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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury will miss the next two games

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    There was hope that with yesteday’s off-day, Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs would heal enough that he could come back and play today and/or tomorrow against the Twins, but Pete Abraham is reporting that it’s not going to happen.  Ellsbury is still sore, so Francona is going to hold him out until Friday’s home game against the…

  2. Congress is butting into baseball again. This time: tobacco

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Can someone tell me why Congress has nothing better to do than this? MLBPA chief labor counsel David Prouty is among the witnesses who submitted written testimony ahead of Wednesday’s hearing before a House subcommittee about the use of smokeless tobacco by baseball players. Subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, says he wants…

  3. John Maine may have pitched himself out of a job

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel, when asked about whether John Maine will remain in the Mets’ rotation after last night’s debacle said “I think those things we have to talk about.” You know what would also be worth talking about?  Why Jenrry Mejia is pitching mop-up duty in meaningless game in what is already looking like a lost…

  4. No fun allowed in the Dodger Stadium parking lot

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    Technically speaking, it’s always been illegal to tailgate in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, whether you’re drinking booze or not. Practically speaking you’ve always been able to do it. Until the last two years, anyway, when police have started cracking down.  Carla Hall of the L.A. Times has a story from yesterday’s home opener in…

  5. Juan Gonzalez on steroids: "I never used any of that stuff"

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Juan Gonzalez sat for an interview with ESPNDeportes.com on Monday, during which he denied ever taking steroids, saying “I never used any of that stuff,” and saying “I have nothing to hide. Nothing.” This is consistent with what he said in 2005: “It’s not true . . . I never saw needles. I never saw…

  6. A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base last night

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    OK, I’ve finally had a chance to see the video of the A.J. Pierzynski hit-by-pitch. It’s here, and as you’ll see, he was so totally not hit by the pitch. It bounced in the dirt and then hit home plate umpire Tim McClelland, but it never touched Pierzynski, who flopped like a French soccer player.…

  7. Carlos Delgado still wants to play

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo caught up with Carlos Delgado, who says he’d still like to play this season after completing rehab on his still-wonky hip. Based on all the reports we saw from winter ball, however, Delgado simply can’t move around enough to play defense, and as we’ve seen everywhere, the market for designated hitters is…

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

    Apr 14, 2010, 5:46 AM EDT

    Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2: A no-hitter into the eighth inning for Ricky Romero, broken up by a two-run homer by Alexis Rios. Should it have been a solo shot? I’m not sure because I was on a plane last night when it happened and I haven’t gone back and checked the video yet…

  9. UPDATE: The Nationals MAY pick Bryce Harper

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore is not nearly as sure about the Nats choosing Bryce Harper. He quotes the Nats Director of Amateur Scouting as saying “I don’t think that’s etched in stone” about it. Yeah, whatever. I suppose he has to say that because if he admits that the Harper is the guy…

  10. The NFL may go head to head with the World Series this year

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Our sister blog — a plucky little outfit called ProFootballTalk, which until this morning I had thought was covering English Premier League soccer or something — is hearing that the NFL may schedule an 18th Sunday night football game this year. The baseball implication of this is that it would make it very likely that…

  11. Video: Five year-old phenom takes BP and infield

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Nothin’ creepy about this video. No siree: My son is going to be five this summer. He has a plastic tee he likes to hit wiffle balls off of. 60% of the time he hits the tee instead and, quite frankly, enjoys it more. I’m not sayin’ that my son is going to be in…

  12. What were the Pirates doing on defense?

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic observed something quite extraordinary: in the early going of the Pirates-Giants game, the Pirates consistently shifted all three outfielders towards right, even with right-handed batters at the plate. This allowed Aaron Rowand’s leadoff double and Mark DeRosa’s broken-bat, two-run single before the shift was removed. Kovacevic believes that Lastings Milledge could…

  13. Chan Ho Park had a good excuse for a bad Opening Day

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Chan Ho Park had a bad Opening Day last week but has since bounced back.  In the video below — which somehow stayed secret for a week — Chan Ho explains the problem.   Laugh all you want — and Mariano Rivera and friends seem to be doing plenty of that — but I prefer…

