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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Marlins’ new ballpark is going to cost taxpayers even more money than thought? Unpossible!

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Please sit down for this, because it’s going to come as something of a shock:  the taxpayer-funded ballpark the Marlins are moving into is going to end up costing taxpayers more money than the politicians said it would when they forced it upon the populace: When the city of Miami agreed to build parking garages…

  2. Occupy Yankee Stadium! The Yankees raise the price of bleacher seats

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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

    The Yankees have either kept prices level or even lowered some prices on tickets for 2012, but the bleacher seats are another story: New York said Tuesday the price of bleacher seats will be $20 and $12 next year, up from $15 and $5. “The $5 bleacher seats sold for about six times face value and…

  3. Muppets-as-ballplayers? Yes, Muppets-as-ballplayers

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT


    It’s 10:30 and I can already tell it’s going to be one of those days.  Stick around until this afternoon and I might upload a video of me singing the national anthem or something. Anyway: Larry Granillo cast various Muppets as their ballplayer counterparts. Derek Jeter as Kermit.  A-Rod as Miss Piggy.  You get the…

  4. Thanks, dude

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Baseball Bank

    Most people are either already travelling or pretending to work today or something, so I can be forgiven for a personal post, right?  Of course I can. I got an unexpected package today from an old friend.  In it was this baby: a vintage cast iron mechanical baseball bank: Yes, I see the ump’s right…

  5. Is 2012 Mariano Rivera’s last year?

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    In terms of things that may force Mariano Rivera‘s retirement, I’ll put “needing to cut back his hours so he can remain eligible for Social Security” at the top of the list. It’s certainly more plausible than “the Yankees won’t want him back” and “he can’t get guys out anymore.” For his part, Rivera said…

  6. People are reaching out to Joe Torre to join groups bidding on the Dodgers

    Nov 23, 2011, 6:17 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre has a job:  he’s the guy who has to deliver bad news for MLB, fine people and offer rather incoherent defenses of the league’s current instant replay policy. It’s a full time gig. But is there something else in his future? Like, say … becoming part owner and potential president/figurehead of the Los…

  7. DWI policy, maple bats, new helmets all part of the new collective bargaining agreement

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    David Wright helmet

    More health and safety stuff from the new collective bargaining agreement.  First, let’s call this new part the “2011 DUI-fest Memorial Contract Provision”: The parties agreed on a program of mandatory evaluation by a trained professional for Players who are suspected of an alcohol use problem (including Players who are arrested for DWI or other…

  8. The new CBA requires players to hide their smokeless tobacco

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    There are so many details of the new collective bargaining agreement spinning out this afternoon in various reports and tweets that it’s probably useful to have a link to a full outline of the new deal.  Here is that outline, courtesy of One of the interesting items: a nod to the recent push, signed…

  9. Ryan Braun is your 2011 NL MVP

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Congratulations to Ryan Braun for beating out Matt Kemp for the 2011 NL MVP.  A big assist to the other Milwaukee Brewers for being better than the Los Angeles Dodgers, thereby making Braun more valuable.  At least I guess that’s how that worked. Braun received 20 of the 32 first place votes, Kemp got 10…

  10. On second thought: the new CBA sells amateurs down the river

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    In the blogging game, speed often rules. Sometimes you can be too fast, however. That happened a few minutes ago when I broke down the new collective bargaining agreement. Within about five minutes of that post going live, a number of details started spilling out about the thing, and a lot of those details are…

  11. The new HGH testing will be kind of weird

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Image (1) HGH.jpg for post 4145

    The announcement that the new collective bargaining agreement provides for testing for HGH was a bit surprising, but the way it’s being implemented is kind of surprising too.  Here’s a mashup of Buster Olney’s tweets in the past few minutes reporting on that: On HGH testing: It’s TBD when/if it goes into effect. There will…

  12. UPDATE: Let’s not call the new collective bargaining agreement a success just yet

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT


    UPDATE:  I need to walk this one back quite a bit, as many new details emerged about the new CBA after I posted it.  Here are some of those details which change my assessment of this quite a bit. 12:37 PM: At 1PM Eastern the MLB Network will have the news conference announcing the new…

