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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Ichiro made a sick catch yesterday

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    MLB.com won’t let me (or anyone else) embed video, so you have to check it out here.  Definitely worth your click-through, though. The catch is being compared to Willie Mays over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series. Two differences from what I can see: 1. Willie Mays’ catch was only half of what made that…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Will age catch up to the Yankees?

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:00 AM 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.  The Yankees are the defending champs, so they have the honor. The big question:  Will age catch up to the Yankees?People have…

  3. Ballplayers think that little shiny bracelets improve their performance

    Mar 24, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We live in a world in which PED hysterics say things like “ballplayers wouldn’t take HGH if it didn’t improve their performance.”  We also live in a world where ballplayers wear shiny little mylar bracelets that are “digitally encoded with a frequency that your body can tune into” and which are claimed to give you…

  4. More on Jose Canseco's subpoena

    Mar 24, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The New York Times has an article on the grand jury subpoena Jose Canseco tweeted about yesterday.  Three takeaways: A lawyer for Canseco said Tuesday that he had been contacted three weeks ago by a federal prosecutor in Washington who was seeking to serve Canseco with a subpoena. The prosecutor wanted Canseco to testify before…

  5. Tom Paciorek teaches us how to be cool

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    It’s old, but it’s coooool. Especially the last four seconds of it. (thanks to The Common Man for the heads up).

  6. Nathan's surgery scheduled for Friday

    Mar 23, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Amy Nelson reports that Joe Nathan’s Tommy John surgery is set for Friday: Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Friday in New York, a source familiar with the situation said. The surgery will be performed by the New York Mets’ team physician, Dr. David Altchek,…

  7. The Mets rename Tradition Field

    Mar 23, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    There weren’t any bad experiences during my trip to spring training, but being honest — and trying to be as fair as possible — I’ll have to say that the Mets’ facilities in Port St. Lucie were my least favorite.  I’m not saying there was anything particularly wrong the place, just that the whole setup…

  8. Royals' utilityman's road trip pays dividends for his son

    Mar 23, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    There’s a new player on the NHL’s Minnesota Wild who has baseball to thank for his hockey career. He’s Casey Wellman, the son of former Giants and Royals’ utilityman Brad Wellman, and he got his start, indirectly anyway, on a Royals’ road trip: In 1988, the Royals were in Boston to play the Red Sox…

  9. Will the international draft hurt Dominican baseball like it hurt baseball in Puerto Rico?

    Mar 23, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I’m opposed to the the imposition of an international draft during the next round of collective bargaining for a few reasons. For one thing, I think it will be a logistical and political nightmare, as would anything that requires even the tacit participation of a guy like Hugo Chavez. I also tend to find it…

  10. Mauer's press conference

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    We offer this up to you so that you can see the subject of the Twins’ “lunacy” up close and personal.  Kudos to Justin Morneau for playing reporter.  

  11. The Indians are going to do their own steroid testing on Latin American propsects

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Indians just had three recent signees from the Dominican Republic get suspended for pre-signing PED use.  The team is as mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Indians’ scouting director John Mirabelli: “I’ve got no sympathy for these guys. They broke the law. They fraudulently tried to misrepresent their abilities…

  12. Hughes seems to be edging out Joba

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    While some folks tell us not to care about such things, the fact remains that there is a fifth starter’s race in the Bronx, so we may as well pass along the developments that transpire therein. Joba pitched in that intra-squad game yesterday giving up two runs on six hits in five innings against mostly…

  13. Jose Canceco subpoenaed to testify in Roger Clemens case . . . and it's hilarious

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    This may be my favorite “celebrity” tweet of all time.  Three tweets, actually, from Jose Canceco. First, how he’ll be spending his afternoon: The fbi will be at my house in 20 minutes kind of scared will let u no what they want if I can after they leave Then, after being asked why the…

  14. REPORT: Reyes cleared to return to the Mets

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    So much for the Netflix queue: ALERT: SNY has learned that Mets SS Jose Reyes has been cleared to resume baseball activities and is returning to Florid You figure it will take a bit of time to make up for two weeks on the couch, but this is obviously really, really good news for the…

  15. More McCourt Muck

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    A new round of filings. In response to the accusations that she had an affair with her driver, Jamie says “I would prefer not to address such accusations or to discuss my belief as to Frank’s extramarital activities” which is a real classy way of discussing her belief that Frank had extramarital activities while still…

  16. How fast is Rich Harden really throwing it?

    Mar 23, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    There’s a story Rich Harden’s rough spring in today’s Boston Herald. The gist of it: no one is panicking. Everything’s going to be cool.  The passage that caught my eye: “Oh, the Texas Rangers have the radar gun readings — low 90s. Nothing to be concerned about there.” Why did that catch my eye? Because…

  17. Jose Reyes: working through his NetFlix queue

    Mar 23, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Forget it. Reyes has now been cleared to resume playing ball and is heading back to the Mets camp today. Great news for the Mets and their fans. Not so good news for Netflix. The Post’s Kevin Kernan caught up with Jose Reyes, who is sitting at home waiting for his thyroid levels to…

  18. Pittsburgh columnist: "The Mauer contract is lunacy"

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    In the past 24 hours I’ve seen a lot of people note the risk involved in signing a catcher to a big contract as he’s coming off what could very well be the best year he ever has, but I hadn’t seen anyone say that the contract was a bad idea. At least until I…

  19. Tom Hicks is not well-liked

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    As we sit around waiting to see how Tom Hicks is going to extract himself from his debt problems and finally get the deal done to sell the Ranger, Maury Brown runs down all of the reasons why Hicks has essentially become persona non grata in baseball circles. The upshot: by failing to make his…

  20. Should we just forget the search for a fifth starter?

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    A lot of time has been spent trying to figure out who should be the fifth starter in New York, but if it were up to FanGraph’s Marc Hulet, we wouldn’t even be making the effort: Teams spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours crunching data to build a successful five-man rotation, but it’s…

  21. Joe Torre suspends contract talks with the Dodgers

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Joe Torre apparently has an open door to come back to the Dodgers after this year, and he and the team have been negotiating about it, but now Torre has put a halt to the talks, saying he has “more important things to worry about” like getting the team ready for the season. This really…

  22. A-Rod to meet with the feds on Friday

    Mar 23, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    The New York Times reports that A-Rod is going to meet with federal investigators in Buffalo on Friday in connection with the Dr. Galea investigation. As has been widely reported, The feds are seeking to establish whether Galea has distributed performance-enhancing drugs in the U.S., and all indications that, like Jose Reyes, Rodriguez is merely…

  23. The Rangers won't be auctioned, would they?

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I get the shakes if I don’t write something about the Rangers sale for more than 48 hours or so and right now I’m jonesin’ hard, so I’ll even settle for linking to Heyman: The snag in the Texas Rangers’ sale talks appears fairly serious. Two sources say they believe the banks are looking for…

  24. The silver lining to the Kerry Wood injury

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Well, to the Indians bottom line at least.  Rob Neyer reminds us of the vesting option: The front office would never admit it, but Kerry Wood’s injury is just about the best thing that could have happened to the Indians, because it means he won’t finish 55 games this season, which in turn means his…

  25. Natstown?

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Red Sox Nation, Yankees Universe, Rays Republic . . . the Nats are content to go with something more modest. Eh. What about an “Army?”  Worked for Kiss, so you think it would work for a baseball team. Sorry to be sticking with this subject today, but I don’t have to report for Death Panel…

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