From the category archives:

Because I can…

There are several excellent bits featuring of baseball cliches, not the least of which is this scene from Bull Durham: I previous wrote about The Final Four of Everything, focusing on Dan Okrent’s greatest Jewish baseball Players and Will Leitch’s greatest sports writers. Now it’s time for Sports Cliches, a contribution by Sports Illustrated‘s Steve […]

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A chance to look over the overlooked. * Not exactly “Throwback Thursday,” but this piece on the Peoria Journal Star website is an appreciation for The Bronx Zoo, published by relief pitcher Sparky Lyle (then with the NY Yankees) and Peter Golenbock. * And another one from PJS about Double Play, a memoir written by […]

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In these times of e-publishing, the old saw, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” might no longer be valid. Oftentimes if you see an e-book with a nondescript cover, it’s a pretty good indicator of what lies within its “pages.” More traditionally, reviewers receive galleys or ARCs — advance reading copies — sent […]

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and the remainder table. If it can happen to Yogi…

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Recently, my Facebook friend Jeff Pearlman, author of the new Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, posted this on his blog, reprinted in full: Writing books is what I love to do. I’m not just saying this. It’s my true passion; something that brings me happiness for 1,001 […]

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It should come as no surprise that the ESPN The Magazine article about Ian Kinsler referred to earlier this week on my other blog, has generated some buzz. In the grand scale of things, it won’t matter, but for now, with a routinely dull spring training under way, with A-Rod out of the picture, the […]

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Or something like that. When I was writing 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die, one of the things I had to deal with was going, hat in hand, to ask people I respected to write those little blurbs/advance praise things. Now I’m the one being asked, and it’s pretty flattering I must […]

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Between now and opening day, every baseball writer/pundit and his or her uncle will be offering their predictions for the baseball season. Some outlets go so far as to predict individual award winners. Some enterprising IT person can probably discern the percentage of those who get everything right. It has to be miniscule, right? A […]

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Creativity counts

February 10, 2014 · 1 comment

I picked up second “annual” of the year. Gotta say, how about a little imagination, guys? It’s pretty lazy (and artistically lame), to fall back on featuring Derek Jeter and David Wright on the New York regional edition, especially in consecutive years. Just sayin’.

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Snow, snow, go away

February 6, 2014 · 0 comments

After digging out three times yesterday, including two bouts of shoveling after the town’s plows pushed back the snow I had already cleared from my driveway, I thought I could get out this morning. Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Wrong. Like thieves in the night they came back in the wee morning hours to once again block our driveways, […]

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My sentiments exactly.

February 4, 2014 · 0 comments

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This sweet piece by my friend Howard Megdal, author of The Baseball Talmud, reminded me of when my daughter Rachel was a little girl and I tried to get her involved in baseball. I didn’t start as early with her, but she was into it for a couple of years. One of my favorite drawings […]

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Never too early to start… Should have quit after the first toss.

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Guilty as charged

February 3, 2014 · 0 comments

I’m a bit chagrined to admit, but I don’t read as much of the Sunday New York Times as I should. But once in a while I’ll find something that makes me go “Hmmm.” So here’s one from yesterday’s Week in Review section about “Scribbling in the Margins.” Now, while I would never deface a […]

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The Super Bowl is over; spring training still doesn’t open for a couple of weeks. Someone should come up with a name describing this period, where all there is, is basketball and hockey. Kind of a sports limbo. But now it’s time to catch up. Started in earnest working on the next book, a history […]

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The iconic folk singer/activist died yesterday at the age of 94. These videos I found on Youtube were posted by Rolland Moussa who told me in an e-mail, “[Pete] wanted me to film it because he wanted to be known as an American who loved baseball, not labeled as a Communist.. No one had a […]

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You can have Barry Bonds’ estate for a (very expensive) song. And if that’s too rich for your blood, maybe one of these would do in a pinch.  

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We have our winners

December 20, 2013 · 0 comments

Thanks to all those who responded to the book giveaways. Stuart S. of Springfield, IL will receive The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams (truss not included) Greg M. of Redding, CT gets The 34-Ton Bat, which, surprisingly, does not need a truss. Sorry if there was any confusion, but the comments are moderated […]

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Yours sincerely, The Grinch

December 17, 2013 · 1 comment

I know baseball is just a game, and no one should take it too seriously, but this just brought down baseball-reference.com in my eyes just a bit. They’re supposed to be the ne plus ultra when it comes to chronicling the game, so for them to include this, holiday or not. There are just some […]

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Football-looking image, but the sentiment applies to baseball as well.

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