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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Cardinals are complaining about slick balls again

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Last October John Smoltz and the Cardinals complained mightily about the balls being used in Great American Ballpark. The beef: that the Reds don’t properly rub them down with Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud to remove the gloss as God and Major League Baseball rule 3.01(c) intends. They’re at it again, with Chris Carpenter saying…

  2. The umps blow a would-be replay moment in the Cubs-Braves game

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    I’ve noticed a lot of great camera work in the first two days of the baseball season. That ESPN matrix-vision thing they used to show the double-steal on Sunday night was pretty spiffy. That Mark Buehrle gem was covered from a zillion angles. Also captured really well?  Nate McLouth having the ball pop out of…

  3. Billy Butler made me cry this morning

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Gettin’ a little misty in Chez Shyster. A tweet from the Royals’ Billy Butler a few minutes ago: Didn’t get the win in the end but I’m glad my Grandpa Butler got to watch me one last time on TV. RIP grandpa. I i love ya & will miss ya. Grandpa Butler left the Earth…

  4. Mets fans boo the team trainers

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Stay classy, New York! Boo to the medical crew — and Ollie, too. With the fans at Citi Field in no mood to forgive and forget, plenty of boos filled the air during yesterday’s pregame introductions. The loudest jeers were reserved for trainers Ray Ramirez and Mike Herbst, in addition to strength and conditioning coordinator…

  5. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Braves 16, Cubs 5: Yeah, I saw it. Right before it happened I even berated Chipper Jones for scoring from third because it screwed up Heyward’s inevitable debut at-bat grand slam. A few seconds later: bammo. By the way, everyone seems to want to go with “J-Hey” as a nickname. I suppose there’s no stopping…

  6. Say goodbye to the Coca-Cola slide in San Francisco

    Apr 5, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Maybe not officially or anything, but the big slide in the Coke bottle at AT&T Park may not be around much longer: The famous Coca-Cola bottle slide at the San Francisco Giants’ waterfront ballpark is becoming known for another reason: lawsuits. The team, which starts its season Monday, is facing a $6 million suit by…

  7. Roy Halladay: yeah, he was a good pickup

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Between Aaron’s last post and this post we’re sort of recapping games which is not what we usually do, but (a) it’s Opening Day and everyone has been good enough not to mess up the vibe with real news; and (b) these sorts of recaps pretty much capture what Opening Day is all about: renewal…

  8. Pedro Martinez plans on pitching this year

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Watching Pedro lob up last night’s first pitch while wearing a baggy jersey and a pair of old man slacks gave off the impression of a man retired. Not so, says Pedro: Pedro Martinez did not exactly light up the radar guns with his ceremonial first pitch, or lob, last night at the Red Sox-Yankees…

  9. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Here’s something new. And something that, once we get a couple of weeks under our belt, will hopefully be fun.  Power rankings. Yes, lots of places do them. No they don’t mean a thing, especially in baseball. But I’m a college football fan who is kind of addicted to arguing over arbitrary rankings that are…

  10. President Obama throws out first pitch

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The President threw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Nats game a little over an hour ago.  You can see video of it here, at least until Major League Baseball’s lawyers go and shut down the Sporting News for what I presume is some retransmitting and/or rebroadcasting the descriptions and/or accounts of the game without…

  11. Brewers having ongoing talks with Prince Fielder

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brewers’ owner Mark Attansio just told the assembled Milwaukee beat writing brigade that the team is having ongoing “discussions” with Prince Fielder regarding a contract extension. No word if there have been offers exchanged or anything. Not that anyone should fret if they’re not talking money yet. First contact was made on this subject during…

  12. UPDATE: USA TODAY Average MLB salary up 1% from last year

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Earlier USA Today ran a story saying that the average salary in baseball dropped 17%.  Now they’re running a correction: CORRECTION: The average salary of players on opening-day rosters was incorrectly stated in the original version of this story. The average player salary is $3.27 million, a 1% increase from $3.26 million in 2009. I…

