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Craig Calcaterra

  1. At least Hunter Strickland entertained us last night

    Oct 23, 2014, 7:44 AM EST

    Hunter Strickland

    The rookie didn’t have control. With his pitches or with his emotions.

  2. PANTY RAID! Homeland Security agents confiscate unlicensed Kansas City Royals underwear

    Oct 22, 2014, 4:06 PM EST

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    In other news: Homeland Security agents now conduct raids over things like minor copyright violations.

  3. Wade Davis’ wife tipped a waiter a World Series ticket

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:30 PM EST

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    I think that constitutes more than 15%.

  4. The Royals asked a fan in Marlins gear to change his shirt last night. He refused.

    Oct 22, 2014, 12:50 PM EST

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    In other news, this answers the age-old question: are there Marlins fans?

  5. HBT Daily: Are the Royals doomed, doomed, doomed?

    Oct 22, 2014, 12:20 PM EST

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    Maybe not. But they really can’t go down 2-0.

  6. Couple bets a baby on the outcome of the World Series

    Oct 22, 2014, 11:51 AM EST

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    No, they didn’t actually wager a living baby or anything. That would be weird. They just bet on whether they should have one.

  7. The Phillies are thought to be front runners for Yasmany Tomas

    Oct 22, 2014, 11:20 AM EST

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    It may cost them $100 million to get him, but they certainly could use him.

  8. Ruben Amaro expects A.J. Burnett to be back next season

    Oct 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    He as 12.75 million reasons to do so.

  9. Pace-of-play experiments in the Arizona Fall League are frustrating some players

    Oct 22, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

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    No one likes their routines to get messed up, but forgive me if I have trouble caring too terribly much about the complaints voiced thus far.

  10. The Twins are down to three managerial candidates

    Oct 22, 2014, 8:55 AM EST

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    Paul Molitor remains the frontrunner.

  11. What’s in a name? “Big Game” James did not come up big for Kansas City

    Oct 22, 2014, 7:53 AM EST

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    Not living up to a nickname: forgivable. Not giving your team a chance to win in the World Series: a way bigger problem.

  12. World Series Reset: The Royals look to pick themselves up off the mat

    Oct 22, 2014, 6:23 AM EST

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    And to fight history: 15 of the last 17 Game 1 winners have gone on to win the World Series.

  13. The Royals have three closers, really. And they’re closing things out at an amazing rate

    Oct 21, 2014, 2:30 PM EST

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    Joe Posnanski looks at where they came from and just how dominant they’ve been.

  14. Funding approved for a new spring training complex for the Nationals and Astros

    Oct 21, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    Palm beach

    Now they just need a site. If you have a few hundred acres in the Palm Beach area, call Mark Lerner.

  15. The Kansas City Star is drunk on World Series excitement

    Oct 21, 2014, 1:30 PM EST

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    So drunk that today’s editorial says that the taxpayer subsidies to renovate the place several years ago are all worth it. Um, yeah.

  16. HBT Daily: In which I waffle on my World Series pick

    Oct 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EST

    Bruce Bochy

    Breaking down tonight’s starters, the bullpens and the magic.

  17. The World Series will likely be Lorde-free

    Oct 21, 2014, 11:53 AM EST

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    I suppose she could parachute into the stadium and surprise us or something, but don’t count on it.

  18. Must-click link: surviving spring training on $0 a day

    Oct 21, 2014, 10:59 AM EST

    Jimenez

    Minor leaguers have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging unfair labor practices. Here’s the story of one player who realized that there has to be a better way.

  19. Your Official HardballTalk World Series Preview

    Oct 21, 2014, 9:29 AM EST

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    If anyone tells you they know what’s going to happen in the next week they’re lying to you. But let’s try to break this thing down all the same.

  20. Erroneous Narrative Alert: no, the Giants are not a “gritty,” anti-stats organization

    Oct 21, 2014, 8:55 AM EST

    Brian Sabean phone

    For the third time in five years, the Giants are in the World Series. For the third time in five years, someone tries to claim they’re there because they are some sort of anti-stats organization. Which is baloney.

  21. Ned Yost totally Yosted a Vida Blue autograph when he was a kid

    Oct 21, 2014, 8:30 AM EST

    Ned Yost

    To be fair, a Colossal Dog probably tastes pretty good.

  22. World Series Reset: Game 1 — finally! — is tonight

    Oct 21, 2014, 6:42 AM EST

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    After four days without baseball, the World Series finally kicks off. Wait, not, it begins. “Kicks off” is a football term and dumb football is the whole reason we had to wait four days for the World Series to start.

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