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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Just what the heck is a "simulated game" anyway?

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Gentlemen: let’s broaden our minds. All spring you heard about pitchers throwing “simulated games.” Today Amalie Benjamin reports that Clay Buchholz, who won’t get his normal turn in the rotation for a while, is throwing a simulated game.  So, just what is a “simulated game?” A lot of fun from the sound of it. Pitchers…

  2. Scouts: Raul Ibanez's bat speed is way down

    Apr 7, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    One of the reasons I am a bit less optimistic about the Phillies this year? Given his age, Raul Ibanez is way more likely to put up a full season of his second half production from last year than he is to put up even a half season of what he did in April and…

  3. Jason "Heymaker" Heyward is catching on

    Apr 7, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It seems that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Dave O’Brien reads HardballTalk: The Bravos and their faithful have a bonafide superstar on their hands in the young Heymaker, J-Hey, Joltin’ Jason, the kid too big for one nickname. I first suggested “Heymaker” as a nickname for the young Mr. Heyward yesterday, passing along the idea from Twitter…

  4. Your annual (erroneous) "baseball needs a salary cap" column

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The venerable Frank Deford writes the same column that has been written every year since time immemorial: baseball needs a salary cap if it wants to stay competitive: Because baseball begins as life afield is renewed, tra-la, you can always count on two things this time of year. One: In trees, the sap is rising.…

  5. Did the owners collude against free agents this past winter?

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    As has been widely reported in the past 24 hours, the player’s union is mulling a collusion grievance.  In the stories that have circulated since yesterday, the primary allegation cited has been that agents have claimed that they received multiple similar offers for free-agent clients last winter, thereby driving salaries down. My first thought upon…

  6. Ichiro is Hall of Fame eligible (and a digression about Pete Rose)

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Stuff you don’t think about very much: you have to have played in the majors for ten years to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Doesn’t come up too often of course because it’s hard to imagine a nine-year career that would be worthy of discussion. I mean, sure, Lynn Jones may have his…

  7. OK, I'll stop complaining about game times now

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Why? Because people have been complaining for years. (thanks to Howie B. for the link)

  8. The Astros are having fun with throwback uni-night

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Got this via Neyer: the Astros’ turn-back-the-clock promotion this weekend is going to be sweet. In addition to going back to what were some pretty nifty uniforms (no, not the rainbow ones), the team is going to put the grounds crew and ushers in 1960s garb too, and that 1960s garb was pretty unique. Lots…

  9. Browns to retire Eddie Gaedel's number

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Not the St. Louis Browns because they don’t exist anymore, but this is kinda close: On July 17, the Farmington Browns Baseball Club will retire Eddie Gaedel’s famous number 1/8 in ceremonies between games of a twi-night doubleheader at Lemay Baseball Association’s Heine Meine Field in St. Louis. Farmington is one of those wooden bat…

  10. MLB is pushing Hicks' creditors to sign-off on the Rangers sale

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram reports that MLB is stepping in to the Tom Hicks-HSG Creditors dispute in an effort to get the Rangers sale locked down: The last obstacle delaying the sale of the Texas Rangers could be cleared this week, thanks to an assist from Major League Baseball. Sources confirmed that the lenders…

  11. MLB Official meets with the mayor of San Jose

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Three things occurred in the Bay Area yesterday: Continued silence from Bud Selig’s little committee about what will become of the Athletics; MLB President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy had lunch with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed; and The A’s drew a mere 10,000 people for their second game of the season, and it…

  12. Time out? Sorry fellas, you gotta stay in there and hit

    Apr 7, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    In the recaps I called the Sox-Yankees game “boring.”  Upon reflection that was unfair. It wasn’t a boring game. While not the most crisp affair imaginable, it was close and competitive and I shouldn’t really be complaining. It was long, sometimes unnecessarily so, and that’s really what I was reacting against. “Boring” was not the…

  13. David Ortiz is 0 for 7 and he doesn't want to hear bleep about it

    Apr 7, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    David Ortiz after last night’s game: “(Bleep) happens. Then you guys talk (bleep). Two (bleeping) games already. (Bleepers) are going crazy. What’s up with that, man? (Bleep). There’s (bleeping) 160 games left. Y’all (bleepers) go ahead and hit for me.” I’m with Papi on this one. Two games is way, way too early to start…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT

