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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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,…

  2. 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.…

  3. Daisuke Matsuzaka is getting lit up this spring

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Yes, we know he’s in the best shape of his life and yes we know that spring stats aren’t supposed to mean anything, but Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s spring hasn’t been too encouraging. He got lit up for five runs in 3.2 innings against the Rays today, which brings his ERA on the spring up to 11.42.  What’s…

  4. “This is what I was born to do. I’m a baseball player.”

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Chavez flips the ball toward Nova covering first on a grounder hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Polanco during MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    AP writer Howie Rumbergap — which is a FANTASTIC sportswriter name, by the way — talks to a number of former big baseball names who are now the marginal types in spring training camps across Florida and Arizona.  The Mark Prior/Mike Hampton/Bartolo Colon/Eric Chavez types.  After noting that, despite the fact that many of them…

  5. Kenny G takes batting practice with the Yankees

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Besides my family, there are only a handful of things that bring me unequivocal joy in this world.  Baseball is one, of course.  Good whiskey.  Good music too, and of the many styles I enjoy, jazz may be the one that moves me the most emotionally. So when I see Kenny G taking batting practice…

  6. Behold the power of spring training

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tradition Field

    Moses Green is a longtime reader (and occasional proofreader) of mine.  He’s also a Mets fan, and had the opportunity to take in a Mets spring training game there the other day.  He waxed crazy-effusive: Quick spring training note:  visited Port St. Lucie with a buddy while driving home to CT from Miami.  Got to…

  7. Johnny Damon turned down the Red Sox because he thought the Tigers wanted him

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Remember last August when the Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon on waivers and some talk of a trade happened?  There was a day or two’s back and forth on that, as Damon had a limited no-trade clause that prevented him being traded to the Red Sox without his approval. Ultimately he said no to the…

  8. Franklin Gutierrez — Luis Salazar’s son in law — leaves Mariners camp

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is married to Luis Salazar’s daughter. As such it is understandable that he has left M’s camp for a few days to fly to Florida with his wife to be with Salazar as he recovers from the foul ball incident. As for Salazar, there haven’t been any updates beyond that there…

  9. Tim Lincecum either has a perfect double or else he’s going to be in a lot of trouble soon

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Fun find by ‘Duk over at Big League Stew: a video of someone who claims not to be Tim Lincecum complaining about getting mixed up with Tim Lincecum all the time.  Except, yeah, it’s almost certainly Tim Lincecum doing it. Actually, that’s probably warrantless speculation on my part. Lincecum’s agent says it isn’t him.  Of…

  10. Nerd Alert! A comparison of Josh Beckett and the “Star Trek” films

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    khaan

    Before you read the link below, please be sure to click this brief audio file: Thank you. You may now proceed to a lengthy comparison of Josh Beckett’s Red Sox career to the “Star Trek” movie franchise. And yes, I can call the author a nerd because I too like the “Star Trek” films, because…

  11. You can wear retired numbers on MLB 2K11. And this bothers some people.

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Clemente

    Whenever I see stuff like this I make this face.  But I do think the writer — Max Parker, “The Game Guy” of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Community Voices section* — is, in fact, serious: I received an email today that informed me of an outrageous and heinous error inMLB 2K11. Among complaints about the commentary and…

  12. TMZ Sports seems to be dying

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Paparazzi

    Darren Rovell passes along word that the efforts of TMZ to expand its salacious paparazzi empire into the world of sports have “fizzled.”  The problem: there aren’t enough athletes acting like jackasses in public.  And people acting like jackasses in public is basically the whole TMZ business model. And that’s the real dirty underbelly of…

  13. Those guys who stole Evan Longoria’s Camaro: Worst. Auto. Thieves. Ever.

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Grand Theft Auto

    Remember the Evan Longoria GTA?  You kind of figured that was a one-and-done story, but I guess not: Police in a Phoenix suburb are searching for a stolen 1967 Camaro belonging to Tampa Bay All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria … The Camaro and a classic 1970 Buick belonging to someone else were stolen from a fenced yard last…

