Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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Tim Tebow hit a batting practice home run


I can’t remember the last time I wrote a post about someone hitting a batting practice home run, but — wait? What? Oh yeah, I did it just this morning. Never mind.

Anyway, Tim Tebow hit a batting practice home run today! He homered to right field during BP down in Port St. Lucie. Reporters on the scene said that someone went and got the ball afterward, so check out either MLB’s auction page or Tebow’s own website to see if it’s up for sale, authenticated and autographed for, like, $100 soon.

In other news, Tebow spoke to the press again after practice. You’ll be happy to know that he went shopping at Target last night, purchasing some almonds and La Croix. Which is what I snack on while I blog all day so I’m basically a professional athlete. He should go to Costco for the La Croix, though. The 24 packs are hella cheap, even if they only sell lime.

David Ortiz sets the record for home runs by a player 40 or older

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David Ortiz‘s season has been so good that, mentally speaking, I’ve just been thinking of it as regular old in his prime Ortiz and not so much as 40-year-old, just a few weeks from retirement Ortiz. By not mentally adjusting for his age, I think I’ve been underrating his season. Because, for a 40-year-old, he’s breaking the model for performance, more or less.

The latest evidence of this: the fact that he broke the record for home runs in a season by a 40-year-old or older player. He hit his 35th in yesterday’s game against the O’s, which passes Darrell Evans’ 34, hit as a 40-year-old for the Detroit Tigers in 1987. If you’re curious, Barry Bonds didn’t break 30 in either of his last two seasons. In his 40-year-old season he hit only five due to injury.

On the year, Ortiz is hitting .317/.403/.630 with 35 homers and 118 RBI. That leads the league in slugging percentage and his 1.034 OPS leads the league as well. He’ll probably be a top 3 or top 5 MVP finisher as well.

And then he’ll retire.


Steven Matz to start on Friday


Good news for the Mets, who could use some on the pitcher health front: Steven Matz said today that he feels great and expects to start Friday against the Phillies.

Matz has been out for over a month due to a mild shoulder strain. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow. If that goes well, he’ll start Friday against the Phillies.

Matz is 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 129/31 in 132.1 innings this year.