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ESPN the Magazine (Cover price: $5.99) Maybe it’s an age thing, I found ESPN’s attempt to replicate old English (or whatever the hell they were trying to accomplish), pretty difficult to read. It would have been enough if they had just used it on the cover, but they compound the error (IMO) repeatedly Once again, […]

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Welcome back, boys and girls. It’s time for that annual exercise in which we compare the Big Two: Sports Illustrated vs. ESPN the Magazine to see how the baseball previews compare. On the one hand, it can’t be too easy to keep coming up with new ideas for the issue. You profile the new hot […]

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I’ll be writing a deeper compare/contrast entry about the baseball previews for Sports Illustrated vs. ESPN The Magazine when the former comes out (received the latter earlier this week), but in the meantime… The ESPN publication produces a podcast in which an editor and writer chat a story in a given edition. In the current […]

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It should come as no surprise that the ESPN The Magazine article about Ian Kinsler referred to earlier this week on my other blog, has generated some buzz. In the grand scale of things, it won’t matter, but for now, with a routinely dull spring training under way, with A-Rod out of the picture, the […]

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Previews are us

April 1, 2013 · 0 comments

Congratulations to the Houston Astros, now proudly atop the AL West. Shows what all the baseball pundits know. That’s what the preview issues are all about: picking who will finish where, which team will win it all, who will be the big award winners come the end of the season. The two primary publications, to […]

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Yay! The April 4 issues of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine finally gets down to bidness! Cover Cover price $5.99 $4.99 Can I read it on-line (no smartphone apps or iPads gizmos)? Yes, but without the images. Only if you’re an ESPN “Insider” (subscription) Main Features “Radar Love,” by Tom Verducci — An examination […]

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With the NCAA taking flight, the March 21 issue of Sports Illustrated offers just one baseball item: Joe Posnanski on the plight of theĀ  (his beloved) KC Royals. Now last week, that was a different story, and my apologizes for not reporting in a timely manner. Joe DiMaggio graces the cover, to mark the 70th […]

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Actually, with the way it works, the Dec. 20 issue was last week (Tim Linceum graces the Dec. 27 year-end issue)), but there’s a goodly amount of baseball items in “The Year in Sports Media” issue that I didn’t want it to go by unremarked upon. The robots are taking over! Steve Rushin writes about […]

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Real survey says

May 8, 2010 · 0 comments

The curent issue of ESPN The Magazine features a survey of 100 MLB players on sundry issues. Here are some of the more unusual questions and results, if you believe them. (Come one, don’t you think a few of the questionees are just playin’?) The city with the best baseball groupies: Chicago How many games […]

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Only one feature in the issue (NFL Preview) and it concentrates on the Texas Rangers’ pitching staff. Hearing some disturbing things lately about this publication. From Thewrap.com: The numbers are hard to fathom. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, a staggering 75 percent of consumer magazines saw their single-copy sales decline between June and […]

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Ever wonder what an MLB player does with his time? Hunter Pence answers that for you in the current edition. Other baseball items include: Who, if anyone, will be the next 300-game winner? Bill Simmons on baseball’s real golden age “6 things you should know about being a man of many positions” by Mark Teahen […]

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First Sports Illustrated crowned cover boy and teen phenom Bryce Harper (photo left) as “the most exciting prospect since LeBron.” Now is ESPN the Magazine‘s turn. The bi-weekly publication picked pitcher Stephen Strasburg as the feature in it’s cover story, “MLB Draft: The battle over baseball’s LeBron.” Speaking of ESPN the Magazine, the powers that […]

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Another bi-weekly product, it also features a defensive theme in “Smell the Glove.” Each (very small) team capsule includes a pretty little color-coded chart pointing out the slick, so-so, and sieve spots at each position; a defensive +/- number indicates the team’s “projected total runs saved or lost relative to the ML average.” Huh? Why […]

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It’s no secret that the publishing world is in a lot of trouble. Newspapers across the country have been laying off staff members or offering buyouts in droves (See “Tony Kornheiser” and “Murray Chass,” among others). The MediaMemo blog reports that several magazines are also feeling the pinch, including many under the banner of Time […]

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Baseball features include: A Three Nights in August-treatment of the 2007 finale between the Rockies and Padres, by Buster Olney Dodgers’ pitcher Joe Beimel on “6 things you should know about being a middle reliever” Kenny Mayne’s “Outtakes” column with Mets third baseman David Wright

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ESPN offers this interesting insight for The Magazine‘s baseball editors on their thoughts for feature stories that ran during 2008. Among the top items: The Preview Issues, fantasy and “real life” Profiles on Greg Maddux, Elijah Dukes, Eric Bedard, Brandon Webb, Joel Zumaya, Dustin Pedroia, and Francisco Rodriguez Chicago baseball The Tampa Bay Rays Rating […]

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A couple of noteworthy pieces in the Sept. 22 issue: “Chicago Style,” a collaborative effort on the White Sox and Cubs, full of entertaining factoids (102 according to the cover). “The Authenticators,” by Colin Fleming, on how to spot the real deal in the memorabilia world. including a sidebar on the Honus Wagner card

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The former Sports Illustrated columnist is the latest to defect to ESPN The Magazine. In his Market Watch media column, Jon Friedman express concern that Reilly will fall victim to the ESPN mindset and become a “yeller.” My worry is that ESPN will gradually turn Reilly into One of Them, the preeners who loom so […]

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(May 19): Feature story on Elijah Dukes, the Washington Nationals’ “troubled” star Column by Tim Keown on the latest in the continuing soap opera that is Roger Clemens 8 Things to Know About Groundskeepers And the usual from MLB Insider (May 12): Ben Reiter profile of Max Scherzer, rookie pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks (May […]

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