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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens talk about the thrown bat

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza were in Las Vegas for a celebrity golf tournament the other day and they did some radio together. Of course, the topic turned to the bat incident from the 2000 World Series.  I’d like to say something super interesting happened during the interview, but not really. Here’s Piazza: I saw…

  2. Did they mess with the balls this year?

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Rawlings baseball

    You and I are men of action. Simplistic projections based on small sample sizes do not become us. So please, while there have been a lot of home runs hit in the season’s first five days, let’s not play the “on pace” game. Not yet anyhow. But we can listen to the anecdotes, can’t we?…

  3. MLB tweaks the humidor procedure at Coors Field

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Coors Field

    Last year there were rumblings — primarily from the Giants, but from others as well — that the Rockies were messing with the baseballs from the humidor at Coors Field, giving their pitchers the deader ones and the opposing pitchers the good old, high-flying dried out balls. Baseball now has a new policy, explained by…

  4. Nelson Cruz ties a record

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    I noted in ATH that Nelson Cruz had homered in four straight games to open the season, but I wasn’t aware that this was a record. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, only two others have done that before: Willie Mays in 1971 and Mark McGwire in 1998. Cruz faces Mariners’ rookie…

  5. Quote of the Day: Steve Phillips on steroids

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    STEVE PHILLIPS

    Sirius/XM radio has what seems to be part of some continuing employment plan for former GMs, and the latest enrollee is former Mets’ GM Steve Phillips. Yes, the man who was fired from the Mets for poor performance, fired from ESPN for shtupping the help and who sat on the deck of AOL FanHouse as…

  6. The McCourts may settle soon. And then Frank would have to deal with Bud Selig

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Frank and Jamie McCourt may settle soon. That’s the good news. The bad news — or, at the very least, the uncertain news — is that the settlement may once again involve a scenario in which part of the payoff to Jamie comes in exchange for Frank…

  7. UPDATE: Judge in Bonds trial calls newly-discovered tape “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant”

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:19 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    UPDATE:  Judge Susan Illston said in court today that the tape prosecutors claim will rebut the damaging (to the prosecution) testimony of Dr. Arthur Ting is “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” She added that the contents of the tape “were not very substantive,” and that “almost all of this is people’s comments being driven by what is…

  8. Judge to Roger Clemens: zip it

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Roger Clemens

    Well, I haven’t seen the order from the judge, but I assume that, seeing it was going to Clemens, it had to contain short, easily readable words. “Zip it” seems to fit the bill: A federal judge is not happy that baseball’s Roger Clemens talked to the media about his upcoming perjury trial. U.S. District…

  9. Once again, Boston and New York have the highest priced beer in baseball

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:08 PM EST

    generic beer

    Each year the company Team Marketing Report puts out a list of who has the highest ticket prices, lowest ticket prices, hot dogs, parking, beers, etc.  It’s pretty much what you’d expect: stuff in big cities with big crowds is higher than it is here in the hinterlands.  You can check it all out here.…

  10. How the teams got their names

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Old baseball team

    There’s not a heck of a lot happening this afternoon — that is, unless you (a) have MLB.TV; and (b) are a masochist. If so, you can listen to Chip Caray call the Braves-Brewers game.  At least until you realize that you can just switch to the audio feed and listen to Bob Uecker, which…

  11. Scott Kazmir is toast

    Apr 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Kazmir_Scott

    CBS’ Danny Knobler spoke with a scout who said this about Angels’ starter Scott Kazmir, who gave up five runs in an inning and a third over the weekend: “Terrible. No velocity. No command. No nothing” Quit beatin’ around the bush, man, tell me: how’s he doing? It’s been a long time since we’ve seen…

  12. HBT Daily: Assessing the struggling teams

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    In keeping with this morning’s “panic button” post, Tiffany Simons and I discuss the early-season plight of the Red Sox, Rays and Giants

  13. Is Dodger Stadium truly dangerous?

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Dodger Stadium

    The incident at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day has led to a lot of discussion about fan safety, but for some people who are familiar with Dodger Stadium, this is not a new problem. Here’s freelancer Paul Oberjuerge: Aside from what appears to be the seriousness of the victim’s injuries, what is new about this?…

  14. Matt Holliday’s status still up in the air, which gives me an excuse to talk about ESPN’s new broadcast team

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Matt Holliday

    There has yet to be a decision by the Cardinals as to whether they will put Matt Holliday on the disabled list in the wake of his appendectomy. He was reported to be feeling better yesterday, so the Cards are taking a wait-and-see approach and, in the meantime, going with a 24-man roster, effectively. ESPN’s…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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