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Ranking North America’s Sports Drafts

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Lists, NBA, NFL, soccer

The draft. Whichever you want to talk about … is very much an American thing. The rest of the world, you collect players in a youth system and watch them develop. You keep a few, loan some others, release the rest. Especially the case in world soccer. In the U.S. however, talent is typically distributed […]

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Juiced Baseballs? Let’s Remove Some Zing

June 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball

Major League Baseball hitters are on pace to obliterate the record for home runs in a season, a record set in 2000, during the height of the steroids era. An analysis done by The Ringer traces this homer binge to the second half of 2015 and suggests the surge is due to a bouncier, slightly […]

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For Baseball, Back to the Future

June 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball

We have an interesting and alarming piece of journalism on espn.com today, as one of the site’s baseball writers projects 20 years into the future, and what the game might look like. For long-time fans of the game, nearly all the changes foreseen by a dozen people closely involved in the game … are appalling. […]

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Futbol Diaries, Part 3: Hermosillo to Culiacan

June 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers, Football, soccer, World Cup

On our Tijuana-to-Mexico City road trip ahead of a 2006 World Cup qualifier, back in 2005, we noticed that the main north-south road on the western side of Mexico goes right through Navajoa — where Los Angeles Dodgers pitching star Fernando Valenzuela was born. Back in 2005, I assumed readers would not be interested in […]

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Waiting … and Waiting … for Yasiel Puig

June 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Most Los Angeles Dodgers fans remember when Yasiel Puig was going to be something special. It was five years ago this week that he was called up from Triple A and for a spell looked like the Mike Trout of the National League, except with a stronger throwing arm. He was on my fantasy team, […]

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Hold That Thought, Rod

June 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

I saw the headline: Twins Turn Triple Play … and, sure, I went to the video. The Twins were playing in Anaheim Stadium and I wondered which of the Angels’ slugs had managed to hit into a 5-4-3 (round the horn) TP. But what really struck me, as the video began? Well, have a look/listen, […]

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The Headfirst Slide and Mike Trout’s All-but-Inevitable Injury

May 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

Mike Trout played 857 games in the major leagues without visiting the disabled list. Of course, as long as he continued to use the headfirst slide as his preferred means of getting to a base in a hurry … it was nearly inevitable he would hurt some key part of his body. The headfirst slide […]

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Linking Names and Numbers: The Game

May 27th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Basketball, Football

Four years ago I suggested a parlor game of my own devising. As I recall, it came from my staring at a four-digit clock on a treadmill. Start with a year and match it with any event that happened in the 365/366 days attached to that year. For instance: 2016, Cubs win the World Series […]

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Time to Tear Down and Replace Dodger Stadium?

May 18th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers, Lakers, Olympics, World Cup

A few days ago, I watched Tottenham Hotspur’s final match at their ancient stadium at White Hart Lane, where the London club had played its home matches since 1899. Fans were a bit melancholy but the celebrations before and after the match, won 2-1 by Spurs over Manchester United, seemed to mollify them. Actually, they […]

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Blown Away by Too Many Strikeouts

May 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball

Baseball is becoming dull, and the strikeout is to blame. I woke up early today, with the TV still running, and while looking for the NBA playoffs I came across the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, at Wrigley Field, just as the bottom of the ninth was happening. I decided to stay with it […]

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