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The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Baseball by Leonard Koppett

The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Baseball by Leonard Koppett, (Sport classic Books, 2004), 442 pages. Leonard Koppett was one of the most respected baseball (and basketball) writers of his generation when he died in June 2003. He spent over sixty years working as a sports journalist and authored seventeen books, most notably “The Thinking Fan’s […]

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Mitchell report revisited

We’re a few days removed from the release of the Mitchell report. The vast amount of coverage it has received means that trying to get a sense of perspective is difficult. Everyone seems to have an agenda they are trying to pursue. The report has polarised opinion, with some dismissing its findings as mere hearsay […]

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Mitchell Report released

Like every other baseball fan, I’m currently skimming through the just-released Mitchell report (pdf).  I think it’s safe to say that even the A-Rod announcement (finally confirming that he’s signed the biggest contract in sports history with the Yankees) will be pushed to one side by this story.  Millions of words will be written about the report over the […]

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The Final Season by Tom Stanton

It is an uninspiring premise at first glance: a game-by-game account of the toothless Tigers’ 1999 season. Yet this year was about something far more important for the city of Detroit.

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Winter meetings

The winter meetings in Nashville are now over. On the surface, it appears to have been more of a social event than a constructive working week. The winter meetings are really the product of a bygone era, but I think that adds to the occasion. Never mind video conferences, e-mails, faxes or telephone calls; if […]

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Jose Guillen joins the Royals

Details: Jose Guillen signs a three-year contract worth $36 million with the Royals. Optimist’s argument: Strip away the bad boy image and you have yourself a very useful outfielder. Good in the field, with a strong throwing arm, and a solid corner outfielder’s bat. The Royals are trying to move forward and Guillen is the […]

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Moneyball by Michael Lewis

“Moneyball” has been described as the most influential sports book that has ever been written

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Posada stays with the Yankees

Details: Jorge Posada signs a four-year, $52.4m deal to stay with the Yankees. Optimist’s argument: Unthinkable for him to be in another uniform, Posada has had a great career with the Yankees and his 2007 performance showed that he’s still got much to offer. As the premium catcher on the market, New York would have […]

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Cordero signs with Reds

Details: Francisco Cordero agrees a four year, $46 million contract with the Reds (with a $12m club option). Optimist’s argument: The Reds have got to start their rebuilding somewhere and picking up the premium closer on the market (after Rivera) is as good a place as any. Not only will Cordero be a decent upgrade […]

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Hunter signs with the Angels

Details: Torii Hunter joins the Angels on a five-year deal, worth $90 million. Optimist’s argument: They may have won the AL West at a canter in 2007, but that’s not good enough for the Angels. Five years from their first World Series victory, this is a clear sign that they intend to get back there. […]

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