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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...

What Makes (and Unmakes) an All-Star?

New York TimesJuly 11, 2017By Doug Glanville  A career is more complex than the stat line on the back of your baseball card.  I never was an All-Star, but I was on a few ballots. In both 1998 and 1999, when I was among the...

Big Little League

New York TimesJune 23, 2017By Doug Glanville  Sure, there was a bat and a glove, but was it baseball? Then, one day, I looked up and realized that it actually was. Keeping score is ingrained in my soul. Baseball is a game driven by...

Jimmy Piersall’s Raw and Memorable Coaching

New York TimesJune 9, 2017by Doug Glanville Sometimes he would hide in orange groves near the ball field to make sure we were “executing.”The longtime major-league outfielder Jimmy Piersall died last week in Wheaton, Ill. To many, he was a...

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...

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