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I Was Racially Taunted on Television. Wasn’t I?

New York TimesMay 18, 2019By Doug Glanville  Bigotry thrives in vagueness. It can be cowardly with double meanings. Ambiguity has always been a friend to racism. On May 7, during a television broadcast of a Chicago Cubs game at...

The Fine Print of Baseball's Spring

New York TimesMarch 1, 2019By Doug Glanville For some players, the sense of beginnings and hope is tempered by thought: Is this my last one? Players from all over the world are now deep into the daily work that defines major league spring...
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The Magic of the Baseball Nickname

New York TimesAugust 25, 2018By Doug Glanville Endearing monikers make players at once iconic and personal. After I had played a few years with the Philadelphia Phillies, I noticed that no one on the team was called by his formal name...

Designated for Assignment ... Permanently

New York TimesJuly 27, 2018By Doug Glanville Your slider is flat. You’ve lost a step. Your bat speed has slowed. These and more echoing observations of your physical state are part of the chorus that will one day inevitably usher you out...

Baseball’s Unwritten Rules

New York TimesApril 6, 2018By Doug Glanville Are they a good thing? Yes. We should be happy that grace is still considered a goal of fair play.  One day earlier this week, the Minnesota Twins were pounding the Baltimore Orioles 7-0 in...

Don't Judge Baseball Players by Their Metrics - Or Their Background

New York TimesMarch 28, 2018By Doug Glanville  Numbers won't tell you what kind of teammate a player is.  If you’ve ever been a professional baseball player, you know that every year for spring training you arrive at camp with a...

The Crucial Role of World Series Losers

New York TimesOctober 31, 2017By Doug Glanville Even failure has meaning, and the lessons — for fans, too — are sometimes more valuable. Baseball is a series of definitive moments, but none are quite like the final out of the World Series...

What I Learned About Cops From Baseball

New York TimesOctober 6, 2017By Doug GlanvilleSpending time with police officers as a kid gave me an opportunity to see them as people. Almost exactly 15 years ago and 1,000 miles from where I was playing in the final game of my major league...

Fans Expect Access to Players, but Do They Really Want to Listen?

New York TimesSeptember 22, 2017By Doug Glanville The benefit of time and patience often rewards us with the true significance of an athlete’s activism.I have had a direct view of the changing way we digest sports and its news over the past 25...

Who Gets to Call the Game?

New York TimesJuly 29, 2017By Doug Glanville  You don’t need to be a former player — or a particular gender — to analyze baseball. It was another early summer baseball game last year at Chicago’s “friendly confines,” and in my expert...

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