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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Scenes from Spring Training: Boppin’ around the Indians and the Reds

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

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    The Reds and Indians share the Goodyear complex.  The team clubhouses and practice fields are about a half mile down the road from the ballpark. Neither the Reds nor the Indians take their BP or infield in the main park, even on game day, so I’ve spent most of my morning driving and walking long distances…

  2. Photo(s) of the Day: Things you don’t have to do very often in Arizona

    Feb 27, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    I got to Goodyear Ballpark just after 8AM this morning to find the groundscrew having to deal with a soaking wet tarp.  Note the giant pool just beyond shortstop: Not something that happens very often in the desert I imagine.  The trick: to rip that thing off the infield fast enough so that the pool…

  3. Scenes From Spring Training: Rainpocalypse

    Feb 27, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Desert Rain

    I awake to light rain and slightly cool temperatures this morning.  Yesterday, multiple people Phoenix residents apologized to me in advance for this weather, trying to explain it away as though it were some personal failing.  Many locals are having the “will we get the game in?” conversation that most of us have when violent…

  4. Scenes from Spring Training: A surprisingly good game in Tempe

    Feb 26, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    These early games are supposed to be sloppy, but no one told that to the Dodgers and Angels.  Epic? Nah. Outside of Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier the Dodgers had a bunch of third and fourth stringers playing today. But no matter who they were, it was surprisingly well-played. The Angels won 4-1.…

  5. Photo of the Day: The Dodgers take a shortcut

    Feb 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    I noticed when the Dodgers showed up here at Tempe Diablo Stadium today that they got off a bus in the parking lot behind the wall in right and walked across the field to their clubhouse on the third base line.  No back entrance or anything fancy like that. It makes sense, then, that if…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: Matt Kemp shows hustle

    Feb 26, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The “Matt Kemp is lazy and out of shape” meme got beat to death last year. Was there any truth to it? Sure, some. But it probably got overplayed because I’m not sure anyone is due as much garbage he got thrown on him in 2010. In light of all of that, I feel justified in…

  7. Scenes from Spring Training: Random Notes from Tempe Diablo

    Feb 26, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Doing my standard wander-and-observe thing this morning.  Among the highlights so far: Mike Scioscia opened up his office for the media at 10AM.  When we came in he noticed a video camera from a member of the Japanese media and said “if I knew there was gonna be cameras here I would’ve fixed my hair.”…

  8. Scenes from Spring Training: Even the phenoms pay their dues

    Feb 26, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Last night I was on a radio show, and the host asked me why we don’t tend to see prima donna baseball players making demands on their teams the way we do in the NBA and the NFL. There are a lot of reasons, of course. For one thing, no one baseball player is as…

  9. Scenes from Spring Training: A decision to make

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    Not that there is anything on the planet truly worth complaining about down here in Arizona — life is grand, and don’t think for a moment I have forgotten that — but I do face a bit of a conundrum this morning.  Here’s the entire Cactus League schedule for the day: Rockies vs. Diamondbacks 1:10,…

  10. Major League Baseball gave the Mets $20-25 million in financial assistance last fall

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    The Mets may be a big market team but they have big financial problems. Bigger than they’ve been letting on, it seems, because the New York Times is reporting that Major League Baseball provided the Mets $20 million to cover operating expenses last fall. Or maybe it was more, because the Daily News is reporting…

  11. Scenes from Spring Training: Alas, the games are a letdown

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

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    The nice weather of spring training is intoxicating. Sunrise at an empty ballpark is electrifying. Watching the ballplayers getting ready and running through drills is beyond cool. And then, just as you’re totally stoked, when the grills are sizzling and fans are settling in for the first pitch … you get a rather crappy game.…

  12. Russell Martin has been in the best shape of his life since 2008

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    I thought that Jim Leyland’s claim that Miguel Cabrera was in the best shape of his life was the final nail in the coffin of my favorite spring training cliche.  It seems, however, that Russell Martin is truly the man who took the BSOML meme out back and beat it to death with a large…

  13. Part of Alfredo Simon’s legal problems are over

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    Unfortunately for him, it’s the far less scary part: the civil lawsuit filed against him by the victim’s family has been dropped. With the outrageously large caveat that the Dominican Republic legal system is different than our own, I’ll note that you often see this sort of thing happen right before charges are dropped because…

  14. Photo of the day: This one is especially for Tigers fans over 30

    Feb 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Just witnessed in Scottsdale Stadium.  I couldn’t hear what they were talking about, but I imagine it went something like this: Trammell:  Gee Kirk, weren’t the 1980s Tigers totally awesome? Gibson: Yes, Alan. Yes we were.

