Ian Crouch on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s decision to elect nobody to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year: http://nyr.kr/ZsAIHJ
There’s some impassioned debate going on in the comments on the post about the couple in Texas failing to surrender a foul ball to the weeping child beside them. What are the real rules, here? Possession is nine-tenths of the law? Children first? What’s the right thing to do to avoid the censure of Michael Kay and legions of people on the Internet? Next time you find yourself in the vicinity of a foul ball, just consult this step-by-step chart to find out if you’re supposed to keep it. (Note: If your ticket is exactly $75, follow the “more” arrow.)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been called a special talent, a prodigy, even a freak.
He consistently throws precise pitches that exceed 100 miles per hour. He’s able to keep batters guessing, even as the innings wear on, by scattering the pitches all over the strike zone. According to some, he is the best starting pitcher in Major League Baseball and he’s still growing.
Just what makes him so good?
I finally met Bob Feller at a card show in Cleveland in the early 1990s. My brother-in-law Ray and I took Dad to surprise him. Dad was able to tell Feller that he remembered those first pitches back when Feller was still just that Iowa farmboy — “the Heater from Van Meter.” I’m sure Feller heard that sort of story about himself virtually every day, sometimes from people who were NOT there. Guys with four different nicknames get that kind of attention. But his graciousness meant the world to Dad - and to me.
- NPR editor Todd Holzman on the mutual respect he and his late father had for pitcher Bob Feller, who passed away yesterday, age 92. - @acarvin