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“Ripped from today’s headlines…”

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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The former Diamondback, Yankee, and As pitcher died last Friday as the result of fall in a climbing accident. The exact circumstances surrounding his demise remain unclear after an autopsy.

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What is this, Sons of Anarchy? Former major leaguer-turned-writer Jose Canseco accidentally blew off his middle finger while cleaning a handgun. Naturally, there’s all sorts of early speculation on the severity of the injury. Some source are saying only that he shot himself in the hand, without the particulars. Another book in the future?  

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Last Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the World Series earthquake in San Fransisco which occurred just minutes before Game One of the face-off between the host Giants and cross-bay Rival Oakland As. And we have not one, but two documentaries to commemorate the occasion. One, The Day The Series Stopped, was produced under ESPN’s […]

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Because you can put a stopwatch on your bookshelf. The regular season was over but the post-season hadn’t started yet. What to do? I know! Let’s talk about how to speed up the games. That’s appropriate right before you air even longer games, thanks to team introductions (including the trainers) and more elaborate “honoring America” […]

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I guess the just-retired future Hall of Famer wants to keep busy. Less than a week after appearing in his final game, Jeter announced the launch of The Players’ Tribune  a new website promising to give fans (subscribers?) “a place where pro athletes can “connect directly with our fans, with no filter.” This was a […]

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What becomes a legend most?

September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

It’s a shame that Derek Jeter’s final days as a Yankee have to be enmeshed in this “debate” over his place in team and MLB history. When I first heard about Keith Olbermann’s “Jeter smackdown,” I thought, “there Keith  goes again, trying to show he’s the smartest guy in the room.” But after listening to […]

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Divine intervention?

September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

(Because you can put all your Jeter memorabilia on a bookshelf.) Tomorrow is Derek Jeter’s final home game. Tomorrow is the first day of Rosh Hashana. Tomorrow, the weather forecast calls for rain. God is not a Yankees fan. Note: 100% chance of rain… So this begs the question: What will happen? Will the Yankees […]

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Because you can put all this Derek Jeter memorabilia on your bookshelf… Yesterday I came across this piece on ESPN: “Yankees to wear Derek Jeter patch.” There was a lot of social media chatter about the appropriateness of this gesture. Sports fans debated whether an active player should be honored like this. Such tributes usually […]

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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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The movie icon passed away yesterday at 89. There’s not much of a baseball connection here, although I did find this: Would love to know the backstory here: what were the circumstances in which she came to sign a baseball? Anyway, as of this posting, the ball is selling on Amazon for $1,299. Of course, […]

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Robin Williams died Monday, in an apparent case of suicide. The outpouring of grief and condolences would probably still be going on if not for the short attention span of an entertainment-gobbling public that has diverted their thoughts to yesterday’s passing of movie icon Lauren Bacall. To be honest, I found Williams a kind of […]

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will recognize the twin traditions of baseball and film when, for the ninth consecutive year, it hosts the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, Sept. 19-21. Filmmakers can submit their work to be considered for the Festival through Friday, Sept. 5. Films can be of any length and […]

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Kids, ask your parents. Because you can put all these news reports on your bookshelf. Either David price was traded to the Detroit Tigers or he wasn’t. Yahoo Sports reports that he wasn’t, that it was hoax that fooled even the MLB Network. The “time stamp” on the “retraction” attributed to ken Rosenthal MLB piece […]

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Waaay too early. A damn shame, but perhaps also a lesson. Books by and about the Hall of Famer include: The Art of Hitting Tony! Tony Gwynn’s Total Baseball Player Gwynn was also a major component of George F. Will’s Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball. My mind may be playing tricks on me, […]

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The New York Times publishes what I would call a commentary piece/short feature (as opposed to the regular sports news) in its Sunday edition. That’s where I found this piece by John Oudens on “A Baseball Binge Woven From Dreams.” Basically, we’re talking about visiting five ballparks in five days, something many fans would love […]

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Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine announced yesterday that it has purchased Minor Trips, a newsletter devoted to minor league baseball, now in its 24th year of publication. Minor Trips will continue to be published in the same format and under the same title as before, with founder and former publisher Bob Carson remaining involved as […]

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The comedian has purchased a summer home in the Hamptons that previously belong to Babe Ruth.

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All politics aside, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the historical event of a sitting president visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame. In his remarks, Barack  Obama said “So I love baseball; America loves baseball.  It continues to be our national pastime.  And for any baseball fan out there, you’ve got to […]

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Next on the tour: Connecticut Tigers (Tigers) Kane County Cougars (Cubs) Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers) Lynchburg Hillcats (Braves) New Britain Rock Cats (Twins) New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) Sacramento Cats (As) By the way, a casual glance at the list of minor league baseball nicknames shows a disproportionate number of birds. Cats looove birds. […]

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