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Craig Calcaterra

  1. “Our great, great, great uncle introduced baseball to Japan? Really?”

    Mar 28, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Japan Flag

    Very fun and interesting story over at NPR about the family who, in 2000, learned that their great, great, great uncle introduced baseball to Japan. Like, seriously, he brought the sport there in 1871 and planted the seeds for it becoming Japan’s top sport. No one in my family knew for generations, and in 2000 a…

  2. Jonathan Schoop to make Orioles roster

    Mar 28, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jonathan Schoop

    A couple hours after I posted my Orioles preview in which I mused that the Orioles may keep infielder Jonathan Schoop down on the farm in favor of other options at second base, this comes across the wire: Sources: #Orioles plan on Schoop making team, alternating at second with Lombardozzi and third with Flaherty. —…

  3. Max Scherzer and the Tigers clear the air

    Mar 28, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Last weekend the Tigers took the unusual step of calling out Max Scherzer — however implicitly — as being greedy when they announced that he has rejected the team’s offer of a contract extension. That sort of thing turns fans against a player and can put a player on the defensive. According to the Detroit Free…

  4. Contracts may appear crazy, but teams’ revenue increases vastly outstrip player salary increases

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Mike Ilitch

    The majority of people weighing in on Miguel Cabrera‘s new deal are going to exclaim how crazy it is and how baseball players are overpaid, but it’s probably worth remembering that since 2002, baseball player total salaries, as a share of new revenue, have declined from 56 percent to 40 percent. And that as average payroll…

  5. 2014 Preview: Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Chris Tillman AP

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Is there enough pitching here to get the O’s back to the playoffs? The Orioles…

  6. Mark Teixeira says his swing is still hampered

    Mar 28, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Everyone’s optimistic until the season starts, then the old injuries and uncertainties ooze back in. Guys who “felt great” in February and early March start the season on the DL. Guys who had that optimistic story about their comeback featured back then fall back into the same ruts they were in before. I worry that…

  7. Colby Lewis expected to join Rangers rotation April 11

    Mar 28, 2014, 9:23 AM EDT

    Colby Lewis

    You couldn’t pick the guys in the Rangers’ current rotation out of a lineup, but as of April 11 there will at least be a familiar name: Colby Lewis: Colby Lewis update via @gfraley: Can opt out of deal on April 10. Expect him to start vs. Houston on April 11: http://t.co/TCSQ8yWuAp — Evan Grant…

  8. Elvis Andrus to return to game action today

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    rangers logo

    The Rangers have been decimated by injuries, but they may be getting one key injured player back today: Rangers manager Ron Washington said Elvis Andrus would start Friday in San Antonio at SS. — Anthony Andro (@aandro) March 28, 2014 Andrus went through a full workout yesterday and his bum elbow seemed OK. If he plays…

  9. Report: Drug policy changes will bar players from postseason, even if they’ve served their suspensions

    Mar 28, 2014, 7:07 AM EDT

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    Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will bar from the postseason any player who…

  10. The most valuable and most profitable teams in baseball are named/guessed at

    Mar 27, 2014, 5:04 PM EDT

    Money Bag

    The annual Forbes franchise valuation article is out and, not surprisingly, the Yankees are considered the most valuable baseball team. They’re worth $2.5 billion, to be inexact. And, yes, while Forbes takes maybe the boldest stab at such things each year, pegging how much money closely-held businesses — many of them family businesses — which notoriously…

  11. Doug Fister leaves game with a lat strain

    Mar 27, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

    Doug Fister AP

    Doug Fister‘s spring has been a mess. It just got messier: Doug Fister left a minor league start after one inning with a lat strain. Williams didn’t rule him out, but little chance he makes 1st start — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 27, 2014 He was pitching in a minor league game because he’s behind…

  12. 2014 Preview: New York Yankees

    Mar 27, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

    Yankees logo

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The New York Yankees The Big Question: Does $471 million in offseason commitments put the Yankees back in the playoffs? The…

  13. HBT Extra: I’m 3/5 optimistic about the NL East

    Mar 27, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Kay and I talk about the NL East. Please remember what I say here when I am later accused of being a Braves homer.  

