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Baseball magazines

If you’ve been following the blog for at least a couple of years, you know I take great pleasure around this time because this is when the baseball magazines hit the stores. But like any person my age, I think things were better “back in the day.” Thanks to 24/7 spots media, the idea of […]

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Had a mishap at the gym yesterday and went to the CVS this morning on my way to work to pick up an ace bandage. I passed by the magazine section and there, beckoning like a siren, was this   Welcome back, old friend. First up: TSN has picked up the mantle from the old […]

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Been waiting to get the Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview Issue before posting this. Today’s the day so… There was an interesting conversation in the Facebook baseball book group. One gent wanted a recommendation for a good book about baseball stats. A book! Didn’t want a website! Old school. That got us thinking: the beauty of […]

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* The Annual annual

February 22, 2010

In spring a (nerdy) young man’s heart turns to thoughts of the new batch of baseball annuals. As I’ve written in the past, these publications no longer carry the weight they did when I was a kid, growing up in the pre-Internet days. Street & Smith was basically the only game in town, and I […]

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Up on the roof…well, the attic actually. I was going through some stuff, trying to decide whether it’s time to lighten the load, so to speak. I hve a bunch of Sports, Inside Sports, Baseball Quarterly, and other assorted titles, long gone from this mortal coil. This one caught my eye: The July 1986 issue […]

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So I went back to the baseball publications that came out prior to opening day. These included only national publications (i.e., no newspapers that might show favoritism for the home team): Baseball America, USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Athlon, Lindy’s, The Sporting News (which took over my old pals, Street and […]

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Most of the annual previews are available as of this writing. I previously analyzed Beckett’s; here a more comprehensive look at the four I’ve purchased to date. Back in the day, the publisher printed only one cover. Now it’s easy to make one for every team or region. The examples here are for the New […]

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Beckett offers a very straightforward product. Aside from the team-by-team analysis, the only additional articles deal with the top ten free agent signings (Mark Teixeira leads the list) and ten worst off-season moves, which includes bad trades and poor acquisitions (Nick Swisher’s departure from the White Sox heads this one). There’s also a small 2008 […]

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* Baseball annuals: A lament

February 10, 2009

Judging by the email I’ve received about The Bookshelf, I would guess that many of you are of an age before the Internet made instant gratification an inalienable right. If you wanted “the latest” information on the upcoming baseball season, you got it from from the annual magazines that came out in the early spring, […]

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* Current Baseball Publications

September 15, 2008

Current Baseball Publications, a comprehensive quarterly list compiled by SABR’s Rich Arpi.

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For a few weeks I was wondering when the Street & Smith’s new baseball annual would hit the newsstands. After all, the other publishers had released their magazines. I figured it would surely be available by now. Well. it’s not. And don’t call me Shirley. After a visit to my local Barnes and Noble proved […]

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