Paul Sullivan: Baseball Digest offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane — for free
OK, Boomers, this one’s for you.All you Generation Xers have my permission to leave the room so you can watch “Tiger King” on Netflix or come up with a pop culture list on Facebook.All you Millennials, feel free to go stream video war games on your Xbox or PlayStation.And all you Gen Z kids, it’s time to TikTok or something.Thanks for your patience, and please come back later when the old folks aren’t busy.Now that they’re gone, I have some good news for my fellow Baby Boomers, the generation that allegedly yells at clouds and is painfully aware of the number of people congregating on the fron...
Aided by lessons of concussion recovery, KC manager Mike Matheny embraces found time
Amid the abrupt bust-up of spring training last month, new Royals manager Mike Matheny circulated through the clubhouse in Surprise, Arizona. As many were seeking something even remotely relatable to this unprecedented phase, Matheny absorbed a notion of pitcher Brad Keller: “It feels like the longest rain delay in history.”To some degree, there was consolation in that semblance of the familiar. But Keller also meant it in terms of not knowing what to do with himself.And as much as the parallel resonated with Matheny, it also clarified one of his own fundamental challenges over this limbo in t...
The Kansas City Star
Baseball: Ichiro lauded in all-time Rookie of the Year team
Former major league star Ichiro Suzuki was among three outfielders included on an MLB.com list of the all-time best Rookie of the Year Award winners at each position.Suzuki, who retired in March 2019 and has maintained his ties with the Seattle Mariners as an instructor and special assistant to the club's chairman, was among 11 players who made the All-Rookie of the Year team MLB unveiled Friday based on rookie season statistics.In his major league debut season with the Mariners in 2001, Suzuki batted .350 with 242 hits and was named the American League's Most Valuable Player as well as Rookie...
Cancellation of season would do a number on Twins' roster
MINNEAPOLIS — Riding the momentum of a 101-win season, the Twins’ first division title in nine years, and the addition of some accomplished veterans, Rocco Baldelli challenged his team to reach the World Series as spring training opened. But the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated the nation and the world may do the same for the Twins’ lofty ambitions.The confident team Baldelli exhorted during training camp may never take the field, not as currently constituted.“We’re not there yet. We’re not preparing with (cancellation) in mind. There will be plenty of time for that if it comes to that...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Resilient Cardinals legend Bob Gibson throws cancer a curve
For painfully obvious reasons, the Cardinals didn’t open their home schedule Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. The good news is that Bob Gibson would have been there if there had been no coronavirus pandemic-fueled shutdown of sports.Diagnosed last summer with pancreatic cancer, Gibson, 84, had no guarantee he would see many, if any, more Cardinals openers. But now his chemotherapy treatments have been moved from once a week to every three weeks and he said he feels no pain.Gibson is due for a couple of days of tests this week but for now, as he told someone recently, “The reaper came th...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sideline Chatter: And he insisted on running the four-corners offense to finish every win
Dr. J, meet Dr. A.Anthony Fauci, the immunologist and national point man against the COVID-19 pandemic, was once the point guard and team captain for the Regis High School basketball team in Manhattan, Class of 1958.Quickie retro scouting report: liked to spread the court, run isolation plays; most effective from distance; played lockdown defense.———Headlines gone viral— At TheOnion.com: “Kawhi Leonard misses second consecutive family game night, citing load management.”— At Fark.com: “Wimbledon has officially been canceled. This is not a repeat from 1945.”———20/21 visionThe Tokyo Olympics hav...
The Seattle Times
Shawn Windsor: It's about time Rudy Tomjanovich gets his Hall of Fame due
DETROIT — He’d been on the ballot forever, first as a player, then as a coach. And when Rudy Tomjanovich didn’t make the finalist list a year ago for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a handful of his peers spoke out.How could the former NBA All-Star, the two-time NBA championship coach, the Olympic gold medalist, not be in the Hall of Fame?Well, he is now. Fifteen years after first making the ballot.It’s about damn time.“Long overdue,” said Steve Fishman, who played with Tomjanovich at the University of Michigan in the late ’60s. “But as the saying goes, ‘better late than never.’...
Detroit Free Press
Bob Brookover: Phillies GM Matt Klentak still preparing for the season in these most morbid and unusual times
PHILADELPHIA — Thursday’s conference call with Matt Klentak started five minutes before the first pitch of the Phillies’ home opener was scheduled to be thrown.What should have been Zack Wheeler’s debut in red pinstripes at Citizens Bank Park instead became a 22-minute Q&A with Klentak during which the general manager understandably had few answers about what lies ahead for the team and the game he loves.A month ago, Klentak and manager Joe Girardi were benignly fielding questions about the makeup of the 26-man roster and the leadoff spot in the batting order. Thursday the most pertinent inqui...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Judge tosses DraftKings bettors' lawsuit against Astros and Red Sox, but takes swings at each team
NEW YORK — The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox disgraced baseball — but the cheating teams did not defraud fantasy baseball bettors, a judge ruled Friday.The decision by Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took swings at both franchises for the sign-stealing scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, but said the teams’ lies did not rise to a breach of consumer protection laws.“In 2017 and thereafter, the Houston Astros, and somewhat less blatantly the Boston Red Sox, shamelessly broke that rule, and thereby broke the hearts of all true baseball fans. But did the initial efforts of those team...
New York Daily News
Why did coronavirus kill SC activist? He was never told he had disease
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Liszewski awoke last Saturday and padded down the steps at his Columbia home, hoping the headaches and fever that had bothered him would finally go away.It had been a rough and confounding week for Liszewski, a 60-year-old activist who didn’t get sick very often. After returning from a conference in the Midwest, he’d been unable to shake the illness that was keeping him away from his work at a grassroots political organization.Then, sometime after descending the stairs the morning of March 28 to check his computer, he collapsed. A few hours later, his fiancee found Liszews...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)