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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Reds and Ryan Hanigan agree to a three-year deal

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    Ryan Hanigan is something more than a backup catcher for the Reds. It’s a split job, really, with he and Ramon Hernandez each taking roughly half the load (but for an injury to Hanigan last year it would have been closer to even workload).  Hanigan responded to this arrangement fairly well in 2010, hitting .300/.405/.429.…

  2. HBT Q&A: Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jonah Keri

    Earlier this morning I reviewed Jonah Keri’s new book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. Yesterday he took some time to answer some of my burning questions.  Well, maybe not burning. Just mildly irritating. The kind that go away with a cold compress or by…

  3. Labor talks: Now baseball is just rubbing it in

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The NFL labor situation turned apocalyptic on Friday, with talks breaking off, lawsuits being filed and rhetoric being unleashed that will take months to walk back before real progress can be made.  In light of this, it’s almost as if baseball is gloating, what with it being ahead of schedule in its efforts to get…

  4. Review: Jonah Keri’s The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Extra 2%

    You gotta love it when someone messes up an accepted narrative.  And there hasn’t been a narrative in Major League Baseball over the past several years that has been more widely accepted than “The Yankees and Red Sox have an unfair advantage.”  And, sure, structurally-speaking they do. They’re richer than Croesus and are run by…

  5. Johan Santana: whoever says I’m not going to pitch this year “is lying”

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    On Saturday Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reported that Johan Santana‘s rehab has not been progressing well and that Mets sources are concerned that he may not pitch at all in 2011.  The team refuted that report yesterday.  But in today’s Daily News, Santana refutes it even more strongly: “I don’t…

  6. MLB network to air footage of the Big Train, the Georgia Peach and the Sultan of Swat

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Walter Johnson

    This is neat: The MLB Network got its hand on some rare 9.5mm footage of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson warming up at an event at Yankee Stadium in 1924. There’s a small snippet of it in this promo here, though you have to watch Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter farting around for a…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 14, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    Takashi Saito, Ron Roenicke, Ed Sedar

    What you missed while beginning the process of gambling on amateur basketball players who themselves would be be punished for (a) participating in your tournament pool; or (b) receiving one red cent of the billions of dollars about to be generated by virtue of their unpaid labor.

  8. HBT Extra: Breaking down the NL East

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany insults my ability to pick it at second base for the Phillies. Why, the nerve of her …

  9. Bud Selig issues a statement on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Magnitude 8.9 Strong Earthquake Jolts Northern Japan

    There are a great number of Japanese baseball players, coaches, interpreters and media members associated with Major League Baseball. Today has been an extremely rough day for them as they’ve had to process the awful news of the earthquake and tsunami. So far we’ve not heard of anyone who has lost a loved one, but…

  10. Don’t cry for Chuck Greenberg: he’s walking away with a $25 million profit

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    This morning I said that, having been booted out of the Rangers ownership chair he fought so hard to claim, Chuck Greenberg will never get the last year and a half of his life back.  Bob Nightengale puts this in perspective, however: It may have been tough for Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg to step down,but will…

  11. Jim Leyland backtracks on Miguel Cabrera being in the best shape of his life

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    jim leyland

    You know, I’m beginning to think that you can’t necessarily take someone’s word for it when they say a player is in the best shape of his life. For example, Jim Leyland said that of Miguel Cabrera while he still stunk of scotch the morning of his DUI arrest. Now, however, he’s saying that may…

  12. The Nats release Cla Meredith

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    cla-meredith-nationals-spring

    That was a short time in Washington. Cla Meredith was signed by the Nats in early February, got hurt almost as soon as spring training began, had Tommy John surgery last week and today was released. I always wonder who pays for a guy’s medical bills when this sort of thing happens.  Do the Nats cover…

  13. Luis Salazar is doing better

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    Mark Bowman reports that Luis Salazar’s condition has improved: he’s talking with doctors and his family and has said he’s eager to get back to work. That may take a while, but the doctors are saying that he should be able to do so once he’s through the woods on his immediate injuries to his face…

