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Convicted Felon

19 Jun

New York Yankees’ backup catcher, Austin Romine, gave an interview after Monday’s game against the Nats describing how young relief pitcher Jonathan Holder was pitching with conviction navigating a difficult lineup. Asked how a young player could do that, Romine responded that Holder “was convicted.” Reminds me of the old Yankee skipper Billy Martin’s quip […]

Why Baseball Matters

7 Jun

In her recently released book, Why Baseball Matters, author Susan Jacoby argues against the picayune changes MLB is implementing to shorten games (by not much) and to attract younger fans. Here is what she writes in conclusion: This is why baseball matters and why it matters even more today than it did in the past.  The game […]

Meet the Mess

30 May

That might as well be the theme song for New York’s “other” team as the dominoes keep falling in their starting lineup, including pitcher Noah Syndergaard.  The Mets are a mess, having to rely on retreads and oldsters (A-Gon, Todd Frazier–who also is on the DL) in a division led by youngsters on the Phillies […]

What’s It All About, Albies?

23 May

The Athletic has a fine piece by Jason Stark on the 21-year-old Braves star Ozzie Albies who is leading the league in extra base hits.  The 5’8″ speedster  from Curacao has wowed everyone, including veteran teammates such as Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy who said: “When you hear he’s leading the league in extra-base hits, you […]

The Athletic: On the Baseball Beat

5 Mar

A number of beat writers from newspapers and magazines such as Sports Illustrated have joined a site anchored by Ken Rosenthal and Pete Gammons called The Athletic. Like the old Frank Deford effort, The National, this has team-specific stories/features without fluff from very good writers.  Worth checking out!    

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 […]