Saturday, October 12, 2019

ALCS game 1 in Houston, Yankees at Astros, Sat., Oct. 12, 2019. Final 7-0 Yankees

Above, ALCS game 1, Minute Maid Park, Houston, Yankees at Astros, 10/12/19, via Matt Marrone, ESPN,....Final, Yankees 7, Astros 0

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Astros about to start workout for ALCS game 1 on 10/12, Yankees to arrive shortly-Erik Boland

Above, 10/11/19, "Astros about to start their workout. Yankees, who left NY about noon, working out here in a couple of hours," Erik Boland twitter

Scoreboard image above, ESPN


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Friday, October 04, 2019

ALDS game 1, Oct. 4, 2019, Minnesota Twins at NY Yankees-Yankee Stadium

Above, 10/4/19, ALDS game 1 at Yankee Stadium, Twins at Yankees, Marly Rivera twitter...Final, 10-4 Yankees over Twins

 Above, 10/4/19, "The hit an all-time record 307 home runs this season. The hit 306. Will their play like a video game? Well, here’s the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium...", Matt Marrone twitter, ESPN....Final, 10-4 Yankees over Twins

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Marty Brennaman's final Cincinnati Reds broadcast begins at 12:35pm EDT, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Audio via WLW 700 radio. Fox Sports Ohio video feed will use WLW audio-Red Leg Nation

"MLB Network will be broadcasting the final game of Marty Brennaman’s career on Thursday afternoon. The game begins at 12:35pm EDT. The video feed will be that of Fox Sports Ohio, but they will use the audio feed from 700 WLW to feature Marty’s final calling of a Cincinnati Reds game, as first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer."...Red Leg Nation

 image from ESPN

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jumpers, September 11, 2001, World Trade Center

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9/10/2011, "The 9/11 victims America wants to forget: The 200 jumpers who flung themselves from the Twin Towers who have been 'airbrushed from history'," UK Daily Mail, Tom Leonard
  • "Almost all of them jumped alone, although eyewitnesses talked of a couple who held hands as they fell."...
9/10/2011, "Children of 9/11: Life with a parent missing," Newsday, Carol Polsky
9/9/2011, "WaPo's Dionne: 'Time to Leave 9/11 Behind' as 'A Simple Day of Remembrance'," NewsBusters
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"Then the crowd let out a collective gasp, I looked to see the first of many people falling through the sky. The television stations and the newspapers downplayed this aspect of a day already filled with enough shock and terror, but I place great importance on it because it immediately human-ised the situation for both myself and those around me. This wasn’t just a burning building; it was suddenly full of people, friends, and family. For me, it is the most haunting memory of the day. When I focussed on what the crowd had noticed, I too let out a cry so involuntary and so primeval that I barely recognised it as my own. It was not a piece of building falling to the ground, but a man, recognisable by his flapping tie and flailing arms and legs as he fell through the air. The situation was surreal no longer; my body shook with shock, my knees buckled and a light-headedness overwhelmed me with such severity that I thought I was either going to throw-up or fall down. 

I sat down and looked up only to see more people jumping. I thought for a moment that they might have fallen, but there were too many people, their arms windmilling as they subconsciously tried to fight gravity and avoid the inevitable. Haunted by these visions numerous times since the incident, I have tormented myself by trying to imagine the extreme conditions that those people must have faced that they should choose certain death by leaping from the building over clinging to any hope of rescue. What were they thinking when they jumped; what did they think on the way down?...But my fear is that to forget is to fail the lesson and lose the opportunity. That’s why this raw wound will never completely heal and that things can never go back to ‘normal’. Because even as a simple bystander I have a responsibility to incite change for the rest of my life or I watched all those people die in vain."
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Friday, September 06, 2019

Gary Sanchez and Edwin Encarnacion visit David Ortiz at his house in Boston, happy to see Papi in good shape after shooting-Marly Rivera

9/6/19, "Gary Sánchez and Edwin Encarnación spent the afternoon at David Ortiz's house yesterday. Encarnación just told me this was the second time he visited Ortiz and he was overjoyed to see him in such great shape after a gruesome shooting in the DR." Marly Rivera twitter, ESPN

