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Red Sox, Racism and Adam Jones

New York TimesMay 5, 2017by Doug Glanville  When I heard that the Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was showered with racial epithets by fans at Fenway Park on Monday, it was easy for me to roll my eyes and say, “Of course — Boston...

Tebow’s Test of Faith

New York TimesApril 14, 2017by Doug Glanville  There are many aspects of baseball that set it apart from other sports. I often cite these differences as related to its pace, perspective, nuance and calculus. Yet baseball is also a game of...

Speed Walking: Baseball in a Hurry

New York TimesFebruary 28, 2017by Doug Glanville As my career wound down, I sank toward the bottom of the order, at times batting eighth just in front of the pitcher. (My ball-playing experience was mostly in the National League, where pitchers...

For Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Do Statistics Alone Still Matter?

New York TimesJanuary 20, 2017by Doug Glanville It’s a line we’ve all heard, and have probably said to our kids. It starts with “there will always be someone” and concludes with a word like “faster” or “stronger” or “prettier” or “smarter.” It’...

Broadcast Booth Blues

New York TimesOctober 7, 2016by Doug Glanville Could it be that calling the play-by-play for a ballgame is tougher than playing major-league center field? With the end of Major League Baseball’s 2016 regular season came a special kind of...

The Upside to A-Rod

New York TimesAugust 12, 2016by Doug GlanvilleAfter an ignominious departure, a shot at redemption for Alex Rodriguez.Alex Rodriguez has played his last game as a New York Yankee. Unceremoniously releasing him from his $275 million contract, which...

Baseball’s First Threshold

New York TimesFebruary 26, 2016by Doug GlanvilleThe first day of spring training is often linked with the smell of fresh-cut grass. Cut grass means well-manicured baseball fields. Well-manicured baseball fields mean we are about to get serious....

Parsing the Utley Play

New York TimesOctober 15, 2015by Doug GlanvilleIn the slide heard round the social media world, we have (some) resolution. Chase Utley, the Dodgers veteran — and my old Philadelphia teammate — has been suspended for two games by Major League...

Trades and the Tides of Time

New York TimesSeptember 4, 2015by Doug Glanville As a kid, I was not a Dodgers fan by any stretch. In 1977 and 1978, Los Angeles knocked off my beloved Philadelphia Phillies in consecutive National League Championship Series. They went on to...

Trade Me, Trade Me Not

NewYork TimesAugust 6, 2015by Doug Glanville  WILMER FLORES had an eventful week. At its peak, he hit a game-winning home run in the last inning to beat the then-division-leading Washington Nationals. But at its valley, the young...

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