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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 ...

As the seasons crunchClark Booth

Unconquerable These days, the seasons crunch. Spring rolls into summer bringing with it a flood of pre football-season annuals, dope-books, treasure troves of analytics and if you've checked much of ...

One third down, two thirds to go Clark Booth

Tradition -- a rather precious thing in this space -- obliges a close look at the baseball season as the first checkpoint -- the Memorial Day weekend heralding the nearness of summer -- comes and goes. ...

Injuries, injuries, and more injuriesClark Booth

Whining about injuries is lame. No cliché in sports more swiftly induces a more profound wince than the timeless observation, "Injuries are part of the game." That would be EVERY game; even tiddly winks. ...

Money, money, money Clark Booth

Money! Follow the money. It's all about the money. Money makes the world go round. Money talks and you know what walks. In Baseball, the color of money is ugly. The subject of money suffocates the Game. ...

Spring around someClark Booth

In retrospect, how much more can we make of the curious stretch of "old-fashioned baseball" the Red Sox and Orioles recently featured in successive meetings? Probably nothing, says I. More than enough ...

Presidential sport Clark Booth

Boldly above the fold on the front page of the Sunday 23rd of April's New York Times was a neat presentation of passport style photos of the 20 people -- 18 of them men -- who the Times, in its unquestioned ...