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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Barry Bonds booed, cheered, hated-on at PNC Park

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

    Premiere Of Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" - Red Carpet

    Barry Bonds was on hand at PNC Park to present Andrew McCutchen with his 2013 MVP Award this afternoon. Bonds is likely a polarizing figure in Pittsburgh. His leaving via free agency following the 1992 season kicked off the Pirates’ two decades plus in the wilderness. Plus all the PEDs stuff. As a result, you…

  2. Bryce Harper takes a leg to the head, collapses to the ground

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Scary stuff in the second inning of the Nationals’ first game of the season.

  3. HBT Daily: Do any of today’s games actually matter?

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    HBT Daily Logo

    No, not really. But there is one that I think may be a harbinger of a great race this season. Kay and I discuss:

  4. 30 Seconds to Know: Expanded Replay in MLB

    Mar 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    30 Seconds To Know

    NBC Sports has a new video feature that gives you all the basics of a given topic in lightning-round fashion. We call it 30 Seconds To Know, and the name pretty much says it all. Our first baseball installment: the replay rule. Let’s see if I can beat the buzzer:

  5. And now the HBT staff’s 2014 predictions

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Oracle of Delphi

    We’re usually way wrong with this stuff. Waaaay wrong. All of us picked the Phillies to win the NL East in 2012. We all picked the Nationals last year. Not picking the Braves is probably always madness, I have no idea. But we’re all likely going to all whiff on one or 24 of these…

  6. 2014 Previews: National League West

    Mar 31, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Dodgers

    For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West. Can anyone beat the Dodgers? Besides themselves, I mean? The Diamomdbacks have grit and stuff, but wouldn’t having Patrick Corbin be better? Do the Giants have another run in them? It…

  7. 2014 Previews: American League West

    Mar 31, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Choo Fielder

    For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West. The Rangers added Choo and Fielder and then lost many more players to injuries. The Athletics surprised everyone the past two seasons, are they going to sneak up on anybody now?…

  8. Opening Day: when you really find out what kind of mom you have

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Whitaker

    My friend Michele has a son named Whitaker who is into baseball. Really into baseball. Like, I can’t tell you how much he’s into baseball. He plays on a traveling team called the Central Ohio Saints. Go to that link. Of the two tall kids, he’s the one on the left. By the way: he’s 12,…

  9. 2014 Previews: National League Central

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    adam wainwright getty

    For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League Central. The Cardinals won the pennant, but they got even better. The Reds and Pirates stood mostly pat. The Brewers have Ryan Braun back, but will that get them anything more than…

  10. 2014 Previews: The American League Central

    Mar 31, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central. The Tigers always start the season as big favorites, but always seem to go down to the last week before clinching. Same script this year? Who’s their biggest challenge this…

  11. 2014 Previews: The National League East

    Mar 31, 2014, 9:13 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper AP

    For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East. The Nats were supposed to win it all last year. Will they this year? The Braves have punched at least three holes on their Dr.JamesAnderews SuperSaver Card. Will they punch two…

  12. 2014 Previews: The American League East

    Mar 31, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    david ortiz getty

    For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East. The Red Sox are the defending champs, so why does it feel like everyone’s sleeping on them? The Rays have always had the pitching and defense. Do they have some…

  13. Your Opening Day Schedule

    Mar 31, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

    Bunting

    The first week of the baseball season feels a bit odd compared to the rest of the year. Individual games are analyzed more because we forgot how baseball works (i.e. one game doesn’t matter). Start times are odd — more day games than usual, unexpected off days — so every team can optimize Opening Day gate…

  14. Great Moments in Puig Derangement Syndrome

    Mar 31, 2014, 7:50 AM EDT

    Plaschke

    Unless and until Yasiel Puig is ever talked and written about as a normal human being instead of some scary monster which portends dread and personifies all of our darkest fears, we’re gonna start handing out awards. With apologies to Charles Krauthammer, who coined the term Bush Derangement Syndrome, our awards will commemorate Great Moments…

  15. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Mar 30, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

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    Padres 3, Dodgers 1: The coolest thing about baseball is that all of us yakkers can spend two months talking about teams’ strengths and weaknesses and How It Will All Go, and then the games start and none of it matters one damn bit. Like the back end of the Dodgers’ bullpen, for example. Brian…

  16. Yasiel Puig called that team meeting last week, asked teammates for help to get better

    Mar 30, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig AP

    Narratives are a hell of a thing. A guy pops on the scene as a bit of a showboat, ruffles some feathers and shows some immaturity and it’s so easy to put him in a box. He’s arrogant and entitled and doesn’t know how to Play The Game The Right Way. He needs to be…

  17. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL West

    Mar 28, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

    Dodgers right fielder Puig celebrates with teammates as manager Mattingly looks on after Puig hit an eighth inning game-winning home run against the Marlins during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Kay and I talk about how the NL West is the Dodgers world and everybody else is just livin’ in it.

  18. MLB, MLBPA announce stronger testing, harsher penalties for PEDs

    Mar 28, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

    syringe

    In the wake of the Biogenesis scandal and Alex Rodriguez‘s subsequent 162-game suspension, Major League Baseball and many of its players have called for tougher drug testing and harsher suspensions for violations of baseball’s drug policy. They just got it. Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have announced that they have reached agreement on changes…

  19. 2014 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

    Mar 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    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 Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Isn’t doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…

  20. Barry Bonds to present Andrew McCutchen with his MVP Award on Opening Day

    Mar 28, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    This is . . . beautiful: Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland will present Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle with their MVP and NL manager of year awards on opening day. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) March 28, 2014 It’s a little known fact, but Bonds presenting McCutchen with his MVP award is mandated by the Sportswriter…

  21. SportsDash: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper are my MVP picks

    Mar 28, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    There’s a certain segment of baseball fans, heavily concentrated in the southeastern part of Michigan, who think that anything other than bowing before Miguel Cabrera and anything other than spitting on the ground whenever Mike Trout‘s name is mentioned is the height of disrespect. I don’t care.

  22. “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…

  23. 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. —…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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