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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Is Chase Utley’s knee worse than the Phillies are letting on?

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Phillies have officially refused to press the panic button with respect to Chase Utley‘s wonky knee.  The official word: there may be something more going on than mere soreness and tendinitis, but they are hoping for some improvement soon. Today, however, Paul Hagen says that “the fret level around Bright House Field is a lot higher…

  2. The umpires, the MLBPA and MLB met yesterday

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Yost Estabrook

    Remember back in October how the players, umpires and Major League Baseball announced that they were going to meet in order to address the increasingly sorry state of umpiring?  OK, that’s my characterization, I suppose the umps viewed it differently.  Anyway, after a delay of several months they finally met yesterday. “We had a productive…

  3. Is this gonna happen every time the Yankees face a decent starter?

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Brett Myers

    Read the stuff about the Yankees rotation and you’d think that they were the first team to ever be a tad short on starters before. The tell: every time they face a half-decent one, there are stories about how that guy could fit in the Yankees rotation: Yesterday at Osceola County Stadium against the Astros,…

  4. Gregg Zaun to retire

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Gregg Zaun

    Spring Training is usually thought of as a time for renewal, but there are always a handful of downer stories too. I think “cool catcher like Gregg Zaun retiring” qualifies as a downer. Sportsnet Ontario: Sportsnet has learned that San Diego Padres catcher Gregg Zaun is set to retire from Major League Baseball. Zaun is…

  5. Brett Gardner could supplant Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that, despite Joe Girardi’s stated preference of keeping Derek Jeter as his leadoff hitter,  “some inside the organization” want to see Brett Gardner at the top of the order and Jeter moved down to the two-slot. There are two ways to look at this, I reckon. On the…

  6. The Mariners take an easy step to prevent players driving drunk

    Mar 6, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Car Service

    By definition, a person who gets behind the wheel of a car while drunk isn’t operating at full mental capacity. I mean, even a guy who hired people whose job it is to keep him safe got behind the wheel while drunk, so you can see that even the outrageously well-reasoned notion of “driving drunk is…

  7. Frank Catalanotto retires

    Mar 6, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    It’s not exactly major news, but Frank Catalanotto has announced his retirement. When last we heard from him he was being designated for assignment by the Mets to make room for Chris Carter after 25 dismal games last spring. But before that Catalanotto was the kind of player it was hard not to root for.  He…

  8. Phillies fans probably shouldn’t worry too much about Domonic Brown’s injury

    Mar 6, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees

    I know that (a) Domonic Brown‘s broken hand is troublesome; and (b) spring stats should be given almost zero weight, but it’s probably worth noting that the guy who will likely start in right field for the Phillies — Ben Francisco — hit another home run yesterday and is now batting .421/.476/.947 in seven spring…

  9. In case you had any doubts: no, contraction isn’t happening

    Mar 6, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    michael-weiner-with-reporters

    Beyond some half-crazed ravings from Hank Steinbrenner and a speculative column by Ken Rosenthal, no one has seriously been discussing contracting any teams.  To the extent anyone is taking the ravings or the speculation at all seriously, however, MLBPA leader Michael Weiner put it to rest in an interview with the St. Pete Times yesterday:…

  10. Video of the Day: former ballplayer declines to overstate how good the game was back in his day

    Mar 6, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    When was the last time you heard an old retired ballplayer going on about how the game today is better than it was back in his day?  Ladies and gentleman, the intellectually honest Jerry Remy: Wait, I take it back. I can remember at least one instance of an old-timer talking about how the game…

  11. Dustin Pedroia grabs a hot dog

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Pedroia fist pump

    Did I mention that spring training is a bit different than the regular season?  I mean, I thought it was neat that some Dodgers players took a shortcut down the concourse at Tempe Diablo Stadium last weekend.  Turns out that was nothing: Dustin Pedroia went out onto the concourse at City of Palms Park and bought…

  12. Bye-bye Arizona

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    IMG_1693

    It has been an utterly fantastic nine days down here in Arizona, but alas, it is time for me to head back to the Great Midwest. But before I let that big ol’ jet airliner take me far away, let’s take a look back at what we learned during this little odyssey through the Cactus…

