| Jul 15, 2013
| 10:08 PM
NEW YORK — Barry Bonds was here.
His is the name that evokes all that went right, and so very wrong, for baseball during the steroid era. His spirit was here Monday, the day before the All-Star game, when baseball's premier slugger declared Bonds'...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:18 PM
Uh-oh. Now we did it.
It’s our fault.
You. You. You. And you.
And you over there … wearing the parka. Raise your hand, too.
I guess I’m a major part of it, too.
I didn’t know we had such power. I guess there is strength in...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 2:07 PM
I hate Ryan Braun.
And I hate Lance Armstrong.
Yes, it’s because they’re cheaters. Yes, it’s because they’ve cast a pall over their sports, one of which -- baseball -- I happen to love. And yes, it’s because I have two...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 6:37 PM
NEW YORK — Note to the truly naive: Another baseball slugger is going to get caught messing with his testosterone level or buying bull semen off the Internet, probably sooner than later.
When it happens, his reputation will be thrown into the...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 8:51 PM
NEW YORK — The bats, balls and just about every piece of baseball memorabilia imaginable were lined up neatly, precisely on a long table inside the American League clubhouse.
Most were for All-Stars to be signed by All-Stars. All of them begged to...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 4:29 PM
OK, made you look. No, Darin Ruf's not returning to Reading as a player - the Phillies have much bigger hopes for last year's Eastern League MVP. But the young slugger will be one of the featured guests at the Phillies Winiter Banquet at Reading's...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 4:33 PM
A lot of people view Pete Rose these days with a mixture of anger and pity. Anger that his long-ago sin of betting on baseball games still keeps the sport's all-time hit king out of the Hall of Fame, and pity at the sad caricature they think he's become....
| Jan 21, 2013
| 7:56 AM
Manti Te’o will tell the truth about his lies to Katie Couric.
No, wait, Te’o will lie some more about the truth in his fake dead girlfriend story.
It’s so hard to keep track because Te’o has lied and he’s skilled at it....
| Jan 10, 2013
| 4:26 PM
I'm several weeks away from entering my own Hall of Fame season, where I begin accepting nominations to my Hall of Fame of the area's most colorful characters. I've never had a year in which no one was inducted. Then......
| Jan 9, 2013
| 4:40 PM
After all this time, he's not sure if he read Lance Armstrong's book before his kidney was taken out or after, before the cancer spread to his lungs or later, before his doctors said to get his papers in order or not.
"I just remember admiring his...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, whose Twitter handle is @therealmr609, likely will be denied election to the Hall of Fame this year because of the questions about just how real all of his 609 homers were.
While his camp pondered having Sosa issue a...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 5:43 PM
In the 144-year narrative of our national pastime, five men have hit 60 home runs in one season. Henry Aaron never did it. Willie Mays never did it. One did it three times.
As his reward, Sammy Sosa received 71 of 569 possible votes (12.5 percent) for...