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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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’…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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)

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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