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Craig Calcaterra

  1. A tale as old as time: Royals mascot victorious in lawsuit involving thrown hot dog

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    You may recall that last year a Kansas man sued the Kansas City Royals, alleging that a hot dog thrown by the team’s mascot — Sluggerrr — at a September 2009 game struck him in the eye and detached his retina.  If you do recall that, you probably need to get a life, but you…

  2. The Rangers and Chuck Greenberg release statements

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Ryan Greenburg

    Chuck Greenberg’s ouster as Rangers’ owner and managing partner is official. And with it comes statements from both the team and Greenberg.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has them each in their entirety.  The Rangers played the “we wish him well in his future endeavors” card, which is just a half step above “don’t let the…

  3. Cliff Lee chose Philly because the Yankees are getting older. At least in Cliff Lee’s mind.

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Cliff Lee was on WIP in Philly with my buddy Angelo Cataldi yesterday. You can listen to all of it here. This exchange, the transcript of which comes courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews, was fun: Who finished second to the Phillies in his mind: “Texas probably finished second to be honest with you. Just as…

  4. Cool: Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

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    I’d love stuff like this even if it wasn’t about my most favoritest player of all time.  Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report. Highlights: “I really believe that this boy would possibly be the number 1 player taken in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.” I watched him pitch for 23 years…

  5. Ricky Romero is the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell announced this morning that Rickey Romero will start on Opening Day.  Only twelve more and he’ll be a Hall of Fame candidate! Seriously though, I like Romero. He faces tons of tough lineups in that division and, partially because the Jays get less coverage than just about any decent team in…

  6. In which I let my Braves fanboy flag fly

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    I try to keep my Braves fanboy stuff to a minimum around here. At least when it comes to actual analysis of things as opposed to just being goofy.  But last night I was invited to chat with the good men of the Atlanta Baseball Talk podcast, and over there I was allowed to be…

  7. Let’s not be too gleeful at the NFL’s labor issues, baseball fans

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    NFL Lockout Looms As Negotiations Reach Final Day

    I’m not at all comfortable with the glee some in the baseball world have had at the NFL’s labor issues. I mean, no, I really don’t care about the NFL all that much in and of itself and won’t miss it if it’s gone, but the situation is ugly there and I tend to think…

  8. The cops who arrested Miguel Cabrera made the prosecutor’s job more difficult

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    When you have a nearly blind-drunk guy taking swigs from a bottle of scotch while sitting in his car mere minutes after threatening to blow up a bar for not serving him and then swerving all over the road, you probably have a pretty strong DUI case.  So you could understand why the prosecutor in…

  9. Correction: please do not throw batteries at J.D. Drew, Philly fans

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    J.D. Drew

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe points us to what is easily my favorite baseball-related newspaper correction in some time. It comes in the wake of a March 5th column by T.J. Furman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “In Saturday’s “High & Inside” column, The Inquirer made a regretful attempt at humor in a reference to Boston…

  10. Chuck Greenberg to resign as Rangers CEO today

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:56 AM EST

    Chuck Greenberg

    This is pretty shocking: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg is going to resign today as the team’s managing partner “to pursue other interests.” Since “pursuing other interests” is the universal euphemism for “he’s being forced out,” we should expect to hear more about the reasons behind this, but for now…

  11. Former Federal prosecutors question the wisdom of the Barry Bonds prosecution

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:58 AM EST

    Barry Bonds

    I sometimes get accused of being a lone nut in my belief that the government should not be in the Barry Bonds prosecution business. But it seems that lots of people — including former prosecutors — think this is a waste: “It’s a questionable use of resources, especially at a time when the budget is being cut,…

  12. Ron Villone is still alive and the Nationals have him

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    About a year ago Ron Villone was cut by the Nats. Then a few weeks later he was back working out with the Nats. He ended up pitching 41 games for the Nats’ AAA team last season.  Then he flew off to whatever magical land old crafty lefties go to warm themselves over the winter.…

  13. Daisuke Matsuzaka is getting lit up this spring

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Yes, we know he’s in the best shape of his life and yes we know that spring stats aren’t supposed to mean anything, but Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s spring hasn’t been too encouraging. He got lit up for five runs in 3.2 innings against the Rays today, which brings his ERA on the spring up to 11.42.  What’s…

  14. “This is what I was born to do. I’m a baseball player.”

