July 21, 2001: Life as a LOOGY — Do one thing really really well


Story originally appeared July 21, 2011 at thestar.com MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER Seconds after ordering the intentional walk that loads the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 5-5 tie against the Washington Nationals, then-Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez marches to the mound to take the ball from the outgoing pitcher. In … Continue reading

July 21, 2011: The catcher: Baseball’s most demanding and least appreciated job


This story first appeared July 21, 2011 in the Toronto Star. MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER PHILADELPHIA—When John Buck flexes his left thumb you can hear the joints crack. It makes the same sound bubble-wrap does when you squeeze the tiny air pockets until they burst. And when the Florida Marlins catcher keeps the digit bent, … Continue reading

Sept. 30, 2010: Cito Gaston’s farewell to Toronto


Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston has spent the last few months telling every reporter who asks him that he really, truly and honestly won’t miss much when this season ends and he retires from baseball. The travel? Nope. Once he retires he’ll see the world on his own time instead of … Continue reading

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