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JOHN STRUBEL

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Hi! Thank you for visiting my web site. I write primarily about my passion: baseball. In addition, I occasionally publish posts and podcasts related to sports media, journalism and technology impacting the industry.   You can also follow me on social media @johnstrubel.

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THIS SPUD’S FOR YOU

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In August 1987, Dave Bresnahan, a second-string catcher for the Williamsport Bills (AA-Eastern League), hatched an idea: what if … I used something other than a baseball to trick a runner off base to get him out? When Bresnahan shared his idea with teammates, they laughed, then dared him. “Everybody said, ‘Why don’t you do it?’ Bresnahan told...

MARICHAL’S ARM – AND LEG – BAFFLED HITTERS

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The foots up in your face, and that’s bad. Then he comes through like a fullback charging. He lunges off the hill. Sometimes he even stumbles from the force of his delivery. With all that confusion of motion it’s a problem seeing the ball. But his control is a bigger thing. He can throw all day within a two-inch space, in, out, up or down. I’ve...

BUCKY F!%$#ING DENT

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Despite leading the American League Eastern division by 14 ½ games as late as mid-August, the summer of 1978 may go down in history as one of the most miserable in Boston Red Sox history. Over the final six weeks of the regular season, the second-place Yankees would catch fire while the Red Sox watched the wheels fall off their seemingly...

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