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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...

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....

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