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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Opening Day Live Chat

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Yankee Baseball

    Aaron and I are live chatting the Tigers vs. the Yankees! Come on in to join the fun! And the snark! And the complaining about the weather!

  2. HBT Extra: Three potential breakout stars for 2011

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany Simons and I blatantly rip off Aaron Gleeman’s previews of potential breakout stars for 2011 and set it to video. See you in court, Aaron!

  3. The Red Sox want to serve more liquor in Fenway. What could possibly go wrong?

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Fenway

    As a rule, I’m pro-liquor. But then again, I don’t have to police 40,000 Red Sox fanatics 81 nights a year, so this may be a big fight: As the Boston Red Sox prepare for their April 8 home opener at Fenway Park, the team is moving to expand the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages…

  4. Your kids aren’t playing baseball

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Little League

    In this morning’s invocation I said that people will, come August, start slagging on baseball.  Well, some aren’t waiting. The Wall Street Journal sounds an alarm today about how kids just aren’t playing the game anymore: As for Little League, which covers kids aged 4 to 18, about two million kids played in the U.S.…

  5. Obama will not be at Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Obama First Pitch

    In case you care about such things: The White House and the Washington Nationals say President Barack Obama is skipping the season opener, despite a standing invitation for the first fan to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. What is there, a war on? Oh, yeah. Well, I suppose there is. Look, I’m going to level…

  6. We will be doing a live chat for the Tigers-Yankees game

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

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

    I just spoke with PFT’s Gregg Rosenthal, who lives in New York. I can’t use the word that he used to describe the weather in New York right now, but let’s just say that it rhymed with “kitty” and was a close synonym for “poopy.” Still, no matter how bad it is, I have this…

  7. Bonds Trial Update: A very yawny Wednesday

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    It was a great day at the Barry Bonds trial if you’re into chain-of-custody testimony and talk about urinalysis.  I think that covers approximately 0.0045% of the population, and that’s a generous estimate. There are, like, three dudes, however, who love both topics so yesterday was like Christmas for them. The day started with ballplayers at…

  8. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Based on my thoughts about Opening Day, you may not be surprised to learn that, like the hyped-up spectacle of Opening Day, I am less than enamored with other kinds of empty hype too.  Something that is usually empty hype: Power Rankings. Indeed, any team’s peak power — at least before the playoffs start —…

  9. Looking ahead to Opening Day’s six — what, only six? — games

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Opening Day flag

    Today is the day that everyone learns a little something about their employer. Like, whether he is so unreasonable as to not allow you to blow the day off to watch ballgames. Or, at the very least, if he’s so uptight that he won’t allow you download MLB.tv on the company machine — using the…

  10. Thoughts on Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Flag baseball

    It’s Opening Day. And as I do most Opening Days, I awake this morning struggling to place it in its proper perspective. On the one hand, it’s a time for celebration and jubilation. After a long cold winter, our passion is back. And as so many have before us, we’re tempted to render it into…

  11. Roger Clemens is looking forward to his day in court

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I once had an argument with my colleagues at the law firm about the public relations tack to take with a criminal client. I told them that the whole “our client is looking forward to his day in court” stuff was tired and no one ever bought it.  Better to say nothing or to come…

  12. Zack Greinke is going to be out a bit longer than expected

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    When you’re talking about the ace pitcher for whom you traded the last vestiges of your farm system for a shoot-the-moon run at the title, here’s a quote you don’t want to hear: “It may be a little longer than what I thought it was going to be … I figured by now that he…

  13. Quote of the Day: Happy two-year anniversary Oakland A’s/San Jose committee!

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Snail

    Has it been two years since Bud Selig convened the commission to study the viability of the A’s moving to San Jose already? My, how time flies! But yes, the San Jose Mercury News — which is the only entity on the planet that wants the A’s in San Jose more than Lew Wolff does…

