Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates placed 36-year-old closer Jason Grilli — recently selected for his first All-Star Game — on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his right forearm.
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July 24, 2013 · 0 comments
In my "day job," I'm the features and sports editor for a weekly New Jersey newspaper. I'm also the editor of the Bibliography Committee Newsletter for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
I did a piece on the award-winning cartoonist Arnold Roth and he was nice enough to "immortalize" me.
Most recent books read:
Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius, by Bill Pennington
A: Has to be considered the definitive bio of the "troubled' Martin.
Yankee Doodles: Inside the Locker Room with Mickey, Yogi, Reggie, and Derek, by Phil Pepe
A-: Sweetly digestible nuggets about the veteran author's favorite personalities and moments as a beat writer for the Yankees.
Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life, by Mort Zachter
B+: Perhaps the definitive bio of an underrated Boy of Summer.
Joe Black: More than a Dodger, by Martha Jo Black and Chuck Schoffner
B-: Fairly standard bio, somewhat improved by the character of the subject. Points off for "misrepresenting" authorship, though.
The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine, by Bennett Jacobstein.
A: Entertaining and informative history of the subject, plus a team-by-team rundown of indigenous eats.
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What I'm reading now
Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets, by Steve Kettmann
First impressions: Just cracked the spine...
Slouching Toward Fargo: A Two-Year Saga of Sinners and St. Paul Saints at the Bottom of the Bush Leagues with Bill Murray, Darryl Strawberry, Dakota Sadie and Me, by Neal Karlen
First impressions: Long overdue. Don't know how this Casey Award-winner slipped under my radar up to now. Hanging head.
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