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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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:…

  7. 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

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. About those glossy free agent brochures …

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Scott Boras famously makes up these big crazy notebooks for his free agent clients, talking up their skills, their marketability and all of that. This past winter we heard about how Carl Crawford’s agent, Brian Peters, made up an iPad presentation (along with a free iPad) for teams interesting in his client’s services.  I always…

  11. Bad news for Joel Zumaya

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    zumaya hurt

    Last week Tigers’ reliever Joel Zumaya was cleared to start a throwing program.  Now it has taken a turn for the ominous: The news about Joel Zumaya turned somber Sunday after the Tigers disclosed he felt pain during Thursday’s rehabilitation at Lakeland, Fla. … The Tigers will hold a conference call today that will include James…

  12. Milton Bradley wears earplugs to block the heckling

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    Will Milton Bradley be playing for the M’s come May? From Saturday: Milton Bradley was jeered by a few fans for the rest of the game after this error and at one point he even complained to the umpires to try and get the fans tossed. Later in the game Milton was seen at the plate…

  13. Comment(s) of the Day: Great Moments in Phillies Fans

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    I engage in a fair amount of Phillies fan baiting — it’s a hoot! — but sometimes I don’t even have to bait them.  Here is some fun stuff from the ATH comments this morning: You mentioned Friday when the Phillies offense could only muster 3 runs saying “that’s what happens when you face a…

  14. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    As you will see, ranking teams based on eight or nine games is kind of a sucker’s game. But let no one say that I am nor a sucker.

  15. There are too many little leaguers in San Francisco

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Little League

    Not long ago we passed along a story about how interest in baseball is down among America’s youth and how little league participation is declining. Not so in San Francisco where Giants-inspired enthusiasm has leagues overflowing and a shortage of coaches and fields: The leagues are struggling to find enough fields for games and practices.…

  16. Marlon Byrd was caught stealing at a rather unfortunate time

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Byrd_Marlon

    The Cubs trailed the Brewers by one run in the ninth inning yesterday and they got their leadoff man — Marlon Byrd — on base.  And then, with a powerful hitter who had already stroked three doubles on the day at the plate, Byrd was … caught stealing. Strange play to say the least. Who…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Things you missed during the one weekend a year that you try to care about golf before remembering that it is a truly wretched sports.

  18. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    David Freese

    High point of my weekend: a double shot of streptococcal pharyngitis in the Calcaterra household kept me from watching the Braves flail helplessly at Cole Hamels.

  19. And That Happened Express: Saturday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2011, 7:51 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    White Sox 4, Rays 2: Holy crap, did Sam Fuld make a spectacular catch, or what? Yankees 9, Red Sox 4: Two homers for Russell Martin. I’d say more, but apparently this game was force-fed to the nation by FOX, even in places where the other FOX regional games should probably have been going. Such as…

  20. And That Happened Express: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Braves batter Jones hits a double scoring three runs off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Lee in their home opening MLB baseball game in Atlanta

    I mentioned in the first “And That Happened” of the year that I may start doing weekend ATHs. ATH is a time-consuming endeavor, and I try to follow the normal social conventions in my personal life (i.e. Friday night is for girlfriends, Saturday night is for wives), so for now I think I’m going to…

  21. No verdict yet: The Bonds jury adjourns for the weekend

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    The jury considering Barry Bonds’ fate deliberated for about seven hours today but reached no verdict. The judge thus dismissed them for the weekend. They’ll reconvene Monday. It’s hard to tell what to make of jury questions, but during the day today jurors asked the judge to have the recording of the conversation between Steve…

  22. Manny and the Hall of Fame: Forget it, dude. But what of his legacy?

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    Manny Ramirez has the statistical resume of a Hall of Famer. Now, in light of his second drug “issue” — which is being reported as a positive drug test — the viability of his candidacy is probably nil.  It may have been anyway given his 2009 PED suspension, but if there was any doubt about…

  23. Our long national nightmare ends: The Red Sox win a game

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates with teammate Jacoby Ellsbury in Boston

    It wasn’t pretty — God, it wasn’t pretty — but the Red Sox are finally in the win column, having beat the Yankees 9-6. This was a game, more than any other, that puts lie to the significance of the win stat. Because John Lackey got the win despite pitching terribly: five innings, seven hits…

  24. Shocker: Manny Ramirez retires following a second positive drug test

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    Big news: Major League Baseball just announced that Manny Ramirez has retired. Major League Baseball said that his retirement came after he was told of “an issue” with the drug treatment and prevention program.  The statement: “Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.…

  25. Yankees vs. Red Sox Live Blog/Chat: Come for the panic, stay for the chitchat!

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    It’s Friday. There isn’t a ton of actual news happening. The government is probably gonna shut down soon. And while those things are wonderful, the best part of the day is daytime baseball! We’re flexing our East Coast Bias muscles today, going with the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. The game starts at 2:05 Eastern.…

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