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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. And now: a touching video tribute to a very special someone

    Mar 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    It’s gettin’ a little dusty in here.

  19. Derek Lowe will be the Braves’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Derek Lowe

    This Opening Day starter news is fairly low level stuff, but at least it’s positive. The injury news is equally low-level, and that’s kind of depressing so, yay for Opening Day starter news! The latest: the Braves, who announced that Derek Lowe will get the nod.  Which just shows that Fredi Gonzalez is more Bobby…

  20. HBT Extra: Talking the top five moves of the offseason

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    If you read HBT you heard my opinion of these as they happened. If you bought the Rotoworld Draft Guide, you read my “top moves” article. But a wise man once told me, nothin’ has really happened until it happens on TV, so let’s cover this ground again!

  21. Kendrys Morales has hit a “plateau” in his rehab

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Morales_Kendry

    Yesterday we heard that Kendrys Morales may begin the year on the DL. Today Mike Scioscia elaborated on that, and it doesn’t sound good: “It’s not a setback; there are just some plateaus guys hit,” said Scioscia. “You can’t force things. He’s going to keep working, keep moving forward.” One thing that I wonder: how…

  22. So, do you feel omniscient punk? Well, do ya?

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

    crystal ball

    We’ll make a bunch of predictions for the 2011 season here at HBT, but since we’re still hoping to make the Olympic Prediction Team, we’re trying to maintain our amateur status and not make it an actual competition. Wezen-Ball’s Larry Granillo has no compunction about turning pro, however, so he has a genuine contest going.…

  23. Who’s the greatest living player for each team?

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Yastrzemski

    Dan Shaughnessy has a column up about Carl Yastrzemski and what he’s doing these days. It’s a good read and I recommend it. But more interesting to me than the column itself, however, is a passing line Shaughnessy uses: “Fifty years after his rookie season, the greatest living Red Sox player …” That has sparked a…

  24. Sixteen-year-old Luis Heredia to start in rookie ball for the Pirates

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

    They’re letting a 16-year-old pitch professionally in the Pirates’ organization? And here I thought there were laws about exposing minors to obscenity … That talent and maturity is why management’s plan for 2011 — though not yet formally announced — is to assign [Luis] Heredia to Bradenton of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, an extraordinary…

  25. Jon Lester will be the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Lester_Jon

    Terry Francona just announced that Jon Lester will be the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter (a full story on it is here). Seems right, at least if you subscribe to the “best starter from last year” theory of Opening Day starters. Personally, I subscribe to the “Rick Mahler should be the Opening Day starter” school, but…

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