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Spring Training continues

Listening to the A’s game against the Padres last night reminded me what I love about Spring Training.  The game itself (which Oakland won 15-4) was fairly incidental to the broadcast; barring the basic calls of each at-bat.  Instead, the attention was more on the commentator simply talking about baseball with various guests, not least […]

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The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence S. Ritter

The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence S. Ritter, (Perennial, 2002), 360 pages. The Glory of Their Times is the quintessential introduction to the “early days of baseball”. The death of Ty Cobb in 1961 prompted Lawrence S. Ritter to reach the startling conclusion that years of baseball history were slowly vanishing. With few written […]

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Alternatives to European football – part two

Tune in to hopefully watch Chelsea lose or catch some Spring Training baseball?  It’s a tough choice, but baseball wins again.  There are four games on MLB.tv this evening: 18.05 (GMT) – The Braves face the Indians. 18.10 – The Dodgers against the Mets.  Brad “spend a” Penny is pitching for L.A., while Johan Santana makes […]

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Tresco’s baseball match

Cricket and baseball.  Alike in some ways, completely different in others.  The similarities make them both antagonistic towards each other (specifically cricket fans denouncing baseball as a way to imply the superiority of their game) and natural partners.  Surely a person who can marvel at the technique of a perfectly executed cover drive can similarly […]

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Alternatives to European football – part one

Those of you who are not particularly interested in Champions League football can choose from three MLB.tv games this evening instead.  Two have just begun.  The Tigers are facing Roy Oswalt and the Astros, while the Dodgers are playing against the Nationals (both started at 18.05 GMT).  Later on, we have a fascinating match up (if for only the first two innings […]

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Four MLB.tv games today

There’s nothing quite like sitting down on a Sunday evening and watching a ballgame or two.  There are four games to choose from today on MLB.tv, with the majority of the other games being available on Gameday Audio.  At 17.35(GMT), the Reds face the Blue Jays with Bronson Arroyo and A.J. Burnett listed as the scheduled […]

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Live games this evening

If you’ve been encouraged to subscribe to MLB.tv today following my post about the enhanced media player (not likely, but I guess it’s possible), you have three live games to choose from on your MLB.tv 2008 opening day. The Yankees are in action against the Phillies with first pitch scheduled for 18.05(GMT).  Chien-Ming Wang and Adam […]

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MLB.TV 2008 Enhanced Media player

When the details for the 2008 MLB.tv subscription packages were announced, I noted that the products on offer were predominantly the same as those from 2007 (including the price); however one of the few changes MLB.TV subscribers will notice this season is the new media player. MLB.com are leading the way in embracing Microsoft Silverlight, […]

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Juan gone? Maybe not yet.

Juan Gonzalez hasn’t given up on his dream to return to the Majors.  The two-time MVP got one at-bat with the Indians in 2005, but he failed to win a Major League job in 2006 and 2007 and at thirty-seven years old it looks like his career has come to an end. He’s not prepared to accept […]

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Santana’s Mets debut

Four games are being broadcast on MLB.TV today with the most appealing being the Cardinals against the Mets.  Spring Training games are exhibitions (or ‘friendlies’) so it’s extremely rare for one to be unmissable, but I’m sure all Mets fans will be tuning in to see Johan Santana pitching in a Mets uniform for the […]

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