  14. Great Moments in Misleading Book Proposals

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    Via Repoz over at Baseball Think Factory comes word of a new book that purports to take all the wind out of the sails of sabermetrics and “Moneyball”: “The Beauty of Short Hops” demonstrates that the Moneyball approach is doubly doomed. First, it fails on its own terms: it cannot make baseball a predictable game…

  15. Pablo Sandoval is turning heads

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Back in Scottsdale I was truly surprised at just how good Pablo Sandoval looked in the locker room, and during his first game of spring training I was surprised at just how sprightly he seemed on the field.  At the same time, I also wondered if the sprightliness was merely a function of first game adrenaline…

  16. Charlie Manuel’s extension is official

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Ryan Lawrence tweets that Charlie Manuel’s contract extension is now official. Presumably it’s along the lines of what Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported yesterday and is in the $3.5 million — $4 million range  for two years.  Since Manuel is under contract for this season already, that keeps him in red pinstripes through 2013. When reached…

  17. Screaming foul balls, errant hockey pucks and Luis Salazar

    Mar 10, 2011, 6:48 AM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    We learn this morning that Luis Salazar seems to have avoided brain damage as a result of the wicked foul ball that tore into the dugout yesterday. He has multiple facial fractures, but he’s recovering in an Orlando hospital. That incident reminded me that I wasn’t wrong to feel really vulnerable when I was at…

  18. The Mets had money trouble even before the Madoff lawsuit

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The Mets’ talking points have been that, were it not for the Madoff lawsuit, everything would have been hunky dory financially speaking.  The New York Times reports this morning, however, that such is not the case: When the owners of the Mets said in late January that they would seek buyers for up to 25 percent…

  19. Sign of the Day: even New York hates the Mets

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    I have yet to see it, but several readers have told me that there are ads on New York subways for a storage company that read “Why leave a city that has six professional sports teams, and the Mets?” 1. That seems harsh even for a hardcore Mets hater like me; and 2. Anyone who…

  20. Former WVU quarterback Pat White retires from baseball

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    The NFL didn’t suit former West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Pat White too well — you gotta be able to throw in that league — so he tried his hand at baseball, where he was once a standout. In fact, he had been drafted by the Angels and the Yankees in the past, so it wasn’t…

  21. Chipper Jones on the Luis Salazar incident: “I wish I wouldn’t have looked”

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Dave O’Brien talked to Chipper Jones, who was standing on first base when Braves’ minor league manager Luis Salazar was hit by that foul ball earlier today. We already know that Salazar’s injuries are serious, but it was feared to be even worse as it happened: I just … I wish I wouldn’t have looked.…

  22. Jon Garland leaves game with an injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland just left the first inning of the Dodgers-Mariners game at Camelback Ranch today, holding his side.  Bill Shaikin thinks it could be a problem with an oblique muscle. Garland is currently the #5 starter on the Dodgers’ depth chart. If it is an oblique, he could be out for a while. With Vicente Padilla…

  23. Future sports stadiums to be horrible hellscapes

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    In the year 2000

    I’m having a hard time swallowing some of the entries in this Business Insider slideshow about how stadiums may change in the future. Or should I say in the future!, because so much of it sounds like those flying car/colonies on the moon predictions from the golden days of the space age in that they…

  24. Braves minor league manager hit by foul ball in dugout, airlifted to the hospital

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    A scary scene in Orlando as the Braves play the Cardinals this afternoon:  a foul ball came screaming off the bat of Brian McCann and into the Braves dugout.  It struck Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar, who was face down on the ground for several minutes after it hit him. An ambulance crew took…

  25. Jonny Gomes had a tougher childhood than you

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    When I hear the other fathers in the neighborhood talking about how kids have no shot at playing sports at a high level unless they’re on expensive travelling teams and go to specialized camps and clinics, I roll my eyes. Partially because, damn, don’t you hope your kids pick what they want to do with…

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