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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Another Yankees scandal! Well, OK, maybe not.

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    B Train

    This is a weird story:  The Yankees have run “subway races” on their scoreboard for a few years now. Basically they’re the on-screen equivalent of the racing sausages or presidents or what have you. Lots of parks do it with various characters. Subways, dots, ducks, etc. Until this year, the three racing subways had always…

  2. Kevin Mitchell gets probation for attacking a guy on a golf course

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Mitchell

    You may recall how, last fall, former Giants slugger Kevin Mitchell repeatedly punched a guy on a golf course after the man “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.”  Apparently that’s frowned upon in California, and Mitchell pleaded no contest to the charges in March.  Yesterday he was sentenced to three months probation and anger management classes.…

  3. Selig talks about the Wilpons, contraction, expanding the playoffs and more

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Bud Selig was on SiriusXM with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo yesterday, and he held forth in his usual Budly manner on the topics of the Mets financial situation, that contraction nonsense, realignment, expanded playoffs and the Barry Bonds trial.  The highlights: The most newsworthy thing of the interview was Bud’s statement that the Mets did not ask…

  4. Adam Dunn had an emergency appendectomy

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Dunn_Adam

    UPDATE: Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports that the procedure was a laproscopic appendectomy — which is far less-invasive than the slice-and-dice you got as a kid — and that the team estimates that Dunn will only be out up to five days. 9:55AM: Tough break for the White Sox as it’s being reported that Adam…

  5. Rafael Soriano’s media snub is a legitimate problem

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Soriano flips a ball during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    UPDATE: Our long national nightmare is over: Soriano has apologized. 9:34 AM: There is a lot of back and forth on the Internets this morning about Rafael Soriano‘s decision to dress quickly and leave the clubhouse before the reporters could get to him after last night’s debacle. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, Joel Sherman…

  6. Ozzie Guillen on Will Ohman: “he has to get his head out of his ass”

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Dear lord, do I love Ozzie Guillen. If, for no other reason, than because he says what everyone else thinks but which no one in an official position besides him ever, ever says. Things like this, which Brent Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports Guillen said about White Sox reliever Will Ohman, who has had a rough…

  7. Swagger Alert! Apparently the Red Sox need some of it

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Headline in Rob Bradford’s column about the reeling Red Sox over at WEEI: “Red Sox in search of their swagger (and a win).”  Content: Everybody understands that the Red Sox have the potential to be what Ortiz mandated all who wear the uniform be back in ’07 — bad blankety-blanks. And every player Tuesday night…

  8. Mark Cuban would like the reporters out of his locker room

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Mark Cuban is a basketball owner, not a baseball owner, but I’ve gone on enough in recent weeks about team and league-controlled media usurping the role of the outside press that Cuban’s little rant from the other day is still within my bailiwick. So let’s talk about it, shall we? Cuban’s piece is long and has…

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    A night of some lights-out pitching performances. Which can mean only one thing: Bud Selig switched out the juiced baseballs because he knows we’re on to him!

  10. The Giants are sticking with Aubrey Huff in right field

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Aubrey Huff

    With a day off to reflect on Aubrey Huff‘s trainwreck of a weekend in right field against the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy has decided to stay the course. The lineup for this evening’s game in San Diego: CF: Andres Torres 2B: Freddy Sanchez RF: Aubrey Huff C: Buster Posey 3B: Pablo Sandoval LF: Pat Burrell 1B:…

  11. Cubs’ Andrew Cashner pulled from start with shoulder tightness

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Potentially bad news from Wrigley Field: Cubs’ starter Andrew Cashner was pulled from today’s game against the Diamondbacks due to tightness in his right shoulder. He had thrown 72 pitches in five and a third innings at the time, and had allowed two hits, one of which was a homer. The game is still going on…

  12. Early season TV ratings are booming

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    old TV

    SportsBusiness Daily reports that multiple teams have seen increased ratings in the early going, as have the national networks who broadcast games: The Orioles’ four-game average in Baltimore has pulled in a 7.8 rating and 79,000 HHs. The team last season averaged a 3.4 rating in Baltimore … Meanwhile, WPHL-MYT’s broadcast of Friday’s Astros-Phillies game “set…

