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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Padres coach gets smacked in the face by a baseball

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Rick Renteria

    Walking around practice fields for a week made me keenly aware of just how damn dangerous it can be out there. There are balls flying all over the place. It takes a few days to get over the impulse to duck and cover every time you see a ball flying out of the corner of…

  2. Oliver Perez buys himself some time, but the end is nigh

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    Yesterday we heard that if Oliver Perez had another bad outing that he could have been run out of town on a rail.  So lucky for him he didn’t have another bad outing. In fact, he had a darn good one: two scoreless innings, no walks and more strikes than balls. It probably bought him another…

  3. Kirk Gibson used to walk uphill both ways and the Diamondbacks will too

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kirk Gibson has had enough of the tomfoolery in the Dbacks’ clubhouse, particularly when it comes to cell phones: Gibson probably would prefer to keep all cellphones out of the clubhouse. Players can use them up to a certain point in the day, as long as they get their work done. “You’re talking to somebody…

  4. Scenes from Spring Training: “Ozzie Guillen! Look at me!”

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    So I slid down close to the White Sox dugout when I saw Ozzie Guillen sitting there like that. Figured I’d take his picture.  I took this one and a couple other ones of him hanging out there.  Then a guy a couple seats down said “want me to get his attention for you?”  I…

  5. Photo of the Day II: Adam Dunn — playing defense

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    And, in addition to the photo, we have an exclusive transcript of Dunn’s inner-monologue!

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: Camelback Ranch is pretty darn impressive

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Camelback Ranch is a nice joint.  As far as player facilities and overall handsomeness of the place, it may be the best in the entire Cactus League. Like the Dbacks and Rockies place out at Salt River, Camelback has large buildings behind the left and right field walls for the Dodgers and White Sox, respectively.…

  7. Photo of the Day: Watch out for bad hops

    Mar 3, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Earlier this morning we passed along word that Citi Field has the best infield dirt in all of baseball.  I’m no grounds keeping expert, but I can’t help but think that the infield here at Camelback Ranch may not play quite as true: I mean, really, there are gonna be some bad bounces out there!…

  8. Here’s the dirt on the Mets’ infield

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Citi Field

    No, really: the actual dirt: About two weeks before the players reported for spring training in February, a firm called Natural Sand Company trucked in two loads of dark, brown clay from its mine in central Pennsylvania and, with the assistance of the grounds crew here, completely renovated the infield skin at the main stadium, creating…

  9. Today could be judgment day for Oliver Perez

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    Andy Martino of the Daily News says that two major league sources are telling him that if Oliver Perez doesn’t show “significant improvement” over his last outing when he takes the hill this afternoon that the Mets are going to cut him.  This despite Terry Collins’ statement yesterday that Perez will have additional starts beyond…

  10. The Cubs don’t think yesterday’s dustup was a big deal

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    The little fracas between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez was just frustration at a bad, error-filled and dinger-filled inning, the Cubs said late yesterday. No biggie and they’re past it now.  Aramis Ramirez: “That was the only thing that happened, so it was obvious he was kind of upset … We talked about it, and…

  11. Coco Crisp is sorry

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Coco Crisp mugshot

    Coco Crisp tweets a lot. He didn’t tweet after his DUI the other night or most of the day yesterday, but late last night he did, and he tweets his regrets over his DUI: Sorry to everyone! my family, friends, MLB and my fans. I know I let a lot of ppl down and again…

  12. Scenes from Spring Training: Beer, Voros McCracken and almost getting my butt kicked over a misunderstanding

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    George and Dragon

    I had an interesting evening. Went out for beers with my friend Connor Doyle who, long ago, was one half of a good (mostly) sports blog called Two Guys who, like, never agree. It’s defunct now, but back in 2007 and 2008 he and I were occupying the same general Blogspot world.  Also joining us:…

  13. Photo of the Day: Coco Crisp’s mugshot

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Not surprisingly, he looks slightly less happy than Miguel Cabrera looked for his mugshot.

  14. Scenes from Spring Training: My favorite thing to happen yet this spring

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

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    That’s Hideki Matsui taking strike two on what turned out to be a strikeout in the fifth inning.  In spite of this — and in spite of him grounding into a double play with the bases loaded in the first — I still liked Hideki Matsui’s performance and I would like to have a player…

  15. The Cubs are in midseason form: they have a fight in the dugout

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    Looks like I picked the wrong game to see today. The A’s and Indians are kind of snoozy. Much more fun is being had between the Cubs and the Brewers over at Maryvale Baseball Park. Well, the Cubs are having fun anyway: as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports, after the first inning there…

  16. The A’s release a statement on Coco Crisp’s DUI

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    The Athletics just released a statement regarding Coco Crisp’s DUI: “Coco Crisp was arrested and detained early this morning under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  He was released from the City of Scottsdale Jail this morning and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on time for team pre-game drills.  The A’s are…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training: Oh no, there goes Tokyo

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    And now, stuff I thought about and observed before learning that Coco Crisp was arrested for DUI last night … I know I’m dwelling on this a lot, but the extent to which Hideki Matsui dominates things here at Athletics’ camp cannot be overstated. From the press box to the on-the-field warmups and even down…

  18. Report: Coco Crisp Arrested for DUI last night

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Coco Crisp

    CSN Bay Area is reporting that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp was arrested for DUI last night. There aren’t any details at the moment apart from the fact that he was driving his Rolls Royce at the time of his arrest, so you know, he was inconspicuous. The buzz in the press box is that the…

  19. Must-Click Link: How to pick which team to root for

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Most of us already have a rooting interest. But if you don’t or if you know someone who doesn’t, here’s the absolute best flow chart I’ve ever seen in my life to help you with your choice. I’m struggling to see any of the choices that lead you to any specific team as wrong.  Indeed,…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to Phoenix Municipal Stadium

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    I’m in the press box of Phoenix Municipal Stadium.  I can’t say for sure how long I’ll be here, however, because real estate is at a premium.  Most of these boxes have two rows. The first row is for the beat writers who cover the team every day, the official scorer and people like that.…

  21. Uh-oh: Frank McCourt is in trouble with the missus!

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Remember how Frank McCourt tried to sell off the Dodgers’ broadcasting rights to FOX in an effort to raise cash to save his ownership of the team? Yeah, it seems that, given that the Dodgers are community property, Jamie McCourt has an interest in all of that and a right to obtain any information she…

  22. Mark Wohlers’ wife: Fireman of the Year

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mark Wohlers

    Mark Wohlers never won the Fireman of the Year award back when he was the Braves’ closer, but his wife deserves consideration now: Former Braves closer Mark Wohlers said his wife raced through their suburban Atlanta home and saved him and their three children as flames starting spreading through the house early Tuesday. The home…

  23. When is it OK to report what goes on in the clubhouse?

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    That’s the question a staff writer for the Dayton Daily News asks in the wake of that Jonny Gomes/Adam Wainwright thing: When do the media go too far? Is every nanosecond of every day fair game for anyone who we christen as a public figure? As a reader, do you even want to know that…

  24. Greg Anderson is going back to jail

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    Considering that Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds’ former trainer, has (a) already done over a year in jail for not testifying against Bonds; and considering that (b) the practical limit of any future refusal to testify against Bonds is the couple of weeks his trial will take to complete, it’s not at all surprising that Anderson…

  25. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to 2013, Royals fans

    Mar 1, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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    This was the rare spring training game that got more interesting as opposed to less interesting as it went on. And the reason for it was the very reason why I came here today: the Royals system is stocked. But the system is still young, and for as good as Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and…

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