Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
Getty Images

The Astros and Carolina Panthers just became best friends


Cam Newton is polarizing. Carlos Gomez is polarizing. But they’re not universally disliked. Indeed, the very definition of the word “polarizing” forecloses that. Many people love them and the way they play their respective sports and the way they carry themselves.

The Carolina Panthers obviously love having Cam Newton. The Houston Astros love having Carlos Gomez. And now, because of those similar interests and tastes, the Panthers and the Astros have become best friends. At least on Twitter.

Watch this heartwarming story unfold. Even if the Houston Texans feel a bit left out at first. And then watch for Lance McCullers‘ response:

MLB to fund 30 Jackie Robinson scholarships

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball will fund 30 four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarships, one for each of the sport’s teams, and will contribute $1 million to the project to build a Robinson museum in New York.

As part of Tuesday’s announcement, MLB said Robinson scholars will mentor people in the sport’s youth and community programs with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, MLB Urban Youth Academies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947.

MLB previously has given more than $15 million to the foundation’s scholarship program and for the museum. The foundation assists 225 students annually. The foundation said $21 million has been raised toward the museum’s $24 million goal for construction.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that baseball wants to “reflect Jackie’s vision for our American society and positively impact future generations.”

The Yankees’ spring training facility to get $40 million renovation


I’ve only been to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa a couple of times. Once was a rainout. The other was a nice day and a nice game was played, but I got the same impression from the joint both times. Nice enough. Big. Professional. A bit on the cold side, though, and surprisingly utilitarian for baseball’s marquee team. Most spring training parks have a greater sense of fun and comfort and intimacy to them. Most people are on vacation when they visit the place, so why not make it more enjoyable?

Seems like the Yankees and the folks in Tampa are going to try to do that with a $40 million renovation, according to the New York Times. The specifics are a bit light, but a new outfield concourse is being constructed. That could be good. They tend to put bars and things on outfield concourses. Steinbrenner Field could use somethin’ like that.