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"You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." --Jim Bouton
As a former collegiate baseball player, I still can't get enough of the game. While my perspective has shifted from athlete to spectator, my love of baseball and other sports is just as intense. No longer will I wake up before the sun and begin a workout. No longer will I happily board a cramped bus with 25 other guys to make a 6 hour round trip. However, I can't imagine my life without sports.
This has led me to pursue a career as a sports journalist. I left a cozy yet unsatisfying job at a law firm in Baltimore to get my master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, a school with top notch athletic programs to go with its top notch journalism school. So far, my pursuit has been great. I have worked with some great writers and teachers. I have rubbed elbows with some of the best athletes and coaches in the country.
I have no idea where my degree will take me, but, like UNC's legendary women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance would say, I will strive to make my life a never-ending ascension.
I'm very pleased to know that you're happy with it.
You're very welcome.
Hey Brian—Max Tcheyan here, a Bleacher Report Community Coordinator.
I've been spending time on our Orioles page and read a couple of your old articles. Really on-point analysis...you do good work.
Given that you haven't written in a while, I thought I'd check in and see if you're interested in picking up your coverage again. What do you say?
If not, it would be great if you could give me some feedback on why you decided to stop writing and what we could have done to better serve you. If you wouldn't mind, please shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts.
Thanks so much,
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A story on the Pirates coming back to Balmer after 29 years would be worthy fodder eh? I attended 2 outta 3 and it was ... emotional.
Screw Sister Sledge.
Brian Roberts is another product of Larry Bigbie. Though Roberts admitted to using steroids once, I'm not saying that Cust or Roberts are clean, in fact, I have begun to subscribe to the theory "where there is smoke there is fire" in this circumstance.
The evidence against Gibbons is far more damning, paired with his lack of trade-ability.
"Named in the Mitchell Report, Jack Cust has a similar but less spectacular career than Gibbons and is only two years younger. While Gibbons will play against has-beens and never-will-bes, the Oakland Athletics outfielder plays against the best in the world."
Jack Cust is playing for a team, the A's, who love the base on balls. Cust has a career OBP .148 higher than his BA. He's also making near vet. minimum.
Conversely, Gibbons has hit for an average .011 higher than Cust, but has an OBP .083 lower.
Also, Josh Hamilton was somewhat of an unknown when the Cubs traded for him in the Rule V draft. I knew of him, and was disappointed when they traded him to the Reds. However, I don't doubt that it had something to do with the PR move attached if he had problems during the season.
The fundamental difference between Jack Cust, Sammy Sosa, Brian Roberts, Rick Ankiel, etc and a guy like Jay Gibbons, is strictly economical. The potential succcess of the others can bring a better player in a trade, put more butts in seats, or be first round compensation in free agency.
Once again, like I said, great article.
No problem Brian, keep it up!
Outstanding Oriole coverage ... so depressing over at the Sun.
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