Adam C. MacKinnon – Romantic About Baseball
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BOOK REVIEW: “Stealing Home” by Eric Nusbaum

September 18, 2020No Comments

The latest in our Book Review series looks at Eric Nusbaum’s first book “Stealing Home”

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The Art of the Steal: What’s Happening with Stolen Bases?

September 10, 20201 Comment

Crime is down on the base paths . . . why? Is it a good thing?

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Book Review: Summer Baseball Nation by Will Geoghegan

August 27, 2020No Comments

Overall, Will Geoghegan’s story of the summer leagues is engaging, even if it loses a lot of steam toward the end. Full of familiar names and colorful characters, it’s a worthwhile read for any baseball fan looking for some non-MLB fare.

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Bonds and Jeter: 2021’s Clash of the Titans at Cooperstown

August 19, 2020No Comments

Could we see Baseballs Golden Boy and Fallen Angel on the same stage?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Billy Ball” by Dale Tafoya

August 4, 20201 Comment

The storytelling can be choppy at times, but Billy Ball is an overall entertaining read and will especially appeal to those with a local attachment to the era it details.

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From Babe to . . . Bryce? Baseball’s Next Hero

July 22, 2020No Comments

The time is ripe for baseball to find its new hero. Here’s why it should be Bryce Harper.

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STRIKING OUT: Let’s Get Real About the 2020 Season

July 9, 2020No Comments

Let’s have a frank discussion on why we should rethink the 2020 season.

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Who The F*#k is Frank Tanana?

June 18, 20201 Comment

For a guy who pitched 21 seasons and ranged from dominant to solid, he remains something of an unknown in baseball history. So who the f*#k is Frank Tanana?

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The Great Phall: the Decline of the Philadelphia Phillies

June 3, 2020No Comments

We take a look at the moment a single tendon snapped and took a franchise down with it.

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The Blame Game: the Uphill Struggle of the MLBPA

May 24, 2020No Comments

Here we go again. For many fans, the 1994 strike seems so long ago. MLB and its players morphed into the unstoppable force and the immovable object, and for the first time in 90 years, the most hallowed tradition in American sports history, the World Series, evaporated like rain on Arizona pavement. So much damage […]

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Let It Be: Armando Galarraga and History

May 14, 2020No Comments

Why MLB should leave Armando Galarraga’s near perfect game as is— for reasons more important than baseball.

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RAB TV: Episode 1, “The Pilot”

April 27, 2020No Comments

In the inaugural episode of “RAB TV,” I introduce myself and discuss the mission of this new medium. My video skills are novice level at best. They’ll continue to improve as time goes on; but for now, they’re comically bad. Here we go…

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Ian Kinsler vs. Dustin Pedroia: Two Careers Worth Comparison

April 19, 2020No Comments

Comparing the careers of two second basemen who deserve a closer look.

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My Favorite Player: Mark Lemke

April 12, 2020No Comments

It’s easy to love a star. But here’s why the Lemmer was my favorite player as a kid.

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One Time, One Pitcher: Who Throws for Your Life?

April 8, 20201 Comment

Everything’s on the line. You’ve got One Game, One Series, One Season, and only one pitcher to use. Who is your choice?

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Fish Tales: the Florida Marlins and the 1997 World Series

April 4, 2020No Comments

We take a look at the 1997 World Series, and the emergence of the Florida Marlins as they came out of nowhere for their first World Series title.

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All Leather, No Wood: the Mark Belanger Story

March 21, 20202 Comments

Who was this oft-overlooked defensive star, and why isn’t he more known than he is?

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Nick Markakis: Generic Brand Greatness

February 29, 2020No Comments

Could 3,000 hits be enough for Nick Markakis?

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Classic Gone Sour: the Astros and the 2017 World Series Legacy

February 19, 20201 Comment

Why, when it’s all said and done, it really is up to us, the fans, to deliver the heaviest punishment to the Astros.

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Forbidden Loves: Right Player, Wrong Uniform.

February 14, 20201 Comment

“How can you not be Romantic About Baseball?” – Brad Pitt, Moneyball Ah yes, Valentines Day. Love is in the air, flowers are being distributed, and bad movies are being paraded everywhere. Most importantly, though, pitchers and catchers have reported to camp, ready to begin the epic journey towards baseball’s ultimate prize, the World Series. […]

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