  13. NL MVP preview: it’s a two-man race

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    It doesn’t get much closer than this when it comes to a couple of MVP candidates. Player A:  .332/.397/.597, 33 HR, 111 RBI, 109 runs Player B: .324/.399/.586, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 111 runs But then you add in that Player A played a pedestrian-to-bad left field and Player B played a good center field,…

  14. The Cubs will shop Matt Garza

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Cubs are willing to move Matt Garza. This makes a lot of sense given how thin the free agent pitching market is.  Garza had a 3.32 ERA and 197/63 K/BB ratio in 198 innings this year. He’s only a second-year arbitration-eligible player and he made just under $6 million last year.…

  15. The Marlins “flatly rejected” the Athletics’ demands for Gio Gonzalez

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Yesterday we talked about the Marlins’ interest in trading for Gio Gonzalez.  Later in the day Matthew broke down the possible players Oakland might ask for in return. Chief among them: Logan Morrison. Today Clark Spencer reports that, yes, Logan Morrison was a requested player. As was Mike Stanton, but really, that was never going…

  16. Must-click link: Breaking down Juan Gonzalez’s Hall of Fame brochure

    Nov 22, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Juan Gonzalez

    The other day I was minding my own business when Sam Miller of the Orange County Register and Baseball Prospectus Im’d me and asked me if I knew Juan Gonzalez’s nickname. I said “sure, Juan Gone.”  He said “know any others?”  I said “no, should I?”  He said “thanks.”  I probably should have known Sam was…

  17. The guy who left Verlander off his MVP ballot admits he ignored the voting standards

    Nov 22, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    Remember that time you went to work and your boss was all like “you can’t do such and such because it’s expressly against company rules and actually undermines the policies we’ve established” and then you said “screw that, I’ma do what I’ma do” and then nothing happened to you.  Jim Ingrahm of the News-Herald never…

  18. Great moments in ringing endorsements: Bobby Valentine edition

    Nov 22, 2011, 6:21 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    The central dynamic in the Bobby Valentine/Red Sox thing is that ownership wants him and is going to get him and GM Ben Cherington has to get cool with that.  To that end, Valentine interviewed with Cherington yesterday.  The New York Times has a story about it. My favorite part: Cherington was said in some news…

  19. News conference tomorrow to announce the new collective bargaining agreement

    Nov 21, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The owners and the MLBPA are going to reach a memorandum of understanding on the new five-year collective bargaining agreement today, and they’ve announced that there will be a news conference tomorrow afternoon to make the new labor deal public. We know most of the larger components already: blood testing for human growth hormone, an increase…

  20. Justin Verlander wins the AL MVP Award

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    You can stuff your “pitchers can’t win the MVP Award” nonsense in a sack, mister, because Justin Verlander just won the 2011 MVP Award. Verlander — the first starting pitcher in 25 years to be named MVP — got 13 of 28 first place votes.  He only got 27 of a possible 28 overall votes,…

  21. Commissioner Selig issues a statement on the death of Greg Halman

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Greg Halman

    No new news on the killing of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman.  A few minutes ago, however, Commissioner Selig issued the following statement: “Today Major League Baseball mourns the passing of Greg Halman, a member of the Seattle Mariners organization since 2004.  Greg reached the Major Leagues in each of the last two seasons, hitting his…

  22. In which baseball’s newsmakers are compared to “The Princess Bride” characters

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT


    Linked with very little comment because none is really needed, Bill Parker explains how Clint Barmes is Princess Buttercup, Bobby Valentine is Miracle Max, and Dan Shaughnessy is Vizzini from “The Princess Bride.” And to preempt your comments: (1) yes, it’s a slow news day; and (2) no, I can’t help myself when it comes to “Princess Bride”…

  23. Tossup Alert: The AL MVP to be announced at 2pm Eastern

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Today the BBWAA will give out the only award that looks to have any kind of intrigue or potential controversy to it: AL MVP. This year’s award throws a couple of time-tested argument starters out there: should a pitcher win the MVP?  Should the MVP winner come from a team that didn’t go anywhere? Is…

  24. “Jeopardy!” + “Moneyball” = $$$$

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT


    I roll with a bunch of nerds, so I know all kinds of people who have been on “Jeopardy!” My former boss. A former coworker. A couple of sportswriters I know. Even a long time HBT commenter. I once took and passed the test for the talent search but they never called me to be…

  25. Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Greg Halman

    Horrible news from the Netherlands: Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect. Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound.…

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