"Gary Sánchez on visiting David Ortiz: "I was really happy to see him and to see him healthy. He's a legend in the Dominican Republic and for all of us Dominican players. I played against him in 2016, and he was always good to me and gave me really good advice."" Marly Rivera twitter, ESPN, 9/6/19

Gary Sanchez, Baseball Reference 

Edwin Encarnacion, Baseball Reference 

David Ortiz, Baseball Reference

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Francesa at Bar A, Lake Como, New Jersey, 8/23/19

8/23/19, "Mongo Nation invades Bar A for Mike Francesa's annual visit," Asbury Park Press, Daniel Lo Giudice, "Mike Francesa does Radio Show from Bar Anticipation"...Musical guests Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot


 Above, 8/23/19, "Scott Zukowski, 44, of Nutley, shows of his Mike Francesa shirt. People attend the WFAN's Mike Francesa Summer Send-Off show at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como, NJ on August 23, 2019.  (Photo: Peter Ackerman)



Above, 8/23/19, "Steve Fortunato, 29, of Belmar, drinks a beer while he attends the event with his baby and wife. People attend the WFAN's Mike Francesa Summer Send-Off show at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como, NJ on August 23, 2019.  (Photo: Peter Ackerman)...(All above photos by Peter Ackerman)
"WFAN host Mike Francesa made his annual trip to Bar Anticipation in Lake Como for his Summer Send-Off show on Friday. The live broadcast took place during his normal show hours, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Droves of Francesa's fans weren't deterred by the cool weather and a light drizzle to see Francesa. The Sports Pope described the day as "football weather" as he donned a pair of dark sunglasses on the overcast day.

After two decades of Francesa appearing at Bar A, hundreds of fans still made the trek to the Jersey Shore to see him."...


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Friday, August 09, 2019

Baseball Hall of Fame website hacked with credit card stealing malware in place for 13 months-Forbes, Mathews

8/9/19, "Baseball Hall Of Fame Website Hacked With Credit Card Stealing Malware," Forbes, Len Mathews

"On July 21, the National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its 2019 honorees: Harold Baines, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera, and Lee Smith. It's the biggest weekend of the year for the Hall, and this year it happened to line up with a less joyous event.

Just three days earlier, the Hall of Fame discovered that its online store, shop.baseballhall.org, had been compromised by cyberattackers. Hackers had injected a malicious script designed to harvest personal information and payment card details from unsuspecting online shoppers.

The official breach disclosure is painted with pretty broad strokes. The malicious script, it notes, was planted some time between November 15, 2018 and May 14, 2019. That means the Hall's web customers may have been targeted for as long as 13 months. Notifications are being sent out to any customers who were known to have entered personal information during the time the malware was active on the site. 

A Clever Disguise

Whoever planted the script on the Hall of Fame shop took a great deal of care to ensure the malware would avoid detection. One of their tactics: making the card-scraping code appear to be Google Analytics code. The scripts makes several references to GoogleAnalytics and uses the letters GA repeatedly. The hacker(s) even served up an additional payload from googletagstorage.com. That may look like an official Google thing, but it's definitely not. 

Just One in an Ongoing Series of Attacks

The National Baseball Hall of Fame's web store is not the only site to have discovered a script injection attack that was stealing data from customers as they checked out. Sophisticated hacking syndicates have been seeking out vulnerable instances of popular e-commerce solutions. Security researchers have dubbed these attackers Magecart, and it's believed that there are at least seven distinct groups carrying out the attacks.

Low-level groups take a "spray and pray" approach, while more elite groups are more selective. Some will target sites with high customer volumes, others will look for weaknesses in third-party payment processors that handle checkouts. The most sophisticated Magecart hackers go after only top-tier targets, which have included Newegg and British Airways.

Hacking activity linked to Magecart dates back to at least 2015, and it shows no signs of slowing down."

