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Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in review

The Dodgers and the Padres made Major League history in the early hours of this morning, playing the first of two exhibition games at the home of the 2008 Olympics. Their trip has coincided with the conclusion of the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament, in which eight teams battled it out to follow MLB’s lead and […]

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Best wishes to Rick

ESPN has announced that former Major Leaguer and current baseball analyst Rick Sutcliffe has been diagnosed with cancer.  According to the report it is a “treatable and curable form of colon cancer”.  British baseball fans have had the pleasure of listening to Sutcliffe’s analysis as part of the MLB International broadcast of the World Series […]

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Yankees exhibition

Just in case you wondered how seriously teams take Spring Training games, the Yankees are allowing Billy Crystal to don the pinstripes and take some part in their game today against the Pirates.  It’s even made the BBC website. Less-charitable people than I might suggest that a sixty-year old comedian has a shot at earning […]

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MLB.tv free preview

If you haven’t seen the news on MLB.com yet, tonight’s Spring Training game between the Indians and the Braves is going to be broadcast for free on MLB.tv.  Buddy Carlyle is the scheduled starter for Atlanta, while Brian Slocum should take the mound for Cleveland. First pitch is set for 23.05 (GMT).  There’s no indication yet […]

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Baseball Prospectus 2008

Baseball Prospectus 2008 ed. by Stephen Goldman and Christina Kahrl (Plume, 2008), 605 pages. As each new season approaches, a hoard of preview magazines and books are published, all competing to attract your cash. Among all the contenders, the Baseball Prospectus guide stands out as the leader in the field. Now in its thirteenth year, […]

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Baseball in Ireland

MLB Scoop recently conducted an interview with Mike Kindle, president of Baseball Ireland.  Kindle raises the issues of lack of funding and competition from other sports as key obstacles to the growth of baseball in Ireland, but also gives plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the sport’s future.  It’s well worth reading.  Thanks to […]

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Promising start to the week

There are nine games to choose from on MLB.tv over the first two evenings of the week. Monday The Braves-Cardinals clash and the game between the Red Sox and the Mets (Santana starting for New York) have just begun. At 20.05, the Cubs take on the Brewers with Rich Hill and Dave Bush scheduled to […]

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Price impresses on debut

Most people watch Spring Training games more out of curiosity rather than expecting a great contest and that’s often the best way to approach them. The intense competition is obviously absent, but you can be rewarded with a few memorable moments. Last night’s game between the Rays and the Yankees was a good example. David […]

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Injuries and more

Injuries are already starting to bite in Spring Training. While you would prefer to suffer injuries now rather than in September, it’s still a disruption that teams and players could do without. Mike Hampton’s return after two years out ended almost as soon as it had begun. He lasted just 1.1 innings before leaving the […]

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British Baseball on bbc.co.uk

I just happened to come across an article published yesterday on the BBC website about Great Britain’s withdrawal from the Olympic qualifier in Taiwan.  The tournament starts tomorrow and it’s sad to think that Team GB had earned the right to be there, only for this opportunity to be taken away due to lack of […]

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