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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Mike Sweeney retires

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Mike Sweeney

    Mike Sweeney is announcing his retirement today.  Given that this word is coming via Royals writers and the announcement is happening in Surprise, Arizona, he is apparently retiring as a Royal, if not in a formal contractual sense, then at least in a cosmic sense. Which is appropriate, as Mike Sweeney was the Kansas City…

  2. Gustavo Molina may be the Yankees’ backup catcher

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

    There are rumblings emanating from Tampa that, as suggested yesterday, Jesus Montero won’t be the Yankees’ backup catcher. But not so fast, Austin Romine fans! Your man won’t be either.  The real number two: Gustavo Molina. I normally don’t give a diddly durn about backup catchers, but Molina, you’ll recall, had a nice little feature written…

  3. Major League Baseball wants to change its debt rules

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

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    Just a day after Forbes released a story about Major League Baseball teams in debt trouble, the New York Post reports that baseball is changing its debt rules: Major League Baseball is working to cut how much debt its teams can carry, The Post has learned. The move, aimed at avoiding a Mets-like cash squeeze…

  4. 500 Madoff victims want Irving Picard to resign

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    SIPA Trustee Picard speaks during a news conference in New York, announcing the return of $7.2 billion from the estate of Madoff insider Picower to settle civil claims for victims of Madoff's ponzi scheme

    I missed this yesterday (Wilpon PR people! Where was my head’s up email?!), but the Daily News reports that 500 of Bernie Madoff’s victims wants Irving Picard — the guy who is supposed to be suing to recover money to benefit these victims — to be replaced as trustee. The reason? According to the lawyer representing these…

  5. UPDATE: The Brewers take a pass on Nyjer Morgan

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal says that the Brewers considered it, but took a pass. They’ll make do with what they have for the outfield bench. 1:00 PM: Fresh off their pickup of Sergio Mitre, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers are trying to get Nyjer Morgan. The thinking here is that, with backup outfielder Chris Dickerson shipped…

  6. Meet the man who allowed Livan Hernandez to punch him in the sack for $50 a pop

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Shocked

    I’m just going to leave this quote — about Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen catcher Jeff Moutzas — right here. You do with it what you will: Pitcher Livan Hernandez became something of a sadistic benefactor when he arrived in Arizona in 2006. Motuzas said Hernandez once paid him $3,000 to drink a gallon of milk in…

  7. Jayson Werth to hit second for the Nats

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    When Jayson Werth signed his massive deal with the Nationals back in December, my first thought was “wow, they paid elite slugger prices for a guy who really isn’t an elite slugger.” They still may have overpaid Werth, but to the Nationals’ credit, they’re not going to expect him to be something he’s not. Adam Kilgore…

  8. Mike Stanton starts his spring with a bang

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

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    The Marlins’ Mike Stanton is a beast, but he’s been a sidelined beast this spring, battling a leg injury. He made his spring debut yesterday, however, and he murdered baseballs: Stanton not only left his indelible mark on the scoreboard — a tape-measure line-drive shot that traveled an estimated 500 feet — but also the…

  9. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Yesterday Jonathan Papelbon pitched in a minor league game, in which he gave up two runs to Twins’ Double-A players.  His reaction: “This was exactly what I wanted.” He’s referring to the fact that he got work in and was focusing on his mechanics, but it’s also worth noting that he has a 12.60 ERA…

  10. Brad Lidge is heading to the DL

    Mar 25, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Brad Lidge

    The hits just keep on coming for the Phillies. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Brad Lidge — who has already missed time with tendinitis in his bicep — is going on the shelf because of pain in his shoulder. Kind of sounds like Johnny Cueto‘s thing: he had bicep trouble and then shoulder inflammation.…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Did the Athletics add enough offense?

    Mar 25, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    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: The San Jose A’s (pending committee review). The Big Question: Did the Athletics add enough offense? The A’s were 11th in…

  12. The Mets lost $50 million last year

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Citi Field

    When it was learned that the Mets took a loan from Major League Baseball, it was characterized by some as an instance of a team merely addressing a short term liquidity problem during those cold dark days between seasons.  Seems it was a bit more than that. The New York Times: The Mets, long one of…

  13. Bonds Trial Update: What’s an orchidometer?

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Orchidometer

    If you haven’t come up with a good name for fantasy team yet, it may be helpful for you to know what an orchidometer is.  According to testimony in the Barry Bonds trial yesterday, it’s a medical instrument used to measure testicles. Yes, that’s a picture of one. You’re welcome. The existence of orchidometers was explained to…

