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Craig Calcaterra

  1. You’ll be shocked to learn that David Ortiz thinks the new pace-of-play rules are “bulls**t”

    Feb 25, 2015, 12:32 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    Specifically, the one about batters having to keep a foot in after each pitch.

  2. Some designated hitters are allowed to take grounders. Others aren’t.

    Feb 25, 2015, 11:54 AM EST

    David Ortiz Getty

    Either that or teams’ memo distribution system is horribly out of whack.

  3. Of course you want to see Giancarlo Stanton in body paint

    Feb 25, 2015, 11:02 AM EST

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    From this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated

  4. Hank Aaron is rooting for Alex Rodriguez

    Feb 25, 2015, 10:35 AM EST

    Hank Aaron AP

    And he’s not going to sit in judgment of someone. Because he does not believe it is his job to do so. Imagine.

  5. An ugly fight over Ernie Banks’ estate has begun

    Feb 25, 2015, 9:50 AM EST

    Ernie Banks AP

    The surprise sole beneficiary of Banks’ will is claiming the Hall of Famer’s estate is worth only $16,000.

  6. The Cardinals will, once again, attempt to implement programs to prevent drunk driving

    Feb 25, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

    A transportation system put into place after the death of Josh Hancock in 2007 went largely unused and then disappeared. Now the club will try again.

  7. Umpires are being instructed to avoid confrontations with players regarding new pace-of-play rules

    Feb 25, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

    Adjusting gloves

    Fines and off-the-field enforcement will be the order of the day.

  8. Ichiro is happy to be away from Joe Girardi

    Feb 25, 2015, 8:30 AM EST

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    He also seems to have a higher opinion of his skill set than his current skill set warrants.

  9. San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks

    Feb 25, 2015, 6:08 AM EST

    Dykstra Tobacco

    If these laws are passed, it would be illegal for anyone to use smokeless tobacco on any ball field, from tee-ball on up to Dodger Stadium. What say you, America?

  10. Remember, back in 2009 when no one was paying any attention to Alex Rodriguez? Me neither.

    Feb 24, 2015, 4:40 PM EST

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    We should probably start a “Dumb A-Rod Quote of the Day” feature around here, because they’re coming every single day.

  11. Lucas Duda has a (mildly) strained oblique

    Feb 24, 2015, 3:43 PM EST

    Lucas Duda

    Not exactly big news, but it is our first injury of spring training, so we should make note of it.

  12. Scorpions have invaded the White Sox and Dodgers spring training facility

    Feb 24, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

    Scorpion

    Which can happen sometimes when you’re in the desert.

  13. The Cubs have hired Manny Ramirez as a hitting consultant

    Feb 24, 2015, 11:33 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    Last year’s experiment in which Ramirez was a player/coach for the Cubs’ Triple-A team was a success. Now it’s a real job.

  14. Elvis Andrus is in The Best Shape of his Life

    Feb 24, 2015, 11:03 AM EST

    Elvis Andrus

    Coming off the season he just had, it’s probably good that he is.

  15. Cal Ripken Jr. denies Gregg Zaun’s claim that he hazed and abused young players

    Feb 24, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

    Cal Ripken

    The Iron Man says nothing like what Zaun described ever happened. And Brady Anderson backs him up on that.

  16. Joe Blanton is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 24, 2015, 9:25 AM EST

    Joe Blanton

    After sitting out 2014, a slimmed-down Blanton is back.

  17. This is how non-insane organizations view players arriving to camp early

    Feb 24, 2015, 8:30 AM EST

    Yasiel Puig

    More importantly: Puig is vowing to show up earlier and be better about listening to his coaches and teammates.

  18. Joba Chamberlain has signed a one-year deal to return to the Tigers

    Feb 24, 2015, 7:12 AM EST

    Joba Chamberlain

    The 29-year-old right hander is back in Detroit on a major league deal pending a physical.

  19. Columnist wants to take 190 home runs away from Alex Rodriguez

    Feb 23, 2015, 4:52 PM EST

    alex rodriguez head

    As if it matters in any way, shape or form.

  20. Diamondbacks minor leaguer suspended

    Feb 23, 2015, 4:00 PM EST

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    Matt Railey, come on down!

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