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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Stark: Where have all the MLB superstars gone?

Between November and February, that firm surveyed more than 6,000 American sports fans, age 12 and older. If you don’t count Tim Tebow (please don’t) or Bo Jackson, guess the only three baseball players who showed up among America’s 50 favorite pro athletes?

In the NBA, coaches and stars take aim at the policies of our new president. Not in baseball. Should the sport of Jackie Robinson, with players who make it a multicultural melting pot, say more?
There was Derek Jeter, at No. 13. He hasn’t played a game in 2½ years. Next came Babe Ruth, at No. 30. He’s the only name on the list—in any sport—who hasn’t appeared in a game for more than eight decades. And finally, you get to Pete Rose, at No. 50. The Hit King last played in the big leagues 31 years ago—and he has been suspended from his sport for the last 28.

So there you have it. America’s three favorite baseball figures: Guys who have been dodging the box scores for a combined 116 years.

The first active player who shows up on this list is Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo at No. 51. He can thank that raging epidemic of Cubs Fever.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2017 at 10:16 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, stars

Sunday, March 12, 2017

OTP 13 March 2017: A Week in Breitbart Sports

DJ Gallo spends a week reading Breitbart Sports so we don’t have to:

I always endeavor to watch sports, if for no other reason than to gain a brief escape from the rest of our hyper-partisan culture. But then I happened to discover that there is something called Breitbart Sports. Yes, Breitbart.com, the flagship website of the nationalistic, alt-right. The angry white man to the New York Times’ old gray lady, the publication whose headlines (and longtime publisher) have somehow come to inform the most powerful and misinformed man in the world, is slinging sports news and takes with the rest of us.

The idea of sport as a uniter made it through the first world war, but could it withstand an association with Breitbart?

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 1534 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, nba, nfl, politics, tim tebow

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

OT - March 2017 NBA thread

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of bothered to submit a monthly thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about:  I dunno, baseball, maybe?  Probably politics, but maybe some baseball, too.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: March 01, 2017 at 11:37 AM | 7179 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Selig Years, Part Three: Baseball’s Current Position

MLB is an increasingly dominant hegemon on the American and the global baseball scene. That hegemony affects almost every pitch that is thrown in the United States, from youth baseball all the way up to the World Series. It is a product of a confluence of events largely outside the realm of baseball, including such developments as the civil rights movement and population shifts following World War II. MLB’s domination of the sport was not inevitable, but that is what has happened over the past fifty or sixty years. Just as it was not inevitable, it is also not irreversible.

gehrig97 Posted: January 10, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, major league, minor leagues, nba, nfl, rob manfred, selig, wbc

 

 

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