Sep. 22, 2013
No need to get into a discussion of whether Mariano Rivera is ‘the greatest closer ever’ in Major League baseball (the 9th-inning [only] closer being a fairly recent development) but we can all agree that he has been One Heck Of A Reliever. Personally
Aug. 10, 2013
Having gone off on insincere Ryan Braun not once, but twice (July 27, diversion: the baseball I told you so edition), I'd hate anyone to think that I am soft on #13 if I didn't have something (diverting?) to say about this Never A "True Yankee" fellow, Ju
Jul. 27, 2013
If you care about MLB at all and if you’re a Manhattan Loft Guy reader for a good while, you may remember my diversionary post about the last time this bubbled strongly. In my February 26, 2012, diversionary Sunday: Ryan Braun is NOT "innocent", I point
Jun. 16, 2013
So it was heartening (for me, at least) to read two book-end feel-good stories from Sports Illustrated last week about major league players seeking redemption of sorts. And finding it (so far). Lest you think “redemption” is too strong a word, or seek
Apr. 28, 2013
If you are a mild baseball fan you are aware that catchers take a lot of punishment; a more serious fan is aware that Yankee catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a broken hand last week when hit by a foul ball, just as the catcher watching that game from t
Mar. 16, 2013
Snow flurries aside, it is getting to be baseball season, finally. If you’ve been following the game for a while, there will be something in this compilation on SBNation that will make you smile, as you remember the game (or the specific play) featured.
Feb. 17, 2013
I have commented before that Grantland has a wonderful collection of writers with a focus on sports but a wonderfully broad range of interests. In re-filling my Instapaper reader the other night I came across two gems, for immediate consumption. First, in
Feb. 3, 2013
Major league baseball spring training dates are around the corner. THAT is the big sports news for today, right?
Jan. 20, 2013
Through the miracle of the inter-tubes, and the confidence of the principals and the editors of the Old Grey Lady, we got home well after midnight to find that the wedding we had just come from made the New York Times weddings and celebrations, printed in
Dec. 30, 2012
Forgive me, not for talkin’ baseball (to be encouraged 365 days a year) but for picking at a scab of New York Mets fans. They won’t have the reigning Cy Young award winner to root for next year, as the custodians of baseball’s pit of despair decided
Oct. 14, 2012
Let’s not talk about the League Championship Series yet, bad breaks and all. (I know that is difficult, fellow Yankee fans, but indulge me.) Focus instead on the glory of the Division Series, and tip your cap to the three teams that were probably the to
Oct. 7, 2012
It does not happen this way every Sunday, but for real fans today there are games to watch at noon, 3, 6 and 9, from the East Coast, to America’s so-called heartland, finishing on the West Coast. Sadly, I have too much work to watch it all, but hope to
Jul. 15, 2012
It was this paragraph in a short essay that told me that this writer would probably have something to say, and would say it well
Jul. 8, 2012
Sunday diversion about baseball and Pythagorus
Jun. 3, 2012
If you are a fan of Manhattan Loft Guy baseball diversions, you know I have taken a pretty hard line about reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun. (Refresh yourself with my February 26, diversionary Sunday: Ryan Braun is NOT "innocent"; it is long [surpr
May. 20, 2012
Baseball stat geeks are sometimes boring, sometimes stupid as well as trivial (as in “Johnny Littlebat is hitting .350 in Tuesday day games, but at .180 he can’t buy a hit in Friday night games”), and sometimes fascinating. Asking questions and pars
May. 6, 2012
The confessions is required is from me, though the question is whether a likely Hall of Fame catcher needs to confess. My confession is that I clicked on the Tom Verducci piece from Sports Illustrated because of the guilty pleasure of reading (more) about
Apr. 29, 2012
Maybe it is the power of Yankee media, or maybe it is just that any trivial thing that happens involving the Yankees can’t be too trivial, but if you watched the Yankees against the Rangers last week you probably saw The Tossed Ball Play in real time, a
Apr. 22, 2012
Your Sunday no-Manhattan-lofts diversion is back to baseball.
Mar. 25, 2012
Note to self: follow up to see how this story about a high school pitcher about to get a new kidney ends up. Kid has done a lot, 10-hour dialysis sessions and other kidney problems aside. Good luck to him, and props to his donor aunt.
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