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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Great Moments in Competitive Imbalance: Texas High School Baseball Edition

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Lake Highlands baseball

    This is what some Orioles fans want you think playing in the AL East is like: Late on a school night, in a game already delayed because of lightning, Richardson Lake Highlands High School came to bat in the top of the fifth inning leading Dallas Samuell by around 30 runs. Then they scored another 20…

  2. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    The Red Sox’ 0-6 homecoming to face the Yankees is going to dominate the discourse in the salons of baseball for the next 24 hours, and I predict that the amount of fretting will be more or less balanced out by the Don’t Panic Chorus. Dustin Pedroia, however, wants to make it clear to you,…

  3. The Red Sox lose again, head back to Boston 0-6

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    McDonald bag.bmp

    I’ve been getting annoyed at all of the “no team who has ever started 0 and whatever has ever made the playoffs” stuff, but I suppose at some point those numbers are going to become relevant. And we’re a day closer to that, because Boston lost again this afternoon, and they did it in frustrating…

  4. Robert Redford to make a movie about Branch Rickey

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Redford Natural

    He’s a natural for the project, wouldn’t you agree? He starred in one of the most famous fictional baseball movies of all time. Now Robert Redford looks to play one of the most famous real-life baseball figures of all time. The “Natural” star is on board to play Branch Rickey in a long-gestating, recently jump-started version…

  5. Chicken and waffles sandwich 1, Heidi Watney 0

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Look, I love going to games at Progressive Field. Nice park, friendly people. But when I was there for Opening Day I saw their new concession, the chicken and waffle sandwich.  I could have had one for free too.  I declined.  From the looks of NESN’s Heidi Watney’s experience with this beast this afternoon, I…

  6. The Dodgers haven’t had a full-time security chief for four months

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Reading Bill Shaikin’s report about the Dodgers undegoing a security overhaul in the aftermath of the Bryan Stow attack last week reveals that the Dodgers have been operating without a permanent head of security for four months: The Dodgers last December dismissed Ray Maytorena, a former Secret Service agent who had overseen the club’s security operations.…

  7. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Rays with Jonah Keri

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    I’ll admit, it takes a strange turn when we start talking about murdered ex-girlfriends …

  8. Minnie Minoso for the Hall of Fame

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Minnie Minoso

    Minnie Minoso is throwing out the first pitch for today’s White Sox home opener. And there’s a great feature on him over at the Chicago Tribune today. There really is no one like him. No one who had a career with the arc of the one he had.  Just an astounding man and an astounding…

  9. Lastings Milledge designated for assignment

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Lastings Milledge

    Lastings Milledge, who was at one time considered a top Mets prospect, has had quite an odyssey around baseball the past few years.  Ridiculed right out of the gate in Washington thanks to Manny Acta putting him in center field when he really wasn’t cut out for it, he struggled with the Nats and then…

  10. Manny Ramirez doesn’t feel the need to impress you

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    Manny Ramirez was asked if his early season struggles were the result of him pressing in an effort to make a good impression. Manny hasn’t hit much these days, but he smacked that one out of the park: “I don’t need to impress nobody. I’ve got almost 600 home runs.” Truth.  Maybe not as to…

  11. Rob Dibble still thinks Stephen Strasburg should have “sucked it up”

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    rob dibble announcing

    Last year Rob Dibble got canned from MASN after he said that Stephen Strasburg should have “sucked it up” and pitched despite having an elbow injury that went on to require Tommy John surgery. After he said it — but before he got fired — he apologized and said that his comments were “inappropriate and disrespectful.”…

  12. The Jays are open to playing a game in Montreal

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Olympic Stadium

    Nothing is ever going to touch hockey in Canada or even come within sight of it, but it does seem like the Blue Jays, by virtue of being Canada’s only baseball team, have a pretty good opportunity to grow the fan base. To date they’ve made some tentative inroads into Quebec via TV and radio…

