Archive for February, 2010

Alternate history: If Barry Bonds hadn’t used steroids

Posted: 28th February 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB
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Think of all the possibilities for Barry Bonds if he had never chosen to take steroids following the 1998 season. I assume, of course, Game of Shadows correctly reported that Bonds began juicing following Mark McGwire’s record-setting 70-home-run year.  Bonds was a lock for the Hall of Fame beforehand, his generation’s version of Willie Mays.  […]

A new job and what that means for this site

Posted: 26th February 2010 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

I signed a two-month Independent Consultant Agreement this morning to work for a start-up in San Carlos, California (for the Pirates fan.)  Thus, four days a week, beginning March 8, I will be writing copy for the Web for this company and assisting in other SEO activities.  The goal is that I become a full-time, […]

I just saw a story on ESPN about Vlad Guerrero looking good in workouts with Texas Rangers.  I remain in the camp of people who think his signing will likely be a success.  The idea of him in a Ranger lineup for an entire year intrigues me, and, in fact, I think it will be […]

Some coming attractions

Posted: 24th February 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

My strategy with this site is to generally try and stay a post or two ahead.  It’s a byproduct of my days as a journalist; a competent writer is always thinking of the next story, particularly if they write freelance, and a good story will sometimes spin out two or three others.  To that end, […]

I have been remiss in posting the outcome of my opportunity to interview Will Clark at an awards dinner in Florida a couple of weeks ago.  As some may have surmised, I did not attend the event or interview Clark, even by phone.  I have not written about this until today partly due to my […]

Baseball coma

Posted: 22nd February 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB
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I spent much of yesterday transcribing my interview from Saturday with the 96-year-old former big league teammate of Joe Marty, who I’m interested in writing a book on.  While transcribing yesterday, between being held in some kind of spell — a baseball coma, if you will — I got further affirmation of what had already […]

It’s like Christmas around here today

Posted: 20th February 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB
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It’s been an amazing last couple of hours in my life. I had a visitor scheduled for noon today.  At 11:57, though, I got a call from the son of the 96-year-old former baseball player I have been wanting to interview for a book on one of his teammates on the 1940 Phillies, Joe Marty.  […]

Classic book review: Summer of ’49

Posted: 20th February 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB
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Since reviewing The Boys of Summer here in November, I have been meaning to write about more classic baseball books that I have read.  There are a few classics.  Ball Four comes to mind, as does The Glory of Their Times, Ken Burns Baseball and a recent addition, Game of Shadows.  But if The Boys […]

Chicken on the Hill with Will

Posted: 19th February 2010 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

I had an interview on Wednesday for an Internet marketing job in San Carlos, California, which meant another chance to talk baseball. My interviewer was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, who looked to be about 40, give or take.  He thought I might not be familiar with the teams of his era.  No bother: I named […]

Willy Taveras: What was that all about?

Posted: 17th February 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

I wanted to offer more belated thoughts on a recent baseball transaction.  The following took place over the last three months: December 3: The A’s acquire Aaron Miles in a trade with the Colorado Rockies for Jeff Gray and two other players.  Seems alright at the time– Miles only hit .185 in limited action last […]