Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Thursday, December 15, 2011
It is an exercise of control, of course. The baseball press box is an odd beast. It is owned by the team, but regulated by the local BBWAA, which is why you get that announcement before every game to the effect that “This is a working press box. No laughing or cheering, etc.” Which is good as far as it goes, which is occasionally too far. (I was once nearly removed from the press box at Fenway for the capital offense of laughing too loudly at the Cleveland Indians.) Occasionally, MLB feels compelled to yank the leash so the BBWAA knows who’s really in charge. Generally, the BBWAA comes to heel. This is one of those times. Charles P. Pierce on the dress code to be installed by MLB on those who cover it
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
[If] an MLB team wanted to persuade a two-sport star to forsake all others in favor of a guaranteed contract and a potential path to the big leagues, that team simply needed to dig into its pockets and make it happen. With that money now restricted, we could see 18-year-old multi-sport stars decide that the long road to the big leagues and the long odds of making it aren’t worth giving up other opportunities. The next Grady Sizemore might decide that playing quarterback and being a big man on campus for a powerhouse college is a more attractive path than riding buses all night for Beloit Snappers road trips. At a time when teams are fretting about the overall talent pool and the lack of star players, there’s a good chance baseball just made things considerably worse. Grantland’s Jonah Keri on MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I think Colt McCoy has a really bright future in the NFL. Full disclosure, that is solely based on the fact that he is named Colt McCoy. There is no chance I would feel this way if he were named Herb McCoy. David Jacoby over at Grantland