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May 2, 2012 3:03 am

Sobsequy: The Media Meets the Press

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Adam Sobsey

Reviewing Frank Deford's new book, "Over Time," and reflecting on how the advent of the internet has improved the quality of sportswriting.

My favorite second baseman
had gone 0 for 5—there it was,
in black and white. How many of us
could bear a daily record
of exactly what we'd done?

—Stephen Dunn, "Emperors"





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That the Yankees struggle with starters they've never seen before is not just an urban myth. In the words of Madeline Kahn, "It's twue! It's twue!" Plus: Notes from an old timer's day.

Man cannot live by fastball alone. Not for very long, at least, and not against the Yankees. Not that Juan Nicasio didn't try. Making just the sixth start of his big league career, the 24-year-old Rockies rookie threw four perfect innings against the Bronx Bombers on Sunday following the Yankees' 65th annual Old Timers' Day festivities, and your memory didn't have to date back to DiMaggio to feel as though you'd seen this current cast struggle in such situations before.

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The secretary-treasurer of the BBWAA discusses the organization's purpose, its relationship with MLB, and membership eligibility.

The Baseball Writers Association of America is a big part of the game, and Jack O’Connell is a big part of the BBWAA. The organization’s secretary-treasurer since 1994, O’Connell is not only involved in the decision-making, he also serves as spokesperson and coordinates the annual awards and Hall of Fame balloting. A member of the BBWAA since 1975, he is a former beat writer for both the Mets and Yankees. O’Connell talked about the history and objectives of the BBWAA, along with a variety of the organization’s issues. Among them: their relationship with MLB, membership eligibility—including the inclusion of internet-only reporters—and the Hall of Fame voting process.

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The Indians beat writer recalls some moments from a career spanning almost 30 years.

The job of a baseball beat writer is evolving, and it is a lot more demanding than most people realize. Few do it better the Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Hoynsie” has been on the Indians beat for nearly 30 years, so from Andre Thornton to Manny Acta, and Albert Belle to the internet age, he has pretty much seen and done it all—in his own inimitable style. Hoynes talked about what goes into the job, how it has changed, and some of the most interesting players he has covered, one of whom attacked him in the clubhouse.

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Revisiting a conversation with the long-time official scorer in Boston.

Chaz Scoggins has been the primary official scorer at Fenway Park for over 30 years. A long-time sportswriter for The Lowell Sun and a former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Scoggins sat down for this interview in December 2004.

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A spin through BP's recent discussions on BABIP and its discontents.

The following is an edited transcript of an in-house discussion among the Baseball Prospectus team about BABIP.

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January 8, 2008 12:00 am

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Derek Jacques

Roger Clemens has decided to sue Brian McNamee--what's involved, and what are the potential consequences?

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February 5, 2007 12:00 am

Caribbean Series

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Derek Jacques

Day Three featured two lopsided victories. Live in Puerto Rico, Derek passes on what caught his attention.

It was a strange feeling being in Puerto Rico, watching baseball on Super Bowl Sunday. It felt like being a rebel leader in exile, biding my time, keeping the faith, and trying to secure foreign support while waiting for the current despots-the NFL-to slip up, so that the people can be liberated from football once and for all.

Until the glorious day the anti-football revolution comes, people in America will be unfamiliar with the workings of the Caribbean Series, and it will be incumbent upon us to educate them. Saturday's Day Two action left us with two undefeated teams, and two winless ones. The Dominicans pounded Mexico, 9-0, with Tony Batista again proving the offensive catalyst, adding two more homers to the one he hit in the opening game. In the nightcap, the home team beat the Venezuelans in a much closer match, 6-3. So on Sunday, the two winless teams played each other in the afternoon, leaving the two undefeateds to joust in the evening. In other words, after the day's action we would finally have a clear, unbeaten front-runner, as well as one 0-3 team that will be virtually out of contention for the crown.

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February 3, 2007 12:00 am

Caribbean World Series

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Derek Jacques

The longest game in Caribbean Series history made for a very long day for one intrepid reporter.

There was a point in the first game of yesterday's Caribbean World Series doubleheader--men on second and third, two outs, 16th inning, Gregor Blanco swinging right out of his socks on the first pitch, and whiffing two pitches later--when I thought, this game will not die. It's like Dracula, the Wolfman, and John McLane, rolled up into one.

I'm getting ahead of myself. I arrived at Estadio Municipal Roberto Clemente Walker (as the stadium of the Carolina Giants is formally known) more than six hours prior to Blanco's strikeout. The mission was simple--pick up my press credential, get up to the press box, and dig in for a doubleheader. The first game was Venezuela against the Dominican Republic, or the Aragua Tigers against the Cibao Eagles. The second game--Puerto Rico (the aforementioned Giants) against Mexico (the Hermosillo Naranjeros)--was the main event of the first day, given the hometown crowd. However, DR/Venezuela was the highlight, the grudge match between last year's champion and runner-up, a confrontation anticipated even before the Caribbean Series schedule had been released.

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Kevin's trained eye surveys Cal Ripken Jr., a possible trade between the Phillies and the Brewers, and a sports astrologer.

10:25 a.m.: Some guy named John takes the podium to let us now that Cal Ripken will be here at 11 a.m. to talk about his new relationship with FieldTurf--"The Greatest Turf On Earth." The day is going to start off with a bang, after all! I'm told he'll take questions on FieldTurf and the upcoming Hall of Fame voting. I consider asking him about the time he totally blew me off on my first assignment ever at Baseball America, but think the better of it.

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September 22, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Principles

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Joe Sheehan

Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams may go to jail for standing by a principle. The witnesses whose testimony they published never had a chance to make that stand.

The Justice Department has determined that to meet its goals of indicting and prosecuting the people they believe to be guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice in the original BALCO case, they need to know who leaked that information to Fainaru-Wada and Williams. The two reporters, citing the principle that a free press requires that reporters be allowed to protect their sources, have refused to testify, which is why they were sentenced yesterday. (The punishment has been suspended pending an appeal.)

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August 11, 2006 12:00 am

Barry and the Law

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Keith Scherer

Keith Scherer has an update on Barry Bonds' legal situation that covers the period between the publication of Will Carroll's "The Juice" and the present.

Q: Will Bonds be indicted?

A: It's almost certain that he will. The federal government doesn't move against someone until the outcome is more or less guaranteed. Before convening a grand jury, the prosecutors prepare an internal memo analyzing every aspect of the case, including potential objections and motions and credibility problems, and then has that memo vetted by every link in the chain of command. Weaknesses get fixed. In high profile cases even the brass in D.C. has to bless the memo before the case will go forward. This doesn't ensure a conviction, but it just about guarantees an indictment. It also ensures that a vindictive and uninformed prosecutor doesn't embarrass the U.S. Attorney's Office and Department of Justice.

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