Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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Jose Reyes’ suspension could come as early as today


Earlier this week we heard that Jose Reyes‘ suspension is likely to be sizable. As in 60 to 80 games, according to Jon Heyman’s sources. Ken Rosenthal is now reporting that the suspension could be handed down today.

Reyes has already missed 34 games, though that is on paid leave. Whatever suspension he ends up getting will include those 34 games, but he will have to repay the salary he earned during that time to transform them into unpaid leave. Which makes some degree of sense. Baseball’s biggest problem in the early going of its domestic violence policy has been the optics of having players under investigation appearing on the field, thus the idea of paid/unpaid leave and clawbacks makes some amount of sense. The Braves are currently dealing with the same issue with respect to Hector Olivera.

All in all, Reyes could be looking at a forfeiture of nearly half of the $22 million he’s owed this season and an addition 45 games or so away from his club.

A-Rod looking to come back on May 19


Alex Rodriguez and his bum hamstring are hoping to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on May 19, A-Rod said last night.

“That’s the hope,” Rodriguez said. “I’ll have a much better answer over the next 48 hours to see how I recover from these two days, but so far, so good.”

A-Rod has started hitting off a tee and taking soft toss and hopes to work out on the field in the next few days. He said the pain in his right hamstring is gone and now it’s a matter of starting and stopping running and little bursts like that.

On the year he’s hitting only .194/.274/.444, but he had homered in three of his last five games before hitting the disabled list.

A Mets fan loses a bet, gets a giant, ugly Bartolo Colon tattoo


This smelled like a fake story when I heard it the other day, but now I’ve seen it picked up by and the Daily News and other places so all I can conclude is that people with judgment this poor really do exist.

The person: a guy named Matt Sassi, a Mets fan, who made a bet with a friend at the beginning of the season that he would get a Bartolo Colon tattoo if Colon hit a home run this season. Given that Colon had played so long and grown so old without ever hitting a dinger it wasn’t exactly a high risk bet, but when the stakes are so high, even a seemingly sure thing strikes me as dangerous.

Yet, here we are. And here he is, with a really bad tattoo:

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The explanation:

There are few things in the world less important than a mans word. In this case, a statement was made at the beginning of the season, and it came true. Matt Sassi said to his buddy, Anthony Triola: “If Bartolo Colon hits a home run this year, I’ll get a commemorative tattoo”. Before the game on Saturday I met them in McFadden’s and they told me about this bet. You’d think, ok… that’s not happening. Right? WRONG!
Coolest part of the bet was that they were both there to witness the feat in person. Matt is a Middletown, NY native that moved to San Diego. What were the odds that Bart would be on the hill the day of our invasion? What are the odds he’d go yard? Slim to damn near impossible.

Matt could have chickened out and not gotten it at all, or gotten something small that could easily have been hidden. Instead he went balls to the freakin’ wall with pretty much a half sleeve. Tossed THE 7 LINE ARMY on there for good measure and added the date of Bart’s now famous swing.
You manned up, Matt. Bravo.

If that’s “manning up,” I’d be pretty happy with chickening out, but you be you, Mr. Sassi.