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Craig Calcaterra

  1. And now for another episode of “Hitting Made Easy” with Nate McLouth

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Buster Olney discusses the key to Nate McLouth‘s hitting success this spring training: Nate McLouth has never discussed hitting mechanics with the Braves’ new hitting coach, Larry Parrish. The only thing they’ve talked about getting McLouth back to being aggressive at the plate, and so in his at-bats this spring, he’s gone to the plate…

  2. The Mets release Luis Castillo

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Castillo_Luis

    Sandy Alderson is about to have one less thing to be bewildered about.  WFAN is reporting that the Mets are about to release Luis Castillo. UPDATE: Adam Rubin says it’s done. If true, some people will be really happy.  Jon Heyman.  Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Luis Hernandez. People who won’t like it: folks who have spent…

  3. Photo of the day: Leprechaun National Anthem

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Yeah, this actually happened.

  4. Another Greatest Living Player oversight: Jim Fregosi

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

    Portrait of California Angels' Jim Fregosi

    More fun stuff continues to spin out of that Greatest Living Player post from the other day. This one comes from Bill Parker over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot, running down a list of underappreciated non-Hall of Famers.  Guys like Dave Stieb, Reggie Smith, Jimmy Wynn and … Jim Fregosi. As Bill notes, Fregosi definitely should have made…

  5. Another spring cliche: “we want to run more”

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EST

    Marco Scutaro, Jason Bartlett, Paul Emmel

    “Best shape of his life” is so last month.  “I’m just working on stuff, just trying to get my work in,” is old hat.  The new one — and it may not be new; I’m just noticing it now –  is “we’re gonna run some more.”  The Royals are saying it. The Pirates are saying it…

  6. You a lawyer? Wanna work for the Athletics?

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    briefcase

    Sticking with the Athletics theme this morning, Maury Brown alerts us to a job opening in Oakland. I don’t pass these along very often, but I know a lot of lawyers read this blog, so do with this what you will: Under the direction and supervision of the General Counsel, the Oakland Athletics are currently…

  7. How to jazz up the “Moneyball” movie

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Moneyball

    Sticking with the movie theme this morning, Bruce Jenkins of the Chronicle is not optimistic about the upcoming adaptation of “Moneyball.” Problem? Too boring.  He makes suggestions: As the production of “Moneyball” grinds on, let’s hope the filmmakers take great liberties with the facts. Michael Lewis’ book was superbly written, but there’s nothing more boring…

  8. The “Michael Corleone” contraction theory

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Michael Corleone

    Let’s be clear at the outset: contraction is not happening. Even in the articles that talk about people talking about contraction — like Joel Sherman’s from yesterday — it is stipulated that, no this is a non-starter. So what I’m saying is, don’t cite this post or the Sherman column I’m linking as “continuing contraction…

  9. Joe Torre to attend Yankees Old-Timers Day

    Mar 18, 2011, 6:02 AM EST

    Joe Torre

    Jim Bouton wrote a tell-all book that angered the Yankees. They kept him away from Old Timers Day for close to 30 years and, if it wasn’t for an emotional plea in the New York Times by one of his sons following the tragic death of Bouton’s daughter, they may not have even invited him…

  10. For American ballplayers in Japan: uncertainty

    Mar 17, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Randy Ruiz

    The crisis in Japan is not a baseball story, but baseball is Japan’s biggest sport and this is a baseball blog so to the extent there is anything worthwhile about those two worlds intersecting, I’m inclined to link it. The latest: a story about former Blue Jay Randy Ruiz, who plays for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden…

  11. No surprise: judge bars profane voice mails from Barry Bonds trial

    Mar 17, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Barry Bonds suit

    Judge Susan Illston ruled earlier this afternoon that the profanity-laced voice mail messages Barry Bonds left with his ex-girlfriend will not be allowed into evidence. She said that they are “unattractive,” and  “that’s the only reason they could be used … They are at most very marginal in terms of any relevance to this case.” Which…

  12. Great Moments in accurate yet embarrassing stereotypes

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

    Peter Buck

    I may or may not have written about The Baseball Project before. It’s a supergroup of sorts led by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, which only performs songs that are baseball related.  Last night they played in Austin, and this blog post about it in Rolling Stone pretty much hits the nail on the head. On the…

