Oh, Say Can You See

25 Jul

The Athletic’s Tim Britton, who covers the New York Mets, has a wonderful opening series of paragraphs for his coverage of the Mets versus the Braves. Certainty eludes us in 2020. The basic blueprints of each day — sending the kids off to school, going to work, stopping at the corner bar on the way […]

And the Crowd Goes Wild!

20 Jul

The sound of silence–and piped in crowd noise–greeted players when the Mets traveled to Yankee Stadium to face the pinstripes. The sound effects are not pleasing to say the least. Sports Illustrated‘s Max Goodman, who covers the New York Yankees, had this playful written gem: Judge got the party started with a solo home run […]

The Boys of Summer–Sort Of

7 Jul

Lindsey Adler, the New York Yankees’ beat writer for The Athletic, has a great lead on her story about the first night of simulated games at Summer Camp at Yankee Stadium. So what if there was one outfielder, the bullpen catcher was calling balls and strikes, and they took a break for mid-inning pitcher fielding […]

See Sick

28 Jun

Buster Olney of ESPN has a great lead on his story today about the prospects of MLB resuming. Watching Major League Baseball start a second “spring” training now, amid surging coronavirus infections in the states where many hundreds of ballplayers reside, is like climbing into a sailboat just as the outer bands of a hurricane swirl closer […]

MLB? BFD!

23 Jun

The “big reveal” today will be whether the MLBPA settles for the MLB owners dictat about games and terms of play. Big whoop! Both sides have exhausted their prima donna hubris that we’d all be drooling over the chance to watch real games–minus the fans. We’ve had to cope with and compensate for many inconveniences […]

Baseball Writing Hiatus

20 May

Lindsey Adler of The Athletic often describes her process as a beat writer as on the New York Yankees beat. She asked for advice and formulated a plan for her approach to coverage this year. Well, that’s not happening. Here is what this baseball hiatus means for a beat writer. Ballplayers are critically routine-oriented creatures […]

Bah, Eyewash!

30 Apr

Lindsey Adler, who covers the New York Yankees for The Athletic, has a great story today about baseball lingo–the basis for this blog–and the meaning of eyewash, in particular. It is sometimes meant to connote false hustle or effort that may not be warranted but looks good. Or more simply put, it means bullshit, says […]

Creative Writing

9 Apr

The Athletic’s New York baseball beat writers are sharing a roundtable highlighting what they like about their work. Today, Marc Carig has a wonderful tidbit about what beat writers learn–before the game. There’s a cafeteria in every ballpark that serves mostly media. An hour before gametime is when a lot of the writers congregate. I […]

Baseball Post Coronavirus

25 Mar

The Athletic writers Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark today reimagine baseball post coronavirus and its possible permutations. One suggestion: Start the season with an All-Star Game. Another involves playing more doubleheaders but limit games to seven innings. Still another involves applying the MILB extra innings rules. As Angels Manager Joe Maddon said in the piece: […]

A Veteran’s Perspective

5 Mar

The Athletic‘s Rustin Dodd has a fine profile today of veteran catcher/journeyman Erik Kratz, who likely will be the regular catcher at AAA Wilkes-Barre for the New York Yankees, barring injuries to starters Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka. Kratz had a similar job last season. A respected player and mentor, Kratz continues to find his […]