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This it the time of year when the baseball media offer their considered opinions on their favorite prospects. Sometimes they’re spot on, other times, not so much. So I thought, why not apply this to the upcoming “rookie crop” of baseball books? That is, titles that are making their debuts in 2014 — no reprints/reissues […]

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Or “Methinks he doth protest too much.” I feel sorry for a lot of today’s celebrities, especially athletes. After years of (self?) denial, Lance Armstrong admitted he used performance enhancing drugs. Ballplayer after ballplayer swears on a stack of bibles that he’s clean, only to have the evidence turn out to prove him “misstating.” The […]

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Well, that‘s a relief

February 10, 2011 · 0 comments

Because you can keepvolumes of law on a bookshelf: “Federal prosecutors have cut the number of felony charges Barry Bonds faces from 11 to five.”

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Just when you thought it was safe to return to the library comes the news — rather the Tweet — that Jose Canseco, author of Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big and Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball will give it another go with […]

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So if you had a copy of the list of 104 players who allegedly tested positive for steroids, you couldn’t use it.

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The first time is free

September 6, 2010 · 0 comments

Image via Wikipedia With all the news that’s been rekindled about the PED scandal, what better time to return to those kinder gentler times when the drug of choice was cocaine. The Pittsburgh City Paper ran this review of The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven by Aaron Skirboll. Older fans can recall Tim Raines, then of the […]

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National Pastime Radio

August 23, 2010 · 2 comments

The Brian Lehrer Show ran this segment on Aug. 20 following the news of Roger Clemens’ indictment. The two guests on the show were Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News, who collaborated on American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime, and William C. Rhoden of […]

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According to this Michael McCann story on the Sports Illustrated website. Clemens “was indicted Thursday on six counts of federal perjury, false statement and obstruction of Congress charges. While Clemens is undoubtedly worried about the prospect of a conviction and possible prison sentence — under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, a defendant convicted on […]

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And Ozzie, too, of course. Made a major faux pas, thanks to the evil Facebook, which notified me that Logan Miller, whose film Touching Home garnered major praise, was also celebrating a birthday today. What it didn’t mention (duh!) was that it was also his twin brother and collaborator, Noah’s, birthday as well. The management […]

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* I double-dog dare you

January 24, 2010 · 0 comments

Mark, I dare you to show yourself enough respect to offer the real story to your fans. I dare you to do what Canseco did to get this whole dog-and-pony show started in the first place and write your own book. Put down the truth. Put down YOUR truth, whatever it might be. Subject yourself […]

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* Asterisk th*s

January 24, 2010 · 0 comments

There’s been a lot of talk about what to do with the statistics from the Steroids Era. Some want them expunged from the record books. Others, like Tony Kornheiser, want a special note on any Hall of Fame plaque, bringing into account the possibility (probability?) that said honored player partook of PED. My take is: […]

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of books about baseball and steroids. Steven Travers, author of last year’s The 1969 Miracle Mets, as well as several other sports titles, is hard at work on one. According to his page at redroom.com, a community for authors, “STRIKE THREE! by Steven Travers promises to be the first, and most comprehensive book to provide […]

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I don’t know what else there is to say about McGwire. Some, like Joe Posnanski (twice) and my literary hero, Tony Kornheiser, are more forgiving. Mr. Tony spoke about the “confessions of Mark McGwire” on both Pardon the Interruption and his eponymous radio program on ESPN 980 in DC. Others, like Ken Rosenthal, are much […]

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Several major outlets, including ESPN and Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are running major announcements that Mark McGwire admits having used steroids “on occasion throughout the 1990’s,” including his record-breaking 1998 season. Surprisingly, the Post-Dispatch is using the Associated Press story rather than their own reporters. But it is […]

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According to a press release from the Gibson Law Firm, distributed by PR Newswire on Aug. 10: The publisher and authors of a book about steroid use in major league baseball were sued today by a Texas man who says they falsely claimed he was “pushing” steroids to professional athletes and using his gym as […]

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* CYA for NYT?

August 10, 2009 · 0 comments

Last week, Charles McGrath had written about “The Red Sox Nation, Betrayed.” This week, In The Public Editor column in Sunday’s Week in Review section, Clark Hoyt seeks to explain how the Times did the correct thing in its reporting that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were part of the 2003 list of players that […]

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According to Bill James, those science fiction books we’ve read for generations about “building” superior humans is never far from he truth. In this blog entry by Dan Steinberg on The Sporting News website, James opines that “steroids serve the function of prolonging youth, that fighting aging and death has been one of civilization’s greatest […]

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With the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies coming up, look for Chafets to be even more in the limelight.  This Q&A comes from the current edition of The Jewish Week and this one comes from The Forward, another Jewish publication.

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We might hate the man, for what he did to himself and what he did to besmirch the (relative) cleanliness of the game, but give Jose Canseco his due. He was right about about a lot of things, including players who used. Jonathan Eig, author of a biography of Lou Gehrig — the anti-Canseco — […]

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The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime, by Teri Thompson, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O’Keeffe, and Christian Red. Knopf, 2009. In case you haven’t been paying attention, the topic du an in baseball lit is steroids/PED. No less than four major titles consider the science and those who use performance […]

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