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: The Giants are relaxed

    Feb 25, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    I got here just as the Giants’ clubhouse was opening.  What it lacks in luxury compare to the Diamondbacks’ palace out at Salt River, it makes up for in tranquility.  Bruce Bochy doesn’t need to bring in Navy Seals to teach the Giants how to deal with it. They’ve dealt with it.  They’re the champs…

  16. Scenes from Spring Training: Finding cool things in Scottsdale

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Scottsdale is a strange place. It was once named one of “America’s most livable cities,” but most of it gives off an air of exclusivity, telling you that if you don’t like golf, trendy restaurants and expensive planned communities, you’re not going to enjoy yourself very much here.  Which is fine for Scottsdale, because there…

  17. Bud gives Frank McCourt the high hat on FOX TV money

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt needs money to keep the Dodgers running. Fox wants to loan it to him, with the team’s TV rights as collateral. Bill Shaikin reports, however, that Bud Selig has rejected a proposal under which FOX would have loaned $200 million to Dodgers in a deal that would have met both of the parties’…

  18. Are the Tigers doing right by Miguel Cabrera?

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Yesterday Miguel Cabrera met the media and the Tigers explained that he’ll begin workouts with the Tigers today.  Some folks have a problem with that. One of them is Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan, who thinks that the Tigers’ failure to force Cabrera into an alcohol treatment program is a major mistake: The Pussy Cats are, essentially,…

  19. Juan Pierre is a beast

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    I got to the Dbacks’ camp pretty early yesterday. Earlier than a lot of writers did. But almost all the players were there before I was. That’s just what they do this time of year  And one player — Juan Pierre — was at White Sox camp earlier than all of the other players are:…

  20. Ken Rosenthal is beating the contraction drum again

    Feb 24, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    Ken Rosenthal wrote a column today — or maybe it was yesterday; I told you that this mountain time stuff was weirding me out — in which he said he’s “hearing rumblings that certain big-market teams want to drop the A’s and Rays.”  Meaning contract them. Rosenthal then quickly proceeded to dismiss the contraction gambit…

  21. Scenes from Spring Training: Random observations from Salt River Fields

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

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    Earlier updates from today’s doings can be found here and here.  And now here are some other random observations from my day at Salt River Fields: I watched the Dbacks’ catching drills.  I caught a little when I was a teenager and I found it to be very difficult. These guys get their butts beat…

  22. Scenes From Spring Training: DWI

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    No, that’s not what you think it means. It refers to “Deal With It,” and they were the letters written on a white board inside the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse after some Navy Seals visited the team yesterday. The message: when you have a problem, get past it, dude. Navy Seals do that, and the Dbacks should…

  23. Scenes from Spring Training: The Diamondbacks and Rockies are impossibly spoiled

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    I am writing this in the press box of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (note: here’s an explanation for that name).  I’ve been here a little over three hours, and I still haven’t wrapped my brain around it all. The complex sits on the far northeast side of town next to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa…

  24. The first difference I’ve noticed between Florida and Arizona

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Phoenix

    As the next nine days unfold I’ll be talking a lot about the differences between Florida and Arizona spring trainings. But for now I’ll give you a preliminary observation: the fact that all of the Arizona spring training complexes are located in the same major city is convenient as all hell, but also a bit…

  25. Wanna get paid to watch baseball all season?

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    ozymandias

    You may have seen these ads floating around: Major League Baseball is starting a thing — and I think we can only safely call it a “thing” at the moment — in which some lucky sod is going to get paid to immerse themselves in baseball this season. MLB is calling it a “dream job,”…

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