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:
100 Years of Who's Who in Baseball, by Douglas B. Lyons.
B-: Nostalgic look at the covers of a baseball magazine institution with little beyond.
Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood's Love Affair with Baseball, by Joe Siegman
B: Fun looking at the veritable who's who of celebrity who were baseball wannabes. More profiles of the participants would have been welcome, as well as color photos, but still worth it for lovers of both baseball and entertainers.
Rickey & Robinson: The True, Untold Story of the Integration of Baseball, by Roger Kahn.
C. Hate to say it, but there's little "new" information here and the legendary sportswriter comes off a bit mean-spirited.
Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos, by Jonah Keri. Greatly looking forward to this definitive history of my second favorite team.
B+: A nice blast from my past. Very nostalgic.
The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field, by Josh Ostergaard
B+: Interesting and thought-provoking, even if I thought it was too Yankee-centric.
Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played, by Jason Kendall.
A- -- After finishing Kendall's book, I don't have enough eyes to keep track of all the "inside-baseball" that can only be observed in person; television doesn't offer enough angles to keep track of everything.
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What I'm reading now
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.
Too many to list
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