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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Springtime Storylines: Will the Rangers be able to survive the departure of Cliff Lee?

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    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 defending AL Champs, the Texas Rangers The Big Question: Will the Rangers survive the departure of Cliff Lee? Well, sure, why wouldn’t…

  2. Freddy Garcia is likely to land the Yankees’ fifth starter job

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    So far this spring Bartolo Colon has pitched way better than Freddy Garcia has, with the former having a better ERA, allowing fewer hits, striking out more guys and only walking one in 15 innings of work.  But as you so often hear this time of year, spring stats should all but be ignored. The…

  3. Curtis Granderson blasts T.J. Simers

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    Granderson_Curtis

    Curtis Granderson took to Twitter last night in the wake of T.J. Simers’ low-rent hatchet job on Marcus Thames the other day.  Granderson: I don’t like to criticize media. They have a job to do & sometimes have to be the bad guy. But @LATimesTJSimers should be ashamed of himself … Marcus Thames is one of…

  4. Bonds Trial Update: ex-friends and garbled recordings

    Mar 24, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    Taking the stand in the Bonds trial yesterday was Steven Hoskins, a childhood friend of Barry Bonds who grew up to be something of a fixer and lackey.  Hoskins would pay Bonds’ bills, make sure his baseball equipment was in order and pay off Bonds’ girlfriends with a wad of cash he kept in a…

  5. Don Zimmer needs one more year to catch Connie Mack

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Don Zimmer, Evan Longoria

    I knew Don Zimmer had been around a long, long time, but I hadn’t seen it put into such perspective before: This season marks Zimmer’s 63rd consecutive year in professional baseball (major and minor leagues), and although baseball doesn’t keep track of longevity in both leagues, it’s likely that Zimmer’s streak is second only to…

  6. Vice President visits Yankees camp; betrays his Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Joe Biden, Mariano Rivera

    Vice President Joe Biden is a Phillies fan, but today he visited Yankees camp in Tampa. Look at him there. Wearing the Yankees gear. I’m gonna be straight with you: I like Joe Biden. I find him to be a pretty interesting guy. But if I were the Vice President of the United States, I’d…

  7. Brian Wilson’s throwing session cut short, Opening Day in doubt

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson is one of the legions of players who have strained their obliques this spring, but the other day he said, no worries, he’d be ready for Opening Day.  Not so, according to Andrew Baggarly: Brian Wilson’s ability to pitch on opening day is in significant doubt after the Giants’ right-handed closer had his…

  8. Stop. Hammer Time.

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    MCHammer

    We’ve all heard the story of how a young Stanley Burrell — more famously and ridiculously known as M.C. Hammer — once worked for the Oakland A’s.  You may not know the details of that gig, however. If you don’t, The Common Man has a post up about it over at The Platoon Advantage this…

  9. The Nationals sign Oliver Perez

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Perez_Oliver

    The Nationals have signed Oliver Perez to a minor league deal, says Yahoo!’s Tim Brown. Low risk and low money, so why not? At the moment the Nats’ depth chart has a rotation of Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmermann, Tom Gorzelanny and John Lannan.  I’m struggling to see which of those guys is supposed…

  10. Joba Chamberlain was throwing a 96 m.p.h. fastball yesterday

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Whether it’s mechanical changes, good health after a long break or just because he got a good night’s sleep the night before, Yankees fans have to like this: Joba Chamberlain was throwing the ball 96 m.p.h yesterday, and was hitting his spots as he did it. “This is the best I’ve felt in spring training,”…

  11. Roy Oswalt is smacked by a comebacker

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Oswalt_Roy

    The Phillies really really need spring training to end. A couple days after Shane Victorino avoided disaster in an outfield collision, Roy Oswalt took a comebacker off the bat of Manny Ramirez a few minutes ago, knocking him to the ground. He got up and walked off under his own power and seemed OK.  Replays…

  12. Luis Salazar returns to Braves camp

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    Luis Salazar is out of the hospital and on the mend following his awful injury in the Braves dugout a couple of weeks ago.  Mark Bowman of MLB.com has both the story and video of Salazar talking about his recovery. “I’d like to thank God that I’m talking to you guys and that I’m alive,”…

