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Craig Calcaterra

  1. How did we get to “John Smoltz: first ballot Hall of Famer?”

    Jan 6, 2015, 1:06 PM EST

    (FILES) This 25 August, 2002, file photo

    He’s Hall of Fame quality in my book. But really, did anyone think he’d be a first ballot guy before now?

  2. Here’s what I think will happen with the Hall of Fame voting today

    Jan 6, 2015, 11:03 AM EST

    Pedro Martinez

    Three elected seems like a lock. There is a chance, however, that we’ll have four elected for the first time in 60 years.

  3. Ryan Howard can be traded to nine teams without his approval.

    Jan 6, 2015, 9:44 AM EST

    Ryan Howard AP

    Emphasis on the “can.” Because a team actually wanting Howard is largely theoretical.

  4. Wanna buy some Ted Williams condoms?

    Jan 6, 2015, 9:17 AM EST

    Ted Williams

    “Hi, I’m Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams. And when I have protected sex, I reach for Champ Prophylactics. The condom with my face on them. Er, on the box. Not on the actual condom. That’d be weird.”

  5. Pedro Gomez: “it’s not journalism, it’s a Hall of Fame ballot.”

    Jan 6, 2015, 8:36 AM EST

    Pedro Gomez

    There’s arrogance and then there’s Pedro Gomez arrogance.

  6. Must-Click Link: Joe Posnanski’s Hall of Fame ballot and column

    Jan 6, 2015, 7:44 AM EST

    Joe Posnanski

    A large dose of sanity and reason about a subject that has lent itself to unhinged hysteria.

  7. The Mets sign Buddy Carlyle to a minor league deal

    Jan 5, 2015, 4:58 PM EST

    Buddy Carlyle

    The long and somewhat strange career of Buddy Carlyle continues.

  8. Great Moments in Jon Heyman’s Hall of Fame inconsistency

    Jan 5, 2015, 4:35 PM EST

    David Ortiz Getty

    Jon Heyman won’t vote for Mike Piazza or Jeff Bagwell because of rumors and hearsay, but as recently as a year ago he supported David Ortiz despite Big Papi once failing a drug test.

  9. The Marlins have “checked on” Ichiro

    Jan 5, 2015, 2:43 PM EST

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro would likely be a backup outfielder next season.

  10. What post should we put up when the world ends?

    Jan 5, 2015, 1:41 PM EST

    Nuke

    It’s good to settle this sort of thing now, while there’s time.

  11. Scooby-Doo and the case of the “Steroid Specter”

    Jan 5, 2015, 11:42 AM EST

    Sammy Sosa

    I think that’s the one with the Harlem Globetrotters in it.

  12. Buster Olney’s Hall of Fame wisdom is spot-on, but will be roundly ignored

    Jan 5, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

    Cooperstown

    The Hall of Fame is not about the best players anymore. Indeed, it’s not about the players at all. It’s about the voters.

  13. Great Moments in Public Financing of Ballparks

    Jan 5, 2015, 9:30 AM EST

    braves logo large

    The Braves deal with Cobb County continues to be highly instructive. Both as to how a ballpark deal gets done and as to how something can be wrong, even if it is permissible.

  14. Experts knew that pitcher wins were b.s. the moment they began publishing them

    Jan 5, 2015, 8:53 AM EST

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    If you say now what the Sporting News said about pitcher wins in 1888, you’re labeled some sort of new age stats geek.

  15. How do you vote for Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire but not Barry Bonds?

    Jan 5, 2015, 8:30 AM EST

    Yep, Posnanski has Bonds on there.

    Jerry Green of the Detroit News has one of the oddest Hall of Fame ballots you’ll ever see.

  16. Mike Trout thinks the fix was in on the Lions-Cowboys game

    Jan 5, 2015, 6:19 AM EST

    Mike Trout

    There are other sports besides baseball apparently. Who knew?

  17. Happy New Year from HBT!

    Jan 1, 2015, 12:19 AM EST

    Happy New Year

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot . . . wait, “auld?” What the heck is “auld?”

  18. The Phillies are “poking around” on Aaron Harang

    Dec 31, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

    Aaron Harang

    Can we maybe go back to “kicking the tires” or “aggressively pursuing?”

  19. The Phillies trade Marlon Byrd to the Reds for pitcher Ben Lively

    Dec 31, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd

    The Reds get a left fielder. The Phillies unload at least part of a contract.

  20. The Dodgers formally announce their signing of Brett Anderson

    Dec 31, 2014, 12:59 PM EST

    Brett Anderson

    It took 16 days to finalize, but now it’s final.

  21. Jesus Montero is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Dec 31, 2014, 7:55 AM EST

    Jesus Montero Getty

    The once top prospect has lost 30-35 pounds.

  22. The Mariners are still considering Seth Smith

    Dec 30, 2014, 11:07 AM EST

    Seth Smith Padres

    A lot of teams are, actually.

  23. Brett Myers is a singer now. His single is called “Kegerator”

    Dec 30, 2014, 10:11 AM EST

    Brett Myers Getty

    I’m simultaneously surprised and not surprised.

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