Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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David Ortiz: “mentally, I’m exhausted”


David Ortiz is raking this year and that has led many to wonder if he truly will retire. We tackled that a couple of weeks ago, discussing how those who think he shouldn’t retire are missing the point of with respect to why he’s choosing to retire.

If there was any doubt about that, Ortiz’s interview with Bob Nightengale should put that further to rest:

“A couple of years ago everyone kept asking, ‘How much longer you going to play?’ And now, people see you doing your thing, and they’re telling you, “Don’t quit now. We would like to see you play for another year.’ It’s crazy . . . right now, my mind is made up. Physically, I could do it, but mentally, I’m exhausted. Hopefully, everything keeps going well this year, because right now, everything is going perfect.”

Calls for Ortiz to play beyond this year are about the person making the call, not about David Ortiz. He says he’s having fun. He even says “I’m having so much fun that I actually can’t believe I’m retiring this year, either.’’ But he says he is definitely retiring.

Let’s enjoy a great athlete going out on top and stop demanding that he goes out on our terms.

Adrian Beltre left last night’s game with a tight hamstring

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Yu Darvish wasn’t the only casualty in last night’s Rangers-Astros game. Third baseman Adrian Beltre went down as well, suffering from a tight left hamstring in the eighth inning.

Beltre grabbed his hamstring after reaching second base. He was taken out for “precautionary” measures, manager Jeff Banister said afterward. Today was already a planned day off for Beltre, so Jurickson Profar will get the start. If he has to miss more time, Profar’s hot bat since he came up makes it easier.


Two Rockies cover first base, neither records an out


Most of the time the first baseman covers first base. Sometimes the pitcher covers first base. Sometimes a second baseman wheels over and covers first base. Baseball is complicated like that.

Too much coverage can be a bad thing, however. Just ask the Colorado Rockies who, on a play against the Dodgers last night, had two guys covering first base at the same time on a bunt. Unfortunately Nolan Arenado, who fielded the ball, threw to the one whose foot was not on the bag. Which, I suppose, causes one to ask whether first base was truly being covered by two people. That’s sort of metaphysical at some point, though. It gets complicated.

Point is, the runner was safe. Listen to Vin on the call: