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Confessions of a Major League T-Ball Coach

The New York TimesMay 8, 2015by Doug Glanville It was an honor, during the off-season, to have been interviewed for a job as a big-league manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. I wasn’t chosen to run their show, so I elected to develop my managerial...

Baseball’s Eternal Opening Day

The New York TimesApril 10, 2015by Doug GlanvilleOpening Week in major league baseball has come and gone in a flurry. One of my former teams, the Chicago Cubs, started the fireworks last Sunday, with a shutout loss at the hands of the Cardinals’ ace...
Randy Johnson in May 2009.

Shared Greatness: Baseball Hall of Famers and What They Taught Me

The New York TimesJanuary 16, 2015by Doug GlanvilleExploding sliders. Time-stopping change-ups. Three-thousand-hit machines. We expect to embrace such superlatives with any baseball Hall of Fame induction class, and 2015 was no different. I had...

Jeter's Real Gift

The New York TimesSeptember 19, 2014by Doug GlanvilleDuring the chaos and excitement of awaiting our firstborn child, my wife and I were decorating the nursery. Our son was due to arrive in late June of 2008 and we planned to put his crib in a...

Head for Home

The New York TimesAugust 1, 2014by Doug GlanvilleIt is one of the fundamental rules of baseball. To score, a runner must step on home. When a hitter leaves the batter’s box after making contact, he knows exactly where he is going. He runs with...

Cano's Fresh Start

The New York TimesApril 11, 2014By Doug GlanvilleThe baseball experience of my childhood led me to believe in the stability of the baseball family. Even though free agency was alive and well in those years, my favorite players were mainstays. Mike...

The Book on Jeter

The New York TimesFebruary 12, 2014By Doug GlanvilleEvery major league player is deeded real estate in the book of baseball. Some may be granted only one word, others a paragraph. And then there is Derek Jeter, who is closing out, in a masterly way...

The Ghosts of October

The New York TimesOctober 24, 2013by Doug GlanvilleAs I push my 4-year-old daughter on the swing, I wonder when the day will come when she will not need me to supply the power. My children remind me that time is marching on even when the frenetic...

How A-Rod Doesn't Add Up

The New York TimesAugust 5, 2013By Doug GlanvilleBefore I played a single game of professional baseball, I was a fan. If my brother and I weren’t chipping the paint off our parents’ garage door with wayward pitches during an extra-inning session of...

Player’s Viewpoint on Jason Collins: Sport Isn’t About Machismo

TIME IDEASApril 30, 2013by Doug GlanvilleWith Jason Collins coming out, he helps us focus on what really matters.The cliché about sport is that it defines manhood through a lens of machismo, no matter how many girls, women or men who don’t fit in a...

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