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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Marlins tickets are selling like hotcakes

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Marlins ballpark

    For next year, that is, not this year: A section of premium seats behind home plate in the Florida Marlins’ new ballpark has sold out. The Marlins said Monday that all 379 diamond club seats have been bought for when the team moves into the park next year. The team says a majority of dugout…

  2. MLB lets some executives go

    Mar 7, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Buster Olney reports that Major League Baseball has let three executives go as a part of its restructuring of the Baseball Operations operation.  The newly unemployed: Darryl Hamilton, Mike Port and Ed Burns. Hamilton was an assistant to Bud Selig and the other two worked under Bob Watson. Now Joe Torre is in charge of baseball…

  3. Dirk Hayhurst walks a fine line

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    I’m an unabashed Dirk Hayhurst fanboy, based on “The Bullpen Gospels.” Of course, the dude still pitches and I couldn’t help but wonder as I was reading his book how his writing goes over with teammates.  Seems it’s a tad touchy, but Hayhurst makes it clear that he isn’t out to burn anyone and everyone…

  4. Melvin Mora to miss some time because of a car accident, which leads me to two random observations

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jack Magruder reports that Diamondbacks’ third baseman Melvin Mora was struck from behind in car accident and will miss a couple of days because of it. This is not major news, but I pass it along so I can put up two random spring training observations I didn’t get around to making last week: 1) Some…

  5. Did a Cardinals minor leaguer get a drug suspension for eating a steak?

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    syringe

    Or a burger. Or some other beef-product. Larry at IIATMS has the interesting story of Lainer Bueno, beef products and the banned PED Clenbuterol. I have no idea if Bueno was using a PED intentionally and, given his stature as a player, it probably makes no real difference baseball history regardless.  But the uncertainty in fact…

  6. That’s just Manny bein’ … a hard worker

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Ramirez watches a MLB spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles from the dugout in Sarasota

    MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince is down at Rays’ camp today, and Joe Maddon told him that Manny Ramirez has been “a joy.” And a hard worker too. Maddon gave Manny the day off yesterday, but he showed up anyway and was taking hacks in the batting cage at 8 a.m. Take that haters. That is, assuming…

  7. A renewed call for baseball to move the All-Star Game away from Arizona

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Boycott Arizona

    There was a great deal of controversy over the 2011 All-Star Game being in Phoenix in the wake of Arizona passing its controversial immigration bill last year.  That more or less died down as an issue as far as baseball was concerned after the federal government sued Arizona over the law, suspending its implementation until…

  8. Video of the Day: The extremely unsettling Buster Posey fight song

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    It’s actually just audio with a static picture of Buster Posey. But the audio is more than enough, thank you. Nope. Nothin’ creepy about that. Nothing. At. All. (link via Big League Stew)

  9. Clint Barmes talks about the deer meat injury

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    If Clint Barmes never got another major league at bat, he’d still always be remembered for the injury he sustained in the summer of 2005 while carrying deer meat up the stairs of his apartment building.  He talked about that in the Houston Chronicle yesterday. This part struck me: Barmes was a .318 hitter in…

  10. Matt Kemp will still run, but he’ll run smarter thanks to Davey Lopes

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    One of the more surprising things last season was just how poorly Matt Kemp performed on the base paths. He was caught stealing 15 times on 34 attempts last season, and that’s just not getting the job done. With that success rate he’s better off not going at all. But go he will this year,…

  11. Everything you wanted to know about baseball’s upcoming labor negotiations

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The Yankee Analysts has a post up that clearly and simply sets forth the major issues of contention for the upcoming labor negotiations between the players and the owners. I like this version because it separates the demands of the players and the demands of the owners rather than simply setting forth “issues” in a…

  12. The tyranny of the DH continues unabated

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    No, I don’t want to rehash arguments for and against the DH. People are more likely to come to an agreement over religion than that. Let us just all agree that I’m right, the DH is an awful tool of communism/evil and that it should be abolished with righteous fury. But that’s another conversation we…

  13. Is Chase Utley’s knee worse than the Phillies are letting on?

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Phillies have officially refused to press the panic button with respect to Chase Utley‘s wonky knee.  The official word: there may be something more going on than mere soreness and tendinitis, but they are hoping for some improvement soon. Today, however, Paul Hagen says that “the fret level around Bright House Field is a lot higher…

