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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Bonds Trial Update: The Brothers Giambi

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Jason Giambi leave the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Yesterday’s installment of the Barry Bonds trial didn’t provide the salacious highs of Monday’s Kimberly Bell testimony, but it made up for it with a varied menu of witnesses.  Most notably Jason and Jeremy Giambi, but let’s take this all in order, shall we? First up was a man named Barry Sample, an expert in…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Are the Boston Red Sox the best team in baseball?

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    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. For in-depth previews of all 30 teams, check out the HBT Preview. In this edition: the Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: Are the Red…

  9. The HardballTalk Season Preview

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    Wilson Opening Day

    It’s Opening Day Eve, everyone. And the quicker we get to bed tonight, the quicker Baseball Claus comes and brings us our precious games. Until then, however, here are links to all 30 of HardballTalk’s Springtime Storylines entries, cataloging the Big Questions, the Not so Big Questions the continuing nagging issues and dramas of each…

  10. Just say no to any neutral site World Series games

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Gibson homer

    Ken Rosenthal has a good column up today about how baseball’s future is so bright it’s gotta wear shades. Business is booming and looks as though it will continue to boom.  Technology that allows fans to get even more immersed in the game is leading the way to the future, and how the time is…

  11. For the players, Miami is a “girlfriend city”

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Miami

    I was gone yesterday afternoon so I wasn’t following the blow-by-blow of the Bonds trial. By missing it, though, I missed a doozy.  In case you missed it too, know this: to players on road trips, there are “wife cities” and there are “girlfriend cities.” This came up during Kimberly Bell’s testimony, in which she…

  12. 2011’s uniform changes are minor, but mostly positive

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    Paul Lukas has no peer when it comes to the world of cataloging and commenting on sports uniform design, and today he has a post I look forward to every year: all of the uniform changes heading in to the new baseball season. Nothing really major. The Blue Jays have trashed the powder blue alternates.…

  13. Barry Bonds’ ex-girlfriend may have contradicted her grand jury testimony yesterday

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kimberly Bell

    If you think (a) the Bonds trial couldn’t get any more cringe-worthy; and (b) I couldn’t find a way to make a second post about Barry Bonds’ testicles today, well, you’re quite mistaken. After a couple of witnesses took the stand this morning, the jury was cleared and Bonds’ lawyers told the judge that Kimberly…

  14. News flash: old ex-ballplayer does not engage in revisionist history

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Lou Brock

    Yesterday I quoted that Bill White interview by the RetroSimba blog.  It continues today, and White said two pretty neat things. First, when asked if the Cardinals infield of White, Ken Boyer, Dick Groat and Julian Javier was the best infield he’d ever seen, he said no, cited Javier’s shortcomings as a defender and opined…

  15. Jason Bay has a strained rib cage, could start the season on the DL

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Bay_Jason

    One day I’m going to have news about the Mets that is unequivocally good. Young prospect impresses. Guy who was hurt turned out to not be as bad as everyone thought and is good-to-go.  I guess Carlos Beltran doing OK over the weekend was good news — and this is certainly fun! —  but there…

  16. Dante Bichette is a USTA champ

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Bichette

    You hear a lot about how ex-ballplayers spend the, oh, 40-60 years of their retirement playing golf.  Dante Bichette isn’t most ex-ballplayers. He’s a USTA tennis champ: Having just thrown a 110-pitch complete game for his adult baseball league, Dante Bichette rushed to Daytona Beach. His team was facing elimination in the United States Tennis Association Florida state…

  17. Mark Trumbo may share time at first base for the Angels. Because of defense.

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    When I wrote the Angels preview the other day I assumed that Mark Trumbo would be taking over the first base job until Kendrys Morales can come back. As I said, Trumbo “hit the tar out of the ball at Salt Lake City last year, hit the tar out of the ball down in Venezuela…

  18. Your Jeff Francoeur apologist quote of the day

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Francoeur_Jeff

    The year-after-year Jeff Francoeur propaganda — or, as I shall henceforth call it, “Francoeurganda” — has been well-cataloged by now.  No matter how poorly he does, someone is going to say that this, by gum, is the year he breaks out.  No matter how little he progresses, Francoeur himself is going to say that he’s…

  19. The Yankees technology-unfriendly policies remain in place for 2011

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    iPad

    I get why the Yankees want to charge so much to park at a game — encouraging the use of mass transit is a good thing — but I don’t get why they don’t wish to encourage mass communications as well. Specifically, why they have continued their policy of not allowing iPads, e-readers and the…

  20. Jay-Z and David Ortiz settle some dispute none of us knew about

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Jay-Z

    From the “yeah, I know, but Opening Day is still two days away so fixating on this silly b.s. seems like fun” department: Jay-Z has a club in New York called 40/40. David Ortiz allegedly visited it, liked it and opened up his own club called 40/40 in the Dominican Republic. This led to some…

  21. Yankee Stadium parking prices hiked more than 50%

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweeted yesterday that the price to park at Yankee Stadium was just raised from $23 to $35.  I have two reactions to this, with the second reaction more or less trumping the first one: 1. Wow, that’s a big hike. It’s hard to justify that kind of an increase…

  22. Bonds Trial Update: Things get personal

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Kimberly Bell

    Yesterday was oversharing time at the Barry Bonds trial with the witness who, if Greg Anderson had testified, may never have been called: Bonds’ ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell.  She testified that Bonds admitted to steroid use prior to his grand jury testimony and, as promised, provided all manner of intimate detail about the life and sexual…

  23. After reading this you’ll never look at David Eckstein the same way again

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:07 AM EDT

    David Eckstein, Casey McGehee

    We like to poke fun at the “David Eckstein is scrappy” thing around here, but that’s more a commentary on the people who try to make him into something he isn’t as a player, not a personal thing about Eckstein. Indeed, there’s absolutely no reason to poke personal fun at Eckstein of which I’m aware.…

  24. Springtime Storylines: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Seattle Mariners

    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 Deadball Preservation Society (a/k/a The Seattle Mariners). The Big Question: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?…

  25. Bill White on Don Drysdale: “he threw spitballs”

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Cardinals' Bill White Posing with Bat

    Bill White, former Cardinals first baseman, broadcaster and former President of the National League, has a new autobiography coming out called “Uppity: My Untold Story About The Games People Play.”  He sat for an interview with the Cardinals blog Retro Simba. It’s a neat interview, with additional parts to come. My favorite Q&A in the first…

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