Craig Calcaterra

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The Arizona Diamondbacks . . . don’t look so hot today

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The Arizona Diamondbacks introduced their new uniforms over the winter and, the very next day, announced the signing of Zack Greinke. So, naturally, it was easy to forget every last possible combination of their current livery. There are a lot, though, Reds and teals and grays and everything in between. So many combinations that, at some point this season, they are certain to run into a snafu in which someone wears the wrong thing, right?

Today is not technically a snafu, as everyone is dressed alike. But boy howdy are they in the wrong thing. As in, a very bad looking uniform that looks like something the Jacksonville Jaguars saw and said “no, too swampy looking even for us.” Heck, the University of Oregon called and said “look, Arizona, you guys gotta have some limits on what you wear, OK?”

Either way, I agree with my colleague Mr. Silva here:

Former Astros, Giants GM Spec Richardson dies at 93

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ATLANTA (AP) Former Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants general manager H.B. “Spec” Richardson has died at the age of 93.

The Muscogee County coroner’s office confirmed Richardson died at his home in Columbus, Georgia on Tuesday due to natural causes.

Richardson was general manager of the Astros from 1967-75 and was the Giants’ GM from 1976-80.

Richardson is remembered for several major trades. In 1971 he traded Joe Morgan, Denis Menke, Jack Billingham and Cesar Geronimo to Cincinnati in exchange for a package of players that included first baseman Lee May. Morgan, Billingham and Geronimo became key players on the Reds’ championship teams.

While with the Giants in 1978, the year he was named MLB’s executive of the year, he acquired pitcher Vida Blue from Oakland for seven players and cash.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is not sending beat reporters to Indians road games

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Or maybe Cleveland’s major daily paper is not sending reporters to all Indians road games. It is saying it will send them to “select” road games. So far, however, it has not sent beat reporters to either Chicago or Tampa Bay, the Tribe’s first two road stops of the year.

That news comes from Cleveland Scene, which pays attention to such things. It also pays close attention to the media company which owns the Plain Dealer and its online outlet, Cleveland.com. Based on this story and past coverage, it appears to be a cost-cutting move.

I’ve written many, many things questioning why baseball is covered the way it is covered and have suggested that it doesn’t necessarily have to be the way it is (this one last year is probably my most recent thorough handling of the subject). Personally, I’d love to see experiments in how baseball is covered. You obviously can’t get quotes from afar, but are the quotes important? You can obviously see the game better on a TV screen, but can the person you have doing that write a compelling story that contextualizes the game in ways that make reading it worthwhile to those who saw the same game from the same view? Interesting questions, interesting challenges. So interesting that I’d love it if a newspaper or website dared to do something different in this regard with its coverage of baseball games.

But this example is not that. This, it seems, is simply a matter of a newspaper being cheap and hoping no one notices, all the while putting their reporters at a disadvantage compared to the competition. So to that I say pfffft! Either be bold and original or do things the established way. Don’t just cut costs and act like you don’t give a crap. Because if you don’t, why should your readers?