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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Golden Age of Baseball Writing

Only in baseball — in no other sport — do we imagine that olden days were better than our own, or that the stars of nearly a century ago could not only compete with those of today but would certainly exceed them. Was there ever a guy like Ruth? Or Gehrig? No. Nor have there been writers like Rice and Runyon, Gallico and Vidmer, Kieran and Lieb, or Cannon. All these were honored in their generations, and were the glory of their times.
But I’ll take the game and the writing of today.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sportswriters

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sportswriters Love Marriotts More Than You Love Anything

Why do sports writers love Marriott in particular? The answer seems to be the chain’s big-city locations, early rewards program, and inertia. A number of younger writers say that they were counseled into Marriotts by older colleagues. On Friday, Marriott completed its merger with Starwood Hotels — a move that may dilute Marriott brand loyalty and could mark the end of an era — but for now, the adoration remains strong.

Adam Kilgore, a national sports writer for the Washington Post who previously covered the Nationals beat, prefaced his favorite Marriott story with this disclaimer: “It’s possibly apocryphal, but it’s too good not to tell.”

The anecdote — since confirmed under the condition of anonymity — dates back to the 1990s, when one veteran scribe covering a baseball series in a Midwestern city recognized that his low hotel rate was limiting his Marriott points-earning potential, so he approached the front desk and asked to pay more. The confused front desk rep couldn’t raise the price, so the writer instead rented a second room.

Kilgore, a thirty-something grizzled beyond his years, practically begged for follow-up queries. “If anything comes up and you have more questions, call me back,” he said. “I always love talking about Marriotts.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hotels, marriotts, sportswriters

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sherman: How baseball enticed Dee Gordon to use PEDs

Sherman blames everyone for players using PEDs—save the sportswriters who turned a blind eye to the issue during the 90s/00s.

Dee Gordon is the villain in his 80-game suspension. Let’s be upfront about that because I want to talk about the hypocrisy that cushions a villain and propels a villain to do villainous stuff.

Pretty much the only institution in the game that has delivered a strong penalty to those tied to illegal performance enhancers is the Baseball Writers Association of America, which votes for the Hall of Fame. Hypocrisy alert: I might be part of the problem, because I vote for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

Ultimately, the Hall is about the best 1 percent of players ever. For the other 99 percent, the deterrent message is not exactly powerful, certainly not as powerful as the hypocrisy.



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