The Anguish of the Trade Deadline

As a sportswriter, I exist in two different worlds. There is a part of me that needs to remain objective, to not get emotionally involved, so that I’m able to write about deals, slumps, winning-streaks and more with a detached voice. There’s also a part of me that is a fan, and loves a team,…

An update: Yes, I’m still here

Wow, been a while! I know when a blog lapses into silence so long it’s usually a sign the writer has abandoned ship, but that’s not the case. In the last few months I’ve taken on some new challenges that have eaten up a fair bit of my time, but are also incredible opportunities. I’m…

Let’s talk about Roberto Osuna

Let’s talk about mental health. I bet a bunch of you just cringed, or felt your pulse skip. I bet you would rather do just about anything besides talk about mental health, but too bad, because that’s what we’re here for. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna announced he would be unavailable for today’s game…

“Pitch” was a one season gift

After a long period of uncertainty, the official word came down this week that Fox would not be renewing “Pitch” for a second season. This seemed like an inevitable conclusion after the series failed to maintain its initial viewership, did not get picked up for extra season one episodes, and was left in limbo for…

Review: Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles

Once in a blue moon a rare book comes along that touches you so much you feel as if it may have been written just for you. That was the rare sensation of joy I got when reading Stacey May Fowles’ new essay collection Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game that Saved Me. The book bears…

Interview: Emil DeAndreis – Author

I recently got a chance to read and review Hard to Grip for Bless You Boys, a memoir about a young pitcher’s struggle with baseball and chronic illness. My review is available here. I knew immediately after finishing the book I wanted to talk to DeAndreis about it, and was lucky to have an opportunity…

Linked – Sunday April 2

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. 538 has a very mathy chart predicting the Cubs as the most likely candidate to win the 2017 World Series. This piece by Michael Lananna about the life of pitching prospect Donny Everett is moving and beautifully written. Sports Illustrated featured unusual pitcher Sidd Finch…

Review: Brockmire “Rally Cap”

There is nothing like a well-called baseball game. In this era, when so many announcers are former players brought in for chuckles and color commentary, there are fewer and fewer true “team voices.” Vin Scully has called his last Dodgers broadcast (we can hope he might come back for a World Series run, can’t we?),…

Sports Crate is a baseball fan’s dream come true

Have you ever watched one of those Loot Crate or Fun Fit Fab unboxing videos online and thought “yeah, that’s fun, but there’s nothing in there I’d want”? The idea of subscription boxes are enticing: once a month a curated collection of goodies arrives at your doorstep and you get the pleasure of a mini-Christmas…

Linked – Friday March 24

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. A Redditor decided to go right to the source and ask major league teams why he should become a fan. The teams who responded really nailed it. Grant Brisbee live-blogged the final game of the World Baseball Classic and it was everything I could have…

Linked – Friday March 10

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. A McCovey Chronicle, Grant Brisbee looks at the history of the Giants lucky number seven.  As if even-year nonsense wasn’t enough. Missing Pitch? Well meet five ladies who might make some real noise in the baseball world. Stacey May Fowles talks about the MLB’s misuse of star…

Linked – Friday Feb 24

A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball. A great story about how the iconic Blue Jays logo was created. Jake Peavy isn’t reporting to any spring training camps this year, and the reason for it is heartbreaking. Rob Manfred continues to make stupid decisions. Stacey May Fowles explains why the intentional walk…