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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Derek Jeter: the World’s 11th Greatest Leader

    Mar 26, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    derek jeter getty

    Not sports’ 11th greatest leader. Not baseball’s. The World’s. According to Fortune anyway. He’s a few notches behind the Dalai Lama and a couple slots ahead of the managing director of the International Monetary Fund. His bonafides: As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that…

  2. Dusty Baker: out of baseball, fighting off depression, trying to keep busy

    Mar 26, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati

    Dusty Baker was fired by the Reds after last season and hasn’t gotten a job elsewhere in baseball yet. Janie McCauley of the Associated Press caught up with him at his Sacramento-area home. He’s keeping busy with his vineyard and gardens, but it has not been an easy offseason for him: The 64-year-old Baker made…

  3. The Red Sox are gonna look AMAZING when they visit the White House

    Mar 26, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT


    From Jonny Gomes, fashion coordinator: The Red Sox just tweeted that Jonny Gomes ordered these and the team is planning to wear them to the White House! — Matt Blanchette (@mattblanchette) March 26, 2014 I figure a lot of people are going to get mad at this, as there is a certain portion of…

  4. Baseball players to make $3.5 billion this year — they should be making more

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

    Money Bag

    My dad was a federal government employee. For years we lived in Flint, Michigan where, back then anyway, everyone in the city worked for General Motors. Big UAW town, obviously. His favorite part of that whole dynamic — apart from when his Toyota would get keyed in parking lots and, later, have the windows bashed…

  5. Great Moments in The Deification of Derek Jeter

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter Getty

    This headline from Jon Heyman’s story at CBS gets at what annoys people about Derek Jeter coverage: The story itself is fine. Scouts question whether Jeter is going to be able to get it done this year. Totally legit. I just didn’t see anyone talking about “The Great” Derek Jeter or the “miracles” he…

  6. 2014 Preview: with a new rule, plate collisions will be a thing of the past . . . maybe

    Mar 26, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Utley collision 3

    In addition to expanded replay, another significant change is in place for the 2014 season: a new rule intended to cut down on collisions at home plate. The sort of which led to Buster Posey‘s broken leg a few years ago and countless catcher concussions over the years. The basics of the rule are as…

  7. 2014 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 26, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    George Springer Carlos Correa

    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 Houston Astros. The Big Question: One hundred losses again, right? Depends on how long the Astros keep their prospects on…

  8. More of the PED double standard on display

    Mar 26, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Mantle swinging

    There was a panel in Arizona last week which the topic of PED use was discussed. Among the panel members was Jane Leavy, who wrote what many consider to be the definitive biography of Mickey Mantle. Her take on players of the recent Steroids Era and the fitness of guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and…

  9. The Cardinals sign David Aardsma

    Mar 26, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Aardsma

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract. The Cards’ bullpen is pretty stocked, so he’ll likely serve as organizational depth. Aardsma was released by the Indians onFriday. Last year he posted a 4.31 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 43 relief appearances for…

  10. The Rangers have been scouting Darwin Barney

    Mar 26, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT

    Darwin Barney Getty

    There is a pretty big demand for middle infielders among contending teams these days. The Yankees, the Tigers and now the Rangers either have age, injury or simple lack of quality to contend with among their infielders. And with Stephen Drew seemingly radioactive, there aren’t a lot of candidates around baseball to fill these holes.…

  11. Rare video of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Walter Johnson uncovered

    Mar 26, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT

    Ruth Called Shot Baseball

    Some previously unseen footage of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig — and even a snippet of Walter Johnson — has been unearthed by Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber, who located the footage a University of South Carolina archive. Shieber’s personal blog post explains, using Retrosheet, how he figured out which game the footage was taken…

  12. The Twins trade Vance Worley to the Pirates for cash

    Mar 25, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Nota big trade, but a trade anyway: The @Twins have traded RHP Vance Worley to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. — Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) March 25, 2014 Worley was the Twins’ Opening Day starter last year. But he was miserable in 2013, 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA and suffering with arm problems. Last week the Twins…

