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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Los Angeles, San Francisco city leaders condemn ballpark violence

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    There was a time from the late 60s through to about the mid-80s when going to the ballpark was an unpleasant and, at times, dangerous experience. Alcohol flowed too freely, security was lax and ticket prices were cheap enough to where people who weren’t particularly invested in baseball games for baseball games’ sake didn’t think…

  2. Edgar Martinez had a bad weekend

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Edgar Martinez

    Well, I’m sure he’s fine, but he watched as two of his marks were surpassed on Saturday. First, David Ortiz set the major league record for RBIs by a designated hitter, passing Martinez’s mark of 1,003. Then, later that night, Ichiro Suzuki broke Edgar Martinez’s franchise record for career hits, notching his 2,248th hit in a Mariners uniform. Both were…

  3. The Panic Index: The Red Sox, Giants, Rays and Brewers

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Help Button

    Panic on the streets of Boston … St. Pete, Frisco and Milwaukee … OK, fine, so the Smiths sang about panic better than I can, but the “oh noes!” quotient is pretty high among some fans this morning. Fans who, it seems, forgot that baseball is not football and three or four games don’t really…

  4. How ’bout them rookie Royals?

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Tim Collins

    We’re going to have a lot of Small Sample Size Theater this week. Stuff we observe during the season’s infancy that, while unsustainable and probably meaningless in the grand scheme of things, is fun to observe all the same.  One of the first things that fit this bill in 2011 is the Royals’ relievers, particularly…

  5. Bonds case update: the prosecution will rest today

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    Today will be the last day of the prosecution’s case-in-chief in the Barry Bonds trial, as they finish with Don Catlin, the anti-doping expert, and have the grand jury testimony read to the jury. The defense will then start their case, either today or tomorrow, but it will be a shorter deal than the prosecution’s.…

  6. Phil Hughes looks for answers as he struggles with his velocity

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Yankees' Hughes reacts as he walks back to the dugout  during fourth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tigers in New York

    As I noted in ATH this morning, people were talking during yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers game that Phil Hughes‘ velocity was way down. The last time this was mentioned, during spring training, some dismissed the idea as a function of uncalibrated Juggs guns or, even if the observations were accurate, as something not worth worrying about.  It…

  7. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Stuff you missed while you willingly ignored the sample size problem while declaring that the NCAA tournament is, like, totally the best thing ever.

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Matt Treanor

    Royals 12, Angels 9 (13 innings): Fernando Rodney blew the save in the bottom of the ninth by allowing two runs. More inexcusable than the runs, however, is that he walked Jeff Francoeur in the process. Actually, he walked the bases loaded before Wilson Betemit doubled in the tying runs. Angels pitchers walked ten Royals…

  9. On my way to Opening Day

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    Progressive Field Snow

    I’m about ready to leave my fortified compound and hit the road up to Cleveland for Opening Day, where I’ll see the Tribe take on the White Sox.  While there I’ll be the guest of the Indians in the Indians Social Suite, which should be cool. Depending on the conditions (of both me and the…

  10. Mike Pelfrey pitched with a bum rotator cuff most of last year

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Pelfrey_Mike

    Mike Pelfrey is the defacto ace of the Mets staff. And, while he’s not elite or anything, he showed in 2010 that he can be a dependable starter. Which is nuts considering that, as the Daily News reports, he pitched most of the 2010 season with a messed up shoulder: “I had a strained rotator…

  11. Photo of the Day: Pete Rose looks great

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Ring! Ring! Pete Rose: Hello? Bud Selig: Pete, it’s Commissioner Selig. How are you? Rose: Awful. Because I’m Pete Rose and my very existence is borderline pathetic. Selig: That’s great, Pete. Hey: I got some good news and some bad news. Rose: Shoot. The Hit King is listening. Selig: The good news is that we’ve…

  12. Bud Selig: smokeless tobacco should be banned in the majors

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    Dykstra Tobacco

    There has been increasing pressure from anti-tobacco groups — and Congress — on Major League Baseball to do something about smokeless tobacco use by major leaguers. To date, baseball has merely acknowledged that it’s and issue, noted that it’s already banned at minor league parks and has made mention of the fact that doing anything…

