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Watching baseball

After four long months, I’m sitting in front of my monitor watching live baseball once again.  Spring Training is officially here.  The auto-renewed MLB.TV subscriptions seem to be working fine.  So is Troy Tulowitzki’s swing.  The shortstop was the Rockies’ second man up and he just took the White Sox’s John Danks deep down the left field line.  […]

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British Baseball and the West Ham Club by Josh Chetwynd

British Baseball and the West Ham Club by Josh Chetwynd and Brian A. Belton, (McFarland, 2007), 262 pages British baseball fans constantly have to battle against the prejudices and preconceptions of their fellow countrymen, not least of which is the belief that the sport has no history on these shores. The claim is often difficult […]

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MLB.tv today

Further to my post below, MLB’s schedule now says that the first MLB.tv game will actually take place today.  It’s the Rockies against the White Sox at 20.05 U.K. time.  Jeff Francis will pitch a couple of innings for Colorado, while John Danks will start things off for the South-siders. We’ll see whether the renewed […]

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MLB.TV – spring training

A full schedule of spring training games is now available on MLB.com.  This includes details of which games will be broadcast live on MLB.TV.  The first MLB.TV game of 2008 will be on Thursday at 20.05 U.K. time, when a split-squad Rockies side takes on the D-Backs.  There will then be four games on Friday, three […]

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Was it something I wrote?

Yesterday I wrote about the disruption caused by injuries and in particular the fragile nature of a pitcher’s arm. “Let’s hope the inevitable injuries are kept to a minimum this year and the pennants are decided by the players on the field, rather than the players left on the treatment table”, or so I said. Well, […]

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The impact of injuries

After the events in the Premiership at the weekend, it’s difficult not to have injuries on your mind. The Arsenal striker Eduardo suffered a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle on Saturday after Birmingham’s Marin Taylor mistimed a tackle and went straight through the Croatian’s standing leg. I won’t provide […]

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Howard’s way?

Ryan Howard’s victory over the Phillies in his arbitration hearing has set tongues wagging in the media. Agents and other young players will be licking their lips as well. The general reaction to the news has been quite dramatic, with many seeing this as a major turning point in the future of arbitration hearings and […]

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BBF on WBC 2009

For those of you who haven’t yet seen it, the British Baseball Federation has issued a response to the news that the Great Britain team has been overlooked for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. As noted here earlier in the week, the BBF had contacted MLB about the possibility of Team GB taking the second European spot […]

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Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump

Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump (Algonquin, 1996), 436 pages. Many biographies tend to fall into one of two categories: sensationalist rubbish of little substance, or stale re-treads of stories that everyone has heard a thousand times before. This biography breaks the mould largely thanks to the subject himself. Ty Cobb was an astonishingly talented […]

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WBC 2009 details announced

MLB has just announced some details relating to the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The news is somewhat bittersweet for British fans. The British Baseball Federation (BBF) had hoped that Team GB’s silver medal in the recent European Baseball Championships would help them secure the second European spot in the WBC alongside the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the organizers […]

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