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Intentional Walk Gets Run Out of Baseball

February 24th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball

It isn’t true I oppose every baseball rule change. Just nearly all of them. Baseball’s rules should be treated with great reverence. Change them not at all unless some compelling need arises. Making the intentional walk “automatic” is not a change that really needed to be made. It’s not like fans, players and owners were […]

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Dodgers Semi-Blackout Enters Year 4

February 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers and their TV policy is right out of 1963. That was when the Dodgers televised nine games every year — the nine played in San Francisco. Oh, wait. Except those were in black and white. The handful of games that get on to most Southern California cable providers … those are […]

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Tip-a-Cat: Little-Known Forerunner of Baseball?

February 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball

I do New York Times Sunday crosswords. Only. If that sounds arrogant, given how difficult those monsters are, I plead guilty. But I also readily concede that I solve one — and “solving” a crossword puzzle means 100 percent accuracy — about once out of 20 puzzles. All it takes is one wrong letter … […]

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‘Hall’ Voters Going Soft on Known (or Suspected) PEDs Abusers

January 18th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Baseball

Results of the Baseball Hall of Fame voting were released today, and three players were elected to the Hall: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. One of those guys … all for it. The other two … a little creepy, leaving me a lot worried about where this is headed. And here is […]

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When Athletes Hit a Late-Career Jackpot

December 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I recently mused about the significance of a big contract for an athlete who had spent years as a marginal player. Being part of a cash-soaked sport but not really being part of it for a decade-plus. First, Rich Hill, Dodgers pitcher. Now, Justin Turner, Dodgers infielder. The former is getting $48 million over three […]

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Labor Peace: So Much Money, Everyone is Happy

December 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Basketball, Clippers, NBA, NFL

Two remarkable events occurred this month involving major North American sports leagues. The NBA and Major League Baseball agreed to new collective bargaining agreements with their players. Before the old CBA ran out. No weeks or months of acrimony between deadlocked players and management. No games lost to a strike or a lockout. No seasons […]

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When $3 Million in a Decade Is Not Enough

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I have been thinking about the Dodgers this week signing left-hander Rich Hill, who will be 37 ahead of the 2017 season, to a three-year, $48 million contract. I endorsed the decision. The Dodgers need a strong No. 2 and the Rich Hill baseball saw the past year-and-change looks like he can handle the job. […]

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Help for Kershaw; Dodgers Sign Hill

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Can’t say the Dodgers didn’t learn a thing or three during the 2016 season. No, Clayton Kershaw cannot pitch every every fourth day, let alone every third, despite how the Dodgers used him in the playoffs this fall. He’s the planet’s best, but he’s not quite a machine. Meanwhile, Scott Kazmir is not a No. […]

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Edgar Martinez, DH-ing and the Hall of Fame

November 30th, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball

I always have had a fondness for professional athletes who were good at what they did despite having something less than the ideal physique. Terry Forster, a Los Angeles Dodgers reliever circa 1980, was one of them. He knew he was on the “stout” end of the size spectrum and famously said of his weight […]

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Fidel and Me

November 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Sports Journalism

I was never in the same room as Fidel Castro, but I was in the same stadium. It was the opening ceremonies for the 1991 Pan American Games and Castro’s Cuba was the host nation. A team of reporters had been assembled by Gannett News Service and USA Today and sent down to Havana on […]

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