  14. The umpires, the MLBPA and MLB met yesterday

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Yost Estabrook

    Remember back in October how the players, umpires and Major League Baseball announced that they were going to meet in order to address the increasingly sorry state of umpiring?  OK, that’s my characterization, I suppose the umps viewed it differently.  Anyway, after a delay of several months they finally met yesterday. “We had a productive…

  15. Is this gonna happen every time the Yankees face a decent starter?

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Brett Myers

    Read the stuff about the Yankees rotation and you’d think that they were the first team to ever be a tad short on starters before. The tell: every time they face a half-decent one, there are stories about how that guy could fit in the Yankees rotation: Yesterday at Osceola County Stadium against the Astros,…

  16. Gregg Zaun to retire

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Gregg Zaun

    Spring Training is usually thought of as a time for renewal, but there are always a handful of downer stories too. I think “cool catcher like Gregg Zaun retiring” qualifies as a downer. Sportsnet Ontario: Sportsnet has learned that San Diego Padres catcher Gregg Zaun is set to retire from Major League Baseball. Zaun is…

  17. Brett Gardner could supplant Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that, despite Joe Girardi’s stated preference of keeping Derek Jeter as his leadoff hitter,  “some inside the organization” want to see Brett Gardner at the top of the order and Jeter moved down to the two-slot. There are two ways to look at this, I reckon. On the…

  18. The Mariners take an easy step to prevent players driving drunk

    Mar 6, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Car Service

    By definition, a person who gets behind the wheel of a car while drunk isn’t operating at full mental capacity. I mean, even a guy who hired people whose job it is to keep him safe got behind the wheel while drunk, so you can see that even the outrageously well-reasoned notion of “driving drunk is…

  19. Frank Catalanotto retires

    Mar 6, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    It’s not exactly major news, but Frank Catalanotto has announced his retirement. When last we heard from him he was being designated for assignment by the Mets to make room for Chris Carter after 25 dismal games last spring. But before that Catalanotto was the kind of player it was hard not to root for.  He…

  20. Phillies fans probably shouldn’t worry too much about Domonic Brown’s injury

    Mar 6, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees

    I know that (a) Domonic Brown‘s broken hand is troublesome; and (b) spring stats should be given almost zero weight, but it’s probably worth noting that the guy who will likely start in right field for the Phillies — Ben Francisco — hit another home run yesterday and is now batting .421/.476/.947 in seven spring…

  21. In case you had any doubts: no, contraction isn’t happening

    Mar 6, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    michael-weiner-with-reporters

    Beyond some half-crazed ravings from Hank Steinbrenner and a speculative column by Ken Rosenthal, no one has seriously been discussing contracting any teams.  To the extent anyone is taking the ravings or the speculation at all seriously, however, MLBPA leader Michael Weiner put it to rest in an interview with the St. Pete Times yesterday:…

  22. Video of the Day: former ballplayer declines to overstate how good the game was back in his day

    Mar 6, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    When was the last time you heard an old retired ballplayer going on about how the game today is better than it was back in his day?  Ladies and gentleman, the intellectually honest Jerry Remy: Wait, I take it back. I can remember at least one instance of an old-timer talking about how the game…

  23. Dustin Pedroia grabs a hot dog

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Pedroia fist pump

    Did I mention that spring training is a bit different than the regular season?  I mean, I thought it was neat that some Dodgers players took a shortcut down the concourse at Tempe Diablo Stadium last weekend.  Turns out that was nothing: Dustin Pedroia went out onto the concourse at City of Palms Park and bought…

  24. Bye-bye Arizona

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    IMG_1693

    It has been an utterly fantastic nine days down here in Arizona, but alas, it is time for me to head back to the Great Midwest. But before I let that big ol’ jet airliner take me far away, let’s take a look back at what we learned during this little odyssey through the Cactus…

  25. Padres coach gets smacked in the face by a baseball

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Rick Renteria

    Walking around practice fields for a week made me keenly aware of just how damn dangerous it can be out there. There are balls flying all over the place. It takes a few days to get over the impulse to duck and cover every time you see a ball flying out of the corner of…

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