Category Archives: baseball

Midweek books: Baseball summer reading list

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight a few noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
The official start of summer in America has arrived with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which is a good time to finally plow into a growing stack of mostly new baseball [...]

Saving a museum for a forgotten team

TweetSome good news for sports museums, which were challenged for visitors and revenues even before the recession: The Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society has been saved from likely closure.
The small museum devoted to a largely unsuccessful team that left that town nearly 60 years ago moved into trophy company space as part of the reconstituted Philadelphia Sports [...]

No shortage of topics for baseball history books

TweetRobert Birnbaum surveys newly-released baseball books at The Daily Beast – many of them in an historical vein, of course — and as usual I came across something unanticipated and refreshingly welcome.
In addition to Stuart Banner’s history of the antitrust exemption, Dennis D’Agostino’s salute to legendary baseball writers and Robert Weintraub’s examination of the immediate [...]

The genuflection of the baseball poets

TweetI love baseball.
I love poetry.
But I hate baseball poetry. Or, more precisely, I absolutely despise the pretentiousness of baseball poets, no time more than the present, with another season soon upon us and the exhortations of spring and splendor are being uttered.
There is nothing subtle about how I feel, and it hurts me to confess [...]

Baseball, winter and remembrance

TweetBefore the winter set in, Alex Belth penned this marvelous tribute to his late father and how “his remaining connection to the sport was the two Rogers, Roger Angell and Roger Kahn. They have been linked in my mind ever since.”
The SB Nation Longform article delves deeply into that linkage, what “The Old Man” [...]

The art of keeping Mr. January at bay

TweetFascinating read from Jeff Passan about how new MLB free agency rules designed to prevent Scott Boras from dominating the hot stove season have had a major impact well before the month began:
The new draft format included fixed bonus pools for teams based on the previous year’s record; the worst teams would get the [...]

Reeling from the Freel suicide

TweetMy former AJC colleague Mike Tierney talks to Christie Moore Freel, who was taken aback by news of her former husband’s death in spite the demons she knew he had fought for years:
I know a lot of people say they weren’t shocked by it, but I really was. I really thought, at some point, the [...]

New Year’s Eve, 40 years ago

TweetRoberto Clemente was lost to the world trying to help others in need.
Remembrances from ESPN Deportes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, USA Today, Craig Calcaterra.

Breaking bad, baseball writing category, 2012

TweetRob Neyer solicited reader nominations for the worst baseball writing of 2012 and, unsurprisingly, Mitch Albom’s name came up about his anti-statistical diatribe on Miguel Cabrera and the MVP.
Unlike a certain column in the past, Albom wasn’t making anything up in claiming “the eyes have it.” But it was fanciful in another way, popping off [...]

Refusing to exercise the Cooperstown franchise

TweetMark Haller of the Arizona Republic claims he’s “choosing to speak loudly by using silence” in declining to fill out a Hall of Fame ballot. But he has plenty more to say about why he’s doing what he’s (not) doing:
“The day of reckoning I’ve been dreading for five years — ever since Barry Bonds [...]