  13. Judge in Bonds case excludes newly discovered tape recording, prosecution rests

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    When she first considered the matter yesterday, Judge Susan Ilston strongly suggested that the newly-discovered tape recording of Dr. Arthur Ting and Steven Hoskins, allegedly discussing Barry Bonds’ steroids use, would not be admitted. Indeed, she characterized the tape as ”almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Judge Ilston has…

  14. We have a late “best shape of his life entry”

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Floyd_Gavin

    Someone’s gonna catch hell for this. The guild does not like it when spring training stories slip into the regular season. It just totally screws up the whole deal: In Gavin Floyd‘s estimation, he ran into trouble before he stepped on the mound last season. During the day, Floyd would load up on carbohydrates and finish…

  15. For the last damn time: the Tampa Bay Rays are not going to be contracted

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    In Forbes, Mike Ozanian writes about how a “groundswell is building” to contract the Tampa Bay Rays. Read it if you want, but it’s a load of horse hockey. The arguments are not new. The counterarguments — which I offered here, here and here in the last month and which Maury Brown sharply offers again…

  16. Brian Wilson to be activated Wednesday

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    CSN Bay Area reports that Brian Wilson is likely to be activated when he’s eligible to come of the disabled list on Wednesday. Wilson threw on Sunday and says he feels good. Bruce Bochy was on a San Diego radio show yesterday and said he looked to be on schedule. The Giants will need to make…

  17. R.A. Dickey and Kevin Slowey are going to climb Kilimanjaro

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Kilimanjaro

    This is one of those deals in which the headline pretty much says it all: Dickey, a Twins reliever in 2009 who now is a top starting pitcher for the Mets, is organizing a group that will set off from Africa in January to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Slowey…

  18. HBT Daily: Three big injuries. Or are they?

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    In which Tiffany has occasion to ask me how old I am. In hindsight I should have said that I was old enough to be her, well, maybe not her father, but probably her uncle. Which is utterly depressing, but there you are.

  19. Holy schnikes! Jack Wilson made a heck of a play last night

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    wilson_jack

    At this point I’ll offer my usual “man, I wish MLB.com let you embed their videos because it would be awesome to have this circulated to people who think baseball is boring” rant. There, with that out of the way, check out the play Jack Wilson made in last night’s Ms-Rangers game. It’s a double…

  20. Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens talk about the thrown bat

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza were in Las Vegas for a celebrity golf tournament the other day and they did some radio together. Of course, the topic turned to the bat incident from the 2000 World Series.  I’d like to say something super interesting happened during the interview, but not really. Here’s Piazza: I saw…

  21. Did they mess with the balls this year?

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rawlings baseball

    You and I are men of action. Simplistic projections based on small sample sizes do not become us. So please, while there have been a lot of home runs hit in the season’s first five days, let’s not play the “on pace” game. Not yet anyhow. But we can listen to the anecdotes, can’t we?…

  22. MLB tweaks the humidor procedure at Coors Field

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Coors Field

    Last year there were rumblings — primarily from the Giants, but from others as well — that the Rockies were messing with the baseballs from the humidor at Coors Field, giving their pitchers the deader ones and the opposing pitchers the good old, high-flying dried out balls. Baseball now has a new policy, explained by…

  23. Nelson Cruz ties a record

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    I noted in ATH that Nelson Cruz had homered in four straight games to open the season, but I wasn’t aware that this was a record. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, only two others have done that before: Willie Mays in 1971 and Mark McGwire in 1998. Cruz faces Mariners’ rookie…

  24. Quote of the Day: Steve Phillips on steroids

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    STEVE PHILLIPS

    Sirius/XM radio has what seems to be part of some continuing employment plan for former GMs, and the latest enrollee is former Mets’ GM Steve Phillips. Yes, the man who was fired from the Mets for poor performance, fired from ESPN for shtupping the help and who sat on the deck of AOL FanHouse as…

  25. The McCourts may settle soon. And then Frank would have to deal with Bud Selig

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Frank and Jamie McCourt may settle soon. That’s the good news. The bad news — or, at the very least, the uncertain news — is that the settlement may once again involve a scenario in which part of the payoff to Jamie comes in exchange for Frank…

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