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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann really, really like to fish

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    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…

  2. Did you like those Mariners commercials? Then you’ll hate this Mets commercial!

    Mar 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    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…

  3. News flash: Jeffrey Loria says something stupid

    Mar 17, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    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…

  4. The Greatest Living Ballplayer: Continued

    Mar 17, 2011, 6:16 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    It’s gettin’ a little dusty in here.

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    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!

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    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…

  13. The Mariners release their annual funny TV ads

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Every year the Mariners release some pretty-clever-for-a-baseball team TV commercials.  This year is no exception.  There are five of them, all of which you can see over at the Seattle Times page.  This one, however, is my favorite because (a) it’s self-aware; and (b) it features both a bald guy and a hairy guy. Not…

  14. Luis Salazar loses his left eye

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    Bad news from Orlando: Doctors were unable to save Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar’s left eye.  They had put off surgery on it until yesterday to allow swelling to go down, but the damage, it seems, was just too extensive. This is awful, but in the grand scheme of things it’s not the worst…

  15. Baseball’s official historian slams statistical analysis

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    John Thorn

    What’s more unexpected: me linking a Bleacher Report column or baseball’s official historian — and sometime sabermetrician — John Thorn talking about how apocryphal tales are preferable to the actual nuts and bolts of what happened on the baseball diamond? For a whole generation of fans and fantasy players, stats have begun to outstrip story and that…

  16. Buster Olney needs a new “evaluator”

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    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.…

  17. Great Moments in fact checking the headline

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    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!

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 16, 2011, 6:16 AM EDT

    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:…

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

    Mar 15, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    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…

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