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Because I can…

What? The season is almost over? Where did the time go? Went to the Mets-Marlins game last night. Pretty depressing. The announced attendance was 23,892, or 57 percent of capacity. Seemed like whole sections were empty.  With just three home games left, against the Houston Astros over the last weekend of the season, doesn’t look […]

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“Reality” TV

September 11, 2014 · 0 comments

Is something I’ve never been into. I find very little “real” about it. And I don’t mean to keep on picking on Brandon Steiner (see here and here), but I accidentally came on his eponymous SNY show, The Hookup with Brandon Steiner, last night. I say “accidentally” because my on-air TV guide said it was […]

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Not bloody likely if you’re talking about the (gold)keystone combination of Derek Jeter and Brandon Steiner. Last week I gave some heat to this memorabilia stupidity. I guess if Steiner can find some fans who don’t know what to do with their money and are willing to part with it for Jeter tchotchkes, more power […]

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I understand that MLB wants to honor the members of our armed forces and I’m all for it, even if the cynical side of me thinks this is just about piece of merchandise to market. (I believe the profits from those sales should go to military support organizations.) But in all honesty, I think they’re […]

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That’s my advice to any athlete approached by Sports Illustrated for a cover story. Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitcher for the Mid-Atlantic/ Philadelphia entry at the Little League World Series, has been all the buzz lately, thanks to her dazzling success and poise. Well, that streak ran out last night as her team was defeated […]

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“Not great, Bob!”

August 21, 2014 · 0 comments

What kind of a world are we living in where my BFF Bob Costas gets a mulligan after a botched ceremonial first pitch? It seems rank has its privileges. You know his coworkers at the MLB Network will be getting a bit of mileage out of this. And it’s not like it was even that […]

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Slow news day?

August 19, 2014 · 0 comments

I guess as the season goes on and the team in question is not doing particularly well, sportswriters and broadcasters have to look for ways to appear fresh. Is this the best you can do? Follow some anonymous reliever (with all dues respects) as he makes the courageous journey to the ball park on — […]

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I would probably not be reading this 2003 release anyway, so the cover wouldn’t be a make-or-break issue. But with all due respect to the publisher, designer, and author, this is a strange deal. Composition: Is this a photograph or an illustration? It certainly looks “layered,” like the body is superimposed on the background, at […]

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Brought to you as a public service announcement: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host a blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross in conjunction with Bassett Healthcare, on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cooper Park adjacent to the Hall of Fame in a Red Cross […]

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Listening to the podcast of Wait Wait Don’t Tell me is a staple of my Monday morning commute. I always pay attention, but even more so when baseball is included in the conversation. From the latest show’s “Bluff the Listener” segment: Announcer Bill KURTIS: Taking baseball into the future. Host Peter SAGAL: Americans started playing […]

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Shades of Pride

July 24, 2014 · 0 comments

Recall if you will the scene in The Pride of the Yankees in which Lou Gehrig follows Babe Ruth’s promise to hit a home run in the World Series for “sick Little Billy” with two blasts of his own. Fast forward to earlier this week and the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo. (If the video below […]

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Not to mention redesign the score books. You hear a number of sports pundits clamoring about throwing out the records of those who have used performance enhancing drugs. But really, everyone knows how impractical that would be. What would become of the record books? Since baseball is a zero sum game, if you take away […]

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Unless you’re too injured. I don’t know about you, but I think the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game is a colossal waste of time. As power-hitting professional athletes, hitting batting practice speed balls, you should expect them to hit it over the wall. But the upshot is injury. The Colorado Rockies’  Justin Morneau, […]

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Back in business

July 22, 2014 · 0 comments

As Douglas MacArthur once said, “I have returned.” Visiting the San Francisco area for vacation was relaxing, apart from driving on California 1… Fortunately, we were going north, so oncoming traffic was on the left and inland was on the right. If we had been going south it would have been oncoming on the left […]

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I am working on a “Bookshelf Conversation” podcast with Heather Quinlan, producer of a new documentary about the 1986 New York Mets. Quinlan is trying to raise $50,000 for her project via Kickstarter. (There are similar sites , but who has time to go through them all? Perhaps this will motivate you to investigate further.) […]

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Trying to clear out the old mail box before the holiday: MLB historian John Thorn posted this photo on Facebook of a joint 1969 publication, ostensibly by Pete Rose and Denny McLain: At the time, Rose and McLain were the best in the game. Dayn Perry, author of a couple of baseball books of his […]

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Two Steve Travers titles — The 1969 Miracle Mets: The Improbable Story of the World’s Greatest Underdog Team and A Tale Of Three Cities: New York, L.A. and San Francisco in October of ‘62 — are currently available at no charge in various e-reader formats on Smashwords.  

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Baseball books. ’nuff said.  

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Big surprise: baseball games take longer than they used to. The Mets played three straight “overtimers” that went into extra innings against the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. The NY Times included this item (—>) comparing the trio of contests to the last time this occurred, in 1975 against the Chicago Cubs: Note that the first […]

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To: NY Times book section editors RE: Selections of sports books reviewed I guess technically this is still basketball season, what with the playoffs and all. But really, does any other sport begin with the poetry that heralds the beginning of the new baseball campaign? It may be cliched to say, but it is s […]

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