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reviewed Baltimore Orioles. November 27, 2012
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Baltimore Orioles
Who are the Baltimore Orioles? There are a thousand different ways to answer that question. It has something to do with the fact that constant city-shifting can take a real toll on the history of teams …
reviewed Cincinnati Reds. November 26, 2012
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Cincinnati Reds
People seem to like retro things a lot these days. Retro styles, retro cars, retro clothes, or at the very least, imitations of things that are retro. Even in sports, a lot of spectators seem to pine …
reviewed Colorado Rockies. November 21, 2012
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Colorado Rockies
Some team names just seem obvious. Some of them are so obvious, they get overused to such an extent that people get sick of seeing them, no matter how geographically obvious or appropriate they may be. …
reviewed Arizona Diamondbacks. November 20, 2012
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Arizona Diamondbacks
In 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks took the baseball diamond for the first time. In 2001, they won the World Series. And, review!    What? Just that won't do? But the Diamondbacks haven't... …
reviewed Philadelphia Phillies. November 17, 2012
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Philadelphia Phillies
It's remarkable to me that the Chicago Cubs somehow get the all-time loser reputation, along with the Boston Red Sox until 2004. The former's first half of their existence is littered with Pennants, and …
reviewed Oakland Athletics. November 15, 2012
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Oakland Athletics
"Loser" is not a word we throw around. In baseball, we certainly wouldn't dream of applying it to a team which has won the World Series nine times, a number surpassed only by the Saint Louis Cardinals …
reviewed Cleveland Indians. November 13, 2012
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Cleveland Indians
There are times when I think the whole mythology of baseball is built on its curses. The Curse of the Bambino ran from 1918 to 2004. The Curse of Coogan's Bluff ran from 1954 to 2010. The Comiskey Curse …
reviewed Major League. November 11, 2012
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Major League
Maybe it's just the recently-ended baseball season or the lack of wonderful bicycling weather talking, but upon watching Major League several times in order to write this review, I noticed that the classic …
reviewed Chicago Cubs. November 01, 2012
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Chicago Cubs
The eternal story of professional sports has one particular constant: The winners will always be perpetual winners, no matter how bad they get, and the losers will always be perpetual losers, no matter …
reviewed Expanded Wild Card Format. October 31, 2012
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Expanded Wild Card Format
When this was first announced, I had trouble making up my mind about it. Now that one actually exists, I can't say I'm a fan.       Here's how the new format works: …
reviewed Detroit Tigers. October 28, 2012
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Detroit Tigers
Ty Cobb's reputation as a racist is a wee bit more overblown than it should be. I realize that to a lot of critical theorists who can't look at Tony the Tiger without spotting racism, I'm …
reviewed San Francisco Giants. October 25, 2012
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San Francisco Giants
Despite the juice, the cream, and the clear becoming big time factors in the home run's recent surge in baseball, looking at the all-time home run numbers can really boggle one's mind. In the …
reviewed Pinstripe Empire. October 05, 2012
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Pinstripe Empire
A great baseball team had better have a lot of truly great stories in its history, and with the New York Yankees, there are just tons. With the new book Pinstripe Empire, Marty Appel makes a concentrated, …
reviewed 'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Cli.... September 24, 2012
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'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Clint Eastwood
Star Rating:         While harmless and well intentioned, Trouble with the Curve tells a story that isn’t worthy of the talent involved – star/producer Clint …
reviewed 'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Cli.... September 21, 2012
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'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Clint Eastwood
By Joan Alperin Schwartz   'Trouble With The Curve' is...a)corny...b)nothing you haven't seen before and c) totally entertaining.      Clint Eastwood …
reviewed Cincinnati Reds: Vintage World Series. September 20, 2012
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Cincinnati Reds: Vintage World Series
No review for this. Not a proper one, anyway. Having not fulfilled my writing obligation last month and being in danger of not fulfilling it this month, I recently ordered a set of vintage World Series …
reviewed Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: T.... July 21, 2012
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Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable
Like every other baseball team, the New York Mets have fielded their fair share of squads revered by their fans, teams which struck a note with followers more than any of the others. They've been to the …
reviewed The Last Real Season. July 10, 2012
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The Last Real Season
I can honestly say I've taken a real shine to Mike Shropshire's work. Or at least his baseball work. I've never read his football work, which is the majority of the books he's written, but his work revolving …
reviewed Now I Can Die in Peace: How The Sport.... May 29, 2012
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Now I Can Die in Peace: How The Sports Guy Found
I like the writing of Bill Simmons for a couple of reasons: First of all, I think he's got a biting, witty, easy-to-read style. Second, he's a Boston sports fan who's redeemed of his crime of being a …
reviewed The Last Boy. May 21, 2012
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The Last Boy
I tend to dismiss most baseball books that have the word "last" in the title, unless it's a reference to a last-place team. "Last" in the context of the passage of time is usually a look through the nostalgia …
reviewed Calico Joe. May 19, 2012
Calico Joe
**Review Contains What Could Be Considered Spoilers**      Calico Joe is a fantastic novel.      When Joe Castle comes up to the big leagues he has an unbelievable …
reviewed Three Nights in August. April 11, 2012
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Three Nights in August
I've been a stalwart champion of the Billy Beane school of statistics ever since I first read Moneyball. I've defended the idea that, in spite of never winning a Pennant, Beane's new method of collecting …
reviewed A League of Their Own. March 11, 2012
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A League of Their Own
The big difference between cliches that work and cliches that don't can sometimes be boiled down to simple context. Often, it's a lazy writer trick. If a screenwriter has an immediate need to connect …
reviewed Major League II. January 28, 2012
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Major League II
The funny thing about Major League II is that it appears to have a specific team being used as the primary antagonist. The Cleveland Indians spend so much time playing against and worrying about the Chicago …
reviewed Moneyball. January 21, 2012
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Baseball is a game of spitting, crotch scratching and often interminably long innings. Moneyball is a movie that deconstructs the myths of America’s home-style game and shows how it becomes an exemplar …
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