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Interesting baseball stories from newspapers across North America.

--Tyler Kepner of theNew York Times writes that Shin-Soo Choo is thriving but duty calls in South Korea.

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Interesting baseball stories from newspapers across North America.

--Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post writes that the count is one of baseball's hidden treasures.

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March 5, 2009 11:43 am

Remodeling the Media


Shawn Hoffman

Newspapers are struggling to survive, but the demand for news content remains constant.

It's been a rough couple of weeks for newspapers. The Rocky Mountain News is gone, shut down by parent company E.W. Scripps. The San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Post-Intelligencer may not be far behind, as Hearst has threatened to close both papers if it's unable to find a buyer or receive major concessions from its unions. And even the Wall Street Journal is taking it on the chin; News Corp had to take a $2.8 billion write-down on the paper (half of what they purchased it for just over a year ago), even though it has kept its circulation relatively flat.

This obviously isn't a new phenomenon. Newspapers have been on death row ever since the internet destroyed the barriers to entry in this space (it takes about four minutes and zero dollars to set up an online publication), but the recession has accelerated the process beyond anyone's reasonable estimates. If the advertising climate in the US doesn't improve by the end of this year, the Rocky will only be the first in a long line of papers going the way of the dodo.

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January 11, 2009 12:44 pm

Every Given Sunday: Not Actually Getting Ink Done.


John Perrotto

Contracts are not being offered, a pair of pitching icons change scenery, and Corky almost falls off his unicycle.

Two months ago we looked at the top 25 players available on the free-agent market, and today, nine of those 25 are still looking for work. This year the market has developed much more slowly than usual, and 36 percent of the cream of that original crop (by 2008 WARP3 figures) remain unemployed.

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Olympic despair, Ozzie clears the air, and never saying die down in Houston.


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The Red Sox and Rays rumble, plus talk from the draft, and ubiquitous Bossling bloviating.


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The new Boss sounds off as the Santana talks heat up.


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Chipper gets stupefied, crushing on straight talk, and will Mo and Po stay or go?


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Comments from Baltimore before things got even crabbier, plus all the best of the rest from the week that was.


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If it's All-Star week, why is everyone so unhappy? Johnny Damon, Ozzie Guillen, Frank Robinson, the Yankees and David Newhan all show a little displeasure in this negativity-filled edition of The Week in Quotes.

"It certainly hasn't changed our thinking in terms of acknowledging the record should he return and eventually surpass the record. But any additional promotional sponsorships regarding that record chase would involve the player, the club, Major League Baseball and our corporate sponsors. And those would not go into the discussion phase until he was closer to the record."
--MLB director of marketing communications Kathleen Fineout, on how MLB will market Bonds should he resume the chase for the home run record (Washington Post)

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Jim Bouton tells us how he really feels, the Veterans Committee defend themselves, some young players try new things, and Jim Hendry invents a statistic.

"Do you mean, how do I feel about being compared to a convicted criminal, who's in a deep financial hole, who lied about steroids when he was taking them, who's writing about history without having taken any notes, who references Ball Four in his book and misses the publication date by 10 years? That guy?"
--Jim Bouton, on having Jose Canseco's Juiced compared to his book Ball Four (Concord Monitor)

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July 18, 2003 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Paul Dickson


Peter Schilling Jr.

''Over the course of nine innings hundreds of silent signs and signals are given and received by managers, coaches and players...'' So begins Paul Dickson's new book, The Hidden Language of Baseball (Walker Books, $22.00). Hidden serves as a history of this fascinating, though often misunderstood, part of baseball. Prospectus correspondent Peter Schilling Jr. discussed with Mr. Dickson the nature of signs and sign stealing in baseball today, as well as the controversy surrounding Bobby Thomson's ''Shot Heard 'Round the World.''

Baseball Prospectus: What was it specifically that got started on this book?

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