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Yesterday I posted about the mockery sportscaster Dan Le Batard made with his Hall of Fame voting privileges. Well, he doesn’t have to worry about that any more. According to this piece on ESPN, he “has been kicked out of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for one year and barred from future Hall of […]

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Congrats to the newest electees to the Hall of Fame — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas. But shed a tear for Craig Biggio, who missed joining them by two votes. At least one potential vote is attributed to that genius who declined to vote for anyone on the who played in the PED […]

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ESPN’s Jim Caple posted this list of best baseball books in 2013. I keep hoping that 501 will make somebody‘s “best of” list, but so far it hasn’t happened. I’ve got no kick against any of Caple’s choices (well, perhaps One Summer: America, 1927, which, as he admits, is not a baseball book, although it […]

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There are a few podcasts I listen to on a regular basis, including NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Pop Culture Happy Hour and Pardon the Interruption (when I can’t catch up on the DVR). Recently I’ve added ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, hosted by Buster Olney, to that elite group. To be frank, a lot […]

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It’s almost inconceivable to me to think that we are coming on the 40th anniversary of the death of Roberto Clemente. That’s an entire generation ago and makes me feel much older than I am. Kevin Guilfoile took some time out fro his carer as a novelist to write A Drive into the Gap, a […]

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(Kids, ask your parents/grandparents.) One of my pre-season amusements is to purchase baseball magazines and study their predictions, especially for who will get to the post-season. Somewhere on my other blog is an analysis of how they’ve done in seasons past. This year PunditTracker has done the work for me. The San Francisco Giants get […]

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  Matt Kemp has had a wonderful start: Six home runs in the Dodgers’ first 10 games, as well as 16 RBIs, and a BA/OBP/SLG line of .487/.523/1.026. But someone has to be a bit more ambitious, or at least less lazy. ESPN projects a player’s end-of-season/162 game stats based purely on what he has […]

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The annual baseball preview issues are here. We look forward to these every years, especially with the dearth of “real baseball” (as opposed to fantasy) magazines available this year. Before the days of the Internet, you took what you could get and appreciated it, even if the information was “old” by the time you read […]

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The co-author (with Jown Dewan) of The Fielding Bible–Volume III was a guest on the March 13 podcast of ESPN’s Baseball Today program. Defense has become an increasingly studied field (no pun intended), with metrics well beyond the PO-A-PCT. variety. Several years ago I did some game reporting to STATS and it was a very […]

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How we took in the game

November 30, 2011 · 1 comment

(Even before Vin Scully was broadcasting.) I came across this piece— “The History of How We Follow Baseball” — by Phillip Bump in The Atlantic while preparing the previous entry on the Eephus League scorebooks. It’s a fascinating look at the technology of bringing the game to fans prior to the mass availability of radio […]

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ESPN does The Bartman

September 26, 2011 · 0 comments

No, not the music video from The Simpsons, but one of their excellent “30 for 30″ documentary films. Catching Hell, which also tells the story of Bill Buckner’s ill-timed error in game Six of the 1986 World Series,  airs tomorrow on ESPN at 8 p.m. EST. It is one of the entries in the Baseball […]

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The NY Times‘ George Vecsey wrote this piece focusing on Stan Musial and basketball’s Bill Russell as among the latest group of recipients for America’s highest civilian honor. Isn’t it kind of funny: no matter how much of a big shot they are — they could be President of the United States or a billionaire […]

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My daughter was playing in her school’s band at last night’s Texas-Illinois game at MSG, the night-cap of the Coaches Against Cancer tournament. While I was waiting for her to come home (the game went into overtime and the kids didn’t return until about 1:30 a.m.), I was flipping through the dial and found this […]

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“ESPN Breaks Up Sunday Night Baseball Team Of Jon Miller And Joe Morgan” I know a lot of people had problems Morgan, citing his monotonous prattle and over-analysis, but frankly, I don’t care who the announcers are. In fact, call me perverse, but I find the more they annoy, the more enjoyable the game. In […]

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Richard Sandomir of The New York Times reports on the generally disappointing documentary on the late Yankees owner, part of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series. Upshot: Documentaries soar when they reveal something new and send viewers on new paths. From the start of “One Night in Vegas,” the ESPN “30 for 30” film that had […]

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Crossing Jordan?

August 27, 2010 · 0 comments

Haven’t seen too many of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series, but happened on this one while flipping through the dial. Jordan Rides the Bus is a nifty piece by Ron (Bull Durham) Shelton that takes a studied look at Michael’s days as member of the Birmingham Barons, a minor team in the Chicago White […]

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by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, with Andrew Chaikivsky. ESPN Books, 2010 A caveat and a confession: While “hate” may be too strong a word, I “intensely dislike” sports-talk radio. The idea of (supposedly) grown men and women getting apoplectic on the air over Oliver Perez or Ron Artest or Bill Belichick, et al…not my […]

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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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* ZiPS-adee-dooda

March 30, 2010 · 0 comments

For those looking for more info about the ZiPS system, here are a couple of links. The first goes to the BaseballThinkFactory, where it originated/ The second leads to “The Max Info” on ESPN.com, written by Dan Szymborski, EIC of BTF. Note on the latter: you maybe have to be a Insider (additional subscription) to […]

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Since the whole baseball card scenario has changed since I was a kid, I now look forward to the baseball preview issues from ESPN The Magazine and Sports Illustrated as harbingers of the impending season. ESPN arrived yesterday, and quite frankly, it’s a bit disappointing. In the […]

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