  14. Comment of the Day: Curt Flood Jr. talks about the Stan Musial restaurant story

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Curt Flood

    Yesterday I highlighted Murray Chass’ poorly-sourced hatchet job against Stan Musial. The leadoff in that hatchet job was Chass’ claim — based on a story Curt Flood allegedly told Marvin Miller who told Chass — was that Flood was refused service at Stan Musial’s restaurant some time in the 1960s because Flood was black. Chass’…

  15. The Diamondbacks sign Kip Wells

    Mar 24, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    7TH

    I’m not going to say that Kevin Millwood is asking for too much money and/or has nothing left in the tank, but when you’re passed up as the “random starter signed late in the spring by a desperate team hoping that they can catch lightning in a bottle” by Kip Wells, you should probably consider…

  16. Jair Jurrjens leaves game early with discomfort in his side

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Jurrjens_Jair

    You know what I can’t wait for? I can’t wait for teams that ridiculously put promising young starting pitchers in the bullpen to start complaining about how they don’t have enough starting pitching.  That’s what I can’t wait for. In the meantime, the non-deluded teams out there realize that there isn’t anything as valuable as…

  17. Pedro Martinez … in the Smithsonian?

    Mar 24, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox

    UPDATE:  Here’s the portrait. It’s actually pretty damn dignified. And, as a reader notes, the portrait is being donated by Peter Gammons and his wife Gloria. Which is kinda cool. 3: 58 PM: This is somewhat unexpected: Former All-Star pitcher Pedro Martinez is in Washington to conduct a baseball mini-clinic and to promote exercise for children…

  18. Why I call out guys like Murray Chass and T.J. Simers

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

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    In the past couple of days I’ve blasted T.J. Simers and Murray Chass for writing pieces that, in my view, were low-rent, unprofessional hit jobs.  This is not new territory for me. I have a combative streak and, like a lot of blogger boys, I engage in a healthy amount of media criticism. And whenever I…

  19. Murray Chass slams Stan Musial. Really.

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

    Murray Chass

    Some blogger who writes from home — claims he used to actually be a reporter with a big paper or something — decided today that the most pressing thing he had to do today was to cut Stan Musial down to size: It turns out that the 90-year-old Musial is not the Saint Stan he…

  20. Joe Biden kept the Blue Jays out of their clubhouse yesterday

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Joe Biden, Mariano Rivera

    Remember how Joe Biden visited Yankees camp yesterday?  Well, apparently his arrival and all of the attendant security hoopla kept the Blue Jays from being able to get into their clubhouse, and they had to wait patiently behind security until they could do so. I assume this means that Canada will declare war on us…

  21. Curt Schilling bought Jose Canseco’s Lamborghini?

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    Lamborghini

    Random bits falling out of the Barry Bonds trial, as Bonds’ former buddy Steven Hoskins testified (for reasons that aren’t entirely clear) that Curt Schilling once bought a used Lamborghini from Jose Canseco. I’m guessing that was mentioned at some point in a random Canseco or Schilling feature story, but I find it to be…

  22. Brandon Beachy wins the Braves’ fifth starter’s job

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy pitches against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    It wasn’t much talked about this spring, but one of the more interesting  job competitions was for the Braves’ fifth starter’s job. The candidates: lefty Mike Minor and right hander Brandon Beachy.  Frank Wren announced today that Beachy is the victor, with Minor being sent down to, er, the minors. This is one of those…

  23. The Negro Leagues Museum rights a wrong

    Mar 24, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    I’ve written in the past about how, after the death of Buck O’Neill, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum screwed up by passing over O’Neill’s hand-picked successor, Bob Kendrick, and went instead with some political hack who I suspected would last a couple of years.  Well, the hack lasted a couple of years, screwed the place…

  24. New York tabloid: “Leave A-Rod alone!”

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Only Nixon could go to China, only Kirk could make peace with the Kilingons and only the New York Post can tell people that it’s time to stop going after Alex Rodriguez: Look, Alex Rodriguez always has been Alex Rodriguez’s worst enemy, and perhaps his litany of career sins — runaway ego and greed mixed…

  25. Must-Click Link: how the White Sox got those early 80s uniforms

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

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    No, not the pajamas avec shorts. Everyone knows those sprung from the addled mind of the great Bill Veeck. I’m talking about those tight doubleknit jobs with the numbers on the thigh. The ones that made Greg Luzinski look outrageously uncomfortable. Which, while it may be nostalgia speaking, I kind of liked. Or maybe I just…

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