  13. Adam Dunn and the Nationals aren't talking extension

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Stories all over the place in recent days about Adam Dunn wanting to stay in D.C.  Dunn is certainly saying the right things: This is the place I want to be at. I want to be here. This team is obviously going in the right direction. I’m all for it. That’s why I don’t want…

  14. The Mets have a Hall of Fame and it sounds nice

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The Daily News’ Flip Bondy took a tour of the Mets’ new Hall of Fame inside Citi Field, and it sounds pretty nice: It’s hard to be pompous when you have the Mets’ modest history. Luckily, that isn’t the feel or intent of this Hall of Fame, which has a refreshing, lighthearted feel. The Mets…

  15. The Atlanta Braves: third place team

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    That’s not me talking. Remember, I’m a big fat fanboy. That’s Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, throwing cold water on the optimism that has pervaded Braves Nation Universe Republic Township this spring: Me, I’m still skeptical. I eagerly await the coming of Jason Heyward, but I also wonder if the age on this team…

  16. Josh Beckett, Red Sox extension talks "in final stages"

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    ESPN’s Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are in the final stages of negotiations over the four-year, $70.5 million deal that was first reported last week. I’m assuming his poor command and lifeless fastball from last night has no bearing on the deal.

  17. The Mets' Opening Day lineup is . . . curious

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel announced the Mets’ Opening Day lineup yesterday. Here it is: 1. SS Alex Cora 2. 2B Luis Castillo 3. 3B David Wright 4. 1B Mike Jacobs 5. LF Jason Bay 6. CF Gary Matthews Jr. 7. RF Jeff Francoeur 8. C Rod Barajas 9. SP Johan Santana In other words, Omar Minaya just…

  18. K-Rod's brothers are in bad shape

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    For those of you wondering about K-Rod’s hasty trip to Venezuela over the weekend, the Post’s Kevin Kernan reports that it was occasioned by what sounds like a dreadful truck crash involving two of his brothers and three other passengers. The truck rolled down a hill several times after the driver fell asleep. No fatalities,…

  19. Winners! Losers! Awards! Your 2010 predictions, guaranteed correct or your money back

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Never make predictions, especially about the future. – Casey Stengel That’s some great advice, Casey, but it’s Opening Day, we’re all happy and giddy and optimistic and everything, so let’s moot the entire season right now by telling you everything that’s going to happen.  As the headline says, 100% correct or your money back. THE…

  20. Who was most out-of-place at Fenway last night?

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Here’s a question for you:  Which of the following people who participated in last night’s festivities seemed the most awkward and out-of-place? Neil Diamond, wearing a “keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn” jacket that’s only a half-century too late; Pedro Martinez, throwing the first pitch out as if he were all retired and everything, which frankly,…

  21. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:33 AM EDT

    Red Sox 9, Yankees 7:  The Yankees were supposed to have a great bullpen. The Red Sox weren’t supposed to have enough offense because of all that run prevention they had imported. Well, The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men gang aft agley, and all that. The Yankees blew a 5-1 lead. The Red Sox…

  22. Programming Note: Live Chatting the Yankees-Red Sox on Sunday Night

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Because four hour death marches of mound meetings and batting glove adjustments are so much more enjoyable with friends, I’ve decided to do a live chat of the Yankees-Red Sox opener on Sunday night.  Assuming I can make the live chatty software thingy work. Personally I give us [takes bite of some sort of meat]…

  23. Springtime Storylines: Will Adrian Gonzalez finish the season with the Padres?

    Apr 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    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 2010 season.  Next — and last — up: The Padres. And there is no significance to me using the old logo this time. I…

  24. Heyman: the Mariners are "lowballing" Jarrod Washburn

    Apr 2, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    It’s one thing for Scott Boras to use Jon Heyman to drum up a market for one of his clients where one does not exist, but we now seem to have crossed over into a world where Heyman is actually handling the negotiations for Jarrod Washburn. From his latest column: 1. Jarrod Washburn. Washburn thrived…

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