  13. And That Happened: Opening Day’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For those of you new to in-season HardballTalk, know this: each weekday morning — and maybe some weekend mornings; I’m thinkin’ about it — I recap the previous day and/or night’s action in a little feature called “And That Happened.”  This is ATH’s fourth year, as I began it over at my old haunt, ShysterBall,…

  14. HBT opening day wrapup

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:02 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    There are over 2000 major league baseball games in a season. As such, the outcome of any one of them really doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But we pay greater attention on opening day. Indeed, some of us sat in front of television and computer screens for, oh, 10 straight…

  15. Not the best day for the prosecution in the Barry Bonds case

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    It was a short day for the Bonds trial — they must all want to get home in time to watch the Giants-Dodgers — and they are now wrapped up for the week.  A bad morning for the prosecution, though, as Bonds’ former orthopedic surgeon, Arthur Ting, totally killed one of the prosecution’s key witnesses,…

  16. HBT Opening Day Live Chat

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Yankee Baseball

    Aaron and I are live chatting the Tigers vs. the Yankees! Come on in to join the fun! And the snark! And the complaining about the weather!

  17. HBT Extra: Three potential breakout stars for 2011

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Tiffany Simons and I blatantly rip off Aaron Gleeman’s previews of potential breakout stars for 2011 and set it to video. See you in court, Aaron!

  18. The Red Sox want to serve more liquor in Fenway. What could possibly go wrong?

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Fenway

    As a rule, I’m pro-liquor. But then again, I don’t have to police 40,000 Red Sox fanatics 81 nights a year, so this may be a big fight: As the Boston Red Sox prepare for their April 8 home opener at Fenway Park, the team is moving to expand the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages…

  19. Your kids aren’t playing baseball

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Little League

    In this morning’s invocation I said that people will, come August, start slagging on baseball.  Well, some aren’t waiting. The Wall Street Journal sounds an alarm today about how kids just aren’t playing the game anymore: As for Little League, which covers kids aged 4 to 18, about two million kids played in the U.S.…

  20. Obama will not be at Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Obama First Pitch

    In case you care about such things: The White House and the Washington Nationals say President Barack Obama is skipping the season opener, despite a standing invitation for the first fan to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. What is there, a war on? Oh, yeah. Well, I suppose there is. Look, I’m going to level…

  21. We will be doing a live chat for the Tigers-Yankees game

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    I just spoke with PFT’s Gregg Rosenthal, who lives in New York. I can’t use the word that he used to describe the weather in New York right now, but let’s just say that it rhymed with “kitty” and was a close synonym for “poopy.” Still, no matter how bad it is, I have this…

  22. Bonds Trial Update: A very yawny Wednesday

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    It was a great day at the Barry Bonds trial if you’re into chain-of-custody testimony and talk about urinalysis.  I think that covers approximately 0.0045% of the population, and that’s a generous estimate. There are, like, three dudes, however, who love both topics so yesterday was like Christmas for them. The day started with ballplayers at…

  23. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Based on my thoughts about Opening Day, you may not be surprised to learn that, like the hyped-up spectacle of Opening Day, I am less than enamored with other kinds of empty hype too.  Something that is usually empty hype: Power Rankings. Indeed, any team’s peak power — at least before the playoffs start —…

  24. Looking ahead to Opening Day’s six — what, only six? — games

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    Opening Day flag

    Today is the day that everyone learns a little something about their employer. Like, whether he is so unreasonable as to not allow you to blow the day off to watch ballgames. Or, at the very least, if he’s so uptight that he won’t allow you download MLB.tv on the company machine — using the…

  25. Thoughts on Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Flag baseball

    It’s Opening Day. And as I do most Opening Days, I awake this morning struggling to place it in its proper perspective. On the one hand, it’s a time for celebration and jubilation. After a long cold winter, our passion is back. And as so many have before us, we’re tempted to render it into…

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