  13. Michael Young is having a tough time, is killing the baseball

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Michael Young dugout

    I don’t feel terrible for Michael Young. He got a wonderful, wonderful contract a couple of years ago and, even if he’s not playing the position he wants to be playing and would prefer to be traded, he’s still getting the money. Yes, even rich people have problems and they can be legitimate ones, but…

  14. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Tiffany and I waltz through the Midwestern portion of the Junior Circuit

  15. Sandy Alderson doesn’t understand why people pay attention to Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo

    Mar 17, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    Bewildered Sandy Alderson is bewildered: So the new GM conceded he is bewildered by the attention fans and the media have heaped on the second base and lefty specialist competitions – and the two least popular entrants. “It’s a little odd,” Alderson said. “I think it does distract one from taking a look at the…

  16. The Padres may go retro with their uniforms in the future

    Mar 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Padres

    At least sort of retro. They won’t bring back anything that looks like the handsome ensemble this man is wearing, but they may bring back that old quasi-Pac Man font from the mustard and brown jerseys while retaining the white and blue color scheme they currently have. A glimpse of it — with a suggestion…

  17. The push for Brandon Belt to break camp with the Giants is on

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    As I sit here today I will still be rather surprised if the Giants don’t send first base prospect Brandon Belt down to Fresno to start the year, but that hasn’t stopped the Bay Area press from beating the drum for Belt. Here’s the Chronicle: “After Brandon Belt’s big day, where does he start?”  Here’s the…

  18. GQ names Phillies fans “The Worst Sports Fans in America”

    Mar 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Phillies fans AP

    It’s actually a tie between Phillies and Eagles fans as the worst — the subheading to their ranking being “the meanest fans in America” — but I imagine there’s substantial overlap.  GQ: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. “Some of these people would boo…

  19. Jerry Reinsdorf talks about why the White Sox have gone “all-in”

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Reinsdorf, chairman of MLB team Chicago White Sox and NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls, smiles as he participates at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

    It’s so rare that you hear a team owner talk frankly about the big picture decisions that come with running a team. They all say they’re always trying to win. When they tear down and rebuild, they all talk about it being some inevitable process that was forced on them by the laws of Man…

  20. Ken Griffey Jr. talks about why he retired

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    File photo of Seattle Mariners' Griffey Jr. following through a three-run home run against the Yankees in Seattle

    When Ken Griffey Jr. retired last year, he did so pretty quietly.  Yes, there was a bit of rancor around the time it happened, but there wasn’t much to the actual announcement. An announcement which almost got lost in the shuffle because it happened on the same night as the Armando Galarraga Jim Joyce game.…

  21. The government would like you to know that Barry Bonds is a big jerk

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Barry Bonds

    The prosecution in the Barry Bonds case wants to introduce into evidence recordings of voice mails from Bonds to his ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell in which Bonds uses bad language and says abusive things to her. Which is despicable. Unless the government is willing to submit that the only thing that ever causes people in romantic…

  22. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann really, really like to fish

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Fishing

    If there is anyone wondering why TMZ sports never took off, look no further than this article in the St. Pete Time about the Rays’ Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann.  I submit that there are way, way more ballplayers with their particular obsession than there are ballplayers who like to go to clubs and movie…

  23. Did you like those Mariners commercials? Then you’ll hate this Mets commercial!

    Mar 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is a definite difference in professionalism between those Seattle Mariners commercials we linked yesterday and this Mets commercial to which reader Jovian Jamian alerted me this morning. Although with his innocent amateurism, Jose Reyes‘ specific segment is probably more warm and endearing than anything…

  24. News flash: Jeffrey Loria says something stupid

    Mar 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Jeffrey Loria

    Maybe it really is a news flash and not just an ironic one. Loria usually does stupid thins as opposed to saying them publicly. I’ll leave that analysis to someone who can stomach thinking about Jeff Loria for more than the time it takes me to do this post and then go cleanse my psyche…

  25. The Greatest Living Ballplayer: Continued

    Mar 17, 2011, 6:16 AM EST

    New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Berra watches players during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    Yesterday’s post about the Greatest Living Ballplayer for each team struck a nerve. Lots of folks around the Internets linked it and talked about, which doesn’t happen a lot with my stuff. Indeed, I tend to think that people mostly read what I write and either nod politely or roll their eyes and then move…

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