Friday’s Child: Headshots and Coups de Grâce

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve once again been invited to appear on the Fox 5 Sports Extra with Duke Castiglione. It’s the second time this season I’ve done so; I joined him back in March, where I got to show off the latest copy of the Baseball Prospectus annual. The spot airs Sunday at …

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Friday’s Child (The Return)

So I’m finally finished with what I refer to as my winter workload, my contributions to the Baseball Prospectus and Fantasy Baseball Index annuals as well as Maple Street Press’ Dodgers Annual, edited by Dodger Thoughts‘ Jon Weisman. All of that stuff is about a month away from hitting the shelves, but I’m back in …

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Friday’s Child (Part 2)

One of my favorite musicians is the late, great pop genius Lee Hazlewood. As a singer he brought a wry sense of humor, world-weary view and distinctive baritone to both originals and covers. As a writer, he wrote “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and other hits which turned Nancy Sinatra into a superstar. As …

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Crime, Punishment, and Manny

Via my boy Alex Belth comes this fantastically irreverent Slate piece by Charles P. Pierce on Manny Ramirez’s return to action: Then, back in May, the test results came back. A chorus of moaning arose from the Church of the Perpetually Outraged. (This week’s sermon: “What about the children?”) But he slowly but surely made …

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Missing the Point on Manny?

Something that keeps coming up in the mainstream reporting surrounding Manny Ramirez’s return, and something I’ve been asked about in radio spots — it came up in today’s Toledo hit — and in the BP piece‘s comment thread, is the idea that his rehab stint is a) unique to his case and b) a violation of …

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Missing Manny?

In today’s Prosepctus Hit and Run, I examine how the Dodgers have stayed afloat since during Manny Ramirez’s suspension, an analysis that took a close look at Juan Pierre: …Ramirez is eligible to return to the Dodgers’ lineup on July 3, and barring a major collapse over their next nine games, which come against three …

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Jose, Can’t You See?

Jose Canseco’s stupidity is America’s most renewable natural resource. Check this one: Jose Canseco plans to file a class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the players’ association, saying he’s been ostracized for going public with tales of steroids use in the sport. Canseco said Wednesday that he has discussed the suit with lawyers and …

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