Author: Craig Calcaterra

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Settling the Scores: Friday’s results


The Royals gained another game on the Tigers, thanks to James Shields pitching shutout ball into the ninth. And thanks to a two-base error by Chase Headley which set up the game’s only run. Play the hero one night, the goat the next. Such is the way of the world.

Also gaining ground: the Angels, who won, over the A’s, who lost. Who would’ve thunkback when they traded for Jon Lester that the A’s would be in a six-game hole in the first week of September?

The Brewers gained a game on the Cardinals and finally stopped that losing streak. They also gained a game over Atlanta in the “race” for the second NL Wild Card. Which is in parenthesis quotation marks because it’s mostly a battle involving the least amount of surrender to entropy. On a long enough time scale, all NL Wild Card contenders lose all of their energy and float, inert, through the cosmos.

Your scores:

Royals 1, Yankees 0
Indians 2, White Sox 1
Phillies 9, Nationals 8
Mets 14, Reds 5
Giants 8, Tigers 2
Marlins 11, Braves 3
Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 8
Brewers 6, Cardinals 2
Rays 3, Orioles 0
Rockies 3, Padres 0
Mariners 7, Rangers 5
Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1
Angels 7, Twins 6
Astros 4, Athletics 3
Pirates 3, Cubs 3: SUSPENDED — I am way too lazy too look, but it feels like there have been more suspended games this year than usual. Maybe because, like, three or four of them of them have either happened or been replayed in the past month or so. I dunno.

Everth Cabrera arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana

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Padres infielder Everth Cabrera was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of marijuana. TMZ reports:

A rep for the California Highway Patrol confirms … U.S. border patrol agents initially made contact with the 27-year-old near a checkpoint on the 94 Freeway around 12:30 AM.

We’re told the agents suspected something was wrong — and contacted the CHP to check things out.

After CHP arrived to the scene, deputies were convinced Cabrera was under the influence of marijuana and arrested him for DUI.

Cabrera has spent a lot of time on the disabled list this season, playing in only 90 games and posting a line of .232/.272/.300.

In 2012 he was charged with domestic violence in Arizona, but charges were ultimately dropped. Last year he was suspended for 50 games a result of his connection to the Biogenesis scandal. Maybe in 2015 he’ll have an uneventful year.

BREAKING: Ron Washington resigns as Rangers manager, citing an “off-the-field personal matter”

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The Rangers have had an awful season, but we weren’t expecting this: Ron Washington has resigned as the team’s manager. Tim Bogar has been named interim manager.

Washington cited an “off-the-field personal matter” as the reason for his resignation. He said in a statement that the matter is “in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season.” The entire statement from Washington can be read below. The Rangers will hold a press conference at 3:30PM Central time.

The Rangers are 53-87 this season after a string of major injuries to major starts. Overall, however, Washington is 664-611 since taking the helm before the 2007 season. He has led the Rangers to two American League pennants and came within a strike of winning the 2011 World Series. The Rangers have won the AL West twice during his tenure and finished second four other times, making the playoffs three times in all.

In early 2010, it was revealed that Washington tested positive for cocaine in the first half of the 2009 season. There is no suggestion that the current personal matter is related to that in any way. We’ll just have to wait and see what has motivated his sudden resignation.

Here is the entire statement from Washington:

“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love – managing the Rangers – in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter.   As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family.

“This is in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season. We were already discussing 2015 and looking forward to getting the Rangers back to postseason contention.

“I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers organization and our great fans. Over the past eight seasons, it’s been a privilege to be part of some of the best years in club history and I will always be grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, and for the great management, players, and coaches who have made our time here a success. Thank you for respecting my privacy.”


UPDATE: The Rangers have not said the reason for Washington’s resignation, but Jon Daniels just said that it was not drug-related.

Are you happy, Hardee’s? You made Stan Musial cry!

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I actually rather hate the Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. commercials with Paris Hilton or whoever is in them. Mostly because they’re commercials and I generally don’t like commercials. But also because I don’t much care for commercials which use sex to sell unsexy things. Use tons of sex to sell me whiskey or a cool car or something. That’s sexy! But those Hardee’s burgers with all the crap on them are basically the antithesis of sex. All I want is some thematic coherence here, people.

But even if I don’t like them, I never would’ve thought that they’d make Stan Musial cry. But apparently they have. At least according to one very irate reader of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who wrote to the editor to complain about these commercials showing up during Cardinals telecasts and scandalizing his entire family:

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and pornography. That’s what you’ll get if you watch the St. Louis Cardinals on TV. Every fan I know has remarked on the filthy Hardee’s commercial featuring a nearly nude woman writhing in soap suds. It’s pornography, pure and simple . . . I couldn’t help but think of Stan Musial, the standard bearer of the Cardinals and a man of impeccable character. He had to be looking down from heaven with tears in his eyes.

In other news, given controversial recent events, the Cardinals have officially announced that they are postponing Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Pornography Night, originally scheduled for the September 19th game against the Reds. It may be rescheduled for next year pending the completion of a meeting/seance with Stan Musial’s ghost.

HBT Daily: What are baseball’s biggest challenges?

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I often note that the people who claim baseball is dying are off base. But that shouldn’t be confused with me thinking that baseball isn’t perfect and has no problems it needs to tackle. Today, Jenna and I talk about a couple: