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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The HardballTalk Season Preview

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Wilson Opening Day

    It’s Opening Day Eve, everyone. And the quicker we get to bed tonight, the quicker Baseball Claus comes and brings us our precious games. Until then, however, here are links to all 30 of HardballTalk’s Springtime Storylines entries, cataloging the Big Questions, the Not so Big Questions the continuing nagging issues and dramas of each…

  2. Just say no to any neutral site World Series games

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Gibson homer

    Ken Rosenthal has a good column up today about how baseball’s future is so bright it’s gotta wear shades. Business is booming and looks as though it will continue to boom.  Technology that allows fans to get even more immersed in the game is leading the way to the future, and how the time is…

  3. For the players, Miami is a “girlfriend city”

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Miami

    I was gone yesterday afternoon so I wasn’t following the blow-by-blow of the Bonds trial. By missing it, though, I missed a doozy.  In case you missed it too, know this: to players on road trips, there are “wife cities” and there are “girlfriend cities.” This came up during Kimberly Bell’s testimony, in which she…

  4. 2011′s uniform changes are minor, but mostly positive

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    Paul Lukas has no peer when it comes to the world of cataloging and commenting on sports uniform design, and today he has a post I look forward to every year: all of the uniform changes heading in to the new baseball season. Nothing really major. The Blue Jays have trashed the powder blue alternates.…

  5. Barry Bonds’ ex-girlfriend may have contradicted her grand jury testimony yesterday

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kimberly Bell

    If you think (a) the Bonds trial couldn’t get any more cringe-worthy; and (b) I couldn’t find a way to make a second post about Barry Bonds’ testicles today, well, you’re quite mistaken. After a couple of witnesses took the stand this morning, the jury was cleared and Bonds’ lawyers told the judge that Kimberly…

  6. News flash: old ex-ballplayer does not engage in revisionist history

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Lou Brock

    Yesterday I quoted that Bill White interview by the RetroSimba blog.  It continues today, and White said two pretty neat things. First, when asked if the Cardinals infield of White, Ken Boyer, Dick Groat and Julian Javier was the best infield he’d ever seen, he said no, cited Javier’s shortcomings as a defender and opined…

  7. Jason Bay has a strained rib cage, could start the season on the DL

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Bay_Jason

    One day I’m going to have news about the Mets that is unequivocally good. Young prospect impresses. Guy who was hurt turned out to not be as bad as everyone thought and is good-to-go.  I guess Carlos Beltran doing OK over the weekend was good news — and this is certainly fun! —  but there…

  8. Dante Bichette is a USTA champ

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Bichette

    You hear a lot about how ex-ballplayers spend the, oh, 40-60 years of their retirement playing golf.  Dante Bichette isn’t most ex-ballplayers. He’s a USTA tennis champ: Having just thrown a 110-pitch complete game for his adult baseball league, Dante Bichette rushed to Daytona Beach. His team was facing elimination in the United States Tennis Association Florida state…

  9. Mark Trumbo may share time at first base for the Angels. Because of defense.

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    When I wrote the Angels preview the other day I assumed that Mark Trumbo would be taking over the first base job until Kendrys Morales can come back. As I said, Trumbo “hit the tar out of the ball at Salt Lake City last year, hit the tar out of the ball down in Venezuela…

  10. Your Jeff Francoeur apologist quote of the day

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Francoeur_Jeff

    The year-after-year Jeff Francoeur propaganda — or, as I shall henceforth call it, “Francoeurganda” — has been well-cataloged by now.  No matter how poorly he does, someone is going to say that this, by gum, is the year he breaks out.  No matter how little he progresses, Francoeur himself is going to say that he’s…

  11. The Yankees technology-unfriendly policies remain in place for 2011

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    iPad

    I get why the Yankees want to charge so much to park at a game — encouraging the use of mass transit is a good thing — but I don’t get why they don’t wish to encourage mass communications as well. Specifically, why they have continued their policy of not allowing iPads, e-readers and the…

