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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Hank Aaron: everyone should stop trying to hit home runs all the time

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Hank Aaron, as almost all former players of a certain age do, shakes his head at the kids today: Hank Aaron watches games these days and is perplexed as batter after batter tries to jack pitches out of the ballpark, obsessed with the long ball that made Hammerin’ Hank famous. “I don’t think they understand…

  2. Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo explains how a trade goes down

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    I’ve always wondered how trade talks actually happen. Who calls who first? Are the conversations frank or is there this whole dance like when you go to buy a used car or something? Thankfully Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo writes a column over at MASN today explaining how it all goes down. After reading it it’s…

  3. Camden Yards is getting a facelift

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    It’s not necessarily major surgery, but the mere fact that the words “renovation” and “modernize” are being used regarding Camden Yards makes me feel really really old.  Among the stuff they’re doing now and over the next year or two: New seats; New toilets; New concrete on the concourses; New roof on the B&O Warehouse;…

  4. Great moments in bathroom sex at U.S. Cellular Field

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Reviewing the box score of Monday’s White Sox-Indians game reveals that only Paul Konerko and Alexis Rios were credited with home runs. According to John Kass of the Tribune they missed one in the men’s room off the third base line upper deck concourse: “So I kicked the door, just to get a reaction. I…

  5. Mariano Rivera on Joe West: "He should do his job"

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera has been a major league pitcher since 1995. In those 15 years, I can recall exactly zero instances of him being critical of someone in the press. The man does his job, takes a shower, goes home and does it again the next day and doesn’t let the petty affairs of the mere…

  6. Chicago White Sox fan suing the team over fan brawl

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Remember the brawl in the U.S. Cellular Field stands at that Cub-Sox game last June?  A White Sox fan named Rubin Lopez does because he was arrested, allegedly beat up by the off duty cops who served as security guards at the game and had his career as a Cook County corrections officer royally screwed…

  7. Nick Adenhart: One year later

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    One year ago this morning we woke up to the news of Nick Adenhart’s death. As Lyle Spencer of MLB.com reports, the Angels are still working through it all. “The shock … I don’t think you ever get over the shock,” Jered Weaver said. “Any time you bring it up, it’s there.” The Angels will…

  8. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:46 AM EDT

    Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1: On the scale of unexpected and dramatic comebacks, Vernon Wells starting the season with four homers in three games falls somewhere south of Bruce Wayne donning the cape and cowl after a decade in retirement in The Dark Knight Returns, but somewhere north of Steely Dan releasing “Two Against Nature”…

  9. Target Field: totally green

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Target Field: Where the only thing that isn’t green are the seats: The ballpark has been awarded silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Twins announced Thursday that their LEED score of 36 points is the highest for an outdoor baseball facility in the United States.…

  10. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose on steroids

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Now, to answer your question about steroids, wouldn’t you like to ask Roger Maris how he feels about steroids? Or Babe Ruth how he feels about steroids? Or Hank Aaron, you could probably ask how he feels about steroids. Because those guys all lost records because of people who supposedly took steroids. So that’s a…

  11. Gomes' walkoff homer wins a pitchers' duel for the Reds

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I spent the last 20 minutes reading Masters coverage in which sportswriters talk about how wonderful it is that Player X is leading Player Y because we know a lot about Player Y’s sex life and disapprove of it.  Thank God for day baseball. Best game of the early going today: Reds-Cardinals.  It was a…

  12. Rosenthal: teams "probably" colluded against the players, but it's a tough case to make

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Rosenthal pretty much sums up my exact thinking when it comes to the collusion stuff from the past couple of days when he says: Do I think baseball teams engaged in collusion to hold down free-agent salaries? Probably. Do I think the players’ union can prove that the teams engaged in such an illegal conspiracy?…

  13. Jimmy Rollins on keeping Cliff Lee: "I guess that's just a move the Yankees do"

    Apr 8, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins was on Dan Patrick’s radio show yesterday. He’s always a great interview. Very thoughtful. Despite the reputation he (unfairly) got early in his career, he’s pretty self-deprecating too. And, based on his comments when asked about why the Phillies traded Cliff Lee, very candid: That, I have no idea. I’m sure we could…

  14. Shameless self promotion: Talk radio on the Internet

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    If you’re into this sort of thing, I’m going to be on the Paul and Tom Show at at HotStove.com at 2pm this afternoon talking about all manner of things baseball. Be there or be square. Or not. I can’t really make you do anything.

