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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Power Rankings: with great power comes great responsibility

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Matt LaPorta, Austin Kearns

    See, this is what I’m talking about when I say that Power Rankings are tricky things this early in the season.  I go and do something like put the Indians in the top 10 and all of a sudden we have bedlam: LOS ANGELES OF ANAHEIM, CA—Since the Indians are a consensus  Top 10 Most Powerful…

  2. Frank McCourt hits back at his old law firm’s lawsuit

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I wrote this morning about the lawsuit Frank McCourt’s former law firm filed against him, seeking a declaration that they did no wrong. Since that time I’ve had a chance to read the complaint (thanks Dodger Divorce!).  It seems sillier to me now than it did then. Basically, the firm admits — as it must…

  3. Former Pittsburgh sports anchor John Steigerwald blames Bryan Stow for his own beating. Really.

    Apr 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    I scanned this column from John Steigerwald of the Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pennsylvania for traces of satrie and other Onion-esque tells, but no, it appears to be serious.  In it, Steigerwald — a longtime Pittsburgh sports anchor — blames Bryan Stow for the beating he took at the Dodgers-Giants game because he had the nerve…

  4. Which is the cleanest World Series winning team in the past 15 years?

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Lots of back and forth in the comments today about how Manny Ramirez and friends tainted the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox World Series championships. In response, Red Sox fans are citing the Yankees teams for having tons of PED-connected dudes. If it helps, you’re all right! But enough of the he-said, he-said (women never…

  5. Quote of the Day: Tim Keown on the Bryan Stow beating

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    ESPN Los Angeles’ Tim Keowan says something that I’ve been thinking since Sunday when I watched the Giants-Cardinals game and heard the broadcasters talking about how baseball rivalries shouldn’t be taken so seriously. And last night when the Dodgers and Giants players implored fans to keep their animosity limited to the action on the field.…

  6. Whose extreme start is a more reliable indicator of future performance: the Red Sox or the Rangers?

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    We’ve seen all kinds of “teams who start 0-X on the season have only made the playoffs Y times since nineteen dickety-seven” stats in the past week and a half. Here’s one more look at that from ACTA Sports, who looked at the first ten games of the season for every team since 2002, with…

  7. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Cubs with Len Kasper

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Len Kasper, voice of the Chicago Cubs, joined me for some talk about Starlin Castro, the rotation and the nature of Mike Quade

  8. Baseball begins in Japan

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Sendai-based Japanese professional baseb

    There were no mentions of the considerable ambivalence regarding the opening of the NPB season in Japan today, but open it did: Local TV showed people in shelters watching the game, before which there was a moment of silence, and each fan in the Chiba cheering section held up signs of support for the disaster…

  9. Manny Ramirez cost Bob Melvin his “chance at greatness”

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There’s all kinds of Manny Ramirez hate floating around the web right now. It’s expected and understandable and you kinda gotta let it run its course. But some of it is just plain insane. Like this post at Business Insider by Cork Gains. In it he argues that Manny Ramirez was responsible for Bob Melvin…

  10. Jayson Werth meets the Phillies again

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    werth_jayson

    It’s going to be a weird scene at Nats Park tonight for two reasons: 1. Jayson Werth is facing the Phillies for the first time since he signed his mega-deal with the Nats; and 2. Because it’s the Phillies in Washington, the park will likely be full of Philly fans invading the place like they did last…

  11. Is PED use a lesser wrong in the drug testing era?

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    I don’t mean to make this post into a Manny Ramirez referendum — we’ve had plenty of those in the past few days — but in his defense of Ramirez’s Cooperstown credentials, Allen Barra raises a point I have yet to see addressed when he says “Manny paid his debt the first time and is…

  12. Dice-K imploded last night. And it’s really no mystery why

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Daisuke Matsuzaka got creamed last night, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including two homers, in two innings.  This morning Rob Bradford of WEEI has a story up with the headline “One hundred starts later the Daisuke Matsuzaka mystery remains unsolved.” Bradford tries to figure out where it all went wrong for Dice-K, but…

