The Bats blog’s Ihsan Taylor has an interview with S.L. Price, author of a new book about the late Mike Coolbaugh and Tino Sanchez, the man whose foul ball ended Coolbaugh’s life. I’ll admit that when I first heard about this book I was skeptical that it would be something of a ghoulish cash-in on […]
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury-News, lamenting the fact that the Selena Roberts book isn’t selling all that well: It does confirm one of my beliefs, however. There’s a perception that fans love to read dirt about famous athletes. Maybe they do, on salacious Web sites full of half-truths — but not in well-reported […]
The New York Times, with some help from Tom Tango and Leverage Index, blows up the pitch-tipping allegations: If a tipping conspiracy were in place, one would expect that Rodriguez and rival middle infielders in games he played to have hit better in low-leverage situations than in high-leverage ones. Using a fairly loose definition of […]
The guy who wrote this: They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything […]
A biography of former Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley
After a brief detour to deal with Manny-mania, I finally finished the Selena Roberts/A-Rod book over the weekend. I originally had thoughts of dissecting the sucker, but upon its completion I realized that, despite all of the hype (to which I helped contribute, I’ll admit), writing a highly-detailed takedown would represent a massively disproportionate response […]
Chris’ takes on the new book ’78: The Boston Red Sox, A Historic Game and a Divided City
For all of the things I’ve written, reading the A-Rod book is not without its enjoyable moments. I may later assemble some random ones in a post, but I want to share this one while it’s fresh. From the field notes of Mariners’ scout Roger Jongewaard after surveying Alex Rodriguez, high school senior: Premium prospect […]
A little over 48 hours since the book’s release, and people are starting to pick the nits. I’m not sure I care about the “was he in Milwaukee or was he in Detroit” kind of nits that hell of a lot, but if there are tons and tons of them, it suggests that the commercial […]
Via Whitlock, who continues to lay waste to Selena Roberts, comes a quote from Roberts herself from last night’s Jim Rome show which pretty much explains why I’ve been writing what I’ve been writing since last Thursday: “You give people a litmus test, Jim . . . You say to them, you go back to […]
My daily spewing about the Roberts-A-Rod book is up over at NBC.
I have another somewhat lengthy piece about the Roberts/A-Rod book up over at CTB.
In light of the Roberts allegations, Major League Baseball is investigating Alex Rodriguez for post-2003 drug use: Major League Baseball is investigating the accuracy of statements by Alex Rodriguez about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to people within baseball who were briefed on the matter. Investigators have contacted several of Rodriguez’s associates to determine […]
Selena Roberts’ allegations about A-Rod tipping pitches to the opposition hinge on the observations of his Ranger teammates. Interesting to note, however, that two of Alex Rodriguez’s teammates with the Rangers are calling the allegations “ridiculous” and “b.s.“: Michael Young played just the other side of second from Alex Rodriguez, so he’d probably notice any […]
This morning I wrote that, while the facts are the facts when it comes to the A-Rod business, and that they will ultimately bear themselves out (or not), we should be mindful of the characterizations and judgments that accompany those facts: Which in some ways illustrates my skepticism about the book. Not about the facts […]
OK, longtime ShysterBall reader Melody (full name: Melody Blass Fisher) would probably smack me for calling her a “girl,” but since the purpose of this post is to promote her most excellent Baseball Chronicle essay, here’s hoping she cuts me some slack. As for the story, if any of you have either (a) been ripped […]
Is Bruce Weber’s book on umpires a hit or is it out?
Who’s No. 1? It’s Strange.
A couple of months ago I told you about the new web venture from Phil Bencomo, the fellow who used to write Cub Town for the now decommissioned Baseball Toaster. It’s called The Baseball Chronicle, which is in the business of publishing themed stories, essays, interviews or reporting about baseball. Well, it’s live now, with […]
Anyone who’s been around here any length of time is well-aware of my man crush on Josh Wilker and Cardboard Gods. I think he’s the best writer going in and around the world of baseball. That’s not a qualification; just an acknowledgment that he’s often not writing about baseball directly. Point is his stuff is […]