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,” […]
A lot of folks linked to John Updike’s “Hub Fan Bids Kid Adieu” essay this week, myself included. Today HuffPo’s David Margolick analyzes it. That’s interesting enough and worth your click, but this passage is the best: Nowadays, when nostalgia is big business and every sports milestone is hyped, such an event would be covered […]
I’ve had about as much fun with the Joe Torre book as anyone, but this is profoundly stupid: The Yankees are considering including a “non-disparagement clause” in future player and managerial contracts in order to prevent any more tell-all books such as “The Yankee Years,” co-written by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci. Speaking on the […]
The latest Torre stuff: Johnny Damon’s lack of heart in 2007 brought players to tears or something: Interesting stuff on Pages 394 and 395 about Johnny Damon’s physical and emotional struggles early in the 2007 season, when a leg injury sapped him of his enthusiasm and he began to annoy old-guard Yankees. In a private […]
While most media attention has focused on the death of my cat, the world of letters lost someone else of note yesterday as well: John Updike. If you haven’t read it, the Rabbit series was pretty spectacular. And of course, as many baseball bloggers are noting today, in 1960 Updike wrote this fantastic piece on […]
A couple of questions about Joe Torre’s new book: 1. Why write it now? No matter who has the moral high ground, doesn’t this sort of thing wear better after you retire? 2. Why the detached, third person narrative and cursory handling of his early years with the Yankees? I’m certain there’s a very interesting […]
While I am a lawyer by trade and a baseball writer by force of passion, if I could choose one job out of any in the world to have, it would be private investigator. No, not a real one like the guy who found out that your uncle was cheating on your aunt or the […]
So there’s this thing just about every first year law student reads called “The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule.” It’s a law review note from the 70s that draws an analogy between the infield fly rule and the Anglo-American common law, each of which were refined with incremental changes over time and […]
Apparently the guys who stand around the water cooler at work and brag about their sexual conquests are really sabermetricians. Who knew?
In my first year of law school, the professor for my civil procedure class (i.e. the class in which you learn all of the rules of litigation) spent the whole first day going over baseball rules. The point was to show how the particular rules of a game — be it baseball or litigation — […]
It isn’t suffering. It’s destiny.
Come on, relax. Get those ice cubes tinkling in that long tall glass, find a cool shady spot for that lawn chair, and give yourself over to the delight of the wonderfully written baseball word.
On July 17, 1961 Ed Reulbach died. “Big Ed” pitched 13 years in the big leagues and won 182 games and two World Series titles. He is notable both for his own accomplishments and for what he can show us about one of today’s best young pitchers.