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Danziger on baseball

Danziger: Play Ball!

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

March 31, 2017
Danziger on immigrant ballplayers

Danziger: The Immigrant Sport

If you follow baseball (or beisbol), you know that the American pastime is and always was enriched by immigration. So the Trump hostility to immigrants, as Danziger observes, is also bad for baseball — yet one more aspect of the president’s policies that is (*cough*) alien to our way of life.

March 2, 2017
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to Vice-President Joe Biden speak as they campaign together during an event in Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

How Hillary Clinton Became A Hated Yankees Fan

The fun began in 1999, when the then-First Lady was contemplating running for the U.S. Senate from New York. She made the mistake of going on the “Today Show” and telling Katie Couric she’d always been a Yankees fan. The host objected.

August 24, 2016

Cartoon: A-Rod Leaves The Yankees

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August 8, 2016

Endorse This: Jimmy Carter’s Still Got It

Former president Jimmy Carter got a very warm welcome on his night out with his lifelong First Lady, when he and Rosalynn took in a baseball game Thursday.

September 18, 2015
Baltimore, Baseball, Empty Stadium, MLB, National News, Protest, Riots, Police Brutality, White Sox, Sports

Participants, Residents Reflect On Meaning Of Fanless Baseball In Baltimore

The MLB experiments with an empty stadium: If there are no fans to watch the Orioles and White Sox play, is truly a game?

April 30, 2015
Sports, Baltimore, Riots, Freddie Gray, Protest, Baseball, Orioles, Curfew, National News, Police Brutality

And The O’s Played On

The cult of sport faces off against civil protests, as riots ripple through Baltimore, and the Orioles decide whether or not to play ball.

April 28, 2015
Sports, Cubs, Chicago, Bleachers, Renovation, Old Guard, Beer, Baseball, Sports, Change, Fans

Displaced Wrigley Field Bleacher Season Ticket Holders Complain, Adjust

However long it takes, disgruntled ‘bleacherites’ will return to Cubs games as they wait for renovations to the storied seats to finish.

March 26, 2015
Sports, Dogers, Paco Rodriguez, Baseball, Health, Cuban Food, Diet, Playoffs

Playoff Snubs Ate At Dodgers’ Paco Rodriguez, So Now He Eats Better

After a change in attitude, laying off his grandma’s Cuban cooking may be the final step for Paco Rodriguez to earn a spot on the Dodgers’ roster.

March 18, 2015

Endorse This: Little League Blues

It’s getting so you can’t trust anyone these days — not even Little League baseball.

February 11, 2015
Curt Schilling

Stats, Not Politics, Kept Schilling Out Of Cooperstown

Forget his Tea Party politics; Curt Schilling just wasn’t good enough for the Hall of Fame.

January 9, 2015

Why Baseball Is Better

Ready for the October Classic?

October 21, 2014

How Major League Baseball Could Determine Control Of Congress

By Abby Livingston, CQ Roll Call WASHINGTON — For most of the country, this October’s television airwaves are filled with two things: baseball and politics — and the two rarely mix. But the mid-autumn climax of Major League Baseball could impact the Senate playing field in key states where teams are primed to make the playoffs. Televised […]

September 11, 2014

Clinic Operator Suspected Of Selling Steroids To Plead Guilty In October

By Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald MIAMI — Anthony Bosch, the South Florida clinic operator suspected of selling banned steroids to suspended Major League Baseball players, plans to plead guilty in October to illegally distributing the performance enhancement drugs. “We’ve resolved the case,” Bosch’s defense attorney, Guy Lewis, told U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles on […]

September 3, 2014

Criminal Charges Filed In Baseball’s Biogenesis Steroid Scandal

By Julie K. Brown and Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald CORAL GABLES, Fla. — A year to the day after 13 Major League Baseball players were suspended in the biggest doping scandal in baseball history, federal authorities on Tuesday charged a crew of seven with illegally providing them and others — including high school athletes […]

August 5, 2014

Jeter, Trout Shine In All-Star Game

Minneapolis (AFP) — Derek Jeter went two-for-two, helping the American League grab home field advantage in the World Series with a 5-3 win over the National League in the MLB all-star game Tuesday. Jeter belted a double on the second pitch from NL starter Adam Wainwright as the New York Yankees shortstop made his final […]

July 16, 2014

Sleeping Yankees Fan Sues ESPN, MLB For $10 Million

By Ryan Parker, Los Angeles Times A New York Yankees fan caught sleeping in the stands during an April game against the renowned rival Boston Red Sox has had enough of being made fun of and is bringing legal action against ESPN for broadcasting his slumbering image. Andrew Rector filed a defamation lawsuit in New […]

July 8, 2014

Machado’s Bat-Tossing Ban Stands

New York (AFP) — Major League Baseball on Monday upheld the five-game suspension of Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado for a bat-tossing incident that sparked a brawl. The Orioles said Machado would begin serving the ban on Monday, when they host the Texas Rangers. Machado was sanctioned after flinging his bat down the third base […]

June 30, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Baseball As A Road To God: Seeing Beyond The Game’

In honor of the official start of the baseball season, Weekend Reader presents Baseball as a Road to God by John Sexton, president of New York University and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Published last month in a paperback edition, the bestselling Baseball as a Road to God makes a connection between the culture […]

April 5, 2014

Jeff Miller: Angels Will Beat The Odds, Win World Series

By Jeff Miller, The Orange County Register The Angels will not, contrary to the consensus, finish third in their division this season. They will not, as suggested by The Sporting News, finish fourth, ahead of only Houston, a team that lost 111 times in 2013. And they will not, as Sports Illustrated’s website just forecast, finish […]

March 27, 2014

Pro Baseball Players Keep Some Bone Strength For Life, Study Says

By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times Young men who exercise keep some of the benefits to their bones into old age, even if they don’t keep at it, according to researchers who compared the throwing arms and the nonthrowing arms of professional baseball players over time. Bone mass, size and strength increase with physical activity in […]

March 26, 2014

Frank Jobe, Doctor Who Saved Pitchers’ Careers With Tommy John Surgery, Dies At 88

By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—In the fall of 1974, Dodger pitcher Tommy John heard his arm snap like a guitar string after delivering a pitch. The torn ligament was the type of injury that commonly ended athletic careers, but John, then a 31-year-old star, pushed team doctors “to figure it out.” Orthopedic […]

March 7, 2014

The Story A-Rod Would Love To Tell

An absolutely true news item: New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was suspended for one season for routinely using banned substances, including injectable growth hormones, skin creams and testosterone lozenges that Rodriguez called “gummies.” —— As I’ve said all along, I’m totally innocent. I don’t use performance-enhancing drugs, period. And I would never, ever put […]

January 21, 2014

Baseball, Tim Pawlenty, And Celebrity Politics

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) — You might have missed the news that several courthouse guards are being investigated for accepting autographed baseballs from Roger Clemens, one of the greatest pitchers of the modern era, after his mistrial on charges of lying under oath about steroid use. This might seem like a minor offense, but it isn’t. […]

August 18, 2011