Craig Calcaterra

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

Tigers place catcher James McCann on the disabled list


The Detroit Tigers placed catcher James McCann on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain today.

McCann suffered the injury in a collision with John Jaso at first base during Monday’s game and will be out for a good while, it seems. Indeed this morning he showed up to the Tigers clubhouse in a boot and on crutches, which does not suggest “15 days out and then right back in). In the meantime, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be the starter. The Tigers have called up Bobby Wilson to serve as the backup.

McCann hit .264/.297/.387 in 114 games last year, but impressed the club and his teammates with his leadership and receiving abilities. He’s one of those guys whose absence will be talked about as being more significant than his actual production might suggest.

“Vin Scully Avenue” dedicated outside of Dodger Stadium


We heard this was happening a couple of months ago, and now it has happened: the street outside of Dodger Stadium which used to be Elysian Park Avenue is now Vin Scully Avenue.

There was a dedication ceremony yesterday. Scully said he was “overwhelmed” and said, to the several hundred fans who showed up, “I can’t believe you’re all here,” he said.

As I said when this was first proposed in January, a pessimist could say that when they start giving you lifetime achievement awards and naming things after you, well, maybe your best years are behind you. In Scully’s case, however, it doesn’t really apply given that he won the broadcasting version of the lifetime achievement award, the Frick Award, 34 years ago and afterwards his fame and legend only grew. Time has never really mattered much when it comes to him.

And now, for all time, people while drive up Vin Scully Avenue to Dodger Stadium.

Braves rookie Mallex Smith leaves debut with bloody face

Associated Press

It was a big day for Mallex Smith yesterday. The Braves center field prospect was called up and penciled into the lineup to leadoff in his first ever major league game. Was he ready? Hard to say. Baseball America ranks Smith as the No. 10 overall prospect in the Braves’ system and the ex-football player is probably still raw. But they needed an outfielder, he’s their best outfield prospect and he’s fast as all get-out, having stole 88 bases in 2014 and 56 a year ago. The Braves stink. Let the kid run!

And Smith ran. He was standing on first base following a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning. He broke for second, trying to steal. He slid head first into the bag just as the throw from Wilson Ramos got there. Except his helmet fell off, bounced off the ground and smashed into his own face. It gave him a laceration over his left eye. A pretty bloody one, as you can see above. You can watch the play here if you’re into that sort of thing.

Smith was not only out on the play but he was out of the game. He may be given another day off or two. It was already a memorable debut for Smith, who earlier singled. Now he will have something additionally to remember it by. A scar.