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    New York Yankees' Chavez flips the ball toward Nova covering first on a grounder hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Polanco during MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    AP writer Howie Rumbergap — which is a FANTASTIC sportswriter name, by the way — talks to a number of former big baseball names who are now the marginal types in spring training camps across Florida and Arizona.  The Mark Prior/Mike Hampton/Bartolo Colon/Eric Chavez types.  After noting that, despite the fact that many of them…

  15. Kenny G takes batting practice with the Yankees

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

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    Besides my family, there are only a handful of things that bring me unequivocal joy in this world.  Baseball is one, of course.  Good whiskey.  Good music too, and of the many styles I enjoy, jazz may be the one that moves me the most emotionally. So when I see Kenny G taking batting practice…

  16. Behold the power of spring training

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:36 PM EST

    Tradition Field

    Moses Green is a longtime reader (and occasional proofreader) of mine.  He’s also a Mets fan, and had the opportunity to take in a Mets spring training game there the other day.  He waxed crazy-effusive: Quick spring training note:  visited Port St. Lucie with a buddy while driving home to CT from Miami.  Got to…

  17. Johnny Damon turned down the Red Sox because he thought the Tigers wanted him

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Remember last August when the Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon on waivers and some talk of a trade happened?  There was a day or two’s back and forth on that, as Damon had a limited no-trade clause that prevented him being traded to the Red Sox without his approval. Ultimately he said no to the…

  18. Franklin Gutierrez — Luis Salazar’s son in law — leaves Mariners camp

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    Luis Salazar

    Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is married to Luis Salazar’s daughter. As such it is understandable that he has left M’s camp for a few days to fly to Florida with his wife to be with Salazar as he recovers from the foul ball incident. As for Salazar, there haven’t been any updates beyond that there…

  19. Tim Lincecum either has a perfect double or else he’s going to be in a lot of trouble soon

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Fun find by ‘Duk over at Big League Stew: a video of someone who claims not to be Tim Lincecum complaining about getting mixed up with Tim Lincecum all the time.  Except, yeah, it’s almost certainly Tim Lincecum doing it. Actually, that’s probably warrantless speculation on my part. Lincecum’s agent says it isn’t him.  Of…

  20. Nerd Alert! A comparison of Josh Beckett and the “Star Trek” films

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

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    Before you read the link below, please be sure to click this brief audio file: Thank you. You may now proceed to a lengthy comparison of Josh Beckett’s Red Sox career to the “Star Trek” movie franchise. And yes, I can call the author a nerd because I too like the “Star Trek” films, because…

  21. You can wear retired numbers on MLB 2K11. And this bothers some people.

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Clemente

    Whenever I see stuff like this I make this face.  But I do think the writer — Max Parker, “The Game Guy” of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Community Voices section* — is, in fact, serious: I received an email today that informed me of an outrageous and heinous error inMLB 2K11. Among complaints about the commentary and…

  22. TMZ Sports seems to be dying

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Paparazzi

    Darren Rovell passes along word that the efforts of TMZ to expand its salacious paparazzi empire into the world of sports have “fizzled.”  The problem: there aren’t enough athletes acting like jackasses in public.  And people acting like jackasses in public is basically the whole TMZ business model. And that’s the real dirty underbelly of…

  23. Those guys who stole Evan Longoria’s Camaro: Worst. Auto. Thieves. Ever.

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

    Grand Theft Auto

    Remember the Evan Longoria GTA?  You kind of figured that was a one-and-done story, but I guess not: Police in a Phoenix suburb are searching for a stolen 1967 Camaro belonging to Tampa Bay All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria … The Camaro and a classic 1970 Buick belonging to someone else were stolen from a fenced yard last…

  24. Great Moments in Misleading Book Proposals

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Moneyball

    Via Repoz over at Baseball Think Factory comes word of a new book that purports to take all the wind out of the sails of sabermetrics and “Moneyball”: “The Beauty of Short Hops” demonstrates that the Moneyball approach is doubly doomed. First, it fails on its own terms: it cannot make baseball a predictable game…

  25. Pablo Sandoval is turning heads

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Back in Scottsdale I was truly surprised at just how good Pablo Sandoval looked in the locker room, and during his first game of spring training I was surprised at just how sprightly he seemed on the field.  At the same time, I also wondered if the sprightliness was merely a function of first game adrenaline…

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