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Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]

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Some of you might be old enough to remember a time when for one admission at the movie theater, you got a double feature, a cartoon, and maybe a short subject. Welcome back. This week I finally had a chance to watch No No: A Dockumentary, about the life and wild times of Dock Ellis, […]

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Really looking forward to this. I just hope Harvey doesn’t turn into one of those prospects who shows great promise, only to be done in by the fickle finger of fate.

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Charles M. Conlon, the famous baseball photographer (he might have shot other subjects, too, but I only know him from baseball), produced some wonderful close-up portraits, a number of which are included in a couple of collections: Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon and The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age […]

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Jayson Stark, the long-time columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, is a senior writer for ESPN.com. In addition to his writing, he appears on radio and television, including SportsCenter, ESPNews, Baseball Tonight, and a weekly segment during baseball season with WHB 810 in Kansas City. He is another in a pool of veteran scribes who has […]

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Looking over the overlooked news in baseball books, etc. ♦ Dwier Brown is making the rounds for his new memoir If You Build It…: A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams, which is doing very well on Amazon. (Here’s my Bookshelf conversation with Brown). My apologies in that the video opens on its […]

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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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