  13. There’s a new rule on walkup music? OK.

    Mar 25, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Things you can totally miss even if you do nothing but read crap about baseball all day, even in the winter: Major League Baseball has a new rule that limits batters’ walkup music to no more than 15 seconds. I learn this by reading about Shane Victorino’s disappointment with the new rule over at WEEI.…

  14. Kris Medlen’s new Twitter avatar is pretty great

    Mar 25, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT

    kris medlen getty

    Sometimes in life, if you can’t laugh, you’ll surely cry. Glad to see that Kris Medlen is taking his second Tommy John surgery in stride. His new Twitter avatar: Closer: Of course at this point maybe Tommy John should change his avatar to a picture of Kris Medlen.  

  15. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL West

    Mar 25, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

    Choo Fielder

    Keep in mind: I taped this before all the Rangers players got the plague and stuff over the weekend.

  16. Dexter Fowler wasn’t gritty enough to be the Rockies’ center fielder

    Mar 25, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler Getty

    All this time I thought they played baseball games and then I read this from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post and find out that — Jiminy Christmas! — they’re wrestling in gutters! That’s how Kiszla puts it, anyway, after acknowledging that the Rockies have a hole in center field now that they traded away…

  17. 2014 Preview: Seattle Mariners

    Mar 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    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 Seattle Mariners. The Big Question: Robinson Cano and . . . then what? The Mariners certainly made the biggest…

  18. It got pretty dusty in the Indians broadcast booth yesterday

    Mar 25, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Tom Hamilton

    Nick Hamilton is an Indians minor leaguer. His dad, Tom Hamilton, is an Indians radio announcer. Yesterday, unexpectedly, Terry Francona gave the younger Hamilton the start at DH, which was his first action in a major league game of any kind, spring training included. His dad wasn’t working the game, but he was in the…

  19. The Durham Bulls will be wearing R2-D2 jerseys

    Mar 25, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT


    Yoda says: silly, they’ll look: In the case of our #StarWars Night jerseys on May 4, these ARE the droids you're looking for. — Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) March 25, 2014 But it’s the minor leagues. They got a “hit bull, win steak” sign up at their park for cryin’ out loud, so it’s…

  20. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mar 25, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    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 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: After two years of disappointments, do the Angels have a shot? There…

  21. How to play first base: Kent Hrbek-style

    Mar 25, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

    Hrbek Gant

    It’s been over 22 years since Kent Hrbek blatantly and brutally assaulted Ron Gant at first base in the World Series and got away with it. Now, despite the Son-of-Sam laws which prevent criminals from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, Hrbek appears in this “humorous” ad to promote the criminal-accomplice organization, the Twins:…

  22. “Up, Up & Away,” Jonah Keri’s comprehensive history of the Expos drops today

    Mar 25, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

    Expos in a line

    The most anticipated baseball book in a long while comes out today: Jonah Keri’s “Up, Up & Away,” which is a comprehensive history of the Montreal Expos. But the term “comprehensive history” seems so dry. Here’s the full title, which gives you a better view of what to expect: Up, Up & Away: The Kid, The…

  23. 2014 Preview: The new replay rule is here

    Mar 25, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT


    If Major League Baseball got this right, we may never see a game turn on a blown call again. At least an important game. When everyone is paying attention. And if there weren’t more egregiously blown calls earlier in the game. Expanded replay is a new fact of life for the 2014 season and that…

  24. Daisuke Matsuzaka appears to be the Mets’ fifth starter

    Mar 25, 2014, 6:40 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Adam Rubin of reports that Daisuke Matsuzaka is “seemingly locked” in as the Mets’ fifth starter. Terry Collins is not totally committing yet, saying after yesterday’s solid Dice-K outing that his competition,Jenrry Mejia, is still “in the mix,” but Collins also alluded to Matsuzaka’s veteran status — “he’s done it before and he’s done…

  25. Phillies have elves giving out tickets to people

    Mar 24, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

    phillies logo

    Random things found from Reddit: Sister had a Phillies bumper sticker on her car and came out to these on her windshield!!   Not bad. Not bad at all.  

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