Goodbye spring training, hello Opening Day

As great as spring training is, Opening Day is always better. The Washington Post asked me to write about the end of spring training, and why even the biggest fan of spring trraining much prefers Opening Day. The article appears today in the Sunday Outlook section. Read it here.

Published in: on April 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spring training’s favorite bar

Roger Angell of The New Yorker calls it the best baseball bar in America. No spring training trip is complete without a visit to Scottsdale, and no trip to Scottsdale is complete without a visit to The Pink Pony. It’s the subject of my final blog entry for Read it here.

Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 8:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Guest column in Vero Beach Press Journal

The Vero Beach Press Journal and the Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers invited me to share my thoughts on the city attracting a new team to replace the Dodgers. Read the column here.

Published in: on March 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book excerpt in National Review

National Review Online, the website of the National Review, published an article today adapted from Chapter 6 of the book. It deals with the the legislation passed in Florida and Arizona providing state money for the construction and upgrade of spring training facilities. Read it here.

Published in: on March 26, 2009 at 7:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Goodyear’s new ballpark waits for its neighborhood

The Cleveland Indians new spring training stadium and player-development complex in Goodyear, Arizona is the first piece of what is planned as a new city center for the west Phoenix suburb. I’ve written about the ballpark and the plans for the new city around it in my posting today at Read it here.

Published in: on March 19, 2009 at 10:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Spring training’s green holiday

Spring training starts around President’s Day and ends around Easter; but St. Patrick’s Day is baseball’s big spring holiday. It’s what I write about today at

Published in: on March 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Newspaper datelines

For nearly a century, spring training cities have seen newspaper datelines as money in the bank. For newspaper readers, meanwhile, they have meant a connection with the warmth of distant cities. It’s the subject of my final blog entry at Powell’s Books. Read it here.

Published in: on March 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

The best spring training site

A reporter asked me yesterday, which spring training site did I like the best? So I wrote about it for my posting today at Powell’s Books. Read my thoughts here at

Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Glendale complex absolutely spectacular

I got the chance to see the new complex being shared by the Dodgers and White Sox in Glendale, Arizona last week. Owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Frank McCourt promised the finest spring training facility ever built and they just may have delivered. Read about it here at

Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spring training business is down

The two newest spring training complexes in Glendale and Goodyear, Arizona are as spectacular as their builders promised they would be. But the economy is hurting spring training business this spring, and I write about that in today’s posting at Powell’s Books. Read the article here.

Published in: on March 10, 2009 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment