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If we’re looking for positives in this 2020 baseball season here’s a big one: the fever grip of stubborn intractability that has had a death grip on the game for over a century has loosened. Who knows what will happen once things return to normal. But maybe now baseball has been freed to fix itself at last. Continue reading
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MLB has failed in its attempt to return from COVID-19. What can we learn from it? Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist In 2003, the final year of Veterans Stadium, my third base field level tickets cost 26 bucks apiece. By that point it had become fashionable to call the Vet a dump because, well, it was. The place was falling apart, it... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Whatever name the Washington football club decides upon going forward we can agree on at least two things: 1) some people will be upset regardless; and 2) no matter the name, if you think hard enough about it you’ll come to... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist 50 games, 70 games, 65 games, whatever. Let’s get this nightmare of a season started, if only so we can all shut up about it and get it over with. Sort of like the rationale behind leaving for Aunt Rose’s Goulash-infused... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Until a few days ago I was on the other side. Baseball -- and basketball, football, hockey, whatever – ought to remain on the sidelines and not jump the queue. Sure, I missed the games but why should professional sports return... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Anybody tells you that I missed practice -- If a coach says I miss practice And y’all hear it. Then that’s that. I might have missed one practice this year. But if somebody says, He doesn’t come to practice It can... Continue reading
Spare me another article on athletes missing out on the last ounce of their privilege due to the coronavirus quarantine Continue reading
The damage to spectator sports might not be so much that we don’t have them right now. The damage might very well be that when they return we’ll no longer want them around. Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Regardless of whether you found yesterday's unveiling of a rejiggered Phanatic acceptable or not we should all be clear as to what that unveiling represents: the organization's determination to hoard every last dollar out there. Without getting into the specifics of... Continue reading
Do you like our new green man? We do not like him, say Phillies fans. Continue reading
The Phillies reacted to the death of Kobe Bryant by retiring Roy Halladay's number. Wait, what? Continue reading
Baseball’s original sin resides in the chasm between what we want it to be and what it in fact is. When it fails it’s not that it fails differently but that it fails in ways that show that its no different than any other institution in American life Continue reading
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Mike Fiers's sin was not lying but telling too much of the truth. In the insular world of baseball, he'll be made to suffer for it. Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist ‘Twas the night before Christmas and throughout CBP No one was happy, least of all Girardi The winter meetings took place just a few days before, Where they won a few battles but just lost the war. For while Didi was... Continue reading
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Marvin Miller spoke the words that set the players free. Dick Allen lived them. Cooperstown should take note of that reality. Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Seeking to capitalize on the growing number of fans not in any way interested in actually watching professional sports, executives of both the Phillies and Flyers have recently undertaken bold initiatives to tap into this burgeoning market. “We recognize that along... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist Kevin Cook watched a four-decade-old baseball game on the internet and decided to write 253 pages about it. Or at least that’s how it feels. Although his book is officially titled “Ten Innings at Wrigley,” the first two-thirds of it screams,... Continue reading
The brainwashing is nearly complete. Baseball is not only run by bean counters; its most ardent supporters consider themselves kindred spirits. To the astonishment of just about everybody, the accountants won. Who knew they were even playing? Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist The demise of Deadspin has me thinking: who will be the Phillies’ fourth starter next season? Not really. It has me wondering where I’ll go to get the snarky, biting, tough insight I always looked forward to every time I clicked... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist If the rumors are true, then be afraid. Be very afraid. If the Phillies are, in fact, considering Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and – are you kidding me? —Mike Scioscia to be their manager next year, it’s over. Really,... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist So the big question out there with regard to the recent dismantling of Sports Illustrated is What Does It All Mean? Of course, if we’re looking at this thing cosmically, Deadspin’s Ray Ratto is, as per his usual, right on the... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist In a span of about a day earlier this week, baseball readers who follow such things were treated to what amounted to a succinct and well-argued summation of the existential box baseball finds itself trapped inside these days. With the start... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist The last 24 hours haven’t been the best for the concept of free speech. Moments after smacking a game-winning home run last night, Sean Rodriguez smacked that portion of the Phillie fan base with the temerity to boo him beforehand. Those... Continue reading
Embed from Getty Images By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist One of the more interesting aspects of the dust-up between the design firm Harrison-Erickson (H/E) and the Phillies over the copyright to the Phillie Phanatic is that H/E really, really, really does not want to win it. It finds itself in... Continue reading