Topic: Baseball

May 28, 2013

Towson University's decision to cut some lower-profile sports was handled with a nasty and drearily familiar high-handedness. But there are a number of assumptions and value judgments underlying this decision that have significance far beyond Towson. Can unprofitable sports survive in a college sports scene that's increasingly about profits?

May 24, 2013

How do teams wind up getting tarred with goofy, meme-ish Defining Things in the way the Mets have been with Bobby Bonilla's LOL Contract? Laziness helps a lot, but that's not quite the whole story.

May 22, 2013

May has not historically been a happy time to be a Pirates fan, even by Pirates fan standards.  There is one number, ungainly and unsightly and decimal-pointed, that proves it.

May 20, 2013

Bartolo Colon is not one of the more exciting or electric pitchers to watch in baseball. This seems fine to him, honestly. What El Barto is after seems much simpler and more enlightened than that.

May 16, 2013

The veteran sportswriter Allen Barra made the relationship between two of the greatest and most iconic players of their generation the subject of his new book. But the relationship between Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle was also about the relationships between stars and fans, legend and memory, and everything else.

May 14, 2013

David Eckstein has been retired for years, and wasn't all that remarkable during his playing days. So why does he still stand for so much to both sides in baseball's long-running argument about numbers, heart and the relationship between the two?

May 13, 2013

In which we welcome our robot overlords, wonder when the Arizona Diamondbacks will secede, digress in defense of digressive broadcasters and so on. Also Dan Shaughnessey.

May 10, 2013

The Mets may not win a lot of games this year, but they've already won a few in dramatic fashion. What those games have proven, more than anything else, is that John Buck is likely to kill a teammate in a postgame celebration, quite possibly before the All-Star break.

May 9, 2013

Savannah, Georgia is a long way from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and also a long way from the Major Leagues. But Savannah is where Brandon Nimmo, one of the very few baseball players to make it out of Wyoming and a prospect in the New York Mets organization, plays in the outfield for the Savannah Sand Gnats. It's all a lot closer than it seems.

April 26, 2013

It's generally wise and healthy not to read too much into April baseball. It's also more or less impossible.