Topic: Baseball

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.

July 9, 2013

Out, as in baseball. Also "out" as in: if you've downloaded The Classical App and subscribed to the magazine, you can download nine new pieces of literary and artistic baseball goodness right now.

July 5, 2013

It has never been easier to believe in the Pittsburgh Pirates than it is at the moment. It feels strange, and pretty great.

July 3, 2013

Even the most loathsome of truly great players can merit a winsome backward glance once their skills atrophy; Roy Halladay, the stand-up dude who issued a public apology to Phillies fans for sucking, is far from loathsome. He is also, it seems, pretty much gone.

July 2, 2013

The July issue of The Classical Magazine is rounding into shape, and the August one is taking contributions. Get like us.

June 28, 2013

Matt Harvey has done everything a baseball fans could've hoped for and more in his brief and brilliant time with the Mets. Don't we at least owe him a nickname?

June 18, 2013

Elvis Andrus is a franchise cornerstone in Texas, despite a dearth of franchise-player statistics. But there's more to the game than what's measurable, and the quantifiable part of Elvis Andrus' game has little to do with why Rangers fans love him so much.

June 13, 2013

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.

June 12, 2013

How did one of baseball's most free-spending and extravagant franchises become one of the game's messiest and most endearing teams? The awesomeness of Yasiel Puig helps, but it's not the whole answer.