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Tauchman robs Pedro Severino in the 4th in Camden Yards, 8/6/19

Above, 8/6/19, "Mike Tauchman has earned his pinstripes," MLB Twitter...(Even if he's wearing his road grays). In bottom of 4th Tauchman robs Pedro Severino. Final score 9-4 Yankees over Orioles in Baltimore

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ninth inning brawl, Pirates at Reds, Tues., July 30, 2019. Final score 11-4 Pirates

Above, 7/30/19, "Amir Garrett (#50) of the Cincinnati Reds fights with Pittsburgh Pirates players," "A bench-clearing brawl broke out in the final inning of Tuesday night’s game after a mad moment from Cincinnati relief pitcher Amir Garrett."..."Base-brawl: Absolute carnage at Major League Baseball game as Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds clash in bench-clearing brawl," talksport.com, Joe Moore, getty photo. Final score, Tues., 7/30/19, Pirates at Reds, 11-4 Pirates

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

On Arod's birthday and alongside his daughters, Jennifer Lopez brings birthday cake into ESPN Sunday Night Baseball booth

Above, 7/28/19, Arod in booth for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball; "J-Lo visits A-Rod in the booth for his birthday. Alongside Alex Rodriguez's daughters, Jennifer Lopez brings a birthday cake into the booth for his birthday." ESPN.com, screen shot from video. Yankees at Red Sox

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Mariano Rivera gets beaned by orthodoxy police-Wall St. Journal Editorial Board, 7/25/19

7/25/19, “Mariano Rivera Gets Beaned,” Wall St. Journal Editorial Board (F, 7/26 print ed.)

“These days even the baseball Hall of Fame is politicized.” 

“If modern leftism has an operating principle, it is that no aspect of life--not business, not religion, not even baseball--can be allowed to escape the orthodoxy police. Former New York Yankee ace Mariano Rivera is the latest to find this out

Only hours before his Sunday induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame, Mr. Rivera was the subject of a hit piece in the left-leaning Daily Beast claiming that his plaque in Cooperstown should include references to his “far-right politics. Apparently this includes Mr. Rivera’s habit of saying his pitching prowess brings glory not to himself but to the Lord. 

There seems to be no limit to the extremism of this Panama-born immigrant, according to the Beast. He has kind words for Israel and the Israel Defense Forces. Worse, his support for the Jewish state draws strength from his evangelical Christianity. 

Other “far-right” activity includes co-hosting a Donald Trump fundraiser, serving on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition and—wait for ittraveling to Abu Dhabi as part of a Karen Pence-led White House delegation to the Special Olympics. 

The faux exposé, which was amplified by the Twitter left, reports that Mr. Rivera “has managed to keep his political leanings hidden for decades,as if pointing to the heavens after a baseball victory is hiding under a bushel. In other words, unlike, say, the much-celebrated Colin Kaepernick or Megan Rapinoe, Mr. Rivera is not calling attention to his political positions or using his sport to push them on others. 

During an appearance on Fox News after the article appeared, Mr. Rivera made clear he’s not apologizing for any of this: his support for President Trump, his support for Israel, or his Christian faith. Sounds like a man with a better perspective on life than the killjoys who can’t even let people enjoy a day that should be all about baseball without trying to politicize it.” 



Mariano Rivera, Baseball-Reference


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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Chapman and El Duque at 2019 MLB All Star Game

Above, 7/9/19, Aroldis Chapman and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez at MLB All Star Game in Cleveland, Marly Rivera twitter

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Thursday, July 04, 2019

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig said: “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth”-NY Times, Richard Sandomir

This summer I got a bad break. The doctors said I couldn’t play baseball. All right. I’m still the luckiest man on earth when you add things up. I’ve still got a long season of life to play out, and my team — America — is absolutely the best in the league. That’s what counts.” Lou Gehrig, Baseball Reference, Yankee first baseman 1923-1939, including 7 World Series. Born 1903, died 1941. Image of Gehrig in Yankee cap from Baseball Reference

7/3/19, Eighty Years On, Lou Gehrig’s Words Reverberate," NY Times, Richard Sandomir

[Image] “ Credit Stanley Weston/Getty Images” via NY Times

Lou Gehrig had finally made it to the Yankees’ clubhouse that afternoon, drained and drenched with perspiration, having delivered a speech of such simple eloquence that it would one day be called baseball’s Gettysburg Address.

