Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Stories

Dave Anderson of The New York Times writes how the Baseball Hall of Fame made a change to Jackie Robinson's Hall of Fame plaque... "When Jackie Robinson was on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1962, he requested that the voters among the Baseball Writers Association of America judge him only as a player. He didn’t want his social significance as the modern major leagues’ first black player to be considered. Vote for him — or don’t vote for him — on his merits as a player, as all the other Hall of Famers from Babe Ruth and Cy Young had been measured." ...
  • Dave Anderson


  • Gary Carter Saga
    Billy Witz of The New York Times writes about former N.Y. Met Gary Carter and how Carter explodes at Witz when talking about managing in The Show.... "It is clear now, some 25 minutes into an interview, that he is agitated. Then he is asked if he has any regrets about the radio interview he did last month in which he campaigned for a job Randolph still held. Carter protests that he was simply responding to a question: Would he be interested in managing the Mets? But actually he did more than that, saying in the interview that he had already contacted the Mets. He is then asked if he violated etiquette." ...
  • Billy Witz


  • T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times also writes about Carter...throughout the article, Carter's arrogance increases... "He loves the Mets, but they don't seem to think much of him. A few years back, he managed one of their minor league teams and won, a year later did it again and won a title, but then he didn't go along with the plan -- the one that had him advancing to yet another minor league post." ...
  • T.J. Simers


  • Other stories
    Joe Lapointe of The New York Times writes how the balance of power has shifted back to the pitchers in MLB... "This season’s top pitchers have not equaled the √©lan of their predecessors from 1968, but their craft seems to be on the rise. Dave Duncan can sense it." ...
  • Joe Lapointe


  • Bill Livingston of The Plain Dealer writes how the NBA needs to make a change when college players are eligible... "A two-year minimum, with the age limit at 20, would be more in keeping with NFL eligibility rules (three years of college) and would curtail the NBA's sabotage of its own farm system. It would also give more stability to college programs." ...
  • Bill Livingston


  • Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle writes about other famous baseball spats after the recent Shawn Chacon incident... "There have been fights involving teammates or players against managers. But few can remember when a confrontation between a player and general manager went beyond an exchange of words and turned volatile." ...
  • Joseph Duarte


  • Albert Breer and Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News writes about former Cowboys receiver Frank Clarke and his new job as a nanny... "Once upon a time, the nanny was the most prolific receiver in Cowboys history. He was fast, smart and determined to prove wrong critics of his toughness. He joined a ragtag expansion team in 1960 and was the last original Cowboy to retire. The NFL Championship Game of 1967, the storied Ice Bowl, was his final game." ...
  • Albert Breer and Barry Horn


  • Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times writes about Bulls first round pick Derrick Rose... "The Englewood community where Rose grew up has more than its share of poverty and all that comes with it: gangs, drugs, violence and despair. But Rose's mom, Brenda, kept all her kids in line. And Rose's three older brothers -- Dwayne, Reggie and Allan -- made sure to keep him in line. When Rose's special talent became clear, the brothers kept the sharks away, allowing him to concentrate on basketball." ...
  • Carol Slezak
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