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ONLY A BLOG
March 30th, 2016
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Cheesesteaks And Charlie Brown: Minor League Baseball’s Best Jersey Promotions

Minor League Baseball is all about promotions. In particular, special themed jerseys are a time-honored and popular tradition. With the season right on the horizon, we take a look at what’s to come at minor league ballparks across the country.

COMMENTARY
March 23rd, 2016

In Cuba, Visit From Obama, Rays Offers An Opportunity

This week the Tampa Bay Rays visited Cuba. So did President Obama. Bill Littlefield is encouraged.

COMMENTARY
March 19th, 2016

It’s Not Only Ballplayers Who Bring Their Children To Work

Bringing your child to work is risky if you’re a Major League Baseball player. The controversy that has followed the disagreement between Adam LaRoche and the White Sox has demonstrated that. And probably bringing your child to work even if you’re not a Major League Baseball player can be dangerous, too.

Roundtable
March 19th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: LaRoche, Spring Training, NFLPA

Should players kids’ have unlimited access to the clubhouse? Is spring training dead? And is the NFLPA making the right move by attempting to strip Roger Goodell of his disciplinary powers? The Boston Globe’s Shira Springer and Craig Calcaterra of NBCSports.com join Bill for this week’s roundtable.

FEATURE
March 12th, 2016

MLB’s Statistically Improbable Home Run Spike Flummoxes The Experts

Last season, the MLB saw a 17.3 percent increase in home runs. The probability of that happening? Zero percent. Bill talks to Neil Greenberg, who writes about sports analytics for The Washington Post, about his attempts to explain this phenomenon.

CHARLIE PIERCE
March 5th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

With the Tampa Bay Rays announcing that they will hold a exhibition game in Cuba later this month, it might be time for Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce to resurrect his dream of owning an MLB team in Havana. Bill and Charlie also review what some are calling the greatest baseball card discovery of all time and wonder if the Warriors will ever stop winning.

ONLY A BLOG
March 2nd, 2016
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The Wildest Things That Have Happened At Spring Training … So Far

Spring training has officially begun and that means one thing — baseball, and all of the craziness that comes with it, is back! From raccoons to fire-breathing Lamborghinis, here are the weirdest things that have happened thus far.

COMMENTARY
February 27th, 2016

Hurray For Minor League Baseball…And Silliness

This week, minor league teams announced that they would be wearing jerseys celebrating characters from “Better Called Saul” and “Star Wars.” On a sports landscape too much given to self-important promotion, Bill Littlefield is glad there’s still a little room for the ridiculous.

In-Depth
February 27th, 2016

‘Casey At The Bat’ — Revisiting The Mudville Nine And DeWolf Hopper

If you say “poetry” and “baseball” to lots of people, they will think of Ernest Thayer’s doggerel “Casey at the Bat.” As players gather at spring training, Bill Littlefield takes the opportunity to embark on a literary examination of the historic poem.

COMMENTARY
February 24th, 2016

Why Does Vegas Love The Cubs?

During spring training, fans of every baseball team are inclined to be optimistic. This time around, Bill Littlefield is especially interested in fans of the Cubs.

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