Lou had wept as he spoke — as did many of the nearly 62,000 other people in Yankee Stadium on that Fourth of July 80 years ago. Back in the comfort of the clubhouse with teammates and friendly reporters around him, he asked, “Did my speech sound silly?” It was a humble man’s question with an easy answer: it did not.

Much of the speech no longer exists as an intact recording; poor preservation of newsreels has left only four known surviving lines.

The opener — “For the past two weeks, you’ve been reading about a bad break” — leads into the “luckiest man” declaration, which was shifted to the end of “The Pride of the Yankees,” the 1942 film about Gehrig, starring Gary Cooper, for dramatic impact. In another extant sentence, he refers to his 1939 teammates as “fine-looking men” who are “standing in uniform in the ballpark today.” And his last line also survived: “And I might have given a bad break but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.”

If we think we know a complete speech, it is because of the version that Cooper delivered in “Pride,” which borrowed from what Gehrig’s wife, Eleanor, remembered of July 4, 1939, and from newsreels that had not yet wasted away or been discarded. Cooper had morphed into Gehrig, not because he looked like him or could play baseball like him, but because he knew so well how to play men of quiet dignity. 

Although there had been no public announcement that he would speak, Gehrig planned some remarks with Eleanor. But he walked — in an uncertain gait — onto the field without a piece of paper. Whether he had left his speech at home or in his locker remains a mystery. If there had been a written speech, it is surprising that Eleanor had not pasted it into one of the scrapbooks she had meticulously filled to record his career and their precious few years together. 

During the ceremony Lou stood with his arms in front of him, clutching his cap. His head was often bowed. By the time he was asked to speak, he made a gesture to the M.C., the sportswriter Sid Mercer, that he would not say a word. Emotion had overcome him. “I shall not ask him to speak,” Mercer said to the crowd. “I do not believe that I should.”

[Image: 7/4/1939, Screen shot of crowd at Yankee Stadium cheer Lou Gehrig, MLB]

But Gehrig relented as fans chanted, “We want Lou!” 

Indeed, there was nothing silly about a 36-year-old man of remarkable achievements being forced to retire from baseball because of the then-little-known disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and telling the world: 

“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” 

Gehrig’s performance as a speaker that day was as remarkable as any he had as a player. And it was quite a career: a batting average of .340, 493 home runs, 1,995 runs batted in and a lifetime O.P.S. of 1.080, third in major league history to Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. He had played in 2,130 consecutive games until his finale on April 30, 1939 — when he acknowledged that his once-mighty body had betrayed him with unyielding cruelty. 

So he stood, wobbly enough that Manager Joe McCarthy worried he might fall, in the summer heat between games of a doubleheader between the Yankees and Washington Senators. 

Gehrig looked lonely, even desolate, a solo figure on the infield, surrounded by retired teammates from the 1927 Yankees and members of the current team who had carried on brilliantly without him, with Babe Dahlgren now at first base. They were 51-17, on their way to a 106-45 record and a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series.

It was Joe DiMaggio’s team now. 

For about an hour, though, the focus returned to the star of Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day. Gifts were presented. Speeches were made by McCarthy; the mayor of New York, Fiorello LaGuardia; and Postmaster General James Farley.

All the while, Gehrig waited, the guest of honor at a living funeral.

After some encouraging words whispered by McCarthy, who adored Gehrig, Lou reluctantly stepped to the microphones.

When that moment was described by the screenwriters Herman Mankiewicz and Jo Swerling nearly three years later in their script for “The Pride of the Yankees,” they wrote: “The roar of the crowd is like a sustained note from a mighty organ. Lou waits for it to subside but it doesn’t. For him, this is crucifixion as well as triumph, because he knows he’ll have to die twice and perhaps the worst ordeal for him is that little death known as Goodbye.”

