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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Guess which Yankees infielder is the new GQ cover boy

    Mar 15, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    I knew it! The guy is on his best behavior for a while, making us think that he’s all about dedicating himself to baseball in an effort to justify that out-sized contract, but really it’s all about the spotlight for him. Him and his actress girlfriend and the cover of fashion magazines, with the subheadline…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Am I gonna talk myself into liking the Dodgers’ chances this year?

    Mar 15, 2011, 5:45 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season.  The latest: Divorce Court, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Season 2. The Big Question: Despite all the drama surrounding these guys, am I gonna talk…

  3. Dominican player involved in identity fraud flap, rewarded with 65 times greater signing bonus

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    dominican republic

    A strange tale from the pages of Baseball America.  The basics: Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Paniagua signs a deal with the Diamondbacks for $17,000. The deal is conditional while a background check takes place; After pitching for the Dbacks developmental team for a spell under the conditional arrangement, the contract is rejected by Major League Baseball…

  4. The NBC Sports Talk Android App is … Go!

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Droid

    Just what you’ve been waiting for, Apple product rejectors: the NBC Sports Talk Android app is here.  You can go snag it at the Android Market. It’s totally free too, yo. It’s pretty much what you expect it to be: a fast, clean and easy interface between your lovely Android-powered phone and the NBC sports…

  5. Marlon Byrd feels targeted over his association with Victor Conte

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Byrd_Marlon

    We’ve noted in the past that Marlon Byrd made the strange decision a couple of years ago to start working with fomer BALCO mastermind Victor Conte.  Since 2009, Conte has supplied Byrd with supplements. Byrd remains the only Major League Baseball player who works with Conte, and now, Bruce Levine reports, Byrd says that he feels…

  6. Stop me if you’ve heard this, but Jason Heyward is banged up again

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Heyward_Jason

    Jason Heyward was held out of today’s game due to back stiffness. A week or so ago he missed action because tightness in his hamstring.  In the first week of March he missed action because of a sore groin. None of this is serious, but as an official member of the Jason Heyward is So…

  7. Springtime Storylines: Do the Colorado Rockies have enough offense?

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season.  The latest: The … punchless Colorado Rockies? The Big Question: Do the Rockies have enough offense? That may seem like a strange thing to ask…

  8. You’ll be shocked to learn that Rich Harden has had another setback

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Rich Harden

    Rich Harden was shut down with an injured lat approximately eight second after he put his glove on for the first time this spring.  Then the initial time the A’s thought it might take for him to get better was extended. Now, Susan Slusser reports, Harden has had another setback and he has been shut down…

  9. How are those guys in the best shape of their lives doin’, anyway?

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Drago

    You know, sometimes I get the feeling that people don’t really take what they’re writing seriously and, rather, are just putting stuff up to bait me. I mean, when someone writes a well-thought-out and researched analysis of the performance of players who declared themselves to be in the Best Shape of Their Lives, it has…

  10. Trading King Felix to the Yankees doesn’t make a ton of sense

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Felix Hernandez crop

    You know the sign of a fun trade proposal that is never, ever going to happen in a gajillion years?  If you look at it and realize that both teams would reject it out of hand. Ken Rosenthal has one today: The Mariners offering Felix Hernandez to the Yankees on a 5-for-1 basis, sending back…

  11. Must-click link: A really bad picture of Tim Lincecum leading a most excellent feature story about him

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Really, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an uglier picture of Tim Lincecum than the one at the top of this New York Times Magazine feature story about him. He looks like a cross between Anthony Kiedis and late-period Bob Dylan. I like all three of those guys, but man, it ain’t pretty. Assuming you…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Can the Giants repeat?

