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Sunday, March 01, 2015
The rifle report of balls popping into gloves, the finessed footwork of a double play, the sludgy streams of tobacco exiting mouths.
One of those mainstays of the national pastime could soon vanish from California’s major-league baseball fields.
Already banned in minor-league parks, tobacco would be prohibited at every baseball venue in California under legislation announced Tuesday by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond. Thurmond and public health advocates justified the legislation as a way to discourage tobacco use by youths, and hoped it could send a message to other states, organized baseball and the players.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Thursday, January 01, 2015
First Love Was Baseball
It was baseball, not politics, that first engaged him, and he proved as aggressive in one as in the other. After graduating from St. John’s Preparatory School in Queens in 1949, he played on the freshman baseball team at St. John’s University.
A strapping six feet tall, 190 pounds at age 19, he signed a contract to play center field for the Class D Brunswick Pirates in Georgia in 1952, reportedly receiving a $2,000 signing bonus, sizable for that time. Mr. Cuomo “plays hard” and “will run over you if you get in his way,” a Pirates scout wrote.
His baseball career was short-lived. Knocked in the head with a 3-and-2 fastball that summer, he was left blind for a week and forced to give up the game — leaving with a .244 batting average….
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Havana Rays has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Don’t make me wish I’d chosen an “off-topic politics” tag for this thread!!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The name Mark Gilbert may not be familiar to most baseball fans, but the former Chicago White Sox outfielder is primed to do something no other former player has done before.
Gilbert played all of seven games, hitting .273 with three runs scored and three RBIs. The following season, he required knee surgery and elected to walk away from the game and move on to a career in finance. But that cup of coffee with Chicago [White Sox] moves Gilbert into a category of his own.
Monday, December 01, 2014
A crazed Chicago Cubs fan will do anything to guarantee a championship, and the President of the United States has a childhood secret that puts the Oval Office and lives at risk.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
The Mets and their chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, in court papers filed Friday, denied all the accusations made in a lawsuit by a former senior ticket-sales executive who said that she had been discriminated against for being pregnant out of wedlock.
The executive, Leigh Castergine, said she had been fired in retaliation for complaining to the team’s human resources department.
“The termination of her employment,” the Mets and Wilpon said in their filings in United States District Court in Brooklyn, “was based on legitimate business reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with her gender, marital status, pregnancy or leave.” They cited “business issues and conflicts in the workplace” between Castergine and her supervisor, Lou DePaoli, the team’s chief revenue officer, and other executives that arose before her pregnancy. The Mets and Wilpon offered few details behind their defense….
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Closer to home, the “three strikes” policy in California attracted a wave of support by appealing to Americans’ sporting ideals and love of baseball. The measure, which mandated that repeat criminal offenders be imprisoned for life, drained state coffers while cramming jails with shoplifters and petty thieves. “Confronted with a hard question like how to deal with the complexities and challenges of prison policy,” Pollack told me over the phone, “most of us would prefer to swap in an easy question: Is baseball fair?” The Golden State legislature decided that yes, baseball was fair. Eight years after “three strikes” passed, that analogic reasoning had racked up a 1.2 billion dollar, 3,000 prisoner price tag.
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