Otherwise known as the Dickson Baseball Dictionary. Here’s an interview with the author, Paul Dickson.
Jon Weisman is a man who knows how to manage his time. For his day job, he is a features editor for Variety. When he’s pretending to edit features, he blogs about the Dodgers for the Los Angeles Times. On top of that he has three kids, one of whom just had his first birthday […]
This is, um, interesting: The illustrated George Steinbrenner is smiling and robust on the cover of “One Last Time: Goodbye to Yankee Stadium,” the latest Yankees-themed children’s book by Ray Negron, an adviser for the club. Steinbrenner is wearing his familiar white turtleneck and navy sports coat, giving a thumbs-up with his right hand and […]
Jason has 20 questions for author/Facebook addict Jeff Pearlman about his new book “The Rocket that Fell to Earth.” Pearlman is a really direct guy, so there’s a lot of good stuff in there. My favorite part: IIATMS: Does Clemens regret: a. Using? b. His defense? c. Anything? JP: Roger Clemens doesn’t do regret. It […]
I reviewed the new Walter O’Malley biography, “Forever Blue” for the New York Post. The review, to the extent you can call it that when you’re given less than 1000 words, can be found here.
Writer Bruce Weber went to umpire school and has a new book out about it. Sounds good: The conundrum of umpiring is neatly posed by the peculiar rule of the knee-to-shoulder strike zone, which Mr. Weber calls the sole instance of a playing area that is demarcated only in the minds of officials. “The strike […]
My mom is great. If she’s ever out shopping and sees a random baseball book of any kind, she buys it for me. Not so much books of prose — she knows I’m critical of a lot of authors and worries that she might get me something I wouldn’t like — but if there’s a […]
Darryl Strawberry on steroids: “Hell yeah I would have used them,” Strawberry said. “Are you kidding me? I mean, c’mon. Some things are part of what athletes go through and they happen …We’re competitive creatures, and we have tremendous drive, a high tolerance, all these things. I’m not saying that it was the right thing […]
Each year, Geoff Young blows his whole winter (and then some) putting together the single most comprehensive single-team book you’re ever going to find. It’s called Ducksnorts, and it has everything you ever wanted to know about the San Diego Padres. It’s so detailed that I’m putting even odds on Geoff being called as a […]
Remember back in January when I told you about the tell-all memoir by former Angels farm hand Matt McCarthy? Yeah, it seems like there may be less there than meets the eye: Matt McCarthy, a graduate of Yale and of Harvard Medical School now working as an intern in the residency program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital […]
A recount of Robert Fitts’ work on the first notable American-born star in Japanese baseball.
Murray Chass misses the books: If this is too much inside baseball, I apologize, but I am too devastated and outraged to write anything else at the moment. Major League Baseball, which can’t kill steroids, has killed the Red Book and the Green Book. Baseball officials would say the books died of atrophy. No one […]
Neyer agrees that with Fremont dead, the A’s need to look at Portland. Or maybe he’s not that serious about it. Hard to tell. What is clear, however, is that Neyer has a new headshot running with his columns. And let’s be honest about this, people: we are now two generations removed from the flannel, […]
This from Beanster, in the Alyssa Milano thead: I don’t believe the Alyssa Effect has received sufficient attention by the statistical community. I took a closer look at the data based on dating information provided by this site. While only 3 of her 26 documented relationships are major league starting pitchers, I think the results […]
Here’s something to add to your reading list: Alyssa Milano is in love; she has been for some time. But the object of her affection isn’t the subject of tabloid gossip or an actor; in fact, it isn’t even a guy. It’s a game, a game of nine innings that uses a ball made of […]
Here’s a fun story about the time Deion Sanders maybe wanted to kick Buster Olney’s ass. Alas, it didn’t end in violence: So I returned to the press box before game time, not knowing about the Clippers’ team meeting and wondering whether Sanders’ anger had subsided and he thought it a waste of time to […]
Sabermetric writing and analysis was and remains an essential corrective to inane, old school sportswriter blather, but I like a little right-brained action too, ya know? Thank goodness then for Phil Bencomo, late of Baseball Toaster’s Cub Town, who has a new project in the works: As much as baseball is about statistics, it is […]
First it was baseball with Moneyball, and then football with The Blind Side. Now Michael Lewis focuses his attention on the undervalued in the world of basketball: The virus that infected professional baseball in the 1990s, the use of statistics to find new and better ways to value players and strategies, has found its way […]
This is so good it has to be phony, but via Sullivan, here is Edgar Allen Poe explaining why I decided to scratch the sports writing itch I’ve long had via blogging instead of going to journalism school and busting my hump on the beat for the past 20 years: ” . . . authors […]
Forget Joe Torre. His tell-all isn’t even the most interesting one to come to light this week: On the greatest day of his life, Matt McCarthy took a call from a Major League baseball scout named Byron, who told him he had been drafted to play baseball for the Angels. “Now, you went to Yale,” […]