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  First up: it’s only appropriate that we start with the reigning World Champs, the San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants repeat? Yeah,…

  13. The Reds and Ryan Hanigan agree to a three-year deal

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    Ryan Hanigan is something more than a backup catcher for the Reds. It’s a split job, really, with he and Ramon Hernandez each taking roughly half the load (but for an injury to Hanigan last year it would have been closer to even workload).  Hanigan responded to this arrangement fairly well in 2010, hitting .300/.405/.429.…

  14. HBT Q&A: Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jonah Keri

    Earlier this morning I reviewed Jonah Keri’s new book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. Yesterday he took some time to answer some of my burning questions.  Well, maybe not burning. Just mildly irritating. The kind that go away with a cold compress or by…

  15. Labor talks: Now baseball is just rubbing it in

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    The NFL labor situation turned apocalyptic on Friday, with talks breaking off, lawsuits being filed and rhetoric being unleashed that will take months to walk back before real progress can be made.  In light of this, it’s almost as if baseball is gloating, what with it being ahead of schedule in its efforts to get…

  16. Review: Jonah Keri’s The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Extra 2%

    You gotta love it when someone messes up an accepted narrative.  And there hasn’t been a narrative in Major League Baseball over the past several years that has been more widely accepted than “The Yankees and Red Sox have an unfair advantage.”  And, sure, structurally-speaking they do. They’re richer than Croesus and are run by…

  17. Johan Santana: whoever says I’m not going to pitch this year “is lying”

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Johan Santana throwing

    On Saturday Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reported that Johan Santana‘s rehab has not been progressing well and that Mets sources are concerned that he may not pitch at all in 2011.  The team refuted that report yesterday.  But in today’s Daily News, Santana refutes it even more strongly: “I don’t…

  18. MLB network to air footage of the Big Train, the Georgia Peach and the Sultan of Swat

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Walter Johnson

    This is neat: The MLB Network got its hand on some rare 9.5mm footage of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson warming up at an event at Yankee Stadium in 1924. There’s a small snippet of it in this promo here, though you have to watch Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter farting around for a…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 14, 2011, 6:18 AM EST

    Takashi Saito, Ron Roenicke, Ed Sedar

    What you missed while beginning the process of gambling on amateur basketball players who themselves would be be punished for (a) participating in your tournament pool; or (b) receiving one red cent of the billions of dollars about to be generated by virtue of their unpaid labor.

  20. HBT Extra: Breaking down the NL East

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    In which Tiffany insults my ability to pick it at second base for the Phillies. Why, the nerve of her …

  21. Bud Selig issues a statement on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:58 PM EST

    Magnitude 8.9 Strong Earthquake Jolts Northern Japan

    There are a great number of Japanese baseball players, coaches, interpreters and media members associated with Major League Baseball. Today has been an extremely rough day for them as they’ve had to process the awful news of the earthquake and tsunami. So far we’ve not heard of anyone who has lost a loved one, but…

  22. Don’t cry for Chuck Greenberg: he’s walking away with a $25 million profit

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    This morning I said that, having been booted out of the Rangers ownership chair he fought so hard to claim, Chuck Greenberg will never get the last year and a half of his life back.  Bob Nightengale puts this in perspective, however: It may have been tough for Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg to step down,but will…

  23. Jim Leyland backtracks on Miguel Cabrera being in the best shape of his life

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    jim leyland

    You know, I’m beginning to think that you can’t necessarily take someone’s word for it when they say a player is in the best shape of his life. For example, Jim Leyland said that of Miguel Cabrera while he still stunk of scotch the morning of his DUI arrest. Now, however, he’s saying that may…

  24. The Nats release Cla Meredith

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    cla-meredith-nationals-spring

    That was a short time in Washington. Cla Meredith was signed by the Nats in early February, got hurt almost as soon as spring training began, had Tommy John surgery last week and today was released. I always wonder who pays for a guy’s medical bills when this sort of thing happens.  Do the Nats cover…

  25. Luis Salazar is doing better

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

    Luis Salazar

    Mark Bowman reports that Luis Salazar’s condition has improved: he’s talking with doctors and his family and has said he’s eager to get back to work. That may take a while, but the doctors are saying that he should be able to do so once he’s through the woods on his immediate injuries to his face…

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