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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Negro League stats now available at

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Bingo DeMoss

    Caveats about incomplete data and stuff notwithstanding: This. Is. Cool: This data is constructed from the best available information as provided by Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers and Dick Clark of the Negro Leagues Researchers and Authors Group. It contains data culled from newspaper boxscores, covering league sanctioned games from 1920 to 1948, which was produced…

  2. MLB Network to produce Fox’s pregame show

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    old TV

    I tend not to watch the pregame shows for national broadcasts. No compelling reason for it. It’s just that I spend all day thinking about the broader baseball news and upcoming games as it is, so when go to watch a national telecast I just like to turn on the TV and have the game begin.…

  3. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    The Question

    I was bored last night, so I asked for Twitter questions. As usual, you obliged. A pretty healthy Batman content too, so it’s almost like we’re in midseason form already. And I mentioned New Jack Swing when I sent out my call for questions, so there’s obviously some Bell Biv Devoe content. Which is how…

  4. The Orioles are shopping Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Danny Knobler of is reporting that the Orioles are shopping Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg. Gregg has historically been a useful reliever, though he’s coming off a bad year.  Reynolds is probably the worst defensive third baseman in my lifetime — maybe anyone’s lifetime — and managed the neat trick of hitting 37 homers…

  5. Chipper Jones will retire after the 2012 season

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:31 AM EST

    Braves Spring baseball

    We had to figure this was going to happen, but it’s still a bummer: Chipper Jones announced this morning that he will retire following the 2012 season. There will be a press conference later today. Jones is under contract for this year with an option that kicks in if he were to play 123 games…

  6. When simply “stating the facts” is actually criticism

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    Bobby Valentine talked yesterday about his reputation for criticizing ballplayers. He bristled at the notion. He says he has never thrown anyone under the bus ever, and that when he is construed to have done so — like, if he says that Mark Melancon got all of his running in backing up the bases after…

  7. The Pirates are 13% more likely to make the playoffs

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    pirates logo1

    I suppose this applies to everyone by virtue of the new wild card, but for some reason I found it really cute that the Pittsburgh Pirates had someone calculate it: Team president Frank Coonelly had Dan Fox, the Pirates’ statistical guru, build a computer model to illustrate the impact: The Pirates’ chance of making the…

  8. Team values shoot up an average of 16%

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Money Bag

    Forbes has released its annual franchise valuation package. In short: it’s good to own a ballclub: The average Major League Baseball team rose 16% in value during the past year, to an all-time high of $605 million. In 2011, revenue (net of payments to cover stadium debt) for the league’s 30 teams climbed to an…

  9. Johan Santana impresses

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Johan Santana

    Good news all around for the Mets this week. The Madoff suit settled, Terry Collins hasn’t blown a gasket at anyone and now Johan Santana has turned in a nice start against the defending World Series champs. Santana held the Cardinals to one run in six innings and struck out six, didn’t walk anyone, and used…

  10. Drew Storen feels better, may be Batman

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Batman logo

    Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider gives us an update on Nats closer Drew Storen, who hasn’t pitched in two weeks. The upshot: he’s feeling “way better.”  He had some arm soreness, which he believes was caused by throwing too hard. “I was trying to get after it too much,” said Storen. “But it’s nothing serious.” I…

  11. No one wants poor Kelvin De La Cruz

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Kevin De La Cruz

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kelvin De La Cruz pitch. In the normal course, I probably wouldn’t notice him if he fell out of the sky, landed on my head and started to wiggle.  But I am fascinated with his odyssey through the transactions wire this offseason. To review: The Indians designated him for…

  12. Because I know you want to give David Freese a makeover

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Freese makeover

    GQ has a brief interview with the Cardinals’ David Freese. And a “Style Upgrade” which is more fun than it should be. The upshot: you get to slide a little bar across the screen and transform Freese from a guy who looks uncomfortable wearing a bad suit to … well, a guy who looks uncomfortable…

  13. Brian Roberts is feeling better

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Brian Roberts, Adam Jones

    Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has not played baseball since last May due to multiple concussions. And he missed all but 59 games in 2010 for the same reason. Earlier this month the outlook still seemed kinda grim. There is some decent news now, though, as Roberts has continued to work out and is slowly getting back…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Can the Rangers win the AL once again?

