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John Strubel is a freelance sports reporter. This blog is a collection of original thoughts and perspective on the latest sports news and headlines.

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SHOWALTER SHOOTING STARS IN TEXAS

He’s not flashy, he’s not loud, he’s not controversial, but Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter does have one thing in common with his highly-respected peers: winning. Much like his managing style, Showalter has built his winning reputation from...

LITTLE JOE

When I was in Little League I was introduced to Pete Russom. He was the only kid I ever met that switch hit – successfully – at age 10. He was also the only kid I knew that had a real baseball diamond in his backyard, complete with painted...

BUD SELIG: THE MAN FANS LOVE TO HATE

“No one will argue about who baseball’s greatest Commissioner is. It is the ninth Commissioner, Bud Selig. Nine is obviously a magic number for baseball the number of players on the field, the number of innings in a game, and the ninth...

MARK CUBAN: PITTSBURGH’S DREAM OWNER

Mark Cuban has been dubbed “the fans’ dream (come true).” And, it’s easy to see why. Cuban, the self-made billionaire and current owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise, is the only professional sports owner who truly is...

SLEEPING IN SEATTLE

Baseball

April 1, 2003: Without the help of a noisy alarm clock, barking dogs or a hotel wake-up call, both Ken Macha and Bob Melvin were wide awake before the sun came up in Oakland. That’s what happens when you get your first managerial job in Major League...