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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Marginal celebrities are not concerned about the Red Sox

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Duff McKagan

    I think everyone who works in baseball is tired of talking about whether the Red Sox will turn it around.  So it’s nice that some people from the larger world of entertainment are picking up the slack. First comes a guy who I wouldn’t have guessed would have an ESPN column someday, former Guns ‘N…

  2. HBT Daily: Taking reader questions

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    And not just about baseball. For example: if you could save five famous people from the apocalypse, who would you save? I have my answer!

  3. Why didn’t Josh Hamilton just stay at third?

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    There’s a lot of chatter today about the play that resulted in Josh Hamilton breaking his arm yesterday.  A lot of it — most notably from Buster Olney — involves questioning his head-first slide.  I’m not too impressed with that line of thinking. Lots of guys — most guys, in fact — slide head first.…

  4. There’s another ugly trial going on involving a former slugger

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Brian Giles

    If you think the Barry Bonds trial is weird and salacious, get a load of the Brian Giles trial.  He and his former girlfriend have a nasty civil suit going on in which their messy love life and dueling claims of domestic violence are front and center. And it involves Chuck Knoblauch of all people:…

  5. Brandon Belt is moving to right field. For now.

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    belt pose

    While the Giants gave Aubrey Huff a vote of confidence following his adventures in right field following Opening Weekend, they’ve apparently seen enough. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brandon Belt has been shagging flies in right field and that Bruce Bochy is going to move him out there — and Huff…

  6. Ballplayers training with mixed martial arts

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua

    It’s all fun and games until someone takes their training out to the mound with them for a post-beanball donnybrook! Mixed martial arts may be illegal as a competitive sport in some states, but several baseball players are incorporating its fighting methods into their training routines. Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, Brad Penny of the Detroit…

  7. Potential Mets investors include a hedge fund manager

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    mets logo hat

    I guess if you’re in he hedge fund business you’re going to have a lot of friends who are hedge fund managers. That seems to be the case with the Mets’ owners anyway, as it is being reported in the New York Times that hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen — you always get a…

  8. The Bonds jury deliberates into its fourth day today

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    The Barry Bonds jury has now deliberated for two whole days and part of a third with no verdict and they’ll be back at it today for day 4. I’ve been asked by a lot of people if the jury taking this long is a good omen for Bonds or a bad one. Frankly, your…

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Nationals 7, Phillies 4: Heavy matchup. Both literally — Livan Hernandez vs. Joe Blanton — and figuratively as Jayson Werth faced the Phillies for the first time since he signed with the Nats. A signing that the Phillies fans who made the now-customary trek to Washington and decided to boo Werth throughout the game apparently…

  10. UPDATE: Rafael Furcal won’t need surgery for thumb; out 4-6 weeks

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giants third baseman Sandoval is unable to tag out Dodgers baserunner Furcal during their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco

    UPDATE: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said earlier tonight that Rafael Furcal‘s broken thumb won’t require surgery, but that he’ll still be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. 8:48 AM: The Dodgers shut the Giants down yesterday, but now it looks like their shortstop is going to be shut down too: Rafael Furcal broke his left thumb sliding…

  11. Power Rankings: with great power comes great responsibility

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Matt LaPorta, Austin Kearns

    See, this is what I’m talking about when I say that Power Rankings are tricky things this early in the season.  I go and do something like put the Indians in the top 10 and all of a sudden we have bedlam: LOS ANGELES OF ANAHEIM, CA—Since the Indians are a consensus  Top 10 Most Powerful…

  12. Frank McCourt hits back at his old law firm’s lawsuit

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    I wrote this morning about the lawsuit Frank McCourt’s former law firm filed against him, seeking a declaration that they did no wrong. Since that time I’ve had a chance to read the complaint (thanks Dodger Divorce!).  It seems sillier to me now than it did then. Basically, the firm admits — as it must…