  13. Padres coach gets smacked in the face by a baseball

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Rick Renteria

    Walking around practice fields for a week made me keenly aware of just how damn dangerous it can be out there. There are balls flying all over the place. It takes a few days to get over the impulse to duck and cover every time you see a ball flying out of the corner of…

  14. Oliver Perez buys himself some time, but the end is nigh

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    Yesterday we heard that if Oliver Perez had another bad outing that he could have been run out of town on a rail.  So lucky for him he didn’t have another bad outing. In fact, he had a darn good one: two scoreless innings, no walks and more strikes than balls. It probably bought him another…

  15. Kirk Gibson used to walk uphill both ways and the Diamondbacks will too

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kirk Gibson has had enough of the tomfoolery in the Dbacks’ clubhouse, particularly when it comes to cell phones: Gibson probably would prefer to keep all cellphones out of the clubhouse. Players can use them up to a certain point in the day, as long as they get their work done. “You’re talking to somebody…

  16. Scenes from Spring Training: “Ozzie Guillen! Look at me!”

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    IMG_1648

    So I slid down close to the White Sox dugout when I saw Ozzie Guillen sitting there like that. Figured I’d take his picture.  I took this one and a couple other ones of him hanging out there.  Then a guy a couple seats down said “want me to get his attention for you?”  I…

  17. Photo of the Day II: Adam Dunn — playing defense

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    And, in addition to the photo, we have an exclusive transcript of Dunn’s inner-monologue!

  18. Scenes from Spring Training: Camelback Ranch is pretty darn impressive

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    IMG_1644

    Camelback Ranch is a nice joint.  As far as player facilities and overall handsomeness of the place, it may be the best in the entire Cactus League. Like the Dbacks and Rockies place out at Salt River, Camelback has large buildings behind the left and right field walls for the Dodgers and White Sox, respectively.…

  19. Photo of the Day: Watch out for bad hops

    Mar 3, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Earlier this morning we passed along word that Citi Field has the best infield dirt in all of baseball.  I’m no grounds keeping expert, but I can’t help but think that the infield here at Camelback Ranch may not play quite as true: I mean, really, there are gonna be some bad bounces out there!…

  20. Here’s the dirt on the Mets’ infield

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Citi Field

    No, really: the actual dirt: About two weeks before the players reported for spring training in February, a firm called Natural Sand Company trucked in two loads of dark, brown clay from its mine in central Pennsylvania and, with the assistance of the grounds crew here, completely renovated the infield skin at the main stadium, creating…

  21. Today could be judgment day for Oliver Perez

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    Andy Martino of the Daily News says that two major league sources are telling him that if Oliver Perez doesn’t show “significant improvement” over his last outing when he takes the hill this afternoon that the Mets are going to cut him.  This despite Terry Collins’ statement yesterday that Perez will have additional starts beyond…

  22. The Cubs don’t think yesterday’s dustup was a big deal

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    The little fracas between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez was just frustration at a bad, error-filled and dinger-filled inning, the Cubs said late yesterday. No biggie and they’re past it now.  Aramis Ramirez: “That was the only thing that happened, so it was obvious he was kind of upset … We talked about it, and…

  23. Coco Crisp is sorry

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Coco Crisp mugshot

    Coco Crisp tweets a lot. He didn’t tweet after his DUI the other night or most of the day yesterday, but late last night he did, and he tweets his regrets over his DUI: Sorry to everyone! my family, friends, MLB and my fans. I know I let a lot of ppl down and again…

  24. Scenes from Spring Training: Beer, Voros McCracken and almost getting my butt kicked over a misunderstanding

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    George and Dragon

    I had an interesting evening. Went out for beers with my friend Connor Doyle who, long ago, was one half of a good (mostly) sports blog called Two Guys who, like, never agree. It’s defunct now, but back in 2007 and 2008 he and I were occupying the same general Blogspot world.  Also joining us:…

  25. Photo of the Day: Coco Crisp’s mugshot

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Not surprisingly, he looks slightly less happy than Miguel Cabrera looked for his mugshot.

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