  14. A tale as old as time: Royals mascot victorious in lawsuit involving thrown hot dog

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    sluggerrr

    You may recall that last year a Kansas man sued the Kansas City Royals, alleging that a hot dog thrown by the team’s mascot — Sluggerrr — at a September 2009 game struck him in the eye and detached his retina.  If you do recall that, you probably need to get a life, but you…

  15. The Rangers and Chuck Greenberg release statements

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Greenburg

    Chuck Greenberg’s ouster as Rangers’ owner and managing partner is official. And with it comes statements from both the team and Greenberg.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has them each in their entirety.  The Rangers played the “we wish him well in his future endeavors” card, which is just a half step above “don’t let the…

  16. Cliff Lee chose Philly because the Yankees are getting older. At least in Cliff Lee’s mind.

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Cliff Lee was on WIP in Philly with my buddy Angelo Cataldi yesterday. You can listen to all of it here. This exchange, the transcript of which comes courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews, was fun: Who finished second to the Phillies in his mind: “Texas probably finished second to be honest with you. Just as…

  17. Cool: Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Image (1) maddux.jpg for post 5104

    I’d love stuff like this even if it wasn’t about my most favoritest player of all time.  Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report. Highlights: “I really believe that this boy would possibly be the number 1 player taken in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.” I watched him pitch for 23 years…

  18. Ricky Romero is the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell announced this morning that Rickey Romero will start on Opening Day.  Only twelve more and he’ll be a Hall of Fame candidate! Seriously though, I like Romero. He faces tons of tough lineups in that division and, partially because the Jays get less coverage than just about any decent team in…

  19. In which I let my Braves fanboy flag fly

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    I try to keep my Braves fanboy stuff to a minimum around here. At least when it comes to actual analysis of things as opposed to just being goofy.  But last night I was invited to chat with the good men of the Atlanta Baseball Talk podcast, and over there I was allowed to be…

  20. Let’s not be too gleeful at the NFL’s labor issues, baseball fans

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    NFL Lockout Looms As Negotiations Reach Final Day

    I’m not at all comfortable with the glee some in the baseball world have had at the NFL’s labor issues. I mean, no, I really don’t care about the NFL all that much in and of itself and won’t miss it if it’s gone, but the situation is ugly there and I tend to think…

  21. The cops who arrested Miguel Cabrera made the prosecutor’s job more difficult

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    When you have a nearly blind-drunk guy taking swigs from a bottle of scotch while sitting in his car mere minutes after threatening to blow up a bar for not serving him and then swerving all over the road, you probably have a pretty strong DUI case.  So you could understand why the prosecutor in…

  22. Correction: please do not throw batteries at J.D. Drew, Philly fans

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe points us to what is easily my favorite baseball-related newspaper correction in some time. It comes in the wake of a March 5th column by T.J. Furman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “In Saturday’s “High & Inside” column, The Inquirer made a regretful attempt at humor in a reference to Boston…

  23. Chuck Greenberg to resign as Rangers CEO today

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:56 AM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    This is pretty shocking: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg is going to resign today as the team’s managing partner “to pursue other interests.” Since “pursuing other interests” is the universal euphemism for “he’s being forced out,” we should expect to hear more about the reasons behind this, but for now…

  24. Former Federal prosecutors question the wisdom of the Barry Bonds prosecution

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    I sometimes get accused of being a lone nut in my belief that the government should not be in the Barry Bonds prosecution business. But it seems that lots of people — including former prosecutors — think this is a waste: “It’s a questionable use of resources, especially at a time when the budget is being cut,…

  25. Ron Villone is still alive and the Nationals have him

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    About a year ago Ron Villone was cut by the Nats. Then a few weeks later he was back working out with the Nats. He ended up pitching 41 games for the Nats’ AAA team last season.  Then he flew off to whatever magical land old crafty lefties go to warm themselves over the winter.…

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