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When a Pro Player Quits His Team

TIME IDEASDecember 6, 2011By Doug Glanville Of all the four-letter words that are taboo, nothing damages the reputation of an athlete like the word quit. Sure there are fancy ways to say it, like “ask for my release,” but once it leaves your...

The Long-Term Impact of the NBA Lockout

TIME IDEASNovember 29, 2011By Doug Glanville When I had to sit out during the Major League Baseball strike of 1994-5, I knew there were some hot button issues to resolve. Free agent rights, pension plans, revenue sharing, arbitration rules. I...

What Separates a Pro Athlete From His Money?

TIME IDEASNovember 15, 2011By Doug Glanville When Michael Vick declared bankruptcy, it raised our eyebrows. Sure, we knew his legal defense against dogfighting charges would have cost a lot of money, but not THAT much money. He, like a host of...

Silence in the Locker Room

TIME IDEASNovember 10, 2011By Doug Glanville As a former professional athlete, I understand team code as well as anyone. In fact, I understand why it is a necessary part of the landscape. When you are at the highest level, you also endure the...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

TIME IDEASNovember 1, 2011By Doug Glanville If you are a professional athlete, you know that your dinner table has musical chairs. There is an in-season seating chart, an off-season seating chart, a playoff seating chart, even an “I’m on the...

Kid Sports: Is Our Obsession with Winning Making Us Lose the Point?

TIME IDEASOctober 25, 2011By Doug Glanville At the age of 7, I put on my first baseball uniform as a member of Joey’s Children’s Wear of Teaneck Western Little League. From that day forth, I would continue to wear team colors — through high...

What Does ‘3,000 Hits’ Really Mean?

The New York TimesJuly 7, 2011By Doug Glanville The Yankees released me from my contract in 2005. Several years later, I texted Derek Jeter, who still had the same cellphone number, to ask whether he would inscribe a bat to my newborn son...

New Age Political Player

THE NEW YORK TIMES May 12, 2010 By Doug Glanville As we all know, in the arid world of Arizona, political temperatures have been rising about a new law that makes it a crime to be without immigration papers, and relies heavily on “reasonable...

Too Much Information?

The New York TimesMay 6, 2010by Doug GlanvilleI get asked from time to time about how the game has changed since I played it. For me, it feels like yesterday that I was part of the inaugural season at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and this has...

In Your Pocket

The New York Times March 23, 2010 By Doug Glanville Players know the truth of the adage that the only time you are healthy over a major league season is the morning you report to the first day of spring training. From then on, it is a...

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