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  1. The nerdiest correction in the history of the New York Times

    May 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    Remember last week when R.A. Dickey as revealed to have named his bats after swords in “The Hobbit” and “Beowulf?” Yeah, well the hardcore fans were reading that article and they let the New York Times know that Dickey doesn’t know his mythical weaponry very well.  The New York Times’ correction: An item in the…

  2. Performance-enhancing pink

    May 9, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    I would sooner bet my 401K on a game of three-card monty than take this as a serious statistical exercise, but stats can be just for fun too, and this one is no exception: the Old Time Family Baseball blog looked at the performance of all of the players who used pink bats yesterday in…

  3. B.J. Upton had a whale of a series in Baltimore

    May 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s worth noting again: B.J. Upton owned Camden Yards this weekend. Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with four RBI overall he was 7-for-14 with four extra-base hits and eight RBI against the O’s.  For his career he’s at .297/.370/.535 in 173 plate appearances in Baltimore. That’s easily the best he’s…

  4. Six lies about the Marlins’ new ballpark

    May 9, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Marlins ballpark

    We’re going to be hearing a lot of glowing reviews of the Marlins’ new ballpark as the finishing touches are put on it over the course of the next 9-10 months or so.  And for good reason. From what we’ve been able to see of it in artists’ renderings and in the photos of it…

  5. Frank McCourt could lose the Dodgers but remain their landlord

    May 9, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Remember how Frank McCourt, upon buying the Dodgers, split the team’s assets up into multiple different businesses and holding companies and things?  Yeah, that couldn’t even lead to a depressing outcome. Bill Shaikin: When McCourt bought the Dodgers in 2004, the purchase included the team, Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. He has since…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    May 9, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Justin Verlander

    It was really the first weekend that actually felt like spring, at least from a baseball perspective. Yeah, the previous weekend was nice, but we were still getting a lot of rainouts and cold games. This weekend, no matter which game I turned to, it looked and felt like baseball. Ah. Roy Oswalt is on…

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

    May 9, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    Yankees 12, Rangers 5:  We read a lot of “Derek Jeter is done” commentary last week. Well, whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that Jeter was only mostly dead. And there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Two homers for The Captain.  As for the game overall, I’ll…

  8. Lenny Dykstra indicted on thirteen counts of bankruptcy fraud

    May 6, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Dykstra

    Remember how Lenny Dykstra was arrested for bankruptcy fraud?  Yeah, he’s indicted now. Thirteen counts, reports CNBC’s Darren Rovell.  If he is convicted on all counts he faces 80 years.  Given his business acumen, however, I’m sure he could talk it down to 95. This is just the latest in a long line of fun…

  9. Julio Teheran to make his major league debut on Saturday

    May 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves Photo Day

    I mentioned earlier that the Eric Hosmer callup is going to interfere with my Friday night plans with the wife. Well, might as well cancel the entire weekend, Mrs. Calcaterra, because on Saturday it’s even better: the Braves have called up top prospect Julio Teheran and will give him the start against the Phillies. Teheran…

  10. Quote of the Day: Lyle Overbay makes a curious assessment

    May 6, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    We heard a few weeks ago about how Charlie Morton had revamped his entire delivery, modeling everything off Roy Halladay.  Not a bad model if you need one, though he’d have to expect far less success than Doc using it. Unless you ask Lyle Overbay, that is, who was asked about Morton’s new approach in…

  11. Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are talking about alcohol-related incidents

    May 6, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    The other day we heard that the league will attempt to seek the option to discipline players involved in off-the-field cases — like DUI — when labor contract talks begin after this season.  Now the Associated Press is reporting that those conversations have already started:  Major League Baseball and its players’ association are considering a formal plan for…

  12. Eric Hosmer will bat sixth, play first base in tonight’s Athletics-Royals game

    May 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    I’m rather excited about Eric Hosmer’s callup. He’s the first stud prospect of the season whose debut game will force me to tell my wife that I can’t watch a movie with her that evening because I have to watch some 21-year-old who doesn’t even play for my favorite team hit. It’s always a special…

