Archive for the 'Weekend Reading' Category

Weekend Reading: Names

What We Carry, by Ted Berg, on what ballplayers can mean.

Space, Time, and DVR Mechanics, by Chuck Klosterman on Grantland. CK is easily my favorite contributor to the quite remarkable Grantland stable. Here, he explores what is, for me, a regular part of baseball writing: the DVR. For my part, I love sports on the DVR, and couldn’t get by without it (especially on the West Coast).

Dustin Ackley Hath Arrived: A Look at Reactions and Expectations from Pro Ball NW. A chronicle of “giddy.”

Baseball Players and Their Representative Volcanoes, by Jeff Sullivan at Baseball Nation.

Men Whose Names Were Unfortunate in Retrospect, by P&P Visiting Professor Patrick Dubuque at NotGraphs. Alternative title: The Ballad of Mike Stanton: No The Other Mike Stanton.

Good Old Sidney, by Alex Belth at Bronx Banter. First name bases and dog day afternoons.

Weekend Reading: The Glorious Return

Eric writes about Frank McCourt, Fred Wilpon, and the obligations owners and fans have to one another at Baseball Prospectus.

David Cone is on his way to becoming the best player-turned-analyst ever. “I love Fangraphs,” and other choice quotes at New York Magazine.

A pitching duel or a slugest? Cee Angi over at Essence of Baseball chooses pitching every time, and discusses how she picks the games she wants to attend.

Josh Wilker’s new book, an appreciation of ‘The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training’ is out June 7. Until then he’s writing about players on the team, starting with ye olde Jimmy Feldman at Cardboard Gods.

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Weekend Reading: The Sporting Scene

Our friend Reeves Wiedeman has been blogging the U.S. Open this past week for The New Yorker. He will be at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing through the end of the tournament

Whether you are a burgeoning tennis fan like myself or casual observer who digs good writing, his dispatches are worth reading:

The Sporting Scene

Weekend Reading: Nothing To Do With the NBA Playoffs Edition

Haven’t done one of these in a while, but I read a lot of great stuff this week, so here goes:

  • Walkoff Walk has been absolutely killing it lately. Basically go there and read everything.  Now!
  • Dayn Perry reminds us just how good Ted Williams was.
  • Joe Posnanski reminds just how cool Robin Roberts was.
  • Vin Scully reminds us just how touched Ernie Harwell was.
  • NY Football Giants Fan Mark Weinstein the Bluenatic has written two great essays in a row:
    • The heartbreaking story of how he almost edited Josh Wilker’s Cardboard Gods book (which unfortunately is no longer outselling Sarah Palin’s memoir)
    • An eloquent and poetry-infused(!) reflection on his young daughter and how fandom is inherited/passed on.
  • ESPN the Mag is holding a sports fiction contest? Yep (pdf).  It’s in conjunction with the new-ish Stymie Mag.
  • There was a podcast yesterday. Listen up before it’s too late. Or subscribe via itunes.

    Before the Kingdome, before Safeco, there was Sick's Stadium (click for full size)

Weekend Reading: Remains

  • Mark Twain’s love of baseball, documented in “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” was the subject of a New York Times profile. He once lost an umbrella at a professional game and placed the following ad in his local paper:


At the great base ball match on Tuesday, while I was engaged in hurrahing, a small boy walked off with an English-made brown silk UMBRELLA belonging to me, and forgot to bring it back. I will pay $5 for the return of that umbrella in good condition to my home on Farmington avenue. I do not want the boy (in an active state) but will pay two hundred dollars for his remains. SAMUEL L. CLEMENS

  • Speaking of iconic artists, Walkoff Walk shares an old  commercial featuring Whitey Ford and Salvador Dali.
  • Patrick Truby attempts to assemble a fantasy team consisting of only plus-sized  players over at No I in Blog. My complaint? Not enough Garces.
  • FreeDarko remembers Alex Chilton.
  • “I try to pretend I’m a clock.” Albert Pujols breaks down his own swing using the full power of multimedia over at USA Today.
  • Jake Peavy brought together’s baseball’s best musicians for Woodjock, and David Brown from Big League Stew was there to witness it.
  • And the Rogue’s Baseball Index continues a-humming. New forays into the baseball world around us not once, not twice, but thrice weekly.

