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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Is the Hall of Fame a victim of silly idealism?

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Tom Boswell of the Washington Post was asked about the Hall of Fame cases for baseball’s black sheep in a Q&A today: Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez.  His answer says an awful lot about why the Hall of Fame discussion has gotten so rancorous and complicated in recent years:…

  2. HBT Daily: Are the Indians, Royals and/or Orioles for real?

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about those three early season surprises, Jered Weaver and whether Phil Hughes or John Lackey is a bigger concern for their respective teams

  3. Two links to strange 1980s Royals-related content

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Brett Wilson

    Did you know that … A: The Royals tried to lock up George Brett, Willie Wilson and Dan Quisenbery to lifetime deals after the 1985 season via side deals involving investments in a suburban Nashville, Tennessee apartment complex?; and B. That this is what George Brett would have looked like on his 1986 Topps baseball…

  4. Video: Fan beaten by police, tazed at Pirates-Rockies game on Saturday night

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    No clue what happened before this video to justify this man being escorted out of PNC park by police on Saturday night (UPDATE:  We now have more information), but I’m sure that his jacket and jean shorts didn’t help the situation any. And here’s the guy before the game, captured by the ballpark’s Fan Photos…

  5. About those glossy free agent brochures …

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Scott Boras famously makes up these big crazy notebooks for his free agent clients, talking up their skills, their marketability and all of that. This past winter we heard about how Carl Crawford’s agent, Brian Peters, made up an iPad presentation (along with a free iPad) for teams interesting in his client’s services.  I always…

  6. Bad news for Joel Zumaya

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    zumaya hurt

    Last week Tigers’ reliever Joel Zumaya was cleared to start a throwing program.  Now it has taken a turn for the ominous: The news about Joel Zumaya turned somber Sunday after the Tigers disclosed he felt pain during Thursday’s rehabilitation at Lakeland, Fla. … The Tigers will hold a conference call today that will include James…

  7. Milton Bradley wears earplugs to block the heckling

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    Will Milton Bradley be playing for the M’s come May? From Saturday: Milton Bradley was jeered by a few fans for the rest of the game after this error and at one point he even complained to the umpires to try and get the fans tossed. Later in the game Milton was seen at the plate…

  8. Comment(s) of the Day: Great Moments in Phillies Fans

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    I engage in a fair amount of Phillies fan baiting — it’s a hoot! — but sometimes I don’t even have to bait them.  Here is some fun stuff from the ATH comments this morning: You mentioned Friday when the Phillies offense could only muster 3 runs saying “that’s what happens when you face a…

  9. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    As you will see, ranking teams based on eight or nine games is kind of a sucker’s game. But let no one say that I am nor a sucker.

  10. There are too many little leaguers in San Francisco

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Little League

    Not long ago we passed along a story about how interest in baseball is down among America’s youth and how little league participation is declining. Not so in San Francisco where Giants-inspired enthusiasm has leagues overflowing and a shortage of coaches and fields: The leagues are struggling to find enough fields for games and practices.…

  11. Marlon Byrd was caught stealing at a rather unfortunate time

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Byrd_Marlon

    The Cubs trailed the Brewers by one run in the ninth inning yesterday and they got their leadoff man — Marlon Byrd — on base.  And then, with a powerful hitter who had already stroked three doubles on the day at the plate, Byrd was … caught stealing. Strange play to say the least. Who…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Things you missed during the one weekend a year that you try to care about golf before remembering that it is a truly wretched sports.

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

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    David Freese

    High point of my weekend: a double shot of streptococcal pharyngitis in the Calcaterra household kept me from watching the Braves flail helplessly at Cole Hamels.

  14. And That Happened Express: Saturday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2011, 7:51 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    White Sox 4, Rays 2: Holy crap, did Sam Fuld make a spectacular catch, or what? Yankees 9, Red Sox 4: Two homers for Russell Martin. I’d say more, but apparently this game was force-fed to the nation by FOX, even in places where the other FOX regional games should probably have been going. Such as…

  15. And That Happened Express: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Braves batter Jones hits a double scoring three runs off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Lee in their home opening MLB baseball game in Atlanta

    I mentioned in the first “And That Happened” of the year that I may start doing weekend ATHs. ATH is a time-consuming endeavor, and I try to follow the normal social conventions in my personal life (i.e. Friday night is for girlfriends, Saturday night is for wives), so for now I think I’m going to…

  16. No verdict yet: The Bonds jury adjourns for the weekend

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    The jury considering Barry Bonds’ fate deliberated for about seven hours today but reached no verdict. The judge thus dismissed them for the weekend. They’ll reconvene Monday. It’s hard to tell what to make of jury questions, but during the day today jurors asked the judge to have the recording of the conversation between Steve…

  17. Manny and the Hall of Fame: Forget it, dude. But what of his legacy?

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    Manny Ramirez has the statistical resume of a Hall of Famer. Now, in light of his second drug “issue” — which is being reported as a positive drug test — the viability of his candidacy is probably nil.  It may have been anyway given his 2009 PED suspension, but if there was any doubt about…

  18. Our long national nightmare ends: The Red Sox win a game

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates with teammate Jacoby Ellsbury in Boston

    It wasn’t pretty — God, it wasn’t pretty — but the Red Sox are finally in the win column, having beat the Yankees 9-6. This was a game, more than any other, that puts lie to the significance of the win stat. Because John Lackey got the win despite pitching terribly: five innings, seven hits…

  19. Shocker: Manny Ramirez retires following a second positive drug test

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    Big news: Major League Baseball just announced that Manny Ramirez has retired. Major League Baseball said that his retirement came after he was told of “an issue” with the drug treatment and prevention program.  The statement: “Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.…

  20. Yankees vs. Red Sox Live Blog/Chat: Come for the panic, stay for the chitchat!

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    It’s Friday. There isn’t a ton of actual news happening. The government is probably gonna shut down soon. And while those things are wonderful, the best part of the day is daytime baseball! We’re flexing our East Coast Bias muscles today, going with the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. The game starts at 2:05 Eastern.…

  21. Greg Anderson is released from prison

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Barry Bonds’ non-testifying former trainer has been released from prison, reports the Daily News. This is not terribly surprising given that the evidence-portion of the trial is over and his testimony is no longer required, thus no longer in need of being compelled.  It will be interesting to see now, however, whether he will be…

  22. The University of California’s baseball team is back

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    UC Berkeley baseball

    Remember in February how the University of California announced that it was cutting its baseball team due to funding problems?  Yeah, about that (via Baseball America): The University of California, Berkeley, baseball program will continue to represent the campus as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, now and into the future, as the result of a successful…

  23. “How are you a Yankees fan at all? It’s like being a huge fan of fascism”

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Yes, it’s a commercial — for New Era caps — but it’s funny, it has some good Yankees-Red Sox hate and it’s got Alec Baldwin in it, and I’d watch Alec Baldwin in just about anything, so there you are.

  24. Going forward, there will be a heavy police presence at Dodger Stadium

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, police Chief Charlie Beck and Frank McCourt are going to hold a news conference today to announce new security measures at Dodger Stadium in the wake of the beating of Bryan Stow last week. We don’t know everything, but Chief Beck made it clear that at least parts of it won’t…

  25. Tito tinkers with the lineup, but it doesn’t really matter

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Terry Francona is tinkering with the lineup for today’s game with the Yankees: he has moved Carl Crawford to the top of the order — his fourth different slot in seven games — and he’s rounding it out with Pedroia second, Gonzalez third and then Youkilis, Ortiz, Drew, Saltalamacchia, Ellsbury and Scutaro. Lineup order doesn’t interest…

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