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Craig Calcaterra

  1. For the one thousandth time: NFL and MLB TV ratings are apples and oranges

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    old TV

    Dejan Kovacevic writes this morning: One argument often heard in Major League Baseball circles is that the best way to get great TV ratings for the World Series is to have two very large markets in the equation. Oh, really? The Steelers-Packers Super Bowl, comprised of two markets that are among the smallest in professional sports,…

  2. Catching up with Brooks Conrad

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    While the winter is an awful, awful thing for a baseball fan, it has served one healing purpose for Braves fans: it has allowed us to forget about Brooks Conrad’s follies in the NLDS against the Giants.  In case you wanted to relive it, however — or if you actually want to find reasons not…

  3. Comment of the Day: Kidney Donation edition

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    David Lewis

    HardballTalk: the only baseball blog on the Internet where you can expect nihilist snark and despairing cynicism to immediately follow a heart warming story. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  4. Bengie Molina may or may not retire

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    When Andy Pettitte retired he said it was because he didn’t have the hunger anymore. No one will ever accuse a Molina of not being sufficiently hungry. For Bengie, it comes down to the Benjamins: “We haven’t decided yet. There’s a couple of [teams interested], but they’re not offering what we want, for sure. I don’t…

  5. The Dodgers have inquired about Michael Young

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Michael Young swinging

    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have “had preliminary talks” with the Rangers about Michael Young. Gurnick reports, however, that a trade to the Dodgers is “a very long shot.” As D.J. noted last night Young is from Southern California and the Dodgers are on his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade.…

  6. Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter donates a kidney to one of his players

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Tom Walter

    When a guy makes a boneheaded play and the manager defends him during the presser after the game, that manager is called a “player’s manager.”  We’re probably going to need a new term to describe the lengths Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter goes for his guys: When Tom Walter recruits players, he often describes the family…

  7. Jim Tracy is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Well, maybe of his managerial life. Because, it seems, that his collapse at the Winter Meetings that threw a scare into everyone wasn’t the first time that’s happened to him.  According to Jannie McCauley of the Associated Press, Tracy has been having issues with dizziness and fatigue for several years, and the fainting down in Florida…

  8. Great. People are calling Mark Cuban.

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    I was somewhat sympathetic to Mark Cuban last week when he got out in front of the Mets speculation by saying “nope, not interested.”  I mean, everyone always mentions his name when this stuff happens, so good for him for heading it off at the pass. Sadly, it seems, that when it comes to getting…

  9. David Wright feels bad for the Wilpons

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Kevin Kernan is down in Port St. Luice and he caught up with early spring training arrival David Wright.  Wright opined about the Wilpon-Madoff mess: “I’ve become very close with the Wilpon family over the years.  They’ve done a lot for me. And I feel for them, just having to go through this. I called Jeff…

  10. Which Cubs game did Ferris Bueller go to?

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Bueller

    You guys know Larry Granillo from Wezen-Ball, right?  The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude: On his day off, Ferris Bueller had quite the adventure. From “borrowing” the 1961 Ferrari 250GT of his best friend’s unforgiving father to visiting both the…

  11. Frank McCourt has a pretty spiffy malpractice suit heating up

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Saw this coming since September:  Frank McCourt has fired his old law firm and his old law firm has hired its own law firm that specializes in defending legal malpractice suits. This all the result of Jamie McCourt winning the battle over that marital property agreement that was supposed to have the Dodgers being Frank’s…

  12. Let us mostly ignore Truck Day

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Bandit Truck

    I gave up attaching any significance whatsoever to “Truck Day” last year when I realized that Boston’s version of it — the alleged original about which people were angry that other teams were ripping off — had corporate sponsorship.  From an airline.  Airplanes?  When neither the “truck” nor the “day” part of it is organic,…