    Rays 4, Orioles 3: Opening Day comes a day late for the Rays and Orioles. And only the Rays and Orioles. Why they didn’t get to play on Monday when everyone else did is beyond me. Maybe there was a gun show or a regional numismatic convention scheduled for the Trop over the weekend and…

  15. The Cubs praise Greg Maddux

    Apr 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Lots of love from the Cubs about all the help Greg Maddux have them as a special assistant/jack-of-all-trades in Mesa this spring: The former Cubs and Braves pitcher dabbled in a variety of duties this spring, from watching pitchers to scouting to even throwing a little batting practice. One day this past spring, Minor League…

  16. Breaking down the Beckett deal

    Apr 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    With nothin’ but night games and not enough of the season behind us for it to have yet created its own newsy momentum, today is a bit slow. So let’s go back to yesterday and look a bit more closely at the Josh Beckett deal. Pfun Pfacts: The team had asked Beckett to include a…

  17. Brewers owner, Yankees president having a delicious little spat

    Apr 6, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    In that USA Today salary piece I linked yesterday, Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio complained thusly: “We’re struggling to sign (first baseman Prince Fielder) and the Yankees infield is making more than our team.” Yankees’ President Randy Levine fired back today: “I’m sorry that my friend Mark continues to whine about his running the Brewers. We…

  18. I'm not the only guy down on the Phillies

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    The good Mr. Neyer posted his projected standings at ESPN yesterday.  He has the Yankees, Twins, and Rangers winning their divisions and the Red Sox taking the wild card in the AL and the Phillies, Cardinals and Rockies taking the divisions and the Braves taking the wild card in the senior circuit. Rob’s a lot…

  19. Orlando Hudson still has a banner in Dodger Stadium

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Sons of Steve Garvey blog has a photo up, which was apparently taken last week, showing an Orlando Hudson banner still hanging on the wall in Dodger Stadium. This despite the fact that they non-tendered him he left via free agency and signed with the Twins back in February. Maybe Jamie got custody of…

  20. Agents hate hate hate the Adam Lind deal

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that agents — or, at least the one agent that would allow Rosenthal to quote him — hates the deal Adam Lind signed with the Blue Jays: “Three club options? The union hates those deals and understandably so. He should have gotten those numbers without the options. The arbitration process rewards offensive…

  21. Phillies fans absolutely took over Washington yesterday

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Anyone who was at the Phillies-Nationals game or watched it on TV yesterday was well-aware that the joint was overrun by Philly fans, but I hadn’t realized how overrun until I read some of the commentary about it all this morning: “tens of thousands” of Philly fans came to Washington yesterday, many as the part…

  22. Comment of the Day: blown calls are part of the game

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Our friend Old Gator has made a disturbing (or refereshing, depending on your point of view) transition into lucidity since the season started. This morning he had some interesting things to say about the whole replay thing. The upshot: bad calls by umpires are plays that happen in games just like groundouts and unassisted triple…

  23. Carlos Zambrano is supposed to be a cow. Or a bell. Or a lawnmower. Or something.

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times has been saving his metaphors up all winter and was really excited to get them all out at once this morning: Being the Opening Day pitcher is supposed to mean something.You’re the tone setter, the bell cow, the big swinging medallion chosen by the manager as the symbol of…

  24. The 2010 Yankees are better than the 1998 Yankees: discuss

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    That’s the discussion they’re having over at IIATMS this morning. First up is the case for the 2010 Yankees, presented by Will.  Our friend The Common Man will be handling the case for the 1998 team a bit later today (UPDATE: TCM’s defense of the 1998 Yankees is now live). I’d rather have The Common…

  25. Government subsidies to corporate fat cats raise your ticket prices

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yeah, the headline was a bit much, but I like saying “fat cats” whenever I can. This is a story about why tickets to ballgames cost so much: There are many reasons for the price explosion, but a critical factor has been the ability of businesses to write off tickets as entertainment expenses — essentially…

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