If Mankiewicz and Swerling’s words struck a hyperbolic chord, Gehrig’s did not. They were filled with gratitude for the people in his life: Eleanor, his parents, his mother-in-law, his Yankee managers, his roommate Bill Dickey, the New York Giants and the stadium’s groundskeepers.

Both versions of the speech, the real and imagined, raise one question: What would make a man who had received a diagnosis of a terrible disease speak only of good fortune and the people he was grateful for? 

Gehrig offered some perspective later that year after he had begun working as a member of New York City’s Parole Commission. With his condition rapidly deteriorating, Gehrig put his name to a syndicated article (almost certainly ghostwritten) that explained what he felt was a lifetime of thankfulness: for his parents, for making his high school football team, for attending college, for signing with the Yankees, for Eleanor.

In words that echoed the speech, he wrote, “This summer I got a bad break. The doctors said I couldn’t play baseball. All right. I’m still the luckiest man on earth when you add things up. I’ve still got a long season of life to play out, and my team — America — is absolutely the best in the league. That’s what counts.”

That season of life was all too short. Gehrig died on June 2, 1941.” 

“Richard Sandomir is the author of “The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of A Classic.”

Richard Sandomir is an obituaries writer. He previously wrote about sports media and sports business. He is also the author of several books, including “The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic.” @RichSandomir”


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Friday, June 28, 2019

Prince Harry's at bats at Harlem RBI in May 2013

Above, 5/14/13, Mark Teixeira celebrates Prince Harry big hit with Harlem RBI, AFP.Getty

Above, 5/14/13, Mark Teixeira watches Prince Harry at bat with Harlem RBI, Reuters


Above, 5/14/13, Prince Harry at bat with Harlem RBI, EPA photo. "Harry's a royal catch! Prince shows off baseball skills with kids in Harlem (but proves he's still in little league by dropping the ball)," UK Daily Mail, by Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent and Lydia Warren


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Google made $4.7 billion in 2018 from its use of news publishers’ content for which publishers and reporters weren’t paid. Legislation has been introduced to address this problem-News Media Alliance

Google received an estimated “$4.7 billion in revenue in 2018 from crawling and scraping news publishers’ content – without paying the publishers for that use.Legislation to address this problem has recently been introduced in the House and Senate. 

June 10, 2019, New Study Finds Google Receives an Estimated $4.7 Billion in Revenue from News Publishers’ Content,” newsmediaalliance.org, Arlington, Virginia 

“The News Media Alliance today published findings from a new study that analyzes how Google uses and benefits from news. Among the major findings of the study is that news is a key source on which Google has increasingly relied to drive consumer engagement with its products. The amount of news in Google search results ranges from 16 to 40 percent, and the platform received an estimated $4.7 billion in revenue in 2018 from crawling and scraping news publishers’ content – without paying the publishers for that use. 

The study, containing analysis conducted by experts at strategy and economics consulting firm Keystone Strategy and written by the News Media Alliance, includes a qualitative overview of Google’s usage of news content, an analysis of the amount of news content on Google Search and Google News, and an estimate of revenue Google receives from news. 

News Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern said, “News publishers need to continue to invest in quality journalism, and they can’t do that if the platforms take what they want without paying for it. Information wants to be free, but reporters need to get paid.” 

The figures in the study are conservative estimates of the revenue Google makes through its use of news content. The actual value of news content to Google is more difficult to quantify because of the various ways the company uses news content to drive traffic, develop its products and entrench its dominant position. In addition to using news content for product development, such as training its artificial intelligence services, Google is tailoring its products – ramping up its use of news – to keep users in the Google ecosystem. 

According to the report, since January 2017, traffic from Google Search to news publisher sites has risen by more than 25 percent to approximately 1.6 billion visits per week in January 2018. Corresponding with consumers’ shift toward Google for news consumption, news is becoming increasingly important to Google. 

“The findings clearly point to Google responding to an increase in consumers searching for news, creating and tailoring products that keep users within its ecosystem. This means more money goes back to Google and not the publishers producing the content, Chavern stated. 