  13. Vlad’s deal: $5 million now, $3 million deferred

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    I was rather surprised when Vladimir Guerrero got $8 million.  We have some more details on it now and I suppose it’s slightly better for the O’s: it will be $5 million in 2011, with the other $3 million deferred over several years. Still seems like a lot for a guy who didn’t appear to…

  14. The Braves may split the closer’s job

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    With Billy Wagner‘s presumed retirement — and I say “presumed,” simply because he hasn’t filed his paperwork yet; he’s retiring — the assumption has been that Craig Kimbrel will take over the closer duties in Atlanta. He did so in the NLDS after Wagner’s injury, and he’s been groomed to close for a while now.…

  15. You can vote on the throwback uniforms the Dodgers will wear this year

    Feb 7, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Dodger Throwback.bmp

    The Dodgers are planning on wearing throwback uniforms six times this year. Considering that, only the slightest variations notwithstanding, they’ve worn the same duds since around 1938 or so, you won’t be surprised to hear that they’re going way back for this: The Los Angeles Dodgers will wear throwback uniforms honoring their Brooklyn roots for…

  16. Your quick and dirty guide to the Wilpon-Madoff mess

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Howard Megdal has put together a very handy bullet point summary of everything a baseball fan needs to know about the Bernie Madoff-Mets fiasco we spent much of last week discussing. I think the key point to all of this is the stuff Howard cites — with linkage goodness —…

  17. Do we really need Lou Gehrig’s medical records

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    This is kind of weird: State Rep. Phyllis Kahn makes no bones about it: She wants the Mayo Clinic to release New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig’s medical records. Monday, she will introduce a bill permitting just that … Kahn’s bill would change state law to permit a records release without consent if the patient has…

  18. Pujols wants a “Mount Everest” deal? How about a Mauna Kea deal.

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Mauna Kea

    Buster Olney says that talks between Albert Pujols and the Cardinals are not moving at all.  He says this is because Pujols is seeking a “Mt. Everest” contract.  I guess that means the biggest ever.  But my guess is that he ends up with a “Mauna Kea” deal. What’s Mauna Kea?  Why, it’s a dormant volcano…

  19. Your obligatory A-Rod Cameron Diaz at the Super Bowl post

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    A-Rod Cameron Diaz

    I’m not going to play the whole “OMG, A-Rod and Cameron Diaz looked stoopid!” game as a result of them getting caught on tape feeding each other pop corn. Dude’s got a lady friend that will feed him and that’s more than a lot of people have. And don’t even start that anti-Cameron Diaz stuff…

  20. Jackwagon tags the Harry Caray statue

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    Harry Caray statue

    My personal moral code has me firmly against the death penalty. But stuff like this challenges that stance: No one is quite sure when the statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field was defaced. Even more elusive was what the graffiti tagger might have been trying to say. Someone spray painted the words…

  21. Marty Brennaman: unfiltered

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Marty Brennaman

    About two or three years ago we all finally decided that my dad had gotten old enough to where we no longer feel the need to apologize for the crazy stuff he says.  You just get to a certain point, you know, when it’s more cute than anything else. And it’s not like you’re going…

  22. Carlos Delgado still thinks he’s making a comeback

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Carlos Delgado comeback

    We spent a good deal of last season hearing about Carlos Delgado’s rehab and non-comeback. Looks like we’re going to be doing more of that this year: “The rehab is coming along, and I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” he said. “I would say within the next couple of weeks I will have…

  23. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Bart Starr

    The greatest significance of yesterday’s game? Its passing means that, for all intents and purposes, it’s baseball season now.

  24. Pablo Sandoval worked with Barry Bonds this winter

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    sandoval tweet

    Pablo Sandoval is supposed to be in much better shape too. But no, the Kung Fu Panda didn’t work out with Barry Bonds to attain his newfound shape. That was attributable to laying off soda and chips, he says.  What he did do with Barry Bonds however was to work on plate discipline. The weight…

  25. Quote of the Day: Low-hanging fruit edition

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    But to be fair: sometimes the lowest hanging fruit is the tastiest!

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