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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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The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson

The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson (Harvest, 1999), 579 pages Anyone unfamiliar with baseball has to face a steep learning curve during their early forays into the sport. Whether watching or reading about a game, it soon becomes apparent that baseball has its own language; a lexicon containing dingers, sacrifice flies and RBIs. […]

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Report on Clemens’s career

Life can be difficult, depressing and challenging at times and our defence mechanisms kick-in to help us through. Some turn to religion; some to drink and drugs. The more restrained among us hold on to hoary bits of wisdom, convincing ourselves that they might be true. One such piece of wisdom is the assertion that […]

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Baseball’s future in Britain

Much of the news emanating from Major League Baseball this week confirms the view that baseball is thriving internationally. The 2008 regular season schedule was officially released, with the opening series in Japan taking centre stage. MLB also announced that the Dodgers and the Padres will be playing two spring training games in China on […]

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