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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Yoenis Cespedes homers, drives in another run in a spectacular spring training debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:48 PM EST

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Yes, I know it’s spring training and that spring training doesn’t matter. But I believe in Yoenis Cespedes. I am, officially, a Cespedesphile. Wait. That doesn’t sound quite right. We have time to work on it, though. It’s spring training for wannabe members of the not-yet-invented Yoenis Cespedes fan club, too. Anyway, a full house —…

  2. Scenes from Spring Training: George Foster and Bert Campaneris say hello

    Mar 10, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

    George Foster

    Yeah, it’s another photo post. There really isn’t anything all that newsworthy happening today. At least before the game starts. So I give you two baseball legends, who are out on the concourse here at Phoenix Municipal signing autographs. First, George Foster, who was actually in a happy mood and was talking to little kids and being…

  3. Photos of the Day: Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes take BP

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:21 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes

    I know we already had a Photo of the Day. I don’t care. Batting practice was fun this morning. The pics are real. The dialogue, I made up. Manny Ramirez: See the ball, hit the ball. That’s all you gotta do, Yoenis. It’s really easy. Yoenis Cespedes:  I see the ball … Yoenis Cespedes: I…

  4. Scenes from Spring Training Coco Crisp is an anti-baldite too

    Mar 10, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

    A's eqipment bag

    Yeah, it’s another equipment bag shot. At this point I probably need an intervention. If you see me out someplace, kneeling on a warning track, squaring up a photo of an equipment bag on the grass, you are authorized to knock me over and take my camera away from me. I’m at Phoenix Municipal Stadium…

  5. Scenes from Spring Training: Photo of the Day

    Mar 10, 2012, 9:22 AM EST

    Camera

    Actually this was a photo of the night.  This is my friend Connor rocking the Expos gear last night: Also worth noting that I’ve hung out with Jonah Keri for a couple of days down here. Jonah grew up on the Expos and is writing an Expos book.  Between Connor and Jonah I think I…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: Randomness at Brewers camp

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Yount Gamel

    I mentioned earlier that I’m in an impossibly good mood today. The park has a lot to do with it. Great weather of course. Just woke up on the right side of the bed somehow. And when I’m in a good mood I like to walk around and take pictures of stuff. Yes, I realize…

  7. Ron Roenicke is a thoughtful guy

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Ron Roenicke

    This is not really a deep post or anything — and it’s likely not all that interesting to Brewers fans who are familiar with the guy already — but I thought it was worth noting that Ron Roenicke makes a great impression, seems very thoughtful and bright and seems like a dude I’d like to…

  8. Scenes from Spring Training: Leave Maryvale Baseball Park alone!

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:03 PM EST

    Maryvale

    Until today I had been to every single Cactus League Park except for Maryvale Baseball Park, spring training home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Everyone who had been here before told me I wasn’t missing much. That it was a dump and in a crappy neighborhood and that my time would be spent better elsewhere. Well,…

  9. It’s official: the Astros will put the guns back on the Colt .45 throwbacks

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The Astros have made it official: Breaking: Jim Crane announced today Astros will wear authentic Colt 45s jersey April 10 & 20. “The fans have spoken” — Houston Astros (@astros) March 9, 2012 Now, if this sets a precedent in which the Astros listen to the fans speaking, we’re all but assured that their…

  10. Jeff Moorad withdraws his application to take over the Padres

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    padres logo friar

    Former agent Jeff Moorad agreed to purchase the Padres from John Moores several years ago. The sale was to be in phases, with Moores maintaining control of the team until Moorad’s stake grew to where he would eventually be approved as the controlling party in the eyes of MLB. Back in January, however, the owners…

  11. Jose Valverde is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:17 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Via our friend Nick Collias comes the translation of an interview Tigers closer Jose Valverde gave to Mañana Deportiva on Dominican radio the other day. Valverde has lost weight.  And he has a nice description of Prince Fielder: “I lost 40 pounds, because I was very obese.” “I had to undergo that process because I was…

  12. Video of the Day: Connor Powers is gonna owe the Padres some money

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

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    This is really short — and I apologize in advance for you having to sit through the ad that is longer than the actual video — but stuff like this cracks me up and there’s nothing else going on, so here you go. Description: Padres infield prospect Connor Powers is gonna get some money deducted…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: Easy come, easy go