Weekend Reading: Gearing Up for Spring

The Bike that Draws via

  1. A dream job for a wannabe catcher: John Harper of the NY Daily News straps on the tools of ignorance and catches a round of bullpen work from Johan Santana.
  2. Roy Halladay is a hard worker, according to’s Rich Hofmann. Is it me, or is it mostly just players who are really good that get called hard workers (David Eckstein excluded)? You could work your ass off, stink, and get no pub for it whatsoever. (Which is probably the way it should be).
  3. It’s an old blog post from last year, but this MLBlog entry from Gordon Beckham feels less PR-filtered than a lot of the player blogs. Plus we get to go back to a time when he was a nervous rookie rather than a quickly rising star.
  4. Would or should Rawlings move baseball production operations back to Haiti? Richard Sandomir of NYT asks what it would take, and what the implications might be.
  5. “Branch Rickey made me a better man.” The passing of a Mr. Baseball. I didn’t know who Bobby Bragan was during his lifetime, but I wish I had.
  6. Olympics! Tough out Snowpacolageddonypse with Eric’s round-up of 10 Great Winter Olympic moments over at Tonic.

Weekend Reading: The Last Pale Light In The West

1.  The Rogue’s Baseball Index is a-humming. Check it out if you haven’t yet.

2. Andre Dawson to enter Cooperstown as an Expo. Quelle tragédie! (Walkoff Walk)

3. Chan Ho Park feels the love. And he seems like a pretty good guy. (KoreaAM via SOSG)

4. No love for the old folks, though. (Rob Neyer)

5. No love for the Western States either. Pitchers & Poets is a Seattle-based blog, written by an Astros fan and a Dodgers fan. As you can imagine, we find the East-Coastiness of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball lineup objectionable, deplorable, and quite disappointing. (Fanhouse).

Weekday Reading: End Days

I’m really digging this song. Especially the sample.

1. I will jump at any opportunity to promote and preach the gospel of hockey on this blog. So here’s this awesome photo tour of Fenway Park, as of today, America’s largest ice rink.  If you’re gonna watch one regular season NHL game this year, make it the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 between the Boston Bruins and underachieving Philadelphia Flyers. It’s hockey at Fenway! (via Puck Daddy)

2. Meet Welby Sheldon “Buddy” Bailey, an American in Caracas, and the manager of Venezuela’s most successful professional baseball team of the last decade.  (via NY Times).

3. Happy Birthday Sandy Koufax! (via Ron Kaplan).

4. Josh Wilker nominates the most literary back-of-card bio in the history of baseball cards and in doing so reminds me why his incoming book is my most anticipated of 2010. (via Cardboard Gods).

5. I was at once saddened and amazed by the Walkoff Walk End of Decade Personality Compendium Infocaps. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

6. Happy New Year from PnP. Big RBI news coming on the flip side.

Offday Reading: The Longest Day

Edit: Stop reading this post right now! Instead, read Ted and I’s “etherview” with FanGraphs destroyer Carson Cistulli. If you are here  for the first time via said interview, then welcome, please make yourself comfortable.

In order to help you through these frozen hours before the World Series does or doesn’t end tomorrow, we bring you some rare weekday reading. And this awesome John Wayne clip from The Longest Day that I hope both managers are showing their teams. “We came here to take something. We’re gonna take it and hold it!”

  • Google Reader maven Tommy Bennett is taking over the reigns at Beyond the Box Score. Check out his insightful baseball analysis manifesto.
  • Josh Wilker is at his best this morning with a reflection covering World Series records both glorious and inglourious, Chase Utley’s hair, and the decline and fall of the triple.
  • Patrick Brown has put together an extended essay on baseball’s place in the sports media industrial landscape for The Millions . His ideas about baseball and the internet are both sweeping and a pleasure to read. (tip of the cap to Reeves W.)
  • Jonah Keri is at his best when writing about the Expos, including Pedro Martinez.

Weekend Reading: Mays, the Babe and a Botch

Willie Mays installation by Thom Ross

Postseason play is heating up big-time. In the baseball season’s transition from endings to beginnings, a number of people around the game have looked back a ways in this past week:

  • Artist Thom Ross is on a mission of unforgetting. In this case, he’s toting his mural of the famous Willie Mays catch to the scene of its enactment: he and friends placed the installation on the exact spot that the catch was made.
  • Recently undiscovered home video footage of Babe Ruth at the bat confirms that he took his sweet time about it. New York Times
  • Fangraph’s Dave Cameron ensures surly Cards fans that Thursday’s loss wasn’t all Matt Holliday’s fault. Fangraphs
  • Paul DePodesta reminds us of the trials and the tears of a career in baseball’s front office. It Might Be Dangerous
  • Stuart Shea offers a poem to the soon-to-move-on. Bardball