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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL West

    Mar 23, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I break down the AL West. And at the end Tiffany makes a prediction that is going to make me some money come October.

  2. Forbes’ annual franchise valuations are out

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Sticking with Forbes, we link for your pleasure its annual list of baseball franchise valuations.  You’ll be shocked to learn that the continued uncertainty at backup catcher and fifth starter has not negatively impacted the value of the New York Yankees. They’re still number one. When you combine the team’s revenues with it’s interest in…

  3. Baseball does not want you to know about its debt crisis

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    There is an in-depth report at Forbes today about the debt crisis facing Major League Baseball that anyone who cares about the business of the game should read. The story focuses primarily on the well-known financial problems facing the Mets and Dodgers, with a shout-out to the Tom Hicks Rangers, but it suggests that teams taking on…

  4. MLB releases the top 10 best selling jerseys

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Jeter Jersey

    CNBC’s Darren Rovell reports that, for the first time, Major League Baseball has divulged the list of their top selling jerseys, by player.  He has a story about it here and then lists the top 10 in a slide show, which is somewhat annoying. For what it’s worth, Derek Jeter is, not surprisingly, the top seller.…

  5. Your annual “Jeff Francoeur is working on his plate discipline” story

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    There has not been one offseason — literally, not one — since Jeff Francoeur broke into the majors when there hasn’t been a story in which he’s been reported to be working on pitch-recognition, plate patience and jacking up his on-base percentage.  Here’s last year’s. Not too long ago someone gathered links to all of…

  6. You’ll be shocked to hear that Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox are making progress on a deal

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    It’s cute how we’re still pretending that Theo Epstein — after getting a negotiating window — traded away multiple top prospects for Adrian Gonzalez without having  a deal in place: An afternoon meeting between the Red Sox and the representatives of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went “really well’’ yesterday, with all signs pointing toward a long-term…

  7. A call for civility in player criticism

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Chad Cordero

    The other night D.J. pointed us to Barry Svrluga’s heart wrenching story about Chad Cordero, who lost his infant daughter to SIDS back in December.  Yesterday, Moshe Mandel of The Yankee Analysts — himself a father of three young girls — reflected on Cordero’s loss and how that changes the nature of the player-fan relationship…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Did the Rays lose too many guys?

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: A team that always has to try 2% harder, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Did the Rays lose too many guys? It’s…

  9. Bonds trial update: Agent Novitzky takes center stage

    Mar 23, 2011, 6:49 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds, Jeff Novitzky

    The government’s first witness against Barry Bonds was called yesterday: agent Jeff Novitzky, the man who made the BALCO case. And the Brian McNamee case. And the Kirk Radomski case. And who has spearheaded  just about every other investigation into athletes and performance enhancing drugs, from Bonds to Lance Armstrong (case still building). It was…

  10. Jesus Montero may not make the Yankees roster

    Mar 23, 2011, 6:05 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero started spring training off positively, answering the one question that many had about him: can the guy play defense?  At least he answered it in the first couple of weeks down in Tampa, where he was reportedly solid behind the dish. Since then, however, he has regressed, Brian Cashman tells…

  11. Kendrys Morales has been shut down

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Morales_Kendry

    Kendrys Morales hasn’t been right all spring, as he continues to struggle back from the broken leg that cost him the bulk of 2010.  Now Mike DiGiovanna reports that the Angels have shut him down due to soreness on the ball of his left foot.  He’s back to Los Angeles, where he saw a doctor…

  12. New footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig unearthed

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ruth Gehrig

    You may have seen still photos of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in their “Bustin’ Babes” and “Larrupin’ Lous” barnstorming uniforms before, but the New York Times has a story — and some footage — of some film of them wearing the duds.  Sadly it isn’t game action. They’re just hanging around. Ruth gets on…

  13. Greg Anderson goes back to jail

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    As expected, Barry Bonds’ former trainer Greg Anderson — the one man who could say if Barry Bonds knew what he was taking — was just called into the courtroom, was asked if he’d testify, refused through his lawyer, and was taken away to jail. Again. Not much else to say about it, I suppose.…

