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British baseball stats

The Mister Baseball website is currently publishing a series of posts looking at each of the European baseball leagues from 2007.  Their entry about the British Championship was published yesterday, which concentrates solely on the Southern league (stats for the Northern league being unavailable).  The main thing to note is the presence of a certain Josh […]

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Team GB set to miss out

During what should be a time of Xmas cheer, it was depressing to read about the struggles the Great Britain baseball team is facing.  Back in September, we covered the European Baseball Championships.  If Team GB had beaten the Netherlands in their final game, they would have won the tournament and immediately qualified for the 2008 Olympics.   Unfortunately […]

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‘Weekly’ hit ground ball – 2007 review

2007 was a great year for baseball. The Mitchell report has put a distinct downer on proceedings as we move into the Christmas period, but it would be a complete tragedy if this story overshadows what was a truly memorable season. In my own humble attempt to bring the attention back to the game on […]

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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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