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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Yankee Stadium parking prices hiked more than 50%

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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?…

  7. 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…

  8. Baseball ticket sales are headed back up

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that, based on earlyreturns, Major League Baseball is poised to end a three-year slide in ticket sales: Commissioner Bud Selig declined to project a specific attendance increase for the season. But after drawing 73.06 million fans in 2010, down 0.4 percent from 2009, this year’s total will likely…

  9. The Astros may be sold soon

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    Back in November, Astros owner Drayton McLane said that he was going to sell the Astros. On Friday he told MLB.com that he has made “substantial inroads” toward selling the team, with one of the three possible suitors being a familiar name: Houston businessman Jim Crane. You may recall that Crane — along with Mark…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Did anybody have a worse offseason than the Los Angeles Angels?

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    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 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: Did anybody have a worse offseason than the Los Angeles Angels?…

  11. The Cubs tell Carlos Silva not to let the door hit him in the … well, I’ll let them say it.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    You may have heard that the Cubs released Carlos Silva. You may have also heard that — before he was released but after he was told that he wasn’t making the rotation — Silva ripped the Cubs in general and Cubs’ pitching coach Mark Riggins in particular over the way it was all handled. Whatever,…

  12. Evan Longoria was robbed. Again.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    It’s been a rough spring for Evan Longoria. First his 1967 Camaro was boosted and now the house he rents for spring training has been broken into.  And it’s not just his: he shares it with David Price and Reid Brignac and the joint was cleaned out: Among the items taken were a 60-inch flat…

  13. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Final Countdown

    What you missed while driving all over the city, collecting your gambling winnings from the multiple bookies with whom you made your bets on Butler and VCU so as not to draw any attention to the fact that the fix was in.

  14. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL West

    Mar 25, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I wrap up our HBT Extra video previews with the home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants

  15. Must-Click Link: The Giants 2011 TV commercials

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    I thought the Mariners ads for the 2011 season were the best, but I think there’s a new champ: The Giants commercials are pretty terrific. There are six of them and a behind the scenes feature.  I think three and four may be the best. I’m pretty sure Bruce Bochy is the worst actor ever,…

  16. A couple of early “Moneyball” movie reviews are out

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Moneyball

    The website Hollywood Elsewhere has a couple of movie reviews from a sneak preview screening of the “Moneyball” movie.  The first one consists of the gut impressions of a person who seems not to be a baseball fan.  They suggest to me — along with the fact that there are three (3) prominent female roles…

  17. Mike Sweeney retires

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Mike Sweeney

    Mike Sweeney is announcing his retirement today.  Given that this word is coming via Royals writers and the announcement is happening in Surprise, Arizona, he is apparently retiring as a Royal, if not in a formal contractual sense, then at least in a cosmic sense. Which is appropriate, as Mike Sweeney was the Kansas City…

  18. Gustavo Molina may be the Yankees’ backup catcher

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

    There are rumblings emanating from Tampa that, as suggested yesterday, Jesus Montero won’t be the Yankees’ backup catcher. But not so fast, Austin Romine fans! Your man won’t be either.  The real number two: Gustavo Molina. I normally don’t give a diddly durn about backup catchers, but Molina, you’ll recall, had a nice little feature written…

  19. Major League Baseball wants to change its debt rules

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Just a day after Forbes released a story about Major League Baseball teams in debt trouble, the New York Post reports that baseball is changing its debt rules: Major League Baseball is working to cut how much debt its teams can carry, The Post has learned. The move, aimed at avoiding a Mets-like cash squeeze…

  20. 500 Madoff victims want Irving Picard to resign

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    SIPA Trustee Picard speaks during a news conference in New York, announcing the return of $7.2 billion from the estate of Madoff insider Picower to settle civil claims for victims of Madoff's ponzi scheme

    I missed this yesterday (Wilpon PR people! Where was my head’s up email?!), but the Daily News reports that 500 of Bernie Madoff’s victims wants Irving Picard — the guy who is supposed to be suing to recover money to benefit these victims — to be replaced as trustee. The reason? According to the lawyer representing these…

  21. UPDATE: The Brewers take a pass on Nyjer Morgan

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal says that the Brewers considered it, but took a pass. They’ll make do with what they have for the outfield bench. 1:00 PM: Fresh off their pickup of Sergio Mitre, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers are trying to get Nyjer Morgan. The thinking here is that, with backup outfielder Chris Dickerson shipped…

  22. Meet the man who allowed Livan Hernandez to punch him in the sack for $50 a pop

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Shocked

    I’m just going to leave this quote — about Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen catcher Jeff Moutzas — right here. You do with it what you will: Pitcher Livan Hernandez became something of a sadistic benefactor when he arrived in Arizona in 2006. Motuzas said Hernandez once paid him $3,000 to drink a gallon of milk in…

  23. Jayson Werth to hit second for the Nats

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    When Jayson Werth signed his massive deal with the Nationals back in December, my first thought was “wow, they paid elite slugger prices for a guy who really isn’t an elite slugger.” They still may have overpaid Werth, but to the Nationals’ credit, they’re not going to expect him to be something he’s not. Adam Kilgore…

  24. Mike Stanton starts his spring with a bang

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Stanton_Mike

    The Marlins’ Mike Stanton is a beast, but he’s been a sidelined beast this spring, battling a leg injury. He made his spring debut yesterday, however, and he murdered baseballs: Stanton not only left his indelible mark on the scoreboard — a tape-measure line-drive shot that traveled an estimated 500 feet — but also the…

  25. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Yesterday Jonathan Papelbon pitched in a minor league game, in which he gave up two runs to Twins’ Double-A players.  His reaction: “This was exactly what I wanted.” He’s referring to the fact that he got work in and was focusing on his mechanics, but it’s also worth noting that he has a 12.60 ERA…

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