  14. So Mookie Wilson has a blog

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Mookie Wilson

    My daughter — who I taunt by calling her “Mookie” for reasons I can’t even recall at this point — isn’t going to like this: Mookie Wilson has his own blog now. And it’s a Blogspot number, just like the one most of us launched at some time over the past several years.  Mookie is…

  15. The Barry Bonds trial starts with a snore

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    I asked NBC if they’d send me to San Francisco to cover the Barry Bonds trial, live and in person. They were receptive until I started in with my accommodation demands, my per diem demands and stuff like that. Look, I may have overplayed my hand, but in my defense, I don’t get to go to…

  16. Comment of the Day: Marcus Thames is no stiff

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Thames_Marcus

    I’m still irked at T.J. Simers’ weapons-grade idiocy in his Marcus Thames column.  And a lot of what is animating that is something that I neglected to mention in the last post on it: Marcus Thames is a really, really nice guy.  I’ve never met him, but several reporters I know have talked about him…

  17. Curtis Granderson has a strained oblique

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Granderson_Curtis

    I sort of root for Curtis Granderson. I watched him play a lot when he was with the Tigers and rather like him. While his last couple of years — and the fact that he turned 30 last week — don’t give me hope that he’ll ever fulfill that All-Star promise he had when he…

  18. Charlie Manuel talks about Luis Castillo’s no-show

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Apparently Luis Castillo’s failure to report to the Phillies this morning was a misunderstanding. He thought he had all day today to report rather than to report in time to play in today’s game.  Buster Olney says that he had some personal matters to attend to as well.  It’s not like he blew the Phillies…

  19. One of the more insulting columns you’ll read this season

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times has a shtick. He’s used it over and over again.  It’s this: insult, bait and pester a given Dodgers or Angels player and hope against hope that they’ll spout off in anger so that he can print a juicy quote and follow it up with his “man, what’s his…

  20. Quote of the Day II: Adam LaRoche slams the Cardinals

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    LaRoche_Adam

    Yesterday’s dustup elicited another fun reaction from a Washington Nationals player, this time Adam LaRoche: Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter had hit the Nationals’ Laynce Nix in the top of the inning in what the Nats believed was a response to outfielder Nyjer Morgan running into Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. “It’s very typical of playing…

  21. Two tidbits from Buster Olney’s “evaluators”

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Fielder_Prince

    I read Buster Oleny’s column every day. It’s handy, as he links the great bulk of the day’s major stories. And while I don’t always agree with Buster’s take on things, I think he gets stuff right more often than a lot of the other big national guys do when they take off their reporter’s hat…

  22. Barry Enright is the Dbacks’ fifth starter

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Enright_Barry

    Steve Gilbert reports that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has named Barry Enright the team’s fifth starter.  Gilbert says that Gibson will “discuss what that means” later today. Presumably it means that Armando Galarraga is heading to the bullpen or the scrapheap, as he and Enright were competing for the fifth starter’s job.  Given that Galarraga…

  23. Quote of the Day: Ian Desmond on Miguel Batista’s fastball

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    Yesterday Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista hit Nationals’ infielder Ian Desmond, setting off a little brouhaha. Desmond wasn’t too steamed about it, though: “It was intentional, but Miggy throws like Miss Iowa. It’s no big deal.” I had forgotten about the Miss Iowa/Batista stuff.  Fun times! But it’s a new year now, and if you’re curious,…

  24. Chipper Jones believes the U.S. government whacked JFK

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    JFK

    I’m about as likely to listen to Chipper Jones‘ theories on the JFK assassination as I am to listen to Luke Scott‘s theories about President Obama’s place of birth, but for those of you who demand more of your baseball players than mere athletic prowess, please know that Jones does, indeed, have a theory. At…

  25. Luis Castillo must be taking the scenic route to Phillies camp

    Mar 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Castillo_Luis

    First thing this morning the lineup for today’s Phillies-Blue Jays game was posted, listing Luis Castillo as the second batter, playing second base. A few moments ago Castillo was scratched from the lineup because Castillo is not yet at Phillies camp in Clearwater. Personally, I blame the lack of high speed rail in this country for…

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