Topic: Baseball

February 23, 2014

The Dodgers are set launch their new cable network, Sports Net LA. They've also announced increases to ticket and parket prices. What does all this mean for their fans?

February 14, 2014

A frank discussion of The Captain, in preparation for what will probably be a less-frank year-long discussion of The Captain. By "frank" we mean mostly goofy ad hominem jokes.

February 3, 2014

Time is running out on Ichiro's amazing baseball career. But time has never really mattered much in his case. A consideration of his generation's coolest baseball player and his relationship to Zeno's Paradox.

February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman was all wrong as Art Howe, but was perfect anyway. For all his dazzling talent, it was Hoffman's willingness to doing more -- to do the most -- that made him great. It might have unmade him, too.

January 31, 2014

Baseball could use a Richard Sherman-type star and the noisy drama he'd bring. But even loosening up a little bit would be a nice start.

January 30, 2014

The New York Mets' owners are dealing with their winter restlessnes by toying with the idea of breaking up a very great pair of radio broadcasters. For a bunch of reasons, this is a terrible idea.

January 17, 2014

Tom Glavine is going to the Hall of Fame, deservedly. Now it is time for him to step out of Greg Maddux's shadow and shine -- as a whole person, and uneasy-seeming energy drink pitchman.

December 30, 2013

One of the oldest and shabbiest stadiums in Minor League baseball is also, improbably or not, one of the best places to watch baseball in the country. That ballpark is Nashville's Herschel Greer Stadium, the product of Conway Twitty's mad real estate dreams and home to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. If an upcoming vote in Nashville goes as expected, its days are numbered. This dispatch from Herschel Greer first appeared in The Classical Magazine: Being There.

December 30, 2013

The Astrodome, from its conception and construction through its grand opening, represented the pinnacle of architectural achievement, the height of ambition, and the synthesis of civic innovation, national pride, and economic optimism.

December 27, 2013

This year's Padres aren't a very good baseball team. But what's been truly bad and sad about them in recent years, and the reason they've lost a fan base that seemed ready to love them, has less to do with baseball than how business gets done in San Diego.