McGwire the latest in line for smooth rehabilitation

January 14, 2010

BASEBALL/MCGWIREAmerica knows how to ‘do hype’ and the Stateside public lap up a good scandal but when it comes to cheating by use of performance enhancing drugs, the appetite for mass media coverage seems to vanish.

UPDATE: Does Big Mac belong in the Hall of Fame?

January 11, 2010

Former St. Louis Cardinals star Mark McGwire is sworn in to testimony at the House of Representatives hearing on Government Reform in Washington, March 17, 2005.

In a statement sent to various news outlets on Monday Mark McGwire finally admitted what many had already suspected.

Yankees back winning — good for baseball?

November 6, 2009

sabathiaHomegrown talent and store-bought superstars — the Yankees formula for success for their 27th World Series championship claimed Wednesday with a Game Six victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that returned the team to the winners’ circle for the first time in what seemed to Yankee Nation like an endless nine years of waiting.

A Reuters Sportswrap of heroic proportions

November 6, 2009

Sportswrap is back with a bang, as we take in Hideki Matsui’s heroic performance for the New York Yankees, Usain Bolt bottle-feeding a creature that will one day outrun him and Rafa Benitez trying to invoke the spirit of You’ll Never Walk Alone only to come a cropper in the Champions League.

Taiwan set to strike baseball ‘mafia’ as fans sulk

November 4, 2009

Taiwan’s flagship sport is unravelling like an old rotted baseball, a university graduate said, reflecting the public mood of the moment, as she and I waited at a news conference for the cabinet spokesman to emerge with an official response to an illegal betting scandal.

from Raw Japan:

MLB pitches to Kikuchi

October 22, 2009

Major League Baseball teams are lining up to lure Japanese high school baseball pitcher Yusei Kikuchi across the Pacific to join them in an unprecedented raid on the country's young talent.

Its baseball star fallen, Taiwan scopes alternatives

October 21, 2009

rtr26txvA chain of injuries suffered by New York Yankees star Wang Chien-ming is pushing a pair of more obscure Taiwan-born U.S. Major League Baseball pitchers into the limelight as dejected fans grudgingly seek alternatives.

Time to consider warm weather territory for future World Series?

October 19, 2009

BASEBALL/Last weekend’s wintry conditions in the Bronx made ear flaps and balaclavas essential gear for some players and contributed to a reel of American League Championship Series fielding bloopers worthy of the old Keystone Kops.

from Tales from the Trail:

Baseball gets Justice — Sotomayor to throw first pitch

September 22, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a longtime avid fan of the New York Yankees baseball team, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

Taiwan revels in baseball revenge

August 4, 2009

A photo caption by Taiwan’s Central News Agency on Tuesday says it all: ”Taiwan gets revenge.”