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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Two plead guilty in the beating of Bryan Stow

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    After nearly three years, justice is finally done in the Bryan Stow case: Defendant Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury. Co-defendant Louie Sanchez, saying he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem that disabled and disfigured the victim. Both were to be sentenced…

  2. Justin Verlander’s life is hard

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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    There are “first world problems.” Then there is the guy who is having sex with Kate Upton who now has more exotic sports cars than he can fit in his garage: Justin Verlander has a problem, and it’s totally unrelated to baseball. A noted sports car enthusiast, Verlander’s impressive collection officially reached nine cars this…

  3. The Braves sign Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million extension

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Atlanta Braves just signed one of their young, team-controlled players to a multi-year extension. This time: Andrelton Simmons. Who isn’t even arbitration-eligible yet. He got seven years and, according to Ken Rosenthal, $58 million guaranteed. Simmons is easily the best defensive shortstop in baseball, with…

  4. Melky Cabrera is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cabrera heads to the batters box during the first inning of their MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, California

    This shouldn’t cause anyone to snark in Melky’s direction. Nope: More on Melky. Says he hasn’t lost a lot of weight but turned what he had into muscle. Says he’s in best shape of his life. #BlueJays — Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) February 20, 2014   His past good seasons corresponded with better conditioning. How much…

  5. Jesse Crain has a calf strain

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Jesse Crain injured his right calf the other day. Evan Drellich reports that an MRI has confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain. While Bo Porter characterized the diagnosis as good news — coulda been worse – it’s just the latest in a series of health issues for Crain. He had biceps surgery in the offseason…

  6. Matt Kemp still doesn’t have a timetable

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    There’s a reason the Dodgers didn’t trade one of their four outfielders this winter. They don’t know when they’ll actually have four healthy outfielders. To wit: yesterday Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he still doesn’t have a timetable for Matt Kemp in his return from ankle surgery. “I wish I could give you a timetable…

  7. See rare video of the 1945 Dodgers at spring training

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

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    This is fun. Video from MLB Productions of the 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers at spring training. Mostly Leo Durocher jawing at his third baseman during fungo drills. He refers to the guy as “Nick.” Could be a nickname, but there was no third baseman named Nick on the ’45 Dodgers. Or the ’44 Dodgers for that…

  8. John Rocker knows exactly what’s wrong with New York City

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

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    If you had to name someone who has trenchant insight into the issues facing New York City, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more adept and knowledgable than John Rocker. After all, he’s the one who once totally captured EXACTLY what New York was like when he said the city was “depressing,” that “the biggest…

  9. When crazy managers roamed the Earth

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

    Gene Mauch

    Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle has a wonderful column up about an all but extinct species: the volcanic, red-ass manager. The guys who barked at the press and the players and smoked and grunted and did all of those wonderful/awful things. Guys like Gene Mauch and Jim Fregosi and Ralph Houk and Billy…

  10. Bryce Harper is a bit tired of hearing about running into that wall

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper famously ran into that wall in Dodger Stadium last year, which ended up sidetracking his whole season. Tom Boswell has a feature on Harper today, in which Harper acknowledges that one can play hard yet still play smart. And that, no, he does not plan to be known for running into walls like…

  11. Mike Trout is in The Best Shape of his Life

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

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    On the one hand, dude, you’re 22, you had better be in The Best Shape of Your Life. Indeed, there has been some talk in BSOHL circles that we should disqualify everyone under, say, 30, from BSHOL consideration. On the other hand, well, he said it: Trout checked into camp last spring weighing 241, ended…

  12. The Phillies ratted out a draftee to the NCAA for negotiating with an agent

    Feb 20, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

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    This is surprising, likely unprecedented and truly pathetic. Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt reports that the Phillies turned in their fifth-round draft pick from 2013, Ben Wetzler, to the NCAA for negotiating with the team through an agent. Fitt surmises that the Phillies did so due to sour grapes over Wetzler deciding not to sign and instead returning…

  13. Twelve hours to spring training: 1976

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

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    A fantastic road trip story from former major league journeyman pitcher John D’Acquisto. He tells of the twelve hours before reporting to spring training for the Giants in 1976. He, John Montefusco and Randy Moffitt in a Porche, racing to make it from Foster City, California to Phoenix in time to report to camp. I…

