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THE SUBTLE DANGER OF TALENT

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January 18, 1985 Tim Leary was quietly traded by the New York Mets to the Kansas City Royals. Leary was selected out of UCLA in the first-round (second overall) by the Mets in the June 1979 Draft. Less than two years later, at age 22, Leary made his major league debut. It lasted seven batters. Life would have been better if no one said the phrase – ever — but it was too late now. By the timeTim...

LOVE OF GAME DRIVES METS FANS TO BLOGOSPHERE

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Ed Ryan entered the baseball blogosphere baggage in hand – emotional baggage. As a retired Marine, he endured the psychological effects from service in Operation: Desert Storm. After returning home to New Jersey he started a career in law enforcement and more stress: September 11. “For about a year we were going to funerals back to back to back, that was numbing,” said Ryan. “I was fried. I...

STEROIDS AND THE SPITBALL

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Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire

This whole thing about McGwire simply permits sportswriters to imagine themselves to be Woodward and Bernstein, people who see themselves as guardians of a sacred portal, the last best hope for truth and justice and its all hogwash and baloney. – John Thorn, baseball historian On November 26, 1961 the rules committee for Major League Baseball voted 8 to 1 against legalizing the spitball. Four...

ARE WINS IRRELEVANT?

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Since last week’s announcement of the National (San Francisco Giant ace Tim Lincecum, 15-game winner) and American League (Kansas City Royal pitcher Zack Grienke, 16-game winner) Cy Young Award winners, a bubbling debate has begun over the value of a “win” placed on a pitcher’s statistical line. Sports Illustrated columnist Joe Posnanski to suggested, “the win is dead … why would anyone count on...

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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