I was born in New Jersey, lived in Massachusetts, and now I'm in California. I graduated from Cal in the summer of 2010, joined B/R a few months later, and was put on the baseball beat in May of 2012. Still doing it, still loving it.
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Great analysis about the Kinsler-Fielder trade. Profar is the X-factor. If he can put up good numbers in 2014, it's a steal for the Rangers. Well done, nephew.
I just wanted to comment on your article about plate collisions and the new rules. I'm a baseball player since the age of 6 and I've spent the last 20 years playing in amateur and semi-pro leagues as a catcher. I've played with many ex-college and professional players in my time. We have had these "non-collision" rules in place for years to protect us since we all have regular jobs and careers. As far as the pro rules this year I think you are spot-on with your assessment. The unnecessary "macho man" hits should be eliminated especially considering the financial investment most clubs have in their starting catchers and position players. I do believe that we will have the more scrutinized "controversial" out/safe calls that will be magnified (especially the very first time this rule is enforced). In the long run I think this is the greatest thing baseball has done for catchers since the creation of head protection. There is really no other way to take out the serious injury factor without making it a rule book change. In the true spirit of the game of baseball - competition of skill level is the key. There has only been one area where serious physical contact has been allowed and the multitude of career ending or altering injuries that have resulted form home plate collisions in the major and the minor leagues can surely be done without while at the same time preserving the fabric of baseball as a whole.
This is my first post on Bleacher Report and I hope to engage in more in the future. Thanks for writing your article, it was the first time I read something that made me want to comment.
Be happy to send you a free copy of Playing Catch with Destiny.
With the Minor Leaguers suing baseball you might be interested in reading a new book about putting my career on hold to help special needs children and MLB suppressing the story.
hi, you make good articles.
Hello. I have an article idea I would like to see. I have been looking for an analysis of all the television deals for all the baseball teams and over all money each team has to spend each year. I haven't been able to find this anywhere, yet. I am curious because TV deals are becoming overwhelmingly prevalent to how much a team can spend on its roster. Hope you or someone else will consider writing about this.
Have you actually ever played college or professional sports?
In some way could you attempt to explain the Boone Logan deal. He's an average reliever who got insanely overpayed by a team that needed starting pitching.
Nice article on RedSox/Boston Strong. I do think some reference to the 2001 Yankees/NYC 9-11 would have been appropriate.
I used to like you.