  13. A fine video for insecure Red Sox fans who like bad white boy rapping

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Sorry, but this NESN ad for Red Sox baseball is … well, it just is. All I’ll say is that (a) the guy “rapping” in this, if we can call it that, has to be the nephew of someone important because skills didn’t get him the gig; and (b) at some point I would hope…

  14. How the Yankees train their players to be media savvy. Even A-Rod.

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jeter media

    I’ve recently gone on about how teams are taking greater control of the media message by doing their own reporting via their websites and affiliated networks and by becoming increasingly restrictive with outside media. Well, there’s another part of this too: intensive training of players and team personnel in the ways of media relations. Today…

  15. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL West

    Mar 23, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I break down the AL West. And at the end Tiffany makes a prediction that is going to make me some money come October.

  16. Forbes’ annual franchise valuations are out

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Sticking with Forbes, we link for your pleasure its annual list of baseball franchise valuations.  You’ll be shocked to learn that the continued uncertainty at backup catcher and fifth starter has not negatively impacted the value of the New York Yankees. They’re still number one. When you combine the team’s revenues with it’s interest in…

  17. Baseball does not want you to know about its debt crisis

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    There is an in-depth report at Forbes today about the debt crisis facing Major League Baseball that anyone who cares about the business of the game should read. The story focuses primarily on the well-known financial problems facing the Mets and Dodgers, with a shout-out to the Tom Hicks Rangers, but it suggests that teams taking on…

  18. MLB releases the top 10 best selling jerseys

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Jeter Jersey

    CNBC’s Darren Rovell reports that, for the first time, Major League Baseball has divulged the list of their top selling jerseys, by player.  He has a story about it here and then lists the top 10 in a slide show, which is somewhat annoying. For what it’s worth, Derek Jeter is, not surprisingly, the top seller.…

  19. Your annual “Jeff Francoeur is working on his plate discipline” story

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    There has not been one offseason — literally, not one — since Jeff Francoeur broke into the majors when there hasn’t been a story in which he’s been reported to be working on pitch-recognition, plate patience and jacking up his on-base percentage.  Here’s last year’s. Not too long ago someone gathered links to all of…

  20. You’ll be shocked to hear that Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox are making progress on a deal

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    It’s cute how we’re still pretending that Theo Epstein — after getting a negotiating window — traded away multiple top prospects for Adrian Gonzalez without having  a deal in place: An afternoon meeting between the Red Sox and the representatives of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went “really well’’ yesterday, with all signs pointing toward a long-term…

  21. A call for civility in player criticism

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Chad Cordero

    The other night D.J. pointed us to Barry Svrluga’s heart wrenching story about Chad Cordero, who lost his infant daughter to SIDS back in December.  Yesterday, Moshe Mandel of The Yankee Analysts — himself a father of three young girls — reflected on Cordero’s loss and how that changes the nature of the player-fan relationship…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Did the Rays lose too many guys?

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    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: A team that always has to try 2% harder, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Did the Rays lose too many guys? It’s…

  23. Bonds trial update: Agent Novitzky takes center stage

    Mar 23, 2011, 6:49 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds, Jeff Novitzky

    The government’s first witness against Barry Bonds was called yesterday: agent Jeff Novitzky, the man who made the BALCO case. And the Brian McNamee case. And the Kirk Radomski case. And who has spearheaded  just about every other investigation into athletes and performance enhancing drugs, from Bonds to Lance Armstrong (case still building). It was…

  24. Jesus Montero may not make the Yankees roster

    Mar 23, 2011, 6:05 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero started spring training off positively, answering the one question that many had about him: can the guy play defense?  At least he answered it in the first couple of weeks down in Tampa, where he was reportedly solid behind the dish. Since then, however, he has regressed, Brian Cashman tells…

  25. Kendrys Morales has been shut down

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Morales_Kendry

    Kendrys Morales hasn’t been right all spring, as he continues to struggle back from the broken leg that cost him the bulk of 2010.  Now Mike DiGiovanna reports that the Angels have shut him down due to soreness on the ball of his left foot.  He’s back to Los Angeles, where he saw a doctor…

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