  13. Rick Reilly gives journalism school grads horrible, horrible advice

    May 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Rick Reilly

    ESPN’s Rick Reilly was chosen to give the commencement address to journalism students from the University of Colorado.  His advice: When you get out there, all I ask is that you: DON’T WRITE FOR FREE! Nobody asks strippers to strip for free, doctors to doctor for free or professors to profess for free. Have some pride! … If…

  14. Royals blogger puts his money where his mouth is

    May 6, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Judge HBP.bmp

    Or, rather, he puts his left love handle where his mouth was. It’s Lee Judge of the K.C. Star who recently wrote that Wilson Betemit should have leaned into a pitch when the bases were loaded in a tight game. Let no man say that Judge expects Royals players to do anything he himself would not…

  15. Willie Mays turns 80

    May 6, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Willie Mays Swing

    Today is Willie Mays’ 80th birthday.  The occasion has brought forth a ton of remembrances of the man’s career, and with a guy like Mays they’re all worth reading.  I was particularly fond of this one in the San Jose Mercury News.  Comcast Sports Bay Area has been running a series of stories on Mays’…

  16. Miguel Tejada’s days may be numbered at third base

    May 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes today that Mark DeRosa will get a shot to replace Miguel Tejada at third base when he comes off the disabled list on Tuesday. DeRosa Wouldn’t be a moment too soon given Tejada’s struggles. DeRosa himself is no sure thing, but he did play over 100 games at…

  17. Signs continue to point to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen buying into the Mets

    May 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    mets logo hat

    Last month the New York Times identified hedge fund manager Steve Cohen as the frontrunner to buy a minority share of the Mets. Today the New York Post is saying that is still the case, reporting that Cohen was to meet with with the Wilpons and/or Saul Katz  “at 8 pm at Gabriele’s Steak House…

  18. HBT Daily: What to do about Derek Jeter: How about nothing?

    May 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about The Captain. And the very few options at the Yankees’ disposal to deal with his struggles.

  19. Derek Jeter scrutiny spawns a great name for a band

    May 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    jeter grimace

    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger has a good overview of the State of the Jeter these days.  In it comes a quote from a scout who, after scrutinizes the hell out of Jeter’s current game, decries that Jeter is being scrutinized too much: “That’s always easy to say when age comes,” the scout said. “He…

  20. The Elusive Citizens Bank Park Dumpster Hippie

    May 6, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Phillies fans AP

    One of the better developments of the early season has been the return of The Fightins. It’s a great Phillies blog that had gone on hiatus for a while.  I missed them because they are one of the few Phillies voices out there that doesn’t obsess about how the world views Philly. Rather, they actually,…

  21. Just ten percent of players are given drug tests in the offseason

    May 6, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    syringe

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times details a report quietly released by Major League Baseball a couple of weeks ago in which it was revealed that, in the 2010 offseason, only 10 percent of major league baseball players were given drug tests. These tests constituted just three percent of all drug tests given…

  22. Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff probably needs to be fired

    May 6, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Frank McCourt, Steve Soboroff

    Frank McCourt hired Steve Soboroff as his Vice Chairman a couple of weeks ago. His mission: to help the Dodgers get their security situation in order in the wake of the Bryan Stow beating.  His real job since that time: to be a McCourt mouthpiece in his battle with Major League Baseball. Indeed, one of his…

  23. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 6, 2011, 5:48 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox

    Angels 11, Red Sox 0: Not the best 22 hours or so for the Red Sox. After Wednesday night’s marathon they come in bleary-eyed and get utterly shellacked by the Halos. Eight runs on ten hits in four innings for John Lackey who, to be honest, should have been the best rested of all of…

  24. Dodgers players could theoretically become free agents if the team misses payroll. But they won’t.

    May 5, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    There’s an item over at Bloomberg this afternoon that caused a bunch of people to email me with “Hey! Can we get Matt Kemp??!” messages. Thusly: Los Angeles Dodgers players could file for free agency if the team can’t make payroll, Major League Baseball players union spokesman Greg Bouris said in an e-mail. That is…

  25. Someone might screw up the Dodgers worse than Frank McCourt: the NFL

    May 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    File this all under speculation but over at the L.A. Times’ Dodger Blog, Steve Dilbeck talks about how moving Frank McCourt out of the way may ease the way for the NFL to return to Los Angeles.  Why? Because there have been a lot of scenarios thrown around over the years which envision the Dodgers’…

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