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    baseball

    Know what I have never done? I have never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. At least not a major league game. The only time I got anything was at a single-A game in Myrtle Beach back in 1989, and that hardly counts as the park then was smaller than some high school…

  14. Must-Click Link: Who gained weight? Who lost weight? How much? And why?

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    Print

    Our BSOHL beat is fairly comprehensive in scope, but not detailed in execution. We’re doing poetry when it comes to ballplayer health and fitness, not prose. Thankfully, Deadspin has cataloged every ballplayer who has been reported to have gained or lost weight coming into the season. The headline: “Cardio and Pooping: A Chart Of Every…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: Manny Acta is on MY side

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    Indians Equipment Bag

    Yeah, it’s another equipment bag shot. I can’t help myself. If you threw a bunch of equipment bags on someone’s front lawn on a cloudy day in November, I’d still take pictures of it. Hanging around the Indians complex here in Goodyear has been great fun today.  For one thing, the place is crawling with…

  16. The Astros likely to get the gun back on their Colt .45s throwback uniforms

    Mar 8, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

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    A couple weeks ago we heard that Major League Baseball — in a fit of nanny mania — decided that the the Astros could not put the guns on their throwback Colt .45s uniforms this season. It was a crazy decision, mostly because it flew in the face of historical accuracy. Also: if you make…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training: My annual Chief Wahoo observation

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

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    That block C is on the wall outside of the front door of the Indians’ complex here in Goodyear.  Note: it’s not a Chief Wahoo. Indeed, you have to look pretty hard to find a Chief Wahoo around here. There’s a picture of the 1995 ALCS celebration in the lobby, and there are Wahoos on…

  18. Shocker: Jose Canseco banned from Mexican league due to doping claim

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:04 AM EST

    Jose Canseco

    Jose Canseco was all set to play in the Mexican League this year — or open up a hug store or something — but that’s on hold now. He has been banned from the league after Mexican officials said that Canseco refused to take a drug test and admitted to taking testosterone. Wish he would…

  19. Great Moments in forgetting it’s March 8

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:17 AM EST

    New York Yankees' Jeter reaches for a ground ball at the team's spring training complex in Tampa

    This, from Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, is not something you’d think that someone who has spent many years covering spring training would say, but he says it anyway: Now that we’ve been through the starting rotation once, it is time to turn our attention to more pressing matters. As in Derek Jeter. On Wednesday, Jeter…

  20. NBC SportsTalk: Impressions of Yu

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v San Diego Padres

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking to Russ about the Yu Darvish debut. If you read my reports from the ballpark you got the general gist. But this time you get it from a parking lot in front of a ballpark while holding a mic, so there’s that.  

  21. Scenes from Spring Training: We hate your favorite team

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

    Chilaquiles

    I ate that thing pictured to the right last night. It’s a chilaquiles verde, and yeah it has a fried egg on top. Between that and the In-N-Out the other night I realize I’m going to die soon, but it’s worth it. I’ve lived a good life. Dinner last night was with Keith Law of…

  22. Yu Darvish impresses in his first major league action

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

    Yu Darvish

    Months of anticipation of Yu Darvish‘s debut led up to less than a half hour of baseball action, but it was exciting baseball action all the same. The tale of the tape: two innings, 36 pitches, 26 strikes, no runs, a couple of hits, three strikeouts, a spiffy defensive play and the beginning of what’s…

  23. Scenes from Spring Training: Yu Darvish Mania

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Auxilliary Press Box

    I’m not gonna say that there’s a lot of interest in Yu Darvish‘s first start, but the Padres’ PR staff has roped off 100 seats in a section along the third base line as an auxiliary media section.  Yeah, this is not your usual Wednesday morning in the Cactus League. I got here super early and made…

  24. Brandon Inge is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 7, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    You’d figure that with the games beginning and there being actual baseball stuff to talk about that BSOHL stories would have stopped by now, but they still keep trickling in. To wit: Peter Gammons on Tigers second baseman (I suppose) Brandon Inge: Inge worked out all winter in Ann Arbor, Mich., doing mixed martial arts…

  25. NBC SportsTalk: Torii Hunter wouldn’t take the bait

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    Torii Hunter

    I interviewed Torii Hunter at Angels camp yesterday. He wouldn’t take the bait when I asked him if L.A. is truly an Angels town now. That’s probably because he’s a pro and knows how not to step in it when some jerk member of the media asks a question designed to create controversy. Oh well.…

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