  14. Photo of the Day: Sure, Opening Day is tomorrow …

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Today the Cleveland Indians were supposed to take on the Columbus Clippers in an exhibition game here in beautiful Columbus, Ohio.  I had toyed with the idea of calling to get a press pass but never got around to it.  I probably made the right decision given the weather here today.  As I look out…

  15. Great Moments in Cliff Lee Love

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Apparently ladies love cool Cliff: Cliff Lee love isn’t about box scores, ERAs, or innings pitched. You won’t understand it by dissecting interview transcripts, psychoanalyzing his heart, or rereading the fine print of the leaner contract he signed with Philadelphia at the expense of a fatter paycheck dangled by the Yankees. It is about animal…

  16. The Indians have made a really nice promotional video

    Mar 30, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Progressive Field

    I’ve been linking to various team’s promotional videos this spring. I know they’re advertisements, but I find them interesting. Some are funny. Some are effective. Some are awful. The Indians have what may be the most moving one I’ve seen so far.  Check it out. Biggest reason I like it: it doesn’t shy away from the…

  17. How to use Twitter properly to enhance your baseball experience

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    twitter follow me

    Moshe Mandel had a great post over at The Yankee Analysts yesterday. It’s about Twitter, and he keys on the biggest thing that keeps a lot of baseball fans off it: they misunderstand the point of it all. As an example, Moshe links to a Time Magazine list of the allegedly most important Twitter accounts…

  18. Mets over Phillies? Well … that’s an interesting prediction

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    We run our own predictions because, well, they’re fun to do.  And since they’re almost always wrong anyway I don’t suppose there is any reason for anyone to get too worked up by them. But sometimes you see one that does sort of strain credulity a bit.  Like Mike Vaccaro’s in the New York Post. His…

  19. Jake Fox — gasp! — broke an unwritten rule

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Fox_Jake

    I had missed this, but several readers have alerted me to the fact that Jake Fox of the Baltimore Orioles was excoriated by both the opposing manager — Jim Leyland — and his own manager following what they perceived to be a clear violation of one of baseball’s many, many unwritten rules the other day:…

  20. Ken Rosenthal will be wearing bow ties all year. And this is a very good thing.

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Rosenthal bow tie

    I think I may have been one of the only people on the planet who liked the fact that Ken Rosenthal wore bow ties while on camera for the FOX playoff broadcasts last fall. I thought it was dapper and rather charming. I’ve met Ken in person a couple of times and he totally fits…

  21. FOX is testing a new overhead camera

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    old TV

    Sticking with the Los Angeles Times, there was a report there yesterday about FOX’s desire to use a new “Field Cam,” which would travel overhead the diamond, giving all of us at home new angles. Apparently they used it last night in the Dodgers-Angels exhibition game.  There was something like this in the playoffs last…

  22. Dodgers fan balks at the chance to have lunch with Frank McCourt

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I gotta be honest: if John Malone, the CEO of Liberty Media — owner of my Atlanta Braves — invited me to have lunch with him, I’d probably balk too.  I mean, really, what would we have to talk about?  Our vast land holdings? Our fights with the FCC?  The awkwardness of the fact that,…

  23. MLB launches the Fan Cave

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Fancave.bmp

    Remember last month when we mentioned that Major League Baseball was looking for someone for their “dream job?” With that job being to move to New York to star in a baseball web series and “be a part of a live interactive experience for baseball fans that will include watching every MLB game over the…

  24. Wow: the Giants may make Brandon Belt their starting first baseman

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    This would be unexpected: John Shea is reporting that the Giants may make Brandon Belt their starting first baseman. At least they’re “leading toward” doing. There will be an announcement later today. If they go in that direction, one assumes that Pat Burrell would sit and Aubrey Huff would play left. Although, given that Burrell…

  25. And now, the HardballTalk staff predictions

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Oracle of Delphi

    Our Springtime Storyline previews are the Official Previews of HardballTalk. But despite our little paragraphs entitled “So, how are they going to do?” their real value is in talking about the issues facing each team, not in providing predictions. And, it should be noted, they are a collective product. For example, Aaron wrote up the…

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