags. Clearly, it’s the best form of democracy we have to offer. Anyway, the winners are in: Michael Saunders of the Blue Jays and and Brandon Belt of the Giants.

Belt just edged out yesterday’s leader, Starling Marte, who finished second. Then came Trevor Story of the Rockies, Jake Lamb of the Diamondbacks and Ryan Braun of the Brewers who, shockingly, did not win a fan popularity contest. Didn’t see that one coming.

In the AL Saunders beat out George Springer of the Astros, Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox, Ian Kinsler of the Tigers and Evan Longoria of the Rays.

So there’s your last All-Stars. At least until the next five guys get replaced for injuries and things.

Max Scherzer replaces Stephen Strasburg in the All-Star Game


We’re running out of snubs as the result of subs. The latest: Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer has been added to the NL All-Star roster as a replacement for his teammate, Stephen Strasburg, who will not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game due to him being scheduled to pitch tonight and thus won’t be on enough rest to pitch on Tuesday.

Scherzer is no stranger to the All-Star Game. It’s his fourth in a row. He was the American League’s starting pitcher at the 2013 All-Star Game. This has not been his greatest season — he’s set a pretty high bar for himself — but he’s still one of the better pitchers in the NL and he’s striking out guys to beat the band. In 18 starts this season he’s 9-6 with a 3.21 ERA and a Major League-best 155 strikeouts in 120.2 innings pitched against 32 walks. On May 11 he tied a Major League record with 20 strikeouts in his start against the Detroit Tigers.

He’s a big star. He deserves to be an All-Star.