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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Zack Greinke is going to be out a bit longer than expected

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:07 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    When you’re talking about the ace pitcher for whom you traded the last vestiges of your farm system for a shoot-the-moon run at the title, here’s a quote you don’t want to hear: “It may be a little longer than what I thought it was going to be … I figured by now that he…

  2. Quote of the Day: Happy two-year anniversary Oakland A’s/San Jose committee!

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Snail

    Has it been two years since Bud Selig convened the commission to study the viability of the A’s moving to San Jose already? My, how time flies! But yes, the San Jose Mercury News — which is the only entity on the planet that wants the A’s in San Jose more than Lew Wolff does…

  3. Photo of the Day: Sure, Opening Day is tomorrow …

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Today the Cleveland Indians were supposed to take on the Columbus Clippers in an exhibition game here in beautiful Columbus, Ohio.  I had toyed with the idea of calling to get a press pass but never got around to it.  I probably made the right decision given the weather here today.  As I look out…

  4. Great Moments in Cliff Lee Love

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Apparently ladies love cool Cliff: Cliff Lee love isn’t about box scores, ERAs, or innings pitched. You won’t understand it by dissecting interview transcripts, psychoanalyzing his heart, or rereading the fine print of the leaner contract he signed with Philadelphia at the expense of a fatter paycheck dangled by the Yankees. It is about animal…

  5. The Indians have made a really nice promotional video

    Mar 30, 2011, 2:07 PM EST

    Progressive Field

    I’ve been linking to various team’s promotional videos this spring. I know they’re advertisements, but I find them interesting. Some are funny. Some are effective. Some are awful. The Indians have what may be the most moving one I’ve seen so far.  Check it out. Biggest reason I like it: it doesn’t shy away from the…

  6. How to use Twitter properly to enhance your baseball experience

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    twitter follow me

    Moshe Mandel had a great post over at The Yankee Analysts yesterday. It’s about Twitter, and he keys on the biggest thing that keeps a lot of baseball fans off it: they misunderstand the point of it all. As an example, Moshe links to a Time Magazine list of the allegedly most important Twitter accounts…

  7. Mets over Phillies? Well … that’s an interesting prediction

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    mets logo hat

    We run our own predictions because, well, they’re fun to do.  And since they’re almost always wrong anyway I don’t suppose there is any reason for anyone to get too worked up by them. But sometimes you see one that does sort of strain credulity a bit.  Like Mike Vaccaro’s in the New York Post. His…

  8. Jake Fox — gasp! — broke an unwritten rule

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Fox_Jake

    I had missed this, but several readers have alerted me to the fact that Jake Fox of the Baltimore Orioles was excoriated by both the opposing manager — Jim Leyland — and his own manager following what they perceived to be a clear violation of one of baseball’s many, many unwritten rules the other day:…

  9. Ken Rosenthal will be wearing bow ties all year. And this is a very good thing.

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Rosenthal bow tie

    I think I may have been one of the only people on the planet who liked the fact that Ken Rosenthal wore bow ties while on camera for the FOX playoff broadcasts last fall. I thought it was dapper and rather charming. I’ve met Ken in person a couple of times and he totally fits…

  10. FOX is testing a new overhead camera

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    old TV

    Sticking with the Los Angeles Times, there was a report there yesterday about FOX’s desire to use a new “Field Cam,” which would travel overhead the diamond, giving all of us at home new angles. Apparently they used it last night in the Dodgers-Angels exhibition game.  There was something like this in the playoffs last…

  11. Dodgers fan balks at the chance to have lunch with Frank McCourt

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    I gotta be honest: if John Malone, the CEO of Liberty Media — owner of my Atlanta Braves — invited me to have lunch with him, I’d probably balk too.  I mean, really, what would we have to talk about?  Our vast land holdings? Our fights with the FCC?  The awkwardness of the fact that,…

  12. MLB launches the Fan Cave

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Fancave.bmp

    Remember last month when we mentioned that Major League Baseball was looking for someone for their “dream job?” With that job being to move to New York to star in a baseball web series and “be a part of a live interactive experience for baseball fans that will include watching every MLB game over the…

  13. Wow: the Giants may make Brandon Belt their starting first baseman

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    This would be unexpected: John Shea is reporting that the Giants may make Brandon Belt their starting first baseman. At least they’re “leading toward” doing. There will be an announcement later today. If they go in that direction, one assumes that Pat Burrell would sit and Aubrey Huff would play left. Although, given that Burrell…

