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“Ripped from today’s headlines…”

Twice this week, the national pastime was part of the unofficial national quiz show. On Wednesday, the topic was teams that had never won the World Series (although perhaps it was teams that had never been in the Series; I should have kept track). One of the answers was wrong at the time of airing, […]

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A lot of pundits and fans have been alternately making fun of and expressing outrage over the MLB All-Star voting mechanism that had members of the Kansas City Royals ranking first for eight of nine position players (including the DH, which has no “position” other than in the batting order). It’s currently down to only […]

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You know a current event has gravitas when a pop culture entity like The Daily Show or Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me includes it in its weekly program. WWDTM referred to the recent computer hacking “scandal” by the St. Louis Cardinals in their most recent episode: PETER SAGAL: All right, here, sir, is your last […]

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I tuned into the Yankee game on Friday just as Alex Rodriguez was coming to bat, looking for his 3,000th hit. Timing is everything: ARod launched a home run for the milestone. It was the third time a player hit a home run for the magic number, including former teammate Derek Jeter. The difference is […]

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Found this on Facebook this morning via Marc Ernay, sports director at 1010 WINS: In the words of my good friend, Howard Walawitz: What kind of market study did the knobs at MLB.com do to determine that this was cutting edge, that this is what it takes to retain the interest of younger fans? If […]

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Although known more for his classic, The Art of Writing Well, William Zinsser — who passed away May 12 at the age of 92 —  also published Spring Training, a “memoir” of the Pittsburgh Pirates in spring training in 1988. Not surprisingly, it was well-received. Here are the obits from the Washington Post and The […]

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I recently compared book excerpts with movie trailers. It’s my contention that the publications concentrate on the most salacious or controversial passages they can find because, let’s face it, people love the dirt. So when you see headlines such as “Jorge Posada bitter toward Yankees management in book,” or “Yankee great Jorge Posada still steamed […]

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The Yog turns 90 today, God bless. I ran this piece four years ago, listing several titles about and (ostensibly) by the Hall of Famer. Except for the age, the info remains valid except for the addition of my NJ neighbor Harvey Araton‘s excellent book, Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest […]

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Truth in advertising

April 2, 2015 · 0 comments

Okay, it’s not actually advertising, but The Player’s Tribune, an on-line “magazine’ founded by the recently-retired Derek Jeter, has come under some scrutiny lately. TPT purports to “publish first-person stories directly from the athletes” (emphasis added). Maybe there’s a difference of opinion on the definition of “directly.” Richard Sandomir, the New York Times’ sports media […]

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MLB saves some trees

March 19, 2015 · 0 comments

I still have a few of these hanging around the house. MLB has decided to eliminate the paper ballots available at ballparks (and retail outlets? Have they still been doing that over the past few years?) and have fans vote for their favorite All Stars via electronic devices. Perhaps they were worried about hanging chads? […]

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Because these could fit on a bookshelf if it was big enough. Reggie Jackson is auctioning off “the 10-foot-high letters that spelled “YANKEE STADIUM” near the edge of the roof for 32 years after the renovated stadium opened in 1976.” Jackson purchased the letters when the Stadium closed down after the 2008 season. Of course […]

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This is getting ridiculous. Jeff McKnight was a member of my Mets in the early 1990s (with time out for a season with the Orioles). He has passed away at the age of 52. It’s getting to the point where I’m living a Pete Seeger song: I get up each morning and dust off my […]

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Alex Johnson, the 1970 American League batting champion, died Feb. 28 due to complications from cancer at the age of 72. Johnson played in the heyday of my baseball card collecting — the late 1960s to 70s. As such, he is, unfortunately, one of an increasing number of players from that period who are shuffling […]

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A shande (Yiddish for “a shame”). Of course, everyone knows Nimoy, who grew up in a observant Jewish home in the Boston area, as Mr. Spock. But one of his earliest appearances came in an uncredited role in the 1951 baseball feature film. Rhubarb. Pay careful attention at the 2:08 mark.     But perhaps […]

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So now, after all this time and all the denials, Alex Rodriguez has “formally” apologized. And not through a statement read by his attorney or PR functionary, but in the form of a hand-written letter. (I wonder what soer of planning went into the decision to present the apology that way, rather than typed out. […]

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Enough is enough?

February 17, 2015 · 0 comments

So now the NY Yankees are getting set to retire another number: Andy Pettitte’s 46. This has led to a couple of speculative ponderings. One, should they reward an admitted PED user? And, when is this retirement stuff going to stop?  

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Ain’t Facebook wonderful? It gives one the chance to find so many interesting people. One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the number of current and former athletes who are social networking and how “just plain folks” they are. Case in point, Ellis Valentine. Just like the rest of us, he […]

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At least not from the Veterans Committee output. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Golden Era Committee announced balloting results Monday for its 2014 election of players, managers, executives and umpires. The ballot featured nine former players and one former executive and was considered by a 16-person committee featuring eight Hall of Famers, […]

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Because you can certainly put trophies on your bookshelf. Ian Kinsler lost to Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia for the American League Gold Glove Award for second basemen. He did, however, pick up the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award. The Gold Gloves are award by Rawlings, a sporting goods company and one of […]

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