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  • Baseball's new pace-of-play rules are totally reasonable and useful. But what's right about baseball is also what's boring about it, and the game might as well admit as much.

  • Talking to the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass and the new Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 about mustaches, highly visible owners, the weird world of 1970s baseball, and the indiscreet charm of Yasiel Puig.

  • His hat is bumped. His starchy banana-like fruit of choice may or may not be supernatural. Fernando Rodney is a closer, and an imperfect one, but thankfully he's also a lot more interesting than that.

  • It seemed reasonable to expect a mess from FYI, the low-budget "vodcast" hosted by former Detroit Tigers misfits/miscreants Dmitri Young and Robert Fick. But while the show itself was kind of a mess, it was also oddly earnest and endearing. And that was before they started telling Matt Anderson stories.

  • October 29, 2012
    Dateline: Mudville The Clog

    A dispatch from The D, where a city gets excited about the Tigers, promptly and painfully runs up agains the limits of fan-power, and retires to the casinos.

  • The words "human element" have lost much of their meaning in the loud, ongoing conversation over officiating mistakes. But while it's natural to want officiating to be better, it's worth remembering that the human element means more than "brutally botching a call." It's a part of what makes sports what it is.

  • October 4, 2012
    This Means WAR The Clog

    With the sabermetric revolution, the value of the stats that encompass the Triple Crown has greatly diminished, but what does that mean the value of the Triple Crown itself? 

  • A writer travels across the world, only to find that baseball fans in Korea and Japan are every bit as excited about the game as their domestic counterparts. Although, to be fair, they're notably more on-point with their choreography and player-specific chanting, and are notably nicer to Lastings Milledge.

  • May 4, 2012
    A Villain's Worth

    A wrestling heel seems to be where Floyd gets most of the inspiration for his persona. His moves are calculated to offend, more in the vein of the Million Dollar Man than Muhammad Ali.