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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Roger Clemens trial begins again, this time with more government lawyers

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Last July, Roger Clemens went on trial for lying to Congress. It didn’t last long, as the case was thrown out when the prosecutors blatantly disobeyed the judge’s order and played a video to the jury in which a congressman read affidavit testimony by Andy Pettitte’s wife. Which was eight kinds of inadmissible. Today the prosecutors…

  2. The All-Time Dream Team

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Johnny Bench

    Graham Womack of the Baseball Past and Present blog recently had readers vote on an All-Time Dream Team, and then asked a number of writers to do little pieces about the winners at each position. I was invited to contribute and I did Johnny Bench. The post with all the winners is up and live…

  3. Braves to retire John Smoltz’s number

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    (FILES) This 25 August, 2002, file photo

    The Atlanta Braves announced this morning that they are going to retire John Smoltz‘s jersey and induct him into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame. There will be a ceremony honoring him June 8. Well-deserved. There’s little need to recount Smoltz’s importance to those Braves teams that won the division nearly every single year. Overall,…

  4. Youkilis, Pedroia respond to Bobby V’s comments

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:35 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    Not surprisingly, Kevin Youkilis was asked about Bobby Valentine’s comment that Youk was not “physically or emotionally into the game.”  Rob Bradford of WEEI has his comments: “That’s not what I see. I go out every day and play as hard as I can. I take every ground ball in the morning, take every at-bat…

  5. Jim Leyland: The experts are a bunch of idiots

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:11 AM EST

    Jim Leyland

    Everyone picked the White Sox to finish down in the pack in the AL Central. Jim Leyland, whose Tigers just dropped two of three to Chicago, doesn’t have a very high opinion of the experts. Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com was at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday, and witnessed what he calls “a classic rant” from the…

  6. Tim Tebow booed at Yankee Stadium

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Dwayne Wade, Tim Tebow

    When a celebrity — especially a local sports star — shows up on the jumbotron at a ballpark wearing the local team’s gear, you can almost always expect for the crowd to cheer. Almost: Tim Tebow has work to do if he’s going to win over New York sports fans. The new backup quarterback for…

  7. Bobby Valentine: Kevin Youkilis is not “physically or emotionally into the game”

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine

    Bobby Valentine went on a local radio show in Boston last night and said this about Kevin Youkilis: “I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason. But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the ball well, got those two walks,…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 5, Astros 4: Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs, finally putting that crazy home run sculpture into action. Somehow we all survived, though I’m not ruling out the possibility that we all got thrown into an alternate timeline or something and won’t truly realize it until all the crazy occult stuff starts…

  9. The Phillies to sign Mike Fontenot

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

    Fontenot_Mike

    Jim Bowden reports that the Phillies are going to sign Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal. Fontenot hit .227/.304/.377  for the Giants last year and remained with the team this spring because there is a little known law requiring him to be within three miles of Ryan Theriot at all times.  With this move, the…

  10. Bummer: longtime minor leaguer and former feel-good story Max St. Pierre suspended for a “drug of abuse”

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Max St. Pierre

    Max St. Pierre made the news back in September 2010 for finally getting a major league callup — to the Tigers — after 14 years in the minors. Pierre’s journey had been a rocky one, going from catcher to an ill-fated attempt by the Brewers to change him into a pitcher, and then back to…

  11. Kenny Williams has compassion for Ozzie

    Apr 13, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Kenny Williams

    At the end there — and often at the beginning and in the middle — Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen fought with one another in Chicago. So it wouldn’t be unexpected if Williams experienced a bit of Schadenfreude as Ozzie Guillen was raked over the coals and forced to apologize for the Castro crap earlier…

  12. Jorge Posada, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek do the first pitch thing

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    red sox and yankees logos

    Today were the home openers for the Yankees and the Red Sox.  To kick things off, both teams had recently-retired icons of the franchise throwing out the first pitch. First, Varitek and Wakefield, who emerged from what I will henceforth call the American Flag Monstah: Then Posada, who looks a bit frosty up on top…

