How much is enough? (or “Enough is enough”)

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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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The Bookshelf Conversation: Josh Ostergaard

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Jealousy reared its ugly head once again when I saw the full-page review of  Josh Ostergaard‘s The Devil’s Snake Curve in The New York Times‘ Sunday book supplement in June. It brought back memories of Chad Harbach’s 2011 debut novel, The Art of Fielding, which garnered him tremendous kudos, not to mention a huge advance. (The […]

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It’s a mystery to me, sort of

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Recently read T.T. Monday’s The Setup Man: A Novel. While I found it a page-turner, it reinforced why I don’t like mysteries. I’m not a student of literature. I have no creative writing or fine arts degree. (There are no initials after my name.)  I have great respect for good writers of the genre; they […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 29

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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… Here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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Happy anniversary, Moe Berg

Author appearance

Where does the time go? The Bergino Baseball Clubhouse will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg — the definitive biography of one of game’s true characters – with a program featuring author Nicholas Dawidoff on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. Dawidoff’s other books include, […]

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Jonah Keri

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Few things bring a smile to my face more than memories of Montreal. My maternal family hails from that city and I spent many happy times there, including five summers working at Camp Maromac in the Laurentian Mountains. So it’s only natural I would become a fan of the Montreal Expos. And disappointed when they […]

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And I thought those camouflage uniforms were bad

"Oddballs"

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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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 22

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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… Here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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“Run away! Run away!”

Because I can...

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!”

Because I can...

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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A little bit high

"Oddballs"

Either I’m more sensitive to it or it’s just my imagination (running away with me). There have been, of late, a common theme in baseball novels, especially self-published: substance abuse, whether alcohol or PED. Just this year we have: High and Inside, by Russell Rowland Catching Lightning Without the Bottle, by Timothy F. Bouvine Nine […]

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Slow news day?

"Oddballs"

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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Catching the elusive foul ball: There’s an app for that?

"Oddballs"

Apparently so. Seems to take some of the spontaneity out of it, no? Wonder what Zack Hample thinks of this. He’s made a career of collecting — and writing about — the fine art of nailing these treasures. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Lee Judge

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Last week, I spoke with Jason Kendall, the former major league veteran and co-author of  the new book, Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played. This week, we have his collaborator, Lee Judge, who blogs about the KC Royals for the Kansas City Star, but is perhaps more widely recognized as […]

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Judging a book by its cover

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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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Bits and pieces, Aug. 15

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As work on the new book about the Maccabiah Games becomes more urgent, I find I have less time to keep up with the latest baseball books news. Apologies. I guess the good part about the project is that it will be done before the time spring training — and the release of of new […]

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Baseball best-sellers, Aug. 15

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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… Here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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Blood donation = free admission to Hall of Fame

Annoucements

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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Because you can put Pop-Tarts on your bookshelf

"Oddballs"

Got it. Got it. Need it. But really, it’s not like opening a pack of baseball cards; you can’t keep Pop-Tarts that long after tearing the foil. Now Twinkies in their clear plastic wrap… Twinkies last for-ev-er.  Put logos on those bad boys. Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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