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Spring Is Here!

15 Feb

It’s always nice to say those words after a hiatus from baseball.  It’s fun to read the stories and see the video of pitchers and catchers in camp heralding the short time until ST games begin. There are a lot of expectations for, and questions about, the New York Yankees.  How will the giants Judge […]

Tough As Nails

29 Oct

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has an interesting piece on the “quick hook” philosophy both World Series teams’ managers have with their starting pitchers, and how they use their bullpen arms to prevent, rather than smother, rallies and runs.  The piece includes this unusual phrase common in baseball by Dodgers’ pitcher Alex Wood: […]

Eat This

5 Sep

New York Yankees’ reliever Chad Green has been notching Ks in his last two appearances, including 7 of 8 hitters he faced against Cleveland.  Catcher Austin Romine had an unusual way of describing his fastball movement, as reported in today’s New York Daily News: “We’re all looking for an answer. His fastball just kind of […]

Feeding Frenzy

3 Sep

The Minnesota Twins, who are in the hunt for a wild card spot in the AL, pummeled the Kansas City Royals yesterday, 17-0.  It was 10-0 after the second inning.  Twins slugger Brian Dozier had a convoluted explanation for the eruption, as reported on ESPN.com: “Whether it’s everybody feeding off one another or just feeding […]

It Might As Well Be Spring Training

12 Feb

As pitchers and catchers begin reporting to the Cactus and Grapefruit League Spring Training sites, my reading turns to baseball. Just starting a biography of Bill Veeck, a baseball maverick and master of marketing the game to fans. Among his innovations: planting the ivy wall at Wrigley Field, putting names on uniforms, and desegregating the American […]

Swim and a Miss

14 May

During today’s Yankees vs. White Sox telecast, Yankees’ announcer David Cone watched the Pale Hose slugger Jose Abreu’s feeble swings against NYY reliever Andrew Miller. “He’s swimming,” said Cone, who had a fine career as a pitcher with the Royals, Expos, Mets and Yankees.  “He’s hitting (like he’s) under water.”

Pole Takers

26 Mar

Introducing some new baseball jargon courtesy of Thomas Boswell, the sui generis baseball writer for the Washington Post.  He quotes hitting coach Rick Schu as follows: “The only time we’ve been healthy the last three years was from July ’13 to the end of that season,” said Schu. “We rolled the poles.” Excuse me, a […]

Cuba See

23 Mar

The exhibition game between the Cuban National baseball team and the Tampa Bay Rays in Havana was fascinating, not for the form, but for the fact that it happened. Best moments: Raul Castro telling Barack Obama that the game is too slow; the Cuban relief pitcher who twirled and twisted like Luis Tiant and sported […]

Over and Overwhelmed

18 Oct

Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star found a way to weave two Yogi-isms into his lead in an inventive twist on the Royals’ continued comebacks from late-inning deficits: This was about as over as over could be, really. Fully baked, fork protruding and a curvy opera singer crooning in the background. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article39644946.html#storylink=cpy

Winning Road Trip

4 Jun

We are undefeated on our ABC Tour of five Midwest cities, and have seen two great games in STL and KC, the latter of which included a barrage of doubles vs. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber. Today’s highlight was a visit to the Negro Leagues Museum, which has a comprehensive and compelling series of galleries with photos, […]