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The trouble with time travel

Playing about with time machines can be disastrous. Two things have brought that to my attention over the last twenty-four hours. The first was happening to stumble over a repeat of an old Red Dwarf episode last night. It was the one where they go back in time (so that Lister can stock up on […]

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Going global

There’s something very comforting about Spring Training. We go through the same rituals each year: players claiming to be in the best shape of their lives, all teams talking positively about the season ahead, players and managers wearing new uniforms etc. It’s familiar rather than formulaic and few people would want to see it change. […]

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The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, (Harper Perennial Modern Classic, 2006), 474 pages. The Brooklyn Dodgers of the early Fifties deserve a place in the annals of baseball history. Roger Kahn’s much-loved book has ensured that this is the case. The games, the players, and the struggles against racial prejudice will always be vividly […]

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British Baseball Bulletin

With pitchers and catchers set to report to their Spring Training camps on Wednesday, it would be no surprise if the upcoming MLB season is at the forefront of your mind.  It certainly is for me! But amid the excitement, don’t forget that baseball is played in Britain as well.  The British National League gets […]

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Spring Training games

In response to a comment on the previous post, I’ve done a bit of digging to find out which Spring Training games will be televised (and therefore shown on MLB.TV).  Only a few of the relevant local networks have published this info so far: Cubs and White Sox Mets Red Sox Tigers The schedules on the […]

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MLB.TV 2008 prices released

The real landmark sign that the new season is rapidly approaching, particularly as a British fan eager to devour as many games by as many teams as possible, is when MLB.com announces the prices for their multimedia packages. If you haven’t logged on to MLB.com yet in the last twenty hours or so, take a […]

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Sports Illustrated: Great Baseball Writing, ed. Rob Fleder

Sports Illustrated: Great Baseball Writing, edited by Rob Fleder, (Sports Illustrated Books, 2007), 557 pages. From its first edition in August 1954, Sports Illustrated has been a weekly feature of many American sports fans’ lives.  To mark the fiftieth anniversary of its conception, Sports Illustrated published this collection of fifty-two articles, ranging from January 1956 […]

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Ask Curtis (to buy you a drink!)

The news that Curtis Granderson has agreed a lucrative five-year deal with the Tigers will not just be warmly received in Detroit. The centre fielder has become a firm favourite of the British baseball crowd thanks to his ‘Ask Curtis’ segment on Five’s coverage during the 2007 season. MLB.com is reporting that the deal is […]

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Mets and Santana agree six-year deal

Mets fans must be on cloud nine this morning with the news that, pending a physical, Johan Santana will be leading their rotation for the next six years at least.  The contract is reported to be worth a guaranteed $137.5million over six years (including 2008), with a club option for 2014 and a buyout of […]

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Deadlines

As the last few minutes of the football transfer window tick by, many a fan is left scratching their head and questioning “why couldn’t we have bought player X two weeks ago?”. It’s always the same. After four mad weeks of rumours, the trickle of transfers turns into a downpour as the protagonists see the […]

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