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Late summer musingsClark Booth

Rounding the bases -- long the occasional custom here -- while wondering if the Patriots sloppy exhibition kick-off against the eternally pathetic Jaguars officially ends talk of "perfection" this season. ...

Grinding baseball wheels Clark Booth

Although its prominence has been irrefutable for at least 40 years now, the mid-season, non-waiver, dump 'em while you can still get something for 'em, trade deadline has never generated more sheer noise ...

1967 remembered IVClark Booth

It's seemingly become a staple of the fable; something, if you weren't around then, you might smile about and wonder why it was such a big deal. It was a different time, you see. Still, a simpler time. ...

The state of the game Clark Booth

Summer peaks and so with it should baseball be peaking. But 2017 is not your ordinary season. While ostensibly booming financially -- ever the foremost consideration -- fundamental questions about how ...

Catching upClark Booth

Off on the beach a couple weeks, stuff keeps happening on the relentless merry-go-round of contemporary sport. The games never sleep. No sense trying to catch up, let alone the need. But here are a couple ...

Recollections of fifty years -- III Clark Booth

A long agonizing road-trip preceded the All-Star break, the season's unofficial midpoint when assessments of which teams truly contend and which decidedly do not become realistic and get taken seriously. ...

Scouting Scooter and baseball alterationsClark Booth

Earlier this month an obscure and undistinguished spare part of the Cincinnati Reds named Scooter Gennett took an illustrious seat in baseball history right alongside the fabled likes of Lou Gehrig, Chuck ...

End of winter, finally Clark Booth

On the eve of summer, winter finally ends. The skates are hung up, sneakers stashed away. Seasons that once routinely ended around Easter now drag on to the ides of June. But all good things come to an ...