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez passed his physical

    Feb 19, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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    That’s not usually big news but this is the Orioles after all, so it’s probably worth passing along. That makes his contract official. Four-years, $50 million. He’ll probably be frolicking in Sarasota tomorrow. I feel like Jimenez is a total coin toss of a signing. I don’t like his chances to be worth his contract,…

  15. The Astros still want a new spring training complex in Palm Beach County

    Feb 19, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    There was talk of the Astros and Blue Jays moving in to a joint spring training complex in Palm Beach County. That’s probably not happening. But the Astros still want to do it. And maybe the Nationals will be their bunkmates: The Astros and Nationals have spoken about it, albeit not extensively, and plan to…

  16. It’s unclear whether Derek Jeter reads HardballTalk

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Mixed signals from the Captain at his press conference today: “This has nothing to do with how I feel physically. I feel great. Everyone comes to spring training and says I’m in the greatest shape of my life. I don’t know how you measure that.” On the one hand, he is well-aware of the BSOHL…

  17. Grant Balfour’s truck is absolutely ridiculous

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Yo dawg, I heard you liked to compensate, so we gave you a big giant truck with two levels of running boards and a big neon sign that says “I’m compensating for something” on the side. Except the sign is on back order and won’t be in until next week! One more reason not to…

  18. Bo Porter ripped his team for being disrespectful of Roger Clemens

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Brian McTaggart reports that manager Bo Porter ripped the Astros players today for being disrespectful to Roger Clemens, who was visiting camp to speak to Astros player. The source of the disrespect: not being ready at 9am for the meeting. Read McTaggart’s post for the details — it seems like guys were lollygagging to get…

  19. UPDATE: Homer Bailey and the Reds reach a six-year, $105 million extension

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mark Sheldon reports that the deal is done. Six years, $105 million with a mutual option for a seventh. 1:05 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Homer Bailey extension with the Reds is “all but done.”  The deal is for six years and between $100 million and $110 million according to Rosenthal and Jon Heyman. This…

  20. Carlos Ruiz has an exemption to allow him to use Adderall in 2014

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

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    Carlos Ruiz was suspended for 25 games for using a stimulant at the start of last season. They never said what the substance was he was using, but it’s reported today that he has received an exemption for Adderall — which would otherwise be banned — for the 2014 season. Makes one wonder why he…

  21. Derek Jeter: “I still have a season to play”

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter met the press today. As he said in his Facebook post last week, 2014 will be his last season. But this wasn’t a ceremony or a retirement press conference as such. The team and Jeter referred to it as Jeter’s “media availability” which he does every spring, and Jeter did everything he could to…

  22. Meanwhile, at Phillies spring training . . .

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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    I saw a pic of a raccoon sitting in the bleachers at Steinbrenner Field the other day. The Phillies have one-upped the Yankees: There is a possum watching the Phillies play catch. He climbed to the top of the outdoors fence. Police fear he is rabid. — Matt Gelb (@magelb) February 19, 2014 ! RT…

  23. Tustin, California mayor tells the Angels the city won’t pay for a ballpark

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:39 AM EDT

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    The new ballpark dance is going on in Southern California. I’m guessing no new park is going to be built, but they gotta dance anyway. The Angels and Arte Moreno gotta act like they’ll move to Tustin, California (or someplace else) during their opt-out window of 2016-19 if Anaheim doesn’t cut them a break on…

  24. Braves extend the contracts of GM Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    The Braves have announced that they have extended the contracts of general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez. The team did not divulge the length of the extensions, but both Wren and Gonzalez were in their final year under contract before today. Wren has been the GM since John Schuerholz was promoted to team…

  25. Kris Medlen shaved his head for charity

    Feb 19, 2014, 9:38 AM EDT

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    I dunno. Slow morning, so watch some kid who takes his hair for granted shaving it off in a cavalier manner. Sure, it’s for a cancer charity, but if it doesn’t grow back don’t come crying to me, Medlen. Some of us appreciated what we had back when we had it. #Braves Medlen about to…

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