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GOOD RIDDANCE TO THE JAN-FEBS!

February 28, 2010

Tags: Tyler Kepner on Chad Moeller, Quincy Trouppe TWENTY YEARS TOO SOON

A friend of mine who grew up in Minneapolis coined the expressive term “Jan-Febs” for the last full months of winter that can seem endless as we wait for the arrival of spring and of course the return of our baseball teams from enviable warmer climates. For most of the country and especially the Northeast February has been brutal this year. One storm after another with hardly any respite. (more…)

THOUGHTS ON SALARY ARBITRATION

February 16, 2010

Tags: Messersmith-McNally Case, Peter Seitz, Tim Lincecum, B.J.Upton, Marvin Miller

THOUGHTS ON SALARY ARBITRATION
I am one of those baseball analysts who believes that the continuing existence of salary arbitration has done more to create the disparity between the have and have-not franchises than any other factor in the business, including free agency. Just witness what happened earlier this month when the young two-time (more…)

RIP JANE JARVIS (1915-2010)

February 3, 2010

Tags: Pianist-organist Jane Jarvis, George Crowe, Major Holley, Joe Torre, Tug McGraw

My efforts to avert the jinx of three notable people dying together by writing in my last post about Bobby Bragan and Curt Motton (who both died on Jan. 21) failed when I learned in a New York Times obituary on January 31 that Jane Jarvis had died at the age of 94 on Jan. 25 at the (more…)

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