  13. Adam Dunn wants to play today

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dunn_Adam

    Adam Dunn had an appendectomy at 2AM yesterday morning. Despite this, he tells Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago that he’d like to play against the Rays today in the White Sox’ home opener.  He also said that he has healing powers like Wolverine, so it shouldn’t be a problem. It seems silly for Dunn to…

  14. No, the Giants don’t need to “do something” about Barry Bonds

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    bonds in att park

    In light of the Barry Bonds trial going to the jury as early as today, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News has a concern: Question: If the verdict is not guilty on all charges and Bonds wants to celebrate by making the short trip to AT&T Park for some baseball viewing, what happens?…

  15. The Dodgers are reviewing their security procedures

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    In the wake of the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, the Dodgers have hired former Los Angeles police chief William Bratton — who is now a private security consultant — to assess the team’s security policies. If this increases security at Dodgers games, great. But…

  16. Ryan Howard is delusional

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Ryan Howard had a great game last night — 4 for 4, a homer, two doubles, a walk and two RBI — and he’s had a hot start. So maybe what he had to say after last night’s game can be chalked up to adrenaline or something. But whatever caused him to say this, it’s not…

  17. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Giants 8, Padres 4: Lincecawesome. I can only say that once a year in ATH or else people start yelling at me, but I figured I’d get it out of the way early. Lincecum struck out 13 dudes in seven innings of work while allowing only three hits. He was buoyed by Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval,…

  18. Mark Cuban pays a visit to the HBT comments section

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    The other day Mark Cuban put up a lengthy post over at his blog about his views on the media and their access to the locker room.  It’s here. This morning I wrote a lengthy post responding to it in which I, as I am wont to do, went on about my view of the…

  19. Why political bloggers should stick to politics

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    spock

    I read a lot of political blogs and think a lot of political thoughts. And despite the fact that I often pretend to be a flaming commie, I’m actually a fairly middle-of-the-road guy. I mean, I lean left on many things and I’m pretty far left on a lot of social issues, but I have…

  20. Bummer: Harmon Killebrew won’t be throwing out the first pitch in Minnesota on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Killebrew

    There was word earlier this week that Harmon Killebrew — who has been battling esophageal cancer — was going to throw the first pitch out at the Twins’ home opener on Friday. Now it seems that he won’t make it due because he doesn’t want to interrupt his treatment schedule. Tony Oliva will do the honors…

  21. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has until June

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Saltalamacchia_Jarrod

    One of the things I’ve been watching in the early going is who the scapegoat will be in Boston if things don’t turn around quick. The easy choice — and leader at the moment — is Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He fits for so many reasons. He’s more or less unproven. He’s been given a starting job more…

  22. The NCAA may rethink their preposterous rules regarding amateurs and agents

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    NCAA Logo

    I’ve written about this several times before, but let’s sum up: the NCAA has a rule on the book that serves no purpose other than to exploit kids. It’s the no-agents rule, which allows college baseball players to have an “advisor,” but prohibits the advisor from talking to professional teams. And that’s the case even…

  23. Miguel Cabrera could lose his license today

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Down in Florida — and just about everywhere else — you lose your license for a year if you refuse a breath test when pulled over for a DUI.  Miguel Cabrera did that when he was pulled over at the beginning of spring training and today is the hearing that will determine if his license…

  24. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Red Sox, Giants and Padres with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Kind of a new thing today: me talking to someone who isn’t Tiffany. I’ll get better at this eventually. For now: try not to mock my lack of conversation skills

  25. Bonds Trial Update: A charge is dismissed and the defense rests without calling a single witness

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The evidence portion of the Bonds trial is over. The prosecution rested yesterday, and this morning prosecutors dropped one of the charges: the one about whether Greg Anderson induced him “to take anything before the 2003 season.”  Prosecutors had been of the view that the charge could mean that Bonds took any kind of steroid…

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