  13. What’s the deal with all of the oblique injuries?

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    That’s a question we’ve asked around here a lot lately, although we’re doing it more or less rhetorically. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times really wanted to know, so he asked Stan Conte, the Dodgers head trainer about it.  Conte researched such injuries and discovered that, no, this was not just a matter…

  14. Frank McCourt’s former law firm sues him

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt got sued yesterday by his former law firm, Bingham McCutchen. This is a suit for declaratory judgment, which for all practical purposes means that they sued McCourt because it was obvious that he was going to sue them, and they wanted to get the drop on him. Bingham (a) is asking for a declaration…

  15. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    An explosion of runs in Boston and an amazing comeback in Seattle. I’d like to think that my guest spot on 950 KJR in Seattle last night contributed to the comeback. Because I exude winning.

  16. There’s “growing suspicion” the Mets will clean house this season

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    Jon Heyman reports in his latest column that “there’s growing suspicion” that the Mets will try trade Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez if they are not contending midseason. I don’t know what constitutes “growing suspicion,” but given the problems with the pitching staff, I think the “not contending” part of that equation is going to…

  17. The return of baseball to Japan is not being met with unequivocal joy

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows

    Baseball is resuming in Japan, delayed a few weeks by the earthquake and tsunami. Everyone in a position of authority is noting how baseball coming back will restore a sense of normalcy to life.  But as Robert Whiting — the author of the fabulous book about baseball in Japan, You Gotta Have Wa — notes,…

  18. An Irish wake for Manny Ramirez

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    I’m probably in the distinct minority of people who are kind of bummed that Manny Ramirez‘s career is over. I mean, yes, I can agree that his time was up whether he was getting suspended or not. I can see now that my preseason optimism about his stint with the Rays was misguided.  Whatever the…

  19. Kettmann: Bonds will eventually make the Hall of Fame

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    My view: no matter what happens with the perjury trial — and the jury is still deliberating, by the way — Barry Bonds should still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Sure, we can disagree about Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmiero’s worthiness or unworthiness, but Bonds is so far over the line that no one…

  20. Update to the Pittsburgh police beating/tazing

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh beating.bmp

    In the wake of that video we posted earlier of the guy getting beaten and the tazed by police at PNC Park in Saturday — posted again below for your convenience — the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (via Big League Stew) has tracked down the police report and has comments from the Pittsburgh Police Department: “We both feared…

  21. Jose Canseco is a manager now. And Ozzie is his bench coach.

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    ozzie and jose canseco

    I have total faith that this will work out just fine and will last the entire season. Because I am an insane person: The Yuma Scorpions announced today that Jose Canseco has been named as the Manager of the minor league baseball team for this coming season in the North American League.  He will also play…

  22. Is the Hall of Fame a victim of silly idealism?

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Tom Boswell of the Washington Post was asked about the Hall of Fame cases for baseball’s black sheep in a Q&A today: Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez.  His answer says an awful lot about why the Hall of Fame discussion has gotten so rancorous and complicated in recent years:…

  23. HBT Daily: Are the Indians, Royals and/or Orioles for real?

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about those three early season surprises, Jered Weaver and whether Phil Hughes or John Lackey is a bigger concern for their respective teams

  24. Two links to strange 1980s Royals-related content

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Brett Wilson

    Did you know that … A: The Royals tried to lock up George Brett, Willie Wilson and Dan Quisenbery to lifetime deals after the 1985 season via side deals involving investments in a suburban Nashville, Tennessee apartment complex?; and B. That this is what George Brett would have looked like on his 1986 Topps baseball…

  25. Video: Fan beaten by police, tazed at Pirates-Rockies game on Saturday night

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    No clue what happened before this video to justify this man being escorted out of PNC park by police on Saturday night (UPDATE:  We now have more information), but I’m sure that his jacket and jean shorts didn’t help the situation any. And here’s the guy before the game, captured by the ballpark’s Fan Photos…

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