  14. And now, the HardballTalk staff predictions

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Oracle of Delphi

    Our Springtime Storyline previews are the Official Previews of HardballTalk. But despite our little paragraphs entitled “So, how are they going to do?” their real value is in talking about the issues facing each team, not in providing predictions. And, it should be noted, they are a collective product. For example, Aaron wrote up the…

  15. Bonds Trial Update: The Brothers Giambi

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    Jason Giambi leave the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Yesterday’s installment of the Barry Bonds trial didn’t provide the salacious highs of Monday’s Kimberly Bell testimony, but it made up for it with a varied menu of witnesses.  Most notably Jason and Jeremy Giambi, but let’s take this all in order, shall we? First up was a man named Barry Sample, an expert in…

  16. Springtime Storylines: Are the Boston Red Sox the best team in baseball?

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez

    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. For in-depth previews of all 30 teams, check out the HBT Preview. In this edition: the Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: Are the Red…

  17. The HardballTalk Season Preview

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:38 AM EST

    Wilson Opening Day

    It’s Opening Day Eve, everyone. And the quicker we get to bed tonight, the quicker Baseball Claus comes and brings us our precious games. Until then, however, here are links to all 30 of HardballTalk’s Springtime Storylines entries, cataloging the Big Questions, the Not so Big Questions the continuing nagging issues and dramas of each…

  18. Just say no to any neutral site World Series games

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Gibson homer

    Ken Rosenthal has a good column up today about how baseball’s future is so bright it’s gotta wear shades. Business is booming and looks as though it will continue to boom.  Technology that allows fans to get even more immersed in the game is leading the way to the future, and how the time is…

  19. For the players, Miami is a “girlfriend city”

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Miami

    I was gone yesterday afternoon so I wasn’t following the blow-by-blow of the Bonds trial. By missing it, though, I missed a doozy.  In case you missed it too, know this: to players on road trips, there are “wife cities” and there are “girlfriend cities.” This came up during Kimberly Bell’s testimony, in which she…

  20. 2011’s uniform changes are minor, but mostly positive

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Halladay Jays

    Paul Lukas has no peer when it comes to the world of cataloging and commenting on sports uniform design, and today he has a post I look forward to every year: all of the uniform changes heading in to the new baseball season. Nothing really major. The Blue Jays have trashed the powder blue alternates.…

  21. Barry Bonds’ ex-girlfriend may have contradicted her grand jury testimony yesterday

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Kimberly Bell

    If you think (a) the Bonds trial couldn’t get any more cringe-worthy; and (b) I couldn’t find a way to make a second post about Barry Bonds’ testicles today, well, you’re quite mistaken. After a couple of witnesses took the stand this morning, the jury was cleared and Bonds’ lawyers told the judge that Kimberly…

  22. News flash: old ex-ballplayer does not engage in revisionist history

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    Lou Brock

    Yesterday I quoted that Bill White interview by the RetroSimba blog.  It continues today, and White said two pretty neat things. First, when asked if the Cardinals infield of White, Ken Boyer, Dick Groat and Julian Javier was the best infield he’d ever seen, he said no, cited Javier’s shortcomings as a defender and opined…

  23. Jason Bay has a strained rib cage, could start the season on the DL

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Bay_Jason

    One day I’m going to have news about the Mets that is unequivocally good. Young prospect impresses. Guy who was hurt turned out to not be as bad as everyone thought and is good-to-go.  I guess Carlos Beltran doing OK over the weekend was good news — and this is certainly fun! —  but there…

  24. Dante Bichette is a USTA champ

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Bichette

    You hear a lot about how ex-ballplayers spend the, oh, 40-60 years of their retirement playing golf.  Dante Bichette isn’t most ex-ballplayers. He’s a USTA tennis champ: Having just thrown a 110-pitch complete game for his adult baseball league, Dante Bichette rushed to Daytona Beach. His team was facing elimination in the United States Tennis Association Florida state…

  25. Mark Trumbo may share time at first base for the Angels. Because of defense.

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Mark Trumbo

    When I wrote the Angels preview the other day I assumed that Mark Trumbo would be taking over the first base job until Kendrys Morales can come back. As I said, Trumbo “hit the tar out of the ball at Salt Lake City last year, hit the tar out of the ball down in Venezuela…

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