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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jair Jurrjens leaves game early with discomfort in his side

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Jurrjens_Jair

    You know what I can’t wait for? I can’t wait for teams that ridiculously put promising young starting pitchers in the bullpen to start complaining about how they don’t have enough starting pitching.  That’s what I can’t wait for. In the meantime, the non-deluded teams out there realize that there isn’t anything as valuable as…

  2. Pedro Martinez … in the Smithsonian?

    Mar 24, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox

    UPDATE:  Here’s the portrait. It’s actually pretty damn dignified. And, as a reader notes, the portrait is being donated by Peter Gammons and his wife Gloria. Which is kinda cool. 3: 58 PM: This is somewhat unexpected: Former All-Star pitcher Pedro Martinez is in Washington to conduct a baseball mini-clinic and to promote exercise for children…

  3. Why I call out guys like Murray Chass and T.J. Simers

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    megaphone

    In the past couple of days I’ve blasted T.J. Simers and Murray Chass for writing pieces that, in my view, were low-rent, unprofessional hit jobs.  This is not new territory for me. I have a combative streak and, like a lot of blogger boys, I engage in a healthy amount of media criticism. And whenever I…

  4. Murray Chass slams Stan Musial. Really.

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Murray Chass

    Some blogger who writes from home — claims he used to actually be a reporter with a big paper or something — decided today that the most pressing thing he had to do today was to cut Stan Musial down to size: It turns out that the 90-year-old Musial is not the Saint Stan he…

  5. Joe Biden kept the Blue Jays out of their clubhouse yesterday

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Joe Biden, Mariano Rivera

    Remember how Joe Biden visited Yankees camp yesterday?  Well, apparently his arrival and all of the attendant security hoopla kept the Blue Jays from being able to get into their clubhouse, and they had to wait patiently behind security until they could do so. I assume this means that Canada will declare war on us…

  6. Curt Schilling bought Jose Canseco’s Lamborghini?

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Lamborghini

    Random bits falling out of the Barry Bonds trial, as Bonds’ former buddy Steven Hoskins testified (for reasons that aren’t entirely clear) that Curt Schilling once bought a used Lamborghini from Jose Canseco. I’m guessing that was mentioned at some point in a random Canseco or Schilling feature story, but I find it to be…

  7. Brandon Beachy wins the Braves’ fifth starter’s job

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy pitches against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    It wasn’t much talked about this spring, but one of the more interesting  job competitions was for the Braves’ fifth starter’s job. The candidates: lefty Mike Minor and right hander Brandon Beachy.  Frank Wren announced today that Beachy is the victor, with Minor being sent down to, er, the minors. This is one of those…

  8. The Negro Leagues Museum rights a wrong

    Mar 24, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    I’ve written in the past about how, after the death of Buck O’Neill, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum screwed up by passing over O’Neill’s hand-picked successor, Bob Kendrick, and went instead with some political hack who I suspected would last a couple of years.  Well, the hack lasted a couple of years, screwed the place…

  9. New York tabloid: “Leave A-Rod alone!”

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Only Nixon could go to China, only Kirk could make peace with the Kilingons and only the New York Post can tell people that it’s time to stop going after Alex Rodriguez: Look, Alex Rodriguez always has been Alex Rodriguez’s worst enemy, and perhaps his litany of career sins — runaway ego and greed mixed…

  10. Must-Click Link: how the White Sox got those early 80s uniforms

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    No, not the pajamas avec shorts. Everyone knows those sprung from the addled mind of the great Bill Veeck. I’m talking about those tight doubleknit jobs with the numbers on the thigh. The ones that made Greg Luzinski look outrageously uncomfortable. Which, while it may be nostalgia speaking, I kind of liked. Or maybe I just…

  11. The Cleveland Indians are taking social media really, really seriously

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Progressive Field

    I may waste about 93% of my day cracking wise on Twitter, but I’m no social media expert. I can’t say, therefore, what an aggressive social media initiative can do for a business.  I understand how buzz can make people click YouTube videos and low transaction cost things like that, but I’m pretty ignorant when…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Will the Rangers be able to survive the departure of Cliff Lee?

