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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Minnie Minoso for the Hall of Fame

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Minnie Minoso

    Minnie Minoso is throwing out the first pitch for today’s White Sox home opener. And there’s a great feature on him over at the Chicago Tribune today. There really is no one like him. No one who had a career with the arc of the one he had.  Just an astounding man and an astounding…

  2. Lastings Milledge designated for assignment

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Lastings Milledge

    Lastings Milledge, who was at one time considered a top Mets prospect, has had quite an odyssey around baseball the past few years.  Ridiculed right out of the gate in Washington thanks to Manny Acta putting him in center field when he really wasn’t cut out for it, he struggled with the Nats and then…

  3. Manny Ramirez doesn’t feel the need to impress you

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Ramirez_Manny

    Manny Ramirez was asked if his early season struggles were the result of him pressing in an effort to make a good impression. Manny hasn’t hit much these days, but he smacked that one out of the park: “I don’t need to impress nobody. I’ve got almost 600 home runs.” Truth.  Maybe not as to…

  4. Rob Dibble still thinks Stephen Strasburg should have “sucked it up”

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    rob dibble announcing

    Last year Rob Dibble got canned from MASN after he said that Stephen Strasburg should have “sucked it up” and pitched despite having an elbow injury that went on to require Tommy John surgery. After he said it — but before he got fired — he apologized and said that his comments were “inappropriate and disrespectful.”…

  5. The Jays are open to playing a game in Montreal

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Olympic Stadium

    Nothing is ever going to touch hockey in Canada or even come within sight of it, but it does seem like the Blue Jays, by virtue of being Canada’s only baseball team, have a pretty good opportunity to grow the fan base. To date they’ve made some tentative inroads into Quebec via TV and radio…

  6. Adam Dunn wants to play today

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Dunn_Adam

    Adam Dunn had an appendectomy at 2AM yesterday morning. Despite this, he tells Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago that he’d like to play against the Rays today in the White Sox’ home opener.  He also said that he has healing powers like Wolverine, so it shouldn’t be a problem. It seems silly for Dunn to…

  7. No, the Giants don’t need to “do something” about Barry Bonds

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    bonds in att park

    In light of the Barry Bonds trial going to the jury as early as today, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News has a concern: Question: If the verdict is not guilty on all charges and Bonds wants to celebrate by making the short trip to AT&T Park for some baseball viewing, what happens?…

  8. The Dodgers are reviewing their security procedures

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    In the wake of the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, the Dodgers have hired former Los Angeles police chief William Bratton — who is now a private security consultant — to assess the team’s security policies. If this increases security at Dodgers games, great. But…

  9. Ryan Howard is delusional

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Ryan Howard had a great game last night — 4 for 4, a homer, two doubles, a walk and two RBI — and he’s had a hot start. So maybe what he had to say after last night’s game can be chalked up to adrenaline or something. But whatever caused him to say this, it’s not…

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Giants 8, Padres 4: Lincecawesome. I can only say that once a year in ATH or else people start yelling at me, but I figured I’d get it out of the way early. Lincecum struck out 13 dudes in seven innings of work while allowing only three hits. He was buoyed by Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval,…

  11. Mark Cuban pays a visit to the HBT comments section

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    The other day Mark Cuban put up a lengthy post over at his blog about his views on the media and their access to the locker room.  It’s here. This morning I wrote a lengthy post responding to it in which I, as I am wont to do, went on about my view of the…

  12. Why political bloggers should stick to politics

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    spock

    I read a lot of political blogs and think a lot of political thoughts. And despite the fact that I often pretend to be a flaming commie, I’m actually a fairly middle-of-the-road guy. I mean, I lean left on many things and I’m pretty far left on a lot of social issues, but I have…

  13. Bummer: Harmon Killebrew won’t be throwing out the first pitch in Minnesota on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Killebrew

    There was word earlier this week that Harmon Killebrew — who has been battling esophageal cancer — was going to throw the first pitch out at the Twins’ home opener on Friday. Now it seems that he won’t make it due because he doesn’t want to interrupt his treatment schedule. Tony Oliva will do the honors…

