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  1. UPDATE: Judge in Bonds trial calls newly-discovered tape “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant”

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    UPDATE:  Judge Susan Illston said in court today that the tape prosecutors claim will rebut the damaging (to the prosecution) testimony of Dr. Arthur Ting is “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” She added that the contents of the tape “were not very substantive,” and that “almost all of this is people’s comments being driven by what is…

  2. Judge to Roger Clemens: zip it

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Well, I haven’t seen the order from the judge, but I assume that, seeing it was going to Clemens, it had to contain short, easily readable words. “Zip it” seems to fit the bill: A federal judge is not happy that baseball’s Roger Clemens talked to the media about his upcoming perjury trial. U.S. District…

  3. Once again, Boston and New York have the highest priced beer in baseball

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    generic beer

    Each year the company Team Marketing Report puts out a list of who has the highest ticket prices, lowest ticket prices, hot dogs, parking, beers, etc.  It’s pretty much what you’d expect: stuff in big cities with big crowds is higher than it is here in the hinterlands.  You can check it all out here.…

  4. How the teams got their names

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Old baseball team

    There’s not a heck of a lot happening this afternoon — that is, unless you (a) have MLB.TV; and (b) are a masochist. If so, you can listen to Chip Caray call the Braves-Brewers game.  At least until you realize that you can just switch to the audio feed and listen to Bob Uecker, which…

  5. Scott Kazmir is toast

    Apr 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Kazmir_Scott

    CBS’ Danny Knobler spoke with a scout who said this about Angels’ starter Scott Kazmir, who gave up five runs in an inning and a third over the weekend: “Terrible. No velocity. No command. No nothing” Quit beatin’ around the bush, man, tell me: how’s he doing? It’s been a long time since we’ve seen…

  6. HBT Daily: Assessing the struggling teams

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    In keeping with this morning’s “panic button” post, Tiffany Simons and I discuss the early-season plight of the Red Sox, Rays and Giants

  7. Is Dodger Stadium truly dangerous?

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    The incident at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day has led to a lot of discussion about fan safety, but for some people who are familiar with Dodger Stadium, this is not a new problem. Here’s freelancer Paul Oberjuerge: Aside from what appears to be the seriousness of the victim’s injuries, what is new about this?…

  8. Matt Holliday’s status still up in the air, which gives me an excuse to talk about ESPN’s new broadcast team

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    There has yet to be a decision by the Cardinals as to whether they will put Matt Holliday on the disabled list in the wake of his appendectomy. He was reported to be feeling better yesterday, so the Cards are taking a wait-and-see approach and, in the meantime, going with a 24-man roster, effectively. ESPN’s…

  9. Los Angeles, San Francisco city leaders condemn ballpark violence

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    There was a time from the late 60s through to about the mid-80s when going to the ballpark was an unpleasant and, at times, dangerous experience. Alcohol flowed too freely, security was lax and ticket prices were cheap enough to where people who weren’t particularly invested in baseball games for baseball games’ sake didn’t think…

  10. Edgar Martinez had a bad weekend

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Edgar Martinez

    Well, I’m sure he’s fine, but he watched as two of his marks were surpassed on Saturday. First, David Ortiz set the major league record for RBIs by a designated hitter, passing Martinez’s mark of 1,003. Then, later that night, Ichiro Suzuki broke Edgar Martinez’s franchise record for career hits, notching his 2,248th hit in a Mariners uniform. Both were…

  11. The Panic Index: The Red Sox, Giants, Rays and Brewers

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Help Button

    Panic on the streets of Boston … St. Pete, Frisco and Milwaukee … OK, fine, so the Smiths sang about panic better than I can, but the “oh noes!” quotient is pretty high among some fans this morning. Fans who, it seems, forgot that baseball is not football and three or four games don’t really…

  12. How ’bout them rookie Royals?

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tim Collins

    We’re going to have a lot of Small Sample Size Theater this week. Stuff we observe during the season’s infancy that, while unsustainable and probably meaningless in the grand scheme of things, is fun to observe all the same.  One of the first things that fit this bill in 2011 is the Royals’ relievers, particularly…

