Topic: Baseball

September 9, 2013

While there's still time left in the season, and before the discourse gets too loud, why not escape into the consequence-free embrace of minor league baseball?

September 5, 2013

After two decades of not doing it, the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish this season with a winning record, and quite possibly in the playoffs. It's a lot to take in. In a good way.

August 28, 2013

Traveling through time with Steve Trachsel, conjuring Kirk Gibson, getting on a conga line with Yasiel Puig, and getting to yes with the inevitability of great pitchers missing a year of their prime and puffy radio meats getting mad about it. It's a lot, but baseball is a lot.

August 27, 2013

A day at the Little League World Series, complete with kids playing baseball and engaging in ad hoc sledding, happy parents a long way from home, a man in a french fry costume being photographed by a Honda employee, and a great many sponsors surrounding a perfect kid-sized baseball diamond.

August 21, 2013

When the Nationals signed him to a nine-figure contract in 2010, Jayson Werth was just a highly questionable free agent signing. In 2013, Werth and his deal seem to represent the weird, wholesale stalemate of what should by rights be one of baseball's better teams.

July 31, 2013

The search for new and less upsetting ways to say "wants to trade for" and a frank discussion of abusive batting coaches with DJ Khaled. Also lifetime bans for various people, for various reasons, some having to do with orange juice.

July 23, 2013

Bryce Harper may well wind up as a generation-defining baseball talent, and is definitely one of the more interesting people currently playing the game. He's also a Mormon. Let's leave it at that, maybe.

July 18, 2013

David Wright is still young and still great, and has a lot of baseball left in his career. This is good news for Mets fans, but Wright's modest, half-goofy greatness already defines his team, in the best possible way.

July 16, 2013

By most reasonable assessments, the Pittsburgh Pirates really and truly are a good baseball team after 20 years of really and truly not being one. There's no harm in believing that, right? Um, right?

July 10, 2013

A frank colloquy on productive outs, unproductive PED investigations, sleepy free-associating announcers and the ongoing search of Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers for someone, anyone, in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse who will punch him in the nose.