  14. Orlando Hudson suggests racism is the reason Jermaine Dye doesn't have a job

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:40 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan and Orlando Hudson spoke yesterday about this Thursday’s Jackie Robinson Day and about the still-unemployed Jermaine Dye. Culture warriors: let’s get ready to rumble: You’ve got some guys who miss a year who can come back and get $5, $6 million, and a guy like Jermaine Dye can’t get a job. A…

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

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

    Padres 17, Braves 2:  Er, um, yeah. I’m going to pretend that this was just an 8-2 game or something like it, because really, once Bobby Cox decided to let Jo-Jo Reyes mop up the game was already lost and the actual stats mere details. But enough about the Braves deplorable performance. Let’s talk about…

  16. First Rollins, now Werth: Phillies dropping like Pflies

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins was scratched from the home opener due to a right calf strain, now Jayson Werth has been removed from the game due to an undisclosed injury while running down to first base. Costly day for the Phillies. UPDATE: Werth’s injury is reportedly “left hip soreness.”

  17. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    This is the first Power Rankings post that actually has some data behind it. But before you go crazy comparing records of the ranked teams and trying to find statistical inconsistencies and stuff, know this: my power rankings are not a highly empirical exercise. Yes, the Blue Jays lead the Yankees in the AL East,…

  18. Union head Michael Weiner to work cheap

    Apr 12, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    SportsBusiness Journal reports that MLBPA head Michael Weiner is going to continue his predecessor Donald Fehr’s tradition of taking $1 million a year in salary. You may say that’s not exactly “working cheap,” but (a) that salary has remained flat since 1990, meaning that in real terms the MLBPA head has taken annual pay cuts;…

  19. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    “Hank Aaron told me, ‘We never got out of the batter’s box.’ And Joe Torre told me the same thing. You watch guys now. They’re in the batter’s box and it’s ball one. Then they get out and they’re adjusting everything. I said to the committee, ‘What are they adjusting? They didn’t swing.’” Commissioner Bud…

  20. "Target Field could very well be the AL version of Petco"

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    That’s the verdict of a Yale physicist who deftly notes that it’s colder outside at night in Minneapolis than it is inside the dome and a sabermetrician who has studied the effects of cold air on the trajectory of baseballs and has noted a few interesting things about the prevailing winds in Minnesota. But like…

  21. Jerry Manuel says the Mets "appeared unprepared" for Livan Hernandez

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Even for as big a hater as I am, I would not have guessed that things would get ugly in New York as quickly as they have this season.  Yesterday Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel said “I thought we appeared unprepared and I have to take responsibility for that. … I’m talking about having the information…

  22. What kind of an innings limit does Stephen Strasburg have?

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg’s debut yesterday was pretty electrifying. Supreme heat — his first pitch was 99 m.p.h. — and a good breaking ball clearly overmatched opposing hitters. As Keith Law notes, his changeup needs some work, but otherwise he’s a guy who looks like he won’t be spending a ton of time down on the farm.…

  23. Barry Bonds: "I don't lift as heavy weights anymore to be bulky"

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    I suppose that’s low-hanging fruit. Alas.  Point is that Barry Bonds was back in San Francisco yesterday for the reunion of the Giants 2000 team/celebration of ten years of that nice ballpark they have. He hasn’t done much media lately because someone who is indicted on perjury charges is well-advised to never say anything to…

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

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    Brewers 8, Cardinals 7: I’m in the tri-state area today meeting NBC folks, planning for the future, talking about the State of the Blog, but mostly just convincing them that they’re entrusting their baseball coverage to a real person and not an android or one kid standing on another kid’s shoulders wearing a long overcoat…

  25. A very cool first pitch in San Francisco

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    It’s the Giants home opener this afternoon, and they don’t skimp on the pageantry. For example, this pic of the opening festivities is about as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet as you can get.  And then there was the first pitch, which I missed, but which was described thusly by the Merc’s Andrew…

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