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Craig Calcaterra

  1. What the heck is Jermaine Dye waiting for?

    Apr 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    We heard over the winter that Jermaine Dye rejected a $3 million offer from the Cubs.  Today we learn, via Morosi and Rosenthal, that Dye rejected the overtures of the Milwaukee Brewers in just the past week. We don’t know how much the Brewers offered Dye, of course, but if the guy really wants to…

  2. I'm still confused by this Heyman-Washburn stuff

    Apr 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The latest from Jon Heyman on Jarrod Washburn: The Royals are believed to be offering significantly more money. But it’s thought that Washburn would prefer a return to Seattle, where he thrived last year. That’s if the dollars can be worked out. Like I said yesterday, when it comes to Heyman reporting on a Boras…

  3. Springtime Storylines: Wait! What's that? Is there actually hope for the Pittsburgh Pirates?

    Apr 1, 2010, 4:45 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 up: A team they used to call the Buccos, but no one seems to do anymore. The big question: Wait! What’s…

  4. For the 1000th time, baseball does not need fixing

    Apr 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    You know what you rarely see from a legitimate baseball publication? An article about how to “fix” baseball. This is mostly because baseball folks tend not to think that there’s a ton wrong with the game, and they realize that that which is wrong is complicated enough to justify a dedicated article as opposed to…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Will the Astros ever rebuild?

    Apr 1, 2010, 3:45 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 up: The ‘Stros. I’ll explain my use of the logo to the right in a moment. The big question: Will the…

  6. New York Times' steroids beat writer gets some perspective

    Apr 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Michael Schmidt is the New York Times’ steroids beat writer. He’s probably best remembered for taking a lot of heat last year after reporting names from the famous list of 103 ballplayers who tested positive back in 2003. The reason for the heat: the list was and remains subject to a court order sealing its…

  7. Springtime Storylines: is Alfonso Soriano toast?

    Apr 1, 2010, 2:14 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 up: The Cubbies The big question: Is Alfonso Soriano toast? Kind of seems like it, doesn’t it? 109 games in 2008.…

  8. Brandon Webb appears to have suffered a setback

    Apr 1, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched since March 4th, and yesterday he met with more doctors and had an MRI. Results of that won’t be ready until later today, but Yahoo’s Mark Miller reports that it could be another month before Webb is pitching. It had originally been hoped that he’d make Opening Day. By the way,…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Did the Brewers do enough to fix their godawful rotation?

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:15 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 up: The Brew Crew The big question: Did the Brewers do enough to fix their godawful rotation? With the nice crowds,…

  10. The Phillies place Joe Blanton on the DL

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    So much for that fifth starter’s race. Now that the Phillies have placed Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, it looks like both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick will get to start, at least for a while. Zolecki says Blanton could be out anywhere from 3-6 weeks. He also…

  11. Red Sox' Junichi Tazawa to have Tommy John surgery

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford of WEEI tweets that Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa is going to have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, thus ending his season. Tazawa had a a 2-3 record and a 7.46 ERA last year but, as D.J. noted the other day, he was 9-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 starts between AA…

  12. Cardinals trade Julio Lugo to the Orioles

    Apr 1, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Julio Lugo to the Orioles.  No word on what they’re getting back, but the roster spot is plenty valuable given that the Cards would like to keep outfielders Allen Craig, Nick Stavinoha and Joe Mather on the team and, before the trade,…

  13. Cristian Guzman will be the Nationals' super utility guy

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Guzman lost the starting shortstop gig to Ian Desmond and now the Nationals are planning on using him as a super utility guy, playing him at all four infield positions over the course of the season. He got his first start at second base in a game yesterday, turning two double plays and going 3…

  14. Cliff Lee throws without pain; return to action still uncertain

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The good news is that Cliff Lee completed a 55-pitch throwing session yesterday without any of the pain in his abdomen that he had last week. The bad news is that neither Lee or the Mariners yet know when he can return and actually pitch in a game. In a chat yesterday the Seattle Times’…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Will the Reds break .500 for the first time in a decade?

    Apr 1, 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.  Next up: The Redlegs The big question: Will the Reds break .500 for the first time in a decade? I’m pretty optimistic…

  16. Red Sox' Bernie Carbo was as high as a kite during the '75 Series

    Apr 1, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Bernie Carbo cemented his legend, such as it is, in the 1975 World Series. The Red Sox were on the brink of losing Game 6 and the series to the Reds when Carbo hit a three-run pinch hit home run to tie the score and to set up Carlton Fisk’s famous extra-innings shot.  Thank God…

  17. Curt Schilling rips the Phillies for not keeping Cliff Lee

    Apr 1, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Curt Schilling was asked how he likes the Phillies this year. If you think his response was a diplomatic and conventional “I think they’ll be a good ballclub” kind of thing then you’re not familiar with Curt Schilling’s work: “I think trading Cliff Lee was the stupidest thing they’ve ever done, and they didn’t have…

  18. The Braves' Matt Diaz is no fool; praises Jason Heyward's ascension

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    If there’s anyone who has a right to be bummed by Jason Heyward winning the Braves’ starting right field job it’s Matt Diaz who is basically losing his starting job to Heyward. But part of what makes Diaz a useful player is that he’s pretty smart, and his brains were on full display today when…

  19. Minor leaguers are practically starving

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Think minor leaguers don’t have every incentive to do whatever they can to make the big leagues? Check out Garrett Broshuis’ latest story in Baseball America about living on the verge of poverty in the minor leagues. I’d normally blockquote something here, but this is better if read in full and in context. The details…

  20. The Red Sox impose plan to sucker, tax poor people

    Mar 31, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Red Sox and the Massachusetts State Lottery are partnering up for a new lottery game called “Monster Money.”  It’s a $10 scratch ticket game that debuted yesterday. The game offers three $3 million instant prizes and seven prizes of $1 million. Other prizes include Red Sox gear such as jackets, pants, warm-up jerseys and…

  21. Springtime Storylines: Is Albert Pujols' supporting cast good enough to help him win it all?

    Mar 31, 2010, 4:15 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 up: The Cardinals The big question: Is Albert Pujols’ supporting cast good enough to help him win it all? This isn’t…

  22. The Dodgers neglected to tell Jason Repko that he was released

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reported last night that Jason Repko had been released by the Dodgers. About an hour ago, The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez reported that Repko had not been told of his release.  As of a half hour ago or so Hernandez was not yet even sure if Repko even knew about…

  23. Roy Halladay, Denard Span have tough first innings today

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Denard Span tweets that his mom is doing OK. Spring training is winding down poorly for a couple of players. In the space of about 15 minutes: The Phillies’ Roy Halladay gave up 4 runs, 5 hits, 3 doubles, and 1 homer to the Blue Jays, who may suddenly feel a bit better about…

  24. Springtime Storylines: So, when is Stephen Strasburg going to get to Washington?

    Mar 31, 2010, 1:15 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 up: The Stephen StaNatsburgs: The big question: So, when is Stephen Strasburg going to get to Washington? I just got back…

  25. Chipper Jones scratched, Jason Heyward returns for the Braves

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    All kinds of eventual things happening with the Braves today. For starters, Chipper Jones has an ingrown toenail on his left foot which is keeping him out of the lineup for today’s game vs. Houston. In other news, Jason Heyward is back in the lineup after missing some time due to shin splints. And he…

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