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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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Problems over

We’re back on at MLB.TV, although the hopes of seeing Micah Owings hit were quickly dashed.  As the Rockies are playing with a split-squad, they have agreed to use a DH.  Much to Owings’ disappointment, who apparently launched three bombs over the batters eye in centre field during batting practice.

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MLB.tv Technical hitch

D’oh! Having selected the little TV icon, with the expectation of being transported to Arizona, instead I’m left with a stark white screen and a message saying: “We apologize for the inconvenience. We are currently undergoing maintenance to make your experience better, please try back later.” There were a few little glitches with the Silverlight MLB.TV […]

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Spring Training – day two

So, it’s the second day of Spring Training games and the second MLB.TV broadcast is scheduled to start very shortly (first pitch is 20.05).  The Rockies are in action again, this time with a split-squad team, taking on the reigning NL West champs.  Kip Wells starts for Colorado, searching for a return to form after a tough […]

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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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