  13. Former Pittsburgh sports anchor John Steigerwald blames Bryan Stow for his own beating. Really.

    Apr 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    I scanned this column from John Steigerwald of the Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pennsylvania for traces of satrie and other Onion-esque tells, but no, it appears to be serious.  In it, Steigerwald — a longtime Pittsburgh sports anchor — blames Bryan Stow for the beating he took at the Dodgers-Giants game because he had the nerve…

  14. Which is the cleanest World Series winning team in the past 15 years?

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Lots of back and forth in the comments today about how Manny Ramirez and friends tainted the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox World Series championships. In response, Red Sox fans are citing the Yankees teams for having tons of PED-connected dudes. If it helps, you’re all right! But enough of the he-said, he-said (women never…

  15. Quote of the Day: Tim Keown on the Bryan Stow beating

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    ESPN Los Angeles’ Tim Keowan says something that I’ve been thinking since Sunday when I watched the Giants-Cardinals game and heard the broadcasters talking about how baseball rivalries shouldn’t be taken so seriously. And last night when the Dodgers and Giants players implored fans to keep their animosity limited to the action on the field.…

  16. Whose extreme start is a more reliable indicator of future performance: the Red Sox or the Rangers?

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    We’ve seen all kinds of “teams who start 0-X on the season have only made the playoffs Y times since nineteen dickety-seven” stats in the past week and a half. Here’s one more look at that from ACTA Sports, who looked at the first ten games of the season for every team since 2002, with…

  17. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Cubs with Len Kasper

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Len Kasper, voice of the Chicago Cubs, joined me for some talk about Starlin Castro, the rotation and the nature of Mike Quade

  18. Baseball begins in Japan

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Sendai-based Japanese professional baseb

    There were no mentions of the considerable ambivalence regarding the opening of the NPB season in Japan today, but open it did: Local TV showed people in shelters watching the game, before which there was a moment of silence, and each fan in the Chiba cheering section held up signs of support for the disaster…

  19. Manny Ramirez cost Bob Melvin his “chance at greatness”

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There’s all kinds of Manny Ramirez hate floating around the web right now. It’s expected and understandable and you kinda gotta let it run its course. But some of it is just plain insane. Like this post at Business Insider by Cork Gains. In it he argues that Manny Ramirez was responsible for Bob Melvin…

  20. Jayson Werth meets the Phillies again

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    werth_jayson

    It’s going to be a weird scene at Nats Park tonight for two reasons: 1. Jayson Werth is facing the Phillies for the first time since he signed his mega-deal with the Nats; and 2. Because it’s the Phillies in Washington, the park will likely be full of Philly fans invading the place like they did last…

  21. Is PED use a lesser wrong in the drug testing era?

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    I don’t mean to make this post into a Manny Ramirez referendum — we’ve had plenty of those in the past few days — but in his defense of Ramirez’s Cooperstown credentials, Allen Barra raises a point I have yet to see addressed when he says “Manny paid his debt the first time and is…

  22. Dice-K imploded last night. And it’s really no mystery why

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Daisuke Matsuzaka got creamed last night, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including two homers, in two innings.  This morning Rob Bradford of WEEI has a story up with the headline “One hundred starts later the Daisuke Matsuzaka mystery remains unsolved.” Bradford tries to figure out where it all went wrong for Dice-K, but…

  23. What’s the deal with all of the oblique injuries?

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    That’s a question we’ve asked around here a lot lately, although we’re doing it more or less rhetorically. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times really wanted to know, so he asked Stan Conte, the Dodgers head trainer about it.  Conte researched such injuries and discovered that, no, this was not just a matter…

  24. Frank McCourt’s former law firm sues him

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt got sued yesterday by his former law firm, Bingham McCutchen. This is a suit for declaratory judgment, which for all practical purposes means that they sued McCourt because it was obvious that he was going to sue them, and they wanted to get the drop on him. Bingham (a) is asking for a declaration…

  25. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:02 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    An explosion of runs in Boston and an amazing comeback in Seattle. I’d like to think that my guest spot on 950 KJR in Seattle last night contributed to the comeback. Because I exude winning.

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