Google’s news products also allow it to capture valuable user data that help it improve its core services. According to the report, in 2018, the number of unique monthly visitors in the U.S. to Google News eclipsed that of top news websites such as The New York Times, CNN and Huffington Post. 

“We have called for legislation that would provide a limited safe harbor for news publishers to be able to collectively negotiate for better terms with platforms such as Google and Facebook,Chavern said. “This is the only solution to correcting the current marketplace imbalance, which allows the platforms to dominate the web and related advertising infrastructure, as well as control who sees publishers’ content and when.” 

A bill that would accomplish this – The Journalism Competition & Preservation Act – has been introduced in the House (on April 3 by Representative David Cicilline (D-RI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins (R-GA)) and in the Senate (on June 3 by Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights). 

You can learn more in the executive summary and by reading the full study.”

“Media contact:
Michael MaLoon
VP, Innovation & Communications

The News Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization representing more than 2,000 news organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and globally. Alliance members include print, digital and mobile publishers of original news content. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on ensuring the future of news media through communication, research, advocacy and innovation. Information about the News Media Alliance (formerly NAA) can be found at www.newsmediaalliance.org.”

via Editor and Publisher


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Best Brett, Brett Gardner grand slam at Stadium v Red Sox with Yankees trailing, final 5-3 Yankees-Newsday back page, 4/18/19

Above, Thurs., April 18, 2019, Newsday back page, "Best Brett," after Gardner grand slam on 4/18, via Erik Boland twitter, Newsday Yankee beat writer. Final, Yankees 5, Red Sox 3


Above, Thurs., April 18, 2019, NY Daily News back page, "100 Grand," Brett Gardner grand slam, 4/17/19, via NY Daily News BackPageGuy

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Yankee Stadium ready for Opening Day, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Orioles at Yankees, 1pm

Above, 3/27/19, Coley Harvey ESPN twitter

Probable pitchers: Andrew Cashner v Masahiro Tanaka


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

MLB 2019: Longtime baseball voices going, going, almost gone-AP, Joe Kay

"You’ve got so much dead time in baseball that if you can’t ad lib cogently and intelligently, you can’t do it," said Brennaman.

3/19/19, "MLB ’19: Longtime baseball voices going, going, almost gone," AP, Joe Kay

"Steve Blass spent his boyhood afternoons in Connecticut flinging a rubber ball against the side of a half-barn, fantasizing that he was pitching in the majors. Come evening, the 10-year-old would get his radio and tune into a game, delighted when Mel Allen’s voice crackled from the transistor.

When I thought ‘baseball,’ I thought about Mel Allen,” said Blass, now a Pittsburgh Pirates announcer. “When I thought ‘Mel Allen,’ I thought about baseball.”

More than in any other sport, baseball broadcasters become an inseparable part of the game they describe. Their voices are the backdrop to all those warm summer nights. Their distinctive calls are part of the game’s lore. Fans visualize the action through their stories and descriptions.

“There’s definitely an intimate link between the fan and the broadcaster that is much more impactful and prevalent in baseball than in any other major sports,” Cincinnati Reds play-by-play man Marty Brennaman said.

Both 76, Blass and Brennaman are retiring after the 2019 season, ending long careers in the booth — 34 years for Blass, 46 for Brennaman. Throughout the decades, the wins and losses, and the historical moments they’ve witnessed and described, they’ve also experienced how much fans identify with their voices coming into their homes.

They’re treated like adopted family members, greeted on a first-name basis.

Brennaman teamed with former Cincinnati pitcher Joe Nuxhall for 31 years in the booth. Fans tuned into “Marty and Joe,” a pair of old friends who visited Reds fans nearly every day from March to October.

“The longer you’re around, the more you become part of someone’s daily life, even approaching being a member of their extended family,” Brennaman said. “The time I realized what an impact Joe and I made was when we started getting mail addressed to ‘Marty and Joe, Cincinnati, Ohio’ — no address, no anything. And it went to the main post office downtown and they had no problem at all figuring out where it was supposed to go.

