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Tulo to stay in Colorado

The NL Rookie of the Year voters faced a difficult decision at the end of last season. Both Ryan Braun and Troy Tulowitzki made strong cases to receive the award and it was difficult to choose between them. Ultimately, Braun ended up with the honour and in retrospect that seems a fair result. Apart from his […]

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Early start to the season

The marquee opener to the 2008 season sees the Atlanta Braves facing the Nationals in the first game at Washington’s new stadium on Sunday 30 March. This will be a Sunday Night game on ESPN (which means Jon Miller – hooray! – and Joe Morgan – boo!) and screened live on Five, and probably also […]

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Baseball Field Guide by Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger

“Baseball Field Guide: An in-depth illustrated guide to the complete rules of baseball” by Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger, (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006), 240 pages. Baseball is a sport governed by a myriad of rules. Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger’s attempt to to provide a user-friendly guide to them for players and spectators alike is […]

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Cleveland’s Progressive Field

Another day, another post on a depressing trend in baseball that leaves traditionalists reminiscing about purer times. But while Congress may be concentrating on performance enhancing drugs, my focus is on the dreaded world of corporate branding. The Cleveland Indians are the latest team to make baseball fans grit their teeth every time they talk […]

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Brewers sign Mike Cameron

The Brewers will be holding a press conference later today to introduce their latest signing: free agent centre fielder Mike Cameron. After spending the last two years in San Diego, Cameron moves to Milwaukee on an initial one-year deal that guarantees him $6.25 million (£3.2m – or £61,500 a week). It’s a signing that seems […]

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Hall of Fame?

Goose Gossage’s selection to Cooperstown this week has made me consider the whole concept of the Hall of Fame. In part, that’s because I’ve got no real attachment to Gossage. I’ve only been following baseball for ten years so I never saw him in action and the history of the sport doesn’t reverberate in the […]

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Clemens hearing delayed

The announcement that Roger Clemens’s date with Congress has been put back to 13 February is great news for sports writers and columnists. It’s another month to drag this story out; another month to publish more sensationalist opinions from the great and not-so good. For everyone else, it’s immensely frustrating. Whichever side of the fence […]

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The Joy of Keeping Score by Paul Dickson

“The Joy of Keeping Score” by Paul Dickson, (Walker & Company, 2007), 117 pages. There seems to be two distinct camps within the world of baseball fans: those who love keeping score and those who are mystified by its appeal. The former will find “The Joy of Keeping Score” to be a real treat, the […]

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Sunday Times on Clemens

The Sunday Times has published a feature today in their sports supplement about US Sports, including a piece by David Walsh about Roger Clemens.  He refers to the upcoming ’60 minutes’ interview that will be broadcast on CBS tonight, in which Clemens will apparently claim to have injected nothing more than vitamins and painkillers into […]

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MLB.com Around the Horn

The journey from the end of the World Series to the start of the next MLB season is a long one. On dark, bitterly cold winter nights, you can’t help but think ahead to the joys of spring. Waking to the sound of birds tweeting and twittering, walking home from work while it’s still light […]

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