Topic: Baseball

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.

April 24, 2013

There are a great many things about the Yankees that are not especially admirable. Brett Gardner's greatest virtue may be that he embodies none of those.

April 22, 2013

Coaches wearing mittens, Jeffrey Loria in a series of can't-miss television pilots, the Houston Astros in first place, and other April Baseball Things.

April 11, 2013

The baseball season is very long, and to be as long as it is, games must begin in April, when it is still frankly too cold for baseball. Still, as with all things baseball, there's something divine and awesome in it, even when you can't feel your fingers.

April 8, 2013

Michael Brendan Dougherty has written about politics for a long time. Long enough that he's now decided he'd rather get up at 4am every day to write about baseball.

April 3, 2013

A fleeting moment of happiness in Queens on Opening Day, near the chop shops, amid the swirling on-field garbage and omnipresent Mets-fan anxiety, and in defiance of games two-through-162.

April 3, 2013

Erik Kratz of the Phillies is a pretty good backup catcher, but his real strengths lie in his ability to effectively pitch turkey bacon opposite a cartoon turkey in local TV ads.

April 3, 2013

Topps chose "Chasing History" as its dominant factoid-theme for this year's baseball card set. It's a nice idea, if not terribly well executed, but also a worthwhile reminder of both how outsized baseball's bizarre past is and the importance of context.

April 2, 2013

On Opening Day, there's hope and promise and all kinds of other good things. Even for Pirates fans, if only for a little while. The first in a periodic series of diaries on following the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.