(de) Segregation’s legacy: I’m at Pitch Talks Tonight


A quick note to remind you guys I’m back at Pitch Talks on Baseball tonight, and if you’re in Toronto consider this my invitation to join us. We’re at 918 Bathurst St, doors open at 6pm and I’m on stage at 7:00. If you haven’t heard of Pitch Talks, you’ve been missing out. They’re sort … Continue reading

Weekly Review and Preview: Analytics, Leaf Tix & Grumpy Old PacWeather


It’s been a busy week over here, but I’m not complaining. I’d rather be busy than bored, and I’d rather be writing than doing just about anything else. So a busy week is a successful one, and this week saw me published, self-published and re-published. We’ll detail all of it below. Of course I’m not … Continue reading

#Sportonomics x Pitch Talks = You need to be there


A quick note to remind you guys I’m presenting Thursday night at the latest edition of TallBoys Craft Beer Pitch Talks, which the organizers describe as TED Talks with grass stains… and beer. They happen roughly once a month here in Toronto and bring together famous folks (like ESPN’s Dan Shulman) and not-so-famous folks (like Toronto … Continue reading

Venezuelan Baseball: A Signing Bonus Postscript


When I met Angel Guillen last September at a dusty baseball diamond in Maracay, Venezuela was a spindly 15-year-old pitcher with a whip for a right arm and big dreams drawn to scale. I visited him while reporting a feature on Venezuela’s role in the global baseball-industrial complex, getting to know kids who hoped to … Continue reading

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Yasiel Puig: Arrogance, Awesomeness & Annoying Double Standards


As a journalist I’m enamoured with facts, so here comes one: Yasiel Puig is awesome. That’s not an opinion but an ironclad reality. In first 36 games since his promotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers he hit .397 with eight homers, 27 runs scored and 19 more batted in. And in the six weeks since … Continue reading

Venezuelan Baseball’s Two Strikes


Original published Nov. 25 2012 in the Toronto Star.  Morgan Campbell Business Reporter MARACAY, VENEZUELA—Angel Guillen turns 16 in January, but his fresh face and braces make him look younger. He’s 6-foot-2 and long-limbed, thin as a praying mantis. On the pitcher’s mound, however, he wields his right arm like a whip, unspooling fastballs that … Continue reading

Miami Steroid Scandal: Three quick lessons


If you missed it Tuesday morning, take some time and read the Miami New Times superb investigation into Biogenesis, a nondescript anti-aging clinic that also served as a hub for pro athletes seeking performance-enhancing drugs in south Florida. The revelation isn’t quite the game-changer BALCO was a decade ago, because, well,  BALCO was a decade … Continue reading

Quick Update: Mi Voz Latina


First of all, happy Martin Luther King Day. I’m in Canada but I treat it as a holiday, which means I’ll be relaxing with family, reflecting on Dr. King’s life and legacy and working on meaningful projects not related to the day job. But because it’s not a holiday north of the border, the hustle … Continue reading

Told y’all I’m not dead: Venezuela to the Woodshed


Just a quick note to thank you all for you patience, with a special shout out to those of you who missed me enough to ask where the hell I’ve been for the last seven weeks. As I pointed out before my hiatus, I’m not dead — but I did spend a few weeks buried under … Continue reading

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