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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Phillies send Domonic Brown to minor league camp

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT


    This was pretty inevitable, but the Phillies have shipped Domonic Brown to minor league camp. As Matt Gelb notes, injuries had a lot to do with it. He hurt his hand, his thumb and his neck at various times.  Though his less-than-spectacular, albeit short, stints in the bigs didn’t help either.  To his credit, Brown…

  2. Terry Francona: “I’m still trying to stop the bleeding”

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona leaving the field after being ejected from the game by umpire after arguing a controversial call with officials during the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Seattle

    Terry Francona was in Ft. Myers to cover a Red Sox game for ESPN.  And yes, the topic of his unceremonious departure from Boston and the subsequent crap anonymous Red Sox front office people shoveled on to him came up. Francona tells the Boston Herald that, as far as all that goes, he is moving…

  3. Lance Berkman apologizes for calling Bud Selig an extortionist

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    The other day Lance Berkman said that Bud Selig “extorted” Jim Crane into moving the Astros to the American League. It was kind of surprising to hear Berkman using such charged language. He seems more like a “gosh, that’d be swell” kind of guy, not the sort of guy who ruffles feathers like that. Well,…

  4. This Jamie Moyer thing is gonna happen, huh?

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    As D.J. mentioned the other day, with Jamie Moyer, every outing matters. Well, his latest outing was outstanding: four perfect innings, striking out four. The Giants had a lot of starters in the lineup. While he had that one really bad start in a minor league game, in nine innings of major league action Moyer has…

  5. Bobby Valentine is irked at Joe Girardi

    Mar 23, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Just so you know, I have created a “Bobby Valentine is irked at ____” template for the year. Figure it will save time.  Anyway, here is what he’s irked at now: What could possibly be controversial about a 4-4 tie in spring training? Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine found something, objecting to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s…

  6. Jeff Moorad steps down as the CEO of the Padres

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    padres logo friar

    This is not a surprise. Two weeks after he withdrew his application to purchase the San Diego Padres — a withdrawal prompted by baseball’s reluctance to approve his ownership group — Jeff Moorad has stepped down as the Padres’ CEO. Moorard will remain as Vice Chairman of the club and will be responsible for completing and…

  7. Major League Baseball launching a “prospect league” for unsigned Dominican players

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    dominican republic

    Just got this press release. Surprisingly, nowhere on it does it say “dudes, we’re doing this as a baby step towards instituting an international draft: Major League Baseball will launch a new league that will provide a neutral forum for Major League organizations and scouts to observe the top unsigned amateur players in the Dominican…

  8. Gambling/poop-related tweet of the day: Brandon McCarthy

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Airplane Toilet

    From the man who brought us the idea of “coffee farts” comes another great tweet about baseball players’ gastrointestinal systems. Take it away Brandon McCarthy: 12 hr flight to Japan and most important question is: which Oakland A will poop on the plane first? — Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) March 22, 2012 Hmm, Manny isn’t on…

  9. Negro League stats now available at

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    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…

  10. MLB Network to produce Fox’s pregame show

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    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…

  12. The Orioles are shopping Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

  13. Chipper Jones will retire after the 2012 season

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    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…

  16. Team values shoot up an average of 16%

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    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…

  17. Johan Santana impresses

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Drew Storen feels better, may be Batman

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    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…

  19. No one wants poor Kelvin De La Cruz

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    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…

  21. Brian Roberts is feeling better

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    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…

  23. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    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?  

  24. Bob Uecker is getting a statue at Miller Park

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    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…

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