  15. The Marlins: baseball's most profitable team

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    People complain all the time, but why on Earth would the Florida Marlins want to do things like pay money to bolster their bullpen or spend money on marketing and fan appreciation stuff in order to fill even a quarter of the seats in their ballpark? Especially when even without doing that they are baseball’s…

  16. Wait, there was a beanball fatality that wasn't Ray Chapman?

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    From the Department of Things I Did Not Know Until A Couple of Hours Ago:  The Indians’ Ray Chapman is not the only ballplayer to die after being struck in the head by a pitched ball. And he’s not even the only one to be buried at Lake View Cemetary in Cleveland. Courtesy of a…

  17. The slick balls affair seems to be over in Cincinnati

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Aaron Harang pitched on Opening Day just like Chris Carpenter did, and yesterday he said that, despite Carpenter’s complaints that the baseballs felt slick, as though they had not been properly rubbed down, there was nothing wrong with them: “Sometimes they have a little chalky feel to them. The mud just kind of dries up…

  18. The Cuban government's futile attempt to erase defecting ballplayers from history

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Missed this one the other day, but the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Kat O’Brien reports on the efforts the Cuban government takes to erase from history those ballplayers who defect to the U.S.: Another taxi driver, Jose, said: “When the players go, then we don’t have any more news about them.” A waiter at the upscale Havana…

  19. Ricky Nolasco runs afoul of the new finger licking rule

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    There’s a new rule in place this year that, for the first time, allows pitchers to lick their fingers while on the mound as long as (a) they’re not on the rubber when you do it; and (b) they wipe their hand on their shirt or their pants or something before they grab the ball.…

  20. Umpire Joe West calls the Red Sox and Yankees "pathetic" and "embarrassing"

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    I said I’d stop complaining about Yankees-Red Sox game times, but that doesn’t mean I can’t quote other people who are doing it. Especially when they’re the ones in charge of moving the game along. Veteran crew chief Joe West, who had the plate for Sunday Night’s game: “They’re the two clubs that don’t try…

  21. UPDATE: I got suckered by T.J. Simers

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, pretty much ignore everything that follows. I didn’t read all the way to the end and thus didn’t realize that the “Manny Ramirez” The Los Angeles Time’s T.J. Simers interviewed was not, in fact, the Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez. It was a jockey who is also named Manny Ramirez who works at the race…

  22. Kyle Blanks, Troy Glaus wear the golden sombrero

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Stuff I missed in the recaps this morning: both the Padres’ Kyle Blanks and the Braves’ Troy Glaus went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts last night. I always like to see the clean statistical purity of a hitless, walkless four K performance. So clean, so satisfying on a perverse level. I’ve only witnessed the…

  23. Bad call leads to a strange double play in the Rays-Orioles game

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford was up with Reed Brignac at first in the Rays-Orioles game last night. Crawford quite obviously checked his swing at what appeared to be ball four. Brignac begins trotting down to second base as is right and proper. Except home plate umpire Kerwin Danley quite slowly and quite incorrectly ruled that Crawford went…

  24. Jose Reyes could be back in action as early as Saturday

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    The earliest possible day the Mets’ Jose Reyes could be activated is for Saturday’s game against the Nats. Based on how well his extended spring training is going, it’s looking more and more likely that, yes, he will be activated and back in the lineup that day. “Barring setbacks,” Jerry Manuel says. Given that Reyes’…

  25. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT

    Giants 10, Astros 4: Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand combine to go 9 for 11 with four RBI. Nineteen hits in all for San Francisco, who pretty much abused the Astros for the past three days. And they didn’t care how they looked doing it, as infielder Eugenio Velez took the field wearing a jersey…

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