Will Leitch published this piece on the reluctance of some sports pundits (as opposed to the hoi poloi of fandom) who are reluctant to embrace the new generation of baseball statistics. Of course this is the time of year when segments of the media that doesn’t normally cover baseball starts up as if they invented [...]
[Note: My spring baseball roundup appears on Bookreporter.com and is reposted here as individual reviews for your convenience.] Former Sports Illustrated executive editor Rob Fleder assembled his own literary All-Star team for Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team. The roster includes such “players” as Roy Blount Jr., [...]
Spent a pleasant evening at the Yogi Berra Museum last month (even if it did come at the expense of missing my softball game). Some members of the “cast” of Damn Yankees — the book, not the classic musical that’s making the rounds at community theaters again — were on hand to entertain a small [...]
Just received an advance copy of Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team, edited by Rob Fleder (Ecco). The book, due out in April, features contributions from some of my favorite writers (although, to be technically correct, the “Major League” probably refers to their status as tops in [...]
Big League Stew, a Yahoo sports blog, conducted this audio interview with the author of Are We Winning? Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball.
Will Leitch, founder and editor of Deadspin.com, is stepping down to take a job as a contributing editor of New York magazine. You can read his abdication announcement here. I use that term with some consideration, since he writes of himself using the “Royal We.” It is with heavy heart — yet mirthful disposition! — [...]
Buzz Bissinger is no fan of blogs. So by extension, he might not have much empathy for will Leitch and Deadspin. Here’s a snippet of Bissinger vs. Leitch on an episode of Bob Costas’ HBO program: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8DAeic8Yus&hl=en] (The whole piece can be seen on the Deadspin site.) Surprisingly, Bissinger granted an interview with his adversary, [...]