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Bits and pieces, Jan. 15

January 15, 2014 · 0 comments

Hey, if A-Rod can do it, why not Bud? Commissioner Selig has said he wants to write a book when he retires. For you Yankee and home run fans, this looks interesting: New York Yankees Home Runs: A Comprehensive Factbook, 1903-2012, by Mitchell S. Soivenski. It should not be surprising that this is a McFarland […]

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A-Rod memoir, redux

December 19, 2013 · 0 comments

Or maybe not, when it comes to a purported new book by Alex Rodriguez. Rob Neyer might read it, but it sounds like it would take more than $1 to make it worth his while.

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(Speaking of “nations,” in looking for an appropriate clip for this piece, I sought out the theme for the news segment of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, a precursor to Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update.” I was reminded what a big deal RML-I was in its time. Some of the guests included such high-profilers as John […]

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One of my go-to on-line haunts is Baseball Nation. It’s a combination of in-depth analyses, funny/off-beat features, and general bric-a-brac about the national pastime and its place in pop-cultural. Yesterday this intriguing title caught my eye: “The least surprising mystery of all time,” by Jason Brannon. (If it’s not surprising, can it still qualify as […]

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Author and Sports Nation guy Rob Neyer posted this piece based on Dan Epstein’s Esquire piece, “The 20 Best Baseball Books Ever,” which Neyer posted mere hours before mine appeared. A lot of comments I’ve read around the Interweb deal mainly with the order of the ranking as well mas omitted favorites. Great minds and […]

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With all due respect and this is a fascinating, if sad, story, but how else to explain this story about the murder of ex-Pittsburgh Pirate infielder Sammy Khalifa’s father and the psychic toll it took on the ballplayer over the years that starts on the first sports page then jumps to a full-page continuation? Rob […]

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Bit and pieces, Nov. 13

November 13, 2012 · 0 comments

♦  Rob Neyer is evidently not finished with naming things. He continues on the concept here. ♦  This year’s Tigers-Giants World Series was the lowest rated ever for TV. How to fix the situation. Perhaps. ♦  Speaking of TV, The Hardball Times compiled this list of  “must-see MLB.TV” that was derived “by combining the average […]

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Friday is the traditional movie review day in the press (anyone remember when there were two release days? Movies used to come out on Fridays and Wednesdays). Here’s the NY Times‘ assessment, by A.O. Scott. Upshot: The trouble with baseball movies like “Trouble With the Curve” is that they tempt reviewers to reach for hackneyed […]

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♦ The Louisville Courier-Journal posted this Q&A with Katya Cengel, author of Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life. ♦ Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News, blogged about Not Exactly Cooperstown, a documentary about The Baseball Reliquary by Jon Leonoudakis (look for a review of the film as well as a […]

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Perfect-Shmerfect

June 18, 2012 · 0 comments

Last week, Matt Cain tossed the Giants’ first perfect game in franchise history. This was immediately compared with the one by the White Sox’s Philip Humber’s against the Oakland As in April, which may have gotten assistance from the home plate umpire on a swinging/held up third strike to end the game. The New Yorker […]

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Rob Neyer at SB Nation posted this item about Gary Bedingfield, host of Baseball in Wartime and author of Baseball’s Dead of World War II: A Roster of Professional Players Who Died in Service. Awhile back I had a chance to e-chat with Bedingfield, a native of Great Britain, about his interest in paying tribute […]

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♦ Bailey’s Baseball Book Reviews posted this one on Grisham’s Calico Joe. Upshot: “We’ve now had baseball tales from two of the literary world’s heavyweights in the past three years. Both have failed to live up to expectations.” [The other one is Stephen King's novella, Blockade Billy.] ♦ Bailey also offers this on Just a […]

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The two small publishing houses that comprise most of the high-brow literature about the National pastime both got a little love recently. David Davis wrote this nice  company profile in The New York Times on the University of Nebraska Press, which will be putting out my 501 book next year (God willing). Rob Neyer over […]

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(Kids, ask your parents/grandparents.) Rob Neyer, baseball expert and cinemaphile, noted on SB Nation that Sunday would have been William Frawley‘s 125th birthday. Frawley, a hard-core baseball fan, is perhaps best known for his role as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy (and later My Three Sons), but he was a veteran actor dating back […]

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Now that Moneyball is out on DVD/Blue-Ray/etc., look for a new round of reviews on the film. Here are two to get you started. The first comes from Over The Monster, a Red Sox-centric blog. The second is a “live-blog” post by Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve never […]

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Giving it 110%

March 12, 2011 · 0 comments

Well, in this case, it’s The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First, by Jonah Keri. Keri, who published the excellent Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong in 2006, took a in-depth look at inner workings of the Tampa […]

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After 15 years at ESPN, Rob Neyer is moving on to SB Nation. Neyer and I have exchanged occasional emails over the last few years, but I do not know him personally, so I can;t say if he’s being self-effacing when he makes note of his career change in a “oh, by the way” manner […]

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Apropos to the previous entry, we might have a Rob Neyer moment here. In the snippet, Redford claims to have been in New York where he attended a Yankees-Red Sox game. He mentions that Maris and Mantle were in the lineup, but not Williams. He doesn’t give a  date, but it had to have been […]

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A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit, by Matt McCarthy (Viking) When I first read Odd Man Out, I thought it was the best book of its kind I had seen in many years. Too many “flavor of the month,” riding the high from a World Series win at best or a […]

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Another look at the new classic on shooting down baseball myths, by The Joy of Sox blog. Upshot: For those of you thinking “Who cares?” or “Why ruin a good story?”, stay away from this book. But if you’re as curious as I am about how Neyer went about his investigations and when he found […]

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