  13. Bonds case update: the prosecution will rest today

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    Today will be the last day of the prosecution’s case-in-chief in the Barry Bonds trial, as they finish with Don Catlin, the anti-doping expert, and have the grand jury testimony read to the jury. The defense will then start their case, either today or tomorrow, but it will be a shorter deal than the prosecution’s.…

  14. Phil Hughes looks for answers as he struggles with his velocity

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Yankees' Hughes reacts as he walks back to the dugout  during fourth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tigers in New York

    As I noted in ATH this morning, people were talking during yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers game that Phil Hughes‘ velocity was way down. The last time this was mentioned, during spring training, some dismissed the idea as a function of uncalibrated Juggs guns or, even if the observations were accurate, as something not worth worrying about.  It…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Stuff you missed while you willingly ignored the sample size problem while declaring that the NCAA tournament is, like, totally the best thing ever.

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

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Matt Treanor

    Royals 12, Angels 9 (13 innings): Fernando Rodney blew the save in the bottom of the ninth by allowing two runs. More inexcusable than the runs, however, is that he walked Jeff Francoeur in the process. Actually, he walked the bases loaded before Wilson Betemit doubled in the tying runs. Angels pitchers walked ten Royals…

  17. On my way to Opening Day

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Progressive Field Snow

    I’m about ready to leave my fortified compound and hit the road up to Cleveland for Opening Day, where I’ll see the Tribe take on the White Sox.  While there I’ll be the guest of the Indians in the Indians Social Suite, which should be cool. Depending on the conditions (of both me and the…

  18. Mike Pelfrey pitched with a bum rotator cuff most of last year

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Pelfrey_Mike

    Mike Pelfrey is the defacto ace of the Mets staff. And, while he’s not elite or anything, he showed in 2010 that he can be a dependable starter. Which is nuts considering that, as the Daily News reports, he pitched most of the 2010 season with a messed up shoulder: “I had a strained rotator…

  19. Photo of the Day: Pete Rose looks great

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Ring! Ring! Pete Rose: Hello? Bud Selig: Pete, it’s Commissioner Selig. How are you? Rose: Awful. Because I’m Pete Rose and my very existence is borderline pathetic. Selig: That’s great, Pete. Hey: I got some good news and some bad news. Rose: Shoot. The Hit King is listening. Selig: The good news is that we’ve…

  20. Bud Selig: smokeless tobacco should be banned in the majors

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    There has been increasing pressure from anti-tobacco groups — and Congress — on Major League Baseball to do something about smokeless tobacco use by major leaguers. To date, baseball has merely acknowledged that it’s and issue, noted that it’s already banned at minor league parks and has made mention of the fact that doing anything…

  21. And That Happened: Opening Day’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For those of you new to in-season HardballTalk, know this: each weekday morning — and maybe some weekend mornings; I’m thinkin’ about it — I recap the previous day and/or night’s action in a little feature called “And That Happened.”  This is ATH’s fourth year, as I began it over at my old haunt, ShysterBall,…

  22. HBT opening day wrapup

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:02 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    There are over 2000 major league baseball games in a season. As such, the outcome of any one of them really doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But we pay greater attention on opening day. Indeed, some of us sat in front of television and computer screens for, oh, 10 straight…

  23. Not the best day for the prosecution in the Barry Bonds case

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    It was a short day for the Bonds trial — they must all want to get home in time to watch the Giants-Dodgers — and they are now wrapped up for the week.  A bad morning for the prosecution, though, as Bonds’ former orthopedic surgeon, Arthur Ting, totally killed one of the prosecution’s key witnesses,…

  24. HBT Opening Day Live Chat

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Yankee Baseball

    Aaron and I are live chatting the Tigers vs. the Yankees! Come on in to join the fun! And the snark! And the complaining about the weather!

  25. HBT Extra: Three potential breakout stars for 2011

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons and I blatantly rip off Aaron Gleeman’s previews of potential breakout stars for 2011 and set it to video. See you in court, Aaron!

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