  13. Bruce Springsteen to throw speedballs at four ballparks this summer

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Bruce Springsteen performs at the Madison Square Garden

    Yeah, I know you all hate “speedball” in that song. Me too. I hate it more that people think that “Glory Days” is a baseball song. Outside of the first two damn lines of the song it’s about people living in the past. It’s no “Atlantic City” or “The River” in terms of depressing, but…

  14. Miguel Cabrera complains about the batters box, so they redo the batter’s box

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is something you don’t see every day.  In the first inning of the Tigers-White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field, Miguel Cabrera complained to the umpires about the placement of the batter’s box, saying it was too close to the pitcher’s mound. Jim Leyland came out and said something too. Were they told to…

  15. Still no timetable for Chris Carpenter

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Chris Carpenter recently underwent a “battery of tests” on his injured shoulder, with the hope being that, at the other end of that, some certainty would be obtained. Nope, not yet: Chris Carpenter said he is feeling better but still not strong enough to begin throwing. No timetable at this point. — B.J. Rains (@BJRains)…

  16. This hardly seems fair

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:32 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Or: Why the Oakland A’s hate the unbalanced schedule

  17. Photo of the Day: Popeye’s is ready for the Sox home opener

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Camera

    From Steve Brown of WBUR in Boston comes a textbook case of opportunistic marketing, seen near Fenway Park before today’s home opener:  

  18. The Mets want David Wright to be the face of the franchise for years to come

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    david wright ap

    Over at the New York Daily News, Andy Martino reports that, even though extension talks haven’t taken place, the Mets are probably going to try to keep David Wright in a Mets uniform for years to come. The key thing is whether the Mets think Wright will become injury prone all of a sudden. Which,…

  19. Baseball’s actual unwritten rules uncovered

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    Rules

    Over at Deadspin, Erick Malinowski reveals baseball’s unwritten rules. Which, strangely enough, were written down in a 1986 issue of “Baseball Digest.”  I got “Baseball Digest” back then and I think they’re all still in my basement. Which, if my basement wasn’t a hellscape, I’d consider looking for right now. Anyway, a lot of the…

  20. Deep Thoughts: If Aroldis Chapman walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck …

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    aroldis chapman

    Aroldis Chapman pitched two pretty fantastic innings of relief and got the win on Wednesday. Then this: Left-hander Aroldis Chapman was not available to pitch Thursday after going two innings and 35 pitches Wednesday. “He may not be available (Friday) either,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It depends on how he feels.” So, he pitches multiple…

  21. Quote of the Day: Is Josh Beckett’s thumb fine?

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    Quit beating around the bush, man, and answer the question.

  22. Luke Scott: Fenway is a dump

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    luke scott getty

    Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th birthday today, and Luke Scott was asked about it. Surprisingly, he did not take issue with the circumstances of the park’s birth.  But he was cranky about the place all the same, calling it “a dump”: “As a baseball player, going there to work, it’s a dump. I  mean, it’s…

  23. Remembering how badly the Expos got boned

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

    Omar Minaya profile

    Ken Rosenthal has a column up today looking back at the big crazy trade made by Omar Minaya after he took over as Expos GM:  Grady Sizemore, Brandom Phillips and Cliff Lee to the Indians for Bartolo Colon. Underlying that deal, Minaya tells Rosenthal, was the threat of contraction: “The No. 1 priority was not…

  24. HBT Extra: Really looking forward to the weekend, you guys

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

    HBT Extra Logo

    Tiffany and I talk about some of the more interesting weekend series.

  25. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Colorado Rockies in their Major League Baseball game in Denver

    Giants 4, Rockies 2: Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the sixth, silencing the Rockies bats that rocked Tim Lincecum‘s world the night before. That, and some bad defense by Dexter Fowler, prevented Jamie Moyer from becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a game. Can’t have errors behind the old guy or he’s toast.…

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