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jessica quiroli
Wherever baseball is.
I'm a minor league baseball writer. Dirt under my fingernails.
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The Houston Astros name should now be fully synonymous with "playing dirty." There's a multitude of reasons, endless evidence that what they represent is everything that's wrong with baseball. While that's not a new opinion, it becomes truer over and... Continue reading
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Watch closely, and you'll see the impact of baseball on Sam Baldwin's life-changing decision. Maggie Baldwin (portrayed by Carrie Lowell, who looks like she could be Ryan's sister) is seen only briefly, but powerfully in two tender scenes. Sam either... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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Brad Balukjian's Debut "The Wax Pack" Takes Readers On A Soulful Journey Via A Pack of Baseball Cards, And A Road Trip Seeking Out The Men Behind The Stats Philadelphia, PA-- Brad Balukjian wanted answers. As a biology teacher, he's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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The Emotional Connection of A Baseball Life: Part Two March 28th, 2019. It was an early beginning of the baseball season, with all 30 teams playing that day. Bryce Harper made his Phillies debut. The Dodgers hit eight home runs,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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The Emotional Connection of a Baseball Life By Jessica Quiroli The sounds of baseball are distinct. The pop of the bat, the hard slap of the ball in the glove, a fielder yelling, “I got it! I got it!” to... Continue reading
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Welcome to Heels on the Field: A Baseball Blog. I've written many kinds of baseball stories throughout the years, and, at one time, HOTF was exclusively about minor league baseball. The focus here now, and going forward, is a mixture... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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Q & A with Author Anika Orrock In hew new book, Anika Orrock vividly brings to life the world of women who played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. "The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional League,"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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Not Just A Name D.B. Firstman’s baseball book examining the weird history of baseball player names debuts, while experiencing a life-affirming, personal transformation "I've been a word nerd since childhood," says D.B. Firstman, author of the new baseball book, 'Hall... Continue reading
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MiLB Watch will be a recurring feature on HOTF, running short interviews and stories, as well as servivng as a round-up of five current stoies of interest. While HOTF was once a MiLB-only platform, the re-launch has expanded the focus.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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What exactly did the BBWAA mean to say by “character” when deciding the criteria for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame? This question envelopes the HOF discussion, to the point of smothering, and every year the debate gets bigger,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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What exactly did the BBWAA mean to say by “character” when deciding the criteria for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame? This question envelopes the HOF discussion, to the point of smothering, and every year the debate gets bigger,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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Meredith Wills is explaining the difference between physics and science. She’s thorough, as you’d expect, in describing the differences in a way that doesn’t turn boring. She’s relating it to baseball, so that helps. A lot. But she to clarify... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
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In a 2018 piece for SABR, Jeva Lange asked, via headline, “Women love baseball. Why doesn’t baseball love them back?” A year later, Danielle Allentuck and Kevin Draper’s New York Times story asked, “Baseball Saw a Million More Empty Seats.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at Heels On The Field: A Baseball Blog
A clubhouse celebration was in full swing. The Houston Astros were celebrating an achievement, as they moved closer to what they hoped was a World Series title. Those celebrations, aren’t just for players. There is a long list of thoughtful, difficult decisions that add up to that one team. That... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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By: RoseAnn Sapia Katie Gwinn Hewitt at the 2019 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Credit: Michigan Athletics The questions flashed through Katie Gwinn Hewitt’s mind. Do I want to do this forever? Am I happy? Should I stay in the industry? What would life be like without it? Gwinn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
Since early 2018, a roster of incredible people have contributed outstanding baseball writing to the All Heels on Deck platform. Their work has been thoughtful, in-depth, at times fun, other times deeply serious and intimate. They've been paid, though not nearly enough, for presenting work that's uniquely they're own, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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Hide The Pride By Helen Silfin Earlier this month, the Mets hosted their annual Pride Night at Citi Field… at least I think they did. You see, the Mets did just about everything they could to check “Pride Night” off their moral checklist without actually making LGBTQ+ fans feel any... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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By Sheryl Ring On June 17, 1969, the world changed. That was the day of the Stonewall Uprising – when LGBTQ people at the Stonewall refused for the first time in the United States to kowtow to police there to arrest them. Their only crime was being queer. Their only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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By Jessica Quiroli I started writing, and the baby started crying. My sweet one. She doesn't know I just want five minutes to write, to breathe, to work on projects gathering dust. I don't feel guilt or that I'm a failure. I just feel overwhelmed. After thirteen years as a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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Neither Monsters nor Amazons: Futbolera Gives Women in Latin American Sports the Voice They Deserve Review by Sara Rauch “It’s hard to imagine a more direct exertion on children than school programs instructing them in how to move their bodies,” write Brenda Esley and Joshua Nadel in the introduction to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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By Sheryl Ring “Crusty tranny dyke.” For some reason, of all that my wife and I endured during what we now call “The Week of Hell,” that’s what sticks in my memory the most. Three little words. “Crusty tranny dyke.” How bad was it? I’ve dealt with hate before. You... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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This is the third installment in this series. The fourth and final part will run in July. IT’S ALL PART OF IT Well, as you all know I am no longer in affiliated baseball and about to embark on my first journey into independent league baseball. I signed with the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
By Tammy Rainey Probably not a lot of MLB fans, particularly outside the Blue Jays’ fanbase, are familiar with the name Andy Burns. That’s not really surprising. Burns, a shortstop on draft day, was drafted by Toronto in the 11th round of 2011. Taking a similar career path to current... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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On Betsy DeVos, the Ricketts Family, and Why Representation Matters The queer community, a longstanding pillar of the Chicagoland area and an integral part of the Second City’s history, has long been linked with the North Side’s venerable baseball team. Back in 1981, the Cubs’ AAA affiliate in Iowa was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at All Heels on Deck
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Welcome back, Baseball Lifers, to the TENTH Edition of Lifer! How do you celebrate the new season? Do you load your shopping carts with new baseball themed tees for the ballpark? Do you start researching to find fun theme nights at ballparks you've never visited? This edition has a little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at All Heels on Deck