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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Buster Olney needs a new “evaluator”

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Medlen_Kris

    Buster Olney spoke with “an evaluator” about the Atlanta Braves and included his comments in his column this morning: “It’s a very deep club, beyond their 25-man roster. If they have an issue with the rotation, they’ve got Kris Medlen and [either] Mike Minor or [Brandon] Beachy as backup, depending on who wins the No. 5 spot.…

  2. Great Moments in fact checking the headline

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    In which, in the space of only a couple of lines, I take a swipe at Tony La Russa and a newspaper and get to have fun with Charlie Manuel anachronisms!

  3. The Phillies’ injuries mount: Placido Polanco tweaks his elbow

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Phillies’ third baseman Placido Polanco injured his left elbow yesterday, hyperextending it during a swing.  This is the same elbow on which he had surgery back in November.  He says it’s not serious, though, and it’s suspected that he’ll only miss a few days. I think most people agree that injuries are the only thing that…

  4. Few fans line up for Mets tickets. So what?

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres At Citi Field

    The Bergen Record reports on the first day of Mets single-game ticket sales and paints a gloomy picture: There was no wait at all until 10:25, when a line of just eight people formed. No one camped out overnight like years past; no one spent hours waiting. And plenty of good tickets still are available, as…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Is character and passion enough for the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    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. Next up: The new-look Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Is character and passion enough for the Diamondbacks? This is Kirk Gibson’s team now, and it…

  6. Brian Sabean: “the game is East Coast-centric”

    Mar 16, 2011, 6:16 AM EST

    Brian Sabean phone

    An article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat catches up with Giants GM Brian Sabean, who notes that life hasn’t changed all that much for the World Series champs in terms of hype or outside media interest or anything like that.  Part of that may be, he explains, because of the dreaded east coast bias:…

  7. Ryan Zimmerman to be shut down for a few days

    Mar 15, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

    zimmerman_ryan

    I can’t remember who said it on Twitter yesterday, but someone said that the first two weeks of spring training are spent talking about how everyone is in such great shape and the next two weeks are spent talking about injuries.  Seems that way.  All of the injury news is starting to blend together for…

  8. Wojciechowski: the Giants won the world series because Barry Bonds was gone

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    Barry Bonds first pitch NLCS

    ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski has made a mini-career out of moralizing about steroids in baseball.  Sure, lots of guys do that, but Wojciechowski isn’t exactly the straightest shooter in the bunch. Indeed, between Wojciechowski’s crocodile tears and his casual intellectual dishonesty, he’s basically the Glenn Beck of the steroids beat. Once he beat up on steroids users, equating…

  9. The NPB is undecided on when to start the season

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows

    Japan obviously has bigger problems than when to start the baseball season, but the Central and Pacific Leagues of the NPB met today to discuss when they should begin the 2011 baseball season in the wake of the tsunami and the mounting nuclear crisis. The NPB blog Yakyubaka reports that no decision has been made…

  10. Chris Davis wants the Rangers to trade him if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:57 PM EST

    davis_chris

    The numbers don’t add up for Chris Davis in Texas. Between Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Michael Young, there just aren’t going to be enough opportunities for him at first base with the Rangers. Indeed, there’s probably not even going to be room for him on the roster.  He seems to know that, however, and…

  11. Update: Not so fast on that Luis Hernandez-is-the-Mets-second baseman stuff

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    Hernandez_Luis

    UPDATE: Andy Martino asked around and he says that Collins has not named Hernandez his second baseman. He’s merely in the mix, as they say.  We could parse this I suppose — Martino is reporting peoples’ “sense” of the matter while Mike Puma says he got it from someone who has “direct knowledge” of the…

  12. Sports teams are entering the news business. Good. Let them have it.

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Press

    There’s an illuminating story over at the Washington Post today about how sports leagues and clubs are, ever so slowly, trying to squeeze out the traditional media when it comes to breaking news about them: For sports journalists these days, the playing field isn’t always level. As the Iowa incident suggests, teams and leagues can…

  13. Mind your ump-bashing this year. Unless you wanna get sued.

    Mar 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Bill Spooner

    This doesn’t come from the world of baseball, but it’s a cautionary tale for any of us who, after a couple of refreshments, take to Twitter while simultaneously watching baseball games and would dare criticize the men in blue: A Tweet by The Associated Press’ beat writer for the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolvesthat was critical of an official…

  14. Bud Selig creates a committee to find the origins of baseball

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    I haven’t seen the press release yet, but Gordon Edes reports that Bud Selig has announced the formation of a committee that will study the origins of the game of baseball.  On the committee: Baseball historian John Thorn, noted plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin, and sepia tycoon Ken Burns. I don’t want to make rash predictions, but my…

  15. The Nats remove some seats from their ballpark

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Nats Park

    And now, my nominee for “ballpark configuration change that no one would have ever noticed even if they had never issued a press release about it:” The Nationals let media members know a few minutes ago that the ballpark’s capacity this season will be 41,506. That’s down from the 41,888 fans it held at its…

  16. The Rays change the ground rules for balls hit off the Tropicana Field catwalk. Again.

    Mar 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Tropicana catwalk

    It used to be that if a ball hit the “A” or “B” catwalk in Tropicana Field, the ball was in play, and it was fair or foul depending on where it came down.  Apart from the sheer humiliation of playing in a park with catwalks that can be reached by batted balls in play, this…

  17. Springtime Storylines: Is there life after Adrian Gonzalez for the San Diego Padres?

    Mar 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Mat Latos

    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: 2010’s biggest surprise, the San Diego Padres. The Big Question: Is there life after Adrian Gonzalez?: My brother lives in San Diego and,…

  18. Is Starlin Castro the next Derek Jeter?

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    While the headlines from Cubs camp this spring have focused on Carlos Zambrano and Carlos Silva, Patrick Mooney at CSN Chicago has a nice feature on the guy who, more than any other, may catapult the Cubs back into relevance in the NL Central: Starlin Castro, who is being compared to Derek Jeter in Chicago,…

  19. MLB umpire Ed Hickox gets a $775K jury award as a result of a foul ball injury

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers

    In 2005, umpire Ed Hickox was hit by a foul ball behind home plate. It knocked his mask off as it hit him in the jaw and caused broken bones and a concussion. Hickox sued Wilson, the mask’s manufacturer.  Yesterday a jury returned a verdict in his favor to the tune of $775,000. The key…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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