Are the Yankees an underdog team?

Once upon a time I said the best World Series match up I could imagine would be the Houston Astros vs. the Chicago Cubs. This was before the Cubs ended their 108 year championship drought. It was when the Astros still lingered at the bottom of the AL West. These were two underdog teams, and…

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…

Aaron Judge surprised Yankees fans by asking about Aaron Judge

There are few stories out of April more exciting than that of Aaron Judge. It’s unlikely he can maintain his current pace, hitting .316/.420/.744 with a monster 14 home runs, but there’s no doubt he’s the great hope of the Yankees future. He’s an exciting player, and a very, very, very tall dude. His bio…

Linked – Friday May 5

The big story to start the week was Adam Jones having racial slurs (and food) hurled at him at Fenway. It’s the kind of story we shouldn’t see at all in 2017, but unfortunately continues to be a reality. Peter Gammons talks sports journalism and the Cubs. Minda Haas Kuhlmann has a great breakdown on…

“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…