Craig Calcaterra

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

Vin Scully’s final six Dodgers games to be available on broadcast TV


Dodgers games, as most of you are aware, have been difficult to find on cable TV in southern California over the past couple of years. This is because their cable channel SportsNet LA, is not carried by several cable companies due to the high price Time Warner and the Dodgers are asking to be paid for carriage. While the situation is a bit better this year than in years past, it’s still the case that a wide swath of the Dodgers territory is unable to watch Dodgers games on TV.

This has been particularly troublesome for people who watch Dodgers game in order to enjoy the broadcasting talents of Vin Scully, who is about to enter his final month as the team’s broadcaster. Missing him day-in, day-out has been hard for these folks, but they’ll at least get a few games before Scully heads off into retirement:

Earlier this year I advocated for MLB Network or Fox or someone to broadcast Scully’s last few games nationally, without blackout restrictions. That was obviously a pipe dream, but it’s good to see that someone has stepped up to give this gift to Dodgers fans.

Video: Now that’s what I call backspin


If a ball is hit into foul territory but comes back into fair territory before getting to the bag, it’s fair. That’s just the rules, man.

Rarely, however, does a ball go as far into foul territory as this ball did in a Triple-A game between Las Vegas and El Paso and make it back into fair territory. Especially when it goes foul this quickly.

But big props for the heads up play of the first baseman of the El Paso Chihuahuas. Never give up, man. Never give up.

Jacob deGrom: “Everthing’s fine”

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Last night Jacob deGrom labored through five innings and saw his velocity dip down to 91 m.p.h. As he left the game he motioned to the Mets trainer to follow him. This, after getting a lot of extra rest due to some poor performances, seemed ominous.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports, however, that according to deGrom, everything is fine:

DeGrom initially said after the game that he “didn’t feel great,” but later defined that statement to mean from a mechanical perspective and offered no clarity on why he summoned Ramirez.

“Everthing’s fine,” deGrom said. “I was frustrated with how I pitched. I didn’t feel great out there tonight. I just wanted to talk to Ray. … I’m fine.”

deGrom said he was “out-of-sync.” Not sure what a trainer would be able to offer to help that out as opposed to a pitching coach, but we’ll leave that to the professionals. For what it’s worth, Terry Collins was unaware that deGrom had summoned the trainer until after the game.

The Mets have had a gabillion injuries this season. They really don’t need a gabillion and one.