J.J. Cooper

The Field of 64

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Here are the 64 teams for the NCAA Division I national tournament. National seeds are indicated in parenthesis after the team name. Austin, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Atlanta, Ga. Gainesville, […]

College

Crow Sharper In Second Start

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As a pair of former college righthanders now pitching in the independent leagues as they await the June draft, it’s hard not to compare Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers. The […]

Draft

Scheppers Struggles In Second Start

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  In his first outing as an independent leaguer, Tanner Scheppers was unhittable. In his second outing, the indy leaguers hit back. Scheppers allowed five runs on five hits, walking […]

Draft

What They Did This Weekend

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Here’s a look at the stats over the weekend from some of college baseball’s top draft prospects. WHAT THE TOP HITTERS DID SCHOOL YR PLAYER, POS AB R H RBI […]

College

Bad Time For Indy Ball

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The current recession has cost millions of Americans their jobs and has cost the U.S. Treasury billions of dollars in deficit spending. And as you would expect, it's causing headaches for independent leagues as well. All sports have been affected by the economic downturn, but the effects may be felt especially hard in some of the independent leagues, where the margin between success and dissolution is smaller.

Minors | #2009#Independent Audit

Book Review: Becoming Manny

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Of all of today's baseball superstars, is there anyone about whom we know less than Manny Ramirez? "Becoming Manny" tries to step into that gulf, and it largely succeeds by telling the story of how Ramirez' grew up in the Dominican Republic and New York City and how that upbringing shaped the man he's become. Authors Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg got to know Ramirez and his family, getting them to open up in a way that we've rarely if ever seen in newspaper or magazine interviews with Ramirez.

Majors | #2009#Book Guide

Movie Review: Sugar

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There are a lot of good baseball movies, and even more bad ones. But if you are a diehard fan of baseball, the common denominator of almost all of them is that the better they are, the more the little details ring false. But "Sugar" is one baseball movie that rings true from the first pitch to the final out.<br/>

Majors | #2009#Book Guide

Makers of ‘Sugar’ Focused On The Details

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When Ron Shelton wrote and directed Bull Durham, he created one of the most realistic baseball movies ever made because he'd live the life of a minor leaguer. He'd played in the Orioles organization and managed to take that experience and use the details to capture what life was like in the minor leagues. Ryan Fleck never played minor league ball, and as you would expect, fellow writer/producer/director Anna Boden didn't either. But the creators of "Sugar" have managed to match Shelton detail for detail and even surpass him in many ways, because they showed how well they could listen.

Majors | #2009#Book Guide