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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

'I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you're inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you've never seen before. If they do, I'm still looking for it.' —Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron

On this day in 1974, Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s home run record.

April 1st, 2014
thesmithian
mlb:

"Nice to meet you, Mr. President. But first, let me take a selfie."

[look of the hour]

mlb:

"Nice to meet you, Mr. President. But first, let me take a selfie."

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from Drawn to MLB
March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

Masahiro Tanaka demonstrated what separates him from almost every other pitcher in the world, and why the Yankees made him one of the highest-paid pitchers in the world.

more.

October 24th, 2013
thesmithian

Since Aug 3, Koji Uehara has struck out forty-four and walked no one. In one stretch, he retired thirty-seven batters in a row—and threw twenty-five balls during the whole time. He has allowed the fewest hits and walks per nine innings of any pitcher in history.

more.

October 11th, 2013
thesmithian

Magic Johnson will not return to ESPN as an NBA studio analyst, citing…busy schedule.

hmm.

September 30th, 2013
thesmithian

Baseball’s Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians, football’s Kansas City Chiefs and hockey franchises like the Chicago Blackhawks have likewise come in for criticism. But the Redskins have far and away drawn the most ire, and some question whether clinging to the name, rather than engaging the opposition in meaningful dialogue, will be possible much longer.

more.

September 29th, 2013
thesmithian

Willie Mays’…

"The Catch" occurred at a decisive moment during the top of the eighth inning in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.

on this day in 1954.

August 8th, 2013
thesmithian

In 1961, writers had the privilege of reporting on Roger Maris’s doing the near impossible and breaking the Babe’s single-season record of sixty home runs. At the turn of the twentieth century, they got to see Ruth’s record surpassed six times, including McGwire’s truly impossible seventy, in 1998, and [Barry] Bonds’ seventy-three, in 2001. It’s almost touching now to read the breathless…embarrassing “Special Commemorative Issue” that Sports Illustrated published in 1998 to honor the “Great Home Run Race” between the juicers McGwire and Sammy Sosa. The steroid era was a moment of deception but also of starry-eyed self-deception; if it was a breakdown of integrity on the part of baseball’s stars it was also, in some measure, a failure of sports journalism. Because the steroid story usually takes the form of a blame game, there doesn’t seem to be much room for reflection on the role that they, the baseball writers—or, for that matter, any dedicated observer of the game—may have played as enablers of cheating.

homerun.

In 1961, writers had the privilege of reporting on Roger Maris’s doing the near impossible and breaking the Babe’s single-season record of sixty home runs. At the turn of the twentieth century, they got to see Ruth’s record surpassed six times, including McGwire’s truly impossible seventy, in 1998, and [Barry] Bonds’ seventy-three, in 2001. It’s almost touching now to read the breathless…embarrassing “Special Commemorative Issue” that Sports Illustrated published in 1998 to honor the “Great Home Run Race” between the juicers McGwire and Sammy Sosa. The steroid era was a moment of deception but also of starry-eyed self-deception; if it was a breakdown of integrity on the part of baseball’s stars it was also, in some measure, a failure of sports journalism. Because the steroid story usually takes the form of a blame game, there doesn’t seem to be much room for reflection on the role that they, the baseball writers—or, for that matter, any dedicated observer of the game—may have played as enablers of cheating.

homerun.

August 3rd, 2013
thesmithian

I’ll try to remember him as an 18-year-old with the whole world in front of him, riding the buses and buying pizza for his teammates. Even if the autographs didn’t hold their value, that memory should.

more.

I’ll try to remember him as an 18-year-old with the whole world in front of him, riding the buses and buying pizza for his teammates. Even if the autographs didn’t hold their value, that memory should.

more.

August 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

The ritualistic rage at Alex Rodriguez feels less like justice than a public stoning, and it’s Exhibit A that the moral crusade against performance enhancement is as unhealthy as the thing it purports to correct. Whatever Rodriguez’s transgressions, is he really so much more culpable than any number of the people he played with or for, including baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who makes his living off the sweat of other men’s bodies and whose apparent idea of justice is to use the threat of a lifetime ban as a publicity tactic? A-Rod…may very well have done everything he is accused of, but what we have here isn’t a genuine assessment of his offenses but rather a squeeze play by Selig, an attempt to pressure A-Rod into forgoing his due process…the commissioner is unmistakably less interested in a fitting penalty than he is in shutting up A-Rod—and at the same time bolstering his own weak reputation…

more.
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art: by Mick Coulas

The ritualistic rage at Alex Rodriguez feels less like justice than a public stoning, and it’s Exhibit A that the moral crusade against performance enhancement is as unhealthy as the thing it purports to correct. Whatever Rodriguez’s transgressions, is he really so much more culpable than any number of the people he played with or for, including baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who makes his living off the sweat of other men’s bodies and whose apparent idea of justice is to use the threat of a lifetime ban as a publicity tactic? A-Rod…may very well have done everything he is accused of, but what we have here isn’t a genuine assessment of his offenses but rather a squeeze play by Selig, an attempt to pressure A-Rod into forgoing his due process…the commissioner is unmistakably less interested in a fitting penalty than he is in shutting up A-Rod—and at the same time bolstering his own weak reputation…

more.

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art: by Mick Coulas

July 11th, 2013
thesmithian
…when the [New York Mets] decided that it would be a nice gesture to organize game-day festivities with the local American Indian community, it took months for someone to realize the potentially problematic scheduling of Native American Heritage Day on July 25th, when the Atlanta Braves were in town. Faced with the prospect of embarrassing their guests and not wanting to appear insensitive, the Mets followed centuries of American tradition and shafted the Native Americans.
Caitlin Kelly, at the New Yorker
April 17th, 2013
thesmithian

Amidst the hoopla surrounding the…movie ‘42’ and Jackie Robinson’s heroic integration of major league baseball in April, 1947, the media has all but forgotten Larry Doby’s integration of the American League less than three months later. Unlike Robinson who spent a year with the Brooklyn Dodgers’ farm team, Doby moved directly from the Negro League Newark Eagles to the Cleveland Indians. In his first full season in 1948, Doby helped the Indians win the World Series, a feat that Robinson did not accomplish until 1955.

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