  14. The bars in St. Louis’ Ballpark Village don’t want you to wear baseball caps inside

    Mar 27, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    One would think that a development of bars and restaurants called “Ballpark Village,” located right across the street from a big ol’ ballpark would want to attract baseball fans. According to the Riverfront Times, however, the dress code in most of the bars in the complex doesn’t want folks, you know, wearing the sorts of…

  15. Tony Clark officially voted in as Executive Director of the MLBPA

    Mar 27, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

    Tony Clark

    Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have “overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now official. Clark takes over at a strange time for…

  16. The Red Sox cleaned up in offseason merchandise sales

    Mar 27, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

    red sox logo

    Not surprising given that they, you know, won the World Series. But here are the numbers on offseason merchandise sales from Fanatics.com: Top selling teams since Jan. 1  Boston Red Sox NY Yankees LA Dodgers St. Louis Cardinals SF Giants Best Offseason Year-over-Year increases Boston Red Sox – up 230% Pittsburgh Pirates – up 200% Kansas City…

  17. Baseball math with Rockies owner Dick Monfort

    Mar 27, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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    The Rockies owner says the team can win 90 games. How does he get there? “A year ago, the fifth starter in our rotation won one or two games or something like that,” Monfort said. “You put Anderson into our rotation, and you take out that fifth starter. I know Anderson isn’t our fifth starter,…

  18. Bryce Harper says no to beer, cortisone shots

    Mar 27, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Adam Kilgore has a story about Bryce Harper and the way he takes care of his body. His only apparent vice: ice cream and occasional Starbucks drinks. But otherwise, his body is a temple. That goes for even the occasional beer now that he’s 21. It even goes for certain drugs and treatments that are commonplace…

  19. Carlos Beltran wins a grievance against Scott Boras

    Mar 27, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    You don’t hear a ton about the inner workings of player-agent relationships, but it can get pretty contentious. One point of contention: when a player fires his agent and signs with a new one just before a big payday. That’s what Carlos Beltran did with Scott Boras before Beltran signed with the Cardinals, and Boras…

  20. The MLB replay headquarters is pretty intense

    Mar 27, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Replay

    Check this out. It’s the MLB replay headquarters: Oh, wait. Sorry. That’s an old picture. Here’s the far more advanced updated one. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports took a tour of the facility in New York, and it’s pretty sophisticated. Gives on the sense that maybe, just maybe, MLB is getting this right.  

  21. REPORT: Baseball’s updated drug program to include better testing, 80-game suspensions for first offenses

    Mar 27, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

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    It used to be that when baseball did things with its drug program, the league was accused of merely being reactive in an effort to calm down P.R. problems. If baseball had merely jacked up penalties for drug offenses — which they are reportedly doing — one might arguably say that’s what MLB was doing…

  22. Puig, Dodgers have a meeting to clear the air, all claim things are positive

    Mar 27, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Yesterday, before I wrote that post about how Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times and others are continuing to beat the “Yasiel Puig is a team cancer” drum, I spent a good couple of hours on Twitter having mildly-contentious back-and-forths with some reporters about All Things Puig. The upshot: People on the outside (like…

  23. The “Yasiel Puig is a cancer” narrative is back for the new year

    Mar 26, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

    yasiel puig dodgers getty

    Bill Plaschke is back to his favorite beat: Yasiel Puig is out of control! He needs a major attitude adjustment! Someone think of the children! Too much there to even begin blockquoting the best bits, so go give it a read. The best part of it all is Plaschke’s dismissal of anything that interferes with…

  24. Tranquilo Yoga with Miguel Cabrera

    Mar 26, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera getty

    I realize that the people at Sony made this commercial funny and whimsical in order to get people like me to tweet it around and do blog posts about it in an effort to get free advertising. But I sort of don’t care, because you need to see this: And if it helps alleviate the…

  25. Quote of the Day: Bo Porter does not care what relievers think their roles are

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

    Bo Porter

    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle has a good article up today about the Astros’ bullpen situation. Specifically, who will do what, whether it will be a “closer by committee,” what, exactly, that often-misused term means and comments from the various folks involved in the Astros’ bullpen about it all. The best comment, by far,…

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