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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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International baseball

There’s an excellent article on The Hardball Times website today all about the current state of baseball throughout the world.  It’s well worth reading, particularly to see how Europe is starting to make some positives steps in providing talent to Major League teams.  Rick van den Hurk has showed that it is possible for European talent […]

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The Numbers Game by Alan Schwarz

“The Numbers Game: Baseball’s Lifelong Fascination with Statistics” by Alan Schwarz, (St Martin’s Press, 2004), 270 pages. It’s a popular misconception that the infatuation with statistics in baseball is a product of the recent computer-obsessed age. Alan Schwarz debunks this myth in “The Numbers Game” by charting the history of the sport from the mid-nineteenth […]

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