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  1. Is the game over?

    Henry Abbott

    The New York Times is a heavy-hitting paper, and a good chunk of its heaviest hitting comes in the Sunday Review section. It's not often about sports, but this past Sunday's cover is dominated by an enormous Rebecca Mock illustration of a baseball pl...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  2. Wanted: Real leadership on doping

    Henry Abbott

    Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesMLB players such as Paul Konerko called for tough testing a decade before baseball got serious.Doping is all over the sports section these days, which must be a little depressing for sports fans hoping that this was behind...

    Blog | August 09, 2013
  3. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle: "First of all, Bud Selig would never have issued an ultimatum. Are you listening, David Stern? Baseball's 16-year labor peace has come about, in part, because Selig insisted the lines of communication remain ...

    Blog | November 16, 2011
  4. Is today's NBA like "Moneyball"?

    Henry Abbott

    When George Postolos saw the movie "Moneyball," which opened last Friday, he had some qualms. The former president of the Rockets noted that in portraying Brad Pitt's character, A's GM Billy Beane, as a man unilaterally changing baseball, the film...

    Blog | September 27, 2011
  5. Baseball and WNBA join anti-bullying campaign

    Henry Abbott

    This Spring, the NBA had a series of opportunities to think about homosexuality. In April, Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for using a gay slur, ironically about the same time Grant Hill and Jared Dudley appeared in a PSA advising kids to keep the ...

    Blog | August 12, 2011
  6. Jason Fry on Osama Bin Laden

    Henry Abbott

    Jason Fry, baseball blogger at Faith and Fear in Flushing, worked across the street from the World Trade Center in 2001, and still lives in Brooklyn. Last night he was watching baseball on ESPN when he heard news of Osama Bin Laden's demise, and w...

    Blog | May 02, 2011
  7. Carmelo Anthony in middle school

    Henry Abbott

    Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times wrote about Carmelo Anthony a few days ago, and another NBA player became part of the story: In athletics, Anthony flashed his competitiveness. In baseball, he wanted to pitch, and his football coaches described...

    Blog | February 07, 2011
  8. Referees make mistakes

    Henry Abbott

    ESPN's Amy K. Nelson has written a fantastic story about baseball umpire Jim Joyce. Joyce did all he could do: Called the play as he saw it. And in the moment, he was certain he was correct. But what can you do? Decades of elite umpiring do not...

    Blog | January 07, 2011
  9. Michael Jordan's year in baseball

    Henry Abbott

    There's something we don't do well in sports media, and that's tell stories of vulnerability. If athletes are butting heads, dominating, humiliating, pumping iron, dunking, trash-talking or doing anything else high-adrenaline ... we have that cove...

    Blog | August 24, 2010
  10. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune: "For years, there have been whispers around the NBA that Michael Jordan first retired from the league in 1993 to play baseball because of his heavy involvement in gambling. Ron Shelton, who direc...

    Blog | August 24, 2010
  11. Kobe and KG, Waiting to Excel

    Henry Abbott

    By J.A. Adande It might be hard to fathom in a time when Stephen Strasburg is pitching in the big leagues seemingly right after baseball's draft, when Derrick Rose leads a team to the playoffs as a rookie not long after LeBron James saved a franch...

    Blog | June 13, 2010
  12. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: "At 6 feet 8 inches, he could be an overpowering staff ace or a fearsome closer. Imagine the possibilities. Tracy McGrady has. 'I love baseball right to this day more than I love basketball,' he said, lounging at th...

    Blog | April 02, 2010
  13. PED salesmen say NBA players were clients

    Henry Abbott

    Baseball's recent frenzy of steroid stories could be seen as good news for the the NBA, I suppose. The leagues compete, on some level. Perhaps some disaffected baseball fan would spend a few extra hours watching basketball, a sport that really has no...

    Blog | January 25, 2010
  14. LeBron James: No Steroids in the NBA

    Henry Abbott

    From a Q+A with Maxim: It's something that's not done. I think it's hurting baseball, because it wasn't banned and now it is banned, so it's hard to flush out completely. It's just something in the NBA that hasn't been done, so no one's going to sta...

    Blog | October 16, 2009
  15. Watch This Debate

    Henry Abbott

    A call, in baseball, to have machines call balls and strikes. If they're way more accurate, why wouldn't you? Machines are, I assume, a long way from being able to referee NBA games. But when the time comes, and the machines are simply better...

    Blog | October 09, 2009
  16. Kevin Martin: The Adam Dunn of the NBA?

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz Kevin Martin & Adam Dunn: What do these two guys have in common? (Rocky Widner, Mitchell Layton/NBAE/Getty Images) There probably isn't a slugger in Major League Baseball more polarizing than Adam Dunn. I...

    Blog | September 08, 2009