  14. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has until June

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Saltalamacchia_Jarrod

    One of the things I’ve been watching in the early going is who the scapegoat will be in Boston if things don’t turn around quick. The easy choice — and leader at the moment — is Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He fits for so many reasons. He’s more or less unproven. He’s been given a starting job more…

  15. The NCAA may rethink their preposterous rules regarding amateurs and agents

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    NCAA Logo

    I’ve written about this several times before, but let’s sum up: the NCAA has a rule on the book that serves no purpose other than to exploit kids. It’s the no-agents rule, which allows college baseball players to have an “advisor,” but prohibits the advisor from talking to professional teams. And that’s the case even…

  16. Miguel Cabrera could lose his license today

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Down in Florida — and just about everywhere else — you lose your license for a year if you refuse a breath test when pulled over for a DUI.  Miguel Cabrera did that when he was pulled over at the beginning of spring training and today is the hearing that will determine if his license…

  17. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Red Sox, Giants and Padres with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Kind of a new thing today: me talking to someone who isn’t Tiffany. I’ll get better at this eventually. For now: try not to mock my lack of conversation skills

  18. Bonds Trial Update: A charge is dismissed and the defense rests without calling a single witness

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:31 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    The evidence portion of the Bonds trial is over. The prosecution rested yesterday, and this morning prosecutors dropped one of the charges: the one about whether Greg Anderson induced him “to take anything before the 2003 season.”  Prosecutors had been of the view that the charge could mean that Bonds took any kind of steroid…

  19. Rotation chaos: the Cubs place Andrew Cashner, Randy Wells on the DL

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    Andrew Cashner

    Bad news from Wrigley: Cubs starter Andrew Cashner left the game yesterday with shoulder stiffness. Today the team revealed that he is suffering from a mild strain of his right rotator cuff.  We figured something would happen with him today. More surprising is that Randy Wells, who threw six innings of one-run ball in Monday’s win…

  20. Another Yankees scandal! Well, OK, maybe not.

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    B Train

    This is a weird story:  The Yankees have run “subway races” on their scoreboard for a few years now. Basically they’re the on-screen equivalent of the racing sausages or presidents or what have you. Lots of parks do it with various characters. Subways, dots, ducks, etc. Until this year, the three racing subways had always…

  21. Kevin Mitchell gets probation for attacking a guy on a golf course

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Kevin Mitchell

    You may recall how, last fall, former Giants slugger Kevin Mitchell repeatedly punched a guy on a golf course after the man “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.”  Apparently that’s frowned upon in California, and Mitchell pleaded no contest to the charges in March.  Yesterday he was sentenced to three months probation and anger management classes.…

  22. Selig talks about the Wilpons, contraction, expanding the playoffs and more

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    Bud Selig was on SiriusXM with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo yesterday, and he held forth in his usual Budly manner on the topics of the Mets financial situation, that contraction nonsense, realignment, expanded playoffs and the Barry Bonds trial.  The highlights: The most newsworthy thing of the interview was Bud’s statement that the Mets did not ask…

  23. Adam Dunn had an emergency appendectomy

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Dunn_Adam

    UPDATE: Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports that the procedure was a laproscopic appendectomy — which is far less-invasive than the slice-and-dice you got as a kid — and that the team estimates that Dunn will only be out up to five days. 9:55AM: Tough break for the White Sox as it’s being reported that Adam…

  24. Rafael Soriano’s media snub is a legitimate problem

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    New York Yankees pitcher Soriano flips a ball during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    UPDATE: Our long national nightmare is over: Soriano has apologized. 9:34 AM: There is a lot of back and forth on the Internets this morning about Rafael Soriano‘s decision to dress quickly and leave the clubhouse before the reporters could get to him after last night’s debacle. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, Joel Sherman…

  25. Ozzie Guillen on Will Ohman: “he has to get his head out of his ass”

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Dear lord, do I love Ozzie Guillen. If, for no other reason, than because he says what everyone else thinks but which no one in an official position besides him ever, ever says. Things like this, which Brent Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports Guillen said about White Sox reliever Will Ohman, who has had a rough…

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