  12. Jay-Z and David Ortiz settle some dispute none of us knew about

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Jay-Z

    From the “yeah, I know, but Opening Day is still two days away so fixating on this silly b.s. seems like fun” department: Jay-Z has a club in New York called 40/40. David Ortiz allegedly visited it, liked it and opened up his own club called 40/40 in the Dominican Republic. This led to some…

  13. Yankee Stadium parking prices hiked more than 50%

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweeted yesterday that the price to park at Yankee Stadium was just raised from $23 to $35.  I have two reactions to this, with the second reaction more or less trumping the first one: 1. Wow, that’s a big hike. It’s hard to justify that kind of an increase…

  14. Bonds Trial Update: Things get personal

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Kimberly Bell

    Yesterday was oversharing time at the Barry Bonds trial with the witness who, if Greg Anderson had testified, may never have been called: Bonds’ ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell.  She testified that Bonds admitted to steroid use prior to his grand jury testimony and, as promised, provided all manner of intimate detail about the life and sexual…

  15. After reading this you’ll never look at David Eckstein the same way again

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:07 AM EDT

    David Eckstein, Casey McGehee

    We like to poke fun at the “David Eckstein is scrappy” thing around here, but that’s more a commentary on the people who try to make him into something he isn’t as a player, not a personal thing about Eckstein. Indeed, there’s absolutely no reason to poke personal fun at Eckstein of which I’m aware.…

  16. Springtime Storylines: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Seattle Mariners

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The Deadball Preservation Society (a/k/a The Seattle Mariners). The Big Question: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?…

  17. Bill White on Don Drysdale: “he threw spitballs”

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Cardinals' Bill White Posing with Bat

    Bill White, former Cardinals first baseman, broadcaster and former President of the National League, has a new autobiography coming out called “Uppity: My Untold Story About The Games People Play.”  He sat for an interview with the Cardinals blog Retro Simba. It’s a neat interview, with additional parts to come. My favorite Q&A in the first…

  18. Baseball ticket sales are headed back up

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that, based on earlyreturns, Major League Baseball is poised to end a three-year slide in ticket sales: Commissioner Bud Selig declined to project a specific attendance increase for the season. But after drawing 73.06 million fans in 2010, down 0.4 percent from 2009, this year’s total will likely…

  19. The Astros may be sold soon

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    Back in November, Astros owner Drayton McLane said that he was going to sell the Astros. On Friday he told MLB.com that he has made “substantial inroads” toward selling the team, with one of the three possible suitors being a familiar name: Houston businessman Jim Crane. You may recall that Crane — along with Mark…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Did anybody have a worse offseason than the Los Angeles Angels?

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: Did anybody have a worse offseason than the Los Angeles Angels?…

  21. The Cubs tell Carlos Silva not to let the door hit him in the … well, I’ll let them say it.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    You may have heard that the Cubs released Carlos Silva. You may have also heard that — before he was released but after he was told that he wasn’t making the rotation — Silva ripped the Cubs in general and Cubs’ pitching coach Mark Riggins in particular over the way it was all handled. Whatever,…

  22. Evan Longoria was robbed. Again.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    It’s been a rough spring for Evan Longoria. First his 1967 Camaro was boosted and now the house he rents for spring training has been broken into.  And it’s not just his: he shares it with David Price and Reid Brignac and the joint was cleaned out: Among the items taken were a 60-inch flat…

  23. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Final Countdown

    What you missed while driving all over the city, collecting your gambling winnings from the multiple bookies with whom you made your bets on Butler and VCU so as not to draw any attention to the fact that the fix was in.

  24. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL West

    Mar 25, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I wrap up our HBT Extra video previews with the home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants

  25. Must-Click Link: The Giants 2011 TV commercials

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    I thought the Mariners ads for the 2011 season were the best, but I think there’s a new champ: The Giants commercials are pretty terrific. There are six of them and a behind the scenes feature.  I think three and four may be the best. I’m pretty sure Bruce Bochy is the worst actor ever,…

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