“That made me realize whatever we were doing, we were doing right.”

The game lends itself to those relationships and over the generations has become intertwined with those voices crackling from transistor radios tucked beneath pillows for night games — Jack Buck on KMOX in St. Louis, Ernie Harwell with WJR in Detroit, Bob Prince on KDKA in Pittsburgh, Chuck Thompson in Baltimore, Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn in Philly and the great Harry Caray.

Unlike basketball or football or other major sports where the action is nonstop, baseball provides many opportunities for broadcasters to fill with stories and personal anecdotes. They weave in updates about their gardens and their travel experiences and their everyday adventures.

They do more than describe a jump shot or a touchdown catch or a goalie’s save. They share a bit of themselves.

Baseball is the hardest sport of all to do well,” said Brennaman, who also has done college basketball play-by-play. “Basketball and hockey are comparable to winding up a windup toy and turning it on and it’s nonstop for two hours because of the pace of the game. You’ve got so much dead time in baseball that if you can’t ad lib cogently and intelligently, you can’t do it. If there’s a pure art form in play-by-play sports, it’s broadcasting baseball on radio.”

That down time also allows color commentators like Blass to bring the sport to life with stories that revive listeners’ memories.

“To me, much of the game is about stories,” said Blass, who pitched for the Pirates from 1964-74, famously winning Game 7 of the 1971 World Series. “I think our game of baseball is unique. It has more stories than any of the other major sports. Baseball lends itself to the stories.”

The game wouldn’t be the same without their stories and signature lines. Their distinctive expressions become part of the game’s fabric and history, whether it’s Russ Hodges’ “The Giants win the pennant!” or Brennaman’s “This one belongs to the Reds” after a win or even Nuxhall’s “This is the old left-hander rounding third and heading for home” sign-off.

Hollywood recognizes the vital importance of baseball’s voices. Harry Doyle, played by Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, is an integral part of the movie “Major League” and has some of the most memorable lines — “Juuuust a bit outside.” Allen and his “How about that?” are part of the baseball scene in “The Naked Gun.”

Without the voices, it’s not baseball.

Some of the most familiar voices have left in recent years. The Dodgers’ Vin Scully — recognized within the business as one of the best ever — retired after the 2016 season, his 67th.

The business is changing as well.

More and more fans follow games on their computers, mobile devices and television, rather than radio. The novelty of picking up a game on a far-away station, albeit with a little static, is long gone, replaced by easy access to all broadcasts.

It’s unlikely that many up-and-coming announcers will want to stay with one team so long or do games on a daily basis. The tidal wave of analytics has changed the game and seeped into how it’s presented. Those calling the action have to be more concerned about reprisals for what they might say on air.

“I think we are the last of a dying breed,” said Brennaman, known for his directness on the air. “I quite frankly don’t think there are a lot of guys today broadcasting baseball that have a lot of personality. I think you can take one young announcer off one team and plug him into another team and it’s essentially the same guy.”

Fans in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will get to enjoy those familiar voices for one last season. It’ll be bittersweet not only for them but other fans as well when they round third and head for home, as Nuxhall would say.

“I have people tell me, ‘You get me through the summer evenings,’” Blass said. “It’s so flattering.

You don’t think about it that way all the time. It’s much more so than when I was pitching. Now I’m in their lives more.

“It’s a wonderful feeling when people come up to me and say, ‘I enjoy you doing the games.’”"


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Bernie Williams is joined by former Yankee team mates at his concert appearance in Clearwater, Florida, 3/11/19

3/11/19, Bernie Williams and his band perform in Clearwater, Florida,. Williams is working with a pharmaceutical company to benefit a form of heart disease that caused his father's death. Bernie was a guest on Yankee Radio with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman during Tues., 3/12/19 Yankee game v Orioles at The Boss in Tampa, Fla. More from Bernie on the evening.

Above, 3/11/19, Suzyn Waldman joins Bernie Williams on stage during his Clearwater, Fla. concert, via Bernie Williams twitter

Above, 3/11/19, Bernie is joined by former Yankee team mates at his 3/11/19 concert in Clearwater, Fla. Reggie Jackson, Willie Randolph, David Wells, David Cone, Tino Martinez pictured above with Bernie, via Bernie twitter. More from Bernie on the evening.


