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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Video: JFK joins the Nats’ Presidents’ Race. And he’s the bad guy.

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Via Dan Steinberg and via Let Teddy win, here’s a video of last night’s President’s Race at Nats Park.  The news: A fifth president made an appearance: JFK, though he’s not a permanent addition, the Nats are saying.  I find it hilarious that JFK of all people ambushes someone.  Knocks George Washington back … and…

  2. What they’re saying about the Barry Bonds verdict

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    megaphone

    You’ve heard me go on long enough. But wait! One more quickie: The Barry Bonds “I was the son of a celebrity” non-answer was no different than Mark McGwire saying “I’m not here to talk about the past” before Congress. In fact, McGwire’s was worse, because he never did answer the questions put to him.…

  3. The Bonds jury foreman essentially admits he didn’t pay attention to the grand jury testimony

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jury Box

    It’s right there in black and white. Bonds answered the question that the jury and prosecution claim he did not. Yet they still convicted him of obstruction.

  4. Exploring the sheer absurdity of the Bonds verdict

    Apr 14, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Having slept on it, here’s one more thought about the Bonds verdict that simply blows my mind. Yesterday when I reacted to the verdict, I noted the absurdity of Bonds being convicted on his rambling answer in “Statement C” as listed in Count 5 of the indictment. That “Statement C” was Bonds saying, in response to…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Marlins 5, Braves 1: Josh Johnson takes a no-hitter into the eighth before Freddie Freeman breaks it up with a double. Probably for the best. Johnson was at 109 pitches. If he keeps the no-no up all the way his pitch count is getting a bit nutty. Chipper Jones‘ otherwise meaningless home run in the…

  6. UPDATE: Josh Hamilton apologizes to Dave Anderson

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    hamilton_josh

    UPDATE: Josh Hamilton has apologized to Dave Anderson: “I let my emotions get ahead of thinking things through,” Hamilton said. “The more I think about it, the more I understand that I take responsibility for what happened because I had the choice not to go or the choice to go. I just appreciate Dave having…

  7. Deep Thought: Barry Bonds verdict edition

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    Still thinking about that verdict. And it still makes little sense to me. Seems like the jury just wanted to compromise on something, so compromise they did. Hey, I think we have the best legal system in the world, but I never said it was perfect. And just to be clear to those of you…

  8. Breaking: Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice, but not perjury. Which makes no sense at all.

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The jury in the Barry Bonds case has reached a verdict. At least on one count: Barry Bonds is guilty on the charge of obstruction of justice.  The jury has reached a hung verdict on the other three remaining counts. This makes no sense at all. Bonds was facing four charges in all: three counts…

  9. Tigers win in a walkoff — Neftali Feliz remains well-rested

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    For the second straight day the Tigers have beat the Rangers in walkoff fashion. For the second straight day they did so while the Rangers’ relief ace — Neftali Feliz — watched from the comfort of his bench in the bullpen. Today the heroics came via a Brandon Inge home run with one out in…

  10. Sherman: Pettitte would have come back if the Yankees had signed Lee

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    One thing the Yankee Universe is great at is coveting those who did something great yesterday. And on cue, Joel Sherman writes a column today talking about how great it would have been if the Yankees could have traded for Dan Haren last year. The Dan Haren who three a one-hitter last night. But the…

  11. UPDATE: Carlos Delgado officially announces his retirement

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado comeback

    Yesterday Noel Pineiro of Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia reported that Carlos Delgado was going to retire.  It’s now official: Delgado announced his decision at a news conference in Puerto Rico a little while ago. As we noted yesterday, this comes as something of a relief, as Delgado had been was trying to come back from multiple hip…

  12. John Steigerwald explains himself

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    John Steigerwald — the guy who blamed Bryan Stow for his own beating in a recent column — took to his blog today to say that he did not blame Bryan Stow for his own beating.  The blog has been flooded with traffic so it’s been down much of the afternoon, but here’s a Google…

  13. People asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    The Question

    As you may have seen on HBT Daily, I asked people on Twitter for questions they’d like to have answered. I got way more than the handful I answered on the video, however, and I hate to have them go to waste, so let’s clean out the inbox, shall we?  And remember, these are actual…

  14. 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…

  15. 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!

  16. 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.…

  17. 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:…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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