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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Fredi Gonzalez continues to bat Jason Heyward sixth

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    I told myself that I wasn’t going to get too upset about the Braves batting order because batting order doesn’t matter a great deal, but I’m only human, my biggest fanboy crush of a baseball player continues to be left on the basepaths because no one behind him can drive him in and, dammit, I’m…

  2. Happy Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jackie Robinson

    April 15th is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut.  Tons of players will wear #42 in his honor today (which I don’t much care for, but that’s another rant).  That dude down at that university in Georgia or Florida or wherever will issue his annual report about minority participation in baseball (which I…

  3. Don’t get too excited about replay yet

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Cuzzi Mauer-thumb-250x165-2271

    Yesterday word got around that Major League Baseball was going to expand replay.  We should probably just say that they’re maybe leaning that way. Here’s the official word from MLB: To clarify, the Special Committee for On-Field Matters discusses many issues, but no decisions have been made regarding instant replay. Which makes sense. The Special…

  4. HBT Daily: Now with more Ozzie Guillen rants!

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I look at the weekend ahead, including the Rangers-Yankees, Indians-Orioles and Ozzie Guillen at the end of his rope.

  5. Photo of the Day: Coco Crisp kicks it old school

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Oscar Gamble nods approvingly. Says “now grow it bigger.”

  6. Man who won’t make Hall of Fame says what hat he wants to wear on his plaque

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    I like Johnny Damon as a player. He’s had a nice career. He’s the archetypal Hall of Very Good guy.  The HoVG’s Mt. Rushmore* could easily have him, Mark Grace, Jack Morris and, I dunno, Vada Pinson on it.  But a Hall of Famer?  Eh: It stinks that [3,000 hits] might be my only chance [at the…

  7. Dodger Stadium was crawling with police last night, but how long will it last?

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    LAPD Takes Over Security At Dodgers Games After Attack On Giants Fan

    Following the attack on Bryan Stow, it’s understandable that the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles would want to take visible measures to ratchet up safety. Emphasis on the visible, with police officers “on the streets leading up to the stadium and still more at the entrances to the parking lot, the stadium gates…

  8. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox agree on a seven-year, $154 million deal

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Gonzalez_Adrian

    Sean McAdam of Comcast New England reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $154 million extension with Adrian Gonzalez. The team plans to announce the deal at press conference later today. This has been in the works for a long time. Many believe that it was agreed to in principle several months…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 15, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

    Today on And That Happened: Imagining what Ron Gardenhire would say if he were Ozzie Guillen, peeking in on Dustin Mosely’s budding singing career and another installment of “Find the Hunter S. Thompson Reference!”

  10. UPDATE: Ryan Madson and his wife clarify the “I hate the fans” thing

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Wonder woman

    UPDATE:  The Phillies have issued a statement on behalf of Ryan Madson and his wife, arising out of that business in which the Naked Philadelphian blog reported Sarah Madson to have said “I hate fans” and complain about women coming up to Ryan Madson in public: Sarah did not consent to an interview, but rather…

  11. Jon Heyman has the most sensible Bonds take I’ve seen all day

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    When I woke up this morning I wouldn’t have guessed that the most sensible, spot-on analysis of the Barry Bonds case and legacy among the big national writers would come from Jon Heyman, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t: Scoundrels and cheats are already in. So are foul-tempered jerks. Bonds may be all three.…

  12. ESPN needs to get a better legal expert

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    I have no personal quarrel with ESPN’s Lester Munson. I don’t know his background or his specific area of expertise. I know that when he is asked to explain to lay people the general gist of any legal issue that touches sports he tends to do an OK job.  He’s good at the “OK, what…

  13. Baseball to expand the use of instant replay

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Cuzzi Mauer-thumb-250x165-2271

    Good news for people who hate bad calls: Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped balls and fair-or-foul rulings down the lines, a person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press.  Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped…

  14. So the Dodgers can’t throw at guys anymore?

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Buster Posey was plunked twice yesterday and he wasn’t happy about it. Nor would I be, of course. It has to hurt. And if it’s not accidental it’s just lame. I hate plunkings and beanball wars. It’s dangerous stuff and, though it always has been and always will be part of baseball, I wish it…

  15. HBT Daily: Michael Schur — a/k/a Ken Tremendous — and I talk about the Red Sox

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Michael Schur, creator of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is a big Sox fan. Poor guy.

  16. Brian Bannister is AWOL from the Yomiuri Giants

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    brian-bannister-royals

    Weird story involving former Royals pitcher Brian Bannister. Banny left the majors after last season and signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of the NPB.  When the earthquake hit he, like a lot of gaijin left Japan to be with their families and get the hell out of the way of rescue and recovery…

  17. Video: JFK joins the Nats’ Presidents’ Race. And he’s the bad guy.

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Via Dan Steinberg and via Let Teddy win, here’s a video of last night’s President’s Race at Nats Park.  The news: A fifth president made an appearance: JFK, though he’s not a permanent addition, the Nats are saying.  I find it hilarious that JFK of all people ambushes someone.  Knocks George Washington back … and…

  18. What they’re saying about the Barry Bonds verdict

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    megaphone

    You’ve heard me go on long enough. But wait! One more quickie: The Barry Bonds “I was the son of a celebrity” non-answer was no different than Mark McGwire saying “I’m not here to talk about the past” before Congress. In fact, McGwire’s was worse, because he never did answer the questions put to him.…

  19. The Bonds jury foreman essentially admits he didn’t pay attention to the grand jury testimony

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jury Box

    It’s right there in black and white. Bonds answered the question that the jury and prosecution claim he did not. Yet they still convicted him of obstruction.

  20. Exploring the sheer absurdity of the Bonds verdict

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Having slept on it, here’s one more thought about the Bonds verdict that simply blows my mind. Yesterday when I reacted to the verdict, I noted the absurdity of Bonds being convicted on his rambling answer in “Statement C” as listed in Count 5 of the indictment. That “Statement C” was Bonds saying, in response to…

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

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Marlins 5, Braves 1: Josh Johnson takes a no-hitter into the eighth before Freddie Freeman breaks it up with a double. Probably for the best. Johnson was at 109 pitches. If he keeps the no-no up all the way his pitch count is getting a bit nutty. Chipper Jones‘ otherwise meaningless home run in the…

  22. UPDATE: Josh Hamilton apologizes to Dave Anderson

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    hamilton_josh

    UPDATE: Josh Hamilton has apologized to Dave Anderson: “I let my emotions get ahead of thinking things through,” Hamilton said. “The more I think about it, the more I understand that I take responsibility for what happened because I had the choice not to go or the choice to go. I just appreciate Dave having…

  23. Deep Thought: Barry Bonds verdict edition

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    Still thinking about that verdict. And it still makes little sense to me. Seems like the jury just wanted to compromise on something, so compromise they did. Hey, I think we have the best legal system in the world, but I never said it was perfect. And just to be clear to those of you…

  24. Breaking: Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice, but not perjury. Which makes no sense at all.

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The jury in the Barry Bonds case has reached a verdict. At least on one count: Barry Bonds is guilty on the charge of obstruction of justice.  The jury has reached a hung verdict on the other three remaining counts. This makes no sense at all. Bonds was facing four charges in all: three counts…

  25. Tigers win in a walkoff — Neftali Feliz remains well-rested

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    For the second straight day the Tigers have beat the Rangers in walkoff fashion. For the second straight day they did so while the Rangers’ relief ace — Neftali Feliz — watched from the comfort of his bench in the bullpen. Today the heroics came via a Brandon Inge home run with one out in…

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