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Friday, February 15, 2019

John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman, and Joe Castiglione simulcast on WFAN/WEEI as Spring Training draws near

2/5/19, Audio clip of "John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman, and Joe Castiglione w/Yankees Manager Aaron Boone and Adam Ottavino"

"Here's Yankees radio announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman along with Red Sox radio voice Joe Castiglione Tuesday night [2/5/19] on a WFAN/WEEI simulcast as Spring Training draws near talking to Yankees Manager Aaron Boone and newly acquired Yankees relief pitcher and Northeastern University alum Adam Ottavino."

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2019 Yankee Spring Training Schedule, Sat., Feb. 23-Tues., March 25, 2019. And ten Yankee Spring training games on Yankee radio, 2/23-3/23

Saturday, Feb. 23-Tues., March 25, 2019. Regular season begins Thursday, March 27, Orioles at Yankees. Ten 2019 Yankee Spring Training games on Yankee radio listed below.


Following ten 2019 Yankee Spring Training Games will be broadcast on Yankee Radio, WFAN, with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman:

Sat., Feb. 23, 1:05pm
Sun., Feb. 24, 1:05pm
Sat., March 2, 1:05pm
Sun., March 3, 1:05pm
Fri., March 8, 6:35pm
Sat., March 9, 1:05pm
Sun., March 10, 1:05pm
Tues., March 12, 6:35pm
Sat., March 16, 1:05pm
Sat., March 23, 1:05pm


Opening Day:

Thurs., March 28, 1:05pm, Orioles at Yankees


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Monday, January 21, 2019

"The best of all time at his position. Mo. The one and only on this year’s ballot"-Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, 1/20/19

1/20/19, "This time around, only one candidate is worthy," Boston Globe, By
Mariano Rivera

Sorry. I know we’re allowed to vote for as many as 10 players, and it’s certainly trendy to vote for the max, then protest that you wish you could vote for more, but I have never shared this feeling. In my view, we are not charged to vote for the 10 best players on the ballot. We are asked to determine who is Hall of Fame-worthy.

After much thought, debate, and consultation, (I called three former players who are in the Hall of Fame), I cast a vote for one player: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Call it the Harold Baines Effect if you want....The Baines Effect has me choosing the single player on this ballot who is clearly Hall-worthy and appears not to have cheated the game. 

The ever-regal Rivera was clutch and dominant — the best of all time at his position.



Added: Above is excerpt from Boston Globe article including its five writers/voters:

1/20/19, "One player is a lock. Then the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame vote gets tricky." Boston Globe

Five Boston Globe voters: Peter Abraham, Nick Cafardo, Bob Hohler, Bob Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy

"Here's now the [five] Globe writers voted in this year’s election"

"Mariano Rivera is a Baseball Hall of Famer; the five Globe writers with votes in the annual election agree on that. From there it gets tricky, and that reflects the complexity of the ballot this year.

The Hall of Fame will reveal the choices made by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Those players with at least 75 percent of the votes will join Harold Baines and Lee Smith, who were elected by the Today’s Game Era Committee last month.

The Hall allows for secret ballots. But in the interest of transparency, here are the decisions made by the Globe writers with their explanations.

Players we voted for: 

5 votes
Mariano Rivera
1 year on ballot
4 votes
Edgar Martinez
10 years on ballot
Mike Mussina
6 years on ballot
Curt Schilling
7 years on ballot
2 votes
Roger Clemens
7 years on ballot
Barry Bonds
7 years on ballot
Omar Vizquel
2 years on ballot
Larry Walker
9 years on ballot
Roy Halladay
1 year on ballot
1 vote
Jeff Kent
6 years on ballot
Gary Sheffield
5 years on ballot
Scott Rolen
2 years on ballot
Todd Helton
1 year on ballot
Andy Pettitte
1 year on ballot"...

Mariano Rivera Baseball-Reference


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