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Ron Washington

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers win the AL again? Why not? It’s…

  15. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Tiff and Craig

    Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes in today’s video that we were wearing in yesterday’s video. Heh, heh, you know what that means, don’t ya? Yep: we taped them on the same day. What?  

  16. Bob Uecker is getting a statue at Miller Park

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:00 PM EST


    The Brewers announced today that Bob Uecker is getting a statue outside of Miller Park this summer.  This led to the same Twitter joke being told over and over again, but Tyler Kepner said it best: Brewers announce plans for a Bob Uecker statue. It will be placed juuuuuust a bit outside the Miller Park…

  17. The Lake Elsinore Storm would like to trade for Tim Tebow

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Denver Broncos Tebow fumbles after hit by Patriots Ninkovich during the first quarter during their NFL AFC Divisional playoff game in Foxborough

    The worst part of being a baseball blogger is that I never get a chance to pile on media frenzies that go down in the other sports. Man, I would have loved to add (virtually nothing) to the Dwight Howard stuff. To the Peyton Manning stuff. To, well, whatever the hell people get all animated…

  18. Why does Dontrelle Willis keep getting jobs?

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies' Willis and Qualls wait to throw in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    This is not a deep thought or anything, but I really do want to know what it is about Dontrelle Willis that makes teams keep signing him.  The Orioles are the latest. He’s had two really good seasons. One of them was nine years ago, the other seven. He had one more useful season for…

  19. The lawsuits are settled, but the money ain’t flowing for the Mets just yet

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Image (1) Mets%20Logo.png for post 3903

    When Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz settled their Madoff lawsuit the other day, the first thought among most was “hey, it’s not as bad as we thought it would be.” The next thought was “hey, now maybe the Mets can spend some money.”  The next thought: “when?” Not too soon, says Sandy Alderson. This doesn’t…

  20. The Phillies infielders are dropping like flies

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Phillies Astros Baseball

    The Phillies are already missing 3/4 of their infield due to injuries.  Now it looks like the carnage is extending to the backup infielders too:  Michael Martinez has a broken bone in his foot. Freddy Galvis is suddenly the starting second baseman, so he’s not a bench infield option, which means that the Phillies are…

  21. Of course you want a five-pound fish sandwich at a ballgame

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Captain Ahab

    Every spring we hear about food gimmicks at the ballpark. Giant burgers. Burgers with glazed donuts for buns. Stuff like that.  It’s almost always red meat, however, so I can only assume that the pescatarians are behind this one from the Lake County Captains of the Midwest League: The Moby Dick features a 15″ sesame…

  22. That cuts it: the Phillies are probably looking to trade for a second baseman

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    No, this isn’t based on any insight or news or tips or even any gossip.  It’s based on this: #Phillies say they are not looking for IF help. Comfortable with Galvis at 2B, expecting Utley to return. #MLB — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2012 Before that, I would have said that Ruben Amaro was…

  23. J.D. Martinez won’t hire you if you don’t make him vomit

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Houston Astros Photo Day

    That is, if you’re trying to be his personal trainer. Martinez, an outfielder for the Astros, was looking to hire one. And this was the audition: “I told him, ‘If you don’t make me puke in the first week, I’m not going to come back’ ” Martinez said. Nick Casazza needed about 10 minutes to accomplish that…

  24. Re-run: why I rip guys like T.J. Simers rather than ignore them

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EST


    I’m watching the Braves-Tigers game. Jair Jurrjens looks awful. Then he threw a first pitch fastball down the middle to Delmon Young, who hit an RBI single.  Anyone who pays attention knows that Delmon Young swings at the first pitch. All the damn time. Jurrjens should probably have his pitching license taken away. Bah. OK, the…

  25. Grant Balfour wins the A’s closer job

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    balfour getty

    Last week Bob Melvin said that the closer battle was between Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour.  Melvin announced today that Balfour is his huckleberry. This was really a battle between a Proven Closer and, you know, the better pitcher, with Fuentes being the former and Balfour the latter. Fuentes had problems last year. Balfour was better, throwing 62 innings…

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