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    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 defending AL Champs, the Texas Rangers The Big Question: Will the Rangers survive the departure of Cliff Lee? Well, sure, why wouldn’t…

  13. Freddy Garcia is likely to land the Yankees’ fifth starter job

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    So far this spring Bartolo Colon has pitched way better than Freddy Garcia has, with the former having a better ERA, allowing fewer hits, striking out more guys and only walking one in 15 innings of work.  But as you so often hear this time of year, spring stats should all but be ignored. The…

  14. Curtis Granderson blasts T.J. Simers

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    Granderson_Curtis

    Curtis Granderson took to Twitter last night in the wake of T.J. Simers’ low-rent hatchet job on Marcus Thames the other day.  Granderson: I don’t like to criticize media. They have a job to do & sometimes have to be the bad guy. But @LATimesTJSimers should be ashamed of himself … Marcus Thames is one of…

  15. Bonds Trial Update: ex-friends and garbled recordings

    Mar 24, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    Taking the stand in the Bonds trial yesterday was Steven Hoskins, a childhood friend of Barry Bonds who grew up to be something of a fixer and lackey.  Hoskins would pay Bonds’ bills, make sure his baseball equipment was in order and pay off Bonds’ girlfriends with a wad of cash he kept in a…

  16. Don Zimmer needs one more year to catch Connie Mack

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Don Zimmer, Evan Longoria

    I knew Don Zimmer had been around a long, long time, but I hadn’t seen it put into such perspective before: This season marks Zimmer’s 63rd consecutive year in professional baseball (major and minor leagues), and although baseball doesn’t keep track of longevity in both leagues, it’s likely that Zimmer’s streak is second only to…

  17. Vice President visits Yankees camp; betrays his Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Joe Biden, Mariano Rivera

    Vice President Joe Biden is a Phillies fan, but today he visited Yankees camp in Tampa. Look at him there. Wearing the Yankees gear. I’m gonna be straight with you: I like Joe Biden. I find him to be a pretty interesting guy. But if I were the Vice President of the United States, I’d…

  18. Brian Wilson’s throwing session cut short, Opening Day in doubt

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson is one of the legions of players who have strained their obliques this spring, but the other day he said, no worries, he’d be ready for Opening Day.  Not so, according to Andrew Baggarly: Brian Wilson’s ability to pitch on opening day is in significant doubt after the Giants’ right-handed closer had his…

  19. Stop. Hammer Time.

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    MCHammer

    We’ve all heard the story of how a young Stanley Burrell — more famously and ridiculously known as M.C. Hammer — once worked for the Oakland A’s.  You may not know the details of that gig, however. If you don’t, The Common Man has a post up about it over at The Platoon Advantage this…

  20. The Nationals sign Oliver Perez

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Perez_Oliver

    The Nationals have signed Oliver Perez to a minor league deal, says Yahoo!’s Tim Brown. Low risk and low money, so why not? At the moment the Nats’ depth chart has a rotation of Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmermann, Tom Gorzelanny and John Lannan.  I’m struggling to see which of those guys is supposed…

  21. Joba Chamberlain was throwing a 96 m.p.h. fastball yesterday

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Whether it’s mechanical changes, good health after a long break or just because he got a good night’s sleep the night before, Yankees fans have to like this: Joba Chamberlain was throwing the ball 96 m.p.h yesterday, and was hitting his spots as he did it. “This is the best I’ve felt in spring training,”…

  22. Roy Oswalt is smacked by a comebacker

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Oswalt_Roy

    The Phillies really really need spring training to end. A couple days after Shane Victorino avoided disaster in an outfield collision, Roy Oswalt took a comebacker off the bat of Manny Ramirez a few minutes ago, knocking him to the ground. He got up and walked off under his own power and seemed OK.  Replays…

  23. Luis Salazar returns to Braves camp

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    Luis Salazar is out of the hospital and on the mend following his awful injury in the Braves dugout a couple of weeks ago.  Mark Bowman of MLB.com has both the story and video of Salazar talking about his recovery. “I’d like to thank God that I’m talking to you guys and that I’m alive,”…

  24. A fine video for insecure Red Sox fans who like bad white boy rapping

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Sorry, but this NESN ad for Red Sox baseball is … well, it just is. All I’ll say is that (a) the guy “rapping” in this, if we can call it that, has to be the nephew of someone important because skills didn’t get him the gig; and (b) at some point I would hope…

  25. How the Yankees train their players to be media savvy. Even A-Rod.

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jeter media

    I’ve recently gone on about how teams are taking greater control of the media message by doing their own reporting via their websites and affiliated networks and by becoming increasingly restrictive with outside media. Well, there’s another part of this too: intensive training of players and team personnel in the ways of media relations. Today…

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