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Excerpt from The Greatest Show on Dirt

August 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Excerpt from The Greatest Show on Dirt · Baseball, The Greatest Show on Dirt

In honor of all the rain causing havoc at various ballparks today, here is a chapter from my novel The Greatest Show on Dirt about rain and tarp pulls, every minor league employee’s favorite exercise. By ten o’clock our last lingering co-worker was Shannon, who had hooked up with one of Burt’s business school buddies. […]

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The ’91 Bulls: Old magic eludes “Perfect Game” Burlingame

February 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on The ’91 Bulls: Old magic eludes “Perfect Game” Burlingame · '91 Durham Bulls, Baseball

Dennis Burlingame etched his name into Durham’s history book in his Bulls debut, tossing a seven-inning perfect game on Opening Day 1989. The then-19-year-old righthander teamed with southpaw Steve Avery to stifle the Frederick Keys 4-0 and 1-0 in a doubleheader Bulls fans would recall fondly for years. Avery, who held the Keys hitless until […]

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The ’91 Bulls: Caraballo creates havoc on basepaths

January 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment · '91 Durham Bulls, Baseball

Ramon Caraballo arrived in Durham in the spring of 1991 with a reputation as a man who made things happen. One season earlier he had tied for the minor league lead with 14 triples while swiping 41 bases for Burlington in the low Class A Midwest League. Those numbers would have been even more impressive […]

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Winter ball in the States would reduce players’ risks

November 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Winter ball in the States would reduce players’ risks · Baseball

In light of the elevated threats faced by baseball players in Venezuela and Mexico, maybe it’s time to consider an advanced winter league in the States, possibly in Florida, where suitable ballparks sit vacant until training camps open in February, or California, where generations ago the baseball world flocked every offseason. The high-profile abduction of […]

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Globe opens up Theo-bashing to all comers

October 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Baseball, Blog

To most people, writing about sports for a newspaper probably looks like a pretty easy gig. Not nearly so difficult as, say, explaining business and economics to the local readership. Anyone can write sports. Aren’t those the guys who sailed through school with a C average? Look at Ray Barone. He’s a doofus. For some […]

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Orioles “diss” their $2 million man

September 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Blog

The most decorated player to come out of the 2006 draft went 10th overall, to the Giants. San Francisco, looking to rebuild after its first losing season in nearly a decade, signed righthander Tim Lincecum to a $2,025,000 deal and he shot through the system, reaching the big leagues less than a year later. “The […]

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Superstars aren’t the only ones we remember

September 9th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Baseball

Bus Leagues Baseball was soliciting input from their readers recently on why they loved minor league baseball. One of the questions on their short survey was about the first game you remember attending. Mine wasn’t technically a minor league game, though given the level of play of the 1978 Seattle Mariners, the line there is […]

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Just say no to bunting runner over from second

August 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Just say no to bunting runner over from second · Baseball, Blog

Is there ever a good time to bunt with a man on second and no one out? Offhand I can’t think of one. Maybe in a tie game with a pitcher who throws every other ball to the backstop, when a wild one scores the winning run from third? Maybe. But even still I wouldn’t. […]

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